I have battled with acnes since I was 15. I am now 37 years old and yes I have had this problem for 22 years! After, I hit puberty, I started to have breakouts - whiteheads and blackheads on T zone. Luckily, they were not that bad because a combination of benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin solution cleared them up. However, ever since I had turned 28, the painful journey started. For whatever reason, benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin stopped working. I woke up one day with deep painful zits on my jawline. I thought I might develop resistance to clindamycin because I used it for over a decade. At that time, I decided to keep using benzoyl peroxide and among other acne treatments namely oral doxycycline, metronidazole gel, adapalene and dapsone cream, and salicylic acid topical. Yet, nothing worked. I was very frustrated. I did some research and then I knew it was a hormonal problem. Topical acne treatments would not work and of course I could not take antibiotics forever, which by the way caused me adverse effects - upset stomach and yeast infection. Afterwards, I decided to take spironolactone when I was 31 and BOY it did save my life. It worked wonderfully for my hormonal acnes. I no longer broke out with deep angry zits or had oily skin anymore. I was absolutely thrilled and thought it was a happy ending... For those who do not know what spironolactone is , it is a potassium-sparing diuretic. It is mainly used for hyperaldosteronism, resistant hypertension, congestive heart failure and liver cirrhosis. Interestingly, spironolactone, also has anti-androgen effect by blocking androgen receptors located at sebaceous glands. It is frequently used off-lable to treat a variety of dermatological conditions in which androgens, such as testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), play a role for example androgenic alopecia in men and women, and hirsutism, acne, and polycystic ovarian syndrome in women. My friend...before taking spironolactone, I also took birth control pills, which worked for me but I had to quit because of the side effects - depression and melasma.
Believe it or not, I kept taking spironolactone for 6 years. The dose that I took was 50 mg once a day. The recommended dose is ranging from 50 to 200 mg daily. Because it is a pee pill, I had to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated so I used a bathroom every 2 hours. I sometimes skipped the pill when I was on a vacation because you never knew if you would be able to find a bathroom or not. I sometimes got dizzy if I did not have a chance to drink enough water. I also experienced breast tenderness and irregular periods. Unfortunately, the effect of spironolactone had weaned off over the last 3 years when I started to break out again! I was like what the h---. I knew what it meant. It meant, "I need a higher dose". I took a shot and decided to go up to a 100 mg a day. Of course, it controlled the situation real well. However, it was not a sustainable solution because of the side effects. I could not handle the higher dose. I got dizzy. I drank and I peed then I drank and I peed. I desperately lowered the dose to 50 mg daily and continued the pill even though I still got cystic acnes especially prior to my periods and that left with hyperpigmentation and scar for months. Meanwhile, I continued searching for the acne cure naturally on websites and YouTube channels. Then, I came across "Saw Palmetto".
Ladies and Gentlemen...It does work!!! I got this supplement from a local pharmacy. I have taken Saw Palmetto for a month now, 450 mg three times a day. For the longest time, I broke out only one zit prior to my period. This is a big deal for me. Only one zit, it never happened before and on top of that I don't have to live in the bathroom anymore. Thus far, I have not had any side effect (knock on wood a thousand times). My plan is to boost it up 1 week before my period begins. Instead of taking 450 mg three times a day, I will take 900 mg twice a day.
I have known Saw Palmetto for a long time, as it is a supplement for enlarged prostate. What is dose is, it blocks a conversion of testosterone to DHT, a potent form of male hormone. The bottom line is if you have less DHT then you will have less sebaceous gland activity and that can fix the vicious cycle of hormonal acnes. I think I know my body well enough to say that I have imbalanced sex hormones for whatever reason. I do not think I have PCOS though since I am very skinny and always have a regular period. Anyhow, Saw Palmetto is my answer.
I would like to thank to everyone for sharing their journey on this website or on YouTube channel. Thank you to the Lord for creating this wonderful supplement. Whoever surfs this website on Thanksgiving, I feel your pain and I am with you. Happy Thanksgiving to you all ~ 11-22-18.
Saw palmetto has cured my hormonal acne. I have had lots of small spots on my cheeks since coming of the pill age 24. The brand I use is called nature’s aid and I take twice the amount recommended on the packaging. I take 2 tablets, 3x a day. It has taken a while to work ( about 3 months) but now nearly all my spots are gone!!! I also only use jojoba oil to remove make up and to moisturise. So so happy I came across this!!! The only side effect i habe noticed us slightly more PMS. But I also take Vitex which keeps that at bay.
If you have any stomach issues at all, be cautious taking this! I have PCOS and this supplement was recommended to me. I’m only a week in and have never experienced stomach pain this bad. I’ve had pain every day since starting it and I won’t be continuing it.
