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Hi All

I apologise in advance for the long post - but I've been torturing myself with all these thoughts for days and just want to put it all "out there"� to see if anyone can make any sense of it or offer any advice... so here goes...

I'm a 26 yr old female (slightly overweight - omnivorous/no seafood except fish) and I've had acne since age 11 when I hit puberty.

Also asthma since age 6 and have been on a few different corticosteroids to treat this, salbutamol and beclamethasone regularly since then.

I've regularly(last 4.5yrs) worn non-comedogenic cosmetics outside the house to cover break-outs and old scarring. I'm naturally very pale in complexion (peaky even) with dark rings around my eyes (not good at all)

My acne started out with blackheads and whiteheads on the t-zone area (exacerbated by oranges no-less) no cysts but then when I hit 15/16 I developed cystic acne on my smile line area, forehead and cheeks.

I saw my family doctor who tried me with...

Dianette (Made me really ill after only a few days dose - so had to stop)


Erythromycin (back pain - had to stop)

Oxytetracycline (photosensitivity - had to stop)

Doxycycline (no effects)


Clindamycin (no effects)

Benzoyl Peroxide (Only effective at high doses but didn't prevent cysts and caused sensitivity)

Fucidin H (Helpful with cysts - potentially using this again)

Then I developed Acne Rosacea during pregnancy and got the "butterfly"� across nose and cheeks with inflamed Cystic Acne on cheeks once again.

I was post-natally referred to a Dermatologist for the first time, he then tried a Sulphur-Zinc ointment which stunk and just wasn't helpful.

I then bit the bullet and tried Roaccutane, it was slow to take effect and I had to be put on higher and higher doses, it got rid of my Acne for the most part but after a while the Acne came back this time on my neck and jawline/lower cheeks, so I had to be put on ANOTHER dose. He also gave me cortisone injections into cysts which helped a lot.

It was on this second course that my dermatologist advised that some people need a maintenance dose of Accutane 5mg per day pretty much forever sad.gif.

Anyhow the second dose ended about 18 months ago during which time I've started getting

sparse coarse facial hair either side of my chin (which I have to remove daily)

mild hair growth recession (could be just being paranoid with this one)

small cysts in scalp (2 or 3 at the back - painless)

and now I've started getting cysts and inflamed white heads with each menstrual cycle (regular cycle length but moderate/heavy), this month one hefty inflamed cyst under my chin, one non-painful cystic bump on my jawline and 3 inflamed whiteheads on my upper cheeks.

I've been applying Tea Tree Oil in the evenings to cleansed skin and then adding Lavender Essential Oil to my non-comedogenic moisturiser during the day to help treat these with some success (they're not as painful or angry - but still there)

I'm worried about the Hirsutism and the possibility that the severity of the Acne will build with each cycle as my skin doesn't have chance to fight the monthly cysts before the next ones come along.

I'm seeing my family doctor tomorrow and have no clue what to ask for/complain about first. It's affecting my confidence and making me even more reclusive than usual sad.gif

I did lots of research on herbal remedies on the internet over the course of the weekend - a lot of conflicting evidence around.

I've previously had Diabetes and Hormone tests at the beginning of the cycle and these seemed to come back OK.....I am toying with herbal ideas, seeing a homeopathic doc, getting referred back to my dermatologist or trying to push for investigative tests with my GP - does anyone think an endocrinologist would be able to help?

I currently take St. John's Wort for Depression (which helped better than ANY anti-depressant I tried)

Evening Primrose Oil (mildly seems to help)


and apply the essential oils...

Has anyone ever treated anything like this using Complimentary and Alternative Medicines?

I put together a list of herbal treatments which have various internet-based recommendations...

I will post these later

Thanks in advance for any input xx

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Have you tried an elimination diet to determine food intolerances? Especially considering the asthma and dark circles?

And a moderate to low glycemic diet to reduce the triggering of excess androgens which stimulate oily skin and androgenic hair? It also reduces inflammation and increases SHBG levels which bind up excess hormones. And it retards aging.

There are many nutrients and herbs that can help or make things worse because it's very difficult to know what's really going on with your hormones. That's why doctors prescribe birth control pills by trial and error. So a healthy lifestyle that helps your body balance itself is the best way to go. On the other hand, my diet cleared my skin and made it less oily, but didn't help much with the hirsutism. Mint tea and chasteberry vitex has made the growth a lot less coarse.

Sleep, exercise, stress, liver function and adrenal function all affect your hormones so nutrients and habits that help these will help your hormone related issues. More info on everything I mentioned her and more: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Good-Acne...es-t230714.html

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Asthma is a common symptom of a gluten or yeast sensitivity or another food sensitivity. I was reading about a child of a family who was born severely asthmatic. The child looked SOOOO sick (I saw photos). The doctors said there was nothing they could do for her and that she'd have the health problems her entire life.

Her parents decided to put the entire family on a raw food diet and the child's asthma went away after 1 week. Doctors then said that they couldn't believe she had been asthmatic.

And there are many, many stories of asthma disappearing when the diet becomes restricted.

I would say you should begin an elimination diet. The three most common are:




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These are the most common:

Statement from the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

Although an individual could be allergic to any food, such as fruits, vegetables, and meats, there are eight foods that account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions. These are: milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat.
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