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brenmc last won the day on July 24 2014

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  1. I understand. If your acne is severe, would you ever consider accutane? I know there are side effects on that as well, but I'm just thinking that at least the side effects would only be during the course, rather than ongoing. Finally quoting is fixed! I've read a bit about flutamide over on the soulcyters forum for PCOS and I think there were two instances that I saw liver damage reported. Some people there seem to take it without issue, but then some have bad side effects like fatigue an
  2. Paigems, I can’t quote either, hope that's resolved soon. I thought spiro wasn’t steroidal, but then a quick google search led me to this: I think this warrants more research and not just anecdotal or message board chatter. From my research, flutamide is only harmful to the liver in high doses; it is prescribed in 1000-2000mgs for prostate cancer. Acne doses are much lower at 125-250mgs or 500mgs for severe cases of PCOS. However, I still think it would be advisable to avoid alcohol while on f
  3. noche, I'd look into Emerita or Smoky Mountain Naturals, both of these brands are well reviewed for over-the-counter hormone creams.
  4. Xipp, can you post your supplements? And also tell us about your experience on Estroblock? I was on Nature's Way brand DIM for months and it never helped.
  5. It's also probably because you stopped saw palmetto. . .
  6. Maybe spiro isn't enough on its own. If you have PCOS, you could consider metformin or inositol.
  7. merrittbarrow, how high of dose do you take? And, did you notice a breakout when you increased your dose?
  8. paigems, steroidal antiandrogens can be risky because they can cause a disruption to your adrenals and ultimately make your acne worse when you come off. For information on this phenomenon, check out the cyprotone acetate Wikipedia page, it explains under the Withdrawal heading:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyproterone_acetate#Withdrawal_effects. noche, your issue could be a lack of estrogen, since estrogen is a big part of what keeps skin clear. Perhaps you could ask your doctor about estrog
  9. Not to be negative but, I have PCOS and I have not ever found relief with herbal remedies. I implore you not to waste too much time with these if they start to make your acne worse. My acne is also severe, pretty much like yours, except I get nodules, which are even worse than cysts. If you have hirsutism or any other PCOS symptoms, your doctor may prescribe you an antiandrogen like spironolactone or flutamide.
  10. Wild yam boosts progesterone, which can help regulate hormones but not specifically lower androgens. Is your acne mild or severe? From my experience, natural or herbal remedies don't work on nodular or cystic hormonal acne. Keys Soap makes an excellent moisturizer: http://www.keys-soap.com/ostore/product.php?productid=217&cat=51&page=1.
  11. Hi shadylee, I haven’t read through your entire topic, but I wanted to see how you were doing? Is spiro finally working for you? I read a post you made on cortisone injections where you said that your acne is concentrated on your left cheek. Is this still true? If so, that doesn’t follow the usual hormonal pattern. Perhaps you have a localized infection and antibiotics would clear it up?
  12. Try Green and Blacks organic dark chocolate instead. I break out from everything, but not this. Keep me posted with your progress.
  13. I haven't tried that, thanks for the suggestion, but I'm trying to get off of things at the moment. But it's something to consider in the future. Also Bren, have you ever tried topical spiro? I found someone's posts on here about grinding up capsules, mixing it with lotion and applying it to the face. They said it got rid of the cystic acne and they only had surface spots every now and then. I wonder if maybe you've been on it for a while now and something is just not communicating to you
  14. I would wait 5-7 days to increase inositol after you've dropped SP, just to be sure SP is out of your system and you're not having any rebound effects (a spike in testosterone as a result of discontinuing SP). That way you can observe the effects of increased inositol better. But if you feel especially eager, follow your gut. Then increase gradually by half a dose. If you took 500mgs of inositol, I would increase it to 750mgs, for example. Edit: I want to add a few things that I have learned