You should take accutane that could scar
hmmmm.... well seeing as that is a "last resort" kind of drug, has crazy side effects, and doesn't always cure acne--and seeing that I am already seeing results from diet/lifestyle change and gentle skin treatment and haven't tried many other prescription oral or topical products---that is going to be a big NOT GONNA HAPPEN. I would only take it if my acne got really giant cysts and wasn't improving. I already have scars, but that was inevitable. Accutane doesn't reduce scarring--it reduces severe acne. I'm not trying to sound rude, but I just feel really strongly about those kinds of acne treatments.I think I will go check with medical records to see the results for myself, and maybe see if someone on the forum can help. That is a really good idea. I still think it is a hormonal imbalance, but if I don't know what is dominant or excessive, then I don't want to exasperate the problem by self treatment of the wrong type--does that make sense?
Can you post your lab results? Docs are notorious for claiming levels are normal when they aren't.
The lab reference range is just the 95% confidence interval of the lab's reference group. Every lab must form their reference range from a reference group, typically a representative sample of their patients. This is why every lab has a different reference range. Since young healthy people don't typically get their labs run, the data is skewed toward the ill, elderly and sick. To be outside of their reference range, your results must be in the low or high 2.5%. To have levels lower than those those, your results must be more than 2 standard deviations from the mean.
The bottom line is this: having results in the lab's reference range does not necessarily mean you don't have a hormonal imbalance.
Of course, it makes complete sense. I also agree that self treatment is not wise.
If you post your results I can give you the optimal, probably deficient and probably excessive values.
With this information you will at leAst know if the problem is hormonal and will have something to chat with your doc about.
I use the Thierry Hertoghe's reference materials. He is a 4th generation endocrinologist and likely the world's foremost expert in hormone replacement. He had has trained more than 5,000 physicians and developed extensive references and materials to support his methodology.