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Took The Plunge - Started Spiro

This is going to be really long, to record what discoveries I've made in the last few months. The TL;DR version: I'm now taking a low dose of spiro and supplementing with a dab of progesterone cream for the 2 weeks prior to my period. Also, I found a really good article that breaks down PCOS and acne and how to treat it holistically: http://ndnr.com/web-articles/dermatology/treating-pcos-acne-from-the-inside-out/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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07/26/13

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10/30/14

 

A Setback, But Now Things Seem To Be Back On Track...

I had a breakout, but I'm 90% certain it was caused by some new supplements I started taking. I stopped taking those supplements and the breakout did not get worse and started healing up - all during the part of my cycle when I normally do experience one huge final flare up. I'll explain more, but first, why did I start with some new supplements in the first place? Well, I'm obsessed with having clear skin. Like everyone else here - lol! So while my skin was looking pretty great, I know

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06/15/13

 

Still Clear! Omg!

Finally got my period a few days ago, and I am still clear. I got minor PMS anxiety issues and a couple of zits popped up, but I'm not worried about it! My skin looks great. I'm wearing less make up everyday and I'm extremely happy. I'm busy too. Now that my days of obsessing over acne appears to be over, I realize I have all kinds of other stuff to deal with. Oh well! I still want to write a post recapping everything I learned but don't have the time right now. Everythin

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05/17/13

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06/15/13

 

No Acne, But No Period Yet Either...

So I should start today, but nothing so far. I don't get cramps or pissy moods my more, which usually told me my period was coming soon. I think adding the cinnamon has thrown things off a bit. I forgot to mention that I was spotting last week, which is unusual (but not unheard of) for me. I read that some women spot when they're ovulating, so I thought maybe that was the case for me too. I'm not too worried, but I am really curious to see how my skin reacts to my period starting.

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05/01/13

 

Still Looking Pretty Good!

My period should be here in the next couple of days and my skin is looking pretty good still! For a few days I got pretty lax with all of my supplements, except for the cinnamon with every meal 3 times daily. I'm pretty sure that is what caused the one pimple I got on my cheek. It went away quickly, but it bummed me out because I was getting used to having clear skin! So I'm convinced all of this works together. Maybe cinnamon cuts down on 50% of my acne, and saw palmetto

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04/29/13

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05/17/13

 

Wow, Still Can't Believe It!

I'm due for my period in 6 days... I have not had one break out. This has never happened to me! I'm excited, but also a little freaked out. I mean, could it really be that simple? 1 cinnamon pill before every meal 3 x a day and low glycemic snacks between meals seems to do the trick. I'm still taking my regular supplements, but honestly, they never gave me the instant results cinnamon has given me. HOWEVER, something did happen that worried me a bit. I accidentally took 2 cinna

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04/24/13

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04/24/13

 

Quick Update :)

Still no breakouts! Two weeks before my period is when my skin looks like shit - this time last month, I had two big pimples on my chin that erupted over night. My skin looks amaaaazing! It feels amazing! I'm due to get my period at the end of the month - if my skin stays looking this good, I will declare my hormonal acne defeated! Now, I'm off to research paleo friendly recipes. Whee!

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04/19/13

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04/20/13

 

Progress!

Finacea and cinnamon! Finacea caused a bit of purging in the first week, but it was minor for the most part and now it's working great. My hyperpigmentation is improving and my skin isn't overly dry like when I use retin a. I'm using it at night with Dan's AHA. I'm using BP and moisturizer during the day - I have a huge bottle and I feel like I might as well use it, even though my skin is clear with no active pimples. The biggest improvement is due to cinnamon capsules that I hav

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04/12/13

 

Update

I get annoyed when people stop updating these things because I wonder if they're off living their acne free life or what. I am still not acne free. But - my skin is looking pretty good too. I'm on the same supplements and 2 weeks out of the month my skin is basically clear until 2 weeks prior to my period when I have a flare up. Improvements I've made: I am not touching my skin as much. It's made such a huge difference! I ditched retin a micro as my only topical. I realized I

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03/31/13

 

And My Low Dose Accutane Adventure Is Over!

Well, for now.... I've been reading, reading, reading and decided that I just cannot afford any of the horrible side effects that some people experience with accutane. The pressure in my head worried me. Also, yesterday I had a crazy crying spell. I felt better after crying but I cried my eyes out over how unfair life is, how unfair acne is, how unfair AIDS is and how there are children growing up without mothers - I cried for the entire human race and how we're all fucked. I h

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01/06/13

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03/31/13

 

My Low Dose Accutane Adventure Begins!

