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When Should I Give Up On A Retinoid?

20 April 2015 - 06:30 PM

I've been a member here since 2011 and since the beginning of my hellish journey, i have been on many combinations of oral and topical medications, the most useful being The Regimen.


I am currently on differin and aczone as well supplementing under the guidance of a qualified naturopath.  My question is this, i started my fourth month of my topical regimen and I am experiencing one of the worst breakouts to date on my face.  At what point do i say to heck with it and try another topical.  Some people say 6 months is worth the wait while others say if you're not clear by the 3rd month then move on. I have noticed improvement since starting but it is never consistent, hence, my current extended breakout fest.


Any advice/viewpoint/input would be appreciated.  

How Long To Give Holistic Treatment

08 March 2015 - 04:39 PM

At the end of this month will mark 3 months of consistent supplements provided by my naturopath.  These include:

Flax seed oil
Chromium synergy (for blood sugar- it works wonders for that purpose)
Vitamin E
Vitamin D
Fem Bal (a supplement that helps maintain hormonal balance)

I am still getting acne on a consistent basis in spite of being on Aczone and differin in conjunction with the above regimen.

How much longer should I give it before I call it quits?  I know that supplements take much longer than medicine but I'm at my wits end!

Any advice would be appreciated.  I want to avoid using conventional pills for as long as I can (accutane put me in the hospital)

Has Anyone Ever Used These For Acne?

19 November 2014 - 06:00 PM

My new naturopath has me on the following regimen for my general health and acne. Anyone have any experience with them:


fem bal supplement

Borage Oil 600 - will be switching to flaxseed oil soon

Vitamin E

Vitamin C

Vitamin D

Chromium Synergy

Do You Think All Acne And Health In General Can Be Made Better?

21 September 2014 - 07:30 AM

After trying different holistic practioners  (3 different practioners for 3 months a piece, 1 for a month after which he said he could not help me), diet changes (paleo/dairy-gluten free), exercise, stress reduction, supplements, etc, I am wondering if maybe my body is just too messed up to be helped or maybe i need to think more in the 3-6-9-12 month time frame.    I am so discouraged at this point.  I have followed the wonderful advice here and when i needed more support and direction, i have used reputable and highly recommended holistic people.  I would have thought that at this point, something would give.  Acne is the most visible issue I have (and it bothers me the most as it is the most visible) but in the scheme of things, not the most serious  (my pre diabetes and emotional health would take that top honor).   What is my next step - I am so tired of trying to figure it out on my own and trying everything that seems to work for everyone except for me.  Not looking for a lecture on the fact that i shouldn't complain and so forth - just looking for useful feedback.


I am thinking of finding a naturopath that does holistic testing but is willing to do blood test and other medical screenings (covered by insurance) in making diagnosis and giving it 3- 6 months versus 1-3.


What say you all?


The reason i want to go with a professional is that i have other things besides acne going on and i need ongoing direction and support as my body is doing its own thing.



Can Anyone Suggest Supplements For Extreme Anxiety And Insomnia

06 September 2014 - 11:55 AM

My worsening acne is a chronic source of stress and anxiety for me.  I have made great changes in terms of diet and exercise but it hasn't helped.  I may be living with this for a long time so I need a way to cope with it so that I can go about my daily life in an enjoyable way until it resolves itself.  Anyone have suggestions for supplments that help with extreme anxiety  and insomnia?


Things i've tried:


fish oil


valarian root


chamamille tea



vitamin D

krill oil

cod liver oil

vitamin c


I've done cognitive behavior therapy and while i found it sort of useful, it wasn't long term.  I'm currently doing accupuncture.