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I am sorry for not following up with all of you earlier about the thyroid and acne issues.

The normal range is 0.237(approx) to 5.5. The closer you are to the 0.2 number the more active your thyroid is. When you go lower than this number you have an over active thyroid (HYPER Thyroidism). And if your TSH level goes above 5.5 you have an under active thyroid (HYPO Thyroidism).

My current TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test put my level at 1.54. Which I am feeling is a good place as I am feeling generally ok.


Dear Blueeyedbia:

I have a long history of having acne (I'm 37 years old now).

In my late teens and to early twenties I never broke out. Then I started getting serious acne at age 26. I went on oral antibiotics (with horrible side effects), topical antibiotics. But they didn't work. When they tested me for the adverse liver function problems (due to the "well tolerated by the general population" antibiotics) they also tested my TSH. It was at 6.27 (hypothyroid). The internist never addressed this as my liver function was of greater concern. Strangely, I went on accutane later and never had the same negative side effects that the antibiotics caused.

Anyway, back to the thyroid....

Dear 21withacne:

I am clear now, but only with the help of medicines. And even so, I still have an oil problem.

I currently use:
Retin-A Micro 0.1% (morning) because it goes on and feels dry (versus creamy) and helps control oil. It also normalizes keratin production, thus reducing breakouts.
Klaron 10% (before bed) which is an anti-bacterial (sulpher based) that fights the acne causing bacteria.

I also use Oxy pads (morning and night, before applying the Klaron or Retin-A Micro) to help open the pores and smooth out my skin texture.

With this regime I am staying clear.

Now, when my thyroid was more active (because I was taking a higher dose of Synthroid), I needed to be on the birth control pill to counteract the additional acne.

Dear Jug:

Insomnia can be attributed to thyroid problems. And yes men can suffer from thyroid problems too. But proportionately more more women than men have thyroid disorders.

Dear aa:

I have considered getting the T3 and T4 tests done. But I an unsure that I would take the Armour thyroid replacement because it is a dessicated thyroid from cow. Mad cow disease a concern, maybe. But also because I have heard Armour is unreliable for having a level standard dosage.
Armour is from desacated pig not cow and there is no issue with contracting mad cow disease.


[QUOTE=TSB;3262]I am sorry for not following up with all of you earlier about the thyroid and acne issues.

The normal range is 0.237(approx) to 5.5. The closer you are to the 0.2 number the more active your thyroid is. When you go lower than this number you have an over active thyroid (HYPER Thyroidism). And if your TSH level goes above 5.5 you have an under active thyroid (HYPO Thyroidism).

My current TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test put my level at 1.54. Which I am feeling is a good place as I am feeling generally ok.


Dear Blueeyedbia:

I have a long history of having acne (I'm 37 years old now).

In my late teens and to early twenties I never broke out. Then I started getting serious acne at age 26. I went on oral antibiotics (with horrible side effects), topical antibiotics. But they didn't work. When they tested me for the adverse liver function problems (due to the "well tolerated by the general population" antibiotics) they also tested my TSH. It was at 6.27 (hypothyroid). The internist never addressed this as my liver function was of greater concern. Strangely, I went on accutane later and never had the same negative side effects that the antibiotics caused.

Anyway, back to the thyroid....

Dear 21withacne:

I am clear now, but only with the help of medicines. And even so, I still have an oil problem.

I currently use:
Retin-A Micro 0.1% (morning) because it goes on and feels dry (versus creamy) and helps control oil. It also normalizes keratin production, thus reducing breakouts.
Klaron 10% (before bed) which is an anti-bacterial (sulpher based) that fights the acne causing bacteria.

I also use Oxy pads (morning and night, before applying the Klaron or Retin-A Micro) to help open the pores and smooth out my skin texture.

With this regime I am staying clear.

Now, when my thyroid was more active (because I was taking a higher dose of Synthroid), I needed to be on the birth control pill to counteract the additional acne.

Dear Jug:

Insomnia can be attributed to thyroid problems. And yes men can suffer from thyroid problems too. But proportionately more more women than men have thyroid disorders.

Dear aa:

I have considered getting the T3 and T4 tests done. But I an unsure that I would take the Armour thyroid replacement because it is a dessicated thyroid from cow. Mad cow disease a concern, maybe. But also because I have heard Armour is unreliable for having a level standard dosage.[/QUOTE]
Just wondering-- why do you use the Retin-A at night and Klaron in the morning? I've always been told to use Retin-A at night since it increases your skin's sensitivity. But, I guess if your way is working for you and the sun is not affecting you, I'd stick with it.

What amount of thyroid med are you taking? How often does your doc have you retest your thyroid panel? I'm 26 and hypothyroid and will be on synthroid for the rest of my life :(





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