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I was wondering about the connection between thyroid and skin problems. My doctor just had me do a blood test for possible thyroid problems. I've had a number of symptoms for the last few months - unexplained weight loss (I went from 102 to 93 llbs over the last few months), but I have a decent appetite and eat normally. I've had other symptoms - anxious/moody, fatigue, etc. I realized that my current skin problems started at the same time as my other symptoms. I previously only got occasional breakouts on my chin right before my period. But a few months ago, my skin changed - it got much oiler (as did my scalp), and I started getting non-inflammatory breakouts (mostly blocked pores) on my forehead and around my nose, places I've never broken out before. (btw - I am 36 yrs old). When asking me about my symptoms, my doctor asked me if I had any skin changes. I've read about dry skin being a symptom, but I haven't seen anything about oily skin or breakouts. But, I'm wondering if my symptoms might all be related (I won't have blood test results until monday, so I don't know for sure if it is a thyroid problem). Anyone have thoughts on this?

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I was wondering about the connection between thyroid and skin problems. My doctor just had me do a blood test for possible thyroid problems. I've had a number of symptoms for the last few months - unexplained weight loss (I went from 102 to 93 llbs over the last few months), but I have a decent appetite and eat normally. I've had other symptoms - anxious/moody, fatigue, etc. I realized that my current skin problems started at the same time as my other symptoms. I previously only got occasional breakouts on my chin right before my period. But a few months ago, my skin changed - it got much oiler (as did my scalp), and I started getting non-inflammatory breakouts (mostly blocked pores) on my forehead and around my nose, places I've never broken out before. (btw - I am 36 yrs old). When asking me about my symptoms, my doctor asked me if I had any skin changes. I've read about dry skin being a symptom, but I haven't seen anything about oily skin or breakouts. But, I'm wondering if my symptoms might all be related (I won't have blood test results until monday, so I don't know for sure if it is a thyroid problem). Anyone have thoughts on this?

I'm very interested to know what your doctor says about it. I have a sister with thyroid problems. I guess that's something i need to investigate as well. I have been doing research and i am working to find answers for other people as well as for myself. Thank you for your post.

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I would like to know too- I have hypothryoidism (underactive thyroid). I recently saw a nurse practitioner (not my regular doctor) and she told me that many young people with this use to be hyperthryoid (overactive thyroid) untill their thryoid became depleated then they became hypo. This would explain why I was very thin and active as a kid and then when I reached 17 I became tired and started gaining weight. I'm on 88mcg of synthroid now. I've always had acne but it seemed to have gotten worse when I became hypo- but then again I also have ovarian cysts- another possible cause for my acne. :confused:

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Wow.. I suffered from an overactive thyroid for a very long time I lost over 60 pounds in about half a year or so.. I think it flares up with stress as well.. Which I have been lately... But I don't know if it can be linked to acne.. It does deal with your hormones though.

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I was diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism(sorry, had to edit that.i still get confused with all the info the doctors gave me) about 2 years ago. I had surgery to get the enlarged gland removed and I thought that maybe that would help with my acne but there has been no change in the two years since the surgery.

I do believe that for a lot of people with acne there is something going on inside the body that needs to be addressed. I dont think its simply about putting the right product on your face.

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I was just thinking that my symptoms might all be connected, since they started at the same time. Especially since it really represents a change from what my skin was like before. I almost never had breakouts on my forehead or around my nose, and my skin was much less oily than it is now. I figured that the weight loss, increase in oily skin/breakouts, fatigue, etc. all seemed like they could be caused by the same thing (e.g., hormones). But, the only hyperthyroid symptom I have read about that is related to skin, is an increase in dryness - which is definitely not my current problem! Well, I guess I'll know more when I get my test results back on Monday.

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Based on what I've observed on these acne boards and read about in journal articles/abstracts, Hypothyroidism is more associated with acne development than is Hyperthyroidism (due to nature of how it affects acne hormones). However yes, Thyroid Problems are linked to skin disorders and sometimes with proper treatment, the skin disorder clears up.

J Endocrinol Invest. 2001 Sep;24(8):628-38. Related Articles, Links

Skin disorders and thyroid diseases.

Niepomniszcze H, Amad RH.

Division of Endocrinology, Hospital de Clinicas Jose de San Martin, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. [email protected]

Thyroid disorders have a high prevalence in medical practice; they are associated with a wide range of diseases with which they may or may not share etiological factors. One of the organs which best show this wide range of clinical signs is the skin. This review is an attempt to approach most of the dermopathies reflecting several degrees of harmfulness, coming directly or indirectly from thyroid abnormalities, as well as to update current knowledge on the relationship between the thyroid and skin. We have proposed a primary classification of skin disorders, regarding thyroid involvement, into two main groups:

1) dermopathies associated with thyroid abnormalities, mainly with autoimmune thyroid diseases, like melasma, vitiligo, Sjogren's syndrome, alopecia, idiopathic hirsutism, pre-menstrual acne, bullous diseases, connective tissue diseases, hamartoma syndrome, atopy, leprosy and DiGeorge anomaly; and

2) dermopathies depending on the nature of the thyroid disorder, in which the evolution and outcome of the skin disorder depend on the thyroidal treatment in most cases, such as trophism and skin blood flow, myxedema, alopecia, onychodystrophy, hypo- and hyperhidrosis, xanthomas, intraepidermal bullae, carotenodermia, pruritus, flushing, pyodermitis, palmoplantar keratoderma, ecchymosis, etc.

