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In Topic: How Can I Get A Tan With Acne Scars?

15 December 2014 - 06:22 AM

Tanning is not an option if you really want to make the appearance of your scars better and especially if you're using any retinoid creams or doing laser surgeries. Both make your skin more sensitive. In fact, you should do the opposite and try to avoid the harmful UV beams with a good sunscreen both on sunny and gloomy days. 
Skin tone can be effectively improved with exfoliation, AHA and BHA masks (I'm using the ones from Paula's choice, they're pretty good) and staying OFF the sun. 

In Topic: Herbs That Don't Interact With The Pill

14 December 2014 - 09:21 AM

So which herbs can help with ballancing hormones and reducing pms symptoms and NOT interract with birth control? Saw palmeto, chasteberry and similar ones seems great, but are not recommended with the pill. Which ones are ok to take?


It's not an herb, but natural progesterone cream helps with PMS and is fine to take, even while pregnant. Inositol isn't an herb either, but it helps some women with hormonal issues.


I'm not sure what you mean by interacting, are you worried about losing effectiveness? If so, anything that lowers estrogen (saw palmetto, DIM, vitex/chasteberry) can potentially lower the effectiveness of birth control pills. My advice is to try either NPC or inositol, or ditch the BCP for an IUD so you can take whatever. It seems odd to me that you want to add something else to your regimen, because you already take birth control AND spiro. IF the combo of those two didn't work well enough, I would go in a totally different route... but that's just me. Good luck!

Thanks for your answer! Well, this combination has cleared my acne by 98%, so I'm sticking with it, but the mood swings are a bit unbearable, so I was wondering if there is anything that can relieve this symptom without the pill losing it's effectiveness.
What is NPC? Do you think a small amount of vitex in a tea could have an effect? 

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

04 December 2014 - 02:07 PM

Just wanted to sign in and share with everyone how appreciative I am for this board and helping me in achieving clear skin.  It was a lifelong battle and finally was diagnosed with PCOS and started Spironolactone and Ocella (generic Yasmin) last year, Dec 30th to be exact.  What followed were 4+ months of worsening skin, depression, anxiety and I almost gave up.  Then the medicine finally started working.


Medicine may not be right for everyone, but I can say that it changed my life.  I dreamed of clear skin, not worrying about my skin, living a carefree life.  It took 33 years, but I was able to find this.  To all the ladies that have hormonal concerns and considering, I am happy to share my experience and urge you to continue to look into testing- hormones, endocrinologist, etc.  I continue to be thankful and pray on a daily and weekly basis for all the support and information you all provided me.  I am feeling thankful and sending love to all of you on here. 

Same here. I'm clear and happy thanks to Spironolactone and Yasmin. These two changed my life :)

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

02 December 2014 - 01:13 PM

Did my third Fraxel re:store on Monday, so it means a week with a nasty crust on my cheek and angry bright redness, ew. Hope it goes away as smoothly as other 2 times. 

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

28 November 2014 - 01:33 PM

Im thinking about going to the derm to talk about red marks, it cant be normal for red marks to last over a year, every pimple ive had since summer, there's still a red mark.

I've got some red marks that has been on my face for about two years now. Just saying so that you dont feel alone :)