I suffered with my skin and excess hair since I was 12, I also suffered with anxiety and would constantly pick at my skin. I suffered with oily skin with severe break outs all over especially just before my period. In 2014 I was told I had PCOS, so I did some online research and decided to start taking some herbal meds, change my diet and quit red meat and caffeine. Literally within 2 weeks my skin completely cleared up, no more oily skin and my anxiety and need to pick completely disappeared too. I felt brand new it was amazing! Now I know after all these years (I'm now 44) all my skin and anxiety problems were down to my hormones. This is what I did: I take 320mg saw palmetto (standardised extract) one per day in the morning along with a fish oil capsule and 1000mg evening primrose oil capsule. I no longer drink caffeine. I drink redbush tea which is also very good for your immune system and skin. I limit sugar intake, and try to eat fruit instead (avoid high sugar fruit or fruit that would affect your testeterone levels such as bananas) nuts are great in your diet. Try to stick to a low fat, low carb, high protein diet with lots of fruit, salad and vedgetables. With lean white meats such as fish turkey and chicken. And of course lots of water at least 2 litres a day. I promise you, you'll see a big difference. Saw palmetto literally changed my life.
Attention all men never ever take a DHT inhibitor like Saw Palmetto simply google post Finasteride syndrome it can cause permanent sexual side effects along with breast growth... Please research before taking certain supplements.
I have had acne for years. Last year I had the worst outbreak I've ever had and my cheeks and jawline were covered in painful red, inflamed acne. It was not a pretty sight and I totally lost my confidence. I went to the doctor and tried several different prescriptions, including 2 different anti-biotics and topical retinoid. Nothing worked. I am sure the retinoid actually scarred my skin. Anyway, I realised that my acne must be hormonal. So I researched and discovered that I had symptoms of high androgens ' acne, unwanted hair growth on my chin to name a few. So I researched natural anti-androgens and came across Saw Palmetto. I took it, and I'm not joking, within 3 days I was barely getting any new spots! Usually I would break out almost daily! My skin continued to get better and better. At the start of this year, I came across a supplement called SkinClear Elixir by a brand called Botanycl which people were getting really good results from. I noticed it had Saw Palmetto as one of the main ingredients, so I thought I would switch over to see if it was better than using saw palmetto alone. Ive been taking this for 3 weeks now and my skin has completely cleared, I do not have a single spot on my face and all of the red marks left from the old spots have faded dramatically. And I haven't had any side effects whatsoever. Its amazing and I couldn't be happier! I can go out without any make up on now I don't even need to wear foundation anymore. The supplement has other natural ingredients which I think made it work even better than the regular saw palmetto. I got it on their website but have also seen it on Amazon in the UK. If you have hormonal acne, seriously give this a try!!
In February this year I started getting pimples on my cheeks before my period. This was something new. I had tons of clogged pores and would get 2 or 3 pimples on my chin but never on my cheeks(salicylic acid helped a lot!) . So I started using benzoyl peroxide..my skin looked great for 3-4 month and then I suddenly became allergic to BP and had to stop. Switched back to salicylic acid but that didn't prevent new pimples. I looked horrible way worse than before..I'm not exaggerating. Old cysts wouldn't heal but flare up during ovulation...and new ones would appear. I am in my late 20's.. I haven't cried about my skin in years..probably since I was 18. But I did during that time. It was so bad and I just couldn't get it under control. I thought about getting on BC...but said every month to myself 'wait another month..maybe it gets better'. It didn't. I came across Saw Palmetto on youtube and ordered it ( I was about to order some supplements anyway and ordered Saw Palmetto to save shipping costs) Only after ordering I started my research...in order for it to work it had to be the standardized version. Of course I ordered the wrong version. Then I read some scary stories about it on reddit and decided not to take it. Weeks have passed and my skin wasn't getting any better. I was about to order BC online when I thought 'you don't want to take a herbal supplement because you might mess up your hormones even more..but you are willing to take BC?!?' So I started taking my Saw Palmetto..one pill is 450mg..The first two weeks I took 2 pills and then 4 pills a day. I am about to get my period and I have only two active pimples. I have been taking Saw Palmetto for three month now..and only after two month I saw a difference on my face. My small whiteheads on my chest were gone in 2 weeks. I'll finish the not standardized version in 4 days and will start taking the standardized pills then. I'll probably take two pills a day ( one pill is 320 mg). If you have hormonal acne Saw Palmetto is definitely something you should try. But only if you have too much testosterone. If you have been on BC and have acne I think Vitex is more for you. I also lose much less hair than before and my boobs have gotten bigger. I was pretty happy with mine before..but as long as they don't get too big I don't mind it. I am not a native speaker..so excuse any mistakes.
