Help for my son's acne

My son is 19 years old and has terrible acne. He has had it since he was 13 years old. He has tried everything possible and nothing has helped.

I have read here and in other posts that progesterone can help. My question is: Can it help men with acne the same way it would help a woman? I would really appreciate your help and guidance. Thank you for your time.

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Oct 24, 2011
son's acne
by: Anonymous

My son had terrible problems with acne also. We tried everything and to avail nothing worked!! I decided that having him squirt 20mg of progesterone on himself once a day certainly would not hurt him; so he started doing this and slowly his face cleared up - he was thrilled.. I don't know if this would work for everyone, but my teenage daughter also has acne until I told her she might get rid of it if she used progesterone on the second half of her cycle which also worked for her!

Oct 25, 2011
Help for my son's acne
by: Wray

Hi there Progesterone can help Acne, as it raises SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin). A low level of SHBG allows free testosterone and oestrogen to rise. It's the free hormone which does the damage. SHBG decreases rapidly at puberty in males, less so in females. These are a few papers here, here, here and here. It's essential he avoids all sugars, as fructose, sucrose and glucose decrease SHBG by 80, 50 and 40% respectively. Even hidden sugars in sweet starchy fruit or veggies should be avoided as these convert to glucose, or contain fructose and sucrose. If he should consider using progesterone, I recommend 10-100mg/day, but he might need the higher end. Please assure him it will not adversely affect his libido, see here, here, here, here, here and here. In fact we have many men using it to increase theirs. I would also suggest he takes 100mg/day zinc, this is of vital importance to the skin and sperm, and is often low in teenage men. He should take this amount for 2-3 months, then reduce to 15mg/day, the standard daily dose. I've run out of space so will start a new comment below. Take care Wray

Oct 25, 2011
Help for my son's acne
by: Wray

Hi there Please could he have a vitamin D test done, it's vital for a healthy skin, see here, here, here and here. For more info on testing etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml and not the 30ng/ml labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day. Take care Wray

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