Living With Hormonal Acne

This week we are fortunate to learn about living with hormonal acne, from our reader and featured writer, Savannah Cyree (What Savvy Said)

“your mental health is just as important as your physical health”

– Savannah Cyree (What Savvy Said)
This week we are fortunate to learn about living with hormonal acne, from our reader and featured writer, Savannah Cyree (What Savvy Said)

My diagnosis: Hormonal Acne

After going off birth control the first time, I realized that I had hormonal issues. But it wasn’t until I could not shake my hormonal acne despite everything that I tried that I realized I needed help.

What were your symptoms?

Initially, I had an irregular period. It’s not something you’d think too much about. Maybe stress. Eventually, the period was regular but the acne wasn’t. I knew something was wrong with my body but I’ve never been officially diagnosed. I would say that I have sensitive hormones. Possibly PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), but it’s never been officially announced.

Can you share with us the diagnosis story?

I went on birth control in my first semester of college. I’m from a medical family, and while we tend to wait until the last minute to get help, I was over the whole situation. I wanted to have a predictable period and be done with it. So my mom sent me to the obgyn which led to birth control.

I stayed on birth control the first time for the duration of college. I didn’t think too much about it. It wasn’t expensive. I wasn’t sexually active so I really didn’t need it. I was on it to regulate my periods.

But then I decided to move and not transfer my prescription. I’ve never been one to take anything I didn’t really need. And again, I wasn’t worrying about babies so I didn’t see a need to hormonally alter my body every month. I didn’t realize that’s what I was doing yet but I wanted to change.

At the time, my biggest issues were acne-related. I’d been using a combo of Proactiv and birth control for so long I didn’t realize there were internal issues happening as well. But the breaking point came about 4 years ago. I’d been back on birth control for 3 years. I was also plant-based at the time, incredibly stressed and had a job that didn’t allow for much sleep. 

At the time, I had no clue that this was a collison course for things. I just knew that what I was doing wasn’t working and I wanted to find. away to heal holistically. 

To be honest, I diagnosed myself. I got incredibly proactive about learning everything about hormones that I could. I opted to do my own hormonal testing via a company called EverlyWell. And I created a plan from there. 

Three years later.

A lot of dietary changes and lifestyle adjustments got me to the space I’m in now. Is it perfect? Not at all. My hormone healthy is very contingent on a whole host of things. But it’s something that I can take charge of in my life. – Savannah Cyree

This week we are fortunate to learn about living with hormonal acne,  from our reader and featured writer, Savannah Cyree  (What Savvy Said)
This week we are fortunate to learn about living with hormonal acne, from our reader and featured writer, Savannah Cyree (What Savvy Said)

How has it impacted your dating life or relationships?

I haven’t dated for personal reasons over the last few years. But I think the biggest part of this journey for me has been that I wanted to be able to have kids when I wanted them. I didn’t want to remain blissfully ignorant only to get to a place where I wanted to have kids and have a slew of issues.

What other lessons did you have to learn while living with hormonal acne?

The biggest adjustment was learning to listen to my body, making dietary changes, and honoring the choices that are right for me. Trends and diet fabs come and go. But you have to find what works for you.

What steps did you take or how did you cope/find acceptance?

Educating and empowering myself. I never left my health in the hands of someone else. Because they were never going to care as much about it or know my body as well as I do.

What advice would you give to someone struggling with their health or journey?

  1. gut health is everything
  2. so is diet
  3. and your mental health is just as important as your physical health
Our weekly inspiring story on Sickly Confidential - Living With Hormonal Acne by Savannah Cyree, host of The What Savvy Said Podcast.
Our weekly inspiring story on Sickly Confidential – Living With Hormonal Acne by Savannah Cyree, host of The What Savvy Said Podcast.

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health – Savannah Cyree

What did your diagnoses teach you and what do you wish others knew?

