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  1. ribbonsmakebows

    How I Cleared My Acne

    Hi everyone! I wanted to share this video with you all, because I finally have clear skin and if this video could help just one of you, it'd be amazing! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh1O39ZNuEE Let me know how you get on! xx
  2. I'm a female who has higher than average levels of androgens. I haven't gotten this checked out and confirmed, but I have extremely oily skin, am prone to cysts and in terms of my physique I am naturally lean (build muscle quickly and low body fat, around 12%), so I think it's pretty likely. I've been considering going on the pill to balance out my hormones which I think could help my skin, but I'm concerned about other effects this would have, mostly weight gain. I have little to no active acne
  3. Hi guys, This is my first post here because I have no idea what to do about my face anymore. I had picture perfect skin just 2.5 months ago, now my skin is dripping oil, constantly breaking out. I made an apt for bc but I don't know which one to go on, or if I even truly need it. I have a fee breakouts constantly now, but 11 days before my period (every month now) I get tons of breakouts, especially around my eyebrows and my cheeks, and lots of small pimples on my chin and jawline. I use a
  4. Guitar89

    Skin Frustration and Vitamin A

    This year, I've become increasingly frustrated with my acne since it has started appearing more frequently in strange places - like my forearms, hands, fingers, and stomach. While in the past I put my acne concerns on the back burner, recent events have made fighting this acne a much higher priority. It's at least somewhat socially acceptable to have acne on the face - or on the back and chest - but not other weird places. It's just scary and frustrating to think that I might not have any c
  5. Hi all! I just started taking i3c (precursor to DIM) and Vitex as directed by my naturopath. It has been a week since I started taking them, but my skin is resembling the condition a week before my period (when progesterone is the highest). No cysts. Just some bumps on my forehead and a few white heads on my chin, and nose. Nothing on my cheeks and jawline (knock on wood). Has anyone experienced an initial breakout or purge period? How long does it take to get over it? I did a hormone test
  6. I've been dealing with acne since I was twelve. I recently just after my wedding started to break out pretty bad... (thank god for clear skin on my wedding day!!!) I started to break out on my honeymoon in Cancun. I was preparing myself to break out because I was in a humid climate and I come from a very dry climate. Usually I get red bumps and cysts but on my honeymoon they were white heads Ever since my honeymoon I have had deep dark red spots that remained after my zits (and ongoing
  7. Krissy990

    Hormone Help?

    Hello All, So Im new here but need some help figuring how to attack this acne issue.. So a little background I never had acne 3 months ago. I started taking Lutera and about two weeks in my skin became really oily in fact I started having severe night sweats. Weird right? So I switched about a month into it to Microgestin. My oil production was still pretty bad and pimples started to form on my cheeks and forehead. So I stood on this for another month until a month ago I decided to call it q
  8. I have competently cured my acne, so happy with it. I have suffered from mild hormone cystic acne for 2 years. I have done blood check my doctor told me I have high testosterone and prescribed diane-35 for me. It help but makes me gaining weight and feel depressed. After 6 months I stop it, and acne come back. I don't want go back on birth control pills and search for natural remedies. Here is my regimen: Saw Palmetto is a real miracle! It suppress the testosterone much better than diane
  9. Taylorlynn17

    8 months later

    From the album: Doxycycline Progress

    Doxycycline ended up being ineffective for my cystic acne. My acne was cured using a combination of epidou, aczone, and birth control. There was pretty major scarring, but derm says it should fade with time and exfoliation.
  10. PinkSunshine

    Where Is This Coming From?

