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hitea last won the day on January 10 2014

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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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?
  14. Keep trying-- you'll get your life back! In fact, try to go out and "forget" about your acne for a while! The only way to get your life back is to not let it affect you so much and to continuously try to treat your acne until you find what works for you! If you were a truly horrible person, you wouldn't feel guilty about feeling horrible. You wouldn't realize that you hurt people-- you would just do it and be done with it. Trust me, you deserve to be in this world and you deserve to be h
  15. Geez, if all those things trigger acne (even with Spiro), it's a miracle that I'm not completely covered from head to to in acne! Lol, but seriously. I drink almond milk every morning with my cereal. I eat almonds like it's my job. I don't drink milk, but I eat cheese everyday! I have yet to introduce a full egg (by itself) since last July, though...the worst breakout EVER...and it was after eating about 6-7 deviled eggs. So, those might be a trigger for me, OR it was just a coincidence. Regard