I definitely didn’t realize the impact of my food on my body until this. I eat differently now (paleo based – no dairy, gluten, soy or grains, pasture raised meat, grass fed/finished beef).

It’s really the little things that add up to having a healthy gut & body.- Savannah Cyree

I definitely didn't realize the impact of my food on my body until this. I eat differently now (paleo based - no dairy, gluten, soy or grains, pasture raised meat, grass fed/finished beef). It's really the little things that add up to having a healthy gut & body.
I definitely didn’t realize the impact of my food on my body until this. I eat differently now (paleo based – no dairy, gluten, soy or grains, pasture raised meat, grass fed/finished beef). It’s really the little things that add up to having a healthy gut & body.

HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR ZUCCHINI APPLE CRUMBLE MUFFINS!?

If there’s an award for successfully sneaking more veggies into tasty treats, today’s Zucchini Apple Crumble Muffins recipe would win it. I mean who doesn’t love a crumble that also has some extra hidden vitamins in it? These are super easy to make. And they are perfect for the picky eater in your life who swears they hate veggies. 

HOW TO STORE & REHEAT

The zucchini apple crumble muffins will keep in the fridge for a few days. But if you’re not going to eat them all at once, I’d recommend freezing them in a stasher bag for later. These are best reheated in the toaster oven for 3-5 minutes or for 20 seconds in the microwave.

Zucchini Apple Crumble Muffins

Paleo friendly muffin recipe that easily hides greens from your picky eater!Course Breakfast Cuisine American Keyword apple, breakfast, dairy free, gluten free, muffin, paleo, zucchini Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 25 minutes Total Time 35 minutes Servings 15 Calories 133 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large zucchini grated
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 pasture raised eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp grain free baking powder
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Crumble

  • 1 green apple diced
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and line your cupcake baking sheet*
  2. Grate your zucchini and then place it in a towel & squeeze out the extra liquid. Set aside
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla and almond milk.
  4. Next, add in the baking powder, almond flour, coconut flour and salt. Stir to combine.
  5. Once you’ve made sure there are no lumps, add in the zucchini and use your spoon/spatula/stirring utensil to make sure that it’s seperated throughout the mix.
  6. Use your muffin mix to fill each cup 2/3 high. Make sure to leave room for the crumble!

Make The Crumble

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the diced apple, almond flour, coconut sugar and coconut oil.
  2. Place 1 – 1.5 tbsp on the top of each muffin.

Baking Your Zucchini Apple Crumble Muffins

  1. Place your muffins in the oven for 35-45 muffins. Make sure to check them around the 30 minute marker.
  2. Use a toothpick to test them to see if they are done. If you stab a muffin in the center and the toothpick comes out clean, you’re good to go!
  3. Remove muffins from the oven. Let them cool for 15 minutes and enjoy. You have now successfully hidden more veggies from yourself/your kids/your partner. Congrats!

Where can we find your blog, more recipes, and the podcast?

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Well said Savannah, here at Sickly Confidential, you’ve made us really think about the food we eat and how we can thrive even when we aren’t sure what the first steps to take are. You taught us a lot about living with hormonal acne. And you gave us hope. Thank you for sharing your story and we are here to support you and cheer you on in your journey. We’re going to try to subscribe to the podcast and can’t wait to see your success!


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One thought on “Living With Hormonal Acne

  1. Mmm muffins!
    I’m sorry you’ve had to deal with this, and also to experience symptoms you think may be PCOS without actual diagnosis or more targeted professional support. It does pee me off when, unless things have changed in recent years, we go on birth control at a younger age many years ago without being told anything about it, what happens if we come off, how it affects hormones, the risks, and so on. I now have more like light acne, so it’s not as bad as it once was, but I also had a lack of periods for years. Not knowing what’s going on isn’t fun. And you’re right about the importance of gut health. It’s awesome to read about how you educated and empowered yourself. I really do hope the future can be a bit brighter for you in every aspect of your life. Thanks for sharing some of your story.

    Caz xx

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