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My blood tests results are out!

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Hi AM and everybody else. Since I was tired of getting frequent bout of acne every once in a while, even when using all the right products and regimen, i thought i would get tested and here are the results:

The good news:

Female hormones – all normal, within range

Blood sugar – within range

Thyroid – Within range

Vitamin B12 – Within range

Zinc –  76 ug/dl (Though is within range, but on the lower side 70-114)

The bad news:

Vitamin D2+D3 – 8.9 ng/ml (This is supposed to be deficient I guess)

Total Iron – 21 mcg/dl (the range given is 37-170 for females)

The good news:

Now i know my deficiencies and can work on improving them.

The bad news:

I still am not sure if the above news will help me get greater control over my acne situation, but it’s a start.

I have the next derma appt on 28th Nov, when i will be getting the peel and will be sharing the test results with the doc too.

Anybody else in the same boat as me???

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Hiya Anuja, it all looks good then. Except vitamin D3, which you can supplement easily. You must be feeling so relieved. Good for you. 🙂

I’m pretty much in the same boat as you. My main struggle is vitamin D3 deficiency. Plus some weird allergy that I’ll talk about later. 😳

AM
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@anuja – Where did you get the blood tested ? Directly from the laboratory… i mean do we need doctor prescription before going to lab.. please advise.

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Good for you Anuja, Upping your zinc supplements like Zincovit will help but results would be seen only after about 2 months or so I guess. Even vit D supplements can make the difference.

But frankly I am not fully able to buy the argument on hormones, deficiencies, eating habits being responsible for acne  completely. I am sure keeping all your tests in check will surely help but I got adult acne during the healthiest eating phase of my life. One thing that I would attribute to acne is STRESS. I think it is one of the single most important factor though no one really pays attention to it. It need not be visible stress or anything very huge but a constant worry over some issue or some kind of fear, discomfort over something all indirectly contribute to stress & thereby setting up the trigger. Once the trigger of acne sets in, becomes a vicious cycle & then it’s difficult to control it.

All my hormones, thyroid, vitamin D, iron, cholestrol, Zinc – the works – they are all under normal range for the past couple of months now but I was still getting some eruptions now & then. Tretinoin has helped me greatly I would say & the most important factor – basic Skin care. My skin care routine has boiled down to some very basic 3 things now with no exceptions – Face Wash, sunscreen, compact ( foundation occasionally) . night time – facewash , moisturizer, tretinoin. This simple regimen with the simplest of products have given me results. I really don’t care about my marks any more as I see them fading surely &  I don’t use any concealer either. BTW which doc are you referring to in B’lore? and which peels are you doing. My derma suggested peels but I refused.

In your case Deriva CMS would help you a lot. Keep at it & don’t give up.

@Ashu – In India, you may really not need a prescription. You could walk into any diagnostic centre & get the tests done. They would ask for a doctor reference & you could give them the name of some doctor your family is aware of.  Make sure you go to the right labs though for accurate testing – Religare is a good one in Mumbai.

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@ashu – I am seeing Dr. Rashmi at RxDx – Whitefield – she consults at other hospitals too.

@LD – Yes, i am sceptical too, whether supplements will make much of a difference, but i have to try them, now that i know that I have those deficiencies. And, i eat healthy food and have been eating well for past one year – all the vegetable/fruits/less oil/less sweets etc. I had even consulted a dietician. So, i have to treat the defs and hope that it will make some difference to my overall health.

I don’t have any reason to be stressed – so i don’t think that’s an issue in my case.

Last year, i had got peeling done 4-5 times and it really helped, my skin became very smooth and it remained good for some time. So, i am thinking of getting some procedure done once a month – just like normal skinned people get facials.

I am totally against taking antibiotics, so i am not going back to that. My skin care routine seems fine. There are no other choices left.

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@lalitha and @Anuja – you answered my question. I will find some good lab at my place. Thank you so much 🙂

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So, i met my doc again yesterday got a 50% concentration peel done and she prescribed me: Lupi D3 – Cholecalciferol (60,000 iu) for Vitamin D deficiency – this has to be taken once a week. Apart from this i am also taking Sodox (Anti-oxident capsules) – they are bloody expensive – so i am gonna stop those once i finish with my current stock.

Will visit her next about about 15 days for the next peel of higher concentration.

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Hey Anuja could u plz tell me d name of test u hv undergone… I mean wat shud i tell to lab ppl lipid, CBC wat?? I knw for thyroid its TSH 😉

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