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#3446776 Summing Up My Yaz Journey - To Worse, To Better, To Worse Again?

Posted by paigems on 11 August 2014 - 09:42 PM

Yaz and Yasmin clear me completely, but when I go off of them my skin goes crazy and becomes worse than it was before I started. After this happens it can take a long time for it to balance out for me. The first time I came off yasmin my acne got so bad I decided to take accutane. When my acne started coming back 2 years after taking accutane I decided to try yaz. I got off yaz because it makes my hair fall out (so does yasmin and spiro) and my skin became worse than ever. Every single pore on my face was clogged. Before taking the yaz just my nose and a few cheek pores were clogged. My skin has calmed down since then, but it took a long time, maybe over a year. I'm still clogged, but I don't think it's from that rebound breakout from yaz anymore. I think I just need to try other hormonal treatments or accutane again to help with that. Anyway, my point is that stopping the pill and restarting the pill could have messed up your hormones and they could take a long time to reregulate. You could also consider switching to yasmin which I've heard clears many up better than yaz (probably because of the higher estrogen). Spiro is great too if you can tolerate it, and it sounds like you probably will be able to since you don't sound like you're having any crazy side effects from yaz and yasmin which I was having. Just remain hopeful! I know it's hard. I'm about to try Belara (an anti-androgen birth control pill similar to yasmin), and just waiting for my next month of pills to start in two weeks feels like an eternity. Then there's the whole waiting 6 months for my hormones to regulate thing, and that's even harder. I understand. Just don't give up.

#3446580 Acne Was Cured. No Accutane!

Posted by paigems on 10 August 2014 - 08:35 PM


Ok, I found my labs from last year. I had some done this year, but I think last year's might be more indicative of what's been going on. Let me know if you want me to post the range. All were within "normal", but normal is so broadly defined that it's not that useful. Also, these results are from blood tests, taken only once during my cycle. 


Total testosterone: 45 ng/dL

Free testosterone: 2.9

Bioavailable testosterone: 6.2

Sex hormone binding globulin: 67 nmol/L 

Albumin, serum: 4.6

DHEA: 963

17-Hydroprogesterone: 38

TSH: 1.45

LH: 8.0

FSH: 6.2



WBCs: 5.0

RDW: 12.9

Platelets: 231

Lymphocytes: 32

RBC's: 3.9 (this was 0.1 below the normal range)

Hemoglobin: 12.3 

hematocrit: 39

MCV: 99

MCH: 32

Granulocytes: 63

Mononuclears: 5


Notes: 2+ macrocytes ---> Doctor said I have macrocytic anemia. 

I also have PCOS.



Even though your testosterone and DHEA were normal, I think they might be on the high end of normal. My testosterone was 69, dropped to 30, and then finally to 13. My doctor finally said I "was in the girly range" when I went below 20.

#3446108 Want To Take Spiro But Pregnant. Is It Safe? Any Advice?

Posted by paigems on 07 August 2014 - 09:07 PM

No, you cannot take spiro while you're pregnant.

#3444257 Bha ( Salicylic Acid )

Posted by paigems on 29 July 2014 - 07:56 PM

Paula's choice has a lotion.

#3442148 More People Should Document Their Journey

Posted by paigems on 18 July 2014 - 05:25 PM

I started a log but I haven't updated it much lately because my skin has been causing me anxiety lately. I think I will start updating it again, though :)

#3441762 My Skin Is Causing Me A Lot Of Anxiety

Posted by paigems on 16 July 2014 - 07:08 PM

I just need to vent a bit guys. I don't usually post in this section of the forums, but I'm not sure why since I suffer from an anxiety disorder which is severely exacerbated by my skin issues. Anyways, lately my skin has been breaking out badly and I've started to scar a bit. All my scars right now are very shallow, but I'm having a very "I'm scarred for life, I look ugly, and the world is ending attitude." I have never had to deal with scars before and I feel like my new little ones are pushing my anxiety to the limit. Can you guys please offer me some reassurance or words of wisdom? I don't want to feel like I'm going to be scarred and ugly forever, but right now I can't help but feel that way.

#3440634 If My Diet Is So Great, Why Isn't My Skin Great?

Posted by paigems on 10 July 2014 - 02:38 PM

My diet has been great for a long time now. I eat a ton of fruits and veggies. I avoid wheat, sugar, and animal products. I don't eat vegetable oils or any oils for that matter. I eat good fats (cashews and avocado) and some gluten free whole grains like oatmeal. My skin is still sooo clogged up and lately it has been very oily. It was like this before I eliminated meat too. I exercise, get enough sleep, my vitamin D is not low. My stress levels could be lower, but I have an anxiety disorder so it's never going to be perfect. Why is what I'm doing not good enough to have clear skin?

#3439982 Hunt For All Natural Makeup

Posted by paigems on 07 July 2014 - 07:14 PM

I like Maia's mineral galaxy. It's the only thing that doesn't break me out.

