by Nancy

39 year old woman, with a Hysterectomy about 8 years ago. I have Cystic Acne and have had it for 7 years! I am at my wits end. I ask my doctor to check my hormones and this is what it said.
LH: 2.6
FSH: 3.9
Sex Hormone Bio Globulin: 144.8
Bio Av Calculated: 0.1
Estrodol: 740
TSH - Normal range

Is it my hormones that are causing this Acne?

Thanks Nancy

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Jul 30, 2013
by: Wray

Hi Nancy Hormones do initiate it, or rather it's testosterone which does. But they have't checked your levels, or that of progesterone. High testosterone initiates acne, see here. If bound to SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) testosterone becomes inactive, progesterone raises levels of SHBG, see here, so preventing the rise of free testosterone and severe PMS. SHBG drops if sugars are eaten, even those found in all grains, legumes, processed milk and sweet starchy fruits and vegetables. Fructose, sucrose and glucose, reduce SHBG by 80, 50 and 40% respectively, see here. Thereby allowing testosterone to rise. It's best to avoid all the foods and sugars mentioned. Wine and beers contain carbs, so it's best to avoid those too. Plus alcohol affects hormone levels in women, see here and here. It decreases progesterone levels and increases androgen levels, both the total testosterone and free testosterone become higher. Testosterone is notorious at increasing visceral fat, which causes abdominal fat gain, see here and here. The lowered progesterone, higher testosterone probably accounts for the increased risk in breast cancer risk among women, see here and here. Higher testosterone is also associated with an increased risk for Insulin Resistance and heart disease, see here. Sugars and large meals also drop progesterone levels, see here. Plus insulin drops levels too, see here. This means SHBG also drops, testosterone rises, another vicious cycle. Continued below

Jul 30, 2013
Nancy part 2
by: Wray

Hi Nancy We do have a page on Acne you could look through. We are also developing an acne cream, would you be interested in trying it out for us? It's still in the early trial period, but we are having some success with it. If so please send an email to this link here. Please put acne cream into the subject line and it will be sent on to me. If interested in trying progesterone cream please see our page on How to use progesterone cream. Take care Wray

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