…. are the ones tailored to you.
Let me explain…
You probably don’t hear me talk about supplements a lot on here (and there’s a reason for that), but I actually think supplements are great.
If you are seeing a lot of improvement in your skin from improving your lifestyle – eating better, sleeping better, exercising more, and reducing your stress – but you can’t QUITE make it to be perfectly clear – I think a well targeted nutritional supplement can push you over the edge into clear zone.
That’s the thing though – supplements are only great if they’re well targeted and specifically what YOU need to address your individual imbalances.
Sadly, everyone is very different, and everyone’s acne is caused by slightly different things. And when you hear on the internet that “this supplement cleared my acne”, it’s a natural reaction that you want to run out and try whatever it was. If it worked for them, it’ll work for you, surely?
Well… it might. If you’re really lucky.
In reality though, supplements are expensive. And it’s really easy to try one supplement after another, finding that that they do nothing, and you’ve wasted a lot of money. And a lot of frustration.
Believe me, I know. I do it all the time. I’m always buying new supplements that I read about, and then find out they do nothing and I wasted my money.
People are always asking me “what do you think about this supplement”, or “what do you think about that supplement”. Most of the time I just don’t know what to say. Yes, I have probably heard about someone whose acne got cleared by using that particular supplement, but do I really know if it’s going to help YOU?
I seriously have no idea.
A Holistic Professional Can Help You Decide Which Supplements Are Best
Someone who can help you is a naturopath, or an herbalist, or a Traditional Chinese doctor, or someone who can see you in person who can either run tests, or muscle test you, or give you a saliva hormone test, or in some other way figure out what will work in your particular situation.
Here is an article of mine that talks about going to see a naturopath and how to find one.
The other benefit of this is that they can recommend high quality supplements that will actually work (not cheap synthetic ones that don’t do anything), and tell you how much to take and for how long. Some people actually might have the right supplement for their acne, but the quality wasn’t good enough, or they didn’t take it for long enough! How lame is that?
If you are still stubborn (it’s okay, me too!) or just really can’t go to see someone (even though I swear it will save you money in the end), the second best thing you can do is try to narrow down what the imbalance is that is likely causing your acne, and choose supplements based on that. The following are two of my articles that can help you with that:
Where Your Acne Is And What It Looks Like Can Tell You What’s Causing It
Do You Have One Major Imbalance Contributing to Your Acne?
If you’re even more stubborn and still want to shoot around in the dark, here is a few supplements for acne that have quickly come off the top of my head. This is not, in any way, conclusive – there are hundreds of supplements out there, and depending on you and your body, any one of them could be the supplement that helps you with your acne.
1) Fermented Cod Liver Oil
I feel good recommending this one because the nutrients in it are just so important for your overall health and skin (including absorbable Vitamin A, D, K2, and Omega 3s). I think everyone should be taking this whether they have acne or not – it helps your brain, it cures colds, supports healthy hormonal balance, and in many people, it will clear your acne, or at least support your body enough so that it can successfully heal your skin through other methods! This is the only supplement that I take regularly and plan to take indefinitely due to its overall health benefits. I have already written a post about this, so no need to be redundant. Just read the article.
2) Megadosing on Vitamin B5
This one sounds iffy to me – but many, many people have found that taking a high dose of vitamin B5 totally clears their acne (I’m talking like ten to twenty capsules of it per day). I have heard about this over and over and over again – that’s why I’m mentioning it – but have never tried it. It sounds like an expensive pain, and is likely only to work in the short term since megadosing on anything for too long is a bad idea, and even in the short term may not be without side effects. I don’t want to be too dismissive though – it might be just what you need to get clear really fast while you find a longer term solution. I encourage you to do your own very thorough research if you’re interested in this (and if you have experience with B5, please share your experience in the comments!).
3) Milk Thistle
Most people with acne have a bit of a sluggish liver that could use a boost. The liver is a very important organ in the body, and it does many jobs – including deactivating all the toxins coming into your body, and also helping to regulate hormones. If it isn’t keeping up with its jobs, it can definitely show on your skin. There are many herbs that are helpful in supporting the liver, but milk thistle may be the most powerful/well known. Read my article about liver support for more info.
4) Vitex Chasteberry
This one in particular is useful for women who get acne before their periods (and other PMS symptoms), or for women who are getting acne after coming off birth control pill. It works by stimulating and normalizing the pituitary gland, which regulates the balance of estrogen and progesterone in the body. Vitex usually has the effect of enhancing progesterone and decreasing estrogen levels, so it’s most effective if you have acne due to what they call “estrogen dominance“. If you don’t have acne due to this imbalance, taking this could make things worse.
Vitex is not a hormone itself and does not build hormones, it just helps your body to normalize your own hormones, so it’s quite safe. Vitex can be used and is quite effective alongside DIM.
5) DIM – or specifically, the brand Estroblock
Many months ago, Fran from High on Health pronounced Estroblock (a very high quality, effective form of the natural plant extract, DIM, or Diindolylmethane) to be “the best supplement for hormonal acne”, and it was what finally cured her of her ongoing, mild, cyclical, adult, hormonal acne (which is the same kind that I continue to have).
The purpose of this supplement is to help your body detoxify and rid itself of “bad estrogens” (we have both good and bad estrogen), which can throw off all your hormones. The majority of people, including men (which means they can use this supplement too), have more bad estrogens than they should because they are in a lot of things in our environment – like plastics.
DIM is a natural extract from cruciferous vegetables like kale and cabbage. As far as I know, it usually has very few side effects, as all it’s doing is helping you to boost the natural detoxification of something harmful. This detoxification would be happening anyway, DIM is just helping it. It may not clear your acne if bad estrogens are not the root of your acne, but taking it is not likely to hurt you. But of course, as we’ve been saying – there is still risk of wasting your money on another random supplement! (and annoyingly, this one is very expensive with horrendous shipping charges, at least if you don’t live in the United States)
Anyway… I had been hesitant to try this because I was wary of messing with hormones without getting them tested to see what was really going on (and also wasting my money on another random supplement!). But I finally decided to try it anyway. The reason is because I realized that my naturopath had prescribed this for me a long time ago when I first saw her. Except I didn’t know what DIM was then, and didn’t quite put two and two together that this supplement that Fran was talking about was the same as what my naturopath gave me.
So I figured hey – I’ve actually already used this for a short period and it seemed to jive with me (didn’t cause more acne, anyway), and so maybe I should just give Estroblock a try.
I’ve been using it for the last three months (3 pills a day – two in the morning, one in the evening). At first I wasn’t sure it was doing anything because for the first two months, I was still breaking out a little bit before my period, but, as time has gone on, I actually, really, honestly think it’s making a significant, positive, difference in my skin (*knock on wood!*). Last period, I had no acne – and in between periods, my skin looks absolutely GREAT. I’ve even noticed a marked increase in compliments on my skin lately from people watching my videos.
I do want to use it for a little longer and go through a few more cycles before I really sing its praises… but… yeah. I just thought I’d tell you that I’m trying it and I think it’s working. After a few more months, I’ll give my real review of whether it really worked or not.
Watch Me Yak About Acne Supplements In This Video
Do you use any supplements for clearing acne? Which ones and why?
I completely agree with you that FCLO is the best supplement to take for overall health. Unfortunately I ran out of the Green Pastures FCLO/BB Cinnamon tingle a month ago, and it is now out of stock for a few more weeks. I’m pretty sure that this why my skin isn’t looking as great as it did a few months ago… I ALWAYS recommend that particular blend to my family, particularly my Brother who had a very bad cold and the antibiotics the Doc gave him caused pretty bad reaction! (I’ve also suggested a good pro biotic, but he doesn’t really care 🙁 )
Another supplement that is good, is again, a pro biotic. Of course I learnt this from Tracy after doing the candida cleanse. I take one prescript assist probiotic a week for healthy digestion.
And for those unsure about the Green pastures FCLO, due to the price, there isn’t really ANY other blend of even brand as good as green pastures. One reason is because of the ingredients list. The Green pastures only lists fermented cod liver oil (or some butter or some flavour too), whereas the other (cheaper) brands ‘add’ the Vitamin D, K2 etc.
Hey! Just wondering if there is somewhere in Canada that I can order Green Pasture’s FCLO? It’s going to cost more than the actual bottle in shipping and brokerage fees if I order from the US! It also said it can take several weeks to be delivered. Thanks 🙂
Hi. That would be a question for Tracy – I’m in the UK! (I think from the original post about FCLO, Tracy said the shipping was high as she couldn’t fine in in Canada.)The stores where I buy it from say it’s out of stock until Mid-November which makes it about 6 weeks out of stock since I last checked. There are some suggestions in the Paleo forums etc. that the book by Diane Sanfilippo ‘Practical Paleo’, has educated people how good it is and have been buying it. How true that is i don’t know, but the books is NYTimes best seller. I pay £39.99 for mine, shipped from a UK store.
Have you tried Funky Raw? I get mine from there.
Yes I have tried there but they are also sold out… They should be back in stock over the new week or two.
I’m a Canadian and I got mine here: http://fermentedcodliveroil.ca/
It took about a month, but I think that might’ve been cause it was out of stock for a while… Once it did ship it took aboooout a week I think.
However, I’m thinking it might’ve broke me out in hives 🙁 I’m not saying this to scare you, cause it’s probably a random thing that’ll only happen to me… or maybe it’s the stevia or cassia that’s in it… Just wondering if this seems at all plausible from other people who’ve tried it, or if the hives are likely totally unrelated. If no one knows at all, that’s cool. I just wanted to whinge about having MORE spots in addition to acne 😛
Yes, the http://fermentedcodliveroil.ca/ is the only real site I’ve found that sells it in Canada… I feel really lucky that I found that there’s a pharmacist in my town who sells it at a really good price. You’re right, the custom charges from the States sucks! I got my first couple of bottles from there, and it was brutal
I haven’t tried Green Pastures FCLO, but I can tell you that fermented foods and fish both have high levels of histamines, so it’s likely the main part of the product itself could have caused your hives. I have a similar problem with foods like this.
Thanks Laura, it’s nice to know that this was probably the source… I never, ever get hives so it was a bit of a surprise.
