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In Topic: Inositol's Impact On Hormonal Acne

06 November 2014 - 04:12 AM

Just to update, in case anyone has experienced the same weight gain from myo inositol... [to catch anyone up, I took inositol for 6 months to stop hair shedding, which worked] it has been a little over 4 months since quitting inositol/choline (stopped June 16), but the weight has yet to come off. Frustrating... I currently weigh 130lbs, when my "normal" weight is 110-115lbs without effort. I'm not sure if my testosterone is still lower or it triggered some insulin resistance or what. Anyway, I'm still looking into it and will update after some more time. If anyone has any suggestions for me please let me know. I could use the help! Thanks all! (:


I am currently taking: multivitamin, calcium, zinc (in hopes to raise testosterone), fish oil, vitamin D3, b-complex, l-cysteine, natural progesterone cream. Skin is still great, so I'd rather not take DIM again unless I have to. I also started taking some betaine hcl (with pepsin) again a few days ago hoping it could help with the weight and bloating.


Hey hearts,

Thanks for the update. Sorry to hear you still haven't lost the weight...but at least the hair shedding stopped and inositol helped you with that.  As I said before, thin women seem to experience some weight gain on inositol, whereas overweight women (Esp. with PCOS) use it for weight loss. My guess is that, in lowering your testosterone, inositol has tipped the balance towards estrogen. Since you had estrogen dominance before, DIM might be the way to go once again until you lose the weight. For me personally, DIM seems to make me a bit bloated on certain days of the month, but maybe for you it can help with weight loss.

I recently re-added evening primrose to my regime, which for some women it can help with weight loss. Evening primrose & vitex helped me lose weight the first time I took them coming off of birth control.

In Topic: Maca Capsules... Horrible

01 November 2014 - 02:43 PM

Theoretically, maca is one of the best supplements for hormonal acne. However, I never read any positive reviews on it on acne.org. 

Check the Hormonal acne forum for beneficial herbs & vitamins to try...maca is hardly popular here. 

If you suspect estrogen dominance, then something like DIM could be the right herb for you. You have to be attentive to your cycles & symptoms in order to find the right supplements for you.

So a little background.. I've been off birth control for the past 4 months and the regimen as kept me remarkably clear. I have noticed an increase in clogged pores and smaller blemishes this month but I just have to tell myself this is the worst of it and I'll come out of it soon, I hear the 4 months mark is a hard one for most women. I'd say my skin is like 96% clear most days now with The Regimen. Sometimes I still get chin break outs if I stay over at my boyfriends house and sleep in my makeup and don't wash my face. So I don't always follow the regimen to the exact but I think my face is still pretty good.



That being said my hair is still shedding an insane amount due to hormone levels still being out of whack from previous use of birth control. My periods are regular though. I kept reading people online saying that Maca supplements help get your thyroid and hormones balanced after birth control so I went this past sunday and bought some capsules. OH MY GOD! Stay farrrrr away from that stuff. After taking only one pill (500mg which isn't a lot, some people seem to take 4 pills a day and are fine) I woke up with MONSTER cystic acne. At first I thought it might just be a fluke so I took two more pills and a cluster of about 5 large cysts appeared all together on the tip of my chin. As soon as I stopped taking the pills no more cysts showed up so now I'm just trying to take care of the ones still there. They were massive like one was the size of a quarter under my chin, so there's only so much a topical can do when they are THAT large. Wow so attractive right now. I'm super pissed, my boyfriend is visiting tomorrow and I've got these things that look like boils all over my chin. I think I definitely had an allergic reaction or something to the Maca. It's a food so I guess it's possible. Of course after I googled cystic acne and maca I saw it breaks a lot of people out with severe cystic acne. Such a waste, I'm returning these capsules. What a nasty supplement.. 

Also does it really balance hormones? I also read things about women saying it made them gain weight in their hips and butt. It sounds like it increases estrogen if anything. I've noticed that I seem to get cysts when my estrogen is raised (I realize that's not the norm, most women have better skin when estrogen is a bit higher) so maybe that is what's causing this horrendous break out too. Either way, very disappointed in this supplement and how violent a reaction it caused after only 3 pills :S

In Topic: Inositol Abolished My Acne, But With Drastic Side Effects

01 November 2014 - 02:41 PM

I won't detail my full acne history here and save that for another thread.


