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Acne, Increased Facial Fuzz, Ageing

Hi all,

I am 29 & since I started having moderate to severe acne a few years ago I have experienced increased facial fuzz, it is not quite hair but still considered fuzz however it is a little longer, darker & more noticeable. I have also experienced hair loss which went from curly to straight & an overall appearance of aging fast. I have had every kind of hormonal blood panel done on me & the docs say its not hormonal, yet I am the only one in my family (including extended) that has this prob.

Has anyone experienced this??

I have been on Yasmine, Ertho-Step, & now on Tetracycline & nothing seems to work. I have had every kind of facial treatment (lasers, peels, topical meds) & many oral meds as well (not Accutane yet). My skin only seems to get worse, my pores larger & saggier, & I feel old.

Please let me know if any of you out there has experienced any of these symptoms & if the docs have found an underlying issue & what has worked.

Thank you!

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After my second daughter I noticed a bit of the fuzz..not hair by any means and only a very small amount.

I'm only 30 and sadly I think it's part of us getting older!

My hair has gone from wavy to curly and I've always lost a lot of hair but it's not thinning.

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i think those of us who suffer from adult acne have an issue with facial fuzz. I tried to get mine lasered but can't because the hair is too light. It only works on dark hair. And peach fuzz isn't dark enough. I even waxed an area and had a horrible breakout last summer that lasted months, i think the hair follicles got clogged up and caused pimples.

I think it's just dna. not sure anything can be done with it.

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You guys are not going to believe this, but I went to the doc & I expl my symptoms to her (see original post) & she put me on antidepressants. Docs suck I’ve had it with them. She said that my depression was causing hair loss & worsening my skin condition, I kept trying to tell her that it's the other way around but she just did not even respond to my complaints. Do any of you especially ladies feel unheard by your medical professionals. They treat me like everything is all in my head.

Thanks for letting me vent.

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You guys are not going to believe this, but I went to the doc & I expl my symptoms to her (see original post) & she put me on antidepressants. Docs suck I’ve had it with them. She said that my depression was causing hair loss & worsening my skin condition, I kept trying to tell her that it's the other way around but she just did not even respond to my complaints. Do any of you especially ladies feel unheard by your medical professionals. They treat me like everything is all in my head.

Thanks for letting me vent.

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Perhaps you have this?

SAHA syndrome. Seborrhoea, acne, hirsutism and alopecia (SAHA) – or metabolic syndrome – patients do not always need to have polycystic ovaries in order to develop other related problems.

The syndrome predominantly occurs in young and middle-aged women. In addition to its association with polycystic ovaries, the condition can also be associated with infertility, cystic mastitis and obesity.

The patient needs a hormonal screen (testosterone [free and total], DHEAS, androstenedione, LH:FSH ratio) and screening for insulin resistance and fasting lipid profile.

Management strategies include a low glycaemic index diet, exercise (40 minutes a day, at least five days a week), and metformin. Such patients have features of metabolic syndrome and are at increased risk of developing premature coronary artery disease.

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Don't take the antidepressants, unless you really feel depressed. Ask to be referred to an endocrinologist (hormone specialist). I really think a pill called Spironolactone will help you. It's pretty much a wonder drug. It will help clear your acne, will decrease the rate that your facial hair grows, and will help the hair on your head grow. Sounds too good to be true, right??! Definitely see an endocrinolgist! They're the ones that will be most likely to prescribe Spiro for you.

I've had acne for a long time, and within the past couple years noticed an increase in "facial fuzz". All my hormones were normal. While I might have "normal" testosterone levels, I could be extra sensitive to the levels of testosterone that I do have.

Long story short: BEG FOR SPIRO! And once you get it, make sure you're getting 200 mg a day (the dose needed to decrease facial hair growth) and stick with it for at least 6 months berfore giving up on it (it can take that long to become effective). Good luck :)

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Thanks you guys. I really appreciate all the advice. Most of my friends have great skin, which makes it difficult. I have felt much better since I found this acne forum about 2 weeks ago. I will take all this new info, do my research & keep everyone posted about the treatments & all.

One more thing, someone should start a website where medical professionals are rated. Is there such a website? if not there really should be one.

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You guys are not going to believe this, but I went to the doc & I expl my symptoms to her (see original post) & she put me on antidepressants. Docs suck I’ve had it with them. She said that my depression was causing hair loss & worsening my skin condition, I kept trying to tell her that it's the other way around but she just did not even respond to my complaints. Do any of you especially ladies feel unheard by your medical professionals. They treat me like everything is all in my head.

Thanks for letting me vent.

time to find a new dr. sadly yours is an idiot.

I agree.

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Thanks you guys. I really appreciate all the advice. Most of my friends have great skin, which makes it difficult. I have felt much better since I found this acne forum about 2 weeks ago. I will take all this new info, do my research & keep everyone posted about the treatments & all.

One more thing, someone should start a website where medical professionals are rated. Is there such a website? if not there really should be one.

