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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Right, you're going to have to forgive me for this essay but I really need advice and I think it's best if I just give you all the facts. I'm male, I'm 23 and I've been suffering from extremely oily/spot prone skin for about 10 years now. I've more or less given in to the fact that I'll probably have oily skin for most, if not all, of my life. I understand there's no miracle cure but it's got to the point where the state of my face has shattered all of my confidence and is having a severely nega
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. I have persistent red marks (some active, some are scars that never faded). I posted recent pics on my log, along with my current regimen: Any suggestions on what would be the most effective treatment for fading the red marks on my face???
  12. Hi! I need advice (again, i posted prior to this about taking accutane or something like spiro) and am not sure whether to ake accutane or BCP pills. I have pcos, and get really bad hormonal breakouts mid cycle and the week before my period starts. I am 25, and i have suffered like this since i was 14. I manage the condition with healthy lifestyle and a green plant based diet, and exercise and have even managed to drop 60 pounds, however, i still breakout and it leaves marks and small sca
  13. 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
  14. Hi, I've been learning about the links between hormones and acne. Just want to make sure my understanding is correct. My understanding: - both androgen and estrogen can cause acne - anti-androgen includes: green tea, saw palmetto, nettle root, spiro - anti-estrogen includes: progesterone (is it anti-androgen as well?), vitex, evening primrose oil Is my understanding correct? I'm male and has a bald spot. In this case can I assume that my acne is caused by androgen? And if
  15. I am 40 and went yougth, life always with acne it stopped when I took the pill then I put in an IUD and the acne started again. I went to OB, Internal medicine, Naturopath, was tested for vitamins, hormone levels and all. No major problem was found! Doc said heredity or stress. Yes I was very stressed! I was online all the time researching the subject! I after some observations and after online research, found that some pills increase the potassium level in your system. Also some antibiotics d
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. curious. someone said it increases estrogen = more weight. but i read on a quick google search that it actually lowers estrogen effects now im really confused :/
  19. 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
  20. (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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. SUMMARY -- Do I have hormonal acne? What natural treatment regime should I try to combat it? Argh, just wrote this whole thing and then accidentally deleted it -- my bad! Anyway to chart my treatments: I have been on two courses of Accutane since I was a teenager, since then have been on Tetralysal to keep the effects from that stable. Have also tried loads of topicals and over the counter remedies over the years. Since a few months ago, the Tetralysal seems to have stopped being e
  25. 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