I’m new to this forum and want to apologize in advance if this question has been asked before. I’ve searched online for individuals who have fought and conquered acne in order to gain insight into how I can do so myself. My searches continually yielded “T-Nation” but the primary topic I came across concerned individuals “on cycle”. I am prescribed TRT, have been on it for 2 years now and will be on it forever. My hope is this doesn’t translate to acne forever, but someone’s experience “on cycle” doesn’t exactly correlate to mine or other individuals who take TRT long term, hence why I am asking for any input from this forum.
Anyways - I’m 26 and began taking TRT when in Feb. 2011. The exact reason as to why I require TRT is a very long discussion and not the point of this topic, however some background information: my test bottomed out in late 2008 for no explainable reason; after going to see 6 endocrinologists who all accused me of steroid abuse due to my rapid drop in test and my muscular physique, I returned to my GP who prescribed me testosterone cypionate.
I self inject 250 mg (1 1/4 mL) testosterone cypionate bi-weekly. I have pretty bad acne on my back, shoulders and chest and have had it for the majority of my TRT. I took Doxy - 200 mg / daily for several months but eventually its efficacy dwindled. I’m now on accutane and have been for 4 months. My doses have been as follows Month1: 20mg ed, Month2:40mg ed, Month3: 40mg ed, Month4: 60mg ed, Month 5 & 6 will be 80 mg ed.
I’ve seen some improvement in my acne but overall I’m still pretty broken out. If this doesn’t work, I intend to wait 6 months and take accutane again at a much higher dosage.
My question is - to anyone out there who is also on TRT and has struggled with acne, did anything work long term? My fear is I am exposing myself to the inherent risks of taking accutane all for nothing because (I fear) as long as I take TRT, I’ll have acne. I’ve never had acne prior to all of these hormonal issues and I’m just not coping well with it at all, emotionally. I haven’t taken my shirt off in front of people in years. If someone mentions the beach my mind is like “man, I wish I could go there…”
I have a juicer at home and I intend to began drinking carrot juice (vitamin A) and supplement zinc - I’ve read this helps acne quite a bit.
Thanks for any insight. I’ll try to answer any questions that may arise