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    Default PCOS & Acne - Dermatologist or other recommendations safe for TTC?

    Hi All - I've found this site really helpful since joining so I'm hoping someone can help here - apologies if there is another relevant thread, but I couldn't seem to find one.

    I've never had great skin, but it got much worse as I got older. Lots of painful, inflamed cystic acne to the point of going on Accutane in 2010 after trying every oral and topical treatment my derm could think of. It worked like a dream and I never wanted to come off it - zero negative side effects and beautiful oil-free skin. Fast forward to now and TTC and being off BC has resulted in my skin erupting again. I found out I have PCOS which explains the acne and extremely oily skin. I tend to exaggerate, but not when it comes to my skin. I can blot the oil five times in a work day and still be very visibly shiny when I get home.

    I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a dermatologist who understands the struggles of trying to control these things while also balancing what is safe for TTC or any other recommendations. The toll this is taking on my self esteem on top of fertility issues is quite dramatic...

    Thank you in advance!

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    Metformin really helped mine. Addressing the underlying hormonal imbalance of PCOS can really help.

    Cutting out gluten, taking vitamin d and I found benzac acne water based gel good for those big blind spots.

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    I work in pharmacy and also suffer from acne caused by PCOS. There isn't a heck of a lot a dermatologist can give you as most things would be considered unsafe. I agree with BlueLips about addressing the hormone imbalance (this will also help your chances of conceiving). Your bwst chance is to see an Endocrinologist (or Reproductive Endocrinologist if you can) not a Derm. I didn't take Metformin but I did cut right back on added sugars (chocolate, lollies, biscuits etc) because those with PCOS are often insulin resistant and dairy. I swear by Dermalogica Special cleansing gel and Active Moist and use MAC mineral liquid foundation. I also use a Yuva (from Pure Indulgence) spot gel but I recently ran out and can't rememebr the name. Ill google it and pop back in. These are my spots on a relatively good day. I get them on my cheeks, chin and back.
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    It's called Yuva Active Clearing Gel. It's meant to be a spot gel but I used it all over my face before applying my moisturiser.

    Eta-after I'm done with babies I'm saving for Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT). I'm so excited about it.
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    I could have wrote your post a few years ago, I have also suffered with acne for such a long time and didn't find out I had PCOS until I came of the birth control pill (which improved acne) to ttc. Have to agree that the metformin helped things but when I added a zinc supplement into the mix too I saw a great deal of improvement. I still get the odd spot every now and again but I am ttc again through IVF and can usually link it to a time in my cycle such as the increase in estrogen before ovulation. Hope you find something that works for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueLips View Post
    Metformin really helped mine. Addressing the underlying hormonal imbalance of PCOS can really help.

    Cutting out gluten, taking vitamin d and I found benzac acne water based gel good for those big blind spots.
    Thanks for all the responses ladies! I have gotten back on Metformin - trying 500mg this week - what dosage did you take BlueLips?

    I am also trying to limit sugar (I already limit gluten although do not go gluten free) and I'll look into the gels you all mentioned.

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    I take 500mg Slow release try to take it twice a day but it made me nauseated I'm small though


 

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