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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ACNE SUFFERERS!!

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i have been battling acne for four years and in those four years have tried EVERY possible over-the-counter medicines, home treatments, topical ointments, antibiotics, etc. and my dermatologists have never ordered blood tests to be done to find the underlying cause of my acne.

I went to a new derm. last week who sent me to get a blood test on my hormones- testosterone, LH, FSH, DHEAS, prolactin, and a couple more that i cannot remember.

It turns out that my DHEAS(androgen) level was DOUBLE the amount that its supossed to be which has been causing my acne for the past four years!! (AND I NEVER KNEW ABOUT THIS :evil: )

I now have made an appointment with the endocrinologist so that we can work on lowering my DHEAS level.

so... before you start using treatments that can do more harm for you than good (ANTIBIOTICS, harsh topicals) i urge you to get a blood test to test all your hormones first and work from there!!

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i have been battling acne for four years and in those four years have tried EVERY possible over-the-counter medicines, home treatments, topical ointments, antibiotics, etc. and my dermatologists have never ordered blood tests to be done to find the underlying cause of my acne.

I went to a new derm. last week who sent me to get a blood test on my hormones- testosterone, LH, FSH, DHEAS, prolactin, and a couple more that i cannot remember.

It turns out that my DHEAS(androgen) level was DOUBLE the amount that its supossed to be which has been causing my acne for the past four years!! (AND I NEVER KNEW ABOUT THIS :evil: )

I now have made an appointment with the endocrinologist so that we can work on lowering my DHEAS level.

so... before you start using treatments that can do more harm for you than good (ANTIBIOTICS, harsh topicals) i urge you to get a blood test to test all your hormones first and work from there!!

thats crazy im so glad u found wat was causing u acne. i hope u find the solution & keep in touch w, us to see how it goes.. ima tlk to my derm n ask him about this i so wan to take some test too. was it expensive tho? or did insurance cover it? wat where the tests u took?

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Hi Melody.. no it was not expensive- with insurance it came out to be only about $10 for me. I took a blood test to test different hormones. There were 8 hormones that the derm. ordered and i definitely remember testosterone, LH, FSH, DHEAS, prolactin, and i cant remember the other 3. Tell your doctor about these.. i'm sure he will know what they are

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i have been battling acne for four years and in those four years have tried EVERY possible over-the-counter medicines, home treatments, topical ointments, antibiotics, etc. and my dermatologists have never ordered blood tests to be done to find the underlying cause of my acne.

I went to a new derm. last week who sent me to get a blood test on my hormones- testosterone, LH, FSH, DHEAS, prolactin, and a couple more that i cannot remember.

It turns out that my DHEAS(androgen) level was DOUBLE the amount that its supossed to be which has been causing my acne for the past four years!! (AND I NEVER KNEW ABOUT THIS :evil: )

I now have made an appointment with the endocrinologist so that we can work on lowering my DHEAS level.

so... before you start using treatments that can do more harm for you than good (ANTIBIOTICS, harsh topicals) i urge you to get a blood test to test all your hormones first and work from there!!

Hi pink. Do you mind telling what kind of acne you had? That is, was it mainly on your cheeks and jaws etc.?

Also was it cysts, pimples, mild/moderate/severe? Did you have any other symptoms of high androgen like facial hair etc?

Also do you have acne since puberty or is it like adult onset acne?

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Hi pink. Do you mind telling what kind of acne you had? That is, was it mainly on your cheeks and jaws etc.?

Also was it cysts, pimples, mild/moderate/severe? Did you have any other symptoms of high androgen like facial hair etc?

Also do you have acne since puberty or is it like adult onset acne?

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Thanks. My acne is similar to yours, mainly on cheeks and chin. Are your periods regular? Weight etc.?

I have read that some symptoms of high androgen and PCOS are irregular periods, over-weight, facial and body hair etc. But I dont have all these symptoms, but my acne is mainly on cheeks and chin...

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Hi Melody.. no it was not expensive- with insurance it came out to be only about $10 for me. I took a blood test to test different hormones. There were 8 hormones that the derm. ordered and i definitely remember testosterone, LH, FSH, DHEAS, prolactin, and i cant remember the other 3. Tell your doctor about these.. i'm sure he will know what they are

thanks =) i cant wait for my new derm sept 2 they say his really good.

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Thanks. My acne is similar to yours, mainly on cheeks and chin. Are your periods regular? Weight etc.?

I have read that some symptoms of high androgen and PCOS are irregular periods, over-weight, facial and body hair etc. But I dont have all these symptoms, but my acne is mainly on cheeks and chin...

Im not overweight (i weigh around 115). My periods are regular BUT they are 7 weeks apart (which is a sign that your DHEAS levels are high).

Having the symptoms you mentioned could mean that you have a high level of testosterone but there are other hormones that are responsible for acne such as DHEAS that does not cause overweight-ness (lol not a word)

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Hi pink-shoes I TOTALLY understand what you're going through. Like you, I've been suffering everyday for about 6 years from adult acne, and I think it's a disgrace that I've only learnt about what might be causing my jawline acne from this forum. The doctors should have sent me for these tests years ago.

I'm pretty down in the dumps today. I'm stressing myself out even thinking about going to the doctors again about my acne. I live in the UK, I think it's pretty different to the US because before I can see a derm or an endocringologist I have to make an appointment with a gp, and only if they refer me will I get to see a specialist. I've seen a derm before in this way, it took 6 months to get that appointment. And she just told me that, because antibiotics and topicals didn't work, my only option was to go on accutane. This was basically lies I now realise. She didn't mention that I could try a different birth control pill that might be more suited to me, or that spironolactone might be helpful with my clearly hormonal acne.

I don't know what to do now. I would go along to a private dermatologist, but I've been looking in the yellow pages and online for one in my area, and I can't find a single practice!! I wouldn't even care about spending some money on this if they would listen to my concerns unlike NHS doctors.

Good luck with spiro, I really hope I can get my androgens checked and can get my hands on it soon.

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I live in canada and have had the same frustrating experience as Eowyn. If you don't ask for a blood test, they won't offer it. I guess it is expensive. Anyway, I have an apointment next week and I'm definately going to ask for a blood test. My only worry is this: Anti-androgen meds and corticosteriods can have crappy side effects. Before taking them, I urge you to look into natural treatments to balance your hormones.

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