Hi! First of all sorry about any grammar mistakes, english is my second language.
I never had acne growing up/as a teenager but after taking a plan b pill at the age of 22 (2 years ago..) my skin changed. I started getting moderate acne within months of taking it. I went on a Dianette(bc pill) and after that my acne got really severe. After 8 months of waiting for it to pass I switched to Yasmin and my skin got a little better but never completely clear. About 3 months ago I tossed all the pills because I had bad side effects + it didn't even keep my skin clear. I started taking vitex when I quit the pill to prevent any major post pill break out.
At the moment I'd say my acne is mild but it's still very much there and I feel like it might be getting worse again. I'm done with all the drugs that doctors have to offer. I've tried it all (accutane=allergic reaction, antibiotics=upset stomach+didn't help my skin, bc=bad migraines+ didn't keep me clear) and I'm now trying to find a more natural way to treat my acne. I just have to figure out what's the best thing to try since there are so many supplements out there.
So obviously my hormones are out of balance. I'd like to have them checked but my doc wouldn't let me. So I just have to figure out what's wrong by myself. I've read that the hormones that cause acne are either estrogen, progesterone or androgens. You can either have too little or too much of them both ways it can result in acne. Is there any way of knowing which one of these hormones is causing me trouble? Which would be the best supplement for balancing them? There are so many of them: saw palmetto, Don quai, Vitex, DIM, DHEA....?
So far I've tried vitex but I don't know if it's helping or not. I still break out but then again I've recently quit the pill. So I'm just gonna stay on it and see how it goes. I've also ordered DIM but it hasn't arrived yet.
What would you recommend? What has worked for you?
p.s Sorry for such a long text...