Monday, January 09, 2006

Acne

One of the most horrifying side effects of my thyroid issues is acne. I have always had weird skin issues, especially very sensitive skin, and about 3 1/2 years ago, I went to a dermatologist for the second time and got it straightened out with some Avita cream and several months of antibiotics at a low dosage (this resulted in other problems, to be elaborated on in later posts).

So for a couple of years following, I didn't have too much problem with acne. Until I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's. To be honest, I don't remember if it was particularly bad before I was diagnosed, or after I started the medication. This may be because I was sleeping all the time and couldn't remember anything for any length of time. Short-term memory difficulties and "brain fog" are a delightful side effect of hypothyroidism.

However, after I had been on medication for several months (specifically Synthroid 125 mcg), I had what I would consider severe, cystic acne. Painful, disgusting acne cysts.

I had been out of the country for several months over the summer, but when I got back to the US, I got an appointment with a "specialist" as soon as I could. I say "specialist" because I did not go to an endocrinologist, but a doctor that does specialize in thyroid treatment. I made that decision because I wanted to work with a doctor who would be receptive to my complaints about fatigue and brain fog and weight gain and acne instead of simply looking at blood work without ever talking to me (as the last doctor I talked to before the summer did).

At any rate, with every dosage change of thyroid medication, the acne changed. Most of the time it got slightly better. First, the doctor switched me to Levoxyl instead of Synthroid because I complained of muscle aches (which she said could be caused by high dosages of Synthroid). Personally, I didn't argue about the switch from Synthroid for a big reason. COST. Levoxyl is a brand name but only about half the cost of Synthroid.

At the change from 125 mcg to 150 mcg Levoxyl, the cystic acne subsided. Still lots of pimples, but at least less painful. Then after a few months, we started adding T3 in the form of Cytomel. And oh my god!!!! The fatigue subsided. Slowly I could start working out again. The acne was still there though, so the doctor wanted to fiddle with that dosage. And just last night, I think I made a brilliant discovery---it may not be the dosage of the T3, but the consistency. It seems that when I spread the T3 out of over two doses, one in the morning, one after lunch, it is MUCH better, generally no new pimples. For anyone who thinks that this is an issue of vanity--you try to be 30 years old and sporting a face full of acne. It's ridiculous! And I would much rather adjust the thyroid hormone, which is obviously making a difference than go back to a dermatologist for another round of antibiotics.

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At 6:55 AM, Blogger Kerry said...

As a fellow Hashimoto's sufferer, I'm somewhat relieved to find this post. I'm currently experiencing a large outbreak of acne all over my body as a side effect of my Levoxyl, but I couldn't find anything online to support the theory that it was from the medicine. I'll definitely be talking to my doctor.

 
At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

have u tried proactiv? i have the same condition and it worked for me

 
At 8:01 AM, Anonymous Catherine said...

If I had 5 cents for every time I heard "Have you tried Proactiv?" I could buy my own home in cash. Of course I've tried proactiv, and retin-a, accutane, sun, shade, antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, cetaphil, cleocin, benzaclyn, ivory soap, neutrogena, exfoliants, emollients, black soap from africa, tea tree oil, and get this... even... washing my face regularly. So FUCK YOU.

 
At 9:07 AM, Anonymous colleen said...

right on catherine! they obviously need a few more times around the block.

 
At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real nice way to write to someone trying to help you, Catherine.
Do you eat with that filthy mouth?
Sounds like you have bigger issues than just acne.

 
At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny, Catherine! I totally "get" where you're coming from.

 
At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love you! Finally I feel like I may be getting somewhere. My skin has always been sensitive, but I never had to deal with cystic acne until Hashimoto's. I have tried everything also. Well, what I have been able to anyway. I also have a heart condition. I am going to print out your blog and take it to my doctor.
Thanks again!

 
At 1:18 AM, Blogger Eileen said...

