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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: Low Dose Vitamin A?

28 April 2013 - 11:04 AM

Hi,

I've been taking Vitamin a (retinyl palmitate) since the 9th of april

I started off with taking 5000iu am now (since two weeks) taking 10000iu.

The oil production on my face has gotten about 50% better.

I'm also taking 10000iu vitamin d.

I havent noticed any side effects I got a check up last week and everything was fine.

Does Vitamin k2 reduces oil production?

 

I am not sure if the k2 reduces oil production but I have read that it is important to get enough of it to keep a balance.  

 

http://articles.merc...ns-d-and-k.aspx

 

"But there is new evidence that it is the vitamin K (specifically, vitamin K2) that directs the calcium to your skeleton, while preventing it from being deposited where you don't want it -- i.e., your organs, joint spaces, and arteries. A large part of arterial plaque consists of calcium deposits (atherosclerosis), hence the term "hardening of the arteries."

Vitamin K2 activates a protein hormone called osteocalcin, produced by osteoblasts, which is needed to bind calcium into the matrix of your bone. Osteocalcin also appears to help prevent calcium from depositing into your arteries.

You can think of vitamin D as the gatekeeper, controlling who gets in, and vitamin K as the traffic cop, directing the traffic to where it needs to go.

Lots of traffic -- but no traffic cop -- means clogging, crowding and chaos everywhere!

In other words, without the help of vitamin K2, the calcium that your vitamin D so effectively lets in might be working AGAINST you -- by building up your coronary arteries rather than your bones.

There is even evidence that the safety of vitamin D is dependent on vitamin K, and that vitamin D toxicity (although very rare with the D3 form) is actually caused by vitamin K2 deficiency."


In Topic: Scar Prevention For Huge Boils?

26 December 2012 - 02:39 PM

More is not better! 100mg of zinc is too high, I'd cut that down a bit if I were you otherwise you risk messing with your immune system. 40-50mg a day is all you really need. Vitamin C intake is also a little crazy but less harmful in big doses, be prepared for bouts of diarrhoea with that high dosage! Is there extra zinc/vitamin C in this multivitamin tablet you're taking?!

You may not scar. You seem to be doing everything I would (minus going bananas on vitamins) to minimise scarring. Are you also cleansing morning and night and wearing sunscreen?


I cut the Zinc intake down to 70mg a day and the Vitamin C down to 5,000mg total which includes my multivitamin.  I use opti-zinc which contains copper to balance out the ratio.  I plan on getting that down to 45mg in the coming days.

2 of those boils ended up being abscesses which I had to get laced at the ER.  I was actually told by the doctor that I need to keep the area as dry as possible and to not moisturize so me moisturizing the area was actually a bad thing as it was keeping all of the staph bacteria in from the cellulitis.

The infection is going down but since I can't put anything on it, I just have to hope at this point.  This is 1 time where I would prefer to actually have acne.

In Topic: Scar Prevention For Huge Boils?

25 December 2012 - 08:51 PM

Don't know about you but I scar everywhere except my chin!


I am really hoping that is the case for me.  I never really had any acne on my chin so I do not have any scars there yet.  Seems like it would be more resistant to scarring than say the cheeks where I have a few.

In Topic: Allergic Reaction After Breaking Diet?

24 December 2012 - 06:15 PM

Updating.  I ended up going to the hospital a few hours after I made that post as it started spreading rapidly and I developed more boils that were extremely painful on my chin.  Turns out it wasn't related to my diet.  It was cellulitis and was lucky to have went when I did as I also developed a fever and swollen lymph nodes.  I spent 2 days there on IV antibiotics.  Now I have to take doxycycline for 14 days.

The next few days and weeks are going to be crucial for me preventing as much scarring as possible.  I realize that I can't avoid it completely, as these boils are deep and are going to leave some form of scarring.  I am taking high amounts of vitamin c, zinc, fish oil, and a strong multi vitamin now.  I also am eating a very clean and anti-inflammatory diet with tons of veggies and fruits.  For my skin, I have stopped all topicals and am using aquaphor on it multiple times a day to keep it as moist as possible.

I was wondering if anyone had any further suggestions on foods or supplements that I can use to increase my healing ability as much as possible?  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks.