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  1. Hello everyone. I was wondering what was the difference between the effects of Spiro and Estroblock (and/or other similar "holistic" alternative, DHT Block etc.), and I decided to ask here since I couldn't find any answer to my question online. - Can something like Estroblock/DHT Block help with PCOS acne? - If Spiro works for someone (by decreasing androgens, and oily skin etc.), will Estroblock work the same way? I have been on Spiro for some time and while I *FINALLY* see results, I'm
  2. Hey guys, Looking to start an anti androgen routine but naturally without spiro/diane-35. I've heard that Saw Palmetto, beta-sitosterol (on it's own) and Pygeum Africanum are 3 of the best natural systemic DHT blockers. Has anyone had luck with any others or a specific combination and seen a reduction in oil? Any suggestions would be awesome!
  3. I truly need some insights into starting Spironolactone and an initial breakout. I am depressed and worried. [GreenGables, if you are still around I am desperate to speak with you about this!] To start off, I am 5'7, 140-ish pounds, never had bad acne/only a bump or two before my period. I took Lo Loestrin Fe for about 10 months in 2015; the progestin in it is androgenic, which I didn't know...guess I'm androgen or progestin sensitive. I went from having 90% clear skin to a new painful chin c
  4. I'm totally considering this but I'm just so unsure. I notice my skin does get significantly worse just before my period is due and during it. Like really worse. The only thing putting my off is that Ive read alot of people having a side-effect of HAIR SHEDDING. And this is what worries me about it, I have naturally curly/medium thickness hair BUT it is very very thin at the front and looks as if Im receeding tbh sicne I only have alot of fine "baby" hair at the front. Spiro just seems as if i
  5. I'm wondering if anyone here has been tested and has low androgen levels? I know that many are within normal range, but I'm talking about those whose androgens are at the low end or below the normal range for adult women. I recently had very thorough bloodwork and urine analysis done, and all of my androgens are at the low end, or below normal. Yet I have chronic acne around my chin and facial hair, and a high sex drive. It's mind boggling, but the endocrinologist says most likely it is overacti
  6. (short version: I'm taking Zinc to lower my estrogen and Peppermint to block androgens - good idea?) Hello I've always been puzzled how Zinc cures some people's acne but in me made some of my hormonal symptoms better and yet made other symptoms like (like acne & excess hair worse) Zinc seems to work by lowering estrogen and blocking DHT (androgens) But in some people, I read it can actually increase DHT I also remember a girl on here telling me she took Progesterone thera
  7. The Role of Hormones in Acne

    Androgens are male hormones found in both males and females, although they exist in a smaller amount in females.1 In acne, androgens are responsible for stimulating the production of skin oil (sebum) as well as thickening the skin, which can lead clogged pores and breakouts.2 Acne first develops during puberty because puberty is the stage at which the body begins synthesizing androgens. However, the relationship between androgens and acne is not entirely clear-cut for the following...
  8. What Is Acne Fulminans?

    Definition Incidence Causes Symptoms Acne Fulminans vs. Other Severe Forms of Acne Treatment Definition Acne fulminans is an extremely rare, severe form of acne with an explosive onset that normally affects white males between 13 - 22 years old, and comes with systemic symptoms (symptoms that affect the whole body) like fever, fatigue, and pain in the muscles and joints.1,2 Due to its severity, acne fulminans often leaves massive, disfiguring scars. This type of acne falls under the umbrella...
  9. New blog so I can post photos! Duh! For your reference... this is me: Meet Natalie! Today at work...I'm dead. I'm so sleep deprived I have no idea how I'm still functioning. I ate and I feel sick. It's about 4pm. I'm ready to go home and sleep. I had to start this blog because my other one ran out of MB??? I don't even know. Ain't nothin' changed...Drinkin' tea...Workin'...YOU already KNOOOOW. photos with my hair down are last night and today with my hair up at work looking like death hah
  10. Basically what the title says. Does Accutane cause PCOS? Has anyone developed PCOS after taking accutane? Or is PCOS caused by birth control? Is there a link of Accutane to PCOS?
