Baseline Panel 1: Raise your HDL and Clear your Skin

This labwork was done immediately prior to going on accutane.

Test Date: 6/8/2010

Number of lesions: unknown, but acne was moderate-severe (bad enough to warrant Accutane)


  • Standard American Diet
  • No supplements or medication, aside from infrequent zyrtec 10 mg


The main takeaway from this was the low HDL cholesterol.  I was exercising a lot at the time as well, and even with that HDL was quite low.  In most labs the reference range is >40.

Acne and HDL cholesterol levels

Intakes of various forms of fatty acids and their effects on HDL cholesterol:


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