I took the first 20 mg pill yesterday. I'm going to continue taking my saw palmetto and chasteberry tincture and hope that I can get through the next few months with no problems. Within a couple of hours my hands felt numb and then I realized they were freezing cold. Read up on it, popped a niacin and it felt a little better. When I tried going to bed, I felt pressure in my head and ears. It wasn't painful, but I felt off and a little panicky. I worried that I wouldn't go to sleep b

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01/04/13

 

Quick Update

I was taking too much chromium - Side effects of taking too much include insomnia and loss of appetite. Definitely experienced that. There is already 400mcg in my multi vitamin - may take 1 other pill when I'm feeling anxious for no more than 600 mcg per day. So far the sp tincture is definitely working. I don't have sore breasts or cramps I normally get before my period - I should get it any day now. I had a bit of a flare up but took more of the tincture and it calmed it down consid

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12/03/12

 

Update - It's Long, But I'm Finally Putting The Pieces Together

So far so good with the women's health doctor's regimen of the Saw Palmetto/Chasteberry tincture. I started using it after I noticed my PMS flare ups starting up again, and I already feel less oily. Only side effect was for a few nights I was feeling really tired, but then I remembered that I felt really tired when I started SP the first time - both SP and Chasteberry are known to have a sedative effect. Before I started it, I got a hormone blood test, just to see what's going on with

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11/25/12

 

What Now?

When I had the crazy breakout about a month ago, I made appointments with naturopaths, women's health doctors and 2 different dermatologists. I decided to keep all of these appointments to continue to explore my options. My visit with the women's health doctor was awesome and I'll share her advice. Basically, she agrees that my issue with taking saw palmetto was that I didn't take anything with it to balance out my progesterone and estrogen. So she recommended a blend of SP, Chaste

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11/16/12

 

1St Visit With Naturopath

I have mixed feelings - on one hand, she told me everything I already know - to improve my diet, take a multi-vitamin cocktail, to get more exercise and to take a month long hormone test because it sounds like I am deficient in progesterone. She agreed that saw palmetto could be overloading my body with estrogen. She also recommended therapy to deal with the emotional stuff - which she said can be a huge factor. She recommended a therapist who practices Radix therapy - I'd never heard of

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11/10/12

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11/12/12

 

Finally Feeling Better-Ish And I Think Biotin Broke Me Out

I've been seriously bummed the last few days - it's a function of that time of the month and a new cyst/pimple/THING on my cheek that's been there since Sunday. I really hate that half the month is such a miserable time for me. I go to a naturopath tomorrow. I'm determined to get the mood stuff and hormonal acne bullshit figured out once and for all. I also go to a new derm next week and I will ask about spiro and low dose accutane and any other options I might have. So the advice for P

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11/09/12

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11/10/12

 

Blah

I feel blah today. Not depressed or anxious, just blah. Part of it is I didn't sleep well. The other part is I am discouraged. I eased up on the saw palmetto and have a smattering of premenstrual breakouts on my face. They aren't the worst - but still, I'm so tired of this. I'm discouraged too because I keep reading contradicting info online about how to balance your hormones. I'm discouraged that there are people who have supposedly "cured" their acne charging people for online

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11/04/12

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11/05/12

 

Manuka Honey Is Brilliant!

I started getting my pre-menstrual breakout yesterday morning: 2 small zits on the sides of chin and what looked like it was going to be a big one right on my chin. I woke up feeling really oily too. A month ago my skin was pretty much clear so to feel oily and get tiny zits is pretty demoralizing to me right now. Anyway, I popped an SP and the oil went away immediately. Just one 160 mg of SP. Wow. Pretty strong stuff! If only it worked exactly the way I want it to work all of the

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11/01/12

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11/01/12

 

More Embarrassment...

Today I went to the derm to see about getting the cyst removed. I'm prone to sebaceous cysts and have had to get 3 of them removed over the years. I think I've had more than that and that some of them have gone away by themselves or with me manually draining them once they stopped being swollen. I really hate that I'm prone to these - chances are, picking at my pimples is creating them so this is yet another reason for me to never pick a pimple again. I hate going to the dermatologist. I ge

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10/30/12

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11/01/12

 

My Nightmare Came True Last Night...

So I was supposed to go to dinner with my boyfriend. A couple of hours before he came over, I hopped in the shower and used my clarisonic all over my face, including the cyst. The skin around the cyst is irritated - the hot compress I used earlier on the cyst burned the skin and the adhesive from the bandaids irritated the surrounding skin. Putting retin a to help the PIH didn't help either. My over-exfoliation left an oozing peeling mess. My boyfriend came over earlier than I expec

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10/28/12

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10/30/12

 

So Close Yet So Far

Last night I had to go somewhere and I felt terrible. Make up over lumps looks awful, probably worse than without. I looked around me and felt like I was the only person with bad skin around. Came home feeling horribly tired and the cyst that is lodged in my right cheek felt a bit inflamed. Before I left for the night I took my normal regimen of supplements which included saw palmetto. My latest theory is the saw palmetto is increasing my estrogen, not blocking it and causing

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10/27/12

 

It's Time To Get Serious!

I am done with acne. It gets better, I get complacent, and then it gets worse and I'm spending my precious free time on acne.org searching for an answer. I know my acne is caused by hormonal issues and I feel as I am so close to finally figuring it out. This blog is to help me figure out what the patterns with what's going on, and to relieve some of this stress. For the most part, I cover up my acne really well so no one knows how big of a problem it is for me. My boyfriend has perfect ski

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10/26/12

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11/04/12

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