Catherine, thanks for your discription of your therapy. I too have hypothroidism and now diabetes too. When I started insulin about 6 months ago, I got a bonus of about 40 cystic acne lumps. My edocrinologist has ignored my pleas for help. Worse, she told me to go to a dermatologist. I am a 56-year-old woman and after six, ugly months, I am fed up. I even had a parathyroid gland removed amonth ago but no change (not that I expected any - the parathyroid regulates calcium in the blood). So, I'll find another endocrinologist. Sigh.

FYI - Proactive pays people to go on acne blogs and say stupid things like "Have you tried Proactive?" No one's feelings were hurt. Anyway, Proactive is nothing more than a VERY expensive Benzoyl Peroxide concoction. A lot of people are allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide - including me.

 
At 8:34 PM, Blogger Marie said...

thank you so much for posting this. I don't have hashimotos but I do have hypothyroid and a host of other things including Fibromyalgia. I take T3 in the morning so I'm going to ask my doctor to give me 2 doses because the acne is killing me. It just started about 6 weeks ago after many other things got balanced out. The fibro is so much better I am pain free many days now but gawd the frickin acne. I am also laughing my ass off at the washing your face regularly....oh probably like even 2 or 3 times a day or 20 if your skin is so oily from the hypothyroidism like mine is. I hate it! I feel like I'm back in Highschool and not in a good way.

 
At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN to Catherine...get this...I was told to change my pillow case every day!

 
At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks. I am going to follow this now. I am an effing 31 year old woman with Hashimoto's and more acne than I had as a teenager. I have one on my effing back now that feels like I got stabbed. I keep getting these huge, hard, really painful zits on my neck and chin. My arms are even covered in little pimples. I have never had body acne, but now I do. I am so mad!!

 
At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am also releaved and yet VERY upset that others are suffering from what I have been through for the past 18 months. I, too, was on Levothyroxine and then Levoxyl and finally Synthroid until I finally decided to take a holistic route. I know it's a gamble, but I can no longer live with the cystic acne and migraines among other things. I am 42 years old and it is positively humilating to look like a pimply teenager. My holistic route is working. I feel great and the acne is slowly subsiding...I am taking a multi vitamin, omega 3 (which helps with the endocrine system), kelp (which contains iodine), spirulina, coq10 and a holistic remedy for Hashimotos called Healing Combinations. I wish you all the best - I really hope we all feel and look gorgeous soon. We deserve it!!!! One last thing, I don't know about you, but these doctors really piss me off for not warning us about these medications - boo on them!!!

 
At 7:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have hypothyroidism and when I do not take Westhyroid (I was on Armour Thyroid before the reformulation) I have horrible acne. On the right does, I am perfectly clear, but it tooks some time to find it. For someone who has done Accutane, Proactiv, every antibiotic on the block, the cream made from the oral pill for leprosy (no joke) and lazer treatments; this is the only thing that has worked. Thank you for this post.

 
At 7:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 35- never had acne in my life. I was diagnosed with hypothyroid just over 1 year ago. My Synthroid dose is now at 88mg. Several months back I started getting severe acne on my back and now cystic acne on my face. I am absolutely horrified by it. I feel so gross. I use Proactiv- always have just because I think the product is great for all skin. However, It does nothing for this cystic acne. What can I do?

 
At 2:51 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

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At 2:58 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Hi there all ~

Diagnosed one year ago this month, I am a 37 year old with Hashi's and an now on 112mcg of Levo a day. I have FINALLY been able to lose 30 of the 35 pounds I put on (and yep... it ALL came on like a freight train IN SIX MEASLY WEEKS last January!!!) due to my failing thryoid. HOOORAY for that milestone! BUT......

