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  1. I hate being too positive and I hate getting excited and the past few days I've been really down and panicking about my skin (I don't know why?) but I've seen a big improvement. My skin seems glowy and nice around my cheekbones and forehead. My cheeks stopped breaking out a while ago. I do have a small cluster of cysts around my lower chin/jawline (about 4/5 small ones) on my right side (My right side has caused me the most grief. It always is this side that breaks out the worst ...anyone know
  2. I have been doing this herbal supplement thing for three weeks all together now which is very early days but I want to log my progress as much as possible so that I can keep track of this. One thing that I have noticed is that my acne seems a lot more...contained. This happened on accutane. My breakouts would be predominantly around my jawline and chin but they would spread about my cheeks and in the past I get spots on like...the very top side of my nose bridge ALWAYS in the same play like whe
  3. So, I started taking saw palmetto about two weeks ago in yet another desperate attempt to cure my horrible acne. But the past couple of days I've noticed loads of hair falling out which has never ever happened to me before. I know one of the uses of saw palmetto is to stop hair loss but it's the only thing I've done differently recently. Is it possible that it's actually causing hair loss for me or is that completely ridiculous? I don't want to lose all my lovely hair on top of having incurable
  4. So.... Here I am again! Had a nice couple of years off this site because my birth control Dianette kept me pretty much clear. But having been on it 3 years and being worried about the health risks, I made the decision to come off it about 3 months ago. Since then, all hell has broken loose on my skin! I have cysts on my forehead and along my jawline and even my hair has started falling out.... Part of my just wants to screw the risk of the pill and go back on it, but part of me sees that if t
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Hello all. There are an inordinate number of posters (1/4 - 1/3) in the main "Accutane Side-Effects" thread on acne.org who are suffering from mild to severe sexual symptoms, even though no sexual side-effects are listed in the drug information. This has also been discussed elsewhere on acne.org over the years: The only apparent links among people who developed erectile dysfunction or other sexual or reproductive symptoms while taking Accutane are that
  8. Hello, After a lot of desperation and research (so many well-informed, knowledgeable people on this website!) I have discovered that it can be possible to treat acne with herbal suppliments. After many many MANY years of relying on Doctors and derms to prescribe me anything under the sun to clear my acne (none of which worked long-term, birth control pills NEVER AGAIN, topical creams, various anti-biotics, roaccutane TWICE also NEVER AGAIN, Metformin) I am now sacking off that route as I jus
  9. I'm pretty sure now that my acne must be hormonal for the most part. I have PCOS and endometriosis, in addition to hypothyroidism (for which I take levothyroxine), so am thinking of trying EPO (with lecitihin) as it apparently regulates hormones. However, I take 1.1mg omega 3-6-9 daily, and have heard taking EPO with omega fish oils results in omega 6 overload and actually exaccerbated inflamatory acne. I did search the forums for answers but found none that related to me specifically so I t
  10. Hello Has anyone here had any luck drinking Mint Tea as a natural anti-androgen?? I've read some amazing reviews! It sounds like powerful stuff I can't take prescribed anti-androgens, they cause me to be sick I tried Zinc, it made me worse I tried Saw Palmetto - with no difference I tried a low GI diet, it made me worse So I'm hoping this will work, I can't believe I haven't heard about it before, it's so cheap The Mint Leaves are different to the Mint Oil capsule
  11. (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
  12. Hi, any feedback on the following (to those who have tried it?) 1. Parasitic cleanse 2. Vitamin D 3. Seabuckthorn oil 4. Zinc + Chromium So, I've done much of my research, and it seems that these 3 "solutions" seem to have the most potential. I'm currently contemplating to just get ahead with Accutane, but I am fearful of the negative side effects, and have been down the holistic route previously. What I've tried previously: 1. Raw Food Diet (9 months NO cheating) - Lost so much weight... an
  13. Alright guys. I'm getting at the end of my rope here with my acne. Let me describe myself before getting into the main question .. I'm a teenage girl, 18 to be exact. My acne has effected my teenage life greatly and I want to be at least 80% clear by the time I go back to school (college). My period is super irregular & my hormones are out of control. I've tried about everything topical, from chemical-filled solutions suggested by my derm (countless) to all natural & organic products to
  14. Just wondering if it is always the case that there is an initial breakout with Spiro. I have had acne on my lower face for years, along with facial hair, and I really think I could benefit from Spiro, however I cannot tolerate such breakouts as people have described here. I want to address scarring I have and not make it worse. Is there anything that can be prescribed alongside Spiro to control the IB? I did try Saw Palmetto for 5 days and it did seem acne got worse... Also, my testosterone c
