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Kiyanna

Member Since 29 Jun 2011
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Testosterone Levels In Women!

01 December 2013 - 01:05 AM

So I got the results of my blood tests back, and I'm very confused. I have oily skin, HEAVILY congested cheeks (they look puffed up they're so lumpy), inflammatory acne here and there and dark upper lip hair (and lower lip hair) that I have to remove. I'm also quite prone to fast growing, dark leg hair and arm hair. I recently started spironolactone, but I started it AFTER my blood test. My results were this on the 21st day of my cycle:

 

Sex hormone binding globulin - 44 nmol/L.

Testosterone level - 1.4 nmol/L.

Progesterone level - 17.6 nmol/L.

 

There seems to be a lot of opinion/variation thrown around on optimum hormone levels, which is kind of annoying. Also, the nmol/l vs ng/ML differences are a pain.


Confused -- Dianette And Yasmin.

14 November 2013 - 01:30 PM

So I went to visit the Doctor again today, having requested to go on Yasmin. She'd wanted to clear it with a couple of other Doctors first, as I'm on the NHS and they're still slightly leery about prescribing Yasmin long term. I expressed that I didn't want to go on Yasmin if it was only a short-term thing, as it wouldn't be a solution and I'd just see my acne come back after. I left the appointment feeling very confused, as I was told I could not go on Yasmin long term HOWEVER, they'd decided that they were cool with putting me on Dianette and allowing me to take that long term on the basis that my body coped okay with it.

 

Am I missing something? Yasmin and Dianette both have a bad reputation when it comes to blood clot scares and stuff, but I thought Dianette was the big one that you REALLY can't stay on for more than 6 months while Yasmin was the one you had to fight for a bit but could still be prescribed long term. I brought this up to my Doctor and she just shrugged and said 'there are a lot of politics and changing opinions at the moment about BCPs.'

 

I'm kind of worried that my Doctor(s) have somehow managed to mix up Dianette and Yasmin, because I really can't imagine that I'll be permitted to stay on the medication once I move back to my home town from university. All I've heard is that Diane/Dianette/etc are the big boss birth control pills that you only take short term. I currently have the generic, unbranded form sitting in my bag. I don't feel too confident about taking it.

 

Has anyone heard anything about this switch up? I'm living in the UK, and my GPs are NHS.


One Day And A Lot Of Make Up.

16 August 2012 - 02:17 PM

I haven't worn make up in months as part of my attempt to clear. I kept breaking out even sans make up for a year right up until I swapped my birth control, and now I haven't had any problems in about two and a half months. I have a photoshoot coming up as a favour to a friend wanting to fill out their portfolio as a make up artist. I'm not 100% sure that my acne is gone for good with my birth control swap (as it's only been a couple of months, though I was breaking out every two weeks before), and the idea of wearing a lot of make up over the day is making me a bit nervous. Is it likely that one day of make up will cause a break out, or will I be okay providing I clean up thoroughly afterward? It'll be about seven hours of having makeup applied, doing a few shots, removing makeup, applying a new look, etc.

While logic tells me that I should be fine providing I cleanse and clean up completely afterward, having acne and only just clearing has left me a bit paranoid about potentially breaking myself out. I'm mostly just looking for general advice on what the standard is for make up artists when it comes to brush cleanliness, product quality, etc -- or does it vary hugely from artist to artist?

Thank You To Acne.org! A Success Story.

29 June 2011 - 06:20 AM

I've been a long-term lurker. I discovered this site and the idea of using BP on my spots after desperately google-searching during the late hours. After years of only getting one or two pimples, I'd had a massive break-out that only got worse over the course of a year. I have no photos because I avoided cameras like the plague the entire time I had acne, but I can say that friends and family expressed concern over the state of my skin. I had spots from my cheek all the way down to my chin in strange, curving patterns and random patches of my skin had turned red and rough. My doctor actually prescribed me antibiotics for my acne when I went in to talk about something completely unrelated.

After discovering acne.org, I began to attack my acne in earnest.

When I started the regimen, I was on this routine:

Morning, after shower:
- Wash with vitamin E cleanser.
- BP all over face (minus forehead, I had no acne there)
- Allow BP to absorb for fifteen minutes while I dried my hair, etc.
- Simple's Rich/Light moisturizer, depending on how flaky/dry my skin was.

Evening:
- Same deal.

I later switched to apply a few drops of jojoba oil to my moisturizer and kept with the light moisturizer morning and evening. I slowly added in things like Paula's Choice AHA exfoliator, to help with skin flakes.

A year and a half on, once my skin got clearer, this is now my routine:

Morning, after shower:
- Wash face with natural tea tree oil cleanser, intended to help heal blemishes.
- Cane and Austin's retexturizing pads, applied all over face.
- Moisturize with simple light and jojoba oil (three drops).

Evening:
- Wash face with vitamin E cleanser.
- Paula's Choice AHA Exfoliator.
- Apply very small amount of BP to acne prone areas.
- Wait ten minutes, then apply moisturizer with jojoba oil.

While I never followed Dan's regimen to the letter, the regimen was the base for everything I did to my skin for a year and a half. I can now say that I am 100% clear and receive compliments from the people I meet on how good my skin looks.

Thank you so much for your posts here -- even if I wasn't registered and couldn't express my thanks at the time. My skin is better than it has ever been and I feel beautiful, now.

I've uploaded some pictures of my skin now, a year and a half after starting Dan's regimen. They were taken this week. There is a mild amount of foundation being worn in the picture in the grass, to cover up some PiH (that is fading fast!!).

Thank you again, so much! To everyone still fighting their acne, I say to keep trying. Don't ever give up, because you can get the results you want and be happy in your body again.