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    Hi!

    I have been starting to think of life beyond this pregnancy and about 3 months post partum my hormonal acne returns (mainly around jaw line).

    Pregnancy has been a great cure for it as it goes away when I'm pregnant.

    I was on the pill for a year around getting married (many years ago) and I can't remember if that helped or not. Due to having a blood clotting disorder that has already caused one seizure in early pregnancy I can't have any pills that raise my estrogen levels. I have also tried a non-dairy diet to see if that would work and...no it didn't.

    Has anyone got any ideas as to how to prevent my acne from returning post-birth and also even out my hormones somewhat?

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    I was taking aldactone (spironolactone) as prescribed by a dermatologist. It's vital that you don't get pregnant on this but it did work wonders for my skin! I absolutely glowed. You need to be off it for minimum 2 weeks before trying to conceive when you're ready :-)

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    Thank you - will ask my gp about both of these options when I see her next just in case it takes time to book into a specialist. DH is getting the snip this term so we are hoping that it will be successful. I was going to get tubes tied until I heard it could make my hormones even worse!

    I really don't want anymore scarring from the acne - it looks like I eat bad and don't look after my skin when it is the complete opposite. Would love to treat it at its source. What sort of things could an endocrinologist do?

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    My endocrinologist treated my pcos with metformin which was amazing, dropped 15kg and regulated my cycle. This was complemented with the aldactone which fixed the random hairs and acne. The two drugs work well together to fix up the pcos :-)

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    Thank you Rara - I'll be going back onto the metformin (diabex) once bubs is out. I was only on it for a month or so before ttc for the last time. My BMI was within normal range but blood tests showed IR was too high. It would be lovely if it helps to lose the extra preg. kilos as I usually have to cut calories and do 2hours high cardio a day to get back. Are there any side effects from the other drug?

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    Um... It gives you great hair and nails too!

    It cause low blood pressure (it's actually a blood pressure medication for men that happens to also work for pcos side effects in women). I used to have to be quite careful standing up quickly with it. You must not get pregnant on it though - it's most known pregnancy side effect is making male fetuses develop female parts. Or the other way around... Can't quite recall but devastating anyway.

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    I wonder if they'll still let me have it with low bp - even in pregnancy it's only reached 100/60.


 

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