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#3456244 Pregnency And Acne

Posted by michi31 on 16 October 2014 - 07:47 AM

Hey lady! I am 33 and 6 weeks pregnant also! (Well, I'll be 7 weeks tomorrow). So cool. With my daughter I broke out horribly but this pregnancy has been a lot better. I don't know why that is but I had cleared up a lot beforehand and I think that helped. I had some mild breakouts the other day but the erythromicin gel seemed to help. Have you had an ultrasound yet? My first one is tomorrow - I'm so nervous.




I have had acne since I was 15 and I used many things to get rid of it such as Accutane, A-Z antibiotics, topical creams and strict diets but it did not happen!  I am 6 weeks pregnant now (33 years old) and I feel that my Acne type has been changed or I can say that it has been improved. Does anyone have the same experience? 

#3446186 Finally Had Clear Skin Now I'm Pregnant And Skin Is Worse Than Ever!

Posted by michi31 on 08 August 2014 - 11:08 AM

I feel you. I had my acne get much worse when I was pregnant as well. Your hormones are raging and there's not much you can really do. The only thing that worked was going on Keflex - Category B antibiotic. I was on it 3 times for 4 weeks each. My daughter is 2 and absolutely fine. I was getting scarring acne, and now live with scars for the rest of my life, so for me it was what I had to do. I was on finacea and clyndimicin and they did nothing. I tried tea tree oil and mario badescu products. Just nothing worked. When it's that hormonal it's very hard to try a topical solution. Around 6 months pregnant my oil dried up completely and I was 100% clear until 2 weeks after I gave birth. So you just have to tough it out for awhile. And be gentle so you reduce the chance of scarring! Such a bad deal as I will not be having a second child because of this.

#3442952 Chin Acne- Please Help?!

Posted by michi31 on 23 July 2014 - 09:39 AM

That's what i had. It is hormonal - you should look into Spiro.

#3436424 I Can't Stop Crying. Scarring From Cortisone Injection.

Posted by michi31 on 16 June 2014 - 07:59 AM

Check out the thread "cortisone atrophy - I'll show you cortisone atrophy" or something like that. Similar situation and lots of people chime in with their experiences. Some did saline injections and some it just filled in naturally. Don't worry so much - it will improve!

#3423873 Acne after stopping birth control pills

Posted by michi31 on 02 April 2014 - 07:56 AM

That's so interesting - I was on Lutera for years having no idea that it was one of the worst kinds for acne and I broke out terribly the whole time. I would also get night sweats on it - which is just very odd considering the estrogen should be more than your normal estrogen. But it is a low estrogen pill so maybe it's really not enough, or maybe your body doesn't receive it the same way. Even though it broke me out, when I went off I started breaking out more and in weird places after a few months. I'm now on Spiro and have been clear for a year.

#3417058 Low Progesterone & High Androgens- Acne Culprit?!? Any Experience?

Posted by michi31 on 27 February 2014 - 12:34 PM

No problem! Feel free to message me anytime. Seems like we have some of the same issues (I'm 33 so we're about the same age too). I take oral prometrium 200mg 10 days out of the month and am on Vivelle Dot .1Mg patch every day. Because I am so much younger than the natural age of menopause I need a high dose of hormones to protect bone loss (and collagen loss I might add). I was recently diagnosed with osteopenia as a result of low estrogen.Therefore I am on the highest dose of estrogen available by patch. I am waiting for my hormone results to see if it's getting me up to a good enough level. I am only in my second month of hormone replacement and was terrified that it would break me out. Luckily the spiro seems to be blocking any extra androgens that may be circulating as a result.

#3390585 Has Anyone Experienced Noticeable Hair Loss On Spironolactone?

Posted by michi31 on 25 October 2013 - 08:17 AM

If you are planning to get off in a year then I wouldn't even bother with it - it can take half that time or more to reach full effects. Also many studies have been done showing Spiro IS safe long-term. but it's good you got off with the hair loss issue!

#3387777 Pregnant With Pcos What Products Work

Posted by michi31 on 11 October 2013 - 08:59 AM

Ugh that is hard. Topicals don't work well with hormonal acne and when you're pregnant it's even worse. This happened to me and I was using finacea and clindamycin and honestly it did nothing. The only thing that stopped the acne was taking Keflex, which is a Category B antibiotic. I know a lot of people aren't comfortable with that though. I will say it's good to baby your acne. Remember it has to heal into normal skin and not scar, so treat it gently - no harsh, alcohol based products etc. Good luck.

#3372581 Getting Pregnant - What Can I Do For My Hormonal Acne?

