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  1. I am seriously manically depressed right now. I don't want to go anywhere or do anything because of my hormonal acne. I'm 9 weeks pregnant and since 1 month and a half ago I went from having perfect skin controlled by DIM to this crap. I have tiny whiteheads where I would never get them before, like my nose and forehead. My jawline is just ridiculously broken out. I have 3 huge painful pimples that have been lingering for 3 days now and won't go away. I've tried everything. Benzoyl peroxide, exf
  2. Hey there. I started breaking out in the winter and it was actually due to my birth control. Instead of regulating my hormones, it was screwing them up. So I went off birth control and my acne drastically improved AND I started taking a supplement called DIM which balances your hormones. My acne was gone within 1-2 months and I was living acne-free with no make-up for 2-3 months.Then, wouldn't ya know it, I became pregnant and BAM, one zit after another. I don't have really bad acne and it only
  3. Hello everyone, I'm writing today looking for some help before I embark on my 5-month roaccutane course. So I visited my GP a few months ago, speaking about my moderate comidonal acne which had not responded to treatment. He referred me to an NHS dermatologist, who visits my doctors surgery monthly. I had a very very brief consultation with him; he told me I was going on the drug, told me to get a blood test and go on the contraceptive pill and come back to visit him the next month. I did bo
  4. This is my first time to write anything online about my struggle with acne. I am not comfortable talking about it with other people, but I think I need some support even if it's only online with people who can relate and understand what I am going through. I've dealt with Acne when I was a teenager. It was isolated on my forehead only. I have a hard time remembering in detail exactly how my situation was then but I remember having so many red bumps across my whole forehead. I was young and did
  5. So I started having minor hormonal acne at 14, the week before my period I would always get 2-3 larger pimples in my T-zone. I'm 20 now and back in September I got the Murad face wash, which gave me cystic acne (which I never had before). This is where it gets complicated. In November I became pregnant (I miscarried at 9 weeks), 3 days after I would've became pregnant I started Zarah birth control and I also quit using Murad. Within a week my acne was huge and surrounding my mouth and forehead,
  6. Has anyone on here fallen pregnant after taking the lovely toxic poison accutane? If so, did you have any complications? has anyone been diagnosed with PCOS or infertility after taking it? Please share your story
  7. I am wondering if anyone has gotten pregnant after Accutane, and if so if the acne returned at that time? I broke out bad during my last pregnancy and didn't clear up until third trimester. If we have another baby, I do not want that to happen again. Any hormonal acne treatments would have to be ceased prior to pregnancy, so I would be back in the same boat. I am wondering if I did a course of Accutane - if that would stave off the acne if I were to get pregnant within a few months of stopping.
  8. What Are Retinoids, and Why Are They Used to Treat Acne?

    Topical retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that doctors can prescribe to treat mild-to-moderate acne. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved three topical retinoids for the treatment of chronic skin conditions, including acne. Those 3 are: Tretinoin Adapalene [0.1% adapalene is now available over-the-counter.] Tazarotene All three interact with skin cells in slightly different ways, but ultimately they all work to reduce acne by unclogging pores and reducing inflammation.1-4 Doctors can prescribe each of the three retinoids in...
  9. Is It Safe to Use Topical Retinoid Medications (Tretinoin, Adapalene, Tazarotene) When Pregnant?

    Doctors commonly prescribe one of the three available topical retinoid medications--tretinoin, adapalene, or tazarotene--to patients with acne. So far, there are not enough studies on any of these to conclude that they are safe to use during pregnancy, which is why it is important for any woman who is pregnant or trying to conceive to speak to her physician before using topical retinoids. What Are Topical Retinoids? Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A that are important for...
  10. Does anyone have any alternatives to Spironolactone (Aldactone) for cystic acne in women that are safe to use during pregnancy (and when trying to conceive)? How long do you need to be off of Spironolactone before it is considered safe for conception? I have been taking it for a few years now, and currently take 50mg per day. It is the ONLY thing that has ever worked for my cystic acne aside from 2 rounds of Accutane when I was a teenager. (Accutane has horrible side effects however, and is a
  11. Hey everyone gonna try make this as short as possible but it is a time span of about 8 years. So my acne started when I gotpregnant, not just a little bit but I'm talking severe cystic acne on my face and back. My skin was perfect before this so I was absolutely devastated.Gave birth nursed my son for two months but could not handle how my skin looked any longer so decided to go back on birth control to help it stop. Went on yaz and my skin once again turned beautiful. Got pregnant again 2 years
  12. I have been told by my doctor that although there is no evidence that using azelaic acid during pregnancy should harm the foetus/breastfeeding child (especially in comparison to things like retin a etc) that she thinks I should stop using finacea if I chose to get pregnant.... just in case. I was very distressed by this as I have just found out that I have endometriosis and so I won't want to leave pregnancy for too long if I decide to have children (I have booked in to see a counsellor to d
  13. Female Acne

