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Hi, all. I'm 19, I've been on Depo Provera since I was 15, and only now have I finally realized it's been the underlying cause of my cystic acne. Today is May 7th, 2018, and my last shot was March 22nd, which means that this course of Depo Provera should last technically until June 14th (12 weeks). This will be my record of detoxing from Depo Provera for both my use and yours. Skin background: I always had porcelain-clear skin until I was 16, roughly 4-6 months after first receiving Depo Provera (for those wondering: I wanted to get Depo because my friend told me it stopped her period completely. I was naive and thought, "sign me up!", then remained on it once I became sexually active). At the time, I didn't connect Depo to my skin; I thought I was just going through the natural teenage hormonal changes and decided to wait it out. Diet: 1. I first cut out dairy when I was 17, which helped my skin tremendously; I went from having both cystic acne and smaller pimples to only having occasional cystic acne. I highly recommend everyone on here cut out dairy if you haven't already. That said, I knew there was more I could do for my skin. 2. I added supplements. Zinc, fish oil, and vitamin B all helped my skin quite a bit. I took these primarily when I was 17-18 (need to get more...). Highly recommended to all. 3. I began paying attention to the glycemic index of what I ate. What is that, you ask? That's what I thought. It's an index designed to rank how great an effect a food has on one's blood sugar levels, and ultimately, one's insulin levels. Insulin is directly related to DHT (I believe -- correct me if not), an androgen in the body for which the sebaceous glands in the skin possess receptors. TL;DR: eating simple carbs makes me break out. I cut out sugar completely (HIGHLY recommended; saw an immediate difference), then all white breads and other simple carbs. Things I don't eat/drink: -Alcohol (in excess; maybe one glass of Merlot every few weeks) -Sugar -White bread -Processed foods Products/regimines I've tried: -Bio oil -Oil cleansing -Caveman method -Cold cream -BP and salicylic acid -AHA -Tea tree oil -Lavender oil -Coconut oil What I currently take: 30 mg Zinc daily since April 30th (1 week). I fell off the wagon with this supplement, but I've already seen improvements from it (again). Probiotic. Improves gut biome. Healthy all around, definitely good for treating acne. Ginger. 1100 mg a day. Helps calm inflammation in the body. Also great for treating nausea (which I've had chronically since beginning Depo... another classic side-effect). What I've learned from my journey: The biggest help (and offense) my skin has received thus far has been from my diet; if I eat clean for a week, I notice it on my skin. If I pig out, I definitely notice it on my skin. However, I believe my acne is so easily affected by my diet because of Depo Provera. For those who don't know, Depo Provera is a progesterone-only birth control injected once every three months. "Progesterone-only" is the key: not only is progesterone an androgen in itself (acne-causing), but by flooding my system with such high quantities of it, I'm making the proportional amount of estrogen much lower that normal. Estrogen, for the most part, improves skin; one way is by keeping progesterone levels in check, and the other by stimulating collagen growth in the skin. I suspect that this is affecting my skin twofold: one, by simply acting as an androgen in high quantities, and from that, making me much more susceptible to the acne-causing effects of insulin level changes. My current theory is that, once fully detoxing from synthetic progesterone (and once my estrogen levels return to normal), I should at least be able to eat high(er)-level glycemic index foods without causing a breakout. I'll try to update at least once every few weeks. Progress is slow. But dammit, I'm ecstatic to have finally figured out the likely root cause of my hormonal acne!!
After suffering from acne for many years, and trying everything, paleo diet, antibiotics etc etc, I am having success with a new diet, that treats insulin resistance properly. We know diet effects blood sugar levels, which in turn effects insulin levels and this effects androgen production, which effects sebum production which effects how bad our acne is etc. I tried to treat this using paleo, limited carbs high fat. It was too hard for me, I felt bad all the time, no energy etc. It was only until I started looking into the scientific literature that I began to realise I had it all wrong! Multiple studies have shown ( I will link them below) that a diet low in fat and high in natural plant based carbs, reversed insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Now while this says nothing about acne, what it does say, is it improves how insulin works in our body, so less is needed as we are not resistant to it anymore. Less insulin, less androgens, less acne surely! blood sugar problems, are not caused by carbs, but by fat not allowing glucose to filter into the cells properly (highly simplified, but do your research). So now I have cut out all animal products limiting fat intake and eating plant based carbs, fruits, veg I can even tolerate rice now without breaking out! It took two days of breaking out before things started to clear up, I feel amazing, and I am really enjoying this Lifestyle. Here are some studies and Professionals talking about this diet and it's effect on glycemic control, insukin sensitivity etc. http://www.medpagetoday.com/Columns/At-Large/31400 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16873779 http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/32/12/2168.full http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/941870 https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2009nl/dec/diabetes.htm There is so much more research out there as well. A lot of these are focused on diabetes, but that is a illness caused by insulin resistance and blood sugar issues, acne is caused by the same problems, that's why we are advised to eat low gi, but this diet cuts to the root of the problem and allows you to tolerate carbs again, and improves insulin sensitvity dramatically! It has helped me loads so far! I still can't tolerate naked potatoes but I have only been doing it for a week and a half and my skin is 20 times better. Treating scars with aloe vera gel.