I am now suffering with deep, painful, "cystic" acne that is not typical for me. It seems to be in "clusters" on my cheeks and (this past month) I had an ENORMOUS one as well on the side of my nose where it meets the cheek. It was absolutely horrifying... no exaggeration. Tumor like - not a wimpy little pimple. I feel as though I go through bouts of some imbalance that's causing this acne issue but because my last blood tests were on the money, I wonder what else can be done for the acne?!?..... It does not clear up in a timely fashion (WEEKS! not days) and tends to be the same sites each time it flares up. Hmmm..... And yes ~ I use topical treatments (Benz 10%) as well as exfoliation scrub and Aveno moisturizer. But it's strange because I can TELL the topical cleansers and treatments will not work when these types of break outs occur. It's a "different" type of break out and I can literally FEEL the change of it inside my system.... Hard to explain. Therefore ~~~~

I am scheduling a routine follow up with my endocrinologist this month and will CERTAINLY be bringing up this issue to him. If he offers a solution regarding this acne, I will be happy to come back here and share his findings with you too.

Finally.... i have also found that during this year with treated HT, I am experiencing VERY heavy menstrual bleeding. I realize this, too, is probably due to thyroid issues. So, again, will be telling Endo about it. I find I am TERRIFICLY exhausted just prior to, or for the first 2 days of my cycle. Not typical "sleepy" but that "OMFG I just got tranquilized" kind of tired. It sucks...... I'm sorry if this is TMI for most readers but felt it was also important to mention because they very likely are hand in hand with each other.

Thanks to all of you who posted here. It's great to find others who can "feel your pain" and share advice. Wishing all the best ~~~~

 
At 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if I should be bummed that there are more people with this problem (then I'm not just imagining my awful skin) or happy that I'm not the only one. I just recently started Levoxyl and was happy that I didn't have to nap in the afternoon anymore, but now my skin is getting bad. Is it going to get worse?? And, does anyone have experience with Hashimotos'/Levoxyl while being pregnant? That is why I'm not sure I want to mess around with switching meds to clear up my face right now. THANKS

 
At 1:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am having the same problem. Horrible. I am going to call my dr tomorrow and see if he will switch my levoxyl to armor's. I wonder if it could possibly be the actual pill? Any thoughts on this? (I've been on hormones for 5 months and broken out for 4 months- there HAS to be a correlation)

 
At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy to find this blog! I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's last year. I am on 100 mg of Levothyroxine. I am not 2 different oral acne medications and a complete ance skin care line. I have a new cyst on my face daily. It's disgusting and frustrating.

I have a call in to see a endocrinologist since my regular doctor doesn't seem to care that I am frustrated. The acne is just the beginning of my Hashimoto's systems! Ugh!

 
At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I an 47, was put on Synthroid last fall, and over the past couple of months started having cystic acne. I spoke to my PCP and was told to stop using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash. I was a little skeptical, but researched the correlation on the internet and found where fluoride is a thyroid suppressant and would cause hormonal symptoms, including acne. I have found a non-fluroide toothpaste, have been using it for about 3 weeks and my face is clearing up. Hope this helps other sufferers.

 
At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! So too have suffered from the same acne problems since being on 100mcg of Synthroid for the last 4 years. I thought it was candida for awhile, did the whole no sugar no gluten no anything bit for almost three weeks before i gave up. Then I went to a holistic doctor who tested my vitamin D levels and found out I was severely deficient. She put me on 5000IU of vitamin D3 daily, and it has improved my skin tremendously (about 80% better). I've done some research on the internet since, and have found that vitamin D deficiency is often correlated with hashimoto's. The problem is, I have felt a little drowsy since starting the vitamin D and I have an inkling my TSH levels have risen. Its almost as if my thyroid hormones and the vitamin D compete with each other and one I supplement with one, the other goes deficient. Regardless, I suggest anyone with hashimoto's to get your vitamin D levels tested. The test is not included in normal blood panels, you have to ask for it specifically.

 
At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok. After 6 months of unrelenting cystic acne, I stopped taking my T-3 and lyvoxl (and armours) and, guess what- the acne stopped. For me, the acne was a direct result of the medication. This stinks, because I DID have good results from the medication too.
Before the medication:
1)I had neck/upper back/jaw pain
2)I had a ravenous appetite after ovulation through my period
3)I had bloating

Now that I stopped taking the meds these symptoms have returned, but my acne subsided and I have a little more energy.

