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Graciemeow

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Seeing A Herbal Medicalist/naturopath

10 July 2014 - 03:00 PM

Last week I went to see a herbal medicalist and discussed everything I've been through/on for my skin and where I have had success etc. He seemed quite keen on focusing on the emotional aspects of things and seeing where my 'drive' was and how acne has stopped me in the past, which is good i guess. I know having a positive strong mindset is good for clear skin...but i won't have that until i HAVE clear skin so. I can't see much change on that yet. He gave me more liquid agnus castus and then a seperate 'herbal mix' - I don't know what is in it but i have to take it twice a day and it smells and tastes like butt. He didn't tell me and I didn't openly ask what was in this second mix as I got the feeling he wanted to keep that under wraps?

What are everyone elses experiences of herbal medicalists/naturopath visits? I'm not sure how I feel. I havn't been on anything long enough to see effects although I think Agnus Castus is starting to have an effect again but this is slow acting and i gotta give it time. To be honest I give this shit one more month for improvement then I'm going back on roaccutane, my self confidence is really taking a tough battering and I just want my life back


Diane 35/ Dianette Birth Control Pill

16 June 2014 - 12:34 PM

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?

Diane 35/ Dianette Birth Control Pill

16 June 2014 - 12:32 PM

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?

5 Things To Do That Will Make You Feel Better About Your Skin

24 May 2014 - 07:29 AM

I want to post something positive :) Here are some of the things I do when I am feeling down about my skin to try and stop myself plummeting into the horrible inevitable spiral of depression. I think it is important to stay proactive! These things will not improve your skin but give a better attitude towards it and hopefully make you feel a lot better :)

 

1) STOP PICKING/LOOKING/OBSESSING.

Okay so to start off this is not so much a DO but a massive DON'T but a very necessary DON'T as before you go on to do anything else you need to STOP THIS. I myself am guilty of obsessing over my skin, worry leads to looking in the mirror and over-analysing which leads to picking and messing and pulling which leads to making it look ten times worse which leads to more worry which leads to upset and looking and picking....you get the picture.

Nothing you do to your skin on a picking spree will improve it (unless it's one of those that is just screaming to be gotten rid of - you know what I'm talking about) in which case take on a huge amount of self -control, do the deal, get out before it gets too messy. Looking in the mirror constantly is obsessive behaviour. Your skin will not change over the next ten minutes/half an hour. I say to myself every morning "This is as good as it's gonna get. Deal with it" (You know like Anne Hathaway at the start of the Princess Diaries).

 

2) TIDY UP

There's a part in Ratatouille (kids films are great...) where the female chef is teaching Linguini the ropes and one of them is "Always keep your work station clean". A good skin regime takes hard work - whether this is a routine you carry out from your bathroom cabinet or whether this is your make up drawer/table - keep it tidy! These are products that you use every day and having them gunky and messy and dusty and disgusting just makes the whole process even more depressing. I buy the best I can, my supplements and vitamins are all neatly arranged in my drawer, my make up brushes are always clean and in order and my foundation always has the lids on. keep it classy.

 

3) DO SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF

Just because your skin maybe isn't looking 100% at the moment doesn't mean you should forget about the rest of yourself. You are an ENTIRE BODY and your face is only part of it (yes an important part but what the hell). Give yourself a manicure, go for a long run, go to the gym, do an exercise dvd, bake something, exfoliate yourself and put some moistiouriser on. Whatever makes you feel good! DO IT.

 

4)FOCUS ON SOMETHING GOOD

Say to yourself, what am I gonna achieve today? Do I need to finish this project at work? Does my laundry need doing? Do I need to sort this out/pay this bill? Do something proactive and worthwhile so that you can say to yourself at the end of the day "I achieved this" rather than saying at the end of the day "Today has been completley wasted because I sat around moping about my acne".

 

5) CHILL OUT.

Okay this may contradict what I just wrote very very very slightly...sometimes if you are having a really really bad down day and you really don't want to go out, the only thing to do is get yourself a nice green tea/peppermint tea/camomile whatEVER you want to drink that will chill you out and cleanse your body from the inside out, get a hot bath or shower, put some nice chill music on and just close your eyes and shut it all out. Take that time to just relaxxxxx. Try and shut all negative feelings out and chillll.

 

Hope this helps people. I'm sure a lot of people are doing this kind of stuff already :) but these are the main things I do :) If anyone has anything else - share :)


Vitex Vs Progesterone Cream

24 May 2014 - 05:44 AM

Hello everyone!

 

I'm back on a decent amount of Vitex again and this has prompted me to do more research into what it does/how it works etc.

I know it helps PCOS and creates hormonal balance by stimulating the luitenising hormone (LH) to produce the right amount of progesterone in relation to estrogen, thus creating a hormonal balance and giving you a regular cycle with no nasty wacky hormone induced acne breakouts/PMS etc. I know vitex works gently and takes a while to build up in your system, i only saw results from about two months in. Does progesterone cream work more quickly? I know progesterone can act as an inflammatory if there is too much in the system so the risk of an IB is high...i just wondered if maybe this would be more effective used in conjunction with DIM (to counteract any potential estrogen spikes) xx