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Lilly75

Member Since 01 Apr 2012
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In Topic: Last Resort- Diary Of Ditching Western Medicine

28 July 2014 - 07:48 PM

Moved to personal logs forum


In Topic: Minocycline Vs Accutane?

26 July 2014 - 09:46 PM

Moved to prescription acne medication forum 


In Topic: My Way Too Clear Skin.

26 July 2014 - 08:26 PM

I've been meaning to see a naturopath but I haven't got around to it yet. I've always had the impression though that they'd take one look at me, see my skin isn't great and then just tell me something that's possibly generic and not actually specific to me (like candida etc).There's one at my local health food store that advertises food sensitivity testing. I think they do saliva testing too - not sure. If I do get around to going, hopefully they're a more experienced / reliable naturopath.

 But I was just wondering if any of you know how reliable saliva testing is? I don't really know anything about it but I thought I'd read somewhere that it wasn't that accurate, reliable or helpful. I'm just curious about it - so if you have info on it, let me know, - thanks

 

Hey lilly,

If you do decide to see a naturopath, do some background research on them (e.g. check if they have patient ratings & reviews)...like with any doctor, not all naturopaths are experts at any particular issue. If they try to give you a bunch of supplements without really trying to get to the root of your individual problems, then it means they are not knowledgeable enough about acne. 

Saliva testing (and I also heard good things about urine testing) is better than blood testing if done through a reliable source...this is because saliva testing tests your hormones during different points of your cycle, not just once like blood testing. Hormones fluctuate all the time, which is why saliva testing gives you a better indication of which hormones could be causing an imbalance. Also, many times, it doesn't matter whether your hormones are in the "normal" range (which is still too broad for most women)...it's the RATIO that matters more, e.g if you have very low progesterone compared to testosterone or estrogen. 

I remember seeing your photos before you started the regimen, and I'm pretty sure your acne is hormonal...perhaps some of it is sensitivity to products or something like that, but I would say it's probably mostly hormonal. So it might be a good bet to get some hormone tests done when you can.

The other thing I forgot to mention recently is how much acupuncture has helped me. It can take a few tries to find the right practitioner, but honestly, my former acupuncturist (before I moved) was able to diagnose most of my health issues (including anemia) before I even got bloodwork done. They also helped me with digestive issues and stress.... but acupuncture, at least in the beginning, needs to be done regularly and consistently to pay off. It really is the most individualized treatment you will ever get. 

 

Thanks so much for that! Really helpful :)

 

I'd definitely research them before hand. Going to a homeopathic doctor (not sure if that's the right term - but they're a medical doctor who also has naturopath qualifications etc) is something I'd consider too. I like the idea of combining both approaches or at least being to hear 'both sides of the story' at once. 

 

I think my acne is related to hormones more than anything else. When I've had blood tests for hormone levels / to see if I have PCOS, they've come back within 'normal' ranges. But it's interesting to know about the ratio difference even if in normal ranges. I don't remember if things were out of balance in that sense. I assume they would be - but I'll have to get all that checked again. Thanks for the info on saliva testing too :)  I'll look into it 

 

That's great acupuncture has helped you. I've also been considering it lately for joint issues. Another thing to look into more seriously!

 

Thanks again :)


In Topic: My Way Too Clear Skin.

26 July 2014 - 05:32 AM

I've been meaning to see a naturopath but I haven't got around to it yet. I've always had the impression though that they'd take one look at me, see my skin isn't great and then just tell me something that's possibly generic and not actually specific to me (like candida etc).There's one at my local health food store that advertises food sensitivity testing. I think they do saliva testing too - not sure. If I do get around to going, hopefully they're a more experienced / reliable naturopath.

 But I was just wondering if any of you know how reliable saliva testing is? I don't really know anything about it but I thought I'd read somewhere that it wasn't that accurate, reliable or helpful. I'm just curious about it - so if you have info on it, let me know, - thanks :)


In Topic: How ya feelin' about your acne today?

26 July 2014 - 12:57 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)

Agree with what you said about finding happiness within ourselves and not relying on appearance or the approval of others. We waste so much time being concerned over our skin and I know in the past I've let it stop me from doing things I really wanted, and it's not worth that. I don't want to put my life / enjoyment of life on hold until I'm happy with my skin. Realistically, that day might never come. Worrying doesn't help it anyway. I think learning to accept it and yourself and knowing all the other good things there about you and your life are the more important things to focus on.

 

Sorry to hear it's been tough for you lately.  Really hope things start coming together and working out for you soon WishClean! Sending positive vibes right back to you