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  1. jbw883

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    Background: I am 33 years old and have been struggling with some form of acne for as long as I can remember. I have a family history of acne on both sides. My Mother's acne was a mild form and was cystic in nature, but well managed with birth control and antibiotics. She was/is beautiful and I really never noticed she had a problem. She said it finally subsided when she went through menopause. My Father is in his 60's and still has blackheads and enlarged pores on his nose and consistently
  2. hi guys i brought my blood test results to my dermatologist and she is convinced that my testosterone levels are slightly high (even though im on Diane 35) and they are the reason behind my monthly flare ups. So she suggested some dietary changes such as: consuming more organic soy products eating less animal products avoidind dairy eating flaxseed so my question is to ladies who have high testosterone like me:Do you guys did any dietary changes?Has it helped?What can i do about tha
  3. Hi Everyone, So I typed up a long message, but the site refreshed and deleted everything... In summary: 24 year old asian male acne since teen years (used ProActiv and worked but trying to go holistic route) tried many things: vitamins, Probiotics, cleanses strict diet: no dairy, no sugar, low-carb, lots of veges, fruits, omega 3s acne in face (jawline, chin, upper lip), chest, neck (cystic type), back (though recently has started to disappear but check acne still t
  4. Some people were asking if licorice would interfere with the anti-androgen effects of spiro and it seems the answer is no. Hirsutism and acne are both caused by DHT sensitivity and this article below talks about a study in which women with hirsutism safely took both and still had less hair growth even at a high dose of licorice. The next link is a forum where licorice's mode of action is explained. It can work "with" spiro as an androgen blocker. http://drtorihudson.com/botanicals/licorice-re
  5. I have currently been on accutane and this is my 3rd month running 20mg daily, next month I'll be taking 40mg daily. I have seen lots of people run cycles and Accutane and get amazing results. But I'm starting an anadrol50mg oral cycle and my main concern is that this may affect my kidney or liver but the cycle only goes for 4 weeks... My main question is WILL THIS get in the way of the accutane eliminating my acne and WILL this damage my liver? What if i take anadrol50mg in the morning and accu
  6. 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
  7. There isn't a ton of talk here about progesterone for acne, and being curious, have decided to use myself as a guinea pig. The caveat is that my skin is already clear, and at this time I will continue spiro treatment, so my "success" with progesterone will be based on resolution of my other symptoms. If I find complete resolution of other symptoms through progesterone, I may attempt to replace spiro with progesterone entirely. Low progesterone symptoms I have been experiencing for a number of
  8. Why Do Some People Have Oilier Skin than Others?

    Oily skin (seborrhea), is a condition that results when the skin over-produces skin oil (sebum), leaving the skin looking shiny and feeling greasy. Sebum is produced all over the body inside the skin in glands called sebaceous glands, that are attached to the sides of skin pores. The face, scalp, and upper torso are most likely to experience excess sebum production.1-3 Even though too much sebum is unwanted, it serves several purposes for the skin: It protects the...
  9. The Role of Testosterone in Acne

    Role of Testosterone and Other Androgens in the Body The word "androgen" comes from two Greek words, which can be roughly translated as "male maker" because in males, testosterone and other androgens begin influencing a male baby's development before he is born and continue to regulate his body throughout his life. They also control the development and activity of the male sex organs as well as the development of secondary male characteristics, such as facial hair...
  10. Spironolactone in Acne Treatment

    Spironolactone is an oral medication that is primarily used in medicine to treat heart failure and high blood pressure. While it has not been approved by the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to treat acne, doctors sometimes prescribe it for that purpose as well. This is called off-label prescribing, and it is a common practice with many medications.1 The reason that doctors prescribe spironolactone to treat acne is that it is an anti-androgen.1 High levels...
  11. 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. Androgens are responsible for developing the sexual characteristics of males. The pituitary gland, found at the base of the brain, regulates the production of androgens. This gland stimulates the adrenal glands - which are found near the kidneys - the sex organs, and the skin itself to produce androgens in both genders.1 In acne, androgens are...
  12. What Is Acne Fulminans?

