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#3479076 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by WishClean on 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. 

#3466678 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by WishClean on 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.

#3466675 Sweet Potato

Posted by WishClean on 05 January 2015 - 05:42 AM

Boiled sweet potatoes are better, but you can also bake it provided that you don't have other high GI foods in your diet that day.


If this helps, when I was malnourished from digestive issues, I had a microwavable sweet potato almost every day and it helped a lot with my gut issues and nutrition. Microwaving it was definitely not the best way to eat it, but the fact that my health and skin improved shows that even microwaving a sweet potato does not kill all the nutrients in it.

#3458864 Inositol's Impact On Hormonal Acne

Posted by WishClean on 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.

#3456936 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by WishClean on 21 October 2014 - 04:02 PM

Skin is definitely getting worse lately. I've been using less BP though so that's definitely contributing to it. I'm wanting to stop BP because I'm paranoid about it making my skin more sensitive to the sun and causing sun damage. I'm already careful with the sun because of already being pale.... It sucks that most of the topical options out there (as far as I know) make your skin more photosensitive. 

I had been emotionally managing my skin well lately - my skin hasn't been great but it wasn't getting to me. Today is the first day in a while where it is getting to me a bit and I just feel ugly. I'd love to stay home and not let anyone see me / have to face anyone but I've got things to do so I'll have to just deal with it. 


Hope you're all doing well 

Hey Lilly,

Don't lose your positivity! Just try to avoid mirrors and keep busy when you are feeling low about yourself. Being productive is usually the best antidote. That or watching great movies at home to take your mind off things :)

#3456867 Inositol's Impact On Hormonal Acne

Posted by WishClean on 21 October 2014 - 04:44 AM

Inositol has been getting some attention recently as an anti-depressant!



#3456524 Hormone & Vitamin Tests

Posted by WishClean on 18 October 2014 - 03:34 AM

I might have an idea. I follow High on Health on facebook, and she gives skype consultations about acne problems. Then she recommends supplements & diet based on your status. How about that? Fran, the owner of the website, is reliable, as far as I know, and also certified. I used to watch her videos on youtube.

Why not try that??? And maybe also when you have the skype appointment, do it with makeup-free skin so she can really see what your issues are and give you feedback. 

http://highonclearskin.com --> click on Get Help to see the options she offers.


I still do not have access to a naturopath, and my doctor has no suggestions for me since spiro stopped working, except to go back on birth control—which is my LAST resort.

Let me know if you find anything about mail-in hormone testing for Canadians. There are many options for Americans, even right from amazon; however, these are not available in Canada.

brenmc, on 18 Oct 2014 - 03:19, said:


#3456390 How To Live Your Life Despite Acne?

Posted by WishClean on 17 October 2014 - 06:16 AM

You won't find much psychological advice on acne online (apart from forums like this one), but you could broaden your search to body/skin disorders/dysmorphia, and to positive thinking. I have been hearing repeatedly from people recently that negative thoughts attract negativity, so perhaps changing your outlook on life and yourself could help you improve your lifestyle. It's definitely not easy, since we are all socially conditioned to accept certain ideals as the "norm," so you will need to gradually re-train your brain to accept what you now see as a flawed version of yourself...and that version will then become the norm. You have to learn to accept imperfections and go about your life. If anyone judges you for it, then f**k them..it says more about them than you. Life is short, why live it in misery?

#3456389 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by WishClean on 17 October 2014 - 06:11 AM

This was the one and only place I felt safe expressing myself... The whole reason I signed up for this site was for emotional support. Bye.

You shouldn't let someone's negativity affect and discourage you. You can post whatever you want here, and if someone doesn't like it, then they don't have to read it.

#3456314 Hormone & Vitamin Tests

Posted by WishClean on 16 October 2014 - 02:37 PM

Can you recommend an affordable and reputable online source for hormone testing?

I wish I could...I haven't used one yet. You said there aren't any good homeopaths/ integrative doctors in your town? 



I've been reading the Facebook PCOS support group, and they post interesting discoveries about PCOS which can also relate to hormonal balance in general, not just PCOS. The page that's linked to the facebook group is this one: http://www.massattack.com.au/  and they do hormonal testing.  They are based in Australia. The hormone tests they do are for people who want to lose weight by regulating their hormones, but I guess those hormonal tests could help with acne as well. 


And here's another new test for PCOS, taken from the PCOS support group. 

New blood test for PCOS

Recently published research shows that elevated levels of anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) can be used as a new diagnostic marker for PCOS (1-3). Serum levels of AHM were significantly elevated in women with PCOS (7.34ng/mL) compared to women without PCOS (2.24ng/mL) in recent studies. (1-2)

What is AMH?
Anti-Mullarian Hormone is a hormone produced by the granulosa cells of the early developing antral follicles. These are the immature eggs that wake up from their dormant state and develop into mature eggs. AMH levels are generally used to assess the ovarian reserves of a woman: the higher the levels of AMH, the more eggs a woman has left. However, as this new research shows, it can help diagnose PCOS as well.

AMH is typically elevated in women with PCOS. Elevated levels can reduce the production of progesterone and reduce the expression of Luteinizing Hormone receptors, thus further interfering with ovulation and potentially aggravating PCOS (4), even though more research is still needed in this area to clearly establish cause and effect.

Testing for AMH
AMH levels can be tested through your GP or through specialized labs. In Australia, this test costs on average AU$60, but prices can vary per country. If you suspect you have PCOS but tests are inconclusive, ask your GP or fertility specialist about testing for AMH levels.

