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Old 09-21-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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So I keep getting these pimples/rashes..

I've been to 3 different doctors/urgent care/walk in places this week and I'm just so .

1. I break out almost every month a week before my period. Typical, hormone acne on the jaw and chin. Sometimes it's only a few zits but others it's much more. Lots of white/green pusy heads that ooze and bleed if I accidentally scrape it in the shower. Ok, so estrogen? Nobodoy ever takes my hormone issues seriously because I am only 32. It makes no sense, this has been going on and off for the last few years. Before it was every few months and now it's almost every month.

2. I've been diagnosed twice now with "folliculitis" because I admitted to getting ingrown hairs..I also get 2 eye-brow like hairs that grow under my chin when PMS'ing. Sometimes they're ingrown and I have to dig in to pull them out. High testosterone maybe?

3. This rash seems completely different. Red lumps with whiteheads that started on my face and spread to my neck, chest and back. I actually had it last year and they also said "folliculitis". Sulfameth and some "cycline" antibiotic got rid of it both times. THIS TIME I go to the doctor for it and she gave me some "acne" talk and I was mad so I went to the ER... ER doctor said it looked like an "allergic reaction" or "contact dermatitis" and prescribed me predisone. The other thing that I do not think is a coincidence is that my period is due next week and I already pulled out that stupid hair. I have not eaten nor used anything different nor been exposed to anything new.

Why do I keep getting different diagnoses? Anyone ever go through anything like this and have advice? I hate antibiotics but have to take them once a month now. Nothing natural like ACV nor tea tree oil have worked.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:26 PM   #2
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Are you able to go see a gynaecologist? They should take your hormone issues more seriously.
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:26 PM   #3
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You keep getting different diagnoses because none of them know what you have and it would be too much trouble to figure it out.

I used to have a lot of skin issues, but never noticed any of them being hormonal. Getting off gluten cured what they were calling rosacea. Evening primrose oil helped the deep cystic acne I used to get. B5 helped with the rest of the surface stuff. Nothing topical ever seemed to help much.

Right now I am battling a rash that keeps moving around. It started out around a surgical site on my heel 6 months ago. My surgeon saw it on a follow-up visit and I showed him that it was also on my neck. He was quite sure it was autoimmune and sent me to a dermatologist. The dermatologist blew it off and decided I must be using a new soap or something and I was just not remembering. It was infuriating.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:46 AM   #4
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Are you able to go see a gynaecologist? They should take your hormone issues more seriously.
Yeah, I'm thinking of trying a gynocologist and telling them I can't get pregnant which is only semi-true because that will make them test all those hormones. But I still have about 40lbs to lose so they'll just blame the weight.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:52 AM   #5
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You keep getting different diagnoses because none of them know what you have and it would be too much trouble to figure it out.

I used to have a lot of skin issues, but never noticed any of them being hormonal. Getting off gluten cured what they were calling rosacea. Evening primrose oil helped the deep cystic acne I used to get. B5 helped with the rest of the surface stuff. Nothing topical ever seemed to help much.

Right now I am battling a rash that keeps moving around. It started out around a surgical site on my heel 6 months ago. My surgeon saw it on a follow-up visit and I showed him that it was also on my neck. He was quite sure it was autoimmune and sent me to a dermatologist. The dermatologist blew it off and decided I must be using a new soap or something and I was just not remembering. It was infuriating.
And they can't even be bothered to send me to any kind of specialist because then that means less money for them. Being blown off is beyond infuriating. It seems way too easy to get a job in any medical field these days. My grandmother is on "hospice" or "homecare" and we can't believe the bimbos they send in.

I've talked to so many people who have gone to dermatologists and they all say the same thing about them not being worth it. they basically blame soap, grass and slap an antibiotic on it. This last doctor was old and Chinese and usually that means they're good. He seemed to know what it was by looking at it "contact dermatitis" but he was also afraid to get too close to me. LOL

It always starts on my face, moves down to my neck then my chest and back. I use the same exact products on my face everyday! Makeup brushes also get washed regularly.

Gluten has never been an issue..I don't eat anything with gluten in it. I already take B-Complex. I guess I'll try some of that oil with the next order.

After 2 doses of Sulfameth(Antibiotic) there was a huge improvement already. I'm afraid of becoming antibiotic resistant since this is a regular thing now.

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Old 09-27-2013, 05:18 PM   #6
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If you think hormones are at play, take a look here:

Bio Identicals and weight loss/ UPDATE

Tracy is fairly young and taking the bio-identicals. You don't have to have a doc order the tests to see where you are on the hormone scale (excess testosterone or too much estrogen). The ladies on there are going through similar situations, but there are docs out there who do "get it" so don't stop searching! I would suggest you PM shelby (she has started posting on the last page of the thread) because she has been through the wringer! She knows her stuff and she is the most knowledgeable. She can point you in the direction of which test to take and how to interpret. All I have to say is "hormones suck!! Big time!!".
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:37 AM   #7
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A doctor once told me about the effect of dairy on skin health. I did try cutting out all cheese and cream for a while and did notice an improvement in my skin (but I kept eating grass fed butter). My weight loss picked up, too. Maybe something you want to consider trying.

Here is a helpful article from HP Mark Hyman, MD: Acne: Are Milk and Sugar the Causes?
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Old 10-30-2013, 08:53 PM   #8
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This sounds hormonal and not something throwing acne cream at will help. Fineacne is an antibiotic cream that does not cause resistance and is mainly used for roseacea and acne. If your script plan covers it at a reasonable cost it's worth using until you get a hormonal panel and some solutions.
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