  11. Hello ! First of all, i want to apologize for my really bad english, i'm not a native speaker. I'm glad i've found this site because i'm really, really lost with my hormonal problems, even if i've read like thousands of articles about hormones, acne relations and all this kind of things. Let me tell you my little story, i hope somebody can help me, because doctors didn't seem to be helpful to my case. Sorry, it's really long and full of details... First of all, i'm a 20 years old girl. In
  12. I have had spots since the age of 15, but 10 years on, I found my skin had become so much worse than it ever had been before. It all got too much this year, when I regularly ended up in tears whilst putting on my make up in the morning - as it was so painful to touch my face, and it just looked so angry and inflamed. I'd constantly be back and forth to the bathroom at work, just to make sure my spots weren't on display - and to also apply pressed-powder to get rid of the constant shine I had, fr
  13. **pics at the end of the post ** Ok ladies (sorry, this might not apply to men), after a LOT of research, I have been using inositol (myo-inositol in powder form) for about 2 months now and I wanted to wait at least this long so that I can be sure that this is not a temporary fix. Inositol's benefits are extensively discussed on PCOS forums, but haven't recently been discussed on acne.org so I thought this might help some of you who do not want to take bcp or other hormonal treatments or would
  14. So I'm 41 and German, English, Irish. I started getting my first Sebaceous Hyperplasias at about 27. Then about fifteen more within the next few years. So first thing I did was have a dermatologist freeze them. The liquid Nitrogen didn't penetrate any and so I tried later on Compound w Freeze away and a professional liquid Nitrogen spray and none could do anything but peel the surface skin a bit. So that myth is bunk. I will tell each method and experiences in continued blogs. Please share yours
  15. Last night was the same mask as usual-- I tried the rosehip oil out finally, after the Argan and before the aloe. It's 5:55am right now and it's time to punch today in the face haha!! It's 10:25am right now...Work is KA-RAZZZZY. I'm going on my walk after I eat a snack. Yayyyy. its almost 8:30pm I'm going to lay down and rest I'm dead I'll deal with life tomorrow
  16. Hey y'all. Same ish as usual. Just working my butt off. For the past week or so, I have been taking my walk around the lake in the mornings usually at 10:45-11:45 or sometimes 11:45-12:45. Depends on how work is goin and if shit pops off. I've been getting good sun. The morning sun is the BEST. It's currently 93 degrees where I'm at. AND NO BREEZE LOL. I have not been putting argan oil on my face in the mornings-- just at night before I put on my aloe. So my routine for the past two nights ha
  17. I tend not to post about new products or regimens until after I've gotten results from them, but I'm hoping that posting this will help me stick to my newest regimen. I'm about to start using 6 new products on the right side of my nose for 2 months to see if they reduce the amount of sebum that my skin produces. I did a similar experiment with peppermint oil last year, which yielded some noteworthy results: The products I'm using contain a number of ingredients that are purported to eit
  18. A week before my period my face COMPLETELY changes. It looks oily, discoloured, inflamed, bumpy and acne prone. I had a hormone test before my period which showed high androgens but then after I took the test again it was okay, so basically my androgens are high before my periods. I don't want to take the pill for many health concern reasons and I had really bad side effects when I tried. Diet never seems to help me. What do I do? My doctor suggested some type of minocycline or something. I aske
  19. I have had spots since the age of 15, but 10 years on, I found my skin had become so much worse than it ever had been before. It all got too much this year, when I regularly ended up in tears whilst putting on my make up in the morning - as it was so painful to touch my face, and it just looked so angry and inflamed. I'd constantly be back and forth to the bathroom at work, just to make sure my spots weren't on display - and to also apply pressed-powder to get rid of the constant shine I had, fr
  20. So here is a quick backstory, hopefully I won't bore you! Acne started at 16- hormonal. Tried Ortho and various other BCs. Did nothing for cysts. Started Yasmin when I was 21 and cleared me up 95%, would still get one honker or small baby blemishes each month. another flare up at 27- used clindamyacin and cleared me up pretty well. Current- 32 yo female that was prepping for bikini bodybuilding competitions last year, stressful life, extremely low bodyfat, high estrogen BC (Zovia 1/5
  21. Went to the docs today to change my pill because I’ve noticed my acne began when i started taking it (am currently on ovranette) and it settles on my pill free week. Done some research and a forum on here suggested yasmin to be the best for acne due to the anti-androgen progestin and ovranette to be the worst due to its progestin. Asked my doc for yasmin and instead she has given me marvelon which is categorised as one that doesn’t worsen or treat acne. Has anyone used this pill? Don’t know whet
  22. Hey, I am a seventeen year old boy, I have acne, but have that kinda under control, but have such oily skin. Now I have several optitions to reduce my sebum, I list them below: - Pantothenic acid, B5 / oxidises the sebum in the skin - Vitamin D(3) / I really dont know how this reduces sebum - Vitamin A / I also don't know exactly how this can reduce sebum - Accutane / shrinks the oil glands permanently - Saw palmetto, green tea extract (oral) / Lowering androgen levels - Green
  23. Why am I getting acne? I suffer from depression (funnily enough, only related to my appearance but I don't tell my therapist.) After a year of stopping Accutane, my cysts/papules have finally started to come back. I don't know how I will live and I **CAN'T** see a dermatologist or a 'caring' / 'good' doctor. If I can't fix it, I will become severely depressed. Please help the best you can: I had very bad side effects on Accutane so that's not an option (plus it didn't work and made it wors
  24. http://www.medicaljournals.se/acta/content/?doi=10.2340/00015555-1013&html=1 Another reason to not take Accutane- it screws up your hormone levels and causes problems later. This was just a 3 month study too. Most people use Accutane longer.
  25. Hi guys! I'm looking for some advice on Spironolactone. I have been off of the Mirena IUD (which was giving me severe cystic acne after 3 years of having it in) for about 4 months now and am on my fourth pack of Beyaz birth control. I am finally seeing a drastic change in my skin. No more cysts at all! It's great. However, I am not 100% clear. I'm thinking about taking Spironolactone, but I have some questions about it first. If this is all super redundant, and you've seen a post where
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