Does anyone have any advice or a similar story? Thanks!

 
At 11:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! also, Me too, Jennifer- my periods on the meds are SUPER heavy and I, too am having the most exhausting first 2 days I've ever experienced. It's alarming, for sure. Not used to that kind of wipe out.

 
At 8:43 PM, Blogger Jessica Rose Davis said...

I have had Hashimoto's for probably 5 years. I have been on Synthroid 25mcg from the beginning. My levels according to blood work are always normal with this medicine. I wonder if I even need it. I continue to have oily skin and break out. I have brain fog daily and it effects my work. It's quite embarassing to be forgetful and have brain fog. My co-workers wonder if I have early signs of alzitmers. LOL. I could only imagine telling my employer that I have this disease and it causes forgetfulness.. It's true though.. and it's not my fault. I work hard.
I would like to find a doctor besides my Endocrinologist, to look deeper into my symtoms and try to get my straightened out all around. It's so frustrating.
Any recommendations?

 
At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Jessica -- Try to find an anti-aging, bio-idential hormone doctor with a hollistic and nutritional healing bent. I've done some much research online and have talked with a friend who has really educated herself on these things and that's the route that seems to be the best. I just started going to one and she diagnosed me with Hypothyroidism and then my latest blood test shows that I have Hashimoto's and the doc put me on natural dessicated thyroid (T3 and T4) from a compounding pharmacy. Not cheap, but. She's also trying to regulate my menstrual cycles using Progesterone so that she can then test my other hormones and figure out what is out of whack. Hope this helps someone. :-)

 
At 11:20 PM, Anonymous Al Pal said...

Hi! I swear I'm not spam trying to sell you products. I am a 24 year old (formerly stick thin with a clear complexion) now I'm about 10 lbs. heavier and have been battling cystic acne since 22. I have had 8 periods in 2 months (fun!) and also been a basket case, and the doctor things I might have Hashimoto's so I was just reading about it. I have to share though. Please try Mario Badescu's products for your skin (again, no one's paying me, I just know the struggle and want to help my sisters out). The drying cream and drying lotion especially. Also, Renee Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment. I get big old buggers on my cheeks, but regular use of this makes me have less, and it helps clear them up faster. They are all kind of pricey, but hell, I was paying $300 for a tube of Azelex 6 months ago, so they seem cheap in comparison. I hope this helps!

 
At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been suffering from moderate acne since i was 12, I am now 25 I have extremely severe acne on my chest, my neck and my face. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's in Spring '10. I have been to 4 dermatologists, ive been on proactiv, retin-A, Murad,doryx, Accutane in the past and NOTHING has worked. NOTHING. Since I was diagnosed the acne has been progressively been getting much worse. I am currently on 25mgs of Synthroid right now. I ditched my endocrinologist, my regular doctor and my dermatologist and i started seeing a holistic doctor and im waiting to see how he wants to treat my Hashimotos. As for my skin, the accutane only made it worse and now i have holes in my skin. I have to see an aesthetician weekly who is the only person who has been helping me. Still I break out constantly. Im miserable. Im glad to know that i am not the only one..thank you for this blog and I hope I can find a cure soon.

 
At 8:24 PM, Blogger Jessica Nickerson said...

So I don't know if I have Hashimoto's, but I do have a Thyroid problem (which hopefully will clear up since the left side of my thyroid was removed last Friday), but longer timing than that is that I've had body acne for more than 16 years. I'm tired of it, and I don't know what to do. I've tried everything that has been listed and nothing works. If you're aware of anything else that may help, that would be appreciative, and no Proactive isn't for everyone.

