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  1. hi there, i have just reached the menopause and my skin has become a mess. I did have some acne as a teenager, (never developed cysts) but in my adult life my skin was never an issue. I have always had a very healthy diet and have been a vegetarian for 20 years. Due to wheat and lactose intolerance i am quite careful about what i eat, i don't gain weight easily and exercise regularly. Since reaching the menopause i have had trouble sleeping, mainly due to very frequent hot flushes. I can put
  2. Hi guys. I went to see my endocrinologist today to check up on my blood pressure/electrolytes with Spiro. I have basically been obsessed with hormones and how they effect the skin lately, so I thought I would ask him all my questions. He has been a very good doctor and he went to Harvard med school so I trust in what he has to say. So here are some Q and A's for anyone who is interested. Q: I'm afraid that Spiro won't work because my testosterone is so low and so Spiro will make it worse. A
  3. jodemh82


    Hi . I am almost 47 years old . The last few years I have been noticing bigger , kind of flat lumps on my face . For CHristmas this year , my mother in law gave us a trip to Florida . I have never been on a vacation before , and I was so happy . ( I also have never been to FLorida) About 3 weeks before our vacation one of the flat lumps got severely inflamed. I used a draw out salve and moist hot packs to try to get the gunk out . It took the whole 3 weeks to get it where it wasn't embarras
  4. NOTE: To keep this thread organized, it is not open for discussion. If you have information that you think should be added here, please PM a moderator with a link and a short description of the (scientific) article about rosacea. We will post it here for easy access if we find it relevant. If you find a broken link in this article, please PM a moderator, so it can be fixed. Rosacea an overview The Basics Acne.org's Information about Rosacea (Acne.org) Frequently Asked Questio
  5. my pores are huge and clog every single day with dry hard sebum. I also have rosacea so I try to treat my skin with a gentle cleanser but it ends up clogging my pores. Its mostly in my chin and around my mouth and I could literally go around my whole face with my tweezer picking out the sebum thats wedged in my pores..Its the kind that a greasy wax like plug that you mostly get around your nose, well i get them all in my chin and I cant figure out how to stop them from forming once I get them
  6. Hello All, (I am a new subscriber, so I would appreciate if you tell me how I should specify the tags, where I should better place this topic, etc.) I am a 43-year-old female from Russia. Sounds a bit exotic, but I am a semi-professional translator, so I hope there will be no language barrier. My problem is rather weird, because I haven't seen any analogs of my situation in Russian or American message boards. But maybe you can give me some advice. Generally, acne hasn't been a proble
  7. By Janine Tait The agony of adolescent acne, the irritation of pre-menstrual breakouts, the burden or bloom of our skin during pregnancy and the changes experienced at menopause. What do these skin conditions have in common? Sex hormones. As therapists we are aware of the huge influence sex hormones have on the appearance of the skin. For men their influence is most apparent during puberty when acne strikes. For women, whose blood hormone levels are constantly fluctuating, their influence
  8. Hi, I just wanted to share my experience. I am 45 years old and have suffered from mild to moderate acne my entire life. My skin has always been very oily, and at times super oily. It is so frustrating! I remember having outbreaks of extremeley oily skin when I was pregnant, and recently it has started happening again--perhaps related to perimenopause. I also developed seborrheic dermititis around my nose. I tried a number of different things, including different cleansers and shampoos and some
  9. I have been using the M.O.M. as a facial mask for the last week. The reason I started using it was because it was recommended on Doctor Oz! It is awesome how my skin has started clearing up and the pores have shrunk. I found the unflavored stuff in a store brand at Wally World. I have had severe cystic acne of the last 10 plus years starting at menopause.
  10. Hi. Warning for the boys: a little too much TMI in here because my problems are related to my hormones. Okay guys. You've been warned. I'm joining because I'd like to hear what worked for other women in situations like mine. I had almost no acne until I was in my early 20s, when I started to eat meat. Then I started to get lots of zits and cysts occasionally. I got some kind of dauber, I think anti-bacterial but that left no mark on my skin, that worked, but it ran out and the zits came
  11. A lady at my job was telling me about wild yams cream. Its usually used for women going through menopause because what it does is balance out your hormones. You put the cream on tender spots of your skin for it to absorb. She was telling me she used it and her daughter used it for their acne and it really worked. I know I have an internal problem with my acne and no topical creams/face washes have worked. Has anyone tried it or know anything about it?
