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#3443443 My Way Too Clear Skin.

Posted by WishClean on Today, 12:34 AM

I agree...if the naturopath is not experienced in dealing with skin issues specifically, then they will just go through probable issues (e.g. candida) and hope that that is your issue. 

I also don't like it when they recommend too many supplements...keep in mind that many naturopaths actually receive commission and/or discounts from specific stores (one naturopath I went in Europe to refers all his customers to a specific pharmacy/health store to increase supplement sales). 

I think the conservative approach is to just start with a few supplements, plus diet changes, and see if there is improvement. No need to take more than you need.

#3443440 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by WishClean on Today, 12:22 AM

Sorry to read the posts about acne worsening.... mine has been a little too lately, but mostly it's stress and diet-related. I wish I could tell you all that when skin problems become more manageable, your life will be better, but that may not be the case unfortunately. We all have to find happiness within and not rely on the approval of others or even on our appearance. I keep thinking how short life is, and how much of it I spent worrying about things that shouldn't matter.


Anyway, I'm sending positive vibes to all of you, even though my luck has ran out. Do you ever feel like everything in your life is going downhill and you can't do anything to prevent the downward spiral? That's how my life is right now...I'm just hopelessly watching my life fall apart, no matter what I do :/ 


(Sorry for being a downer...I needed a place to vent)

#3443084 Inositol's Impact On Hormonal Acne

Posted by WishClean on 23 July 2014 - 09:47 PM

Thanks for the link WishClean. I responded in the other thread so as to not clog up your inositol/DIM thread.
I'm not sure if you saw one of my previous questions on this topic but I was asking about whether or not you found any new information on long term inositol use or potential inositol resistance? I'm considering going back on it now that six months have passed and also because I came across a video (I posted in this thread) about how important inositol is for PCOS.
Finally, do you think DIM is a long term supplement or just a temporary one for detoxing your body of excess estrogen? Do you know of any potential rebound effects or side effects from long term use? Just curious. smile.png

Unfortunately, there are no longterm studies other than the 6-month trial...but maybe there's more info on the Chiral Balance website about long term use of inositol. The video you posted is very useful, I think they cite it on the Chiral Balance forum as well. 

Not sure how effective DIM is long term either... I am planning on testing my hormones once I finally have decent health insurance again, so I guess I'll find out in a few months. I'm curious too.


I'm joining the inositol experiment. I've long suspected I might have PCOS, or at least a hormonal imbalance, which has become apparent since going off BC two years ago.


My acne issue is hormonal cysts that appear on my chin each and every month. I have very clear skin on the rest of my face, but if anything plays with my hormones I will face an eruption (or three… or four). My most recent situation was drinking a whey protein shake… which, I didn't realize, promotes testosterone. The next morning I had two cysts on my chin, more coming up on my cheeks... In the following weeks ELEVEN total popped up in succession, all below the cheekbones. Luckily they didn't scar, and once extracted they stayed away. Currently, one month later, the breakout has slowed down, and there's only one left on my chin. (Fingers crossed.) I also had the worst period of my life that month, with initial cramps so horrific I ended up vomiting from the pain. I attribute all of this to one glass of a testosterone-friendly powder blended into a seemingly-healthy shake with spinach.


Other PCOS symptoms I've noticed include - hair everywhere after going off the pill (sides of face, jawline, upper lip, most of my body, etc.), fibrocystic breasts, cycles which are not wildly irregular but are very heavy and last at least a full week; insomnia and terrible PMS depression that lasts two weeks before my period. As stated, I went off BC two years ago as the generic I'd used - the only one that hadn't given me intense side effects - was discontinued, and I have not ovulated since. 


I have digestive issues as well - diagnosed Celiac, problems digesting dairy (cheese is OK, generally), and VERY intense reactions to sugar… I don't eat it too often, but if I have any amount larger than a few teaspoons I will be out of commission for at least a day, with extreme fatigue, full-body bloating, and migraines. I've begun to realize this is probably an insulin issue. It also tends to break me out (of course), and make my PMS intense.


