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#3427244 Falling Off The Wagon.....getting Back On The Horse

Posted by WishClean on Yesterday, 10:21 AM

Acne can be caused due to issues in the gut and digestion.... it seems like you have a good diet if you are mostly paleo, but maybe all the stuff you list on your signature that you took for acne in the past could have taken their toll on your body. I would say work on improving your overall health, especially if you notice any physical issues emerging.

To get off BP, you'll need to wean off slowly and try to rebalance your skin's acid mantle. Switch to a cleanser that says "balancing" or "restoring" to make sure your skin doesn't freak out when you no longer use BP.

#3427145 Best Saw Palmetto Brand

Posted by WishClean on 18 April 2014 - 10:47 PM

I take Olympian Labs DIM and Source Naturals inositol powder. Works for me so far. Olympian Labs updated their DIM bottle though, and I just got the new batch which is supposed to be the same but I think it might be a bit stronger.


Can DIM cause an intial breakout? Right now I'm trying to stick to something that couldn't possibly make my situations worse, so i'm scared to even touch Spiro as I've heard it can cause an IB


I supposed anything could cause an initial breakout but for me, it helped clear up the initial breakout I had from vitex (which I eventually stopped taking). DIM cannot cause a worse breakout than spiro, that's for sure. If you start with a very low dose (30-50mg) and work your way up to 100-150mg (split into 2 doses) like I did, your chances of an initial breakout are slim. However, if your liver is weak, then you might get an initial breakout due to the toxins DIM might pull out.

#3426530 High Insulin Levels- Extreme Oily Skin!

Posted by WishClean on 15 April 2014 - 10:24 PM

I don't think meat causes huge insulin spikes...what kind of meat specifically? 

You should eat something every 2-3 hours to prevent insulin spikes. Regular snacking is just as important as what you eat.

It takes MONTHS if not more for hormones to stabilize, so I wouldn't expect any changes with oil production for at least 6 months. You can try witch hazel topically for oil control, it works for some people. 

#3426125 B Vitamins And Breakouts?

Posted by WishClean on 13 April 2014 - 08:31 PM

Avoid b complexes, they have high % of B12 and biotin, which can cause acne if taken in high amounts.

For me, the best B vitamin is B-8 inositol, which ironically is usually omitted from b-complexes. 

B6 can help too, and niacin (B3?)

#3425946 Inositol's Impact On Hormonal Acne

Posted by WishClean on 12 April 2014 - 11:13 PM

Hey guys

m new to this forum...

trying out inositol ,just been a week now....will keep updating about anything new (crossing my fingers).

just wanted to know about 'DIM'..what is DIM??

Thanx in advance guys.

I hope it works for you. It's better to take inositol twice a day because it's water soluble, so your body can flush it out every time you go to the bathroom.

Search for posts on DIM on acne.org, you'll find more information.

#3425941 Took Spiro For 7 Year... Finally Clear With Low Dose Accutane.

Posted by WishClean on 12 April 2014 - 11:06 PM

I've had better results with supplements and healthy lifestyle changes than all the crap doctors prescribed over the years. Doctors want to make you feel like you have no other choices because they want to make money. But whatever, it's your life, your choice. 

#3425734 Dating With This Face (Pics)

Posted by WishClean on 11 April 2014 - 05:38 PM

Oh my gosh darlin', you are so beautiful I could cry! And guess what? You don't have bad skin! You are like me- we feel badly about the smallest little marks on our skin! I know this is probably no consolation- but I know how this feels. I've felt it for years- sometimes I still do. I did absolute horrible things to myself because I felt so horrible about myself. I'm so sorry you are going through this. About the guy- I truly, honestly believe because you feel so down on yourself you are reading into the situation in a way any of us here would. I'd imagine things probably changed because it's AWKWARD always meeting someone in person for the first time! You know what I would do? I would ask him exactly what you're worried about! People always appreciate others being open and vulnerable with them. And chances are he gave no notice to your skin! And if he did- he is a worthless piece of shit who will NEVER EVER deserve such an amazing, beautiful girl as you!

Seriously though, you are so gorgeous. Please try to be easier on yourself. Feel free to message me anytime. I'm always here to talk.