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As far as the facial hair thing goes, I just bought an Epicare. I used it for the first time the other day, and I love it! I read about it on makeupalley.com and then ordered it from: http://www.facialhairthreading.com/.

Of course, it does sting a little bit. But you control how fast you go, and how much you do. I'd recommend spending only a few minutes with it the first time you do it, and then gradually increase your amount of time within the next few days. By then, all your excess facial fuzz will be gone. ;)

I did this after washing my face, while my skin was still warm. Then after using the Epicare, I put on Dan's bp gel, and proceeded with the rest of the regimen (i.e. moisturizer). Since the Epicare yanks that fuzz right from the root, I would definitely recommend following it up with bp or something similar, otherwise I think you'd be asking for an acne break-out.

This is obviously not a one-time fix---it's something you'll need to do every so often to be fuzz-free. But I'm thrilled with it!

Another nice thing: it comes in a brown envelope with a generic-looking return address, so you don't need to feel embarrassed about receiving it. (I was wondering if it was going to come in an envelope that said something like "The wonderful facial hair remover" etc., lol.)

I have no association with this company other than being just a happy customer!

HTH,

D.S.

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As far as the facial hair thing goes, I just bought an Epicare. I used it for the first time the other day, and I love it! I read about it on makeupalley.com and then ordered it from: http://www.facialhairthreading.com/.

Of course, it does sting a little bit. But you control how fast you go, and how much you do. I'd recommend spending only a few minutes with it the first time you do it, and then gradually increase your amount of time within the next few days. By then, all your excess facial fuzz will be gone. ;)

I did this after washing my face, while my skin was still warm. Then after using the Epicare, I put on Dan's bp gel, and proceeded with the rest of the regimen (i.e. moisturizer). Since the Epicare yanks that fuzz right from the root, I would definitely recommend following it up with bp or something similar, otherwise I think you'd be asking for an acne break-out.

This is obviously not a one-time fix---it's something you'll need to do every so often to be fuzz-free. But I'm thrilled with it!

Another nice thing: it comes in a brown envelope with a generic-looking return address, so you don't need to feel embarrassed about receiving it. (I was wondering if it was going to come in an envelope that said something like "The wonderful facial hair remover" etc., lol.)

I have no association with this company other than being just a happy customer!

HTH,

D.S.

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A question: do you use any products with AHA's or something similar? Because every wax I've considered using has warnings not to use it if you use face products containing AHA's. I'm thinking that since this thing is about the same as tweezing, it should be okay. Just curious.

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Hi all,

I am 29 & since I started having moderate to severe acne a few years ago I have experienced increased facial fuzz, it is not quite hair but still considered fuzz however it is a little longer, darker & more noticeable. I have also experienced hair loss which went from curly to straight & an overall appearance of aging fast. I have had every kind of hormonal blood panel done on me & the docs say its not hormonal, yet I am the only one in my family (including extended) that has this prob.

Has anyone experienced this??

I have been on Yasmine, Ertho-Step, & now on Tetracycline & nothing seems to work. I have had every kind of facial treatment (lasers, peels, topical meds) & many oral meds as well (not Accutane yet). My skin only seems to get worse, my pores larger & saggier, & I feel old.

Please let me know if any of you out there has experienced any of these symptoms & if the docs have found an underlying issue & what has worked.

Thank you!

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Hi all,

I am 29 & since I started having moderate to severe acne a few years ago I have experienced increased facial fuzz, it is not quite hair but still considered fuzz however it is a little longer, darker & more noticeable. I have also experienced hair loss which went from curly to straight & an overall appearance of aging fast. I have had every kind of hormonal blood panel done on me & the docs say its not hormonal, yet I am the only one in my family (including extended) that has this prob.

Has anyone experienced this??

I have been on Yasmine, Ertho-Step, & now on Tetracycline & nothing seems to work. I have had every kind of facial treatment (lasers, peels, topical meds) & many oral meds as well (not Accutane yet). My skin only seems to get worse, my pores larger & saggier, & I feel old.

Please let me know if any of you out there has experienced any of these symptoms & if the docs have found an underlying issue & what has worked.

Thank you!

Sounds to me very typical of PCOS. Here is a link to some info, but if you just search "PCOS" you'll find lots of helpful info. This was just the first thing that came to mind!http://www.medicinenet.com/polycystic_ovary/article.htm

~Amy

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Thanks for all the good comments you guys. I went to the gyno & he put me on 75 mg of spiro for my facial fuzz. He did not really mention if that would help my acne or not but I read that it has helped others. I'm also still wondering if it'll help with my thinning hair. My doc said that even though my labs are normal I could be sensitive to some of the male hormones. I think that also. I"m excited, it's my 2nd day, I'm still meeting with my derm about Accutane, not sure which route to take. I hate to wait for new meds to work because if it doesn't I have to deal with all the red marks & scars.

Do you guys have any ideas?

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