Help! I have horrendous hormonal acne at age 27
Posted 29 May 2011 - 03:38 PM
This is so awful I have been embarrassed to leave the house & when i do I avoid facing people for too long hoping they wont notice. Buts its really not attractive & hard not to notice when it is all over my cheeks, so many red hard lump spots & loads of whiteheads. It makes me feel like a spotty teenager who doesnt wash, but ironically i am so careful in my skincare routine & diet. It is purely hormonal.
Anyway out of desperation I have spent a fortune on various creams, so far to little success - i have decided to go the organic route so as not to irritate the skin further, but alot of the creams contain 'oils' which seem to have worsened things. I am thinking an oil free moisturiser may be the way forward (but a non-harsh one) maybe nivea?
One thing that did help me was Neutrogena clear pore treatment but they no longer make this. I bought the nearest alternative which was Neutrogena 'Rapid clear' night treatment, & whilst this dried spots out, it make my skin worse.
I have just purchased some 'red clover' (even though i am not menopausal!) as I read it can help with hormonal imbalance. Has anyone tried this?
I am dreading going back to work on Tuesday i feel like putting a paper bag over my head.
Posted 29 May 2011 - 03:58 PM
Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:02 PM
i have read abit about spiro though - which may be worth a try?
i have been avoiding going back to the doctors as i don t want to get fobbed off with some topical none of which work! but i guess i could go & specifically ask for spiro?
i dont feel like doctors understand, i have often been told i had acne because i was on the injection. but i still have it really bad.
Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:09 PM
I am sure you've tried the whole diet thing? Have you tried eating coconut oil and applying it topically? Using only a mild face wash, or amped up on the water? Do you exercised regularly? Sweating out the gunk helps....I also drink vinegar water to help cleanse out my system. Have you done any colon/liver cleanses?
Just take a hormone test to make sure its hormonal, I did, and I was sure my acne was hormonal because my period is unpredictable, but my hormone test came out negative, so I have been doing the no dairy/gluten thing as my choice. I am seeing results. Good Luck xo
Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:09 PM
Dermatologists are not all bad. You don't deserve to live life wanting to hide behind a paper bag.
Good luck, I really hope you find something that works for you
Edited by pinkstarlett, 29 May 2011 - 04:10 PM.
Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:11 PM
Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:15 PM
Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:29 PM
Birth control just messes up your body more and after you get off it your acne just goes crazy. From what I understand spiro is very helpful with hormonal acne, and you don't necessarily need to take it with a BC pill.
Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:12 PM
Posted 02 June 2011 - 09:56 AM
But good luck and I hope that you find something that helps you!!
Posted 03 June 2011 - 04:38 PM
Posted 03 June 2011 - 05:32 PM
I've also just started taking about a month ago Silca Compound and not sure if contributed to my skin clearing or if it was just the pill kicking in, but i'd give it a shot too (i also took it with Zinc and Fish oil tablets).
Posted 03 June 2011 - 06:57 PM
Posted 04 June 2011 - 11:02 AM
I am taking red clover twice a day to see if that has any effect & have just bought some angus cactus which apparently helps with hormone balance.
In terms of diet, exercise, healthy lifestyle etc I already tick all the boxes so I know there is nothing more than can be done there other than drinking more green tea! Ive tried cutting out dairy, meat, nuts, tea & coffee etc all to no avail. I am a keen exercise fanatic but sweat doesnt appear to have any impact on my acne. I have tried all sorts of face washes, topicals, creams etc.
At the moment I am using aloe vera gel at night which makes my skin feel tight but it seems to be reducing the endless new cysts that other moisturisers seem to worsen. in the day I am using an aha moisturiser from the states which is the only moisturiser that doesnt make my face look a greasy mess. It removes skin cells so improve skin appearance but doesnt really do anything for the acne. I have a dermalogica dermal clay cleanser to finish off that I wont be buying again as it does the opposite to what it says on the label , it doesnt balance oil or refine pores at all! I am using a tea tree soap just recently to see how that goes. I havent had as many new spots since using the tea tree & aloe but all the existing ones take so long to go down, especially the cyst type ones that just cant seem to surface & are red & raised & sore to touch but too deep down to squeeze.
The current attempt is revolving around detoxing the liver ..hence the supplements! Just so fed up of it all. Anyway spiro next on the list! can doctors give you hormone tests?
Posted 04 June 2011 - 09:14 PM
I've tried messing with my diet too to help my acne and I did a colon cleanse. The thing is it seemed to be helping for a few months but I've also been using bp and taking fish oil and probiotics and my cycle is trying to figure itself out and was more regular back then so sometimes it is really hard to say which thing was affecting it. I'm still glad I tried to eat healthier though, I think that at least has to have some benefit for my health. I just get crazy trying to go too far, sometimes I'm not sure what to eat and have gotten to the point where I'm kind of scared of food.
Aloe is cool. Sometimes with a combination of bp and aloe my cysts seem to go down in a few weeks and aloe vera gel can make them a little less red.
If needed, maybe an antibiotic short term or cortizone shots could help calm some cysts?
Edited by melissa6980, 04 June 2011 - 09:29 PM.
Posted 07 June 2011 - 01:51 PM
Cannot wait to be androgen & acne free!
Posted 07 June 2011 - 02:07 PM
Posted 07 June 2011 - 02:26 PM
Posted 07 June 2011 - 04:02 PM
Yeah it seems odd he didnt tell me it was a contraceptive either! and isnt it true that when u come off the pill you can end up with worse skin than if you had never had it at all?
maybe i should go back pronto, i already took the first tablet without reading the label. i first tried dianette about 6-7 years ago but i am guessing its going to have the same effect all over again?
by the way, i did some internet research on spiro & read that this can also cause weight gain, despite being a duiretic initially, has anyone here found this?
should i definitely go back & insist on the spiro again then?
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