Thanks for letting me share my PCOS and acne journey with you. If you are not interested in hormones and acne please feel free to skip this post today.
Okay let’s just dive right in… if you missed my first PCOS update read it here first then come back to this post.
Today I will share a little more details on supplements and products that I am using to help with PCOS and acne.
My journey with supplements. I have tried many kinds of supplements over the years. And some worked to help with controlling my acne. But after my last acne update post when I share supplements that helped – a few weeks after that my cystic hormonal acne came back- with vengeance. Not sure why, maybe it was diet related but I feel I did not really change my diet all the much. So I was really confused for several weeks of why this was happening to me again.
For whatever reason ever since that breakout it has not stopped. So I know I needed more help. My body was still screaming at me — that it needs help! So back I went to do more research and reading.
I came across how important antioxidants can be to help acne. So I added antioxidants supplements to my routine along with my fermented cod liver oil, probiotic, and vitex. After taking the increased in antioxidants, I noticed little improvement. And then I read about Estroblock and a few of you mentioned it to me as well. So I ordered some. *Presently I just starting week 4 of taking it.
From all my research, here is a list of some supplements that can help with both PCOS and acne.
Again this is not all supplements that can help just ones that I focused on.
Supplements that can help with PCOS and acne:
- probiotics —> helps with overall health and gut health
- magnesium –> can help insulin sensitivity among many other things
- vitamin D —> play an important role in the development and maturation of egg cells from ovarian follicles, helps with menstrual cycles. I get this through by taking 2 tsp of fermented cod liver oil a day
- B vitamin complex —> helpful in balancing hormones and weight
- Vitex - -> mainly for balancing hormones, helps to signal the menstrual cycle; I’ve been on it for a few months now
- Estroblock — > mainly for hormonal acne and just starting taking
- Milk Thistle –> takes care and cleanses the liver which can help with hormones, I just started taking this
- Co-Q10 - great antioxidant; important for energy production and normal carbohydrate metabolism
- NAC - an amino acid and antioxidant
- L-glutamine —> I am taking about 20g a day to continue to help build up my gut health and which helps my skin
- Zinc –> helps with hormones and insulin; I have not taken in a long time, did take it earlier this year
- Calcium —> take Calm which is magnesium and calcium
- Chromium –> helps with insulin sensitivity, I bought but have not started taking it yet as I first wanted to see how Estroblock does before I add in another supplement
** ones in RED I take and like
One thing I do know -even with using supplements – it takes time. A LOT OF TIME to see results.
Now that might seem like a lot of supplements and I know supplements are a controversial topic. I do feel eating whole foods is first then supplements. I have been eating whole foods for a long time with limited processed foods and was not seeing much improvements that’s why I started taking some of these supplements. To see if they would help my body heal better.
And for the most part I feel they have.
A few weeks ago. This was my face before I started taking Estroblock. As you you can see I still have a lot of hormonal acne on both sides of my face (cheeks, jaw line area)
I also tried activated charcoal on my face for a few weeks. I also brush my teeth with it. I will share more on that later. The activated charcoal helped but again did not get rid of acne completely.
I took one day at a time. Slowly seeing improvements. Nothing major.
About one week on Estroblock — among all the other supplements listed above that I am still taking. Again not much improvements.
Two weeks of being on Estroblock. Still a very slow healing process. I do have makeup on in these pictures, but you can still see acne. As of today, overall my acne is still there but small. Not as intense. So I am hopeful that with more weeks of doing what I am doing I hope to see even more improvements. Plus keeping up with my current diet.
And me today – taking Estroblock for a full 3 weeks. Starting to see more and more improvements in my skin!! I am hopeful.
Do I notice a difference in my acne with taking Estroblock?
A tough question that so many of you asked about. I haven’t noticed a huge difference yet. Though I know from what I have read about it just like Vitex it takes awhile to really start working. It took a good 3 months of taking Vitex for me to see it helping, so I am being patient with the results with Estroblock. I am taking 2 – 3 pills of it. I am still dealing with hormonal acne. It has only been a few weeks of me taking it, I am being hopeful that it will start to work soon after a month or so of being on it. I will keep you all updated of course.
Other Face products and skin things that I have been using that have helped with acne:
- I use activated charcoal on face as spot treatment and brush teeth with it a few times a week.
- Use glycolic acid cream 10% on face and KP on arms. I put on face every other night.
- Spray my face morning and night with niacin spray. Love this stuff!!
- Just use water to clean face in the morning followed by niacin spray and moisturizer.
- I still wash my face with oils for the oil cleansing method.
- I use all natural products like Dr. Bronners.
- I eat ‘clean’ to help with balancing acne from eating real, whole foods as much as possible.
- Use all natural laundry detergent.
Why take Vitex?
Vitex helps with progesterone. It works on your pituitary gland, and helps it regulate its own hormone production, which can get your progesterone and good estrogens back in balance. Through all my hormone test over the years I have always had low progesterone so I had a feeling that Vitex would help. And I feel it has.
Can you take both Vitex and Estroblock?
Yes. I would start with just taking one, then add in the other if needed. I started with Vitex for over 3 months before I started taking Estroblock. Vitex helped with getting periods but did not help much with hormonal acne. This is why I decided to start taking Estroblock as well.
I think that is it for supplements and face related products. I will be sharing in my next post my PCOS and acne superfoods and things I avoid.
For more great articles about Estroblock, Vitex and hormonal acne check out:
Thanks again for reading and for your support.
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