#3456309 Dim Update -- 8+ Months Later

Posted by WishClean on 16 October 2014 - 02:22 PM

Hey WishClean! I just wanted to thank you for sharing all of this helpful information, especially about inositol, which I had never heard of. Particularly because I have some really embarrassing and unfortunate body hair that has been a daily bummer for me for the last five years, and it seems like this could help me. I've never been tested for PCOS because I'm skinny with regular periods. (It doesn't convince me, but it does convince my doctors...) 


Anyhow, I have been under the impression that the only thing I can do for my "male pattern" body hair is laser treatment. I'm going to do some more research on inositol for excess body hair, but I'd love if you could share some more about how inositol has influenced your body hair growth. Feel free to send me a message if you'd rather. 


Thanks! Have a great day


Hey, I'm glad this is useful. I'm sure there are tons of other things we haven't heard of and doctors don't want us to know (or they don't know themselves). 

I'm normal weight with regular periods too, but have PCOS...not all PCOS women have the same symptoms. You would need to get an ultrasound to verify. There's also just polycystic ovaries without the "syndrome" (i.e. the side effects of polycystic ovaries)..

I noticed a steady reduction in facial and body hair when starting inositol. It hasn't completely disappeared, but I don't think it will because once the hair follicles are active, they continue to grow hair. Inositol made my excess hair finer and more manageable.

I had laser done on my legs with good results, but when I tried laser on my face, it turned my fuzz into actual dark hairs! It was the worst! So now I get electrolysis every month, which is much safer for facial hair than anything else I've tried. As for body hair, laser worked also on my bikini line, armpits, and kind of on the stomach...but, I made the stupid mistake of getting it done on some fuzz I had on my breasts and the hair grew back coarser after my treatments were finished. I have to do electrolysis in that area too now, and it's painful! So, I don't advice you to do laser on areas where hormonal hair grows..electrolysis is much more effective for those areas, and you don't run the risk of turning fuzz into hair with red light stimulation. Sorry for the TMI, I hope this helps! 

#3456305 I Think I Figured It Out!

Posted by WishClean on 16 October 2014 - 02:15 PM

I'm 35, have had cystic and regular acne since I was 15.
A few months ago my skin spontaneously cleared up like it hasn't in years, I was taking a few different supplements, but I had for years before that. I figured I was finally 'growing out of it'.
Well after about a month of beautiful skin it came back with a terrible vengeance, worse than before. For months I've nursed it and its not as bad with going back to eating a healthier, low carb diet. But I'm still getting cysts and pimples regularly.

Anyway it occurred to me that I had been taking a different supplement just before the great clear up, but it was something I had bought for my husband's stomach problems and I only took it because he wouldn't anyway and I figured maybe it'll help me with weight loss or something when I did decide to eat carbs.

It was a meijer brand supplement, called super zymes. It has betaine HCI, ox bile, and several other digestive enzymes in it. It says to take it after a meal, but I always took it beforehand anyway.

It took me awhile to connect it because when I ran out the acne didn't come back for a few weeks so I just didn't think of it.

Starting back on them today, super excited! Plus they are on sale right now for only $7 a bottle! Score! I bought 3.

I'll update in a week or 2 ;-)

Aha...some people have the same problem. So you seem to have issues with stomach acid and the food you eat isn't digested properly. HCl and digestive enzymes help with that. 

Let us know if you clear up again :)

#3456111 Really So Desperate And Depressed Now

Posted by WishClean on 15 October 2014 - 02:10 PM

Looks like you are using too many products.

Take away the sulphur, and also remove any products (Esp. cleansers) with SLS/sulfates in them. That should help the redness go down.

The redness around your mouth could be due to SLS and/or fluoride in your toothpaste and/or mouthwash. I had something similar until I switched my toothpaste and mouthwash.

#3456109 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by WishClean on 15 October 2014 - 02:00 PM

<p>My friend sent a text and it said &quot;acne&quot; instead of &quot;can&quot; in a sentence. He then sent another text saying &quot;stupid auto correct.&quot;&nbsp;</p>
<p>Even though I know for a fact that it was auto correct, it didn't stop me from obsessing for about an hour of whether or not he was making fun of my acne. Two decades of having people blatantly make fun of and insult me because of my acne has made me so paranoid that I now think some people are making fun of me when they're not.</p>

I know what you mean, but think of it this way. If anyone is making fun of something as superficial as acne, it says more about them than you. 

#3455611 Dim Update -- 8+ Months Later

Posted by WishClean on 12 October 2014 - 10:41 AM

great post, great input....thanks for coming back with an update


the blood test is something I haven't done but that histamine test along with vitamin D, and other vitamin levels should be the first thing that derms do...but sadly they do not


so we have to figure out our own path, if we want to avoid antibiotics and accutane


congrats on making it this far in your journey!

That's true...histamines should be checked along with vitamin & mineral levels. I wish all derms did that first before prescribing heavy duty drugs and antibiotics.

Thankfully, there are people here (like you!) who are receptive to alternative, holistic ways of approaching acne. I'm here to show people that we don't have to be extreme in treating acne as long as we treat its underlying causes. It takes a lot of patience, some trial and error, and persistence! 


Great update. I'm glad your skin is healthy and clear. Obviously I'm still piecing together my puzzle. Nodular acne is especially challenging sad.png.

Thanks brenmc. Well, I'm not always 100% clear..I still have occasional flares, red marks and irritation (e.g. from dust), but compared to the mess my face was in 2013, I'll take what I can get.  Good luck, I'm sure you'll find a solution....it took me a while to piece everything together myself. 

Btw, I read some reviews on amazon about Nature's DIM, and one person said it took her 4+ months to see results, so if it's not hurting you, I say keep taking it.