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Hey 20-
you know i have never been to an endocrinologist either. But it sounds like me and you are the same. i read your posts and it sounds like me. i have oily sensitive skin. in my opinion i have excess facial hair, however i dont know if you do or not. i talked to my doctor about accutane and he said i am not that bad to where i need it. i respect his opinion. i am just glad that he put me on a different bcp,tetracycline and retin a. have you tried any of those? anyway i hope someone will respond to your ??????
What is polycystic ovarian syndrome?

That is funny we do sound the same! I am a 20 female and have moderate skin yet not oily- more combo and sensetive. The derm told me a year ago he would never put me on accutane because it was not that bad. But it is persistent- in a year I tried:
-this other acne vitamin

anyway i am now starting accutane in a few weeks but am a bit concerned because i think mine might have to do with hormones: it is mainly chin area, i would not say i have excess (well how mush is that?) facial hair, my mom has a thyroid problem, my periods are pretty regular, but i guess maybe i have a few "male" tendencies: ie. i have smaller breasts!!?? i dont know... let me know what you think and what meds you have tried. we can work through this together!!!!!!!!!!!!


I am in med school myself, so although this is not an expert opinion, I do know a bit about it. It is totally false that only females go to endos. There are so many diseases that directly or indirectly involve the endocrine system in both males and females, many of which manifest in external symptoms such as acne, excess facial/body hair, hair loss, weight gain, etc. Once a diagnosis has been made, there is help for both sexes. As PCOS, that is quite a common disease in women. It is also quite often a misdiagnosis, because many endos are so familiar with it and its symptoms. There are also diseases such as Cushing's Syndrome which can be caused by benign brain tumors, etc. That have VERY similar symptoms to PCOS. Cushings is considered rare because it is usually left undiagnosed, due to doctors not being familiar with it and neglecting to run the proper tests. Instead, patients are told they have a disease such as PCOS. So becoming your own doctor, researching the diseases, and exploring your symptoms is the best thing one can do. If you think you may have a hormonal imbalance, do go to an endocrinologist, not a derm. Doctors today are far far too specialized. They treat symptoms, not the disease, and often fail to realize how these symptoms are related. HOpe this helps a bit.

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