    Definition Incidence Causes Symptoms Acne fulminans vs. other severe forms of acne Treatment Summary Definition Acne fulminans is an extremely rare, severe form of acne with an explosive onset that normally affects 13 - 22-year-old white males, 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...
  13. Do Anabolic Steroids Cause Acne?

    Steroid hormones naturally exist in the human body. They are responsible for important body processes that include the development of sex organs, as well as the formation of the immune and stress response. Anabolic steroids, also called anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), are a subtype of male steroid hormones called androgen steroids. One common and familiar anabolic steroid is testosterone. Even though anabolic steroids are male hormones, they are also found in females at a much lower concentration....
  14. Hello everyone! I know long post... please give it a read?:) Ok, so I’ve been reading this forum form or years. You all seem to be very educated and know what you’re talking about when it comes to acne. I’m really hoping there’s someone that can give me some advice or suggestions for my acne. So backstory... had acne since 13, mostly just whiteheads and some pastuels on my forehead. Never on the lower half of my face where the hormonal acne “should be”. That bothered me so very much t
  15. Documenting my current hormone levels- 11 weeks on Spiro and Yasmin and the start of Pregnenolone and Liver Detox that should help with hormone processing TESTOSTERONE, TOTAL, LC/MS/MS 52 H RANGE 2-45 ng/dl (Clearly very high hence my use of SPironolactone) FREE TESTOSTERONE 3.1 RANGE 0.1-6.4 pg/mL- Free Testosterone and DHT are the big bad guys, so both of them are in pretty decent mid range so Spiro has been helping DIHYDROTESTOSTERONE, DHT LC/MS/MS 20 RANGE IS 5-46 n
  16. Even though i have some kind of allergy/eczema/atopic dermatitis going on in my face and neck... (My allergist confirmed that to me weeks ago), Diane-35 has helped me A LOT with my acne, so I´m happy to take it. The weight gain is the only side effect i´m having right now! But not other side effects for the moment. Do someone know what to eat/not to eat when you have atopic dermatitis? I´m confused with this disease... Thank you!
  17. 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
  18. 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?
  19. 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
  20. WHY ANTIBIOTICS ARE NOT THE ANSWER TO ACNE by DR JOHN BRIFFA, Daily Mail Acne often causes considerable distress to sufferers, and while it is most common around puberty, it can affect adults, women in particular, well into their 20s and 30s. One mainstay medical treatment is antibiotics. However, Swedish research presented at an American conference last week suggests the bacterium associated with many cases is becoming increasingly resistant to these drugs. There is real concern that
  21. In this topic, it was explained that on the 7th day of abstaining from masturbation there is a testosterone spike in males of up to 147%: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php/topic/241253-testosterone-levels-spike-7-days-after-abstaining-from-masturbation/ Many acne sufferers here confirmed that they always had breakouts sometime around the 7th day of abstaining. But I have a more in depth question for you guys: What if you were to abstain for a long period of time, lets say a mo
  22. Hello, I have hormonal acne and PCOS. I wish to come off birth control and spironolactone but I just know my acne will come back really bad! I've decided to change my diet. Its not been confirmed but from what I can work out, my testosterone levels are too high. Every single web page I visit talks about how to rise testosterone levels or I will find a page that I think helps and later see that they've mentioned the same foods that you would been to higher testosterone! I'm so confused
  23. **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
  24. Up until this wednesday my skin was as clear as it has ever been for years. I have been messing around with supplements and been taking turmeric for about 3 weeks so it could of been that. But Then on Wednesday had breakout between eyes and then on forehead - also couple of spots on back. And I have been badly depressed last few weeks/month or so, worst in my life [could be supplements] with a noticeable reduction in my hormone levels. I started feeling a bit better the last week
  25. 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
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