I have been reading these boards a lot lately but this is my first time posting. Some information about me: I am 34 years old, 5'10", 290 lbs, acne prone (shoulders, upper back, face). I try to be fairly active (as much as a regular Joe would be anyway) as I do some weight lifting 3-4 times a week for about 30-45 minutes as well as cardio(elliptical, some jogging,) again 3-4 times a week for 30-45 minutes.
The last 10 or so years have been a real struggle as I have steadily been gaining weight despite my best efforts. My exercise habits were about half of what I posted above. Additionally I suffered from constant depression which was compounding the problem.
My doctor run some tests on me and it turns out my Testosterone levels were rather low = 242 (300 - 1080 ng/dL). As a result he put me on 300mg of Test Cyp every 2 weeks. (although I administer it as 150mg every week). I have been on this treatment for about 7 months. My mood has greatly increased and I feel overall better. I am now much better at following the above mentioned exercise routine and have since lost 10lbs (used to be 300).
1) My skin is even more oily than it was before and the acne is also worse. My Dermatologyst has me using tretinoin 0.025% and Clindamycin-Benzoyl topicals and while they have helped my face and part of my arms be fairly clear I have noticed acne showing up sort of everywhere else. I have read about acutane but I rather try something not quite so fierce on the liver yet. Any suggestions besides the 'take extra showers?' - I already do that but I am losing this battle. I understand that the use of an AI or even a 5a-inhibitor like Avodart may help this situation. I defer to your experience.
2) 10 lbs in 7 months does not seem like great progress.... I would think now that I am on par with a regular Joe and I am exercising routinely that I should be losing more weight than that. I am not all flab. There is for sure some good muscle (a little) in me - but there is more fat Any suggestion in this area are also welcome
3) Gyno - I have always had (I guess) a mild case of gyno - I thought having some mam-boobs was normal since I am fat. Ever since TRT and the weight lifting, I have put on some definition on my chest (some muscle, enough to know its there) but there is definitely a concentration of 'stuff' (fat?) around my nipples. I also recall some occasions where my nipples were sensitive for no apparent reason. Would you guys recommend a mild dose of some AI to address this issue?
I didn't mean to bombard your with a wall of text for my first post and I really appreciate you taking the time to read this.