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Unread 02-05-2005, 03:51 PM
Getting acne

Hello everyone!

I had a TVH in October 2004, but kept my ovaries. In the last one-two months, I am getting acne like you would not believe. (on my face) I have never had acne! Is anyone else experiencing this? I have tried different products and I am not eating anything different (i.e. extra sweets or greasy foods). I don't know if it is related to my surgery or not. Just wondering if anyone else is having this problem and what you are doing for it.

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Unread 02-05-2005, 03:55 PM
Getting acne

I'm in the same boat. I'm chalking it up to my hormones still coming down off the surgery. I have a checkup this week and intend to find out if that's resonable, this far out.
Unread 02-05-2005, 04:02 PM
Getting acne

Good to hear-not that you are suffering the same thing, but that I am not the only one! I have an appointement week after next and I had planned to ask as well. I will let you know what I find out if you can do the same!
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Unread 02-05-2005, 06:46 PM
Me too

I have developed the same problem, and it is driving me CRAZY. I asked about it in the Hormone Jungle section, because I am taking a very low dose estrogen after my TAH/BSO. But if you kept your ovaries and are not on HRT, then I can't blame my HRT? Or can I? I'm so confused!!!!
Here's what I've done so far...I called my doctor and asked if I might be estrogen deficient. I thought testosterone was invading my body or something. She said that she didn't think so and increasing my dose might make the problem worse. I was surprised and confused, as usual. In reading the HysterSisters article Too Much Estrogen/Too Little, I decided that she probably was right. I have been eating sweets and chocolate like crazy, and within the last week or two felt fatigued and somewhat depressed. Also, acne, it says, is a symptom of too much testosterone. I believe that an over abundance of estrogen can result in over production of testosterone. I think I'll try backing down on the HRT. (Sorry to have rambled on so, but I am very frustrated.)
Some of the posts here have suggested a vitamin and mineral regimen (zinc, B6,etc.) and I'm trying that too.
Asking your doctor is the right thing to do. We're all different. I would appreciate so much hearing (reading) what your doctors have to say when you see him/her, though.
Thanks and Good Luck!
Unread 02-06-2005, 10:20 AM
Getting acne

im a spotty dotty too, and i had lovely clear skin before my op.
Unread 02-06-2005, 10:34 AM
Acne? OH NO!

Wow, I didn't expect to read this! Having had skin that tends to break out since I was a teenager, I thought that at last I might just lose that problem. I thought hormones were the cause in my case since food didn't seem to affect it much. If I ate junk, I would get blemishes, but if I didn't eat junk I would too. Since I don't have any ovaries now and am not on HRT I wondered if my face would stay clear now. No?
Unread 02-06-2005, 05:53 PM
Getting acne

Hi Tirza,
I sure hope that you have better luck than some of us. I, like you, was hoping that this would be my break from break outs. From reading here, I learned that some women have better skin than ever after their surgeries. Wish that was true for all of us. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!
Unread 02-06-2005, 06:21 PM
Getting acne


The acne is definitely related to the drastic hormone changes, even if you keep your ovaries.

I had really bad breakouts right after my surgery and it didn't seem to get better till my estrogen level started to climb back.

What my doc told me was that it was the ratio of hormones that triggered it. When they took my levels by blood my test. was a good level but the estrogen had tanked.

He gave me a RX for a drug called "alterdone"....not sure on the spelling. He it "covers over your pores" so that the testostrone doesn't trigger acne. It's some type of diuretic.

I am also a faithful user of Proactiv skin care and really love it!

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