4 ways to get rid of hormonal acne naturally.
As many of you know I have been balancing women's hormones for 14 years, now I am combining my expertise in whole food supplements and hormone balance with skincare. As I explain in my book Happy The New Sexy hormones play a major role in many areas of our lives, including our skin.
How do hormones affect acne?
Hormones have a major role in the development of acne, we do know that androgen hormones gum up the follicle by triggering oil (sebum) production. Androgens are the so called “male hormones” or testosterone, and yes women have it too. They are produced by the testes, ovaries and the adrenal glands. The most well known androgens are testosterone and its breakdown product dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Why is all of this important in regards to acne? Because research has shown that there are androgen receptors in the base of the oil gland and also in the cells that line the pores! If there are high levels of testosterone and DHT floating around the body, they are highly capable of binding onto these receptors. To put it simply, when these hormones attach to the oil glands (aka. receptors) in the skin, they trigger the gland to produce more oil as well as feed the bacteria and then an inflamed acne lesion is well on its way to surfacing. So, by lowering androgen and testosterone levels in the body, the skin will not produce as much or no acne.
Are your androgens too high? a simple lab test done at home can reveal the answer, email me directly for more info. We have flexi-testing available the costs range from $99-$499, depending on your needs. I do offer free consultations to help you know what is best for you.
I also offer a free hormonal questionnaire, email me to have one sent to you.
Also at work is DHEA, the chief precursor to testosterone. DHEA causes the growth of and increased productivity of the oil (sebaceous) gland. DHEA levels start rising well before puberty when the adrenal glands start producing this chemical. At this time, acne starts to appear in genetically predisposed teenagers.
Also another component to fluctuating or increased hormone levels is the food we consume. The typical American diet that is highly acidic and high in saturated fats, processed grains, refined sugar, and low in fresh vegetables, fruit, fish , fiber, antioxidants and seaweed has been shown in many studies to either increase or decrease testosterone and androgen levels, respectively. Therefore, a healthy diet is one form of natural treatment for hormonal acne. Another way to balance hormone levels is by taking certain vitamins and herbs. Both these items are discussed in more detail below…
PCOS is a condition in which women have an imbalance of female sex hormones. It is linked to low levels of estrogen and progesterone and high androgen levels (male hormones typically found in small amounts in women). It is not completely understood why or how the changes in hormone levels occur. This hormonal imbalance causes the woman’s ovaries to not release eggs, instead, they form very small cysts. This is very common these days with all the estrogen in the air.
Symptoms of PCOS include: lack of a period or an irregular period, body hair growing on the chest, naval, face or around the nipples, thinning of the hair on the head, acne, dark skin markings around the neck, armpits, groin or breasts as well as decreased breast size. The increase in the male hormone, androgen, is responsible for causing these male-characteristic symptoms.
A few natural treatments for PCOS include diet modifications to lower androgen levels, A lab test is recommended to see what herbs and other natural supplements you need exactly. While the birth control pill might be the most popular way to control PCOS, it is by no means the only option or the right option.
If you think you may have acne triggered by PCOS, please contact me for testing.
1. Take Your Vitamins and Herbs
Omega-3 Fatty Acids– omega-3’s have been found to lower testosterone levels. By taking a good omega 3, you can buy at any health food store and eating more omega 3’s in the diet, one can help the body to balance testosterone levels and eliminate acne breakouts.
Homeopathic's- hormonal acne, in females, typically manifests along the jawline and chin. If you are experiencing acne in these areas, during your monthly cycle, then fem plus may be a successful treatment. fem plus is a homeopathic also known as Chasteberry and the “womans herb” that has been used with great success for women’s menstrual symptoms of low progesterone in the luteal phase (the part of the cycle that starts at ovulation and ends the day before your next period) and high estrogen levels. Signs of low progesterone include: depression, crying, despondency, mood swings, hormonal acne, nervousness and anxiety. Signs of high estrogen levels include: pain, tender breasts, heavy periods and bloating.
This homeopathic acts upon the pituitary and hypothalamus glands by increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) production and mildly inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This results in a shift in the ratio of estrogen to progesterone, with a rise in progesterone. The herb itself is not a hormone. Therefore, it is important to know if your progesterone levels truly are low before taking anything. ( email me for a test ) as it could stimulate an acne breakout from too high of progesterone levels.
2. Eat the Proper Diet
Increase fiber consumption– In other studies, in addition to lowering fat consumption, increasing fiber consumption has also been evaluated. What has been found is that a high fiber diet will also decrease blood testosterone, DHT and DHEA. In America, the average daily consumption of fiber is 13 grams. The recommended daily dosage is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. As you can see, it may be beneficial for anyone suffering from acne to increase their fiber. Ask me about TOTAL FIBER.
Decrease milk consumption– If you recall from above, DHT is able to bind to the receptors in the oil glands and “turn them on” so as to trigger oil production and acne. The problem with milk, in correlation to acneic skin, is that the hormones have already been converted into DHT by the cow and enter the human system ready to bind to an oil gland and create a breakout. This information was discovered by a Dermatologist, who has researching the diet-acne connection since the 1970’s.
Increase alkaline foods and decrease acidic foods– meat based proteins coffee, alcohol, sugar and processed grains, items heavily consumed in the typical America diet, are acid forming in the system. Whereas, fruits, vegetables and whole grains are alkalinizing to the system. Over-acidification is known as acidosis.
The main symptom of acidosis is fatigue. This is universal. Other symptoms include: loss of enthusiasm for life, loss of sex drive, poor sleep quality, depression and tiring quickly both mentally and physically. Advanced stage symptoms of acidosis include: sensitivity to cold, low blood pressure, hypo or hyperthyroid and low blood sugar. These symptoms are caused because the main minerals that are required to nourish the nervous system, such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, are the very same minerals that the body uses to neutralize acids!
Because stress also causes acidity it is not surprising that studies have shown that alkaline foods neutralize these acids and reduce cortisol level, the stress hormone (which we mention below is present at higher levels in acne patients).
Just by eating more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains in replace of meat, sugar and other processed foods you will not believe how amazing you feel in just a few days! I also like to add green food supplements or DIM as we can never eat enough greens.
3. Stress Reduction- yes, it does affect our hormones!
These days, starting from kindergarten, the pressure is on. We all experience it and try our best to reduce it. However, it still wreaks havoc on the best of us on our body and nervous system. Cortisol, the stress hormone, has been found to be increased in individuals with acne. It has also been found that an acid-forming diet of sugar and processed grains increases cortisol levels.
In addition to feeling better physically and mentally, lowering cortisol levels also decreases inflammation and can, thereby, be a contributing factor to healing inflammatory acne.
4. Use Mountain Mud Masque and Conqueror Cream!
With my knowledge of whole food ingredients and herbs and many years of work. I have blended several skincare products just for women. See more at www.cammiandcompany.com . My Conqueror Cream
is made with hormone balancing herbs that are adaptogens, meaning that they "help you adapt to stress" applied topically they help hormonal acne and in 26 seconds they are in your bloodstream. My Mountain Mud Masque is specially blended with probiotics, activated charcoal, organic papaya leaf , and organic pineapple fruit extract plus aloe - all designed to clear up hormonal acne.
Email me directly if you have any questions, I offer FREE 10 min phone consultations too.