 
At 9:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have hypothyroidism and was having terrible cystic acne. I read a blog that said it might be the yellow dye in my thyroid meds. I talked to my doctor and although she didn't agree, she prescribed a lower dosage that doesn't have any yellow dye. I haven't had one acne episode since. It has been 7 months.

 
At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just getting started with hypothyroidism treatment, started tirosint 2 days ago, too soon to know anything. Acne has been an ongoing and unacceptable symptom for me, as it has been for many of you. Some of you alluded to hypothyroid meds increasing your acne. I wonder, was it the meds causing it or was it that the hormones weren't totally balanced by the meds, so the acne persisted? I'm considering spironolactane, which I will have to beg my doc for because she doesn't want to put me on it, I think because it causes deformaties in babies during pregnancy, but I'm definitely not planning on getting on pregnant. Does anyone know how spiro interacts with the thyroid. I don't know what else to consider besides spiro. I was hoping the tirosint would indirectly help acne by balancing the hormones. I've tried antibiotics and creams from the dermatologist. I was allergic to the creams, but she said to use them anyway (negligent idiot). I've tried proactiv, lol, what a fucking hoax, primrose oil and primrose cream (which I heard may be bad for ppl with hypothy), flax, omega 3, vitamin e, biotin, endless soaps and creams, mineral makeup, yaz (a cystic disaster), etc, etc, etc. I love whoever said "washing my face regularly" lol. Hate when ppl say that. My endo the other day asked if I was eating too much greasy food. Is she familiar with the interplay between hormones and acne? Has anyone tried spironolactane? Does it cause sex drive to plummet? That's like the one thing I have going for me, probably due to high levels of testosterone...... Thank you all for your discussions on the topic. I appreciate not being alone. This is better than A.A.

 
At 11:21 PM, Anonymous Carrey said...

I had hypothyroidism and it turned my body into mess. I tried to avoid soy products. I felt weak and tired of my thyroid but I didn't lose hope. I started taking bovine thyroid capsules for 2 years now and it's working great.

 
At 10:23 PM, Blogger dallytexas said...

okay I might be five years late on this, but I am soooo extremely happy I found this post. I have been diagnosed for hypothyroidism 3 years ago, I might only be turning 18 soon, but I have many or almost all of the symptoms of being hypo which really sucks. Im tired all the time, especially after I walk for just fifteen minutes! Im 5"10' and 120 pounds so Im not over weight I eat really healthy or try at least and cant seem to get myself to workout it just makes me really tired and to top it all off I have mild acne not severe like most so I consider myself lucky, but the thing that stuck out to me the most was that maybe the pill (Which I am taking levothyroxine) could be causing my acne which literally started weeks of taking the pill. So I am going to ask my doctor about armour and see if that helps, hopefully it does. And for all of those who suffer worse than I do all I can say is good luck and your all beautiful either way and if someone doesn't see that there not worth it so I am actually going to try and feel more confident about myself and see were that takes me :)

 
At 10:57 PM, Blogger Danica Thompson said...

I certainly agree that desiccated porcine thyroid supplement is a big help. I started to feel better in about two days after I started using it.

 
At 10:30 PM, Anonymous Nisha said...

I was diagnosed with Hashimotos 3 weeks ago. In the beginning of August 2011 I noticed a pretty decent bald spot which I thought was probably forming because of stress from applying to nursing schools. However, It spiraled OUT OF CONTROL and I now have SEVERAL bald spots all over my head. It really sucks being barely 21 and already experiencing pattern balding. My doctor first told me it was Alopecia Areata and injected my bald spots with steroids but when that didn't help either he told me to get more bloodwork done and to check my thyroid levels. That is when I found out I have Hypo.

I'm still not sure if the hair loss is linked to hypo my doctor never really reassured me if it was or not so I was just wondering if you guys experienced extreme hair loss and if it got better after taking synthroid or the other thyroid meds?

I also want to say that this blog has definitely helped a lot. Until I read this blog I didn't think anyone could relate to what I was I was going through but I now know I'm not alone.

