Cross-posted to naturalliving
So I've been breaking out really really bad these last few months. Like, many small and large under the skin as well as regular zits all over, mostly above my lip, on my chin, and all over my forehead. They stay for weeks at a time, bright red, and sometimes will reemerge in the same spot three or five times before one finally is done breaking out.
I eat well enough, drink water, take vitamins (multi, fish oil, vit D, vit b12 dissolving), drink a green drink, and eat plenty of yogurt.
On the bad side, I often go to sleep really late (I've been working on getting to bed by midnight and not straining my body that way), and have had severe stress to the point that I'm on a temporary prescription of xanax, and it seems to be getting worse so I might have to go back for something better. I am having a really hard time controlling the stress, or rather, letting go of it (it's more a physical sensation in my gut that prompts me to get mentally stressed then I start to freak out, hyperventilate at times, or just panic). At the same time I'm on a birth control (Loestrin FE) that takes away my period for the most part (something I like, because they were really bad) and have been on BC for over four years, this one for about two. I've been having slight crampyness in my stomach month-round, that makes me feel like it's "that time" when I know it's not. If I didn't know better, between the stress, the cramps, and the breaking out, I'd run out for a pregnancy test (trust me, that's not an issue). I'm also coming up due for my yearly pap this next month, so I was considering asking my gyn about switching BC if that might help. If it wouldn't, which I don't know, I'd just as soon stick with what I've got.
I know I need to see a doctor, and I will soon (within May, I suspect). But I was wondering if any of you might have any ideas for me, for what to look out for? I don't actually have my own doctor, so I have to go searching for one, and I really don't know what they'll be like, or how open they'll be to my suggestions. I'd like to get a full checkup and blood workup if my insurance will cover it, just to see where I stand. I think if my hormones are really so far out of whack it could affect a lot of things, right?
Anyhow, thanks for any advice on either subject, and for your kindness I have another link to share:Make Your Own CosmeticsThis site has great recipes, here are the categories you'll find there:
handmade soap; makeup; body balms, oils, creams; bath soaks, salts, scrubs; natural homekeeping; facial and lip care; hand foot and hair care; baby and mommy to be