#3439970 I Miss (A Fraction Of) My Oil. When Will It Come Back?

Posted by paigems on 07 July 2014 - 06:33 PM

My oil came back gradually over the course of 2 years. I didn't miss it at all and wish it would have stayed away forever!

You didn't worry about getting any wrinkles due to having less sebum than you used to?

No, from what I've read that's just a myth. I think things like sun protection are more important in regards to that.

#3439357 I Miss (A Fraction Of) My Oil. When Will It Come Back?

Posted by paigems on 04 July 2014 - 08:49 AM

My oil came back gradually over the course of 2 years. I didn't miss it at all and wish it would have stayed away forever!

#3439093 Questions For Fredthebelgian About Vit A

Posted by paigems on 02 July 2014 - 05:51 PM

For anyone who is interested in vitamin A megadosing but is worried about toxicity, I found an interesting study that should help allay your fears. The study performed a meta-analysis of around 250 scientific papers related to retinol, and there are basically 3 important takeaways:


1. Naturally occurring oil-based vitamin A is roughly 10 times less toxic than synthetic vitamin A.

2. The upper limit of oil-based vitamin A for an individual is about 6666IU/kg/day. In my case, for example, this comes out to just over 453,000 IU.

3. Vitamin D dramatically reduces the toxic effects of vitamin A, and consequently raises the safe upper limit of vitamin A that you can take. The study unfortunately doesn't specify how much vitamin D is needed.


Personally I've chosen to go with fermented cod liver oil in liquid form for my source of vitamin A.


Some choice quotes from the study relating to what I paraphrased above:

  • "water-miscible, emulsified, and solid preparations of retinol are ≈10 times as toxic as are oil-based retinol preparations.”

  • "We have pointed out that concerns about vitamin A toxicity are exaggerated. While some forms of synthetic vitamin A found in supplements can be toxic at only moderately high doses, fat-soluble vitamin A naturally found in foods like cod liver oil, liver, and butterfat is safe at up to ten times the doses of water-soluble, solidified, and emulsified vitamin A found in some supplements that produce toxicity.”

  • “Chronic hypervitaminosis A is induced after daily doses of 2 mg/kg/day of retinol in oil-based preparations for many months or years”

  • "Clinical studies of secondary cancer prevention indicate that daily doses of 90 mg retinol in oil-based preparations in adults (≈1–1.5 mg/kg) are well tolerated for many months or years”

  • “Vitamin D appears to protect against retinol toxicity because the median dose was significantly higher when the vitamins were combined (0.7 mg/kg; P = 0.020; 95% CI: 0.082, 1.56 mg/kg).” [that's 2333 IU per kg more]


Jofo, do you plan to try taking vitamin A? If so, please let us know how it goes! I was concerned about toxicity, but now it sounds a lot less harmful than I thought.

#3438041 How I Cleared My Acne After 26 Years. Try It.

Posted by paigems on 26 June 2014 - 10:34 AM

I just bought an Omega juicer. I probably won't be able to juice a ton (poor student), but I'm going to try to juice at least something every day. Today was my first time using the juicer and I made carrot and orange juice. It had lots of sugar in it, but I think it was a good experiment juice. In the future I plan to juice other things like beets, greens, sweet potatoes, etc. I'll let you guys know if it has any effect on my skin.

I also just bought a juicer to a Breville.  Vegteables are not that expensive depending on where you shop.  Trader Joes has organic carrots for $89 cents per bag and celery is only $2 per bag.  Please keep us posted.  How is your skin as of now?  I am trying the juicing part of this regimen along with an elimination diet consisting of fish, veggies and a ton of sweet potatoes so we'll see if it makes a dent in my acne whatsoever.


Good Luck on your end too.

How has the juicing been going? I've been juicing everyday and I'm not noticing a huge difference. My skin might be a little less oily, but that's it.

#3437002 Do You Ever Miss Clear Skin?

Posted by paigems on 19 June 2014 - 09:00 PM

I miss it a lot. I started getting acne when I was 12 and didn't have clear skin until I was 18 and started accutane. I was completely clear from 18 to 20 and it was amazing! I woke up everyday and was so happy and thankful to have clear skin. My skin isn't horrible now, but it's nothing like it was for those 2 years. I really do miss it.

#3436605 Is My Acne Bad? (Pictures)

Posted by paigems on 17 June 2014 - 11:16 AM

No, not bad! Actually, despite the acne I still think your skin looks great. Your skin is a really nice texture and tone and you're very pretty. Just give your new regimen some time to work. Tazorac can make things worse before they get better so don't be afraid if that happens.

#3436235 Medicine/soap For Small Bumps?

Posted by paigems on 14 June 2014 - 07:52 PM

Face masks don't do much for clogged pores. Try running all the products you use on your face through the website CosDNA to make sure nothing in them is clogging your pores. A BHA might also be helpful.