Im getting pretty sick of acne. I've had it pretty much my whole life. The only times I haven't is when I was taking Doxycycline or on the BCP.
I have never taken Accutane and never want to.
Im now 30 years old. Almost 31. I think when I first posted on this site I must of been 22 years old.
At about 28 years old I started getting severe night sweats. I would wake up and the bed would be drenched. I also started loosing my hair (shedding more than normal). I was on the BCP and had no acne at this time.
Just after that I went of the BCP. Within 3 weeks of going off the pill I had a really wicked breakout all over my face.
I started noticing my hair was shedding like crazy. I would shower and brush it and handfuls were coming out.
So I figure I will be strong (I have gone through extreme hormonal acne before). I didn't want to just go back on the pill. I want my hormones to level off. I'm getting older as well. I also figure give it a year or two of this shit and they should be normal, right?
Fast forward 2.5 years and here I am. Breaking out, hair falling out and still getting night sweats.
I did cave in and take a prescription of Doxycycline for about 3 months. Which really worked great. NO breakouts!!!!
I didn't continue on it though as I feel it cant be good for me. I really hate unnatural medicine. It will only create worse problems in the end I feel...
Anyways now I am taking a million natural herbs and vitamins. ( I did do some mega dosing of Vitamin A before I tried Doxy and it worked but went off of it after a month and a half since it really cant be good for me). I felt uncomfortable putting that much Retin A in my body.
So I am back taking Saw Palmetto. (this helped a bit before). I am mega dosing on this now because I am at my wits end. I take 450mg x 6 a day.
I also take:
-Vitex 1000 (chaste tree berry)
Natural hormonal relief therapy pills Extra strength (meant for menopausal women). I double the dose. They include herbs such as: Black cohosh, soy isoflavone, chaste tree berry, wild yam, burdock.
As you can see I am taking a majority of the herbs that should be relieving any hormonal imbalances that I'm having. I have been religiously taking all this for about 3 months now. And Im still extremely oily, breaking out and losing hair.
I have had my blood tested twice now. Both times came back normal, hormones showing normal, iron; normal.
WTF. I swear I have PCOS. But my doctor doesn't seem to think so, and Im getting no where really fast.
Anyways, I guess I will stick to it. My hair loss tends to be a bit slower when Im on Saw Palmetto. My night sweats are a bit reduced when I take the Hormone relief pills. And I believe my acne would be even worse if I didn't take all this stuff, and that's why I stay on it. But I still have large cystic pimples coming in on my cheeks, and am greasier then ever
I mean I cant even go half a day without looking and feeling like a complete oil slick.
Hope my story helps some. Let me know if you have any suggestions.
opps. I forgot to mention I also use Tactuo gel sometimes. This does seems to help. It doesn't work perfectly but I swear it really does help a bunch, it also really gets rid of scars quite well. Only down side to it and why I don't use it all the time is that it's super drying!!!
Edited by zitarella, 01 September 2014 - 06:55 PM.