Getting checked for PCOS isn't an option right now, since my husband quit his job to join a start-up, and we're between insurance providers. So, in the meantime, I've started taking evening primrose three times daily, as it's helped my hormonal acne in the past, a multi with folic acid, calcium with D, and zinc twice a day. I also drink apple cider vinegar in water. And after reading this thread and many articles on PCOS websites, I bought a bottle of Twinlab myo-inositol and have begun taking 1500 MGs. (Is this too much? Too little?)


Four days in - I haven't had any new breakouts, which is a good sign as my period should come sometime in the next week, and the cysts usually show up early. I'm not noticing any appetite loss; I'm actually hungrier, though that's not a bad thing, as I'm underweight. I have a headache for about a half hour after I take one. I'll be updating as things progress!


Good luck, keep us posted!

A lot of people keep their acne under control when eliminating gluten, especially if they are celiacs. It's good that you pay attention to other symptoms as well (such as indigestion)...usually those are all connected. 

#3441798 Water Has Been Breaking Me Out!

Posted by WishClean on 16 July 2014 - 09:21 PM

Yes, you are definitely onto something here....I always said that water can alter the skin's Ph and sensitivity.

#3441783 Does This Mean It's Getting Worse? I'm Confused And Paranoid

Posted by WishClean on 16 July 2014 - 08:38 PM

brenmc is right, sometimes it's hard to pinpoint exactly what is happening. This week my skin has been freaking out...a lot of stress, lack of good sleep, eating lots of things I'm not used to, stomach problems, that time of the month....so I can't pinpoint the exact cause, but everything has been bothering me. 

We have to stay hopeful though...

#3441779 My Skin Is Causing Me A Lot Of Anxiety

Posted by WishClean on 16 July 2014 - 08:28 PM

I just need to vent a bit guys. I don't usually post in this section of the forums, but I'm not sure why since I suffer from an anxiety disorder which is severely exacerbated by my skin issues. Anyways, lately my skin has been breaking out badly and I've started to scar a bit. All my scars right now are very shallow, but I'm having a very "I'm scarred for life, I look ugly, and the world is ending attitude." I have never had to deal with scars before and I feel like my new little ones are pushing my anxiety to the limit. Can you guys please offer me some reassurance or words of wisdom? I don't want to feel like I'm going to be scarred and ugly forever, but right now I can't help but feel that way.

hi paigems...sorry you are feeling down. I can totally relate to this, and I have to say that this week my skin freaked out as well after months of relative calmness (I was even getting used to the scarring). 

Believe me, most of us here have felt ugly and deformed at some point and still do, but don't lose hope. Just keep doing what you are doing and the acne will subside. Have you been feeling particularly stressed lately??

#3441295 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by WishClean on 14 July 2014 - 09:16 AM

Feeling annoyed!!!!!!!!!  But my day must go on.  Speaking life into a negative set of circumstances.

Stay positive! Your positivity is motivating to others including myself. :)

#3441293 Does This Mean It's Getting Worse? I'm Confused And Paranoid

Posted by WishClean on 14 July 2014 - 09:12 AM

stress= acne for acne-prone skin. Try to relax and not fixate on your skin as much. 

Also, you have to remember that acne sometimes has an ebb and flow...some days it subsides, and other days it flares up. Until it gets completely under control, it will still flare up occasionally. Not necessarily a bad sign, take it easy. My skin has freaked out in the last week, probably because I went all out and ate whatever I wanted (my stomach also freaked out, so I'm sure it's related) but now it's slowly coming under control again and I'm positive. I haven't had a swollen cyst in months, but I won't get discouraged, just get back on track. 

#3439751 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by WishClean on 06 July 2014 - 05:32 PM

These days, I feel cared for and appreciated in my personal life, despite my skin's flaws.

In my professional life, I'm a mess but thankfully I have a good support system to keep me sane (including you awesome pees on acne.org).


hmm sunscreen suggestions, I could use some too....right now, I'm doing fine with lumene's cc cream which has broad spectrum SPF and it's relatively inexpensive. 

