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I break out really bad the week before my period?

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Sometimes its TERRIBLE - like I can feel the entire texture of my skin change, it becomes red, inflammed, lots of acne pops out of nowhere...other times its just bad. Then the week after, it starts to go into recovery mode where it starts to settle down.

What can I do about this? It is predictable everytime and I don't know what exactly (beyond "hormonal imbalance") is causing it and how to combat it. Is there anything I can take the week before to suppress this reaction?

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I've heard birth control pills can help with this.


"Factors that are known to cause variation in the levels of growth hormone (GH) and IGF-1 in the circulation include an individual's genetic make-up, the time of day, his or her age, gender, exercise status, stress levels, nutrition level and body mass index (BMI), disease state, race, estrogen status and xenobiotic intake."

IGF-1 --> androgens --> sebum --> acne.


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Yeah I know, but I was looking for more of an herbal/holistic approach:) I don't want to deal w side effects of birth control and thats not a long term solution for me...just wondering if there are any alternatives?

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you could try saw palmetto. it balances hormones and eases inflammation.


"They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." -Andy Warhol


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Read my posts about hormone balancing and paleo diets. I used to have the same problem. I'm PMSing like crazy right now and I only have two small zits, clear and smooth otherwise. Before I would have like five huge zits, plus really crappy skin texture, inflammation, etc.


Topicals:

Aspirin mask

Paula's Choice 8% AHA Gel (glycolic acid)

Diet:

Paleo-inspired diet with a good bit of slacking. Very little dairy. NO GRAINS except for rice and corn. Absolutely no gluten! Lots of green vegetable juice.

Supplements:

Bioidentical progesterone - 75 mg oral micronized, once daily (prescription).

Been slacking on my other supps lately but I should be taking probiotics, Vitamin D, magnesium (transdermal), and iodine.

Status:

Mostly clear with a great, lasting improvement in my overall health and wellbeing. My skin still gets a bit congested when I'm not careful with my diet, but I don't have active acne anymore. I'm now addressing red marks, some minor scarring, and overall skin texture.


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Try hydrogen peroxide. I get a stronger type at a beauty supply store, it is used as a developer for hair color, read the ingredients and make sure it only has water, peroxide (some have a bit of glycerin which is ok) the regular from a drug store is 3% I get one that is marked 30, I don't think it is 30%, but it is much stronget that the typical, I dip a q tip into it and just dab it on the red marks and pimpls at night it helps to 'bleach' the skin and fade the marks.

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First, follow blood sugar stabilizing diet habits filled with lots of real, whole nutrient dense foods, especially lots of sulfur containing veggies like cabbage, broccoli, kale, onions, garlic, etc. These are good for your liver which plays an important role in managing hormones.

And sleep well and manage stress which affect hormones directly and improve adrenal health which also plays a big role in managing hormones. And affects thyroid function which also plays a big role in managing hormones.

And lose body fat if needed as body fat plays an important role in hormones.

After that, there are various supplements that help with hormones by affect androgens, estrogen or progesterone, but it's very difficult to know what your particular imbalance is and anything you do to mess with them can make things better or worse.

You can try avoiding soy (which you should for many reasons) and flax seed as they are estrogenic and make many people worse.

More info on all of the above: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Good-Acne...t&p=2574328

Do you have other menstrual problems like severe cramping, irregularity, etc. That, in my observations from other discussions here, tends to be due to estrogen dominance which is about the ratio of estrogen to progesterone.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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This is interesting because since around September, I started breaking out a week before my period starts and it's always around my mouth/chin of the cystic variety. I've been on Yasmin for the last few years (Tri-cyclen and Diane years before, so probably 10 years cumulatively on birth control) and it's always helped to keep my acne under control until now. I thought it was my diet so I tried incorporating more veggies and vitamin A into my diet and thought it was working but nothing's changed. Now, I find that I'm breaking out earlier in my cycle and not necessarily just the week before my period and not always around my mouth.

So now I feel like I don't know what to do next. I'm contemplating just stopping the pill but I'm afraid of the effects I've read and heard about going off the pill. My wedding is in 6 months so I really don't want to worry having to cover it all up and feeling miserable about it.

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