I have gotten awesome results using DIM and Calcium d-glucarate together, has pretty much solved my horrendous hormonal acne problem I’d been trying to solve for like 15 years. My acne was so bad I didn’t want to leave the house on those days, then it was forever trying to cover up the aftermath. Taking these two things I worry way less about the occasional treat and not obsessing over what I eat, my self esteem is better, I am SO much happier with my skin. I think my PMS is better too when I am on these.
Yay! That’s awesome. That’s how I feel too being on Estroblock… I don’t have to be quite as attentive to my diet, and I feel a lot more… free, I guess? What brand of DIM do you use and how much do you take every day? And how long have you been on it?
I am also curious about DIM. I have been taking dimavail for a few months. I am taking 100mg two times a day. How many mg do you take?
I take SOURCE NATURALS DIM and Calcium D-Glunarate supplements. I also take VITANICA brand Chaste Berry Tree supplement as well.
I am taking Nature’s Way DIM-plus, 2caps/day that contains 100 mg DIM and 100mg Protectamins from cruciferous vegetables. I am also taking 1,000mg/day of Source Naturals Calcium d-glucarate. Works awesome for me. I have been taking these since January, so 10 months. Saw some results after a month, and fully clear after 2.5-3 months on.
My experiences with other supplements for acne are as follows:
I tried Vitex a few times with no good results in my skin. I found out the hard way too that Vitex affects the dopamine levels in your brain and for some people can bring on feelings of depression or anxiety. I’m usually pretty even keel all the time and happy go lucky. Being on Vitex made me like a raging bitch, super irritable and gave me terrible mood swings. I look back at the two different times I tried it for my acne and don’t even identify with who I was during those times. I jeopardized a few relationships while I was on it and luckily quitting it I was able to return to my normal self. The first time I took it for only over a month before I realized the results. The second time I was desperate to have my acne cleared and at the advice of an herbalist thought I’d give it another go, I took it for three months, with horrible edginess the whole time.
B5 definitely cleared my skin up incredibly after a few weeks. A month after taking it I developed a weird pain in my liver. It felt like my liver was all swollen and heavy. It hurt to bend over or move in certain ways I would get these weird dull or shooting pains. It was really disconcerting. I can’t remember now how much I was taking, it was definitely a mega dose but on the low end of what some people take for acne. I discontinued it immediately. I don’t know for sure that it was the B5, but I wasn’t taking any other supplements and I don’t drink at all.
Maca root, gave me horrible horrible debilitating menstrual cramps.
Saw Palmetto seemed to help, made my skin way less oily. I stopped taking it because I couldn’t afford supplements at that point in time.
I have been taking the same DIM supplements and Calcium D Glucerate as you for 2 weeks now, and I am feeling quite optimistic about it all. Is this something we need to be supplementing our diets with indefinitely speaking? You say you have been taking this for 10 months now and I was just curious whether your plan was to continue to take them for the long haul, or eventually ween yourself off on the basis that your hormone levels may have returned to ‘normal’.
From my understanding (at least this is what Fran said), you might have to work on your liver too if you want to be able to get off the DIM and stay clear
Hi, I just wanted to put my two cents in and say: OMG IT’S WORKED FOR ME! I started with natures way because it was cheap and yeah I’ve spent a lot of money on stuff that never works- I started with chaste berry with very limited results, then detoxed my liver for about 2 months then bit the bullet. I have been battling skin problems since coming of Yaz to keep my skin clear (I was putting on weight and couldn’t get it off) I think that the hardest part is finding a brand of DIm that you can trust- from a dodgey looking online retailer. I found the brand suggested expensive compared to others- but also almost impossible to get in australia in any sort of reliable fashion.
I have been taking natures way too (along with multi, magnesium, and sometime fish oil- but not the calcium D that I now see that everyone else is taking) I was going to change brands because some body building like places look like they sell it cheaper, and the quantities on natures way actually say Bio-response DIM Complex.. with 25% dim and a whole bunch of other stuff- so I have been taking 4 a day as I assume that I am only recieving 25g of dim per capsule.
So do I stay with what has been working- or do I change??
Can I also say I have only been taking this for 2 weeks- my skin is soo smooth and i’m going to have to wait for the dark acne marks to fade (I’m asian)- at the beginning (first 2 -4 days) I broke out like absolute CRAZY.
Woohoo! 🙂 If it’s working, don’t change it!
Hi Tracy and Happy, I stumbled across this thread by searching for alternative acne treatments and I’m so glad I did. I’ve taken Spiro for the past year following a permanent break from Yasmin BC.
Yasmin worked amazingly for me but I wanted to stop taking BC as I was conscious I’d been on it for a really long time (10+ years). BTW, I’m now in my thirties and thought my teenage acne riddled skin would be a thing of the past – boy I was wrong. My skin broke out in a frenzy and all my teenage symptoms of acne came back full force i.e. oily skin, spots galore and pigmentation- I have a Indian-asian heritage so acne marks can remain for months which is probably the worst thing about this whole experience 🙁
In desperation I started taking Spiro to alleviate the stress. I’ve taken it for the last year, unfortunately replacing one drug with another and I have gradually noticed subtle side-effect symptoms which are starting to worry me. I wanted to stop but I was nervous as I didn’t want to break out again.
Hallelujah I came across this post two weeks ago and purchased Natures Way DIM. I have taken 4 pills a day (for the past 4 days) to get kickstarted and noticed my skin feels so soft, pigmentation is dissappearing really fast and there is no oiliness, just glowy, dewy and even skin tone! I know it’s early days but I feel a noticeable difference. I’m so glad I read your post as this gives me hope that quitting Spiro and switching to DIM long-term will help keep my oily, acne skin under control.
I’m going to wean off Spiro by reducing my dose for the next week or so. Fingers crossed I can live my life drug free -finally!
A BIG thank you to both of you for sharing your experiences, they have really helped me to make an informed decision on what I put into my body. I’m also considering purchasing Vitex to help eliminate all imbalances but will see how I get on with DIM first.
Thanks, thanks, thanks!
Hey Deedee that’s awesome! So glad to hear DIM has been working for you. Love that stuff 🙂
Hi DeeDee, I’m also sooo happy for you! Having asian heritage who gets dark marks at the drop of the hat I have to sympathise with you on the marking situation- I now only have 1-3 small, small pimples from wearing layers and layers sunscreen as I have just been in the outdoors for several weeks and I hate the sun as I tan intensely and sunscreen really doesn’t do much for that! My marks are still there but slowly beginning to fade and all I can say to myself is to be patient and to be happy that my skin feels the way it does- I know I shouldn’t touch my face but sometimes I just stroke my cheeks with the back on my hands and I’m blown away with how soft they are- I still have extremely oily skin so that’s a bummer- if there’s anyone with Asian/Indian type of skin who has advice on lightening marks and lightening in general please shout out!
I completely forgot about this post but just found it again by researching again for DIM- I have been using a body building brand with calcium-D in the meantime but think I will change again but not sure what to take as I just want to take one tablet a day 🙂
Thanks again Tracey…
Ive been reading everyones methods of treatment and rarely post but seeing your request for a spot lightning trick made me :0). grind some oatmeal( coffee grinder or blender) mix it with some honey (soft skin), lemon juice (natural bleach) and enough water to make a paste and rub it all over your face and any other parts of the body that need dark spots lightened. this is basically a scrub and bleach in one and you can do this 2-3 times a week. the results will come depending on how much lemon juice you use, i use roughly 1tsp for about 1tbsp of oatmeal powder. if you want to skip this process just dab small amounts of lemon juice on the spots and scrub regularly. good luck!
Just a quick update to inform you guys I’m completely off Spiro and my skin is looking great! I feel DIM has been a blessing and really worked, I get a little oily before my period but that’s nothing I can handle.
Anyone who has had success with Yasmin, or Spiro (for oily, acne prone skin) please try this as it’s a great natural alternative! Yey no more drugs!
Yay! Awesome 🙂
I’m 38 and have tried everything. I’ve had a naturopath for years and we have tried several things. will let u know. thanks for the posts!
As you might remember from my comments to your article on how to wean off oral birth control, I have (so far, at least) successfully weaned off the birth control pill (it’s been 4 months). What I mean by successfully is that I have not suffered an acne breakout at all. In fact, my skin seems to be getting even smoother, and people have said things about me having a healthy glow.
I’ve been taking vitex – 400mg/day, for the past 4 months, and I think it’s definitely helped to keep my cycle on track. I also take fermented cod liver oil (Green Pastures), which I think is fantastic. This Thursday, I came down with a really sore throat, and I thought, great, I’m going to be in bed this whole week (I teach, and if I lose my voice I’ve basically lost all my capacity to do my job correctly). I’ve been taking 1 full teaspoon of FCLO for a few months now, and I can’t believe I never lost my voice at all and was able to work all week, and it’s Saturday, and my cold is coming to an end, after 2 days. I’m rarely sick, but when I am I can feel really rotten. I’m sure the cod liver oil has helped to keep me on top of things.
I also wanted to add, turmeric capsules, or turmeric root are said to be amazing when it comes to healing inflammation and acne.I just sprinkle it on everything I can.
Spirulina, provided it is organic, is also said to be a superfood. It’s rich in iron and chlorophyll, and I’m sure it’s a detoxifier of some kind.
Anyway, voilà. Brilliant post, as always! If I reach the 6-month post-pill acne free (wish me luck!), I will write you an article explaining everything I did (and the supplements I took) to come off the pill gently without surfing from an outbreak!
🙂 Again, I’m so glad to have found this website! You’re an inspiration!
Right! Turmeric is one I forgot to mention here – also, zinc is one that seems to help a lot of acne sufferers.
Anyway, I’m confident you are going to make it to six months acne free… and I’m so happy for you! I love reading the comments on the “wean off the birth control thread”… it really makes me happy to see you ladies helping each other out on the very scary prospect of quitting BC… and I know that you and the other’s successes are so encouraging to people who are thinking about getting off it! I can’t wait for the article! 😀
🙂 Yeah, your ‘wean off birth control’ article has literally saved my life (well, my face, hihi)! I’m crossing fingers, eating my greens, and taking my FCLO! If I reach 6 months, I’ll be SO happy. Thanks for the encouragement!
