Adult Acne, Hirsutism - can one of the dr help?I'd really appreciate some insight from one of the doctors or anyone with knowledge about this:
I'm a 25 yr old female with acne and excess hair growth. I had teenage acne, but it was much more benign, didn't leave any scars, was only in the t-zone, and responded to topical creams. Now I seem to have developed a very different type of acne - it is all over my neck, my jaw line, chin, basically anywhere where I have developed hair and proceed to remove it with wax, tweezers. It leaves scars, red marks, and doesn't respond to topical creams. I have never had a problem with hair on my face until several years ago and seem to think that this is what is causing the acne. I have seen a dermatologist and endocrinologist for it and know based on ultrasound that I don't have POCS. I have had blood work to measure androgens and DHEAS was at the highest end of normal.
The only other significant thing about my health is that I had half my thyroid removed and I think levoxyl to compensate. Also within the past several years a lot of my hair has started to turn completely gray such that I have to color it now.
What can I do about my acne and hirsutism? Any ideas?
nmr00 on 2009-03-02
How severe your acne is mild (papules), moderate (whiteheads, blackheads, and pustules), or severe (tubercles and cystic)
Do they suppurates quite much
Do they itch quite much.
Do they are painful.
What are their color reddish, bluish, reddish-bluish, or green.
Do they are affected by menstrual cycles or they have any relation to menses.
Do warmth and heat affect them
Dr. Rakesh Km Lko last decade
Yes, they are typically full of pus and can be extracted. I have problems around my chin, neck, jaw lines (where the hair is) but not really on my forehead.
Reddish in color.
Definitely affected by menstrual cycles - the acne is always there but gets worse about a week before my period. Sometimes not as bad other times I feel as though my skin changes completely before my period.
I'm not sure if warmth/heat affects it.
nmr00 last decade
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Acne mainly is due over production of sebum (due to hormonal changes), obstruction of opening for excretion of sebum, and over growth of bacteria in the obstructed sebum causing acne.
Acne is a chronic problem and hard to manage and it often make moral down and decrease is social active. As menses occurs due to cyclic hormonal changes so menses symptoms reflex hormonal changes so I am used to ask about menstrual symptoms.
Our behavior regulates our hormonal changes so I also used to get behavioral symptoms as well.
Acne sufferer should drink plenty of water (at least 8-10 glasses) normally. This helps a lot for acne. How much do you used to drink?
Acne sufferer should try to avoid to get constipated. Constipation contributes greatly to acne formation. Do you are used to have constipation?
Acne sufferer should not take too much stress and should take easy while facing problems in life. Living under stress causes over production of male hormones which in turn causes increased sebum production and causing acne. Stress also decreases the healing power of body significantly so there is double impact on acne upon being under stress. Are you are under stress?
Dr. Rakesh Km Lko last decade
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