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    Default Persistent acne despite eating clean and exercising

    Hi ladies, I have always had problematic skin. When I'm on the pill, it's clear 95% of the time. Right now we're not actively TTC but also not preventing, so I'm off the pill. Ever since my skin around my jawline and chin is horrific with big, angry pimples, at least 8+ big ones every day along with the smaller ones which are healing. I use skincare products recommended by a beauty therapist, and wash and moisturiser twice per day. I barely eat any sugar or refined grains and don't each much dairy either. My diet is mostly fruit, vegetables, meat, a little bit of dairy and minimal grains. I exercise 3-4 times per week. So despite all these lifestyle changes, the acne is not improving at all.

    Because of the location and the fact that it gets worse when I'm not on the pill, I'm sure it is hormonal acne. But how do I treat the hormonal issues? Any tips?

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    If it's as bad as you say, I would get a referral to a Dermatologist.

    I would avoid buying any creams or lotions which "claim" to eradicate acne. Most of the time they are extremely expensive, and do diddly-squat.

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    Yep, I'd be seeing a dermatologist rather than asking the internet. They'll be best placed to help you

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    I get horrible acne too when off the pill. The only time my skin is ok is pregnancy and while BF (before AF starts arriving).

    Try a dermatologist. I would *maybe* say naturopath but that would simply be to try and regulate hormones to see if it helps.

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    I have the same issue, definitely sounds like hormonal acne. I tried lots of things to attempt to balance my hormones (through a naturopath) but nothing seemed to work much

    I use all natural skin care and make-up, that's helped a little but there are still weeks every month that my skin is just rubbish. Weird thing is, I could always rely on it being good in the first weeks of my cycle and bad the rest of the time, now I've started IVF and that's swapped right over to the opposite weeks!

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    My skin has always been bad, last year it got really bad - acne on my cheek and jawline. I started cleaning up my diet and drinking a lot more water and noticed a small change then went to the GP to rule out hormonal imbalances etc and got a referral to a dermatologist. I think I had been over washing my face all these years! Now I use a simple oil (cosmedix) based cleanser at night, spray toner and cream and then in the morning I just splash with water. I have also had two nano fractional resurfacing treatments through a friend who works for one of these beauty companies and my skin is looking better than it ever has - even DH commented!

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    I get big bad pimples around my chin every time AF is near and I use a little bicarb soda clears it up pretty quickly

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    Hi there, time to visit a dermatologist. They might be able to prescribe an acne retinoid for persistent acne. They can explore underlying issues such as hormones.

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    Default Persistent acne despite eating clean and exercising

    Vitex can really help to control hormone levels through your cycle. You can get it over the counter. You might find it's enough to settle the hormonal acne

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    It does sound hormonal. Lots of different approaches you could try, natural or dermatology depending on your preference.

    I had similar issues skin was always so bad when off the pill (I used to take Diane/Brenda) similar jaw/chin horrid blind pimples. Pregnancy totally fixed it for me. Any flare ups I had afterward were hormone related, acupuncture helped regulate my hormones and cycle which also cleared my skin. Definitely investigate hormones.


 

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