Posted by Deeunichic
on 23 November 2013 - 11:11 PM
I'm just going to throw my 2 cents in here. First, progesterone deficiency IS estrogen dominance. In other words, if you are low in progesterone, your estrogen is unopposed and therefore you are estrogen dominant. Many of us are In this day and age, with xenoestrogens in just about everything. You can still be estrogen dominant, even if your estrogen is low normal (that's me) with next to zero progesterone - yeah, so fun!!! And YES, let me be the first to tell you how much of a mess bioidentical progesterone has made on my face. I have tried it several times (because I need my progesterone levels to move up) and this last go around (against my pleading) has created a nice big pizza mess all over my face, scalp, neck and I even have a zit inside my ear - so fun and such a confidence booster at 42! I literally took the lowest dosage possible (6.5mg orally) for two weeks and my face exploded. All it does is wake up my sleepy estrogen receptors and make me MORE estrogen overloaded. So yes, it can make matters MUCH worse in some of us. I'm not bashing it, because it is wonderful for so many women, unfortunately, I'm not one of them. Right now, I have been popping DIM to help counterbalance my estrogen mess, but haven't seen a significant reduction of anything after two weeks, but I will also take it for two months before I throw in the towel. I also take vitex, which has helped bring up my progesterone from a none existent .3 to 2.3 (hey, I'll take what I can get). I also have hashimotos (autoimmune thyroid disease) which has gone completely wonky on me and probably created the mild acne issues I have been battling (the past 10 months) and off and on for 20 years, but the progesterone is what makes a small molehill into a flipping mountain on my face - good lord! For me, I know low dose birth control pills in my teen and early 20's nipped mild acne in the bud and I had beautifully, perfect skin until I stopped it. Because I am more knowledgable today about synthetic hormones and their negative effects on hormone balance, I won't take them, but boy have I played with the idea on my darkest days while dealing with this face of zits.