I tried the mega-dosing on B5 thing, about eight years ago. I think I took about 2500mg of a good quality brand daily for about a year. I can’t say I found it did an awful lot for my acne. The only reason I took it for so long was because I had had serious eczema all down one arm for about two years which wouldn‘t clear, and the eczema actually disappeared without trace during the period of taking B5 and I thought it could be the B5 that was helping. It was costly, though, and so I stopped taking it. The eczema never did return and I concluded that it had probably been a topical allergy, as I chopped and changed body washes a lot, and the B5 was just coincidental.
I’ve also spent a small fortune over the years trying loads of other vitamins and minerals for acne, including homeopathic and herbal supplements, but, unfortunately, without success. I took vitamin B6 for a spell, well within the recommended dose, but I developed tingling in my hands and feet each day, which only ceased when I stopped taking it. That made me think that probably supplements weren’t such a good idea as I didn’t know what imbalances and potential problems I could be creating internally for the future. I therefore prefer not to take any now.
It’s great that you think you might be having success with Estroblock though. Your skin really does look great.
Hi Yvonne – thank you for sharing your experiences with B5! Is the eczema still gone, even long after you quit the B5?
Anyway – I agree – supplements can be awesome, but there are just SO MANY, and they can be powerful and we just don’t know what we’re getting into when we take them randomly. Plus they’re expensive, and annoying to take.
Yes, the eczema has gone and never came back again in the eight years since, which is why I don’t think it was the B5 after all, otherwise I would have expected it to have come back when I stopped taking it. I had never had problems with eczema in my life before and had always just used whatever bath product was to hand. It developed suddenly and intensely at aged 22 and I constantly changed body washes – cheap ones, expensive, natural, formulated for sensitive skin, you name it – for the next two years with no relief. It was following another change of body wash that the eczema started to disappear, which was also during the period I was taking the B5. In my mind I was asking myself what was so different about this cheap body wash from the supermarket, the ingredients looking remarkably similar to others I had tried before? What could be in this that had cured it, or what was in all the others that had caused it? I didn’t know. I therefore wondered if it was, in fact, the B5 that had something to do with it. But I’m sure it was a topical problem. I’ve stuck with the same brand of shower gel ever since. From time to time, though, I do take advantage of supermarket offers with no ill-effects, although with one or two brands eventually I have developed an odd rogue itchy patch, so I switch back. I’m therefore pretty sure it’s a topical problem. My point is, really, that it can be hard to know for sure when taking a supplement if any improvements are due to the supplement or if it could be some other change or combination of changes that’ve been made, like to lifestyle, diet, or topically. I don’t know what triggered my eczema or why when I had had no history of it before. I therefore don’t know what I’ve been avoiding that has cured it. Touch wood, it will stay away. It’s all a needle in a haystack!
Methylisocchlorasine- it’s in every shampoo and hand wash face wash, you name it. I have eczema really bad on my hands and as soon as I discovered this beast, I’ve been able to knock out the eczema completely.
It’s a presevative, so it is in a lot of products.
The good ones, usually more natural have none of this junk.
Hope this helps!
that‘s great to know! Thanks for sharing!!! 😉
very interesting article & video, thank you Tracy!
Randomish topic: I was searching for candida recipes tonight due to a brain funk. I came across a candidaplan website where it said it was critical to sweat for at least 30 minutes every day (not exercise sweat but sauna/hot bath) to detoxify. This method of detoxification helps reduce the presence of candida.
I am a little leery. A couple months ago, I tried hot yoga because I love to sweat. After the 3-4th session, I started getting a rash on my arms. It looked like eczema. It was extremely uncomfortable. A few weeks after I stopped going to the classes, it went away.
I figured it was toxicity trying to escape through my pores (note: my diet was mostly clean but wasn’t the best). Now I am hesitant to work out for I might develop the rash.
Currently, I am waiting to be further into my cleanse in hope that it will help reduce the toxicity through the skin. Any thoughts?
I don’t think it’s by any means necessary that you must sweat in a sauna every day to get rid of candida. I’m not saying it would be a bad thing if you wanted to do that – detoxifying is useful, sure – but… I just… I’m a little puzzled by that. Especially the specificity about it being a sauna for 30 minutes… but not exercise. Personally I have never heard this.
This is kinda long and I know you’re not crazy about the medical profession, but you might be interested to know they are trying to figure it out, too! They do it their way, and the research is good. Some of this report is VERY interesting! I think none of it will come as a shock to you.
Institute of Medicine report on the Human Microbiome
Love from a nursing student 🙂
Well, I didn’t really mean just that page, if you go go back a page or two, there is some interesting stuff…assuming you haven’t already read this. Most people don’t spend their days reading IOM reports…
Haha that’s very positive that they are trying to figure it out 😀 thanks for posting that Amanda
Hi Tracy, is there a difference between the gel and liquid form of the fermented cod liver oil? I think you take it in gel form; is it better than the liquid? Thanks for all your speedy replies!
It’s only better because it’s more economical – apparently you have to take way more of the capsules to equal the same amount of gel. So you don’t get as much bang for your buck in a bottle
Hi Tracey, Just wanted to check how your results have been going with DIM. I have been on your website before after coming off the BCP 6 months ago and doing everything in my power to avoid the break outs again which are better then last time with diet,exercise and lifestyle change. I see my naturopath every month and have had my saliva hormone test done and the results showed I was low in Progesterone, high in testosterone and bad estrogens. And reading Fran’s website to she explains that it sounds like Estrogen dominance.
So I have ordered it today and will have my follow up appointment with my naturopath next week just to make sure it’s ok to take with the other suppliments and vitmains I am taking.
But it sounds like something that could help with my particular acne.
Hi Rebecca – I agree. I think Estroblock is very likely to help you 🙂
Thank you for your post 🙂
I know that cod liver is supposed to be VERY good for the skin but I read that it boosts testosterone production. So, maybe it is not as good as it appears to people (like me) who have hormonal acne. What do you think ?
That’s interesting, I hadn’t heard that before but it does seem (according to google) as though some people use it to raise testosterone. I’m not sure what to say about that – I’ve never heard of this supplement ever causing acne – only ever treating it because it promotes hormonal balance. Perhaps those using it for that are low in testosterone, therefore it’s not really raising it above normal levels, just balancing things out
I haven’t used much supplements, just omega 3 and B vitamin complex, wish i had access to a more quality stuff like cod liver oil (shipping is too much!)or that Estroblock you’re talking about.
Does anyone know a trusted supplement online shop, preferably in Europe, that ships international (to non EU countries)?
Thanks for this Tracy, really useful. Do you have any thoughts on evening primrose oil? I’ve been supplementing 100mg every day for a few months and have noticed a big difference in my skin but the acne hasn’t gone completely. Maybe I should be taking more?
Hi Emma! Yes that is another one that seems quite useful for many women with acne. It sounds like you can take more, so I might try boosting your dose a little to see if it makes any difference.
Thanks for an interesting post Tracy, as always, well done 😉
However, I’d like to share my concerns with FCLO. You probably know that besides being super nutritious, Cod’s liver absorbs all kinds of toxins from the sea (which are there in massive amounts). Among the known ones are mercury, dioxins and PCB’s. There’s some theories that vitamins A and D protect from mercury, but if I can choose, I would not want any mercury near my body. As for dioxins and PCB’s which are hugely accumulated in cod’s liver (and then in the bodies of those who consume it), those substances take years to clear from the human body and they disrupt hormones, and do enormous harm to human bodies. So, as I can see, the only safe oils are those that are properly distilled and cleaned of all these susbstances. You can check third party organizations, like IFOS, who do the checks of different batches of fish oil by different manufacturers, and provide their reports. When I did my extensive research, Green Pastures with their FCLO were not mentioned in any third party reports, and they never mention anything about dioxins (those are definitely accumulated in each cod’s liver). So, I really have doubts about this brand. I’m not advertising, but I can tell you I spent a few months checking different reports and finally found a supplier, who can provide all the data, including where the fish was caught, when the check of the toxins took place, and results of all 3rd party reports. And they confirm that the oil was fully cleaned of mercury, PCB’s and dioxins.
Sorry for the long story, I’m just trying to attract your attention to this: dioxins won’t be noticed overnight if a person consumes them, but they are accumulated and can seriously harm one’s health over several years. And if you’re taking fish oil / cod liver oil, that was not checked for those toxins, it could bring more harm, since it’s a concentrated product, and could bring a concentrated dose of those harmful substances.
Well, good luck with picking the right cod liver or fish oil for yourself!
Very interesting, thanks for sharing your research! Have you found a cod liver oil that you think is acceptable?
Hey Tracy 🙂
Do you know anything about women taking saw palmetto for acne? All I know is that it’s usually taken by men for prostate health but supposedly it has helped women with acne also. Just wondering if you know how it would work for acne or if you/anyone you know has tried it?
Hi Lilly – Well, I don’t know everything about it, and have never tried it myself, but I did do some reading on it once, and found that it might be helpful for women with an androgen dominance imbalance, and may be a good alternative for spironolactone
I love your blog! It’s really helped me a lot. I’ve tried all-natural ways to clear my skin and most of it is amazingly helpful!! After changing lifestyle/diet(gf df sf) and starting a regular exercise routine, I introduced DIM -plus by Natures Way about three weeks ago. It actually really aggravated my acne and makes me break out more. I have cysts for the first time since my lifestyle/ diet change. I got a liver supplement and burdock root to help support the process, but Im still getting cystic acne. I’m wondering if Estroblock is a better form of DIM than Natures Way (is there an ingredient making me break out like soy/dairy /gluten) or could DIM be the wrong supplement for me? Most people say they love it and see results right away. What about people that experience way more acne while on it? Should I keep going to see if this is just my body’s way of detoxing or is this not the answer?
Everyone mentions estrogen dominance, but what about people that are overly sensitive to progesterone? I was prescribed spironolactone but I want to do it the natural way. I guess my question is does DIM support all hormonal imbalances? Do you think the acne is temporary before it kicks in and actually helps the problem? Or maybe not for me? I know you mentioned that it might not be for everyone but I was so optimistic when I saw how clear you are on it.
Thanks so much.
Hmm… well the cysts could be a detox reaction: https://thelovevitamin.com/?p=6599
Or, it could possibly be a food you’re eating more of now that you weren’t before that’s making you break out.. soy maybe? That’s the most common one. Corn perhaps. Hard to know exactly.
