I thought it might be a useful idea for everyone to contribute to this thread with useful hormonal and/or vitamin tests they ordered through their doctor/ naturopath/ online. This is to help those who are confused about which tests to order, especially if your doctor does not specialize in hormonal imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, and other issues.
Here's my list. I will add more later because I'm in a rush right now.
- First of all, hormonal blood tests, unless you take the same tests several times a month and at different times of the day, are not very helpful. You need either saliva or urine tests (taken a few times a month) to chart your monthly hormonal fluctuations. No test is 100% accurate, so it's wise to also consider other symptoms besides acne (e.g. look up things like adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, zinc deficiency, etc).
- HORMONAL PANEL: Ask for a full panel, including all the thyroid tests (not just T3, also T4 and anything else available), E1 and E2 for estrogen (not just E2, that won't help if you have estrogen dominance), all the androgens/ testosterone, progesterone (very important), and a few other neglected hormones that can still cause acne but doctors rarely check them, like cortisol and prolactin. There are a few more, but I forget now... I'll post the actual names for each test when I look them up.
- VITAMINS and MINERALS: Vitamin D and zinc are the 2 common deficiencies for acne sufferers. Niacin might be another one, inositol (especially if you have PCOS), and other Bs (like B12). Check your iron, magnesium, chromium, and selenium too if you don't normally eat very healthy and/or if you have anemia (or if you are vegetarian).
- You can also get tested for celia's disease/ gluten intolerance if you have severe allergic reactions. If your reactions are not severe (i.e. no hives etc), then you can take the ALCAT test or something similar for intolerances. If you don't want to spend a lot of money, try doing a simple histamine test to see how high your histamines are compared to the average. If they are higher than average, then you either have allergies/ intolerances or mast cell disorder/ mastocytosis.
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