Wondering which of the many supplements for hormonal acne will actually help? There are so many that it can be easy to lose track of the newest and latest ones.
During my experiments to heal my own hormonal acne, I tried many of those hormonal acne supplements. Today I want to share my experiences with you. Spoiler: You really shouldn’t take one of them during a certain week of the month!
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Shatavari for acne – my favorite of the supplements for hormonal acne
Shatavari has been used in Ayurvedic medicine forever to treat all kinds of female woes. So naturally, it was one of the first supplements for hormonal acne I tried.
I have been taking one capsule of Shatavari* for my acne every day for months now and everything is going perfectly well. My skin has been healing and together with all the other things I did to beat hormonal acne, it seems to work!
I also tried skipping it for a while, but that didn’t seem to go so great. Some symptoms came back.
So my conclusion is similar to what you find in research: Shatavari seems to be awesome!
It contains steroidal saponins, like fenugreek, but without the smell. It’s a weak estrogen, meaning that it stimulates estrogen production in people who do not make enough hormones themselves. Or it provides a small estrogen support for people whose ovaries no longer produce hormones. Think menopause.
If you are producing too much estrogen a larger dose of shatavari should help with the symptoms by blocking the receptors. However, this may also cause a further increase in estrogen production.
You can get Shatavari capsules here*!
Omega-3 for hormonal acne
Regarding hormones, Omega-3 works like shatavari. It contains lignans, an estrogen-like chemical. It makes sense to use several of these weak estrogens. Combining them should help provide a baseline of signaling similar to estrogen. Meaning that your body thinks it has enough “real” estrogen, even when it doesn’t.
I have been taking Omega-3 regularly since I decided to finally get rid of my hormonal acne once and for all. And what can I say?
If you are not sure which supplements for hormonal acne to try, don’t skip this one! Even if you don’t want to take Omega-3 for hormonal acne, take it anyways. It has countless benefits for many other areas of your life, too.
You can get Omega-3 here*!
Chasteberry for acne
Chasteberry or vitex is one of the first supplements that come to mind when we talk about anything hormone related. It seems like it gets recommended for each and every hormonal imbalance a woman might have.
Unfortunately chasteberry* did not work at all for me. It did the opposite: my whole cycle got completely out of whack!
This does not mean at all that
Chasteberry lowers all sex hormones which would be counterproductive for anyone with hormonal acne due to low hormone production.
If the acne comes from high hormone production such as puberty, for example,
Of course, always see a doctor first and get her approval before you start experimenting!
You can find chasteberry here*!
Maca for hormonal acne
Just like with chasteberry I personally do not have good experiences with Maca at all. The same thing happened. Instead of getting healthier skin, I rather started getting very irregular and painful cycles.
So until we know a little better how Maca works and what effect it has on our bodies, I will stay away from it.
If you still want to, you can buy Maca here*!
Saw Palmetto for hormonal acne
If you, like me, see a great improvement from drinking spearmint tea, you should give saw palmetto* a shot! It works very similarly in suppressing androgens by muting your androgen receptors.
It also reduces androgens up to 40 percent. This again will stimulate hormone production, which will be mostly estrogen, further rebalancing your hormones in your favor.
Saw palmetto is NOT for you if you have an estrogen dominance!
As with all the other supplements listed here, please consult a professional about which hormonal imbalance causes your acne before you experiment with the supplements.
Milk Thistle for hormonal acne
As an extra bonus, silymarin is supposed to help protect the liver from toxicity. It does that by stopping the metabolism of some toxins.
This means that the kidneys will have to make up for it. Good for the liver, but not the first thing to use if you have kidney problems.
I have to admit that this is the one supplement that I didn’t thoroughly test. Not because it did anything bad to me.
I simply didn’t see a big difference from it and I also disliked the taste of the tea. (I didn’t have capsules, but drank milk thistle tea for a while.)
As some people report incredible results with it, I wanted to mention it here anyway.
Vitamin D3 & hormonal acne
I had a serious lack of vitamin D a couple of years back. Naturally, I had to take high doses of it to get back to normal levels.
During that time, everything seemed to get much, much better! I was happier, slept better, finally had an appetite again and life was fun again.
So, of course, I wanted to make sure to not go back into a deficiency again. Even more so, because a lack of vitamin D will lower hormone production in general.
This shifts the ratio of active hormones in the favor of androgens and against estrogen. Do you know what that means?
Yeah… Hormonal acne!
So I kept taking lower doses of Vitamin D3* during the winter. (I live in the northern hemisphere and definitely do not get any vitamin D from the sun. Other than on sunny days in April till September.)
But soon I started noticing weird breakouts when I took Vitamin D3 that would disappear when I didn’t take it.
You might know that vitamin D is actually a hormon, not a vitamin. And it plays a role in making testosterone.
Obviously, you do not want to increase your male hormones during that time of the cycle in which your female hormones are declining anyway. This means not taking vitamin D during the second half of your cycle!
Other than that, it is a great supplement and has many health benefits.
Zinc + Vitamin C as a supplement for acne
Zinc and vitamin c* are very often recommended when people ask about supplements for hormonal acne. Or acne in general.
Like with any other supplement getting zinc and vitamin C from food sources would be preferable to taking pills. And if you follow a healthy diet like for example Dr. Gregers Daily Dozen, chances are that you don’t really need more of them.
I have to say though that taking a zinc and vitamin C* supplement during my healing phase helped me clear up inflammation much quicker. I attribute that to the wound healing skills of the duo. So while not everyone might need these vitamins for hormonal acne, they did work well for me!
Be careful about higher doses! If you go too high, zinc can raise testosterone and reduce estrogen levels. As I said above: ideally you get all you need from your diet. And any deficiencies need to be checked with your doctor anyway.
Ginger & hormonal acne
Ok, wait, let me quickly go to the kitchen and make myself a ginger tea!
I was hesitant if to include ginger in the list of supplements for hormonal acne. Not because it isn’t great – it certainly is. But I don’t really see it as a supplement. Rather as a food.
Why it made the list anyways? Two reasons:
a) It is really beneficial! It is anti-inflammatory, reduces sebum production and increases estrogen production. (Again, if you have estrogen dominance: not for you! For me it is great.)
b) Some people really do not like the taste of ginger at all. Not in a tea, not in food, nada. For those people, a ginger supplement* instead of having to eat it could be a godsend.
I can clearly tell a difference in my skin from eating ginger regularly and wholeheartedly recommend it!
Oh, and by the way, ginger has some amazing benefits for menstruation as well!
Kurkuma as a supplement for acne
All the things I just said about ginger as a food or supplement could be repeated about Kurkuma. Don’t worry, I will not say it again.
Instead, let’s skip directly to why Kurkuma* deserves a mention among the supplements for hormonal acne.
It has anti-inflammatory properties, which in itself is already very good for anyone suffering from acne. But it also helps in balancing your hormones. How great is a food that can help with the source of your acne AND the healing at the same time? Pretty great, I would say.
So now it’s your turn! Which supplements for hormonal acne have you tested? Did I forget any important ones? Let me know in the comments.
And if this was in any way helpful to you, please share it, so others can benefit as well. Thank you!
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