Have Acne all my life - Can progesterone help?
Hi Wray, please help me!
I am 54 years old. Acne has ruled my life since I was a teenager. Diane-35 and Spironolactone helped me a lot but only temporarily. Even though my last period was 6 months ago, my acne shows no sign of dying off. Took a saliva hormone test recently, results as follow:
Estradiol 0.5 pg/ml
Progesterone 22 pg/ml
Ratio: Pg/E2 44L
Testosterone 39 pg/ml
DHEAS 3.9 ng/ml
The report commented I am low-normal in estrogen, whereas progesterone and testosterone are within normal range. I used to have very sore breasts before period, the pain disappeared once my period started and my breasts are fibrocystic. Also had spotting in the middle of the cycle. I am confused by the test's results. Am I estrogen dominant or deficient? Do I have a very low Pg/E2 ratio? Am I progesterone deficient? Should I use Natpro for my situation and how much? 200mg/day as you recommended? Should I avoid estrogenic food? Please advice and thanks for your time. By the way, I also have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, not sure if these are all related.