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Hi. I am an 18 year old male suffering from what I would consider mild but consistent acne. The types of pimples I get vary. (I don't know the names of them.) They can be big, small, medium, red, whiteheads, painful, not painful. I very rarely get the painful ones however I do get them on a slight occasion. My acne is always around my mouth/chin/jawline and from what I have read, that means hormonal. The rest of my skin is clear.

I am currently on Epiduo and have been since August 2013 and feel that it has done all it can do. My skincare routine consists of washing my face, moisturizing twice a day. However on my second wash I will apply Epiduo to my acne. My diet is very healthy. Meat, vegetables and fruit. Very little sugar, no wheat and no dairy. I drink one cup of green tea a day and for the rest of the day I am constantly sipping on water. I also work out 3 times a week and sleep 7 to 8 hours. I also use fluoride free toothpaste.

I feel like rather than treating the acne with Epiduo I need to get my hormones in order. I understand that I am only 18 but there must be something I can do. If anyone has any advice on what they think may be causing my acne, please share. Or if anyone has any tips on how to get some sort of hormonal balance.

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Because you're still a teenager, it's likely that your acne is indeed hormonal.

Have you seen a dermatologist? I can't remember if you need a prescription for Epiduo. If you haven't, I'd recommend seeing one as they can provide you with the proper care needed to balance your hormones.

The problem with Epiduo is that it is simply a topical, and doesn't do much to treat the underlying causes of acne which is in your case hormones. Make sure that you aren't deficient in certain vitamins and minerals (e.g. Vitamin A, D, E, Zinc) as deficiencies may cause excess sebum secretion.

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