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#1 RobustMist

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 08:23 AM

So I break out about once a week. In between then I usually get very few pimples. It's almost alway on the 5-7 day mark I will have another breakout. My question is, is hormonal acne even possible in men? I only see women having success in fixing hormones to treat acne on this forum.

 

Would Saw Palmetto help at all?


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:02 AM

Yes men can have hormonal acne. For men though are hormones shouldnt fluctuate in a pattern like women. If one of your hormone levels is off its usually constantly off for men. The reason you dont see men treating acne with hormonal treatments is because there are not really any safe for men to use. Ex birth control and sprio. Saw P. is safe to try for men.



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 11:54 AM

Yes men can have hormonal acne. For men though are hormones shouldnt fluctuate in a pattern like women. If one of your hormone levels is off its usually constantly off for men. The reason you dont see men treating acne with hormonal treatments is because there are not really any safe for men to use. Ex birth control and sprio. Saw P. is safe to try for men.

Thanks for your input. However, men do have hormonal fluctuations:

 

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There is also research to suggest that women aren’t the only ones with hormonal cycles that affect behavior: Men’s testosterone appears to cycle throughout the day, month, and possibly even the seasons, affecting their moods and sexual desire. Also, drops in testosterone with age may trigger something of a male menopause, or “andropause.” Yet another source of debate is the degree to which hormones may respond to people’s sexual behavior, versus directly influencing it.

 

Men also have monthly hormonal cycles, though there are some interesting differences and similarities between women’s and men’s cycles. Women’s monthly cycles are more predictable and synchronous. Women who live in close proximity find that their monthly cycles begin to align. Men’s cycles seem to be more unpredictable and individual. A study of young men showed that the majority had a discernible cycle of testosterone with repeating rises and falls, but each man who did show a cycle had a cycle unique to himself.


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:19 PM

Yes, it is sort of a long-standing myth that men's hormones never change. They certainly do, just not as predictable (or as standardized) as the ovulation cycle in women.

 

Saw Palmetto does seem to be the go-to herb for men with hormonal acne. Others that are safe for men are vitamin B5, pumpkin seed oil, spearmint tea, stinging nettle, and vitamin A. 



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:49 AM

Yes, it is sort of a long-standing myth that men's hormones never change. They certainly do, just not as predictable (or as standardized) as the ovulation cycle in women.

 

Saw Palmetto does seem to be the go-to herb for men with hormonal acne. Others that are safe for men are vitamin B5, pumpkin seed oil, spearmint tea, stinging nettle, and vitamin A. 

My saw palmetto I am taking also contains beta sitosterol, pumpkin seed oil, and stinging nettle. I am hoping that this doesn't completely eliminate my hormones. So far I feel fine, but it's only day 2. I heard some men get lethargic from saw palmetto.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 05:37 PM

Yes, it is sort of a long-standing myth that men's hormones never change. They certainly do, just not as predictable (or as standardized) as the ovulation cycle in women.

 

Saw Palmetto does seem to be the go-to herb for men with hormonal acne. Others that are safe for men are vitamin B5, pumpkin seed oil, spearmint tea, stinging nettle, and vitamin A. 

My saw palmetto I am taking also contains beta sitosterol, pumpkin seed oil, and stinging nettle. I am hoping that this doesn't completely eliminate my hormones. So far I feel fine, but it's only day 2. I heard some men get lethargic from saw palmetto.

 

You can if you overdo it. Just listen to your body.



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 03:50 PM

Your estrogen-testosterone balance may be off. If you happen to have more estrogen that testosterone, then saw palmetto will make your acne worse because it will further increase the ratio of estrogen to testosterone by reducing androgens. It's best to get your hormones tested to be certain that anti-androgens are the way to go for you (saliva testing is more reliable than blood tests). 






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