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MinxyMech

Adult acne, hormones and BC

Hi Everyone,

I've just registered on the site. For the past few months I've just been reading,

but decided to join and post on some forums and maybe get some good advice.

I'm 28 years old and have 2 children.

I used to suffer from acne as a teenager, but also irregular monthlys. My mother

took me to a gynae who put me on Diane 35 to treat my menstrual cycles and also

said it would clear my skin. I took it for about 3 years until I was 18. It

cleared my skin after about 6 months and helped my menstrual cycles tremendously.

I never suffered any of the side effects.

I went off it at 18 and for almost a whole year my skin was clear. I fell pregnant

, had my son and thereafter went onto Femodene (a prescribed BC just for

contraception) until I decided to have another child 3 years later. Which I did,

I had my daughter. During all this time, I had no problems with my skin. It

was crystal clear.

3 months after my daughter was born I started breaking out on my jawline.

But needed to go back onto a contraception, so I went back onto Femodene.

I was on it for 3 years, no real problems and clear skin. Then I had

my tubes tied (sterilisisation) so I naturally went off the Femodene (BC).

6 months after this my skin broke out terribly on my jawline, I went to the

dermatologist who put me on a very low dose of accutane at 15mg a day

for 7 days of the month for 3 months. During this period I experienced no

improvement at all. I was freaked out, insecure, neurotic and emotional.

FINE!!! I was very impatient and went to my doctor, I stopped the accutane

and went back on Femodene, which helped, within 3 months my skin was clear.

Although I had one or two side effects I wasn't enjoying. So swapped it

for Minerva (generic of Diane 35). For a year I had clear skin. I then

decided not to carry on with it as my prescription ended and at 28yrs old,

not needing BC I didn't really want to continue with BC for the rest of my life.

5 months after, I have broken out terribly along my jawline and neck

again.

I have been on Minerva for almost 3 1/2 months now and I havn't seen any

improvement yet. I don't like the idea of being on extra hormones but if

it's the best thing for my personal acne problem I will.

I'm visiting with a woman Dermatologist on Monday and hope my visit

will be a positive one more so than my visit to a derm almost 2 years ago.

No offence to men!

My understanding of the best acne drugs today is primarily either accutane

or BC, is there anything else? I'm so tired of suffering with acne, especially

at the age of 28 and I have 2 kids. One thing I can't deal with in my life,

is acne. I'm sure you can relate.

I just want to know from other adults, your experiences bad and good with

acne, what did you do, what's the best, is Roaccutane worth taking as an adult

and how long does it take to see improvements after first taking it?

Hormonal acne - Is acne anything else besides hormonal?

My understanding is that all acne is primarily hormonally induced.

Will post again after my visit to the derm.

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PCOS...look it up. If you have hormonal acne, then this is probably what you have. Acne on the jawline is very prominent with this shitty syndrome.

That's true, and it's worth reading up ... but don't freak yourself out unnecessarily. Lots of people have jawline acne and don't have PCOS. It does seem pretty clear that your acne is hormonal in nature, so if you aren't happy with the answers you get from your derm, you might want to set up an appointment with an endocrinologist.

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Hi,

Thanks for your replies.

I have done research up on PCOS. And I definately am not ruling that out.

I don't have all the symptoms of PCOS.

Naturally, not on any BC, I have irregular periods, say every 2-3 months.

I don't suffer from cysts on the ovaries (never had any).

I do road running, weigh 54kgs (don't know what that is in stones or pounds).

I have never been overweight, I've probably been a little underweight all

my life. Not intentionally.

I don't really have hair growing where it shoundn't. I mean I've always

had one stubborn hair on the damn chin, but I don't know what female doesn't!

My mother had bad acne when she was a teenager, so bad it left pit scars

on her face. But it cleared in her twenties. She never had problems

with irregular periods, she was never on the pill and was probably too

fertile for her liking. My dad on the other hand, apparently had some

hormone problems.

I don't have bad or servere acne, I would say moderate only on the jawline and

I don't scar with pits.

But I'm armed! and ready for the derma on Monday, I've done my homework,

have some experience and history to tell her.

Regarding PCOS treatments, I'll read up on some in forums I can find.

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Hi,

Thanks for your replies.

I have done research up on PCOS. And I definately am not ruling that out.

I don't have all the symptoms of PCOS.

Naturally, not on any BC, I have irregular periods, say every 2-3 months.

I don't suffer from cysts on the ovaries (never had any).

I do road running, weigh 54kgs (don't know what that is in stones or pounds).

I have never been overweight, I've probably been a little underweight all

my life. Not intentionally.

I don't really have hair growing where it shoundn't. I mean I've always

had one stubborn hair on the damn chin, but I don't know what female doesn't!

My mother had bad acne when she was a teenager, so bad it left pit scars

on her face. But it cleared in her twenties. She never had problems

with irregular periods, she was never on the pill and was probably too

fertile for her liking. My dad on the other hand, apparently had some

hormone problems.

I don't have bad or servere acne, I would say moderate only on the jawline and

I don't scar with pits.

But I'm armed! and ready for the derma on Monday, I've done my homework,

have some experience and history to tell her.

Regarding PCOS treatments, I'll read up on some in forums I can find.

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Minxy,

What you might want to try, if you don't like the idea of drugs, is the herb Vitex (aka Chasteberry, Agnus Cactus). This herb works with your natural processes to regulate hormones. It's safe for long-term use, there are no severe side effects, it's been shown to reduce PMS symptoms, help PCOS sufferers, and regulate periods. It sounds like just the thing you need, actually.

I don't imagine a derm really knowing about Vitex, although a gyno might. Check out some of the posts on here about the herb. I, personally, have experienced success with consistent Vitex use. I take 2 500 mg pills daily. It took me over 3 months to see results and I've been on it longer than 8. You can PM me, if you have any questions. I'm sure if you do a search on this forum the thread where I posted my pics will come up.

Good luck, chica!

-Julie

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Hi Julie,

Thanks for this advice.

I don't know if Vitex is available in SA, but I'll do some research

and ask around.

Mechelle

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