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In Topic: Stumped With My Hormonal Acne

18 December 2013 - 06:11 AM

Hey--just reading through this whole thing. wow, so much to say here. First, it can make you more obsessive but i think its a good idea to get those lab results. I was blown away when I got mine. And like someone just said, you have to be really defficient or too high for a doctor to say anything. its totally possible to be in the normal range for androgens or testosterone, but still react to them. its all about what's normal for your body. for example, my mom has "never" had a too high or too low lab result in her whole life, including all hormonal tests, but yet shes struggled with hormonal, mild cystic acne for about 45 years (she still gets zits after menopause). so clearly, there's something hormonal going on, its just subtle. you basically have to have pcos before they can tell something is wrong with your hormones. Same with vitamin D like others have said. For me, acne was a combination of about a hundred things, not just vit d deficiency or just this or that. that said, adding a vit d supplement was just one more part of the puzzle that made me feel better. it also contributes to mood, obviously, which for me, along with hormones, explains all my skin issues (i also get ezcema sometimes). anyway, blah blah, but i know its overwhelming when you first get a lab. however, right on the lab they will have the highs and lows indicated near your score. so for vit d it will say e.g. a score of 50 (i forget what the units are) and then show you that the healthy range is 30-90, or whatever. so you would see you are in the middle ish. for someone like u who is so affected by sunlight, i would think it best to get your vit d pretty high. I think I heard above 50 is ideal. I totally get the whole diet thing and not being able to restrict your diet that much and truly most people's acne is a problem far larger than diet. that said, i never in my life had acne until i started consuming larger amounts of sugar. i went thru a period of depression and happened to be working at a bakery, and ate much more sugar than normal for ~2 years. then i decided to go off birth control and anti depressants after my 2 year sugar party, and broke out for about 8-9 months. so diet did affect my acne...but not in the way I thought. I still eat basically what I want, but I avoid things that have gargantuan amounts of sugar and minimize dairy products (i tested as having a medium dairy allergy). at first i went way crazy with the food stuff and felt like i was coming down with a full blown ED, but i've since rellllllaxed and realized you have to just eat a combo of healthy food you like and junk food you love, 80/20 or whatever.  


you've probably already heard all this. but i wish you the best it sounds to me like you are going to get right to the bottom of this. just keep going, even when it sucks, and you'll find your way through. i just showed my mom pics on my phone of my acne when it was at its worst and we laughed and said omg. at that time, i couldn't have imagined being where i am now. that said, i have a shitty zit on my chin which drug me back here--its like igniting all my ptsd around acne and worrying it could scar. so i went straight to acne.org. XXXXX




I wrote all this before reading the third page. so 53 is pretty good. you could still take a supplement, it would hurt nothing. 1,000 or 2,000 IU a day is a small normal amount that doctors frequently prescribe (my mom's doctor just told her to take 2,000 iu a day). I take a lot more and she thinks i'm crazy. As for the DHEA one, I'm not sure how dhea directly relates to testosterone, i know its responsible for helping produce testosterone and estrogen. So possibly your DHEA could be normal but there still could be a hormonal component. Did you get your free testosterone checked? mine was clinically elevated and therein lied most my probs. 


Oh and one more thing--I think the fact that you hate where you live speaks volumes. I HATED where i was in my life, for really the first time, when all these problems started brewing. Anxiety is also heavily correlated with my acne. I think I already said that but i can't emphasize it enough. There is some weird holistic stuff which i take with a grain of salt that says acne is a representation of anger and frustration, something like that. you've seen thelovevitamin--you know what i'm talkin bout. i do think there's some truth to that stuff tho---if you contrast your experience in italy w/living in a small town you dislike, its pretty evident. hopefully when you move to chicago that will be much better for your mind and skin! I was so f'd up I had to move home to heal myself, and still had acne for several months here until it calmed down and i felt at home.

In Topic: Hormone Imbalance? Estrogen Or Testosterone? How Do You Know Without Taking A...