I started using myo-Inositol from a health food store, and my skin cleared quickly and dramatically. It cleared on my back, my face, and my chest, even most of my blackheads were gone. At the time I was using many other supplements, I was exercising and adhering to my personal acne diet (no soy, low sugar, emphasize vegetables, etc) so I was unsure of how much Inositol really contributed to the improvement. One by one, I stopped taking supplements, and then slowly I stopped exercising and returned to a junk food diet with lots of Burger King and Ice Cream. I may have had a few small pimples but It still remained clearer than ever. now hold your horses on buying it just yet. At first Inositol improved my mood and energy but then after a week it deteriorated. My side effects included:

-brain fog and short-term memory problems


-shaky hands

-adhd type behavior

-difficulty reading, drawing, writing


These were so bad that I could not function as a normal person at work, at school, or in my personal life. I don't think I could live with being that shaky weird guy with beautiful skin.


myo-Inositol is complex in that it is converted to Inositol Triphosphate which is a signaling molecule involved in many reactions in the body, and it is also a brain osmolyte which can affect cell pressure in your BRAIN! It is also closely involved with insulin which I suspect is it's mechansism of action in clearing my acne.  If someone asks I can post quite a few studies to back up these statements, or you can search inositol+insulin on google scholar or jstor.org



Many people use Inositol at super high doses over 10 grams a day to successfully treat conditions like depression and OCD. The women over at soulcysters.net, myfitnesspal.com, and other forums use myo-Inositol & D-Chiro-Inositol to treat PCOS side effects like acne, excess hair growth, abnormal cycles, etc. Also for some it successfully resensitizes their serotonin receptors. However some of us have reactions like mine. My dosage was only around 2-3 grams a day which I brought down to 500mg with no change in side effects.


My experience won't necessarilly mirror yours and could be the exception. However please do your research before supplementing!


I'm one of those on inositol for PCOS, and have been taking it for a year now. I have a few possible explanations for why you got the side effects:

1. In terms of acne, studies only used women as test subjects....it's not known how inositol affects (presumably) healthy males ..are you male??

2. You started with too much...2-3 grams may seem like a low dose, but that's only compared to OCD and ADHD doses...I take less than a gram 

3. If you take MORE inositol than your body needs, it can actually make insulin resistance worse! If you have been eating junk food along with inositol, you may have worsened your insulin resistance. It's similar to the warnings to women who take metformin (for insulin resistance) not to eat too much sugar with it. I think this is the main reason it caused side effects. However, the fact that it cleared your skin shows that it was working. If you are male, though, it could be risky taking it as it can lower testosterone. 

In Topic: Royal Jelly - Anyone Tried This?

01 November 2014 - 02:31 PM

I take Royal Jelly.  It has high amounts of Pantothenic Acid (B5).

Expensive, but healthy.  Good for overall immune system.



I used a royal jelly based moisturizer once.


There's been some claims over the years that it has anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties, most of which have been debunked.


As far as I know, this stuff is basically bee breast milk. It has a mixture of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Won't hurt but it's probably not a magic bullet for anything.


BTW life-threatening allergies have been documented to royal jelly so be careful.


UPDATE: I had to stop taking royal jelly. Even though my skin had a healthy glow the 2 weeks I was taking it, I started feeling really fatigued! Since I stopped taking it, I have been feeling more energized. Isn't that weird? I wonder why it's had the opposite effect on me & my immune system.

Now I'm only using it topically as a hair mask and it seems to be working better. 

In Topic: Diet And Supplements Log

01 November 2014 - 02:27 PM

Photo updates! Skin is not that great, but considering the amount of stress & moving I have been under, it's holding up fine.

What I have been doing, besides the usual stuff listed in my signature below:

- I tried a "crystal clear" facial (with crystal-tipped microderm-style wand) with some herbal masks & treatments and an oxygenating treatment as well ---> This definitely brought some zits to the surface and left my face red...still unsure whether it was worth it. I'm getting another one next week, since it's supposed to be a regular treatment for a few weeks until everything is cleared.

- I added a matte moisturizer to wear under makeup (by Rejuve - anyone heard of this company?? I haven't before)

- I started using Nyx foundation (powder & liquid)...pretty sure my skin isn't that happy with it. Looking to try something new that is paraben-free, any suggestions?

- I added Evening Primrose Oil, as recommended by my acupuncturist. I had some good results the first 2 times I took it. It's supposed to be a DHT blocker, and can help with PCOS, hirsutism, and hair loss.  I'm also hoping it helps fade the hyperpigmentation patches under my eyes. We shall see...

Here are some make-up free photos, just in time for halloween tongue.png