Hi, I'm Wendy and 32 years old. I've suffered from hormonal acne off and on since 2007. I've read and done everything I could think of for my hormonal acne but with all I've tried, I haven't been able to conquer it. I feel like I've tried everything. I hope you guys can share some wisdom.
I went off the pill (heavy dose) in January after 10 years on different pills. Had many issues with them. Wish I had never started! I had been off the pill once before and got cystic acne so bad I went screaming back to the pill. First few months off it were ok, but for the past 3 months I've been getting a new pimple every other day. Some cystic, some small. And all throughout my cycle, whereas it used to be only ovulation and PMS! I've been eating a mostly wholefoods diet for years now, I drink green smoothies, eat almost zero refined carbs, high quality fats, lots of veggies, I take supplements where needed (to improve known deficiencies, such as iron), a great multi, high quality fish oil, probiotics... And my acne is only getting worse... Only around the mouth btw, which is how I know it's hormonal.
I had my androgens tested and they are not high at all, they're in the low-normal range. My progesterone is low (other hormones in the low-normal range), so I've been on Maca root for months and on Vitex for one month. I drink nettle & licorice root tea every day, take a natural liver support supplement (St. Mary's Thistle) and have tried every anti-acne skincare regimen I could find. Kaching... and no change at all... Not even the antibiotics (Doxycycline) I've been on for a week (because I'm starting to look like my chin is boiling!) are helping.
I don't want to try heavy-duty stuff like Accutane, I want to fix it -mostly- naturally. I feel like my body is telling me to fix something, but my lifestyle is really healthy, I eat right, I exercise, I have tackled every known deficiency, take quality supplements, have a sensible skincare regimen (currently Paula's Choice extra strength CLEAR range) and now I'm completely lost about what else I can do... Any ideas? Sorry for the long story, but just wanted to rule out getting advice that I'm already following.
p.s. I don't think it's diet related, because only my hormones -either my own or synthetic- have affected it. But I've been 100% off gluten and 70% off dairy since June. It does make me feel better, but not a stitch of difference to my acne.
What is my body telling me? I am lost.
I'm thankful for any advice you can give!
A desperate acne-sufferer