16 May 2013 - 11:55 PM

vitamin d is a really good idea, its too bad ur doctor didn't test u for that in the blood test. that's good if your hormones are normal because many ppls are not when they have acne and get tested, like me. remember, being underweight can mess up your hormones just as much as being overweight so you really want to strike a healthy balance. I get anxious about eating sugar too, and too much of it is definitely bad and bad for hormones, but you still want to make sure you're eating enough other food so you don't mess up your system or show signs of an eating disorder.


Have you ever calculated your bmi? at 89 lbs you are definitely underweight, so that's not good. i use a bmi calculator to make sure I am staying within the best range for myself. i'm really happy 4 you that you scheduled some therapy appts--and remember, if you don't like them, find a new one, no harm in that. I don't think vitamin d would have been enough for me in the state I was in, but I think I will be able to go off bc in the next few years cuz it has stabilized me and helped me get my body back to normal. keep us updated xx

In Topic: Spironolactone & Retin-A Micro Journey

07 May 2013 - 10:09 PM

ahh shit yeah this is interesting cuz i actually take anti depressants. I take prozac, but I have taken lexapro before. The thing I will say about ssri's---for some ppl they work great, others they don't work at all and can even make you feel worse. Ppl say that "in the beginning they can make you feel more anxious before you start to feel better"...but the first time I started taking them this wasn't true at all. I was such an intense, high achieving teen that they just made me feel super relaxed and good about life. like literally, I felt like I was on happy pills. soooo happy. but, they took away some of my intense motivation. howevs i became more social and made more close friends.


NE way, i really wanted to go off them a year ago but I was already in a bad place and just got more depressed and anxious and developed ocd. so I went back on them after 10 months of feeling absolutely miserable. my second time going back on, I actually did feel more anxious b4 I felt better, so that gave some weight to that argument that u get worse b4 u get better, but you really have to follow your gut on this one. The first pill of prozac i took a few months ago made me feel a little funny in the stomach, but I did feel calmer (prolly just placebo). If you continue to feel bad and stop taking them, there are many other things u can do to help anxiety. And, it is tough to get off antidepressants. that's the only thing I don't like about them. It's good to view them as a helper and a buffer but not a cure all. like, i still focus really hard on therapy, my attitude, being healthy, being optimistic in addition to being on ssri's cuz them alone won't achieve optimum results, which i'm sure ur aware. I just know in the past I got a little too into the mindsight of "well i'm on antidepressants, how can I really be feeling like shit?" when I was cause i wasn't taking care of myself in real life. 


Yes I think my acne is 100% stress acne related to stress induced hormonal imbalances. wow i just realized i'm typing like 100 words per minute haha. but my ezcema has gotten a lot better as of late and i can see this correlating with my skin purging excessively. I'm a ways off from 100% perfect skin but at least i've finally figured out the freaking direction to go in. xxxxxxxx keep us posted!!!

In Topic: Spironolactone & Retin-A Micro Journey

06 May 2013 - 09:51 PM

hey omg, I just looked at ur pics. you lookin freakin GREAT. I mean, i can see the bumps and I know how it feels, even just when you're touch your face...you're like wtf! but seriously you are beautiful and your acne looks very manageable. I uploaded the pics onto my profile as well...ugh it looks worse enlargened esp on the cheek.

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

06 May 2013 - 03:56 PM

I just got a bad whitehead yesterday by my upper lip. The dayyyy before I have to go to the dentist (tomorrow). Today it is red around the edges and the middle is drying up but still looks like a whitehead. This literally happened the last time I went to the dentist a few weeks ago, and now I have to just go back for a quick thing and boom, same kind of zit, same area. Last time I just went with it but this one seems even worse. and it hurts :(....I thought I was doing good but this literally came out of nowhere yesterday along with a few others. I use to squeeze all my zits/pores in the past and actually got quite good at it, but i've fully committed to not touching them anymore and letting them heal on their own.....and now this. Before I would think it was crazy to just leave a whitehead, but my skin heals much better this way now and I get no marks. Plus, I'd like to be able to stick with my new plan but I do feel like ppl will judge you if you go out in public or somewhere where someone is going to be all in your mouth, and you have an intense whitehead. ughh. what would you do if you were me?  besides pop it, its kind of past that point now. im thinking some concealer even though I don't wear make up often.