If acne is caused by Testosterone and zinc helps produce Testosterone why does zinc help acne?
Why do most men with bad acne have fair hair and slim builds if acne is cause by Testosterone?
Is it low Testosterone or Testosterone converting to Estrogen or DHT that causes acne?
Will Zinc, Magnesium, Calcium, B6, ALA + ALC, Saw Palmetto or other supplements work?
What would happen if I take Anabolic Steroids, Natural Testosterone Boosters or Aromatse Inhibitors
Can I change my body or will nature not let me?
I was about 12-13 when I started getting acne on my face and back.
Everyone told me it would go when I got older so I put up with it.
I am now 28 yrs old and still suffer from severe acne and scarring on my face, neck, shoulders, back and chest.
Around the age of 14 I started working out lifting weights and drinking more milk to gain some weight/muscles. I did this for about 6 months, my physique changed little and my acne got worse so I gave up.
Then when I was about 20-21 I started getting acid reflux/indigestion which over the next 5 years got very bad especially when i drank alcohol.
So about a year ago I decided that there was obviously something wrong with my digestive system.
My research has now lead me to believe that I have a methylation problem.
My symptoms are:
Adult acne - as explained.
Joint pain - knees, hands, lower back, neck and shoulders.
Obsessiveness - insomnia, stress, compulsions like teeth and finger tapping.
Acid reflux - as explained.
Depression - brought on by grief.
I am 6'0"tall and weigh 13 st. I have fair ash blonde hair long slim limbs, fingers and toes. I get white marks on my nails which indicate zinc and/or calcium deficiency (copper toxicity) and store fat round my abdomen and chest indicating high estrogen.
This is where I get confused.
I ultimately want to compensate for all this acne scarring by improving my physique and get healthier in the process.
First of all (bout 12 months ago) after a 3 day apple detox, I cut out all dairy foods, foods high in histamine and as best I could foods containing gluten.
My acne started to clear up and my reflux problem improved.
I then started running 3 times a day to lose some fat and lost a stone in 2 weeks getting down to about 12% body fat.
I then stopped the cardio and started lifting weights every other day and eating lots of chicken, turkey and salmon (steamed) with vegetables.
My workouts lasted around 45mins consisted of 3 sets of 10 always till failure and were split:
Monday: Biceps and legs
Wednesday: Chest and triceps
Friday/Saturday: Abs and shoulders
After 3 months and no weight gain I started drinking protein shakes after workouts for 1 month. This flared my acne up again terribly so I stopped and increased my protein intake through my food to what is currently 150g of protein and around 3000 calories per day from 5 meals of whole foods only. I also started taking B complex.
I also mixed up my workouts after the first 3 months and did 2 months of supersets eg Biceps then triceps. I gained about 3lbs of fat and went up to 14% body fat.
So I mixed it up again and started doing reps of 10, 8 and 6 upping the weight each set. I did this for another 3 months and put on 4 pounds of fat, I now have 17% body fat!
These failures to gain have lead me to believe that I am low testosterone.
I have now quit drinking and smoking.
I have also stopped having sex/masturbating more than once a week (this has resulted in my testicles aching all the time now, is this the problem?)
I have now changed my workout again to 5 sets of 5 compound movements working the full body every other day. ie Bench press (55kg) Shoulder press (17kg per arm) Bench dips (20kg) Beginner squats (17kg per leg(bad knees)) Chin ups (0kg).
I have also started taking:
Calcium, magnesium and zinc.
Alpha Lipoic Acid - Acetyl l-carnitine
I plan to change my workout again in a few months. I think I'll stick with this 5x5 but try splits and supersets again.
I may also try creatine and estrogen blockers.
If you have information that may help me please comment.
Until then I'll just keep trying.