My Breakouts Are In Patterns. Can Men Get Hormonal Acne?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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).


Current regimen: garlic supplements [as needed], Enzymedica gluten blocker [as needed], nicadan [not sure if it works yet]. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...

 

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