Or, yes you could be reacting to a supplement… Estroblock I do believe is a more quality supplement than Nature’s Way, which is why I recommend it – I know that it is good and that it is effective.
As for whether it supports all hormonal imbalances… well, when your estrogens are out of balance, it’s going to affect other hormones, so .. technically I would say yes it does, but if out of balance estrogens are not the root of your acne, then it’s not going to be as effective as it might be for someone else.
In the end, I wish I could tell you exactly what to do, but I can’t really – the best thing to do is to see a naturopath or someone who can give you a saliva hormone test so then you know exactly what’s going on and what you’re working with. Sending you love xo
I’ve been taking Saw Palmetto for about 8 months now for PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) which was recommended to me by my naturopath. My skin was great when I first starting taking it, but in the past couple of months has gotten very bad. I don’t know if the Saw Palmetto had anything to do with it being clear, but if you have PCOS it’s a good supplement to take either way. And, who knows, maybe if I weren’t taking it my skin would be even worse!
Thanks Tracy and Lorraine for your replies 🙂
I’ll look into androgen dominance and look for more on saw palmetto and acne and see what I find.
Also – hope you find something that works for your skin soon Lorraine!
Hi Tracy and everyone!
Wow, I take a lot of supplements.. I take 8 different supplements per day, in total 16 pills! I’ve been going to a naturopath/skin therapist every month for almost a year for regular blood analysis and skin treatments. I’ve also been following all the regular guidelines for acne-free skin (as in your book Tracy) but my skin is still very bad. Last time I visited my naturopath she actually told me that she usually don’t recommend antibiotics, but that sometimes people with stubborn acne really can benefit from it. I feel like a hopeless case… :/
I’m going to try DIM though. Not Estroblock (seems hard to get in Europe) but Nature’s Way-Plus. Reading about DIM, I understand that many people only see a slight improvement for a few weeks and then the effect goes away. I will try it though, obviously I’m a bit desperate here.. I would love to hear how you’re getting on with DIM Tracy, after you’ve taken it for a bit longer. Your skin really does look GREAT!
Elina, doing the DIM in conjunction with the Calcium d-glucarate was what really wowed me and gave me great results. I started doing just the DIM, and maybe I just hadn’t taken it long enough, but only saw mild results. As soon as I added CDG I was cleared. Maybe someday I will stop the DIM and see if it is singularly the CDG. CDG, much like DIM helps to remove excess estrogens from your body. It is known as the cellular detoxfier.
I also just recently discovered the one thing that helps the outbreaks I get from the chin strap on my bike helmet. My face has been clear, but darn that chin strap! I’ve tried everything on those spots under my jaw, and my skin is so sensitive there most things would just irritate… The answer, putting Neem on it at night. No irritation and byebye spots. It’s like a miracle!
Megadosing on B5 (about 8 grams a day) COMPLETELY cleared my acne in about a month. It was as effective as accutane but virtually no side effects after the first few days. It was so amazing to have no acne after years and years of moderate to bad acne. I was able to totally rely on my skin being clear, no matter what happened, what I ate or did. So liberating.
Great, huh? It was. But after many months the acne started to come back, and I was also quite freaked out taking so much, even though it is supposedly water soluble. So I stopped. And all my acne came back.
Zinc. I tried zinc last year excited about what people wrote about it, I took no more that the recommended dose for acne (can’t remember what it was exactly) but I quickly developed anemia, and spent a month very, very dizzy and panicked that I had a serious illness. I stopped the zinc, and within a week was back to normal. I also didn’t see any significant improvement in my skin. I don’t recommend zinc, except the small amounts in a multi-vitamin.
I am intrigued with DIM. Tracey, please keep up updated.
Thanks for sharing your experience with B5 and zinc Christine!
I realllly wanted to take some kind of supplement for my acne. I started by drinking just a ton of turmeric a day, with a protein. After maybe 3 weeks, i did notice my skin was better but, still healing quite slowly and not really enough to say it was from drinking turmeric. Anyways, i recently hit up the orgnaic supermarket in my country and got an herbal medicine of red clover and one called Ace+selenium+zinc which basically its black caraway seed oil capsules…anyways…cant even beleive im really saying this but…i take them at night…and wake up and my skin is sooo much less inflamed…actually it looks creamy, and new things have stopped purging. so i must say, thats whats done it for me. I also at one point was trying to take zinc capsules..but, my skin never looked better with them,..maybe worse? heh…i think some supplements are just too hard on my liver or something, i dunno. but, hope this might help yea : )
Hey! Wow, good for you. I’m glad you found something that worked well for you 😀
What was the brand on the red clover, and the ace+selenium+zinc supplements? Also, are you male or female?
Both brands are Fitne Health care, also german, im not sure how international it is. I am also a female. Its amazing what its been doing for my skin, even when some days i may eat more inflammatory foods like more gluten or sugar than normal it seems i dont react from it. yayy. haha : )
Yay! Awesome 🙂 It feels really great to find something that can give you that extra boost so you don’t have to be SO careful with your food. I feel the same way, I’m being a lot more lenient about it without reacting at all since taking Estroblock (knock on wood it sticks). I think that cuts down on stress a lot too, which probably helps in itself
Tracy… This estroblock thing has me really thinking! I started taking it less than a week ago, and my skin is feeling better than ever. My spots from my breakout ten days ago are basically gone and much of my scarring is healing up… It’s kind of bizarre actually. I’m totally not holding my breath because I’ve been through the ish with all this ish.. but I have a really good feeling. I also stopped cooking any of my kale when I read up on DIM–apparently the one thing that’s best for your hormones in kale and broccoli is completely destroyed upon heating…
I wonder whether others have had good experiences with this supplement and hormonal/cyclical acne; I can’t seem to find much about it online. Have you had breakouts since starting it?
I had a couple of small breakouts that passed quickly in the first couple of months right before my period. It was good in between, but for a while there, I wasn’t sure if it was doing anything. However, I stuck with it and it’s been getting better and better, (I’ve been on it about four months so far taking 3 per day) and, like… yeah. Over all, I’ve been REALLY happy with my skin and that’s what matters.. ..and my skin tone just looks better too, you know?
I’m curious if that’s why green smoothies work so well for some people is because of the DIM in the raw greens. I have a friend who said that when she’s on the green smoothies, her acne is completely gone – including hormonal acne before her period. She stops the green smoothies, it comes back.
I noticed that this Estroblock contains soy. Is this different to normal soy?
Hi Amy, I just answered this on a different post, and I said: “As for DIM, apparently it contains a form of soy that doesn’t include any phytoestrogens, so that’s good. If you are worried about allergies – well, for me, I think the amount is so small that it personally doesn’t bother me to take it, but it might be a concern if you know you are very highly sensitive to soy – over all though, I’m not too sure. Everyone reacts differently to things. I think in most cases the benefits would outweigh the bit of soy.”
Fran also mentioned that there is an alternative brand from David Wolfe’s online store that’s called Estroguard (they used to sell Estroblock and replaced it with Estroguard… not sure why. Perhaps because of the soy?) and doesn’t contain soy so if you are concerned you might try that one instead http://www.longevitywarehouse.com/Rejuvenation-Science-Labs-EstroGuard-3-Pack-p/estroguard3pk.htm
Ok,thank you. I don’t think i’m sensitive to it but just constantly hear that it’s bad for you. I might try it. Even though i have constant acne i do suffer with mood swings, tender breasts etc before my period so hopefully it will help those and my acne.
First time I’ve been on here, discovered your website a few weeks ago Tracy and LOVE it. I am 50 yrs old(oldest on here maybe?).Have suffered with mild/moderate acne since I was 15. Just purchased 2 bottles of the Green Pastures FCLO and now a little confused with the comments by Val and unsure whether to continue taking it. Interesting research. Can anyone assist me with this?
Well, it’s hard to say – if you don’t feel comfortable taking it then you shouldn’t. From my perspective, virtually everyone that I respect in the ways of health information recommend this product highly, and that makes me feel okay taking it. For example, check out Chris Kresser’s page here and what he has to say about it, and the pros and cons (it’s near the bottom of the article):
I mean, i’m no scientist, so I can’t say one way or another the true risk, but all I know is that thousands of people find this supplement to be off the hook with health benefits and I feel okay taking it… so…:/ yep. That’s all I can say!
Thanks for the advice Tracy and the link to the article, I will continue to take it as there does appear to be many good reviews about it.. Keep up the good work.
I would just like to recommend flaxseed (linseed) as a supplement, oil, soap, flour etc.
Its rich in omega 3 fatty acids, especially alpha linoleic acid (ALA).
Although it works for some, it does not work for all. But thought I would suggest it, as I had a good friend from NZ whose family grew and made flax products and they used to swear by it for spots, acne and eczema. They are literally the kings of flaxseed and have some amazing products. Although not sure about getting sent overseas sorry but it would be worth a try as its organic and a family owned company. A lot of great stuff on there.
Check out there products, Olivers testimonial and further information on flaxseed.
You can get supplements from your local supplement suppliers too.
I wish everyone porcelain clear skin for this christmas, including myself.
I’ve been taking vitamin B5 for a good long while now (since late 2010) and i’d say it has decreased my acne by about 80% I started with megadoses as well and have slowly been cutting back on it. It works- at least it did for me but I know deep in my heart that it’s not addressing the root cause of my acne. Recently I have started working on my diet since I strongly believe it’s the culprit to both my acne and terrible acid reflux I’ve been getting lately. It’s a slow process especially since I was used to eating out all the time and i still mess up sometimes but eventually I want to cut out most if not all meat and dairy products.
So i guess for a really quick fix, Vitamin B5 will work. I haven’t noticed any side effects from taking it either. I know some people say their hair falls out and stuff but if anything my hair has been the opposite lol. Fran compared vitamin B5 one time as “almost like accutane but safer” she then went against it and said something to which I don’t remember. That’s where I originally heart it from though, from her.
