hi, long time lurker, I only started posting recently.
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I'm 22 and I never had acne at all thru highschool or university. About 8 months ago, I started really taking training seriously, strict diet, sleeping right, eating whatever was in sight, eating cleanly etc.
I followed a low rep/high weight program which worked wonders, I shot up from 140 to 165 in about 6 months, using every tip & tactic I could to get the edge, without steriod use. The only suppliment I took was prolab protein (cycling b/w N large2 & Advance whey)
At this time though I started to develop some serious acne. My doctor confirmed that it was not due to my diet, as we tried cycling on and off various aspects of my diet (dairy, wheat, etc). I took various antibiotics (doxycycline, minocyclin) to no avail.
It was finally concluded that though since I never had acne before, my acne was a direct result of an increase in testosterone - caused by my training. I forget the exact figure, but my doc advised me that the testosterone level in my blood may have shot up as much as 40% from the intense excercise.
So what I need to decide now is a) stop training altogether - which is something I don't want to do b/c I was super skinny in H.S and I really like the results I have gotten.
I would really like to keep putting on mass, even if it is at a decreased rate. Is there any methods/ ways to increase mass while keeping the testosterone levels down?
the last thing I want to do is just not train at all and watch the 25 lbs of mass I worked so hard for slowly fade away.
perhaps a higher rep/ lower weight combination?
or stick to a low rep/high weight program, but maybe do 30 mins of cardio after to lower the test. levels? I have heard that extensive aerobic excercise can actually lower testosterone levels.
I really have no idea and that is why I ask for help.
Any input that can be shared would be appreciated
CN: is it possible to keep gaining mass, but keeping testosterone levels relatively low, - to that of someone that doesn't train