I've always been puzzled how Zinc cures some people's acne but in me made some of my hormonal symptoms better and yet made other symptoms like (like acne & excess hair worse)
Zinc seems to work by lowering estrogen and blocking DHT (androgens)
But in some people, I read it can actually increase DHT
I also remember a girl on here telling me she took Progesterone therapy but also had to take an anti-androgen because the progesterone raised her testosterone (it's like you lower estrogen to win but then create another problem)
So I think Zinc can either completely cure you by lowering estrogen and raising progesterone and blocking DHT or like with me - make you worse, by lowering estrogen but also raising DHT
A girl on here was saying how she took Zinc and it worsened her acne and also caused her to get male pattern baldness (which is caused by DHT)
I think this is why some of my estrogen related symptoms are bettered but then my acne get's worse on Zinc
So I thought I need to take zinc to lower my estrogen & something like Saw Palmetto to block any DHT (androgens)
But Saw Palmetto is so expensive! Then I read about a study that was conducted, where women who drank 2 cups of Spearmint/Peppermint tea a day had significantly reduced androgen levels after five days.
A girl on here said that Peppermint/Spearmint tea completely cleared up her excess hair problem, so much so that even the hair on her legs had reduced.
So my new try-out atm is Zinc, I bought 15mg high-strength Zinc and I'm taking one after each meal. I'm then having one cup of Peppermint Tea - one mid-morning and one mid-afternoon. If the tea works I will probably get capsules next time.
I hope this works, it's cheap and makes a lot of sense to me.
Has anyone else tried Zinc with Peppermint/Spearmint or Zinc and Saw Palmetto?
Edited by mariacne, 21 November 2011 - 06:45 AM.