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Androgens and Acne
Dec 23, 2004
I am continuing to theorize on the root cause of my acne. I no longer believe it is poor dead skin shedding, so now I thought deeper into when my acne started. It started very mild around 12 or 13 years old. At certain times it got better but around 15 it got worse. The pimples were small and had whiteheads/blackheads, and were not red/inflammed, & they didn't leave scars, so it did not bother me THAT MUCH. Then suddenly a couple of months before my birthday when I was 17 I started getting big red pimples and the amount of pimples increased every month. My skin also got oilier. Then throughout the summer when I turned 18 my acne was out of control and started to bother me psychologically. I think excess male hormones (androgens) are the cause of MY acne. Androgens are a proven cause of acne, especially in young males. I used dermatologist prescribed acne treatments in the fall/winter of 2003 and my acne got a little better (even though my skin texture looked horrible). Then like clock work a couple of months before my 19th birthday the treatment stopped working and the acne got worse again. These ages (17,18,19,20,21) are the most dramatic physical changes a man undergoes and I can now see why it stopped working when I was about to turn 19. I am now done looking for acne cleansers and topical treatments! I am researching anti-androgen herbs and supplements. One I have heard of is Saw Palmetto, which is anti-androgenic and anti-inflammatory. Anyone ever use it before?

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