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: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19448897
Intakes of various forms of fatty acids and their effects on HDL cholesterol: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/77/5/1146.long