I started taking Saw Palmetto and it really works. It did make my skin break out in the beginning though. Not terribly but i was getting spots in places i previously never got spots. I nearly stopped taking it because it was breaking me out but i had read previously that it could do this so i just continued. It has been about a month and two weeks now. I have just started my period and that it when my skin is worst, just before it starts. I hardly broke out at all and then i realised.................. yeah it is working. I live in South Africa and the only standardised extract i could find was the GNC brand at clicks. It comes in 160mg. I take one in the morning and one in the evening with food. I also try and drink a cup of spearmint tea everyday which i get at dischem. My skin is looking really good. My nose area used to get really oily at night and i can see the improvement when i wake up, less blackheads there now as well. Also i try and NOT drink coffee because i notice if i do, i get spots the next day. Make sure you take standardised extract. Remember Jesus loves you :)
I have suffered from acne ever since I was a teenager. I have been on and off the BC pill (Yasmin) for over ten years to treat my acne. Every time I went on the pill, my skin would clear up. Every time I went off the pill, my face was ridden with painful cystic acne. It was unsightly, embarrassing and affecting my confidence and social life. I constantly had lesions on my face that were painful and inflamed. After coming off the pill at age 31, (my migraines with auras no longer made it an option due to an increased risk of stroke), I was forced to look elsewhere for treatment. My dermatologist told me my only options were BC or antibiotics. I began experimenting with altering my diet and taking different herbal supplements for 2 years, yet I was seeing no results. It was beginning to hopeless. When I finally started taking Saw Palmetto, my acne decreased within 4 days. Within just over a week, my skin was looking much better. I was shocked by how quickly it worked. I can't say enough good things about this supplement. I know that every person's acne cause is individualized. However, if you suffer from hormonal acne, please try it. I am writing this review in hopes that it may help another person who is suffering from acne. I understand how frustrating and difficult it is. I wish you good luck, and please know that you are not alone in your journey. ðŸ’“
I am a 23 yo female of Southeast Asian descent. I have had acne since I was 11, 12. But I had noticed more hormonally influenced "cystic acne" since I was 18+. I have used everything you can imagine from the dermatologist's office, except accutane (worried about side effects and all). Spironolactone worked well for me but it would cause me to have my menstrual cycle at least every 2 weeks. SO I switched to birth control, that was probably the worst mistake I have ever made. I was on Alesse for 2 years and I wanted to take myself off of it because it made me gain weight. I had a sudden burst of facial hair and acne came back with a revenge. I have also tried so many DIY treatments, turmeric, chaana dal paste, yogurt, rose water, anything and everything I can get my hands on. Since then I researched a lot and my dermatologist recommended spironolactone again but I decided to go with saw palmetto 160 mg twice a day, along with zinc 50 mg, and Vit D3 1000 IU. It has been barely 2 weeks and have noticed a lot of improvement. I did go through an initial purge for a couple days but started to dry out thereafter. I noticed my face to be less oily and facial hair is also coming back definitely A LOT slower than prior to use. I truly recommend this for anyone who seems like they are running out of options and do not want to switch to accutane. Acne is really a struggle and it may seem like it is not a big deal. But no one really understands unless they are going through it themselves. Again, I have only been using for almost 2 weeks. But I really do like the results so far. Continuing your acne regimen in addition to saw palmetto will help with process. I rated it as 4 stars because of the initial purge and that this is not a cure, maybe I'm being too picky but I wish the acne would go away forever and be one less thing to stress about.
I thought this would help. As an 18 year old male with hormonal acne I thought these supplements that are proven by some studies to block DHT from getting to your head (which makes your hair fall out and controls your sebaceous glands thus causing acne ) were truly going to work. Unfortunately as far as I could tell they made my acne worse for some reason, I stopped taking them.
Hey guys, I have a question: I'm currently taking 22 capsules of 160mg Saw Palmetto Extract a day. I take 10 in the morning, 2 at lunch, 10 at night. I just recently went off Spironolactone and I found it helped me go off the Spiro with less of an impact on my acne. I started with the recommended dose of 320mg per day (2 capsules a day) originally, but eventually I've increased it to the above amount, as i noticed i was getting cysts again and i wanted to stop them. As far as im aware there are no side effects to taking a very high dose of Saw Palmetto. I asked my Naturopath if there is a recommended dose and he said their wasn't. Since taking this high dosage I haven't had any new cysts. The only thing I've noticed is that my nipples are quite sore and tender and my breasts are larger. Any advice is appreciated!! Thanks :)