Thanks for sharing your B5 experience Eddie 🙂
Hey Tracy how can i know that which supplement help me and which will suit me to get rid of my acne ????please suggest which will give me faster result i m so depressed as i am having acne problem it was not longer ..This year january it started .Tracy after seeing your video seriously its like Miracle …:) God bless u always
Hi Isha, as the article says, I can’t tell you that, you need to go see a natural therapist or someone who can work with you directly. I’m sending you healing love! As for peeing a lot… do you drink a lot of water?
one more thing so many days i am noticing that i want to go so many time for urine(pee) something if u suggest behalf of this please suggest …
hi Tracy if i will not drink water also than also at least 4- 5 times a day i will go for pee.. but if i will drink water than it will more than 6 – 7 times a day .Is there any internal problem as i mm getting so much of pee ???and one more thing can i get rid of acne with vegetarian food as i don’t know which diet u suggest as it vegitarian or not ???
That doesn’t really sound like an unreasonable amount to pee.. I pee a lot too! As for vegetarian food.. well, it’s not all black and white. I don’t necessarily recommend a vegetarian diet as the healthiest by default, although it can be very healthy… it all depends on the person! Gluten and sometimes soy can be big aggravators of acne, so if your vegetarian diet includes a lot of that and you are sensitive to it… then… yeah. It’s all about finding out what works for you.
I just started reading your blog as I’ve been freaking out over the changes in my skin. I used to be into natural health/ alternative healing but my lifestyle (and my hormones) have been all over the place lately! I just went off the birth control pill in the beginning of November and about 2 weeks later my skin started breaking out. I haven’t had a break out in 6 years so naturally I freaked out and tried to dried the crap out of my skin to reduce the oil. I know the break outs are hormonal but I can’t help to want to “overclean” my face.
I did buy some organic jojoba oil and plan to use it to cleanse and moisturize and I also bought estroblock and cod liver oil. I’m hoping it helps!
Hey lovely, check out this blog post and read all the comments… amazing ladies in there that will totally help you with the process of getting off the pill: https://thelovevitamin.com/769/can-you-wean-off-the-birth-control-pill/
Hi Tracy, read the article 101 opinions on natural ways to cure acne(another great read thanks)One comment mentions taking a probiotic(which I do) and has a link to Garden of life Primal Defense Ultra. Do you know much about it? Is it a good one? I’ve done some research and it appears to be good.
The links were added by me to show examples of these supplements that I think are good… so yes, I think Primal Defence is a really good probiotic 🙂
Thanks Tracy, Have ordered some online as my others have almost run out.
I actually have another question for you. So I bought the estroblock with high hopes for it but it got me thinking. Since estrogen is supposed to block male hormones (androgens/ testosterone), how is estroblock effective against hormonal acne? I’m struggling with really clogged pores and what I call acne (it’s not quite cystic but alot of whiteheads and pustules) and nothing seems to be working.
It’s because there’s several different types of estrogens – there’s good estrogens and bad estrogens. Estroblock helps you eliminate the bad estrogens and it promotes the good estrogens, so everything comes back into balance
Hi Tracey, just wanted to see if the estroblock was still working for you? I’m now about 2 months into the DIM – I am yet to see much change. I know you said it took u about 3 months to see any change. I have noticed in the last 3 days my nose and forehead haven’t been getting oily like it had been so I pray for some change in my skin soon.
Hi Rebecca, yes it is still working. Check out this article for my review: https://thelovevitamin.com/6855/treat-female-hormonal-acne/
Also I don’t know what the type of DIM you’re taking, but it might not be effective enough or you’re not taking enough of it… from what I hear, not all DIM is created equal and Estroblock is really quality and highly absorptive
I’ve been on a Vitex / milk thistle / turmeric protocol for hormonal acne and it’s been magical. I had acne both on my face and body and this has done the trick… HOWEVER 🙁 I have no sex drive and possible depression (general sensitivity and crying fits…)… Has anyone been through this? I’m going to try lowering the vitex dose 🙁 I’m so caught between having clear skin or a healthy sex life and my sanity back. This is so hard.
Hi Leanne… hmm interesting side effects! Sorry to hear Vitex isn’t agreeing with you…that really sucks, and I feel you. Perhaps using DIM instead of vitex would help you achieve clear skin and a regular sex drive, and no depression? How much vitex are you taking?
Hi Tracy! Thank you so much for replying.
Unfortunately I cannot take DIM as I can’t find it in the city I’m in (Dubai). I will keep trying to find it though…
I’ve been taking 1600mg of Vitex a day as per recommended on the bottle (400mg, 2 capsules in the morning and 2 in the evening). I’m lowering it down to 1 capsule of 400mg every morning and seeing how I feel on than then maybe going up to 800mg *if* I feel ok.
Maybe it’s a placebo affect but I’m feeling a little less crazy today taking just one pill, but that’s about it… i’m hoping this doesn’t affect my clearness adversely though. Right now I just want to feel like my self again (and bring sexy back! 🙂 tmi)
Good luck Leanne, I hope it all works out for you 🙂
Thanks Tracy! Just a note and warning to anyone taking vitex, it raises dopamine levels which can compete with serotinin (hence my dark cloud)… If someone’s already stressed out/anxious/low serotonin levels then this won’t be pretty. I’m seriously considering ditching the vitex because of this.
Oh, thank you for the warning !
Hi Tracey 🙂
I have really enjoyed reading about different ways to clear hormonal acne! Just wondering if you knew where the best place to buy estroblock in Australia would be? I am taking a DIM supplement by MD nutritionals called estrosense but I don’t think it is quite strong enough. I also had a hard time taking the vitex due to the raise in dopamine levels :/ have you ever tried saw palmetto for blocking DHT? I am currently trying this but haven’t been on it long enough to see any results!
Thank you for your help 🙂
Hi Vanessa 🙂
It sounds like you can’t get Estroblock outside of the States, and the shipping charges are pretty horrendous. Even to Canada they are, I’m not sure if they’re even worse to Australia. You get it from the company’s website that makes it, the Delgado Protocol. My tip is to wait for an American holiday and buy it then… they seem to give a 25 to 30% discount.. sometimes even 40% … on all their holidays. That’s what I do, it basically erases the shipping cost.
Also, I have not personally tried Saw Palmetto, but I’ve heard it’s good if you are a woman with high androgen levels at the root of your acne
Hi Vanessa :),
Can I ask you how bad your hormonal acne is or was ? Was it a mild hormonal acne around your chin an jawline or its a bit more severe in your case? And for how long you took Estrosense before to note that it was not efficient enough for your hormonal acne ? I am asking you all these questions because I bought Estrosense yesterday and I want to be sure before to start taking it.
Thank you very much Vanessa !!
Hi. I bought estroblock in Australia from http://www.estroblock.com.au/ and they delivered very quickly.
What do you think about biotin? I’ve been hearing it causes breakouts even though it said on the bottle for hair skin & nails.
Horomone testing really confuses me because I’m getting different information. I wanted my levels tested but my gynecology dr refused. He claims there is no point in doing this for acne. Only women approaching menopause would he do this for because naturally hormones at my age are supposed to “fluctuate”. For instance higher levels of estrogen after period and low levels before. So to test at any random day would give a misreading as to whether I have high estrogen in my body or low. Idk if I should be looking to others like herbalists or take my gyno’s word?
Well.. in my opinion, he’s right and wrong. Yes your hormones are supposed to fluctuate, but they are supposed to fluctuate within a normal, set pattern and range. If they are not fluctuating properly, or they are not in the right ratio to each other, then there’s a problem! Derrh. But yes, the very best hormone testing you could get would be getting your hormones tested at various times throughout the month… I’m not really sure what is standard though with the saliva tests.. it would be best to discuss this with a person who works with saliva tests (like a naturopath or natural therapist), because they’d know the ins and outs of it
Thanks Tracy! Oh and I am very interested in the Livtox supplement as I think my liver definitely needs a boost in fighting my stubborn hormonal acne. Question, do you purchase yours from Amazon or some other online site or does your naturopath doctor provide this supplement?
I originally got it from my naturopath, but when I started taking it again I ordered it from Vitashop.ca. If I lived in the States, I would probably order it from Amazon unless I found somewhere cheaper online
I think I might have a soy sensivity is the estroguard less effective than estroblock?
I think they are both very high quality, but to be sure, I’d maybe talk to the company who makes Estroguard and ask about their ingredients
I just found your website today and I’m hooked. I’ve been on this site reading all your articles for the past few hours! I definitely think I have hormonal acne. I am in college and take birth control and would like to continue taking it, so do you think it would be okay to take DIM while continuing to take my birth control? If not do you have any suggestions for an alternative that works as well?
Hi Paige 🙂
Yes, I read on the Estroblock page that they highly recommend taking it while on the birth control pill
“Is EstroBlock okay for women on birth control?
Birth control is made of synthetic hormones that have a very high rate of conversion into this toxic extrogen and it is my opinion that every single person who takes birthcontrol should also take this supplement. It will not cancel the effects of birth control but it may solve many of the adverse side effects many people experience.”
I have been going to a homeopathic chiropractor who told me I am estrogen dominate. I have adult acne that I just can’t seem to get rid of. I think the estroblock sounds like a good thing to try for me. However, I noticed on Amazon that there is a triple strength estroblock available. Have you ever used this one and what do you think of it? I like the idea of triple strength since I am starting to feel very “panicky” over my face. It seems to be getting worse each day. I have done so much diet cleansing, liver detoxes, and supplements ~all through my chiro~ that I SHOULD have clear skin. Everything else “in me” is in great shape as well. I just need to get a handle on my face. I am convinced it is hormonal since I tested estrogen dominate. After all the googling I’ve done it just makes sense. I am really hoping this is the “missing link” for me. Just wanted to know what you thought about the triple strength. ??? I would really appreciate any of your thoughts. Thanks so much!! ~ Sarah
I definitely think Estroblock will help you! I don’t really know what the difference is between the two, except that there’s more ingredients in one pill in the triple strength? I do see they have slightly different ingredients though… so I don’t know. To get the answer, I would call the company who makes it the Delgado Protocol. I took the regular one three pills a day, I don’t know how many that would equal to in the triple.
I called and talked to the company and the lady strongly suggested to use the triple strength for hormonal acne. She said they have had a lot of good results with it for acne. Soooo, here we go!!! I am excited to give it a try. Hoping and praying it works!! 🙂 Thanks! ~ Sarah
Great! That’s awesome… did she say how many you should take per day though??
