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  2. On 10/26/2018 at 7:28 PM, leelowe1 said:

    The placement of the acne suggests that there may be a big hormonal component.  And if your menstrual cycle affects your skin to this degree, then it is likely that hormones play a big role.  What's your diet and lifestyle like?  Have you been tested for PCOS or any other hormonal issues?  Are you diabetic or pre diabetic?  Topicals can be very helpful but if your acne is caused primarily by internal factors, you will need to get those sorted out to see some consistent relief

        Hi! Thank you for replying to my post. Yes, it seems like a week or two before my period my acne becomes more intense. 
        My diet could always be better. I am working on limiting dairy products and I do have a sweet tooth. I like to have some dark chocolate every day to curve my sugar cravings and if it's not that I might have a dark chocolate covered banana. 
        I go to the gym 3-4 times a week to take low-impact exercise classes called Barre and I also walk my dog for 30 minutes almost every day. 
        I have asked my primary care doctor if its possible that I could have PCOS. She says no because my periods are regular and I am not obese. I myself think that it can still be possible that I could have PCOS since I am hairy (but I have always been naturally hairy). I have peach fuzz on upper lips, a happy trail down my stomach (with a few long black hairs), and some light hair on the sides of my face plus having hormonal acne. I went to get an OB-GYN's opinion and she says we can't be sure until I reach age 25. I can't remember why she said that age. What would be the most accurate way of diagnosing PCOS? How do I get "tested"?
        I did a pre-diabetic test last year on December 29th. It was for Hemoglobin A1C. My percentage was 4.8%. My doctor says that is excellent and that anything < 5.6% is normal. Maybe it could have raised since then? It's almost been a year. 
        If its internal factors, what could they be? My gut health? Mental health (stress)? I noticed my bowel movements change from time to time, off and on through stages of my menstrual cycle. I heard probiotics help. In the end, I think its mainly hormones and not my diet. Thank you again!
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  4. Hello.

    I am new here and I created an account to see if I could get some advice from people with experience with acne similar to mine. 

    In the past, my acne wasn't as severe in the pictures (seen below) but it still bothered me then. Back then, my primary care doctor had me on birth control (Tri-Sprintec). I was on it twice. The first time was for 1 year, 26 days (12/20/2015 to 01/14/2017). The second time was 9 months, 8 days (2/12/2017 to 11/19/2017). It did help my acne then but over time I noticed I was developing varicose veins on my thighs so I stopped. Also, I wanted to try to cure my acne naturally (without the use of drugs). The varicose veins have faded away.

    Currently, my dermatologist recommends Retin-A (0.025%). He says my acne isn't severe enough for me to be on Accutane. I don't even want to go on Accutane because of how intense of a drug it is so I'm glad he doesn't recommend it for me. Should I get started with using Retin-A?

    My esthetician recommends a glycolic acid peel (30%). She uses Image Skin Care products. Should I go ahead and get the peel?

    I know these pictures aren't the most flattering or best quality but the lighting is decent enough. This is the worse my acne has ever been. I don't want to go back on any type of drugs as I stated earlier.  

    Is this acne hormonal? It seems to become more intense as I get closer to my menstrual cycle. Lately, though it seems like it has become worse. It appears on the sides of my face, my jawline, and under my jaw. 

    Is this acne cystic? It's red, deep, sometimes itchy, and sometimes sore to the touch. 

    Is rosacea acne a thing? 

    Sorry, this is so long. Thank you for reading. Any feedback is appreciated.