  15. I'm a 26 y/o male. A few years ago, when I was 18-19, I went on antibiotics (minocycline) for my acne, and it did clear my skin. However, when I was done with it, about 6-9 months later, my acne came back, and it came back in full force, the worse it has ever been for me, and left me with a lot of nasty scars. It was the worse time of my life until i finally decided to go on Accutane. Accutane really helped, and literally cleared 90% of my acne within a month. Unfortunately, i couldnt com
  16. Hi there! 24yo M suffering from acne since gr. 10 (possibly the worst disease ever) I don't get acne anywhere except my chin and lower cheeks (near jawline).. sometimes around my mouth as well. My forehead has always been pristine clear and perfect skin. I have the bad habit of sleeping on my face - could this be the issue? I've tried sleeping on my back but that doesn't seem to work well for me.. I heard there was an anti-bacterial pillow case, should I purchase that? The type of ac
  17. Morning: 3 x omega 3 1 x vitamin C 1 x B complex 1 x Vitamin D-3 2 x Saw palmetto 1 x Niacin 1 x Pantothenic acid 1 x vitamin A 1 x vitamin E 1 x Vitex 1 x Green tea extract 1 x Reishi 5 x Spirulina Evening: 1 x Zinc 2 x vitamin D3 2 x saw palmetto 1 x Reishi 1 x green tea extract 1 x Vitex 5 x Chlorella I forgot to write up the amount for each supplement..they are just standard portions. Can taking too many supplements reduce the effect for some of these?
  18. Hey Everyone, I stumbled across this site as a seemingly hopeless 15 year old boy who, after a 2 week stint in Europe, came back to the U.S. with more acne than I had ever had in my life. It's been about 5 years since then, and I am continuing to battle with this skin problem which has caused all of us so much misery. I've spent time at the overpriced dermatologists, purchased vitamins and other supplements, tried most topicals (BP, Salicylic Acid, Sulfur products, Retin-A), and been presc
  19. Hello All, (I am a new subscriber, so I would appreciate if you tell me how I should specify the tags, where I should better place this topic, etc.) I am a 43-year-old female from Russia. Sounds a bit exotic, but I am a semi-professional translator, so I hope there will be no language barrier. My problem is rather weird, because I haven't seen any analogs of my situation in Russian or American message boards. But maybe you can give me some advice. Generally, acne hasn't been a proble
  20. well, i thought i'd write about it since this is the clearest my face has been in a long time. what i think has helped me is the recent addition of Flaxseed Oil supplements to my daily routine. although i am not entirely sure that these are solely what has helped me, i am nearly certain because it is the only thing different i have been doing and as soon as i started taking them my acne seems to have subsided. i'll try to be concise and spare my life story... i take Nature Made organic flaxse
  21. Hey, friends! I thought I'd make this thread in hopes of potentially helping someone - possibly? Or just sharing. I got some test results back from the naturopath today - I did a blood test for food allergens and a saliva hormone test. The doc told me I have the classic hormone profile for someone "suffering" (I don't like that word, even if it feels like that sometimes!) from breakouts. My testosterone level is at the tip-top of what's considered "high" for my age range; my DHEA levels are
  22. Hi, I just wanted to share my experience. I am 45 years old and have suffered from mild to moderate acne my entire life. My skin has always been very oily, and at times super oily. It is so frustrating! I remember having outbreaks of extremeley oily skin when I was pregnant, and recently it has started happening again--perhaps related to perimenopause. I also developed seborrheic dermititis around my nose. I tried a number of different things, including different cleansers and shampoos and some
  23. I've never posted before, but I stalk these boards on a daily basis. I'm 25/f and JUST recently (about a week after my 25th birthday) started getting insane breakouts (for the last 3 months now I would say light to moderate, since i've seen that others out there have much more severe conditions. None the less, its all new to me and in my eyes i feel like its severe *i know its not* but its depressing to not want to look in the mirror, and to not feel pretty... ever. never thought my face
  24. I am a 19 year old Male. I never had acne in my life, and had nice clear skin for 18 years. Last year, I took a testosterone boosting supplement for lifting and it made me break out in acne on my forehead for the first time in my life. I quit taking the supplement right away but its been a year since I took the testo-boost but I still have acne, only on my forehead. I have already gone through 3 months of Minocycline (It worked decently well, but didn't get rid of it), I also sometime use Azele
  25. I'm a 28yrold female. About nine months ago I experienced a severe breakout all over my chin/jawline. Since then, its been mostly jawline and neck, those disgusting long-lasting cystic things. Gross gross. I was trying natural remedies because previous to nine months ago, my skin had been fine-ish using natural salicylic acid face washes, and I'm a annoyingly paranoid about antibiotics and using powerful topical stuff everyday. I've tried turmeric, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, manuka honey