#3439361 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by WishClean on 04 July 2014 - 09:01 AM

Thank you all for the encouragement. The past few days have been hard. My career is basically in a very competitive field, and even though I'm quite accomplished for my age, a stable job cannot be guaranteed because there's always someone better than me! This time, I was a finalist for a good position,but I came in second...story of my life! The rejection letters I receive are basically all compliments. How much does that suck?? I'm considering a career change, but for now I"m hoping I can stay in the US a bit longer to gain some time... strongsad.gif

On the positive side, I did a lactic peel a few days ago (last one probably since I can't afford any more), and so far I'm happy with the results...I recommend this to anyone who can't tolerate other peels (salycylic, glycolic, etc), but you should have a professional do it. 

As for what exister is saying about cleansers, I agree...the harmful ingredients in cleansers are the soaping agents, especially sulfites (SLS, etc). Once I got rid of cleansers, toothpastes, mouthwash, and everything else with sulfates, the redness on my face subsided. It may not completely clear your acne, but it will make your skin less sensitive to chemicals. 

#3439125 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by WishClean on 02 July 2014 - 09:57 PM

hi everyone, hope you're all coping well. I don't post on this thread that often anymore, but today I'm having a particularly hard day. My career and everything I worked hard for is falling apart, and I feel that everything else in my life will soon fall apart as well no matter what I do. If you have any motivational quotes, no matter how cheesy or cliched, feel free to throw them at me. I'll take anything at this point

#3438481 Medicine/soap For Small Bumps?

Posted by WishClean on 28 June 2014 - 10:01 PM

I just recently used a face mask that has worked wonders on my acne and I was super glad until I took a closer look in the mirror and now I have like at least 30-40 small bumps on my cheeks which looks really gross. I really want to get rid of my acne once and for all, and I would appreciate it so much if you could all suggest something that worked for you! Thank you! Please feel free to ask down below if you would like to know what face mask I used!

A yogurt mask with honey could help. Also, once a week lemon juice, but spot treat first to see how your skin tolerates it.

Peels can help too....I personally only use lactic ones, and they gradually bring the small bumps to the surface

#3436599 Do You Ever Feel As If This Was Meant To Happen?

Posted by WishClean on 17 June 2014 - 10:33 AM

For superficial people, getting acne can sometimes help them focus on other things and realize their flaws. However, those people tend to return to their natural a-hole state once their skin clears, so hopefully for you the changes in your personality will be positive even when your skin gets better.

I was never superficial and didn't judge people on appearance, so for me acne was just a curse. It did help me find this forum though, and filter out all the superficial people from my life. 

#3436596 Inositol's Impact On Hormonal Acne

Posted by WishClean on 17 June 2014 - 10:28 AM

Update! So I've been taking Inositol for almost two months now, along with Yaz birth control, which I have taken for almost 5 months. Last month the amount of breakouts I got reduced by half, and this time if i don't break out anymore this month, it's looking like it reduced by half again - im past the middle of cycle and only had 3 big papules this month so far, compared to 6 last month and 12 the month before. Definitely progress! I knew I shouldn't be touching spiro just yet. I don't know if its yaz, inositol, or combination of the two, but i'm seeing results.

Also I have anxiety issues and I think Inositol actually helped me with that, and it doesn't make me feel that drowsy anymore so i still take it morning and night

Yay! Glad it's working for you :) I'm all about trying something natural first because sometimes there's not even need for stronger drugs if a supplement works just as well if not better. Keep me updated.


Thanks for the reply WishClean. I wonder if the negative herb/medication interactions you explained is why I can't tolerate natural supplements like fish oil and multivitamins? Also, as you said, high levels of estrogen can convert to testosterone, so perhaps some people experience breakouts as a result of taking a high dose of DIM? As I recall, your skin was doing well on inositol alone, may I ask what inspired you to add DIM.


I know my breakouts are a result of androgens, as I was clear on spiro and metformin and then spiro and inositol for years. Also, when my skin starts to get bad, I notice more stray facial hairs. As I mentioned, I'm on metformin and spiro, I also take zinc and vitamin D, however, I still breakout on my period. Should I add inositol, even if it's just during my period? Do you have any recommendations for a supplement that, most likely, shouldn't interact with spiro and met to reduce inflammation? When I get a bad nodule, if I take Advil within the first hour or two, half the time it will go down or away.

