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Dealing With Hormonal Acne
Ive been dealing with acne my whole life, i have a strict vegan diet, only use natural products and nothing works. how can i deal with hormonal acne?
Acne: Acne peaks at 15-16 so luckily your hormonal acne shouldn't be around after young adult years! You can continue a great lifestyle and add Benzoyl peroxide 10 % at night. If it gets severe, you can be referred to a dermatology MD for scripted meds to manage. Welcome to health tap, Dr. Ivy Fisher ...Read more
Birth control: Birth control pills or antibiotics can both work on hormonal acne. Either are to be used in combination with topical medications which decrease bacteria and unclog pores where acne forms.Antibiotics are not used at the same time as oral contraceptives because they may decrease the effectiveness of the ocs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Benzoyl peroxide: This is your mainstay over-the-counter remedy. You'd be wise to use it when you expect or have a flare. If you must use a "pop"/"holistic" treatment, try cider vinegar. Tea tree oil is a moderately strong estrogen and can make acne regress; some men have grown breasts using it. Lemons, honey etc. Will disappoint you. ...Read more
Keep a diary: Hormonal acne is often associated with acne lesions along the jawline & sides of face, hormonal changes (e.g. Menstrual cycle, abnormal periods, etc), & sometimes unwanted hair growth. Few dietary causes of acne are substantiated by research studies. Dairy is one of the few research-supported causes of acne. Keep a diary of your breakouts, menstrual cycle, & diet. Consider seeing a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is acne all hormonal? Ever since i started a new bc I have acne for a year now. What can I do to resolve this?
Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more
Why my acnes only come out around the cheek n chin? And there are none in the t-zone. Is it because of hormonal changes or anything else?
Acne treatments: There are several forms of acne and treatments are specific for different types of acne. Here are the mainstays of prescription treatment: clogged pores: tretinoin (retin a), Adapalene (differin), tazorac inflammatory lesions (red bumps, pustules): topical clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide, erythromycin, sulfur/sulfacetamide cysts: oral doxycyline, minocycline, tetracycline, accutane. ...Read more
Probably, but see MD: Normally it decreases pretty soon after puberty, but can continue well into age 20 and above. In the modern era, no teen should put up with untreated acne, especially if there are more or less continuous lesions or if there are any pits or scarring as a result. Easy treatment, such as a daily antibiotic pill, usally is effective. Don't wait for end of puberty -- discuss with your doctor now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acne is not caused: By hormonal imbalance, but is a hormonally-related concern. There are no herbs that can treat acne. See a dermatologist for accurate diagnosis, care, and recommendations. The genetics of skin structure and type, in conjunction with hormone changes (usually at puberty, but also with pregnancy) are the "causes" of acne. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Benzoyl peroxide: Apply as tolerated. This will control the less severe cases; your physician may have something else to add that's right for you if it is not sufficient. ...Read more
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