She said I should take two a day. And that would give me triple the amount of the regular Estroblock taken at the recommended dosage. 🙂
Interesting!! Maybe I should switch to Estroblock Trips. Thanks so much 🙂
Sarah, I am taking the triple. It’s been a week and I’ve had more pimples come out. I hope it’s some type of purge. I was taking two a day but it gave me a headache so I went down to one. (Called the company and that’s what they recommended.)
Are you also posting on Fran’s site? We may have already chatted.
HI again Tracy! So in my case where I dont know if I’m estrogen or testosterone dominate could I still take estroguard (allergic to soy) to at least balance my levels or is the supplement only dedicated to blocking estrogen?
I would give it a shot… most people do have higher than average bad estrogens just due to modern living with all the plastic (which is where a lot of it comes from)… the estroguard/block generally doesn’t have any side effects that I am aware of. If you do have excess bad estrogens that are driving up your testosterone, it should help to balance that
What about estro sense is that a good alternate for estro blocker ab
Sorry Marie, I’m not sure. I haven’t compared the two!
I have been taking a low dose (500mg-1g) of B5 for about 4 months. It has been working amazingly for me, even at this relatively “low” dose for this kind of therapy. But I do worry if it could put me out of whack in the long term. I notice If I do miss even 1 dose, I’ll start to break out again…
I would love to hear some long term experiences. I have started to supplement with some other b’s to try to keep some balance. So far so good. That has seemed to only help.
Just a note though: if you are an ACNE sufferer AVOID B12! I had my blood tested for hormones and such around my worst acne attack, and my B12 was sky high, off the charts, from a multi I was taking. I didn’t realize it had 1677% dv B12! wtf! Who needs it?! B12 causes acne. Google it. Its very interesting how these b vitamins affect our skin! (I wish there was more sound research on all of them and the interactions, and long term affects. They seem to have very affective actions, that could be tailored, and used intelligently, and specifically. instead of this guerrilla trial and error we’re left to experiment- ANYWAY). I stopped the multi immediately, and over a few months my skin finally went back to its normal 2-3 spots per week. Because B12 is the ONLY B vitamin found from animal protein sources, your body holds onto it, even though it is “water soluble” it gets stored in your liver, and it took several months to detox 🙁
Now I’m a lil scared of these b’s. But this B5 has really good effect…
I would love to hear any other stories on the subject, especially if you had success at a relatively low dose, like I do.
clear skin for all!
Hi Tracy! First of all, thank you so much for your blog. I have been reading it and found a lot of great insights! I have had acne for many many years and tried pretty much everything, from over the counter to accutane, supplements, juicing, etc. Nothing seem to have a lasting good effect on my skin. I eat a very clean diet and now I am also eating gluten, wheat, and sugar free, for almost 2 weeks I have been strict. My skin looks horrible, though. 🙁 I know my acne has a lot to do with stress and I think hormone imbalance. Now I have been taking cod liver fermented oil for one week, after reading your post about it. I am also taking probiotics (not so regular), by the way, is there any particular probiotic brand that you recommend? I really don’t know which would be a good one, I have been using one I got from wholefoods, but have not noticed any difference. I am seriously considering taking Estroblock. What do you think would help me the most Estroblock or Vitex? Or both? I am so lost. Maybe that’s the missing piece of the puzzle. Thank you!
If you just quit those things two weeks ago, you might just be going through a detox phase where your acne is getting worse before it gets better. Hang in there!
Check out my “things I love” page the top there, I recommend some probiotic brands on there. As for Estroblock… I figure you may as well try it. It doesn’t tend to have side effects, so you can just try it and see.
My acne journey is very similar to yours, but I’m still in the “research for 12 hours, have anxiety about what I eat” type routine.I had started to give up on the hope of ever having perfect skin (my acne was never severe), however your story is so similar to mine and I guess i’ve found hope. I’ve been taking a very similar supplement to estroblock called estrosmart plus. It has 50 MG dim 150 MG OF I3C, Rosemary extract, chastetree berry extract, tumeric, zinc, green tea, and broccoli extract. I started taking this for a while (not long enough to see results) until I gave up and started birth control. I’ve been on birth control for four months and have definitely started to see a difference in my skin texture and oiliness, however, I don’t want to have to rely on this forever and have my skin freak out when I stop it, so I decided to quit the BCP. I want to start taking this supplement again, to prevent a skin freak out after bcp, but the I3C kind of scares me because of this article http://www.dimfaq.com/site/I3C-safety.htm . I know it is also present in estroblock, so just wondering how you feel about it? Also I’m proud of you and your story. YOU GO GIRL 🙂
Hi Krishma, hmm that article is interesting, I will have to look into it more. If you are interesting in getting off the BCP without freaking out, definitely check out this video/article and its comments: https://thelovevitamin.com/769/can-you-wean-off-the-birth-control-pill/
hi tracy! i LOVE your site –it has helped me change my lifestyle for better skin and health and i feel great!
there is an article i read today about alternative medicine: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/06/18/book-raises-alarms-about-alternative-medicine/2429385/
i’ve been drinking herbal teas and taking evening primrose oil, and also considering vitex. i feel like these have really helped me out and according to internet searches, a lot of other people can back them up too. but what are your opinions about those who are cautioning against alternative medicine? they argue that some of it is unsafe, not evidence-based, and may only be gaining popularity due to the placebo effect. some supplements aren’t pulled off the shelves until after people die or report unwanted side effects. i personally want to give the middle finger to the pharmaceutical industry (bad birth control pill experience), which is why i started turning to herbal remedies/alternative medicine. but how do we make sure it is safe? and is it really as effective as we think?
I think there is definitely truth in that article. I do think in many cases alternative medicine goes too far and is pretty unfounded and gets a bit whacky, and can be harmful (ie. just because it’s “natural” doesn’t mean it’s safe). But with all the underhanded shit the FDA does (ie. being plainly, obviously, in the pockets of Monsanto and the rest of the big agriculture and pharmaceutical industry), I just don’t believe that they are in the interest of people and health at all, and that article was definitely biased toward them making it sound like all and every natural remedy and supplement is inferior and quacky, which isn’t true. However, some of the parts of alternative medicine is pretty quacky and dangerous, especially when taken to extremes as mentioned in the article. Objectively sorting the good from the bad, well… who knows.
In the end – I have no idea the true truth, but I personally feel much better using natural remedies – I have seen them work very well for me with no side effects. If that’s a placebo, so what?
If you want to know they are safe, I would definitely go see a naturopath so you get quality supplement and personal recommendations from them. I figure if you can trust a doctor (who definitely isn’t guaranteed to give you things that are safe), you can trust a naturopath just as well (again, no guarantee it’s safe either, but it’s probably better than just winging it).
Is Vitex good for balancing testosterone/androgen levels in women? I don’t have a problem with estrogen dominance (I took Estroblock and it did NOTHING for me), but I was under the impression that chasteberry can help correct boost hormones in the right direction no matter what the imbalance is. I’m quite sure I have issues from more of an androgen aspect.
I would REALLY appreciate your input on this.
I’m not really sure exactly how it affects testosterone, as I don’t think it affects it directly… all I know I know is that if your other hormones are in balance, it’s likely the testosterone will be brought down to be in balance with those hormones. I believe Vitex is most effective if you have low progesterone… they say it works in both directions no matter what your imbalance, but I’m not sure if that’s true or not
Hi Tracy! I have been watching your channel for a couple of months and I thank you for sharing your story and experience. I was on the birth control pill for close to 9 years. I stopped taking it in May of last year and I’ve had problems ever since…sudden weight gain, irregular periods, and horrible cystic acne, most notably around my mouth. I have not been to a doctor or naturopath due to cost. I started taking saw palmetto. Can I also take DIM with the saw palmetto? I have a feeling I have both testosterone and estrogen dominance…
Thanks for any input!
thank you so much for your lovely words! Tracy is without internet access right now and asked me to reply to her comments.
Yes, you can take both, saw palmetto and DIM at the same time. Milk thistle is another great herb for people suffering from hormonal acne. It flushes excess hormones and toxins from the liver, aids in hormonal balance and stimulates liver regeneration and cleansing. It‘s great to use alongside with DIM (and saw palmetto).
I wish you lots of good luck!!! 😉
I’ve been taking Milk Thistle tincture (3 times a day) for nearly 3 months now; I read that it is advised to stop taking it after this point. Is this true? I have been taking Vitex for 2.5 months now and DIM for 1.5 months (I also take chlorella, serrapeptase and occasionaly maca) and I still don’t see any results. Before starting these pills my period was very regular and now it’s completely off. I have to also mention that I have enodmetriosis and gor sugergy in late May but my cysts are now back (I don’t want to take fake pills and prefer to go the natural way). Last cycle my period came on 42nd day and this time on the 18th! What do you recommend for me to do? I was thinking to quit Vitex after I run out and also stop Milk Thistle (as it is recommended after a 3 month period as I mentioned above) and continue with DIM. What do you think? Currently I am taking 2 caps a day (1 in the morning and 1 in the evening which is 200 mg per day) – I am taking Source Naturals brand which also contains soy lecithin and now I will switch to Olympian Labs which is soy-free.
I would say stop the vitex. It’s most likely the culprit. Also, who says that you can only take milk thistle for three months? I have never heard that
I’ve reduced my Vitex to only 1 pill per day, I will wean off of it slowly. As for the Milk Thistle, some sites recommend to take herbal supplements only for up to 3 months, but I also found sites that say it is completely safe for a long time use, some people take it daily for years. I think I will give myself a small break and continue when my Estroblock arrives. Today I realized that I only have enough DIM capsules to last me till Friday, I guess I miscalculated 🙂 After I will be a week or so without DIM (until my Estroblock arrives, it’s a long ride from the US) – do you think it’s ok to not take DIM for this period of time? Maybe a short break is actually beneficial 🙂
Hey Tracy, I have a few questions about multivitamins. What are your opinions on them? Are they at all helpful or beneficial to our bodies? And what are things to look for in a good multivitamin (if aything)? Thanks so much!
Tracy asked me to reply to her emails while she‘s away, so you‘ll have to deal with me 😉
I don‘t think that you necessarily need to take a multivitamin supplement – maybe with the exception of B12 for vegans. Excess vitamin intake can have dangerous side effects. Our body is not something that is necessarily malfunctioning and broken. It doesn‘t need to be “adjusted”. Eat a balanced whole foods diet, reduce sugar intake, drink enough water, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, try to avoid stress, avoid harsh topical treatments and you‘ll see that our body is pretty good at fixing itself. 😉
Something to think about:
I have a question. Ive read all your stuff while ive been at work and frans as well. Very interesting.
