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Hormones and Pimples off balance? Stressed out ?

Asked by Scarlett (915points) November 19th, 2009

Hi so for the past year I’ve been pretty stressed out about my life situation…

So stressed out, that I think my hormones might be off, because I’ve been getting pimples like crazy, and because I feel like crying sometimes for no apparent reason.

I’ve also been losing hair, and I’m a 20 year old girl !! Thinning hair, plus I’ve had a few grey hairs pop up already!!

My question is, is all this just from stress, or hormones, or because of my sleep pattern?

Would life be easier and not so stressful if I got back onto a routine—like go to sleep at the same time, wake up the same time, etc. ?

I would also like to know if there are any vitamins, remedies, or certain foods that will make me more balanced and focused..

Because like I said I’ve been pretty stressed and i’ve been trying to control it by meditating, eating healthy, but STILL I can’t get over my stress levels…


~~ I’m confused about my life because my dad wants me to join the Air Force, and I have no money, and I’ve been torn on what to do with my life

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reacting_acid's avatar

Well first of all the hair problem is not as uncommon as you think. My aunt was completely gray by the age of 19. The thinning part may be stress related, but it is not all that strange to go grey early. I think you should try to solve all the things that stress you out in life. Talk to your Dad, and look into yourself to see if the Air Force is something you want to do. Also you should make an appointement with your doctor if you feel too stressed and don’t know what to do. They can probably put you on some pills. Drink tea, I have heard it really relaxes and soothes you. Anyway Good luck!

Scarlett's avatar

I don’t have a doctor nor insurance :( .......

Not right now anyway, but I feel like this stress and not getting into a routine or cycle is controlling my life and I’m not sure how to get back onto it.

Thanks hun :)

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Life would be easier with regular sleep habits, and regular exercise like running or walking. The exercise would both help you with falling asleep, and with stress.

Your dad pressuring you to join the Air Force may __seem__like the cause of stress, but, coupled with the fact that you stated you have no money, I’m wondering if your real cause of stress is probably a combination of making decisions that are limiting your choices for the future. Are you living at home or on your own? Are you in school?

Scarlett's avatar

I feel like I’m going through a mid life crisis. I know I shouldn’t put so much into being stressed, but I can’t help it. I want to do so much, and I know everything takes time and I have to start somewhere.

I’m on my own and independent, I haven’t lived at my mom’s house since I was 18.

Not in college no, no money for that, and I feel even if I did get a loan or scholarship—I don’t even know what I want to study, and I want to do something that gives me experience.

I just don’t want to be stressed out anymore.

Scarlett's avatar

It feels like I have this big weight and burden on my shoulders to do something with my life.

At times I do want to join the Air Force- Other times I don’t. and Most of the time I get stressed because I don’t know what to do with my life and which path to take.


PandoraBoxx's avatar

If you’re sitting still with your life waiting to find your calling, it isn’t going to happen. You have to keep walking. The scenery doesn’t change when you sit still. If your friends are in the same position as you, working just to make rent, barely getting by, no education or life plan, then yes, life is stressful. What type of work do you do?

The appeal of the Air Force is that someone will take care of you. It sounds like your stress is due to being responsible for yourself before you were really ready to do so. Is there any way either of your parents will let you move back home in exchange for working and putting yourself through a 2-year degree program?

The way school works for 80% of students is that you think you know what you want to do, start taking classes, and then change your mind. Few people know with certainty what they want to do when they start school.

laureth's avatar

Thinning (male pattern baldness) hair, pimples, and out-of-whack hormones (especially testosterone) on a woman are also symptoms of PCOS – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I’m not a doc and I don’t want to diagnose, but you might want to check into it if you have any other symptoms.

I have it.

Scarlett's avatar

Does anyone know if birth control pills can help this ? I’m not on any right now, but I looked up PCOS and it sounds similar to what I’m going through—do you guys think birth control will ease my Hormones a lil ?

Scarlett's avatar

To PandoraBoxx;

You’re so right, I need to go out there and just do it- stop wasting anymore time sulking and waiting around for something to happen….I just want to know different ways to ease the stress..

and there’s no way I can go back to my mom’s or dad’s house.

I do freelance Photojournalism- and I am looking for work right now(not employed), but I worked retail for a while. I’d like to do Humanitarian work and I’m trying to apply to Americorp.

laureth's avatar

Birth control pills are one of the treatments for PCOS, but you need a prescription for them even when you don’t already have wonky hormones. At least go to Planned parenthood if you have one near you – they can help. They also tend to have sliding-scale fees for people with no insurance or poor. You need to make sure you get the ones that are right for you!

Scarlett's avatar

Eughhhhghh…..I do not like going through this lol.

Yeah I have a Planned Parenthood near me.

With PCOS, since you said you have it, did/does the treatment help ? I got my testosterone levels checked and the doctor lady said my testosterone levels were normal, and that this could all be due to stress,

But -

What I have noticed is,

- My periods are irregular and short (usually it was 5 days, now i only have it for 2 )
-Pimples, like a lot
-More hair on me, like on my stomach, nipples, I’ve never had that hair before
-Thinning of hair, like on the sides, near where my eyebrows are
-not being able to sleep/insomnia.

But then I thought is it possible for all this to come from irregular sleep patterns ?

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Scarlett, all those other symptoms are not from stress or lack of sleep. You need to go to Planned Parenthood as @Laureth suggested.

laureth's avatar

The hair is a dead giveaway. You don’t get hairy from lack of sleep.

I have never been on BCPs. Mine is dealt with other ways.

Lovethesun's avatar


you can use zinc tablets, that’s really good for your skin.

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