In some other cases, the skin disease which developed as a consequence of the thyroid abnormality can remain unaltered despite functional treatment of the thyroid problem, such as pretibial myxedema, thyroid acropachy and some cutaneous manifestations of multiple endocrine neoplasia types 2A and 2B.

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Hey Willow, from the sounds of your symptoms, your condition could be a condition of candida overgrowth syndrome. Try a search online or on acne.org's message board. There are tons activities on the forum. Majority of the people on those forums found out that most of their symptoms of instant weight loss/gain, fatigue, lathargic, excessively oily/dry skin, hormonal imbalance, liver/kidney overload, thyroid/bladder problems, which leads to ACNE and other ailments, traced back to the source culprit: candida overgrowth, AKA Systematic Candidaisis (SC). SC is caused by an accumilation and/or a combintation of a high-sugar diet, antibiotics, steriods, stress, toxins, free radicals, silver fillings in teeth, birth controls, a weakend immune system, hormonal changes from pregnancy, and diabetes. Not to worry, even though SC can be life threaten if it becomes severe, it can be treated, either by your physician or simple natural home remedies like coconut oil, among many others (for more treatments do a search under candida on these forums).

From personal experience, I'm currently in the early stages (about a month and a half) of initial home remedy treatments (just probiotic and prebiotics) and have noticed positive results with my acne. Since I started, I have not broken out, except for the first couple of weeks, which is normal for the cleanse.

I've been on a lot of things (erythomycin, tetrocyciln, clear-light laser, BP, salicylic acid, glyoclic acid and many others). This is the only thing that seems to truly work.

I know this is not a candida forum. But I thought it might be something you may consider if you haven't and hopefully this will help.

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Thanks for the replies everyone! The articles are really informative (I'm a researcher, so I love journal articles and data!) Even if this doesn't turn out to be thyroid related, I do have a feeling my symptoms are all connected.

I have considered candida as a possible culprit. I have started taking some probiotics. I was on tetracycline (probably much longer than I should have been) for my occasional pre-menstrual breakouts. It kept my skin almost 100% clear for several years, but perhaps those clear years came with a price? I did have a period of significant stress during the end of last year, followed by a bad case of food poisoning on New Years. All of my current symptoms started a few weeks later. I guess stress could also cause all those things separately as well?

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Right On Smiles1. Candida is subtle but most people suffer from it without knowing.

If anyone is interested in my opinion about an natural acne alternative, check out a post i just finished on my blog. Let me know what you think, and tell me any spelling errors. :rolleyes:

You can check it here: Acne Herbs

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Unfortunately, antibiotics especially those that are prescribed for acne like tetracycline or erythromycin are more harmful than it is good in the long-run. Antibiotics basically kill all bacteria, including the good ones. Thus, allows Candida to proliferate. Like Reeves said, Candida overgrowth can be very subtle. Sometimes it takes years before it shows any damages. A lot of times it goes unnoticeable, slowly deteriorating our organs like our liver, kidney, thyroid glands, etc… most of which are very important organs to regulate a healthy skin. Most often we think there’s something wrong with our organs, which we might be right, so we do a cleanse and/or take some herbs. Hopefully, it’ll do the trick, not knowing our organs continue to be irritated by Candida. It usually it doesn’t solve the problem. It just protects or heals it for the meantime until you stop the herbs. In severe cases, it can burrow itself in your cut to your bloodstream, which is called leaky cut syndrome, and cause toxins and other bad chemicals to be released into the bloodstream and carry throughout our body to our brains causing a more noticeable symptoms like brain fog, short-term memory loss, or unable to concentrate.

Your stress alone is probably not the single cause for acne. Like you said, “everything feels like it’s connected�. It usually is. Stress does cause toxins and free radicals in your body, which can affect other part of the body besides your skin. Candida overgrowth itself releases 78 different types of toxins in your body. Add toxins from candida, stress, diet, and/or other things, you’re putting an overload to your organs, not to mention your skin.

Woops! Time to get out of work.. Hope this helps. ï?Š

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Yeah, I think I am pretty much done with antibiotics at this point. I probably didn't really need them to begin with, I was just being a perfectionist about my skin, and my doctor would always renew my prescription without even seeing me. I should have just put up with the occasional monthly breakout! I agree that they probably just end up making things worse, and damaging your body. I also think that the absence of "good bacteria" in my system may be the reason I have had food poisoning 2 times in the last 8 months (I'll still never eat at Harrah's casino again though...)

My skin is actually looking pretty decent now - not 100% clear, just a few minor spots, but nothing anyone can see unless they are 2 inches from my skin. Hopefully things will continue to improve.

Oh, and the thyroid test came back negative, and my blood count is normal, so apparently that isn't causing any of my recent symptoms. I should read the candida threads more closely. I'm not doing much of anything diet-wise at the moment besides taking the probiotics and trying to eat more - I really need to figure out how to gain back some weight, my size 3 clothes are getting roomy! I have one month to put on some weight, or my doctor will want to run more tests!! I think I'll go have some ice cream....

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