Hormonal Acne – Coffee/dairy?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

Are you certain it’s hormonal acne? I’m older but noticed my face breaking out occasionally and one of the times was during perimenopause…..so I thought it was hormone related acne. But turns out it was rosacea which can look similar to acne. My doctor prescribed Metro-gel, a topical clear gel I put on at night when it flares up (time of the month can exacerbate it as well as too much sun and a few other factors). 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

My acne went away when I gave up died soda and sugar.  I still sometimes have soda and as long as I don’t go crazy drinking it,  my skin stays pretty clear.  I do occasionally get a breakout near my period,  but it’s not the norm and i used to breakout all the time. I was on prescription meds and decided they make have been making my skin texture worse. I stopped using them,  the breakouts returned , then I gave up sugar and soda and the breakouts went away again. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

My skin was horrible the first couple weeks postpartum and then I had to go dairy-free for LO. It’s been great ever since. I can’t say exactly if it was due to cutting out dairy or just my hormones rebalancing, but something worked.

You could try it for awhile and see—the first few days were the absolute worst but after that I could get by without wanting to kill someone for a piece of cheese.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I have the same problem. My skin is great 3 weeks out of the month, then before my period I get big cysts around my chin and jaw. I never had this problem when I was on the pill, but I had to get off of it because it was making me have high blood pressure. I miss it.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I had hormonal acne. I tried cutting out so many things and while cutting dairy worked for awhile, I needed something stronger to control my hormones that were out of whack. I was super stressed (wedding planning is fun!) so I was low on progesterone. I went to a holistic doctor who specializes in hormonal acne and she put me on a supplement regimen (vitamin B complex, extra B6, vitamin c, zinc, chromium, vitamin d and magnesium). That helped a lot but when something extra stressful happened, I’d still get a breakout. So she put me on Estroblock. It removes the excess bad estrogens in you body. It’s the equivalent of eating a ton of cruciferous vegetables. It has worked SOO WELL. I’ve been on it for two months and haven’t had a breakout. I’m still technically in the “detox mode”, but I know it’s working because my grandfather just passed away and I know that normally it would’ve caused me to breakout big time, but my skin stayed super clear, not a single pimple or clogged pore. Their website also says it is good for people on birth control who get breakouts.

Cutting dairy and coffee might work for you so I’d give it a try. I know that coffee increases insulin which can lead to breakouts so it’s definitely something to consider and maybe cutting those two things out is all you need to do, but some people need something stronger (like me!).

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

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elizabee17 : Yes, I get a combination of cystic pimples and red blotches. Different things can trigger rosacea in different people including sun, wind, certain foods, caffeine, alcohol, hormones etc. If it is rosacea though, the Metro-gel works really great and isn’t expensive ( a bottle about half the size of sunscreen with a pump nozzle cost me $30 Cdn and lasts for months). Have you asked your doctor if it’s hormonal acne or possibly rosacea or something else entirely? 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve heard dairy and aspartame can be acne triggers. I’ve never heard of coffee (maybe the milk or sweetern IN coffee?). Try cutting out one at a time and see if it does anything. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

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elizabee17 :  You need to take it for at least 3 months to see if it works. I was told the detox of all the excess estrogen built up in your body can take that long to get out of your system.

Post # 14
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Worker bee

My acne improved by good 90% when I gave up all dairy. I am not lactose intolerant or anything, I used to love cheese, cream, yoghurt etc, but I happily live without all that in exchange for nice, clear skin. I now don’t consume any dairy at all and for the first time in many years, my skin is close to perfect (I am 35). I’d definitely give it a shot if I were you.

Btw. for me it only takes about 3 days to see a difference in terms of my sking improving. It’s not one of those things that you’d have to stick to for weeks and months to see any improvement. I’d say try it and within days you should see if things are getting better or not.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Canada

I cut out coffee (i drank black – avoided all dairy) and saw drastic results within a couple of weeks. Before that I would have clear skin in the morning and then randomly get a huge white pimple seemingly put of nowhere during the course of the day.  They just kept coming one after the next and were painful and embarrassing (I’m 34).  Stopped coffee and switched to herbal teas and it all stopped.  I still get pimples but nothing like before.  

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