 
At 5:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, i am a sixteen year old girl in pennsylvania and i just got diagnosed with hashimoto's disease and i just want to say that it is so hard. I feel like no one understands how i feel, i am extremely tired all the time, i have a job right after school (burger king) that takes up all my weekends and sleep, but i come from a super poor family, i only live with my grandmother because my dad had passed when i was 4 and my mother is in jail, haha not a great story, but i work really hard in school and i really try to push myself. I found this article because since i have been taking synthroid i have broke out everywhere. It is so frustrating expecially being a 16 year old girl in school. I feel like no one understands what im going through, and its such a relief to know that there are people struggling along with me.

 
At 12:25 AM, Anonymous Dan said...

I'm actually a 20 yr old guy that stumbled onto this, and am having many of the same issues. After having a stroke 2 months ago, they found in my blood work that my thyroid wasn't functioning properly and at the time, I disregarded it, thinking it just controlled my appetite. After years of severe acne, and every possible treatment on the market, I made the connection while researching one day on line. I am going to an endocrinologist in two weeks and am hoping to be put on armour thyroid. Did anyone else have acne issues before going on the medication, I'm thinking mine is due to my deficient thyroid? This is my last hope to clear this up, I've tried everything and am at an emotional loss as to what to do.

 
At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Jessica said...

I developed some cystic acne and went to the doctor for blood test and it came back that my thryoid was overactive.. but then it was underactive. It was fluctuating because of the Hashimoto disease. I have been underactive since. I no longer get the under the skin cystic acne that never comes to a head thankfully. But I am 32F and still stuff some acne breakouts. It's tough.

 
At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Jessica said...

Update. I recently had a fine needle biospy done on my thryoid because of a goiter. The doctor said while my thyroid had the appearance of a thyroid with Hashi's.. that when she looked at the biopsy, she found No Hashi's.. Strange. I am going to bring this up to my doc's attention.
Still getting acne and have oiy skin.. going on 32.. geez when will it end.

 
At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so weird because I've had cystic acne since I was a teenager I went to an endo who also specializes in thyroids after my thyroid was removed and my doctor was neglecting to even check my levels come to find out after he checked my previous medical records I've had hashimotos for 15 years and its gone undiagnosed and untreated but the synthroid seems to be making the acne worse

 
At 1:52 PM, Blogger Cara Loryn said...

Guys, this makes me want to cry. Isn't it frustrating to have your endo LAUGH IN YOUR FACE when you tell him/her the meds for your Hashi's are giving you SERIOUS acne?

I'm looking at pictures of my face a year ago and I want to cry. I am not an incredibly vain person, but I'm 26 years old and look like I live in a trailer park.

I too switched from Synth to levo, and the levo for me also causes less of that cystic shit - now I get 2 to 5 a week instead of NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST happening on my face.

Derm put me on Ziana, which doesn't seem to help much. But I'm absolutely non-functioning without the thyroid meds, so cutting them out isn't an option either.

Original Poster - Any advice on getting T3 supplementation? How did you get the script? Do you have any other advice? What about the SCARRING left over from that cystic nightmare???? I can see angry marks from every single breakout I've had since I started synthroid 8 months ago. :(

I love all of you. I'm so glad I'm not crazy. At least we don't have cancer, right???

 
At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 40 years old and was diagnosed with Hashimoto's hypothyroidism about 5 years ago. I was first prescribed 120 mg Armour Thyroid (this is the dessicated form of T4,T3). To be honest I cannot remember if I even had acne while I as on the Armour Thyroid Rx. Since my doctor switched me to 125 mgs of Levothyroxine my acne is out of control and my brain fog is horrible. I have also developed susceptibility to Tinea Versacolor (fungus) skin infections as well. What is strange is that every time I take ketoconazole to treat my skin fungal infection my brain fog temporarily lifts. I have read that ketoconazole is also a treatment for Cushing's disease (high levels of cortisol). Of course, like all of you, when I mention articles I have read to my doctors they are incredibly dismissive.

