I am seriously manically depressed right now. I don't want to go anywhere or do anything because of my hormonal acne. I'm 9 weeks pregnant and since 1 month and a half ago I went from having perfect skin controlled by DIM to this crap. I have tiny whiteheads where I would never get them before, like my nose and forehead. My jawline is just ridiculously broken out. I have 3 huge painful pimples that have been lingering for 3 days now and won't go away. I've tried everything. Benzoyl peroxide, exfoliating with St.Ives anti-blemish treatment, OXY pads, Cetaphil, Sulfur Reticorsol, Burt's Bee Blemish stick, Lemon Juice, Tea Tree oil, NOTHING is working. I also make sure not to overuse products as less is more. My skin isn't drying out so I know I'm not overusing them.
I am eating healthy, hydrating well, staying active, getting sunshine and avoiding touching my face and my blemishes. My acne was under control last week, my pimples were healing and there were no new ones. NOW this crap! My scars also seem to be taking longer to heal.
I got fed up and did some research. I was on DIM and went off it because I don't like taking medication during pregnancy, even if it is completely natural. DIM is just cruciferous vegetables but then I thought, anything that alters my hormones MUST be bad for the baby. But it's not altering my hormones, it's balancing them, which is why I am breaking out right now, because the pregnancy is screwing up my hormones. They were in tact because of the DIM and once I stopped it, they sprung out of control.
I read many reviews and safety regulations regarding DIM and it is safe to use while pregnant as long as the dosage is kept low. I even asked my doctor and she said the baby should be perfectly fine as long as I don't take more than one capsule per day.
So, I ordered it. I can't wait for it to get here. It's the only cure for my hormonal acne and I've been struggling with it for 10 years. Out of 10 years of trying crap and having nothing work, finding something that works is definitely worth sticking with. When I was on it before, I was taking 2 capsules a day for 2 months then decreased to 1 capsule. It might take a bit longer this time for my skin to clear, but hopefully it doesn't take too long cause I can't handle this!
With my first child, I had NO acne during pregnancy. My skin was flawless and glowing. And continued to stay that way for almost 2 YEARS after he was born because firstly, I was breastfeeding and didn't get my period. With my second, my skin was crap for a couple months in the beginning then got better. While I breastfed him for 2 years, it stayed nice for about a year and a half. I then suffered from an ovarian cyst which had to be surgically removed and my acne was terrible. But after the cyst, I went on birth control and it seemed to go away. Then it started acting up again and I was getting sick from birth control. That's when I stopped taking it and started taking DIM and it cleared my skin for the whole 4 months I was on it - from March to the end of June.
I can't wait to get my gorgeous skin back. At least I know there's hope for me. I will continue with the benzoyl peroxide treatments as well to help speed up the results since I have to take a lower dosage of the DIM. I am going to also stick with my healthy diet, stay active and hydrate well. Eventually I know it will go away. It just might take a couple months but I can wait for that.
My permanent solution for curing my hormonal acne, is to have my uterus removed. I will no longer get my menstrual cycle and eliminate my risk of certain cancers. This my plan after my third and final child (whom I'm carrying now) sometime next year. Hopefully the elimination of these crazy monthly hormones will help get rid of my acne once and for all. I've had two people whom I know who have had this procedure for medical reasons and both their acne completely went away and they both have perfect beautiful skin now!
It's funny cause there have been times in my life where my skin will be completely clear for months at a time for no apparent reason then I'll go for months at a time suffering from breakouts constantly. I know it's hormonal. And I've already been told my androgen levels are high through blood tests. So as long as I get that under control, I'm golden! HELLO PERFECT SKIN, AGAIN!