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In Topic: Inositol's Impact On Hormonal Acne

02 May 2015 - 04:55 AM

Quick update: European gynos have started recommending inositol to PCOS patients as a healthier alternative to prescription drugs. :D

In Topic: Going Off Spironolactone. Yes, Really.

26 April 2015 - 01:25 PM

HI greengables,

I've been MIA from the boards recently too....I appreciate your update, and the fact that you put your overall health first instead of just the acne.
Have you looked into SOD (superoxide dismutase) enzymes? I've been taking them for months now with large meals and have not had any swollen cysts since. I also recently had a dermoid cyst removed...I believed it was due to and/or worsened by estrogen dominance. I'm waiting to see if the rest of my hormonal symptoms calm down.

In Topic: Inositol's Impact On Hormonal Acne

26 April 2015 - 01:19 PM

Hi everyone, how are you doing?

Just a quick update: I no longer take DIM or inositol unless needed, i.e. if a rare flare-up occurs. I occasionally take inositol but more for back/neck pain nowadays as it helps my muscles relax. Inositol was helping me have less painful ovulation, but guess what. It turns out, I had a dermoid cyst in my left ovary, and all this time doctors were trying to put me on birth control without even bothering to do an ultrasound to see if anything is wrong internally. 
I went with my gut and finally got an ultrasound, and now I'm in recovery from the dermoid removal...
I urge you to get regular check-ups, especially if you are in your mid-20s-40s, and especially if you have PCOS. Sometimes PCOS can cause more serious issues, and you shouldn't allow doctors to mask those issues by simply prescribing more hormones. 

I'm still waiting to see if the melasma I developed 2 years ago will fade now that the dermoid has been removed. So far, my skin has been smooth and looks healthier *knock wood*.

In Topic: How ya feelin' about your acne today?

26 April 2015 - 01:08 PM

hi everyone! It's been a long time since I logged in but I haven't forgotten about you. Life got really hectic and I haven't had time to update. I'm currently recovering from a procedure I had done to remove a dermoid cyst in my ovary (sorry for TMI)...I'm hoping this is the last bump in the road for complete recovery. My acne was just the tip of the iceberg 2 years ago...by trying to find the causes of my acne, I actually stumbled upon other more serious health issues I needed to address. This dermoid in particular would not have been removed if I blindly followed doctors' suggestions to go on hormone therapy. I finally went with my gut and got an ultrasound...and now I'm in recovery. 

I wish you all good luck in your journey. Acne is truly a sign that something is wrong with your body. Don't ignore it. 

When I'm better, I want to write a post on histamines & diet...from what I saw, more people are going the low histamine route, which is great whether or not your acne is an issue. In the mean time, I want to recommend SOD (superoxide dismutase) enzyme supplements for those of you who break out from high histamine foods/products. 

In Topic: How ya feelin' about your acne today?

05 January 2015 - 05:54 AM

Hey everyone, I missed you! Happy new year! The past few months have been very difficult for me...I moved my entire life halfway across the world towards an uncertain future, and life threw some curveballs at me. Basically, I had some of my lowest and weakest moments in the past couple of months. The worst thing was not the things that happened in my life - it was how I dealt with them and how I mentally made them worse than they were initially. I lost my positive outlook and felt completely broken and discouraged. At my lowest point, I tried to remember those less fortunate and feel grateful for even the simple things I take for granted every day.

The only positive thing that came out of this strife was that I stopped obsessing about my skin because I had much bigger problems to worry about. Once I stopped obsessing, my skin became more controllable and, ironically, clearer. Having clear skin did not improve my life. Having a positive and cheerful outlook is what will improve it, and hopefully the rest will fall into place. I'm starting the new year with a more positive outlook and ready to contribute more to this community through research & experience. I try to keep myself busy every day, reduce stress, and remove toxic things from my life. I hope everyone here does the same.


On a more practical note, I'm working on new research regarding inflammation, histamines, and how to control them, if anyone is interested.