I need your advice on this one. I have been trying to figure out what the best combination of herbs and vitamins would be to take for my hormonal acne. I would appreciate some feedback, as I cannot afford hormonal testing and other blood tests at the moment. I can barely afford supplements, but at least I can use coupons and discounts to get those. I have already consulted naturopaths, homeopaths, dermatologists, gynecologists, herbalists, acupuncturists - you name it! All I keep getting is conflicting information and it's confusing me.
So, I decided to stick with things that worked for me in the past, but haven't been working now on their own. I am currently taking saw palmetto (300mg/ day standardized, also contains total 600mg berry extract), and multivitamins (solgar earth source vitamins & acai berry), as well as a lactose-free probiotic in the morning. I have been trying the saw palmetto for almost 3 months now, and I keep getting inflammed pimples and cystic acne, so it's either not working at all or not working on its own. So I decided to combine it with agnus castus (vitex), 15-20 drops a day. Last time I took vitex with just evening primrose for over a year, and it caused increased facial & body hair, some hair loss on my head (receding hairline actually), some premature aging of the skin (but could also be because I used to smoke), and susceptibility to environmental allergies. I was taking about 25 drops/day and it cleared my severe acne within months, but the second time around I took it with sodium chloride drops for my allergies (prescribed by a holistic doctor, not very reliable guy though) so that might be why it wasn't effective...
My periods are monthly and regular (although I get spotting before they start usually, so not a normal flow), and so is my weight although I noticed some mid-section weight gain since starting the saw palmetto and probiotics. So, I think I have symptoms of both estrogen dominance/ low progesterone, and excess androgens. Would it therefore make sense to combine saw palmetto with vitex, or am I making things worse??? As I said, I cannot afford hormonal testing and don't want recommendations for hormonal drugs so trial and error through herbs and supplements and diet are my only choice. Diet is already healthy and I exercise 4-6 times a week. Acne is concentrated in the lower half of my face (cheeks and jawline mostly, forehead is clear).
Please offer some advice, I'd really appreciate it. My recent flare ups have made me a shadow of my former happy self and even though I try to think positive, sometimes I feel defeated.
Edited by WishClean, 22 March 2013 - 12:52 AM.