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mike06

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In Topic: The Big Hormone Post For Both Men And Women

29 June 2013 - 02:55 PM

I don't really want to get into what I call "The Great Man Debate". This is what boils down to. Both men and women have testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen. Different proportions of those hormones in the womb and as we are going through puberty form the significant internal and external differences between men and women. Yes, if you completely suck yourself dry of testosterone you won't feel so great...but this applies to anyone. Both men and women need testosterone for muscle-building, sex drive, etc. However, there is that line where there is always TOO MUCH of a good thing.

 

DHT is one of the most potent forms of testosterone. Yet, too much of it causes BALDING, ACNE, EXCESSIVE LIBIDO, and here's the kicker LOW SPERM COUNT. Good lord, people, please tell me how low sperm, men who act like salivating dogs, and balding is manly. I don't care if you're pumping iron every day and have a sixteen pack...pus-filled cysts on your face, a Donald Trump combover in your early thirties, the inability to ever father children yet humping everything in sight....none of these things are hot. Or manly.

 

Hormone regulation is about finding a balance of hormones. If you are a man, yes, you don't want to take your testosterone down to zero. But you also don't want to be a horny horndog with acne who can't attract anyone. Sometimes a little less testosterone puts your body in an IDEAL hormone range and actually makes you more attractive. More testosterone does not equal more manly. IDEAL LEVELS of testosterone = manly. Acne is a sign those testosterone levels are NOT ideal. 

 

Different strokes for different folks, but I know A LOT of women who are completely grossed out by little hygiene things. You know, not flossing your teeth. A little bad breath. A little body odor. Not washing your junk. Guess what ranks really high on the gross list? ACNE. SOMETHING THAT LOOKS LIKE A RAGING INFECTION ON YOUR FACE. If bodybuilding is that important to you...just realize...having a six pack and bulging arms doesn't compensate for a disease on your FACE which is what people have to look at 99% of the time!!!

 

Even as a woman who has (obviously) struggled with acne, in my completely hypocritical double standard, I'd take clear skin and a little flab over AcneManWithWashboardAbs any day of the week. 

 

P.S. Accutane reduces testosterone.

 

I can attest to that about the lifting weights.  I can either be skinny (and still lean with a low bodyfat) and be relatively clear, or go hard into weight lifting and bulking and have an awesome body but cystic acne.  As much as it kills me, I stay skinny to prevent the acne.



I don't really want to get into what I call "The Great Man Debate". This is what boils down to. Both men and women have testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen. Different proportions of those hormones in the womb and as we are going through puberty form the significant internal and external differences between men and women. Yes, if you completely suck yourself dry of testosterone you won't feel so great...but this applies to anyone. Both men and women need testosterone for muscle-building, sex drive, etc. However, there is that line where there is always TOO MUCH of a good thing.

 

DHT is one of the most potent forms of testosterone. Yet, too much of it causes BALDING, ACNE, EXCESSIVE LIBIDO, and here's the kicker LOW SPERM COUNT. Good lord, people, please tell me how low sperm, men who act like salivating dogs, and balding is manly. I don't care if you're pumping iron every day and have a sixteen pack...pus-filled cysts on your face, a Donald Trump combover in your early thirties, the inability to ever father children yet humping everything in sight....none of these things are hot. Or manly.

 

Hormone regulation is about finding a balance of hormones. If you are a man, yes, you don't want to take your testosterone down to zero. But you also don't want to be a horny horndog with acne who can't attract anyone. Sometimes a little less testosterone puts your body in an IDEAL hormone range and actually makes you more attractive. More testosterone does not equal more manly. IDEAL LEVELS of testosterone = manly. Acne is a sign those testosterone levels are NOT ideal. 

 

Different strokes for different folks, but I know A LOT of women who are completely grossed out by little hygiene things. You know, not flossing your teeth. A little bad breath. A little body odor. Not washing your junk. Guess what ranks really high on the gross list? ACNE. SOMETHING THAT LOOKS LIKE A RAGING INFECTION ON YOUR FACE. If bodybuilding is that important to you...just realize...having a six pack and bulging arms doesn't compensate for a disease on your FACE which is what people have to look at 99% of the time!!!

 

Even as a woman who has (obviously) struggled with acne, in my completely hypocritical double standard, I'd take clear skin and a little flab over AcneManWithWashboardAbs any day of the week. 

 

P.S. Accutane reduces testosterone.

So you say lifting weights would further make my acne worse?I've been trying to search some articles on this but they all give a mixed response.And how can i be reassured that giving up weight lifting would calm down my acne if not cure it? Because i had acne even when i didn't lift. At least weight lifting makes me feel good for that one hour...It makes me feel good about my body.I'd have to trade all those good feelings for clear skin (And i'm not even sure 100% if it really would give me better skin).

 

P.S-I don't lift weights to seek attention of the opposite sex.I do it to feel good about myself.Feel happy you know.You sure know how stifling acne is.You have to give up everything good in life just to battle it and even then you don't get 100% results.

 

Lifting weights personally makes me acne worse.  I have seen this always happen over my 8 years of lifting weights on and off.  Keeping my test levels more stable by not lifting is better for my skin I have found out.


In Topic: Notice How Almost All The Females Here Have Boyfriends, Yet The Guys Are Ince...

19 May 2013 - 10:16 PM

Seems like the acne is ruining your life.  Why not just try out Accutane? The possibility of long term side effects risk seems worth if acne is killing you this much mentally.