    5 Facts about Female Acne: Premenstrual Menopause Pregnancy Treatment Options Hormonal Treatment: Birth Control (Oral Contraceptives) Spironolactone Cyproterone Acetate (Diane-35) 5 Facts about Female Acne: As a general rule, women's hormones tend to fluctuate more than men's, which helps explain why acne in women tends to be less constant and more erratic than acne in men. More than half of all adult women experience at least occasional breakouts. 60-70% of women who battle acne experience premenstrual flare-ups. Acne can occur throughout a woman's adult life: in early...
  14. Hey Guys, Veteran member here. Ive been battling acne since I was a teen, cant remember how young now. I've had 2 courses of accutane and tried numerous topicals. Around 26-27 yrs of age, my acne became very mild and manageable. I've just had my first child, and my skin has steadily gone downhill since giving birth. I am 11 months post-partum and my skin looks the worst it ever has. Over the last 6 months i have tried proactiv, PC BHA 2%, PC BHA 4%, (no BP as this is too damaging to my
  15. I've been using the aztec healing clay which is 100% calcium bentonite clay as a face mask with acv and been moisturizing my face with coconut oil does anyone know if this clay is safe to use during pregnancy or has anyone used it safely during pregnancy?
  16. I know that females can't get pregnant while on accutane because of birth defects but if the male is taking accutane and then gets someone pregnant does the baby still run the risk of birth defects or is it just when the woman is taking it? I found some posts on this but they were old and didn't really give a good answer. Need an answer fast pleease.
  17. Hey I have bad hormonal acne because I am in my first trimester. I've always had pretty clear skin but it always breaks out around my periods or when my hormones increase (During pregnancy or when my period comes back after breastfeeding). I am wondering if Spiro is safe for pregnancy and if anyone has taken it before while pregnant. I read that there is no side effects or problems ever reported according to web md. If my doctor says yes, I'd like to take it, but I'd like to hear from personal e
  18. Hi, Im in desperate need of help. I had my baby 4 months ago and ever since have been seriously breaking out. I have tried salicylic acid, natural remedies, Changing my diet, no gluten, diary, sugar Topical antibiotics Nothing seem to work and the acne/pimples/pumps seem to be getting worst everyday. It is now really effecting me emotionally /my self esteem and I don’tknow what to do with it. Any advice will be highly appreciated. Thank you for reading. P.S. The two picturs
  19. Hi, I don't know if this is the right place to ask. My wife is due for March and she is currently having acne. According this blog [link removed], I believe what she has is a moderate acne. She has been on oral pills prescribed by a dermatologist for the last 5 days and the acne has just increased. We have our next appointment tomorrow. Does oral pills work in case of acne? If we do silk-peel, will it have any effect on our baby?
  20. Who Gets Body Acne More--Males or Females?

    Body acne is acne that appears on parts of the body other than the face. Research relating to body acne focuses on truncal acne (acne on the chest and back, or "trunk" of the body).1 For purposes of this article, we will refer to this type of acne simply as "body acne." Exactly How Common Is Body Acne? Research has shown that body acne is common in both males and females. A 2008 study mentioned in the...
  21. Does Pregnancy Cause Acne?

    The hormonal changes that pregnancy causes in the body normally help provide a reprieve from acne. However, in some instances, women can experience a flare of acne, particularly in the third trimester. Why does acne normally lessen during pregnancy? Levels of estrogens (female hormones that are present in both males and females) increase throughout pregnancy. In general, higher estrogen levels protect against acne.1,2 However, this is not always the case. Androgen (male hormones that are present in...
  22. How to Treat Acne During Pregnancy

    The Effect that Pregnancy Has on Acne Treating Acne During Pregnancy Topical Treatments (Some Are Likely Safe and Some are Unsafe) Oral Antibiotics (Some Are Likely Safe and Some are Unsafe) Other Oral Treatments (Some Are Likely Safe and Some are Unsafe) Understanding how to treat acne during pregnancy is difficult because, for ethical reasons, medications are not studied on pregnant women. Therefore, there is no direct scientific evidence concerning the safety of most acne medications during pregnancy. Some...
  23. My husband and I started trying to conceive when I was only 1 week off Spiro. It was after the fact that I found out you are supposed to wait 1 month!!! Has anyone gotten pregnant while still on Spiro? Was everything ok with the baby?? Sorry if this is personal, but I'm concerned. I'm not late or anything yet, but hoping I'm not pregnant. Thank you!
  24. Accutane (isotretinoin) in Pregnancy

    Accutane (isotretinoin) is a medication that dermatologists sometimes prescribe to treat severe acne. Although effective at treating acne, isotretinoin can cause serious and dangerous side effects to the fetus during pregnancy. Any medication that can cause the malformation of an embryo is called a teratogen. Of all available prescriptions for any disease, isotretinoin is the most common teratogen on the market. It can interfere with normal fetal development and cause severe and life-threatening birth defects...
  25. Alternative Treatment Options for Acne During Pregnancy

    Treating acne during pregnancy is difficult because there is scarce direct evidence concerning the safety of most acne medications and pregnancy. In addition, some acne medications, such as isotretinoin, are not safe to take during pregnancy because of serious risk to the fetus. Alternative treatments such as light and laser therapy show some degree of promise for treating acne during pregnancy, though results are mixed and often are mediocre. Other alternative treatments, such as dietary...