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Hormonal Imbalance After Miscarriage
Could low progesterone or a hormonal imbalance cause a missed miscarriage where the baby stops developing early?
Very sort of: "hormonal imbalance" is not a cause of miscarriage, although bad endocrine disease (e.g., poorly controlled diabetes) can be - sometimes. Low Progesterone or luteal phase defect is very very sometimes a cause of miscarriage, but usually the baby doesn't develop too slowly, rather it develops normally and is lost with bleeding and cramping. ...Read more
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
Birth control pills: If the acne is caused by hormone imbalance, the first thing to do is make sure there are no hormonal issues such as thyroid problems that need to be corrected first. Usually, the first line is use birth control pills and add other drugs to block testosterone if the problem is not improved. ...Read more
Acne: Nobody is completely sure what causes acne. Experts believe the primary cause is a rise in androgen levels - androgen is a type of hormone. Androgen levels rise when a human becomes an adolescent. Rising androgen levels make the oil glands under your skin grow; the enlarged gland produces more oil. Excessive sebum can break down cellular walls in your pores, causing bacteria to grow. ...Read more
As for other acne: Excess androgens in a woman, and extra cortisol in a man, can both produce acne. While you're being worked up and treated, topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day is often plenty. For hyperandrogen in women, eating sensibly, weight reduction and especially aerobic fitness are often very helpful. ...Read more
Serious Rx: I see you are a female in your 20's. If a treatable cause of your hormonal imbalance cannot be identified or treated, then manage as any other acne. The oral contraceptive pill, if right for you, may clear you. Topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated is your best friend, and your physician may add an antibiotic, topical spironolacton, topical retinoic acid or any of several others. ...Read more
I read a blog saying that Chin acne was the cause of hormonal imbalance If so how would I go about being tested for An imbalance ?
The other way around: Chin acne does not cause a hormonal imbalance, but a hormonal imbalance may cause chin acne or other locations of acne. One's primary care doctor can evaluate to see if blood tests are needed, to check levels of certain hormones such as cortisol, DHEA, testosterone, LH, FSH, etc... The patient should be ready to give a detailed menstrual history and describe her cycles and any symptoms. ...Read more