So my periods seem to all be on a 28 day cycle and never off.. but a while back a blood test showed I had a .30 for progesterone and thats way low.. I cant rememembee whats its really suppose to be but I think over 20 and mine is a .30. Its like I almost have none. And the doc had told me my estrogen was high. So thay right there tells me I have estrogen dominance right? She switched my bc which was to estrostep which ups my estrogen.. idk.. I thought it was dumb so stopped taking it but I wasnt even on it for a full month. 3 months later I started breaking out again. Bad like I use to a yr ago. And all around jawline and chin and cystic. I hate it and wanna cry.. on top of that I have something called ic whoch is interstitial cystitis and can only eat certain foods a veggies and its not curable :/ grrrr. I feel like im dying with everything adding up. Anyways back to my point i cant get in to see a naturopath for a while, and all my signs from what ive been reading seem to point to hormonal acne bc of the jawline and chin. Then I get a few little ones on my forhead that don’t bother me cause the ones lower are worse, do you feel as if the estroblock will help me? Seeing as how I THINK is estrogen dom related. Do you think that to?
curious. Also I drink nothing but water bc thats all I can drink. And I do drink and refill water bottles.. I read that plastic bottles r bad for you producing more estrogen? Danggg what do I do.
sorry so long. Please wb.
This article will probably help you: https://thelovevitamin.com/6855/treat-female-hormonal-acne/
Vitex is great for low progesterone, and Estroblock will help you lower bad estrogens and metabolize them into good estrogens, which in the end, both should have a positive effect on your hormones and acne.
Also yeah, plastics are bad for producing toxic estrogens, but Estroblock should help sort that out. Do your best to avoid as much plastic as you can though, but don’t freak out about it. But you should at least try to get a metal water bottle or something instead of always refilling plastic ones.
As for interstitial cystitis, my best friend had that… the solution is apparently to drink a little bit of baking soda in some water every day (I don’t remember the exact amount… google it). It cured her, and she was telling me stories about how she had been reading up on it, and there were women who had suffered with it for like 25 years, totally ruining their life, and then they tried this baking soda thing and it was a miracle. So.. hopefully that helps!
I’ve been using DIM from Source Naturals for 1.5 months now and am noting no improvement whatsoever. For the last days I have even experienced some huge breakouts. I am also using Vitex and Milk Thistle tincture. I have decided to finish my Vitex and DIM (have about 2 weeks worth of pills left) and then I am going to start taking Estroblock – I just ordered 2 bottles of it and although it’s expensive, if it works well, it will be worth it! I am really excited 🙂 I also just started taking Fermented Cod Liver Oil (Green Pasture brand)- 1 tsp in the morning. I regret not buying Estroblock before and wasting my money on the not so high quality stuff (other than just DIM), sometimes (or often) it is best to just buy the best quality supplements, better to buy just one or a few than a bunch of low price but poor quality supplements. Less is more in this case 🙂
Truth. I tried Source Naturals DIM prior to biting the bullet and trying Estroblock and it didn’t do anything! Hopefully Estroblock works for you 🙂
Your blog is my bible I can’t thank you enough for all the information.
I just have one question regarding supplements, I would like to know what your daily routine is in supplement taking, like what do you take in the morning to the evening and do you take anything together?? I currently take a B mega vitamin in the morning, followed by one estroblock, then a couple fish oils around lunch, and then another estroblock around dinner. I also want to add milk thistle & vitex in with the mix or even adding in a multi vitamin, as you can see I am overloaded with supplements and I don’t know if i’m doing this right, what I can take together to make it easier, (I currently can’t afford to see a naturopath for help).
I have moderate acne along both sides of my cheeks, i’m 99% sure it’s all due to hormonal imbalance, and i have been taking estroblock for about 3 weeks and have already noticed a slight improvment which is so exciting 🙂
Any advice on this will be an amazing help,
I don’t see why you can’t take all those things together just to make life easier. None of them seem contradictory to each other. I take Estroblock Pro, Liv-Tox, and Fermented cod liver oil, and I just take them all at the same time (usually at breakfast or lunch). I only take one pill of estroblock pro per day now, but when I used to take more, I’d take some in morning, some in night, which I guess makes it more effective to spread it out.
I have come across your blog several times and have been wanting to order Estroblock. Finally the day came when I wanted to give it a shot and order some, but it seems that Amazon is out of stock of the regular and triple strength. If I go to estroblock.com it seems I can get the regular but no order will go through for the triple strength. I was wondering if that’s common for the product to be out of stock for a few weeks on Amazon. I worry that it is discontinued or something. I was so excited to try it after reading many many great reviews 🙁
I know, right? I have never seen them be out of it before.. maybe us Love Vitamin-ites are just draining their supplies! Anyway, Leora above says she talked to them and they will have more in early October. Annoying, but hopefully this doesn’t happen often.
Just wanted to say fantastic website. Your a diamond! Love, your website so helpful. I’ve been suffering from mild acne for 12 years. Tried lots of antibiotics, face washes etc nothing has worked!! Doctors just seem to want to prescribe these without getting to the root of the cause.
I’ve stopped everything 2 months ago, only been using the manuka honey as a face wash and mask for the past month. I also do egg white mask and have tried bicbonated soda as a mask, I read this is suppose to dissolve blackheads which I have so so many. Just worried this maybe to harsh. What are your thoughts on this?
I’m also taking nature’s way dim plus, vitex and cold liver oil, For a month also. My acne seems to be only on my jaw line, this may sound strange but seems to effect my right side jaw line. I have been getting them in different areas since I’ve turned to the natural way.
When I first started the honey I have loads come out on my right jaw side and random places. Could this be the detox?
I really would like your thoughts on going to see a naturopath. I have an appointment this Saturday with one.My doctor has always said its. “hormonal acne” it does get worse mid cycle and the week before. I’m trying to only use mineral make up. I’ve been using Laura mercier oil free foundation which is very good but doesn’t seem to keep me shine free for long. My skin is very oily and sensitive.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts
Baking soda, I don’t usually recommend for the face because it’s very alkaline, and it might not be great for your natural protective barrier which is acidic.
Also yes it could be a detox.. if you are getting acne that is in different places than normal or seems strange, it’s often a detox. I’m glad to hear you’re going to a naturopath though, they will definitely help set you up with advice tailored to you.
Thank you so much for getting back to me. I thought the baking soda would be to harsh!
Your website is amazing, thank you once again for sharing all your experiences and amazing advice. I’ll let you know how it goes with my naturopath.
Thank you so much for all your wonderful posts. It’s so great to know there are other people out there who are struggling with these issues too – not just me! And I’m hoping there is a light at the end of the tunnel with all of this. I’ve been battling pretty brutal adult, cystic acne for about 2 years now. Pretty sure it’s hormonal related, however I’ve done dieting, acupuncture, chinese medicine, and supplementing with a naturopath for about 9 months now and still cannot get my skin clear. Currently I’m taking 2000 mcg of Vitex a day – which has totally cured my menstrual cramps! And SP ultimate by pure, FCLO, liv-tox, garlic, vit. c, msm, vit. e, probiotic, licorice root tincture and I just recently added saw palmetto. So it’s quite a cocktail, but I still have persistent acne. I’m wondering if adding estroblock into this is safe? I’m kind of running out of money as treating this naturally can get very pricey. So I’m hoping you may know! Another thing to add – I recently had reflexology done (where they address issues in your body by focusing on pressure points in your feet) it was a totally zen experience but on top of that very interesting because apparently my left foot showed signs off problems relating to my adrenal glands, kidney and a little bit in the bladder (specifically on my left foot).
Well I don’t see why adding Estroblock would be a problem… as far as I know, it doesn’t react with anything else, but I can’t guarantee it. Did the naturopath put you on ALL of those supplements? That is a lot.
Seen my naturopath a few weeks ago, she advise me to stop taking the vitex and dim plus. She also said that the natures way dim plus that I was taking is a very good supplement! But using the both together is only concentrating on estrogens and not on the progesterone as well.
She has prescribed me bionurti lignan plus, viridian tri-blend acidophilus complex with f.o.s, nurti D3 5000 (vitamin D) terra nova easy iron.
She believes my acne is down to hormones, bacteria, sugar and the fact I suffer with anaemia all plays apart.
Since taking the vitex and dim plus I’ve seen an improvement in my skin, it’s took a good 5 week’s to see an improvement but it uses to be working . I purchased the Jane iredale magic mitt, which I use everyday, I highly recommended it. I don’t use any products now just the mitt and water. Which I think has played a part in the improvement.
Now I’m taking the new supplements im praying it doesn’t get worse again. I’m seeing her again on the 16th so I will tell her My concerns.
I would really appreciate your thoughts on this.
So did she tell you to stop using both vitex and DIM, or just stop taking one of them?
She told me to stop both of them, I’m praying my skin doesn’t start up again. I’m now taking the new ones she prescribed. Only been on them for 2 weeks.
Hmm I’m not really sure what to say! It seems strange she told you to stop them if they were working :/
I will ask her the question. Thank you so much Tracy
My magic potions: therapeutic grade probiotics and the fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend (cinnamon tingle flavor).
Naturopath had me on a few other vitamins during my gut healing time, but I’ve found I don’t need them. I also eat lots of fermented foods (sauerkraut/kombucha) and drink bone broth, but that’s become a lifestyle/cooking thing and I don’t consider it supplementation. I had to tweak my topical routine and start using little to nothing on my face. But all that, plus time and patience, equals a clear, pretty face for me. Wouldn’t have found it without this blog 🙂 Tracy, you’ve been a godsend for me.
Yay!! I’m so happy that you managed to find your magic formula Kit 🙂 I especially love it when long time readers like you who share their journeys through the comments ends up finding their way… I like seeing that evolution! Way to go!
