I am posting about some topics which may or may not be relevant to adult acne, but i want to see if other people have any similar symptoms or thoughts.
The topics covered are: acne, thyroid and adrenal hormone issues, over active immune system and poor fertility.
My wife is 34 and has only had acne since her 20's when work started. This is obviously a stress connected issue and we have also found out she has a slight under active thyroid issue as well.
To boost her adrenal performance (these make cortisol and DHEA and the DHEA hormone is the one which causes acne if in excess), she takes a little T3 (thyroid hormone) in the early hours of the morning. This has had a very good effect in reducing her acne levels and improve her overall health. So is anyone aware of how the adrenals and specifically DHEA affects acne production?
She has recently been messing about with the timing of the T3 dose in the morning and if she moves it closer to wake up her acne gets loads worse. We make our cortisol and DHEA in a 4h window before wake up generally. I think if you have acne you are having a problem with the adrenal system and so not making enough cortisol, but too much DHEA - hence the acne. So by taking a small amount of T3 you can influence how much cortisol you make and rebalance this hormone imbalance. Thyroid hormone is the master hormone and tells the body how much cortisol and DHEA to make for the day. So by altering this hormone you can influence the adrenal profilefor the day.
Now we also have a problem whereby my wife has an over active immune system and this means she cannot get pregnant. I wondered if anyone had heard about this and if acne was related. We still do not know why she has this over active system. We can do a specific treatment for this and it involves using a fatty lipid infusion to bring down the immune system and then we do IVF as normal. We will be doing this shortly.
I don't know if the acne, adrenal issues and fertility are related, but i thought i would post and see if anyone has any ideas or links to other info which may be relevant. Thanks