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Green Gables

Member Since 06 Jun 2011
Offline Last Active Sep 14 2014 02:11 AM

#3450828 Dim Or Saw Palmetto

Posted by Green Gables on 06 September 2014 - 01:23 PM

Saw palmetto doesn't directly increase estrogen. It does decrease testosterone.

I've already told you what I think you should do in one of your other posts. I think you should only take saw palmetto and keep at it for at least 2 months. After 2 months you can actually make an informed decision if it's helping at all or not. 

#3450695 Can A Gynecologist Help Me?

Posted by Green Gables on 05 September 2014 - 12:14 PM

My appointment is soon and I am worried that they will suggest synthetic hormones.
my mom goes to the same lady and she is doing some weird treatment where they insert a little rice sized pill into an incision on her butt/lower back. (it sounds like the lady doesn't just prescribe trial and error bc)

I guess what I'm asking is.. will a gynecologist be able to help me if I am against BC and synthetic hormones?


It sounds like your mom is getting HRT (hormone replacement therapy). They typically do this with women in perimenopause or menopause. 


I doubt she would suggest the same treatment for you. They will probably put you on a hormonal birth control pill or they may suggest a progesterone cream. All hormonal birth control contains synthetic hormones (though that doesn't always mean it's bad for you). Most non-prescription progesterone creams are naturally derived. 


So if you are against BC the only thing they could do is give you a natural progesterone cream...which you could get without a prescription or an appointment anyway. 

#3450693 Spironolactone Effects On Bones/joints

Posted by Green Gables on 05 September 2014 - 12:10 PM

One of my doctors said that women have more incidences of joint pain and things like TMJ. They don't know why. They do notice that joint pain reports tend to go up for women on hormonal birth control. Most birth control increases progesterone and estrogen to some degree.


Spiro does increase estrogen. It is possible that increased estrogen gives you more joint pain.


Also spiro does mess with your electrolytes a bit since it's a potassium sparing diuretic. It means your body is getting rid of more water than normal but it's not getting rid of potassium as much. You need to be drinking a ton of water. I would recommend drinking bottled water since there could be added potassium in your tap water which could cause muscle issues. Also make sure you check the ingredients of any bottled water you buy. For example Dasani adds extra potassium to its bottled water so that brand would be a bad idea. Gatorade or other sports drinks are also out since they are filled with potassium.


I drink the Arrowhead bottled water. I can get a pack of 36 bottles for $4 at Costco or Sam's Club. 


Personally I have not noticed any increased joint pain since going on 3 years of spiro.

#3450162 Help Me Identify These Deep, Painless Cysts?

Posted by Green Gables on 02 September 2014 - 12:08 AM

Cortisone shots from your derm usually clears these up. Take in the picture next time so your derm will "believe" that they are there.

#3450157 Girl Reflects On Being Ugly

Posted by Green Gables on 01 September 2014 - 11:52 PM

This girl is pretty cool. Not everyone wins the genetic roulette. And she's decided to be happy anyway instead of obsessing over it or going through drastic measures to change her appearance.

#3450110 My Wife Does Not Understand My Pain

Posted by Green Gables on 01 September 2014 - 05:08 PM

I want to get my scars corrected. But I don't work and my wife does. She simply does not understand the emotional pain I have gone through because of my scars. Thankfully they are not as bad as they could have been. My wife found a letter from a doctor who does scar correction. The prices for the procedures were in the letter. She mouth dropped to the floor. She simply could not fathom why I would pay for this procedure? How can I let my wife understand the emotional tole this has all taken upon me over the years?


Her reaction is typical...especially as you said she is the sole breadwinner. Is she expecting that you should work as well? In this day and age there aren't a lot of stay-at-home spouses anymore, even if you do have kids. Maybe she's wondering why you're looking at scar procedures before you have the income to pay for it?


