Adult Women with Hormonal Acne

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I had acne all around my chin and forehead until I got on birth control pills in my mid 20s. It cleared up immediately. If that doesn’t work or isn’t an option, see  dermatologist to get a prescription.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Cutting out dairy worked wonders for me. Went from massive cystic nightmares to a few small pre-period white heads. 

I tried everything except Roaccutane and similar. All kinds of scrubs, washes, creams, treatments… from 16 years old to 28 it was a nightmare.

Takes a few months to clear everything entirely, but best thing I ever did. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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Post # 5
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Bumble bee

See a dermatologist and ask them what the best options are for your type of acne. Leading up to your appointment, take photos of it at various stages including its worst times to show them. Also keep a diary about your acne (lol yes really) which includes when you are menstruating, any new medications etc. There are various hormonal, topical, antibiotic, isotretinoin or vitamin-a based treatments, as well as light therapy nowadays. Pretty much most acne can be cured these days, sometimes it just takes a bit of time. 

Hang in there! I had adult acne too when I was 20, it made me feel like crap so I get that you might be frustrated with it. 

Some easy over the counter things to try are benzoyl peroxide wash or salicylic acid, but maybe ask your derm first. Also, never pick at your skin/pimples!

 

xoxoxo

 

NB. I’m a dermatologic surgeon, so more involved with the surgery side of things, but yeah just a bit of general advice that is hopefully relevant and to get you started. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

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rockclimberbride :  I had cystic acnre since I was a teenager, which got considerably worse in my early 20s. It would get worse/more painful around my period. Only thing that seemed to successfully clear it up was going on the nuva ring a couple years ago (I’m now 32). It started getting a bit better in my mid 20s when I was on BC pills, but would still flare up around my period. Now I only get the odd pimple here and there. Still do get cystic pimples once in a while, but it’ll be like one on my back or shoulder or something and eventually it goes away. 

ETA: Like PP, I found  that cutting out dairy helped during my worst breakouts, but it didn’t solve the problem entirely. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

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rockclimberbride :  The reason I am on the nuva ring is because my body reacted poorly to pretty much everything else I tried. I would really, really recommend talking to your Dr about it as an option. It’s much lower dosage of hormones than most other forms of BC. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

rockclimberbride :  Estroblock. It worked wonders for me. You can get it off amazon. My skin used to be so sensitive to anything I ate or any amount of stress I went through. I’ve been taking estroblock for several months and I have no issues whatsoever anymore. I can eat dairy and sugar and not have any type of breakout on my face. You should also take it with some type of liver support. I can’t recommend it enough.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - -

I have oily skin, hormonal skin, acne-prone skin, so all my stuff is really strong, but it works for me.

Double-cleansing, PTR Fusion PM retinol, mandelic acid (start with a low percentage and gradually, it will make your face and hands peel), and Neogen Green Tea Bio-Peel. I need chemical and physical exfoliation (bio-peel 2x a week).

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

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rockclimberbride :  was she using it properly? Or did she have a schedule mix up?

I’ve been on it for 2 years and having regular, unprotected sex with my fiance. So far, all good.

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Bumble bee

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rockclimberbride :  No because I took the liver support. If you don’t support your liver while it’s trying to detox the bad estrogens then you would probably have a bad reaction before it got better. That’s a mistake most people make while taking estroblock. I would google “the love vitamin and estroblock”. She has a ton of good information about it. She mentions a woman named Fran Kerr. She is a naturopath who deals with hormonal acne specifically. I’ve had consultations with her and she is the one who put me on estroblock. She put me on 2 pills in the morning and 2 pills at night along with 1 liver support in the morning, 1 at night. Taking all those pills can get somewhat expensive, but it’s so worth it to have clear skin. They make a triple strength that is cost effective, but you don’t want to start with that one because it could make your acne a lot worse.

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