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    38, on TRT, and fighting back and shoulder acne


    Hi all,

    New to this forum, but not to lifting or supplements. I'm 38 and been on Test Cyp. for about 1-1/2 years now. I take .5 cc's each week and my levels range from 500-600. I'm having a tough time with back and shoulder acne right now (last two months). Doc prescribed Clindamycin/Benz. Per. gel and it works sometimes but it's really inconveniant to use (bleaches clothes, towels, sheets etc.)

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Had the same issue with my test booster cycle. Tried almost everything. Finally bought a bar of Grandpa's soap with sulfur in it. Cleared it up in about 2 weeks.
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    where can Grandpa's soap be found?
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    I just picked it up at the *** down the road from me.
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    Used Accutane a long time ago and it worked really well.
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    Any sides from the accutane? Did your skin stay clear?
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    It cleared my skin up and it stayed clear the only side effects that i can remember were that it really dried out my lips i needed alot of chapstick and drank alot of water.
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    The stuff is powerful, i believe that it is the strongest prescription that a dermatologist can give for acne.
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    I had acne on my shoulders that was very troublesome antibiotic creams helped but it never cleared fully. I tried everything from high dosing vitamin b to gels and foams. Eventually the acne turned cystic and hurt like a *****. I decided to go with accutane before it started to scar. That was the best choice I made. Had to get monthly blood tests and such but it was well worth it. It can be taxing on your liver but clear skin is well worth it to me. Pm me if you have any questions and good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LikeMike View Post
    I had acne on my shoulders that was very troublesome antibiotic creams helped but it never cleared fully. I tried everything from high dosing vitamin b to gels and foams. Eventually the acne turned cystic and hurt like a *****. I decided to go with accutane before it started to scar. That was the best choice I made. Had to get monthly blood tests and such but it was well worth it. It can be taxing on your liver but clear skin is well worth it to me. Pm me if you have any questions and good luck.
    Yeah and I don't know how it kept it off for you but my acne never came back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntense View Post
    Hi all,

    New to this forum, but not to lifting or supplements. I'm 38 and been on Test Cyp. for about 1-1/2 years now. I take .5 cc's each week and my levels range from 500-600. I'm having a tough time with back and shoulder acne right now (last two months). Doc prescribed Clindamycin/Benz. Per. gel and it works sometimes but it's really inconveniant to use (bleaches clothes, towels, sheets etc.)

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Ntense,
    I have seen this issue with many of my clients when they first start replacement and I typically find that they are taking in too many simple sugars, believe it or not the acne clears with a more Paleo style diet. If that does not work then a course of Minocin usually does the trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaleoDoc View Post
    Ntense,
    I have seen this issue with many of my clients when they first start replacement and I typically find that they are taking in too many simple sugars, believe it or not the acne clears with a more Paleo style diet. If that does not work then a course of Minocin usually does the trick.
    Not if Test Cyp is causing the acne.

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    The breakouts did get worse when I bumped my caloric intake up significantly for my winter bulk. And there were a lot if simple sugars in my diet. Peanut butter and jelly on white bread three times a day, with mass emphasis on the peanut butter and jelly, along with other simple carbs. Cleaned my diet up totally about two weeks ago to see if that would have any effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaleoDoc
    Ntense,
    I have seen this issue with many of my clients when they first start replacement and I typically find that they are taking in too many simple sugars, believe it or not the acne clears with a more Paleo style diet. If that does not work then a course of Minocin usually does the trick.
    Minocin...is that topical or an oral antibiotic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ntense View Post
    The breakouts did get worse when I bumped my caloric intake up significantly for my winter bulk. And there were a lot if simple sugars in my diet. Peanut butter and jelly on white bread three times a day, with mass emphasis on the peanut butter and jelly, along with other simple carbs. Cleaned my diet up totally about two weeks ago to see if that would have any effect.
    Keep shooting the test and stop eating sugar, your problem is solved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vidapreta

    Keep shooting the test and stop eating sugar, your problem is solved.
    Will do, got nothing to lose but some body fat. Thanks for the input.
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    head and shoulders shampoo has the same sulfur in it as grandpa's soap..put it on back or were ever just watch ur eyes of course..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ohiostate2827
    head and shoulders shampoo has the same sulfur in it as grandpa's soap..put it on back or were ever just watch ur eyes of course..
    Thanks, using the classic clean version already. It's got Zinc which does okay. Will look for one with sulfur.
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    Also started Solodyn ER at 90mg a day and, with docs approval, went to 100mg twice a week with my test injections to see if that will calm things down a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ntense View Post
    Also started Solodyn ER at 90mg a day and, with docs approval, went to 100mg twice a week with my test injections to see if that will calm things down a bit.
    If you had used Accutane the acne would be completely gone already..lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by vidapreta

    If you had used Accutane the acne would be completely gone already..lol

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    My doc isn't licensed to write Accutane, I asked. She said she would refer me to a derm if the solodyn doesn't do the trick. I have a follow up in one month.
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    It happens to me when my estrogen gets high
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    Quote Originally Posted by stankyleg
    It happens to me when my estrogen gets high
    What causes Estrogen levels to rise?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ntense

    What causes Estrogen levels to rise?
    Aromatized testosterone usually in our case
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    Quote Originally Posted by stankyleg

    Aromatized testosterone usually in our case
    Kinda what I thought, but figured I'd ask to be sure. So treat the acne or the estrogen?
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    Get some blood work. If your estrogens are high, I would think lowering them should dry u up some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stankyleg
    Get some blood work. If your estrogens are high, I would think lowering them should dry u up some.
    I'm due for routine blood work next month. Will ask to have it checked then.
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    Accutane works but there are plenty of horror stories with it too. Quite a few people think it thinned out their hair in a big way for example. IMHO the best way to do it would be to study the subject before going on the stuff, and probably do a lower dose size than the standard classic one.

    I have had great luck fighting my long term acne problems after megadosing on Pantothenic Acid pills. I did 5+ grams (not milligrams) per day for over a month, and then I gradually backed it down to about 2 grams a day for a long term maintinence dose. I wouldn't recommend most people going so high but I've had the acne problem for decades and I tend to need a lot of anything before I respond to it.

    Some people have bad things to say about taking lots of Panththenic Acid too. Some people regret ever trying it. So do your homework. I can only tell you what happened to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve0003 View Post
    Accutane works but there are plenty of horror stories with it too. Quite a few people think it thinned out their hair in a big way for example. IMHO the best way to do it would be to study the subject before going on the stuff, and probably do a lower dose size than the standard classic one.

    Some people have bad things to say about taking lots of Panththenic Acid too. Some people regret ever trying it.
    If hair thinning is a concern then i'd be way more worried about the Test Cyp injections that he's getting than the Accutane. I myself and a few people i know have used accutane on a short term basis with very few side effects.I think the biggest concern with Accutane is if you're a pregnant woman and OP dosen't have that worry. lol
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    Hair is good so far. As for aromatising, will all synthetic test aromatise, or just at higher levels?
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    Are vitamin B5 and pantothenic acid one in the same or is it a variety of B5?
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    Just to be clear. "0.5 mL per week." Standard 250 mg/mL concentration? So 125 mg per week. Is that correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by adnscmplx
    Just to be clear. "0.5 mL per week." Standard 250 mg/mL concentration? So 125 mg per week. Is that correct?
    Actually, the concentration I was prescribed is 200 mg/ml. So I was taking 100 mg per week. But according to my last blood test, my levels were low so the doc bumped me to 1 ml per week taken .5 ml twice a week.
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