Q. Dear Terry, “Along with other PMS symptoms, I also get acne breakouts. The pimples can be very painful and they are often the worst part of my menstrual cycle. I would love to find some natural options that can help my monthly cycle be less miserable.” — Millie B., Honolulu, HI
A. Dear Millie, There are many factors that play a role in the development of acne like hormones, toxins, stress, and poor diet. I think the first step is to examine your diet and eliminate all refined carbohydrates, grains, sugars, and soft drinks. Even though we often think of treating skin issues externally, healthy skin is actually more about what’s going on inside of the body than outside it.
When it comes to preventing or treating acne, I believe a nutritional approach including vitamins, minerals, and herbs can provide some excellent results. I recommend a combination of vitamins (A, B6, pantothenic acid, and C) and minerals (chromium, potassium, and zinc), along with sulfur, burdock, and boswellia. These ingredients are crucial for balancing oil production, restoring healthy bacterial balance, and improving overall skin integrity.
I also think that hormone imbalances can be a big player in acne. Our increasing exposure to xenoestrogens (toxins that mimic estrogen in the body) is causing huge disturbances to our natural hormone balance. When estrogen becomes out of balance in women, it can lead to a variety of issues, like PMS.
While estrogen is necessary for good health, it goes through a life cycle that can transform it into unhealthy and unfavorable forms. Diindolylmethane (DIM) is a compound from cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage that, when combined with other powerful botanicals, can help to maintain the right form of estrogen, while increasing detoxification of the wrong forms of estrogen.
I recommend taking DIM that has been clinically studied, once or twice per day. DIM has synergistic activity with curcumin and French grape seed extract. The curcumin I recommend is blended with turmeric essential oil for enhanced absorption and even better cellular protection. The grape seed extract I think is best contains low-molecular weight oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) that are much easier for the body to absorb and utilize.
I would take all of these ingredients twice per day.
Because skin issues can take time to heal, I suggest trying these ingredients for at least 60 days. Some people may respond right away, in as little as 1 to 2 weeks, while others may need more time to help correct the issues that led to the acne.
Terry . . . Naturally
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