Thanks Savannah, you made my day :) And I love your signature, it's so true. I am leaning towards worthless piece of shit at the moment, but I don't want to be too negative. I did horrible things to myself too because I never felt that I was good enough...but really, life is too short to feel bad about ourselves. I was feeling angry towards myself after his interest died down, but then I figured that I can't change how I look like or who I am. If he doesn't like it, then he's not right for me. I don't want to feel insecure every time I am with him. I just thought for once I deserved to have a guy who is both intelligent and attractive...I guess he was more attractive than intelligent unfortunately. Did I mention he is supposed to be Buddhist, yet spends all his time at the gym, dieting, making money, and possibly sex (he said he had a high sex drive on the questions on okcupid)... I guess he's only buddhist when it suits him (don't get me wrong, he had a lot of good qualities too, but now his vanity overshadows them).  He also lives down the street from me...literally 3 minutes away from my apartment. Now I'm paranoid about running into him at the grocery store or when I go running.  wacko.png


Today I just focused on my health and I kept busy so as not to check my phone. 

Let me know if you ever want to talk too! You are a great person :)



I agree with paigems post smile.png And you are beautiful smile.png From the pictures I see, i doesn't look that bad. really! I am pretty sure I can relate to how your feeling though! I have been feeling similar to this all week. I hope you find a wonderful guy who loves you for you. And I hope your skin changes for the best! 



 Thanks, I only trust acne.org users and if you all are saying my skin isn't that bad then it must not be. Ironically, since this guy stopped contacted me, my skin has been doing better and looking less tired, despite the fact that I've been comfort eating. So maybe one good thing will come out of this :)


WishClean I totally get where you are coming from. Just wanted to say that you're not alone!

Yes, it could have been any number of reasons why this guy is flaky. There was a guy I met online and we chatted for a couple weeks before we met. The chemistry I felt via text/phone conversations was just NOT there in person. It disappointed me!

We went on a second date because I wanted to see if things could change. It didn't. But I loved texting with him! Lol too bad that doesn't make a relationship.

I also have a "similar" thread if you want to read it. It made me feel better about my situation.

Do you think you are brave enough to ask this guy what his deal is?

Hey Sailette, 

I'll read your thread and respond to it. Sounds like you might have felt off like this guy...the chemistry maybe wasn't there for him either. But I am puzzled because he texted me an hour after our second "date" to say: "I have to say you looked pretty sexy today." Why would he lead me on like that? And when I responded "thanks you did too ;) " he didn't continue flirting. I even asked him afterwards if he wanted to hang out the next day and he said his mom was coming to town and he couldn't. A few days later I sent him a simple "how is your day going" and he responded 5 hours later with: "it was good! how was yours?" and when I responded, he never texted back. That was Monday, and he never texted again. 

So, my question is, why did he compliment me, then disappeared, and why would he tell me last time we met that he usually is free on the weekends? To me it felt like he was making himself available, and then when he complimented me via text I thought he wanted something more than just friends. So confusing!

I wish I could ask him what his deal was....I might if he ever contacts me again, but he might have just moved on to someone else. It's the rejection and the not knowing why that hurts the most.mellow.png

#3425231 Dating With This Face (Pics)

Posted by WishClean on 09 April 2014 - 07:41 AM

Ok, I wanted to update this thread. I just went out with the same guy again, and most of you were right. He did like me and was waiting to see if I liked him too. I guess I didn't give him enough signs that I liked him....it really put things into perspective for me. Sometimes I don't let guys see that I like them because I'm worried about getting rejected. Because of that, they sometimes feel rejected too.  Today on the date I was confident even though we were outside in broad daylight and I was trying not to sweat. I saw a lot of girls with flawed skin and that made me feel I wasn't alone, so I tried to have a good time instead. I hope this helps someone in the same position struggling with self-esteem. Do you think that once I get to know him better I can tell him about my skin insecurities, or will he not understand? 


Just wanted to say that this thread has really helped me. I've always had pretty low self-esteem, but then my skin went crazy and I honestly don't think don't think my self-esteem can get any lower. Some days I am 100% convinced that I will never find anyone who could love me.

But I'm slowly working on it. Trying not to be so hard on myself. Because I do believe that we think more horrible things about ourselves than anyone else does.  


So thankyou to you WichClean and everyone else who has commented. Its really lifted my spirits and I'll try to remember all this when I'm next at my lowest.


And WishClean your skin looks beautiful. 


I'm glad this thread was helpful, it has helped me a lot too. We are harder on ourselves....someone once told me to treat myself like my best friend and never say anything to myself that I wouldn't say to a friend. It's helped me cut down on the negativity and on picking on my flaws. 

I'm ok with not finding anyone....I'd rather be single than be with someone superficial. I am very independent and I always try to find things to do, even when I don't have anyone to do them with, so I think keeping busy and focusing on your wellbeing is key. 

#3424788 Fem Rebalance

Posted by WishClean on 06 April 2014 - 08:37 PM

I predict an initial breakout with this...it seems risky to take an herbal blend, there are so many variables that are known to cause breakouts (initial or otherwise), like maca, vitex, and licorice root. 