Where can one get the Liv-tox supplement? It says it is unavailable on Amazon. Also, I plan on trying Estroblock and the Liv-Tox supplements for my acne. I have dealt with acne for about 10 years now. I was on spironolactone throughout highschool and most of college and this cleared up my back, chest, and neck and most of my face acne wonderfully! You probably know this but spironolactone is anti-androgenic which makes me think that EstroBlock would work for me. Thanks for all that you do! I just discovered your website a few days ago and can’t stop reading stuff on it. (I should probably study now though) haha. Thanks!
Hi Brittany, they recently discontinued it, I don’t know why! I’m in the process of trying to find a similar product (similar herbs, similar quality) to recommend… so far my preliminary contenders are Wise Woman Herbals Hepacaps, or Gaia Herbs Liver Health. Good luck, glad you’re enjoying the website! 🙂
Ive been on vitex for a month and a half now. For those suffering with mood swings and depression try taking a smaller
dose. I was taking 4 vitex a day and milk thistle and I was very mood swingy-y which is not normal for me. I was very emotional and crying every night and feeling not myself. I cut it back to 2 a day and I feel
Normal again. Vitex has cleared by skin quite a bit but it has also reduced my periods (from 7 days to 2!) and my cramps are 50% better than before. I suffer from horrible debilitating cramps. I’m going to keep taking Vitex because I’ve only been on it a month and a half and I want to see if it works better being on it longer. Anyone else have experience with reducing vitex then slowly taking more? Like 3 pills instead of 2? If it stays the same in another month I might consider the DIM. Tracy where do you get yours? (I’m in AB, Canada). The vitex has cleared my skin a lot but I still get one or two small pimples around my chin that I’m hoping will clear up if I stick to the vitex. I’m also taking amways women’s supplement pack with vitamin d, calcium, fruit and veggie concentrate and fish oils. My skin is glowing and my hair is really soft.
I used to not take vitex (just dim & milk thistle), but I started it like four months ago because my saliva hormone test said I had low progesterone and I definitely felt that way… I take Source Naturals, just one per day (even though it’s weird because the dosage seems so low on the bottle)… but anyway, I’ve found it’s definitely helped… my low progesteron-ey symptoms seem to be gone, no breast tenderness before period etc……. aaaaanyway… Source Naturals, I can get it at my local health food store…you can also get it from https://www.vitashop.ca/, which is an online store I like.
Thanks Tracy! So you’re on vitex, dim and milk thistle?
I am one of the women suffering from really bad acne after stopping BCP (MICROVAL) 6 months ago and my face is so oily, am thinking its all hormonal and maybe missing something in my body. Its all on both sides of my chin and cheeks. My period is irregular, am so moody and snappy which doesn’t help much with 3 children of under 6 and a husband. I have read almost each post on your blog and am thinking of the Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Estroblock, B5 and drinking the baking soda.
Please help me on the above mentioned…
Hoping you could help. I cant find estroblock (DIM) that sells to the UK, do you know of any good websites I can buy it from securely?
Unfortunately, the only places I know of to get it is from Amazon.com, or from the Delgado Protocol website (the people who make it).. both based in the United States
I’m a PCOS girl with a burning question about supplements: Currently I am taking a large multivitamin, Vitex Berry, Omega 3 supplements, Saw Palmetto as an anti-androgen, and cinnamon to regulate blood sugar–all every day. Oh, and Progon B-L as a natural progesterone when I’m supposed to be ovulating… o_O I have periods, but they fluctuate between 28 days and 45 day cycles. I am extremely healthy, doing all of the right things with diet and exercise, and am only about 5 lbs over my ideal weight–but my acne will not go away, and hirsutism is mild but slowly worsening.
I don’t know what to do about supplements, because I am already taking so many, yet I want to switch to the ones that are right for me (perhaps myo-inositol, if you’ve heard of it?)… and I also don’t want to just keep piling on more and more supplements as I hear about their possible succes…I’m at a loss.
Is there something you might suggest, knowing my current supplement regime, that I should do or swap? Perhaps remove one thing and replace it with another? I know this is a relatively long message, but I really appreciate the help! Battling acne/hormones naturally is a long, confusing, bumpy road.
Thanks for all of the support you give us!
Hi Cheryl! Thanks for your question… I’m not really sure what to suggest though. In my female hormonal acne guide (https://thelovevitamin.com/female-hormonal-acne-guide/), I describe three different types of PCOS (which I referenced from Stefani Ruper’s PCOS Unlocked guide), which need to be treated differently. I have no idea if this is you, but perhaps there’s a chance you don’t have the “classic” PCOS type and therefore taking the wrong approach in diet and exercise. I’d also, of course, recommend going go see some kind of holistic professional to get tests and direction on the supplements. Sending love x
Thanks Tracy! I’ve bought most of your other books so it looks like I’ll need to add another to my library 😉
Thanks for getting the ebook Cheryl, really appreciate it 🙂
Im still sooo confused about hormones and ive been reading up on this for almost a year.. I have been on dim off and on for about 9 months.. got my hormones tested the other day and my estradiol is low.. too low for a 27 year old but estrone is still high normal.. these are the two estrogens that dim is supposidly suppose to lower.. estiol was normal range. My Androgens were normal, actually slightly low, This is what i cant wrap my head around. Estrogen is suppose to be good for your skin? make the pores smaller, make it smoother, be an antagonist to androgens and testosterone.. when it gets too low the androgens must have more of an effect? its suppose to be great for hair growth giving you your womanly curves etc.. But when its TOO high you can get acne hair loss, melasma..which i also have? like what the hell its so confusing!
Hi Lynsey, I know it is indeed very confusing. So would you say your acne is worse or better since taking DIM? And how did you get your hormones tested? Saliva test?
Its not worse no, but i started with just that and nothing for liver support.. and everytime i add something for liver, like right now im taking burdock root and calcium d glucarate i breakout, im going to stick it out and hope its the initial detox symptoms. Yes i got saliva tests through a naturopath, She said to cut my dim down to one tablet a day because my estradiol was low, like menopause low! and im only 27. But my estrone is stil high normal.. which is the other ‘bad’ estrogen. But yeh when she told me to cut it down i was still not getting the results i wanted with my skin.. i still get the deep painful breakouts on chin and jawline and back, and a generally congested bumpy skin texture. Im going to concentrate more on the liver for a few months aswell as repairing candida and leaky gut issues, and see how that goes. What confuses me is, i was on spiro and i had really clear smooth skin, but then i developed melasma from estro being too high.. so its seems wen my estro is high my skin in terms of acne is better? but my androgens and testosterone are low normal. So i dont know whether im just very sensitive to them or what? Any advice would be great. I get times when i am so careful what i eat, but like you i am very small and i prefer my figure with some curves and a bit of junk in the trunk. haha. So i have to be careful not to get too much of a complex.
hi Tracy! Just wanted to know if you started taking the Liv tox supplement at the same time as the estroblock or was it something you added in later?
I’m here to say thank you Tracy for bringing EstroBlock Pro (DIM) and Thorne SAT (liver support) into my regimen. I went to a naturopath who recommended a dizzying, wildly expensive array of supplements, none of which seemed to have any effect. So I went back and read some more of your blog and decided to try the DIM/SAT combination. Specifically what you said about needing to support the liver while you’re ridding your body of excess estrogens with DIM really made sense to me. I had this feeling too that EstroBlock might not work best on its own. How right you were! My skin is not 100% clear yet, but but it’s about 90% better than it was! I’m at the stage now of trying tamanu oil to fade my scars. So THANK YOU because without the knowledge of these supplements I would still be suffering. Seriously, thank you.
Yay, awesome!! Really glad to hear that Titi! 🙂
First of all – your blog is awesome 😀
I ordered Estroblock right after reading your article about it. Now its only been two days since Im taking it, so I cant say if it works for me or not. What do you think about taking red clover while beeing on Estroblock?
I took it for about a month and my skin really improved, but right before my period I broke out again and I stopped taking it. Now my skin is really really bad and Im considering taking it again..
Hi Mary, sorry I’m not sure if it’s okay to take with Estroblock! It’s probably okay but I’m just not sure.
Hi Tracey, do you also take the calcium -d that was mentioned along side dim? Or just the milk thistle supplement?
And if you do take calcium, which one and how much
Nope, I just take the milk thistle one (Thorne SAT)
Ok so just to summarize all you take in terms of supplements, they are the following: (1 sat Thorne, 1 dim with SAT and 1 without sat for total of 2 dim a day. FCLO every day, am I missing anything??? Did u start out by ever taking 2 SAT or just the one! I realize everyone is different but I feel very strongly that the dim and sat are my missing pieces of my hormonal acne. Very very clean diet! Some may say too clean lol. No dairy, no wheat, vegetarian (1 take a whole food zinc supplement) no soy no gluten no sugar! Fermented foods and probiotics, chlorella, Spirulina, you name it! My food is of the upmost in nutrition and all organic. My skin has improved significantly in past few yrs after eating this way but still need a boost so I am hoping the above mentioned supplements will get me to the next level. Look forward to hearing back from you!
Hey Tracy 🙂 🙂
I just started DIM. I want to ask you if you think its okay to take if I am very skinny? (BMI 17-18)
Im living very healthy and eating enouth, healthy food of course.
Its just because i always read that bad estrogens is causing weight gain and short cycles (my cycles are about 32-38 days)
Hugs from me 🙂 🙂
My 12 year old daughter has a terrible spot problem. She has been vegetarian for about 6months now, which seems to have exasperate the problem. It’s such a shame when beautiful people – like both yourself and my daughter – get so cruelly afflicted by this. Neither my husband, or I suffered so we hoped she wouldn’t either.
She has suffered with great stress this last year as her father was very ill which, understandably effected her greatly, do you think this could have contributed to her problems?
I’m going out today to try zinc and vitamin B5, so crossed fingers.
I just started taking Dim with Dong Quai 1 week ago. I was taking 125mg DIM and was experiencing severe migraines and brain fog. I read alot on the blog and started to also support my liver with Milk Thistle. Is it worth sticking though the headaches. I have actually lowered my does to half of the pill (I emptied out the capsule) Still experiencing a slight headache with only half the capsule, Also-I have been on birth control pills for 10 years and am planning on going off at the end of the month (that is why I am starting to prepare with supplementation) Anyone else expereience headaches and or brain fog at the beginning?? I am also thinking that I am having such a strong reaction because I have so much bad estrogen from being on the pill for so long!