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Does Zinc Increase Or Decrease Dht?

14 February 2013 - 07:09 PM

I've read a few posts that said zinc inhibit 5 alpha reductase and reduces DHT, hence it's good for acne.


But then there's this study:





Effect of Zinc Administration on Plasma Testosterone, Dihydrotestosterone, and Sperm Count

"T and DHT rose significantly after oral administration of zinc"



So it looks like zinc actually increases DHT significantly. Does that mean zinc is something to avoid? Are there any studies that show zinc is actually good for acne?


Questions About Androgen, Estrogen, And Acne

12 January 2013 - 01:18 PM


I've been learning about the links between hormones and acne. Just want to make sure my understanding is correct.

My understanding:

- both androgen and estrogen can cause acne

- anti-androgen includes: green tea, saw palmetto, nettle root, spiro

- anti-estrogen includes: progesterone (is it anti-androgen as well?), vitex, evening primrose oil

Is my understanding correct?

I'm male and has a bald spot. In this case can I assume that my acne is caused by androgen?

And if my acne is indeed caused by androgen, would taking something like vitex or evening primrose oil make it worse? I'm not sure how the balance of androgen and estrogen plays out with regard to acne.


Has Anyone Tried Topical Borage, Evening Primrose, Hemp Seed Oils?

21 December 2012 - 07:27 PM

I wondered if the GLA in Borage and Evening Primrose oil and the linoleic acid in Hemp seed oil would work topically.

Has anyone tried that? What's your result?