My dermatologist has just prescribed spironolactone for my acne. I am very hesitant to start taking this medication, as it is normally prescribed to PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) patients. One women in this blog also mentioned she was about to begin spironolactone for her acne. I would be so grateful to hear if this treatment was tolerated well by her.

 
At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to have my thyroid radiated due to Grave's disease. They put me on Synthroid right after and I immediately went severely hypothyroid. The terrible cystic acne started after about 3 months on Synthroid. My endocrinologist told me it was Shingles and sent me to a GP who prescribed Shingle medication. Like an idiot, I believed them. It's been 4 years now and I've just been diagnosed with Hashimoto's. Still have the acne, but it's getting better thanks to finding a medical professional (NOT AN MD, a PA who listens to my symptoms) who has prescribed Armour and has me split the dosage, taking half in the morning, half in the afternoon. By the way, this PA is my FIFTH doctor in 4 years -- you have to make your thyroid disease a FULL TIME JOB: research your symptoms, find a doctor, discard him if he's not listening, find another doctor, research any new symptoms, ad infinitum. Good luck to all of us!

 
At 11:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are you taking?

 
At 10:51 AM, Anonymous AnnieB said...

Diagnosed with Hashi's 7mos. ago after many yrs of hair falling out, weight gain etc. went to Endo. Dr. for 2yrs. and told nothing wrong. Friend encouraged me to ask primary Dr. for Hashi test. On Synthroid 50mg. and now have acne also. Still tired at time but staying at this dose. Oh I'm 67yrs.old female with acne.

 
At 8:43 AM, Blogger SLJ said...

I'm 70 with cystic acne. It might not be the meds but instead the disease that's causing the acne. Just changed back to Synthroid 75mg. My GYN has me on Spironolactone 50mg and my demotologist has me on Azithromycin 500mg. Also use retin-a 1%. I tried cutting back on the Azithromycin to 250mg and overnight got two awful lesions on my chin.

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger Grace Cheung said...

I'm 55 having acne all my life, but have cystic acne on my chin only since in my 40's, and thinking back that was the time I was diagnosed having Hashimoto's. But NOT hypo or hyper and I have no symptoms, only enlarged thyroid. My dr. still put me on Synthroid 88 mcg. I agree with the above poster, it is the disease that is causing my acne, not the medication because I have tried stopped the med. for a while but still acne not improved at all. Have tried everything, Accutane, Diane 35 and spironolactone. They all helped a bit but only temporarily. I believe the root cause is my thyroid.

 
At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iron...Take iron. Especially the days surrounding your menstrual cycle. A blood test can check levels as well. If a pill isn't appealing to you, eat red meat, spinach, etc. Low iron knocks me down more than low thyroid. Hair, skin (including acne) and nails also respond well with proper iron levels.

 
At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely agree!

 
At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just my 2 cents....If the scars are just discoloration vs indentation in the skin....glycolic peel, retin a or other exfoliating regimen will likely help though it may take a few months and multiple applications to lighten acne scars. Bio oil has been said to work as well.

 
At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 16 it's best to live with the acne vs stop meds because stopping the thyroid meds at 16 can cause long term effects in developing bodies. Since money is tight you can try a toner of 1 tablespoon vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons water. Keep away from eyes, lips and nose. Google acne home remedies.

 
At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel like I am finally among family, everyone think I am imagining things. I am on my 6th Dr on 12 yrs, some have made some very snide remarks when I tell them how I feel or what I have read about. I even made a list of symptoms for one doctor and he wouldn't even look at it, tried again with 2nd doctor yrs later same response. I am 60 and never had acne issue now I have cystic
acne face neck scalp and back. I am retired military and it's very hard to find a doctor that will take my insurance. I am just as frustrated it sounds as the rest of you. And yes I've tried Proactive and am highly allergic to Benzyl Peroxide.

 

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