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Skin Issues - Post Hysterectomy
An_207926 posted:
I am 3 months post-hysterectomy - cervix and uterus removed; still have ovaries. My Ob/GYN advised that my ovaries may go dormant for a brief period, which they did but I only had a few weeks of hot flashes, sleep issues and some minor emotional ups and downs. That has all subsided, but I now have acne like I have never had in my life! In addition to the acne on my face it is spreading to my chest, and my skin on my neck and arms feels 'crepey'. Help! A friend suggested HRT or utilizing the OC I had been taking (Femcon) for years. Ideas?

I take 2,000mg of DHEA Fish Oil; 1500mg Calcium, Vit D; Complex B with C daily. Non-smoker, rare caffeine.
Susan Evans, MD responded:
Dear Anon_153749,

Following a hysterectomy, your hormonal levels may be affected. Acne breakouts may occur if your estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels are not in balance.

I would suggest that your first step is to meet with your endocrinologist or OB/GYN and obtain a complete hormonal panel. Once your hormonal status is addressed, treating your acne will be easier.


Dr Evans
Momoftripletsplusone replied to Susan Evans, MD's response:
I am 3 1/2 months post surgery. I was hollowed out, everything removed and am not taking HRT. I have very mild hot-flashes approx. once or twice a day. Other than that the only issue I aam having is acne. This is most troubling as I am single and dating. Is HRT really necessary? Is their another way to clear up this acne?
Mohiba K Tareen, MD replied to Momoftripletsplusone's response:
You need a great dermatologist in your area to help you through this tough time!

There are many ways to improve the acne and keep your skin looking youthful and radiant using topicals, chemical peels, and laser technology. You do not need to take HRT for your skin to be great

The American Academy of Dermatology has a great website that allows you to search for board certified dermatologists in your area.

I hope that helps.
Dr. Mohiba Tareen
Tareen Dermatology, Roseville, Minn
Castle Connoly's America's Top Cosmetic Dermatologists
Adjunct Assistant Professor Univ of MN Dept of Dermatology

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