I can't tolerate fish oil either....but I think it's because of the oil. I started DIM to help with estrogen dominance symptoms like melasma, and although it also helped minimize allergic reactions to foods & environmental triggers, it hasn't helped melasma :/ I needed something for excess estrogen because my issue wasn't just testosterone and progesterone.  I don't think inositol interacts with anything because it's a vitamin technically. 

Btw, taking advill for breakouts can lead to other issues if you take it frequently, so I wouldn't recommend that esp. since Advill is not for acne.


Hi WishClean,

Thank you very much for this very helpful thread. Please help me if any one understands the lab results or guide me what should i start with.
I am also suffering from hormonal imbalance, hirsutism, acne, fatigue, aggression, PMS, mood swings, brest pain after ovulation, headaches (sometimes). 
I have autoimmune hypothyroidism currently on 100μg levothyrox.

I'm glad inositol helped you with anxiety, it really calms me down when I'm stressed. I don't know where the "normal" range is for your lab results...it should be included in your chart, and from there you can see where your results fall.

If you have an autoimmune disease, then a nutrient-rich, low histamine diet can really help you more than any medication. Also, look into things that can help your thyroid besides levothyrox, such as vitamins.


Hey all!♥ Question to those taking inositol — have any of you gained weight taking it? I just finished my second bottle of inositol (I've taken 200 pills total, about one a day so that makes about 6 months, right?) and have gained around 10lbs (a big deal for my size.) I haven't changed much else except stopping DIM (though I noticed weight gain before that), my diet is pretty good and I am quite active. I can't seem to drop a pound no matter how much I try. Now that my bottle is finished, I am going to stop taking it and see if I can lose the weight.


I didn't think that Inositol could cause weight gain until I did a quick search... and apparently I'm not alone. There are a few on the Soul Cysters forum who have said they have experienced the same thing. I also read that some stopped inositol and lost the weight.


Inositol did stop my hair shedding almost immediately, but other than that I haven't noticed any significant benefits from taking it. There has been no increase in hair growth or anything. And, now that I am taking B complex and some other vitamins, I bet my hair will continue to grow and won't abnormally shed again anyway.

Hey hearts! As I mentioned a while ago, I was noticing some bloating with inositol but only during certain times of the month. Now that I added DIM, I think I gained some weight and am retaining more water, but I guess that's the risk to take with any antiandrogen because many women also gain weight on spiro and birth control. Did you gain any weight on DIM, and are you still on it?

Have you tried decreasing your inositol dosage? Perhaps it would work better for you in a b-complex. I read that it helps with weight loss, but my guess is that it only helps with that IF you need to lose weight in the first place. I think on thin women it can have the opposite effect if taken in higher doses. 

#3435690 Dating With This Face (Pics)

Posted by WishClean on 10 June 2014 - 09:34 PM

To everyone who is following this thread, I wanted to post an update. Things should get more interesting this weekend, so stay tuned and I will either have good or bad news/ deja vu. 

My friend convinced me to go back on the dating site and give another guy a chance. She even messaged guys for me from my account, and I was sorting through a lot of pointless messages, then came across someone who posted a very random comment about an obscure band I like, and I had to send him a message. From there, we really clicked in many unexpected ways. He has a similar background to myself, is intelligent and can carry a conversation via messages and on the phone. Plus, he told me he has a geeky side, which I think is a good sign (no personal trainer here!). 

He didn't even ask to see photos or anything (I only have an artsy photo of myself that's kind of blurry), he just said he would love to go on a date with me. He said most girls who messaged him on okcupid don't have anything funny or interesting to say. And yet he still logs in frequently. dry.png So I don't have my hopes up here or anything, as usual.  I told him I would meet him on saturday for coffee or  a drink, but that it won't be a date just a meeting. 

I also told him everything I went through last year, about my skin, depression, etc and he said he also suffered from depression so I thought he might be more sympathetic to my skin issues... I was even tempted to show him this thread so he can see for himself. I might do that if he gives me a chance.

Anyway, this is all I have right now. Do you think I'm putting myself through the same thing again? I've been on the verge of canceling the meeting so many times already. I don't know if I'd have the guts to go through it on Saturday....

I have a feeling I'm going to like him because I like his personality. That's usually what gets me interested in the first place, and from there on I don't really care that much about looks as long as the personality is good. Unfortunately, most people don't think the same.