Posted by michi31 on 07 August 2013 - 07:41 AM

I agree with the above posters, but would like to add that if pregnancy is really bad to you - like it was for me - they can prescribe the antibiotic Keflex to help with cysts. It helped me tremendously. They've been prescribing it to pregnant women for years and can even use it for infants, it's perfectly safe.

#3364792 Implanon Gave Me Acne, Now Pregnancy

Posted by michi31 on 08 July 2013 - 10:43 AM

Sorry you are dealing with this. I also had the worst acne ever in the first trimester of pregnancy. If you are like me then you will be completely clear in your third trimester. I wish I had known, but you CAN use benzyl peroxide which might help. Other things you can use which didn't help me, are Finacea and Clindamicyn. If you are getting cysts like I was then you can be on the antibiotic Keflex. I had a couple 4 week stints on this while pregnant and it is safe...they even give it to infants. I wouldn't use anything to harsh on your skin like alcohol based products. Good luck - I know the pain.

Why were you taking birth control if you're willing to just have the baby anyway?


This is a silly question - women like to plan WHEN they will have a baby. Lots of women who want babies at some point are on birth control currently.

#3361220 Spironolactone Personal Log

Posted by michi31 on 24 June 2013 - 01:56 PM

Good luck! I also only break out around my chin. I've been on Spiro 100mg for 5 months along with minocycline 50mg. The mino helped right away, and I've been mostly clear from it, but as for the Spiro I don't know since I'm still on the mino. I am not less oily though so I doubt it's working. My doctor says it can take 6-9 months. Some people it works right away - seems it can take anywhere from a month to a year (longest I ever read). So my advice is to just get ready to hang on for the long haul. 

#3359988 The Big Hormone Post For Both Men And Women

Posted by michi31 on 21 June 2013 - 09:39 AM

I was inclined to believe that excess DHT rather than androgen sensitivity is the issue, however I am starting to wonder if this is the case. I have lower than normal serum androgen levels, yet I have extra facial hair, acne around the chin and a very high sex drive. I assumed this meant excess DHT at the skin level and in the peripheral tissue. However, I recently learned that sometimes this can be measured by the hormone 3a-androstanediol glucuronide (mouthful), as it is a bi-product of skin level DHT. This hormone tests normal for me also. My endo says androgen sensitivity would be a genetic fluke, but I'm starting to believe that if my androgens and DHT are not high anywhere in my body, androgen sensitivity would be the only possible conclusion. This is the worst scenario, because Spiro requires high, or at least normal, androgens in order to have it's antagonistic effects on the androgen receptor.


I have also read the theory that fetal androgen exposure can have a lifelong negative effect. I remember my mom telling me that she ate nothing but sugar when she was pregnant with me. It's probably a reach - but this is a loose theory I have floating around in the back of my mind.


It is all quite complicated and no one knows the exact mechanisms by which androgens display their effects on the skin - my Harvard educated endo admits to this. He also doesn't believe in the estrogen dominance theory (it's hard to find a website on this issue that isn't selling something). I know for me progesterone has androgenic effects and is no good, but when my estrogen was highest late pregnancy I was the clearest I've ever been. Yet the opposite is true for some people. It's all a mystery. Quite unfortunate that more research has not been done.

#3353444 Subcision Done & Sharing The Rest Of The Journey.

Posted by michi31 on 30 May 2013 - 11:49 AM



Oh that's interesting about that study - and surprising. In my relentless google searching I just came across something else interesting - a new method for surgeons where they ensure the needle is at a 90 degree angle so it doesn't dip down and damage the dermis. This made me think that maybe this is the problem for people whose scarring got worse from subcision. It would be a good question to ask in a consulation - how they keep the needle level and ensure there is no further damage. 

#3343228 Just Wanted To Say Thanks To Everyone Involved With This Forum

Posted by michi31 on 25 April 2013 - 08:11 AM

I agree, I am so greatful for this forum. It is the only place I have that I can come to and know other people are going through the same thing. The advice and recommendations have been priceless. I can't imagine what people must have gone through before this was available.

#3339575 What Is The Least Androgenic Birth Control Pill?

Posted by michi31 on 09 April 2013 - 07:36 AM

Well the least would be Yaz or Yasmin as that is anti-androgen. However if you had problems with Spiro you might have similar problems with those. Here is a link to a great explanation and chart. To determine the androgenicity of b.c. progestin you have to multiply the relative androgenicity by the amount of progestin used. So you could have a highly androgenic progestin such as desogestrel, but when you multiply this by the amount used in desogen - it actually comes out to be among the lowest androgenic pills. I think this is why there is so much confusion. You have to go through each one and do the math.


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