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sbowlchica

Member Since 29 Aug 2011
Offline Last Active Jul 11 2014 11:03 AM

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In Topic: Repairing the long-term damage from Accutane

11 July 2014 - 11:06 AM

7/11/14

Wow, it's been a while since I've been on here; namely because I've been feeling a lot better. But let me pass on my tips to you.

The reason why I was losing hair was because my DHEA-sulfate levels were extremely out of range. It's a common problem all over the Internet. So I did some research on how to lower these levels, and now my hair is back to normal. But it will be a significant lifestyle change.

Don't eat high-oxalate foods.

These foods were what I lived on. I was vegetarian, so I lived on beans and nuts and soy. But after I cut these out, it took a few months, but my hair loss slided to a halt.

The main foods to avoid are anything soy-based, beans, nuts, chocolate, spinach, potatoes, and some berries. Make most of your diet low-ox fruits and veggies and meat. And don't eat anything that spikes blood sugar (carbs and sugars) on its own; pair it up with protein and fat. If you eat plenty of fat and protein, you'll start to feel better.

I also have some supplements I take. I make sure to have two big spoonfuls of blackstrap molasses a day to replenish my iron levels (I take it with tomato juice because Vitamin C enhances iron absorption.) And I also take at least one teaspoon of gelatin in the morning. Both of these supplements help with your joints, aging, dry skin, and your hair.

Also, B complex is good; it gives me lots of energy. I'm on Metformin (recently diagnosed prediabetic) so I need it, since Metformin will deplete your B vitamins.

Lifestyle-wise, try to touch your hair as little as possible. When you wash your hair, don't scrub or massage your scalp. What I do is I take a little squirt of shampoo and put it in a hair color applicator bottle, then I squirt it onto my scalp. I do this twice, then I rinse out. Use a shower filter. Chlorine plays a HUGE part in drying out your hair and skin!

Try not to comb or brush your hair too much and don't put it up that often. Combing and brushing through tangles and putting up your hair puts strain on the scalp. Leave your hair loose. I got a pixie cut and I love it; it makes life so much easier.

Hope this helps!

 


In Topic: Repairing the long-term damage from Accutane

14 June 2013 - 01:27 PM

MET. FUCKING. FORMIN.

 

I was doing so well... but now I guess the metformin has kicked in, and my hair loss is as bad as ever, and my skin is dry, and I'm tired all the time and I can't sleep. This has been the last straw for conventional medicine.

 

Oh, Metformin. Hopefully thy damage is not permanent.


In Topic: Repairing the long-term damage from Accutane

10 June 2013 - 11:58 AM

Everything is getting better. My hair loss is getting close to pre-Accutane levels. My skin is pretty oily again and more even than ever before.

 

My body didn't like it when I quit primrose oil at first. Hormonal acne came back with a vengeance, made worse by the fact that I started drinking detox tea and, well, it needed to get all the toxins out. Two weeks of awfulness. Now it's a lot better, better than it was before Accutane. (I have at least two tea bags a day, and I do eat the herbs for maximum potency. I use Triple Leaf.) I have a little bit of bumps because I ate like crap last weekend (my friends were in town and I went for sugar, carbs, and dare I say it-- alcohol!) but I'm fine. And now I know that even one glass of wine makes my stomach hate me. Peachy.

 

I've been on hyaluronic acid/glucosamine for about a month now. My joints don't ache and my fine lines are disappearing! I take it twice a day, each with 32 oz water. This is important!! It needs a ton of water to work!

 

My doctor put me on Metformin. I have to keep eating or else I get tired, but now I don't have as much of a problem with carbs. I've been on it about 4 days and today, a lot less shedding than normal! Yay!

 

I pour a mixture of half apple cider vinegar/half water on dry hair, rinse it, then a final rinse in black tea. I only shampoo my bangs. No more scalp dandruff and excessive shedding. My hair likes a lower pH.

 

Topically, I use my own "dupe" SK-ii. 1/3 sake, 1/3 aloe vera gel, 1/3 honey. And my skin is so even toned and moisturized!

 

Still low oxalate. Still avoiding wheat and sugars. Most of what I eat is meat. Still having digestive issues-- trying to eat less.


In Topic: Repairing the long-term damage from Accutane

24 May 2013 - 06:57 PM

Today I had to blot my face several times. My face hasn't been this oily in... wow, I don't even know!

 

Is it the glucosamine/hyaluronic acid kicking in? Is it the Triple Leaf Detox tea I started last week? Is it the aloe vera gel I've been putting on my face recently?

 

Whatever it is, I'm doing something right!


In Topic: Repairing the long-term damage from Accutane

22 May 2013 - 09:38 AM

Thanks for all your help, Auguriesofinnocence! Go forth out into the world and be merry. We'll still be here if you need us.