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Hi there-

I hope I'm not telling you anything you already know or am being presumptuous since I don't know your history at all. I just read your post and I feel that I went through sort of the exact same thing in college. It is likely that your acne problem is stemming from your eating disorder. I don't know the nature of your problem, but the reason I say this is that I once had an eating issue too in my 3rd year of college and I got bad cystic acne at that time, mainly on my forehead. I think it was because my period stopped for a while. Well, I think the huge shift in hormones really affected my skin. I went to the dermatologist who put me on doxycycline antibiotics without as much as a second glance, so I understand your frustration. Well It actually worked great- 98%, but eventually (2 yrs) it came back b/c you get immune to doxycycline. I eat fine now and am over my problem since a year and a half ago, so my skin is much better now and I get my period regularly, but I started getting it too much and very painfully! Basically, my eating problem messed up my hormone balance, I think. Presently I'm on the nuva ring (birth control) to get my hormones back on track and my skin has gotten worse, but I think its because my hormones are confused for a bit and my body needs to adjust again (an initial breakout). Any time there is a drastic change in hormones or your body's natural balance, it may affect some ppl's skin. Again, I hope I'm not completely off-base because I dont know your history-sorry if I'm rambling.

So, I would try Yasmin actually- I've heard a lot of good things about it. Maybe it could regulate your hormones. By the way, a lot of studies say that birth control doesn't just put on weight, it increases your appetite, and so it makes some women eat more. So in your case, you may not gain any weight.

I agree with 'realsad' about taking a Biotin supplement to promote hair growth. I take it to make my hair healthier. Anyway, I hope this wasn't too long or off-topic but I agree with 'Erica' and think that seeing an endocrinologist is probably a good idea (when you get the $$) because your hormone levels could be off right now, and they can probably tell you what to do, or if that is the problem, so you don't have to waste a lot of money/time/sanity doing trial-and error.





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