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In Topic: Seeing A Herbal Medicalist/naturopath

11 July 2014 - 04:23 PM

Thank you very much for your responses. I really appreciate the feedback as nobody else I know has experienced this before.


I've never seen a naturopath but I am familiar with the concept. I just had to reply because I wanted to say, you should DEFINITELY find out what is in the "herbal mix" before you continue to take it. If you have a reaction or generally don't tolerate it, you will need to know why. Knowing the ingredients is extremely important — you could be taking something that is potentially dangerous or that you don't want to be taking. Another (less important) thing to consider is if you want to take it long term, it's very possible that you could get the active ingredient for much cheaper elsewhere.


If he doesn't want to tell you what he's giving you, I would go to someone else. You have the right to know what you are putting into your body. I remember reading an article where a naturopath in the state I used to live in was arrested for not having a license and the woman he was treating actually died. That is an extreme case and I don't mean to scare you, but if he's acting at all shady I would find someone else.


I'm really sorry that you're struggling, though. Try to stay as positive as you can, even though it's extremely difficult. I hope vitex clears you up and you don't have to deal with it anymore. Accutane is an option but usually with hormonal acne it eventually comes back, which it sounds like you've already experienced. Have you considered spironolactone? I just think that it would be a less extreme route and it works for most with PCOS.


He just kept referring to it as 'the main herbal mix' without elaborating what exactly would go in it and stated that it would be hormonal balance, liver support and something for anxiety. I should of asked there and then what exactly will be in this but I just didn't...I have e-mailed him to ask him to tell me what ingredients it contains and if he doesn't, like you said, this is very shady.

I was doing so well on vitex a couple of months back and then something happened...i am getting back on track now I think but I'm scared maybe in my hope and desperation to get clear as quickly as possible I have maybe gotten in too deep with this naturopathy stuff. The guy seemed pretty legit and he had a good website but I can't find any reviews on him...

yes I've been on roaccutane twice and my acne returned both times :( i know i shouldn't really go back on it but i just want my life back again just for one year...i know that sounds ridiculous. Spiro has been offered to me as an option by an endocrinologist but I didn't like the sound of it. As an anti-androgen doesn't it have many side effects?



Gracie, i have had lots of experience with naturopaths and holistic people - 3 in fact.  None of them helped my acne - not in the least bit.  Not to say this person might not help you.  I think they basically take a history from you and tailor a regimen for you based on what YOU tell them which might not be necessarily what your body needs.  It's a lot of trial and error which can end up being really frustrating when you still have acne or worse, a worsening of acne.  It was a nightmare for me as my acne just kept getting worse and worse and the funny thing is that all three prescribed me different supplements of what they thought i needed.


I agree with the above poster that you should know what the mixture is.  One holistic person gave me something that i had a bad reaction to as well as some hormonal stuff that my GP said i should not have been taking.


I wouldn't have to much faith in holistic people but by all means, give it at least 3 months.


Accutane is not a cure for hormonal stuff so i agree with the above poster that Spiro might be worth a try


Ah I see....did they always tell you exactly what they were giving you or did you have to ask them what it was? my reason for going to see this guy was because i feel as though i am wasting a lot of money trail and erroring different supplements constantly and i thought seeing someone experienced in this would give me direction and save me money in the long-run. But now I am not so sure.

I'm sorry to hear you have had a bad experience with holistics/naturopaths. are you from the u.k? did you find it easy to find naturopaths?


In Topic: Dim-Plus: Hormone Regulating Acne Miracle

01 July 2014 - 04:18 PM

a lot of people have success on dim. Can I ask, what brand of dim you take/are taking? and how long until you started seeing results and what kind of results? Also, did you take a liver supplement alongside dim? There are a lot of rave reviews on a brand called Estroblock - paid a butt ton to get this shipped frm the U.S to the U.K but I am scared to take it.

In Topic: Adult Hormonal Acne Must-Read (Long Post)

01 July 2014 - 04:13 PM

Hey guys,
This is my story...
I'm 27 and I have been battling acne since about age 20 (came out of nowhere although I suspect stress or genes or stopping birth control).
I would get spots every now and again (very mild, like any other person) but also very big, red, painful cysts and those were the problem.
They didn't cover my face, I'd get about one a month or so but they were so unsightly, PAINFUL, impossible to cover up and I'd always pick at them until I'd get a huge scab!
Anyway they'd come monthly or so, so I could live with that, even if very frustrating/depressing.
However last year I had anorexia for a few months after a very stressful time and lost loads of weight, I also started exercising excessively. My period stopped.
Then came the proper acne, I was covered, it was awful, I'd breakout daily without fail and my confidence was at an all time low, so bad that I wouldn't socialise anymore and started self harming.
Fast forward a year and I'm completely clear and happy again!
This is what happened:
At first I tried topicals (prescription and over the counter), antibiotics, changes in diet, putting on weight, stopping exercising, relaxation, you name it. Nothing worked, I started considering accutane although I was reluctant and would only take it as a last resort.
Dianette (which is a birth control pill) saved my life. I honestly had no hope and was so completely depressed, even suicidal, started taking it in mid-September 2013 and now a year on I'm completely clear. I didn't start seeing real results until around January, so about 4-5 months into treatment.
I also have a easy but strict skin care routine which has worked for me.
I don't wash my skin (too harsh), I use a salicylic acid based toner upon waking up (applied with cotton wool), then apply LaRoche Posay's Effaclar Duo on my problem areas (honestly best product out there in my opinion and many agree), I do not use any kind of makeup on my problem areas (for me that is my chin, upper lip and around my mouth), and when u want to cover any redness or a small blemish I use Witch's liquid concealer which treats the skin as it covers the imperfection. It is oil free and very gentle - truly amazing.
I never touch my skin during the day.
At night I remove makeup with Simple's cleansing lotion, then apply the salicylic acid based toner again and put a dab of Effaclar duo on my problem areas again. And voila!
I haven't had a single spot in months.