  12. I am a married 35 year old woman. I took two courses of Accutane when I was in college for mild to severe acne. Once when I was 20 and then again when I was 22. My symptoms started shortly after that time and they have persisted for more than a decade. If you are considering taking Accutane, you should weigh these possible permanent/semi-permanent side effects. Irritable Bowel Syndrome from age 22 - 33 Night vision impaired - see halos Muscle/Joint Aches Massive Hormonal Imbalances - Barely
  13. I'm a 23 year old female who has been battling acne since 14. I have used topicals, antibiotics (minocin, vibramyicin) as well as two courses of accutane. All the antibiotics cleared me up perfectly while I was on them, but as soon as I go off the antibiotics, the spots come back. Before the age of 20, the doctor and dermatologist were saying I'd grow out of it. After the age of 20, the doctor said i might have PCOS. I personally believe that neither of them have a clue. I last took accutane w
  14. I did some research on DIM today to find out exactly what it does for both men and women, since a lot of us are asking questions about how it works but can't find relevant info, and I came across some great stuff on it for us who are taking DIM or considering it. Mine should arrive at the end of this week. I found a site that reveals everything about DIM and I'll post the site below, but I want to highlight most of the quotes here so you don't have to read the entire site. ------- "DIM use by
  15. What consists of dermal grease? It is the complex intermixture from different materials similar to grease - lipids. The composition of dermal grease includes glycerides (more than 40 %), the free fatty acids (16 %), Aethers of wax (up to 25 %), squalene (12 %) and a cholesterin. Triglycerides of dermal grease mold up to the free fatty acids bacteria. Some of them form the volatile fatty acids, attaching has begun to smell to a leather. Dermal grease has no of odour. On a surface of a leather gr
  16. Okay so three days ago I got fed up with my acne, and for a whole day I was trying to figure out why the fuck i have it and why other people don't? I know were different but theres gota be somthing. So I went on researching and I dont have the website right now because im still in the process of this but ill just summerize it quick. Acne is the result of somthing in your body going really wrong.... Hormonal Imbalance which makes sense why teenagers have it so bad... So I went on to see how t
  17. hey i have a quick question. does anyone think/know if estroven (its over the counter, for menopause) would help clear acne? would it work sort of like birth control without the prescription? im only 19 but i dont see how it coud hurt?? any ideas??? thanks so much
  18. Facial Acne Signs: Blemishes ranging from whiteheads to inflamed papules and pustules. Causes: Adult acne is often a result of hormonal changes, such as pregnancy, menstrual cycles or menopause. Skin that has been irritated by shaving or makeup may also be susceptible to outbreaks. Tips: To help reduce acne, avoid excessive contact with your face, such as resting your chin in your hand. At night, thoroughly cleanse your skin with a product that removes face and eye makeup, and sleep on clean co
  19. has anyone have royal jelly to treat thier acne? ive been eating it every day at night im not sure if my skin improved cuz i been eating it for a couple days. i read online. if anyone has been having royal jelly and have noticed impovement plz reply Usage Royal jelly is used for a wide spectrum of health benefits: 1. For energy, stamina and physical strength 2. To keep smooth, youthful skin and ward off skin aging 3. To stimulate and boost immune system, and fight bacterial and viral infecti
  20. Never had acne before, but since turning 53 have experienced many of the lovely symptoms of menopause, including acne. Especially masses of whitehead along sides of nose and bumpy forehead, whiteheads here and there, now and then on chin and around mouth. I could tell that my regular system which has served me well for years (Olay gentle wash and Olay sensitive skin moisture daily, with Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser and Toner with AHA -- recommended by dermatology nurse sister-in-law...) wa
  21. i have had hormonal acne for a year and have tried more products than i care to mention before finally finding something that works. i never went to a derm only because i dont think most doctors know what they are talking about. being on these boards and others, with real people who have found solutions have helped me the most! i had acne on my chin, jawline, and cheeks- horrible acne (cysts that turned brown and took forever to go away, white heads and black heads). my face continues to be VERY
  22. Hello! My name is Amy. I'm 35, and am trying to get rid of monthly hormone-related cysts on my jawline. My break-outs are pretty mild by Accutane standards--just one or two cysts per month--but they're painful and they refuse to respond to any other treatment. Just as big a problem: Because I'm fair, the leftover red marks last for years, no kidding. My dermatologist explained that I can either try Accutane or hold out for menopause. I've found a wealth of information on this board related to c
  23. So I got switched to a new doctor, after 6 years of random drugs, including 6 months of accutane. I was fairly excited to get some new perspective, but to my dismay, she said I was not on a high enough dose of Accutane the first time around (40 mg/day). So here I am again, on my second round. I have now stocked up on all the lovely Accutane essentials. Lip balm, Lotions, Vitamins, Eye drops etc. I am going to be on 40 mg for the first month, and then it will be increased after my one month a
  24. I'm hoping this info might help others. I have tried many products over the years to stop my cystic acne. Mine is hormonal, so I used to regularly have massive breakouts around my period (sorry to the guys who don't like that word), not to mention smaller breakouts here and there. Let's see, I've done the antibiotics, which worked but I didn't want to take for the rest of my life. I've done accutane, which worked temporarily, and I've done proactiv, which kinda worked but not really. I've
  25. Interesting! I'm new here--had great skin until menopause flared up and flung my face back into junior high...uck--but excited to learn as much as I can! Harsh treatments always just tore up my skin like crazy when i was younger and i figure the same thing will be true now as then (big assumpetion? maybe...) Anyways, Im wondering if anybody tried this stuff: It sounds like one of those perfumes my mother used when I was a girl, but that doesn't mean it works. I've got arthritis coming on so it'd