Even if you do get a job and pay for it, she probably still won't like the idea. She may not stop you, but she'll try to talk you out of it. This isn't because she's unloving. Her reaction is COMPLETELY normal and should be expected. MOST people have no sympathy when others want cosmetic procedures.  Why? Because they see you much more positively than you see yourself. She probably figures she married you and has no problem with your scars, so why should you? Is she being completely fair to think that? No. Of course people like to look good for themselves not just for their spouses, and you don't like having scars. But her reaction is so typical. I guess all I'm saying is that no matter who you were married to, most people would act like she is acting. 


Try to imagine that you're the one working, money is tight, and she wants a procedure. The procedure has to be something that you don't fundamentally like. Maybe it's breast implants. Maybe she wants to die her hair bright red and purple and blue. Maybe she wants a nose job. Liposuction. Butt implants. To shave down her calf bone. I'm sure you can think of something where you would react the same way that she is to you right now


When I was a teen I was diagnosed by a dermatologist with most severe form of cystic acne. He practically threw an Accutane prescription at me. My parents wouldn't fill it. There were a lot of reasons, but one big one was that they "didn't think my acne looked that bad." That's what it always came down to. It didn't matter that multiple dermatologists said I NEEDED to take Accutane or risk severe scarring. When they looked at me they just saw the kid that they loved. That I was beautiful and couldn't possibly need a serious drug like Accutane. In hindsight, yeah, their perception was a little skewed. But it's really not possible for the people close to you to understand things like this. They love you. Their love blinds them to seeing the flaws that you see. 


Practically speaking, your  only option is to get a job, save up, and pay for it yourself. Your wife is never going to understand unless she gets horrible acne and scars and experiences the same thing herself. You're just going to have to go it alone. (You will also have more credibility with her if you focus on the getting a job part before you research any more procedures.) Hopefully you will have a great outcome and feel happier with yourself, and at that point she can see that it was worth it.

#3450060 Need Help With A Moisturizer Problem

Posted by Green Gables on 01 September 2014 - 12:05 PM

You might do better with straight aloe vera. You'll probably have to get it online. I could not find 100% aloe vera anywhere in stores. And no, the "Fruit of the Earth" brand at Wal-Mart is not 100% aloe vera, the bottle actually says "100% Gel". Misleading advertizing. It only has like 2% aloe vera.


Aubrey Organics Aloe Vera is one I have used. It doesn't clog my pores.

#3449995 Under The Skin Acne, Does It Fade Over Time?

Posted by Green Gables on 01 September 2014 - 12:52 AM

My underground bumps only faded if they were either injected with a cortisone shot, physically "excavated" by a dermatologist, or came to the surface by aggressive home treatment.


If you can't or won't get a cortisone shot, you can force them up by a really aggressive application of retinoids combined with chemical peels just on the cyst. For example if I apply a prescription retinoid just to the bump 3x a day and then also apply 20% salicylic acid 1x a day, I can get a cyst to come up to a head in about a week. It's not something I'd normally recommend, though, unless you really have severe, chronic cystic acne. When you're like me and have had cysts that did not respond to 5 cortisone shots in a row you start to take desperate measures...

#3449118 There's No Cure For Some People

Posted by Green Gables on 26 August 2014 - 03:11 PM

Nothing will cure my acne and it will never go away on its own. I will have this problem for the rest of my life.


Cool. And your point is?

#3449093 Korean Skincare

Posted by Green Gables on 26 August 2014 - 11:25 AM

If you actually look at the ingredients/formulation of Korean or Japanese skincare products, most of them are not unique at all.


Koreans who eat a more traditional coastal Asian diet have better skin because of the low glycemic load of mostly rice, veggies, and fish. High glycemic diets (the typical American diet) are notorious for aging skin (high glycemic loads contribute to loss of collagen) and contributing to acne.


Many Koreans also have great skin because they avoid the sun like the plague, while a lot of Americans and Europeans worship the sun. Next time you go to Korea or Japan watch how many girls are out there walking around with umbrellas and "facekinis".


I have a great Korean friend who had perfect, porcelain skin for most of her life. She moved to California in her twenties. Within a year of changing her diet...and it wasn't even that extreme, just adding regular milk consumption and the occasional fast food item...she had moderate acne. She still only uses "Korean" skincare products...didn't help one bit.

