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hitea last won the day on January 10 2014

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  1. hitea

    Yasmin & Spiro!

    Hi CarpeMomentum, is my progress update! I'm not really active on this site anymore, but I figured I'd stop in and post this link. Good luck!
  2. Thanks everybody for being so sweet! Back really quick to reply to a couple of you:
  3. Hi guys, I've decided tonight that it's time for me to leave. I've found something that works for me (beyaz and spiro)-- so continuously doing research and arguing online is not good for me or my soul. I become obsessed with looking up information and helping other people if they have questions regarding things I know about. It's fine in theory, but in reality, I feel like I'm losing a bit of my life to it. I'm leaving in three weeks to begin my Air Force career-- I need this time to focus o
  4. hitea

    Lactic Acid Peel 40% Application

    You'll probably be fine, but I'd wait another 24 hours just in case. Lactic acid is a pretty mild peel that's quite calming.
  5. gahhhhhh....cancer is a result of a mutation in your DNA that causes your cells to grow and divide at rapid rates. For example, certain types of skin cancer happen when UV rays change three nucleotides to three thymines in a row. This causes a break in the "ladder" of your DNA, and you can't create the proteins needed for normal cell growth. This is not an allergic reaction, and is also not caused by the unhealthy consumption of macromolecules. In fact, bacteria can get this mutation from UV ra
  6. Maybe. Because the issue isn't necessarily the genes. Turns out after all the mapping was done, we don't have that many genes. It's the enzymes. And they are switched on and off by what you do to yourself or by what your parents did and then are passed down to you. In the study involving epigenetics & diabetes prone people, they found it took a few generations for the switch back to 'normal.' Here's the thread: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/298123-genes-involved-in-acne/ What
  7. hitea

    Lactic Acid Peel 40% Application

    Splash your face repeatedly. And when you think you're done, keep splashing. And also google it, yes. Don't use lactic acid daily. NO. Just use it every weekend or so. Also, only put it on for 1 minute on the first use and don't forget to do a test spot near your ear! Please google this before you do anything, though. There is a lot of great advice out there! This guy does a great explanation and demonstration: At Home Chemical Peel-Lactic Acid. Anyway, baking soda neutalizes the acid so t
  8. hitea

    Spironolactone = T&a Weight Gain?

    I'm a little interested in what GreenGables has to say about this. She told me in one of my threads that she didn't experience any weight gain at all, but then I found this thread...and apparently she did? I'm assuming it didn't last long, or she was able to control it enough so that it didn't really affect her. I'm actually finding that my belly and booty are a little chunkier than normal-- even though I do high intensity workouts every day and am an avid runner. I've only been on Spiro for
  9. I also tried maca powder and broke out like crazy back in July. Ehh, bad news. Of course, I went crazy and was taking Saw Palmetto, Maca, Borage Oil, Vitamin D and Zinc all at once. Kinda insane. haha If you want to go down the natural route, you could look at Saw Palmetto. It's a natural anti-androgen-- but not as strong as Spironolactone or a birth control. Since you've been diagnosed with PCOS, you could benefit from something called inositol-- a natural occuring chemical that can reduce
  10. hitea

    Hormonal Acne Woes

    I'm on Beyaz and it did great things for me. Yasmine is similar to Beyaz, but with more estradiol. I'm not sure about the differences in Yasmine and Diane-35, though. I did get on Spironolactone about a month and a half ago, and it's doing a great job of keeping the spots at bay during my "no pill" days.
  11. One of the things that helped me with my skin picking was looking through tumblr for blogs on 'dermatillomania.' I think it's so important to have someone to connect with--even if it's just reading through their blog anonymously. I think a tumblr blog about acne would be incredibly helpful. There aren't many of them, so I know somebody would love to see a support page all about the emotional aspect of skin conditions and helpful tips about treating them. Anyway, I saw your signature quote a wh
  12. Hi! Good question-- I think a lot of girls wonder about this. On the first day of your period, your estrogen and testosterone levels are low. As your period progresses, your estrogen and testosterone levels gradually increase. Testosterone causes oiliness in the skin-- which means more clogged pores. So, when it rises (and it's really high during this time!!), you get oily and more whiteheads. Progesterone levels also play a role in your acne production-- and their levels are usually similar to
  13. hitea

    Spiro For 2Nd Time

    Yeah, I've heard dairy is a pretty big culprit. Obviously it doesn't affect some people, but others it's a huge trigger for. I've gone down the road of being obsessed about the stuff I eat, too. I thought that over-eating caused acne for a while because it seemed that when I lost weight, my acne would begin to disappear. Ugh, that was a terrible thing to think because I too, lost way too much weight for my frame. I definitely stay away from a few foods-- even though I have no real proof tha
  14. There are some people who have found histamine to be a contributor to their acne (as it is part of the inflammatory response). If Claritin is helping you, your acne is probably really histamine related because Claritin is an anti-histamine! It's just probably expensive to take one every single day, right?