I break out really bad the week before my period?
Posted 20 January 2009 - 08:49 PM
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?
Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:02 PM
IGF-1 --> androgens --> sebum --> acne.
Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:03 PM
Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:16 PM
Posted 20 January 2009 - 11:02 PM
Paula's Choice 8% AHA Gel (glycolic acid)
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.
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.
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.
Posted 26 June 2011 - 12:25 PM
Posted 27 June 2011 - 08:41 AM
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/...e...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.
[ 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!
Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:40 PM
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.
Edited by jolina, 15 March 2012 - 08:48 PM.