#3448001 Suggest Herbs/supplements? Probably Hormone Imbalance

Posted by Green Gables on 19 August 2014 - 04:53 PM

These are the ones I would recommend:


Saw palmetto: reduces DHT (dihydrotestosterone)

Stinging nettle: reduces DHT

Curcumin: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, improves glycemic control -- remember insulin/glucose are hormones, it is related to hormonal control

Vitamin D: prohormone necessary for basic health in all areas, skin included, many people are low/deficient


These are one I would not recommend for a first-timer. Not going to go into all the reasons. If you really care PM me.





#3447988 Acne Is Ugly

Posted by Green Gables on 19 August 2014 - 04:20 PM

If you think of beauty as a combination of every physical feature you have, then yes you can be beautiful with acne. You will be more attractive without acne, but just having acne doesn't take away from all your other positive features.


I don't think anyone is saying that acne by itself is pretty. But that everybody has at least one other positive feature that is noticeable even with the acne. Even people I find unattractive on the whole usually have one feature I like. 


It's all relative anyway. There will always be someone out there who is prettier than you. There will always be someone uglier than you. When my skin cleared up I realized that there were still a lot of my own features that I didn't like. If you don't learn to recognize the positive features while you have acne, you're probably just going to obsess over everything else you don't like once your skin clears up.


Recognizing the things you like about yourself is a good thing, and sometimes it takes another person seeing them for you to see it on yourself. It would perhaps be more helpful to tell people with acne what other features you do like, rather than just saying "you're beautiful anyway." If they have great eyes, tell them. If they have awesome hair, tell them. Then they can have good things to focus on.

#3447492 Every Physical Sunscreen Breaks Me Out

Posted by Green Gables on 15 August 2014 - 11:12 PM

You could just use zinc oxide cream (zinc + vaseline), but it's not very cosmetically elegant. It's like smearing diaper rash ointment on your face.

#3447350 Scared To Try A New Foundation..

Posted by Green Gables on 14 August 2014 - 09:37 PM

I do much better with silicone-free foundations. Oils actually aren't that bad for acne, honestly. When people started blaming oil for every skin problem the cosmetic companies responded by replacing oils with plasticizers/silicones.


Silicones are much worse for the skin because they form a sort of saran wrap layer on your skin. It makes your skin FEEL smooth but when you've got saran wrap over your skin, you just trap crap in your pores. Sebum is supposed to naturally flow out of your pores. It can't when you have a full face of silicone makeup on all day. 8-12 hours in plastic wrap will give you acne wink.png


The silicone-free foundations that I have had success with are:


Alba Botanical CC Cream

Juice Beauty Foundation

100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation

#3447341 Overdosing On Vitamin A, Good Idea Or Nah

Posted by Green Gables on 14 August 2014 - 09:13 PM

accutane is somekinda form of vitamin A right?


if i take somewhat hightened doses of just vitamin A supplement would it have similar effects? any effect on acne?


would i have any of the bad sidefects than acutane has like skin drying out, scars, premature wrinkles n such?


Vitamin A is a group of unsaturated nutritional organic compounds, that includes retinol, retinal, retinoic acid, and several provitamin A carotenoids such as beta-carotene.


Accutane is 13-cis retinoic acid. Although vitamin A does contain some retinoic acid, it's not very much, and I don't think it's even the same retinoic acid as Accutane. (From what I remember, Accutane is a DERIVATIVE of vitamin A so the retinoic acid is a different form).


There were some reports in the 70s and 80s of doctors recommending high doses of vitamin A as a "poor man's Accutane", but no doctor would ever recommend that now. 


The Upper Limit of vitamin A set by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences is 10,000 IU per day.  


The long and short of it is, while vitamin A can be beneficial for skin health, you're not going to get an Accutane-like effect even if you overdose, because they're not the same thing. Every once in a while someone will post and say that they took 50,000 IU a day or something ridiculous and it cleared them, but I wouldn't risk it.