I would start with vitex in drop form, it's the most helpful out of all of the ingredients. That's what I did when I came off the pill years ago. 

#3424785 Help With My Acne, I'm So Lost. Androgens ? Stress ? Hypothyroidism ? Man...

Posted by WishClean on 06 April 2014 - 08:34 PM

YEs, hyperthyroidism can have something to do with it. My DHEAs were higher than my testosterone too, but blood tests are very inconclusive. I posted studies on inositol a while ago, and basically it helps reduce hirsutism, acne, and other PCOS symptoms over the course of 6 months. It doesn't hurt to try it. I recommend taking it in powder form with no added ingredients. 1/8 of a teaspoon is good to start with, then you can increase it to 1/8 twice a day if you are doing well on it.  

#3424784 Diet Change

Posted by WishClean on 06 April 2014 - 08:31 PM

Rice milk is ok as long as it's not loaded with sugar. Check the diet forum for tips.

#3424779 Great Article On Why The "leaky Gut" Isn't Real

Posted by WishClean on 06 April 2014 - 08:28 PM

Wish Clean you should goggle .... Dr. Stefan Lanka exposes the Viral fraud , a brilliant virologist and molecular biologist from Germany , fact is HIV has never been isolated only viral like particles or Polio , Hep C , etc... quite eye opening work .  HIV / AID$ is a political definition with special interest groups in the developed world and is chemically based ( street drugs / pharma drugs ) and in the third world poverty is re-labeled as AID$ that's the sad truth. I watched a documentary called House of Numbers a while back then I did some research because it sparked my interest and needless to say I was shocked . It didn't surprise me though Allopathic medicine is very corrupt .


Cancer Inc. would be another one notice that they have never found a cure for cancer only chemo/radiation which is toxic when in reality there are many natural cures for cancer , ESSIAC tea would be a good example it came from  native American medicine man and was given to a nurse in Canada in the early 1900's and she cured thousands of stage 4 terminal cancer. You should check out Natural News .com it's a good place for info. 

I see your point, but I'm a bit ambivalent on this. I think part of it is just labeling...if it's not called AIDS it's something else (i.e. physiological symptoms of poverty, as you say). But yes, Western medicine is definitely corrupt and money-oriented, there's no denying that. The cure for cancer lies in natural resources, but of course noone wants us to believe that. Nature has all the cures, we just have to find them. 

But back to leaky gut, I think the reason why it hasn't been studied enough is because it's a modern ailment, partially caused by high quantities of GMO foods. SO naturally, food companies do not want us to believe that leaky gut is real. Tell that to my gut. 

#3424584 Best Saw Palmetto Brand

Posted by WishClean on 05 April 2014 - 08:12 PM

Instead of saw palmetto, women should try DIM. Take it from me, saw palmetto only made a tiny improvement in my acne, and then it raised my estrogen. DIM is more suitable for women in my opinion, and more antiandrogenic than saw palmetto. It's even listed on wikipedia as the no.1 natural anti-androgen.


I've been considering DIM. But after doing some research it seems that there hasn't been all that much research done on the drug and its potential short term/long term side effects, which makes me hesitant. What are your thoughts?

Yes, there hasn't been that much research on DIM. For what it's worth, Dr Oz recommended DIM on his show, so at least we know it's a legitimate herb for women to take because on that show they don't just recommend things without doing their research. 

There isn't that much research on saw palmetto and acne either, it's mostly on saw palmetto and prostate health. 

I personally prefer DIM because it also acts as an antioxidant. You could always start with inositol, which is a milder antiandrogen than DIM, and see how that goes.

#3424490 Great Article On Why The "leaky Gut" Isn't Real

Posted by WishClean on 05 April 2014 - 09:01 AM

Last century depresssion and a bunch of other clinical diseases weren't considered real either. Also, if you asked anyone about HIV before the 1980s, they would have no clue what it is. So, let's not be close minded and exclude conditions that people suffer from. If it's the labeling that bothers you, then that's another story. 

#3424436 Treating Hormonal Acne The Natural Way?

Posted by WishClean on 04 April 2014 - 10:08 PM

Vitex helped me a lot the first 2 times I took it (one was for a year, the 2nd one for 8 months or so). But the third time, my stomach couldn't tolerate it so I switched to DIM (plain DIM, not the blend) and WOW, I am so glad I did. Read the user hearts' thread about how she cured her acne using DIM and natural progesterone cream, it's very informative. 

I also use inositol, it got me about 90% clear, and 99% clear on good days. Inositol is the mildest option and some women only really need that, not stronger herbs like vitex and DIM. 

Stay away from saw palmetto.