Here are things I've learned whilst dealing with hormonal acne (NB: worked for me, might work for you, might not):
FOOD HAS ZERO IMPACT ON HORMONAL ACNE! Most dermatologists will tell you this too. Ok sure eating a good, balanced diet rich in vegetables will give you a nice glow and will help heal lesions faster but it will not help acne in any way.
DO NOT USE HARSH TOPICALS ON YOUR SKIN! Benzoyl Peroxide, Differin, Epiduo, that stuff won't work if your acne is hormonal, mine was made so much worse, irritated my skin too.
YOUR ACNE MIGHT STILL BE HORMONAL EVEN IF YOUR HORMONE LEVELS ARE NORMAL IN A BLOOD TEST! My acne clearly is hormonal as only a hormonal treatment (birth control) worked. However several blood tests showed all my hormone levels to be normal.
NO ONE NOTICES OR CARES ABOUT YOUR ACNE HALF AS MUCH AS YOU DO! Ok this is no real comfort when you have acne but trust me on this. Also you can find love and be fancied with acne. I got with my ex when my acne was at it's worst and that's when he fell in love with me, he couldn't have cared less about my acne. We have split up since after 1 year together but I ended the relationship.
DONT PICK YOUR SKIN! Easier said than done but it's honestly the worst thing you can do, nothing good comes out if this, ever.
DONT MIRROR-CHECK! It's very time consuming and reminding yourself you have acne every half an hour will not make you feel better, will it? It will make you worse.
YOURE NOT ALONE! This website was a tremendous help when my acne was at it's worst and I made some great friends too!!!
IT WONT LAST FOREVER! I honestly thought it'd never go away, I was at my wit's end, but then something works. It does happen and will happen to you! In the meantime, read, watch movies, enjoy spending time in nature or with animals. Most humans are so disappointing, you're not missing much and anyway once you feel at ease socially, you'll make up for lost time (although to me, spending time alone reflecting and learning is never "lost time").
STAY POSITIVE! Smile, even when you're dying inside, do things you enjoy even if you don't feel like it, see friends who you know love you and confide in them, never lose hope. I know how challenging and awful acne is but it won't last forever.
GO ON BIRTH CONTROL AND STICK WITH IT FOR AT LEAST A YEAR!!! If you have hormonal acne, try birth control, after all it has helped millions of women! But don't expect it to work overnight, again it took nearly six months to work for me and it did get worse before it got better!

I hope all this was useful to you!
Good luck and take care of yourselves.



wow, what an insightful and inspiring read. Thank you for sharing your story :)

I am glad that Dianette worked for you. For me, it made me acne ten times worse :'( and this didn't subside after 7 months on this pill, then they took it off me and made me switch anyway because they said I should of only been on it for 6 months. I don't think I could of coped with another month of my skin being like that though! however a lot of my friends have had success on this pill, and if it would of worked for me I would of fought to stay on it.

I agree that diet/food doesn't cure acne. I mean I definatly think it can help especially in terms of overall health but for me, I've eaten terribly in the past and my diet now is great and either way it hasn't affected my skin.


NO ONE NOTICES OR CARES ABOUT YOUR ACNE HALF AS MUCH AS YOU DO! Ok this is no real comfort when you have acne but trust me on this. Also you can find love and be fancied with acne. I got with my ex when my acne was at it's worst and that's when he fell in love with me, he couldn't have cared less about my acne. We have split up since after 1 year together but I ended the relationship.


This was my favourite part :) Did you ever speak to him about how it made you feel? I am in a new relationship now and I know he knows, but it's like the unspoken thing in our relationship. I don't know whether to bring it up or not because I don't want to bring it up until it's gone...does that make sense?

In Topic: Diane 35/ Dianette Birth Control Pill

21 June 2014 - 02:26 AM

This is more a general curiosity than a call for advice really. A lot of hormonal acne sufferers have found relief and clear skin from using the birth co trol pill diane 35 (which im pretty aure here in the u.k. we call dianette). This was the first thing my doctor gave me when i went to him about my skin....however it made my acne TEN times worse. Cystic and painful and like ive never seen before. I was 16. I stayed on it for six months before switching to yaz which also didnt help but wasnt as bad as dianette. I tried dianette one more time when i was 21 and the same thing happened. I jus wondered if any body knows why this could be seeing as my testosterone levels are elevated and it makes sense that it should have improved my acne?

I was on diane before, and I think if your estrogen is also high, estrogenic birth control can make matters worse because excess estrogen can convert to more testosterone. 

did it work for you? aah I see! its so tough to get a balance isn't it. my face literally went from bad to worse within the first month and never subsided that was my first experience of cystic acne. but all of my friends who went on it said it cleared them up right away.

In Topic: Anyone Tried Dim Before?

08 June 2014 - 05:10 PM

can I ask, what brand of DIM everyone takes? I am currently on DIM Plus (natures way) and have been for about 5 weeks, I havn't noticed much of a huge improvement in my skin and I am still breaking out (although to be fair my breakouts are less cystic and more isolated if that makes sense). A lot of people seem to be on Estroblock ...how is this different? and should I switch - i have around two weeks worth left of DIM Plus before I order more so maybe i should order estroblock instead? I want to give it at least three months before i throw it in the can.