In Topic: Notice How Almost All The Females Here Have Boyfriends, Yet The Guys Are Ince...

19 May 2013 - 10:06 PM

GoodLookingMisc,

 

Where ya been brah?


In Topic: How To Stick To An Acne Diet Without Losing Weight

16 May 2013 - 12:25 AM

 

 

I have the same problem.  I have an extremely fast metabolism still and acne diets make me deathly skinny and weak.  This is definitely not something I want as a 25 year old man.  The issue is that a lot of healthy and nutrient rich foods are low in calories but very dense and filling.  A piece of chicken, a big plate of veggies, and a big sweet potato or 2 is only like 500 calories and it feels me up for hours.  I feel healthier on this diet but I can't stand being so weak. 

 

I am the same age as you with a fast metabolism myself. I agree with you and with Sleptember that simple, whole foods are quite filling, even though we may not be getting as many calories as desired. When you say weak, do you mean always feeling tired? How is your acne? Will fruit break you out? Maybe some fruit in the morning will help your energy levels. What kind of vegetables do you like? Do you steam/microwave/boil them?

 

When I say weak, I mean I went from 180 pounds at a very low bodyfat percentage to 154 pounds in 6 months while still going to the gym regularly.  My bodyfat is still low but I literally have no muscle at all now and my strength has plummeted on every exercise.  Energy levels are okay for the most part though doing daily things. The only fruit that really breaks me out are oranges.  For some reason every time I eat one, I get huge and painful cysts on my neck that takes months to go away.  Regarding veggies, I eat spinach, kale, broccoli, and carrots daily.  I either blend them for smoothies or steam then.

 

 Acne is meh..  I am mostly clear but I do get about 3-4 random nodules per month which I hate because they always leave pitted scars now.  This is while keeping a strict diet and topical routine of BP in the morning and Tazorac at night.  

 

Your right, I think your weight is slightly under, but not too much to have you worry over it. Was it mostly muscle you lost or a little bit of muscle and fat? You may want to reach for 170-180 lbs by building muscle (How tall are you?). What kind of protein do you consume? Meat or beans/legumes? Also, muscle builds when we rest/sleep, not when we flex/run. Are you sleeping ok?:

 

http://www.bodybuild...un/drobson5.htm

 

You're intolerant to oranges then. Your better off staying away from them. I myself simply don't like them. Anything someone is intolerant to can lead to cystic like acne. There's a lot of data about that here (In Alternativista's signature you can read that she discovered oranges were causing her cysts as well):

 

http://www.acne.org/...t-lead-to-acne/

 

Four spots is still pretty good compared to other people I have seen here. I'm hovering at about 10. I don't do anything topical so I can't guarantee what your doing may or may not be helping. Sometimes people need a combination of both. There's an article about that here:

 

http://www.acneeinst...al-treatements/

 

I'm personally still split on people focusing on topicals as well as their diet, but it may be the only way for them, I don't know.

 

I am 6 foot 1 so 154 is really low.  Unfortunately it was all muscle that I lost.  My body literally does not produce fat and when I was 180, I had a 6 pack when not even flexing and I still have a 6 pack at 154 when not flexing.  I guess I should be thankful that my metabolism works the way that it does but I require a ton of calories to gain weight.  At one point, I was eating fast food 3 times a day while going to the gym and adding muscle only.  Terrible for health but my body looked great lol.  Now, I try and eat grilled chicken, salmon, and turkey for protein but I am getting sick of the bland taste as I am a terrible cook.  

 

I honestly HATE topicals and would love to get off of them.  The problem is that my skin is becoming more prone to scarring as I age and I just can not take the risk of a serious breakout that I have had before when stopping topicals.  While it is not true for ALL cases, it seems like that many instances of adult acne people have very fast metabolisms.  I am wondering if that is somehow a factor.


In Topic: How To Stick To An Acne Diet Without Losing Weight

15 May 2013 - 11:25 AM

I have the same problem.  I have an extremely fast metabolism still and acne diets make me deathly skinny and weak.  This is definitely not something I want as a 25 year old man.  The issue is that a lot of healthy and nutrient rich foods are low in calories but very dense and filling.  A piece of chicken, a big plate of veggies, and a big sweet potato or 2 is only like 500 calories and it feels me up for hours.  I feel healthier on this diet but I can't stand being so weak. 

 

I am the same age as you with a fast metabolism myself. I agree with you and with Sleptember that simple, whole foods are quite filling, even though we may not be getting as many calories as desired. When you say weak, do you mean always feeling tired? How is your acne? Will fruit break you out? Maybe some fruit in the morning will help your energy levels. What kind of vegetables do you like? Do you steam/microwave/boil them?

 

When I say weak, I mean I went from 180 pounds at a very low bodyfat percentage to 154 pounds in 6 months while still going to the gym regularly.  My bodyfat is still low but I literally have no muscle at all now and my strength has plummeted on every exercise.  Energy levels are okay for the most part though doing daily things. The only fruit that really breaks me out are oranges.  For some reason every time I eat one, I get huge and painful cysts on my neck that takes months to go away.  Regarding veggies, I eat spinach, kale, broccoli, and carrots daily.  I either blend them for smoothies or steam then.

 

 Acne is meh..  I am mostly clear but I do get about 3-4 random nodules per month which I hate because they always leave pitted scars now.  This is while keeping a strict diet and topical routine of BP in the morning and Tazorac at night.