I get so many emails from women of all ages who tend to have the classic symptoms of hormonal acne or hormonal breakouts, spots that breakout around the mouth, jawline and on the chin, these can sometimes be very large and very painful.
While skincare can help control the severity of the breakouts and reduce inflammation it’s not going to stop it, if you can balance your hormones, this could reduce or even stop these breakouts altogether.
Here are some supplements that I have tried and found worked very well to balance my own hormonal breakouts.
1 – Vitex Agnus Castus, I started taking this about 14 years ago when I went to a herbal shop for help with my polycystic ovaries, I needed help with the agonising periods, hormonal breakouts and general craziness. And did it help? You could say that, it made me super fertile and I got pregnant within 3 months! Since then regulations have changed and most of the agnus castus in shops contain too low a content to make a difference. THESE (Edit: Due to a change in UK regulations, Lindens have stopped selling Agnus Castus 1000mg but it can be found on ebay but it is now classified as a medicine so definitely get further advice from your doctor) I found were excellent, I started on one a day but it didn’t do much, 2 a day though made a dramatic difference, I took 2 a day for roughly 18 months, dropped to one a day for a few months and then stopped taking them, it’s been almost a year and I’ve not had anymore hormonal breakouts. But be careful, this can change the hormones in the body and can therefor affect contraceptives so be sure to READ about this product before you even consider taking it and speak to your GP if you’re taking something for your hormones or going through fertility treatment. It usually takes about 3 months before you start seeing results so don’t give up after the first week, keep going and come back in 4 months and tell me how much better your skin is looking ;).
If you’re suffering with the menopause then apparently Black Cohosh is excellent.
2 Multivitamins, you really can’t go wrong with a good multivitamin. I used to take capsules but I discovered Vital Greens at the gym and made the switch. It’s blooming fantastic! Here’s the website blurb
Vital Greens is a carefully balanced blend of nutritionally potent and nutrient-dense greens, vegetables and fruits–plus additional herbs, natural minerals, powerful antioxidants, probiotics for intestinal health, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6 and 9), digestive enzymes, cell pigments, plant sterols and fibres.
The ingredients are correctly proportioned to work in synergy for maximum effect; they provide optimum nutrient levels to help improve detoxification, aid digestion, build immunity and deliver energy and vitality to every cell in your body.
Because it’s a powder made from natural ingredients, it’s easily absorbed by the body and it’s jam packed full of not just great ingredients for your health, but essentials for beautiful skin too. I prefer to mix with about half a glass of water and drink it down, it doesn’t taste bad but I’m not a fan of the flavour. Not everyone believes in multi vitamins, if it’s not your thing then don’t feel pressured in to it, a healthy diet is more than enough but as I don’t eat meat I find I sometimes need the extra boost.
3 Omegas, seriously everyone should take omegas for their amazing benefits, they’re fantastic for not just your hormones and skin but for your brain. Omegas come in different forms, I personally prefer Omega 3 because it appears to be more tolerated by the body (from what I’ve read anyway). There are sooooo many versions of Omegas out there, they mainly come from fish but you can also get flaxseed if you don’t eat fish. Just make sure you find a good quality capsule, something to remember, the cheaper versions can make you smell. I take THESE simply because they’re good quality and they’re made with fish gelatine rather than pork gelatine. I also pierce the capsules to add in to the vitamin smoothies, because they have a lemon flavour you can’t taste it.
4 Maca, I think Maca powder is great for young teens who don’t like or can’t take capsules or tablets but a word of warning, maca can apparently make PMT worse if you take too much. My 13 year old takes maca daily alongside fish oils and we notice a big difference in her skin and mood!
I also take Vitamin D every other day and probiotics daily, I have no preference to brands. It has recently been proven that everyone should take a Vitamin D supplement, my children have the chewy capsules from boots.
There are plenty of other supplements recommended for balancing the hormones, but these are the ones I have first hand experience of using.
If you’re interested in any of the products I’ve listed, be sure to do some research and speak to your Dr when necessary, I’m not a herbalist and each product may have a contraindication to a health condition that you may be suffering from so please don’t take without checking.