    Hi everyone! I'm eighteen years old and pretty acne-prone. I've usually had a sprinkling of acne on my back but not a ton. The past month or so, it got way worse. Do yall have any ideas why this would be? Some factors that have changed...I've recently stopped taking my acne antibiotic because my face is looking better. I have light acne in my face now but not severe. Also its been cold so I got a heated blanket. I know that sounds weird but it may have an effect. Also, how can I treat t
  11. Sup! So im breaking out again, yeah im clueless as to why. I thought i could power through before, just by being on a strict diet. Yeah so i did everything, don't want to go into cause it's long and complex. Just rest assured i've tried it. Anyway i am on a diet now and yes i've been on it for a long time, yes i've seen good results. Lately however i've realized the acne horizons are broader and are unbelievably, a bigger, better, more complex pain in my bottom! (ass). So im not eating g
  12. Hey guys, I hope to share with you what I have learned in my 12 years journey to clearing acne. I used to have moderate to severe acne. (I'm a guy btw) It took me 12 years to figure out because I was doing it by changing one factor at a time, and I wasn't really exactly focusing all my time and energy into it as well, that's why it took so long. 1 - Stress is my main root cause. Even at my best behaviour, I'll still get 1-3 medium spots when stressed. Acne worsens from 2X to 100X mainly ba
  13. Background I started getting the occasional zit and mild cyst when I was 14 years old; I normally used to just pop them. Then I turned 15 and my hormones went bonkers I got acne on my cheeks and between my eyebrows (after waxing there), along with sore cysts and pimples on my chin (especially after shaving) and nose. I have red blemishes from the old pimples and this is my last month on Purbac/Bactrim/Septra, so I reckon this is a good time to start a log of my Differin and Tetralysla
  14. I just got a hormone test done and found out that I am high in androgens, which is likely the cause of my persistent hormonal acne. I have tried many birth control pills in the past but have never found success so I am looking for a more natural solution. What are some anti-androgen supplements or foods I could be consuming to balance my hormones out??? I am already taking 30mg of zinc, which has helped a lot but not completely.
  15. Okay so we all know milk (obviously) causes acne, but milk is full of good protein and much needed calories. Whenever i was drinking lots of regular 1% milk, i broke out like crazy. My skin has just gotten under control and i'm wondering if i were to switch to a hormone free milk such as lactaid if i would break out? Does lactose cause acne? Does rbst cause acne? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  16. Hello all! Long story short, people: Was on accutane for approx. 5 years, cleared majority of acne issues, still breakout mildly (2-3 painful ones at a time) around mouth/chin area and EXTREMELY oily skin. I believe it's hormonal issues I'm dealing with.. SO, my question, previously stated in title: how easy do you think it will be for me to get prescribed spiro for very mild, but persistent, acne and very oily skin? Everytime I visit the derm, my skin clears up and looks so good that t
  17. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and folate deficiency anemia about 3 months ago. I have been taking levothyroxine for my thyroid imbalance and folic acid pills for my anemia. I have noticed that I also break out a lot around the time of the month and the acne is deep, cystic and painful usually around my chin, jawline and lower cheeks. Currently I have two pimples on my left cheek, and my right jawline and chin area looks super congested and my chin has a few pimples forming white heads.
  18. Hi everybody! Dairy causes acne for me because of the IGF-1 growth hormone and thus hyperkeratinization (cell division and thus clogging of pores). Does anybody can tell me if dairy counteracts my bodybuilding goals to gain lean mass? In the last year by bulking I have gained 8 kilos on a dairy diet. Body fat ~12%-17%. By my understanding dairy causes raises IGF-1 growth hormone which is good for bodybuilding. It also causes cell division and DHT raise - is it also good? I have read th
  19. Hi, I have tried every acne product, diet, wash, medicine (Even accutane), and found no relief. Is my acne caused by a hormonal imbalance? I am a man. I am going to see if an acupuncturist can help me.
  20. Cheers all. I am a soon to be 29 year old caucasian, somewhat fair skinned male who has been struggling with acne for 16 years. I would greatly welcome any advice\suggestions you may have related to my experience. Below I will list the numerous treatments I've experimented with and my opinion on said treatments. Before i give a brief summary I really appreciate any input and empathize with fellow sufferers. Hopefully karma will come back around for those struggling and I hope my experience
  21. Hello! I recently received my saliva hormone tests and it showed that I have VERY low Estrogen, and mid-high range of Testosterone. Also my Progesterone is in the average-low range. I would love to get any one else opinion on what I should do to correct this and stop my acne - as this is obviously the cause. I would like to note that I think a lot of people will go straight to PCOS - but I am very thin, I do not have hardly any body hair, I have been checked for ovarian cysts, and I check my b
  22. Michigander

    Spironolactone 3 month update

    Hi Everyone!!! So three months ago almost I came on to this website, 1 week on spiro, really struggling with severe cystic acne all over and severe nausea. I have great news!! My pimples/cysts are GONE!!! I still have hyperpigmentation but oh my heck. Its been almost a year since i haven't had painful cysts all over my face! I take 50MG at night time every day. I still have mild nausea but nothing too bad. Keep with it even if you're struggling, I didn't see much progress until the last 2 wee
  23. Hey everyone,i just want to ask a question about my current acne problem which is weird,first of all my acne is not that serious my pimple will only appear occasionally but the thing is, everytime they appear,they always bunch up, like there's 2-3 pimples literally growing side by side or just gathered around that area for some reason,im confused because i have no idea why is it like that or something,i do wash my face twice a day,use toner and moisturizer and i never/rarely touch my face but ye
  24. Hi, I read the method tried by numerous users (details here) with success to slowly wean themselves off the pill and avoid the break outs that came with stopping cold turkey. Essentially, they took 3/4s of the pill for a while, then half etc. etc. I was wondering if anyone has tried this method to transition themselves ONTO bcp's. I've tried numerous times and with many types of pills to go onto birth control pills, but I always end up quitting them within the first 3-4 months because I j
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