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Balancing Hormones Naturally

SquirrelMonkey

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My naturopath gave me a tincture with vitex, red clover, dandelion, and crampbark a couple of months ago because she suspects I have an estrogen/progesterone imbalance, which may or may not be affecting my skin. This is because I get irritability and extra painful cramps before and during my period, and the presence of several fibroadenomas in my breast.

I'm also cycling four types of seeds because apparently certain seeds regulate your hormones differently throughout your cycle, which I found to be pretty interesting!

Since these changes, my last period was even lighter than usual and completely cramp-free! And no cramps makes me a very happy person! But then seeing my gross acne cancels out that happiness; I'd rather have bad cramps until I'm 90 than this nasty-ass acne.

Another thing I've been taking (primarily for my eyes) is a very high-dose fish oil that contains 1000 IU vitamin D. This has helped lots of people with their skin, but I can't say if it's helping mine.

I do get very bad acne on my chin, which most would say is hormonal, but it just keeps coming back even on this regimen plus my diet. My hormones have come back normal, except for once when my progesterone was too high, but it came back fine when I went back.

My skin type is also indicative that I would have issues with testosterone, as it is very oily with large, clogged pores, but that was normal too. I'm not terribly concerned with the large pores though because my father has large pores and I take after him.

I'd love to know if anyone else has dealt/is dealing with this kind of acne. It's destroying my self-confidence so much that I'm losing sight of my professional ambitions. When I try to put makeup on even one pimple, it might as well be clear liquid.

Here are some pics of my chin again:

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OMG! You should get on spironolactone 50-100mg day and Ortho-tri-cyclen or Yaz. I had the EXACT same type of chin acne and it is now GONE. Never breakout anymore.

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I get those same types of pimple, mostly around mouth and chin are and i haven't found a solution. By all means give holistic 3 months and use a topical if your skin can tolerate it. Retinoids can work if it fits your skin type. What's your diet like (since you're going holistic anyway). BTW, there's nothing wrong with mixing topicals with healthy lifestyle.

Good luck!

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OMG! You should get on spironolactone 50-100mg day and Ortho-tri-cyclen or Yaz. I had the EXACT same type of chin acne and it is now GONE. Never breakout anymore.

So it must indeed be hormonal then if those pills worked for you, Leanna! Maybe I'll give the herbs a bit more time to work considering they're a lot less potent than pills.

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I get those same types of pimple, mostly around mouth and chin are and i haven't found a solution. By all means give holistic 3 months and use a topical if your skin can tolerate it. Retinoids can work if it fits your skin type. What's your diet like (since you're going holistic anyway). BTW, there's nothing wrong with mixing topicals with healthy lifestyle.

Good luck!

My diet is strict anti-inflammatory/elimination. I can't risk using retinoids in case of my eyes; I really wish I could get Dan's BP for a reasonable price (it would cost over $80 for me).

Thanks for commenting!

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