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  1. michi31

    Low Androgens And Spiro

    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
  2. About a year ago I was put on Accutane because I started getting cystic and nodular acne. That was... shit. But it helped for a few months before my acne came back. It first came back as whiteheads and pustules -which I didn't mind- but then recently started turning into cysts/nodules. With the lack of dermatologists in the area, I decided I had to do something on my own. I tried birth-control first; hated it. After that, I landed on Spironolactone. So here it goes... Day 1, 2 & 3: No side
  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. smichelle

    Natural Anti- Androgens

    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!
  5. MissSac17

    Considering Spiro.

    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
  6. 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
  7. (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
  8. 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
  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. 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
  11. Scaredofaccutane

    Does Accutane Cause PCOS?

    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?
  12. **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
  13. Brodeigh

    Hormonal Acne? Help?

    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
  14. Brodeigh

    Help With My Acne?

    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
  15. My name is Natalie Darlin

    August 16

    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. My name is Natalie Darlin

    August 15

    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. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Today I tried out Slim Fruits for the first time (no, I'm not endorsing them yet...still undecided!), and the main ingredient is dietary fiber. This reminded me of some interesting articles I read about fiber's connection to hormonal balance. People have been asking me for healthy ways of reducing estrogens and/or androgens, and I think the fiber- hormones connection is important, especially if you are against drugs & even supplements. I might post an update on slim fruits in a few weeks i
  22. Jofo

    New Experiment For Oily Skin

    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
  23. 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
  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. If you have questions, please PM me, do not respond to this post. Introduction You thought you would "grow out" of your acne and didn't? You're not alone. Many men and women suffer adult acne in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond. Adults with acne often have hormonal imbalances that linger after puberty, and these imbalances create disfiguring acne. Quick Review on Hormones The main sex hormones are testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. Men and women have all three hormones in