Do You Have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) & Acne?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the leading causes of acne in adult women. Unfortunately nobody really knows why we get it, but we do have a basic understanding of how it affects the body so we can now treat PCOS related acne.

Two things to take note of with PCOS:

  1. PCOS has been linked to an overactive hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis, which is a trigger in the brain to release the hormones needed in response to stress. So an overactive HPA axis means that your brain is releasing too much of these hormones. This can mean you have way too much cortisol swimming around the body which won’t make you feel that great.
  2. While it’s not always the case, it is usual for women with PCOS to have insulin resistance and/or elevated levels of the Testosterone group of hormones called Androgens. Unfortunately this is confusing but it is important to realise that if you have PCOS you don’t necessarily have insulin resistance or high levels of Androgens either (although it’s likely).

So to treat PCOS acne we want to target three things – stress, elevated Androgens and the potential of insulin resistance. Luckily, the treating for all three through mindset, diet and supplementation all overlap. So you may find that a supplement you’re taking is helping to target all three areas.

Treating Stress

We can lower our stress levels in so many different ways, and really your options are limitless. Take some time to write down all of the activities that you could do to help limit the stress in your life. Diet and supplementation can certainly help reduce stress but the most effective way is through our thought patterns. For the next week make a note to watch yourself for every moment that you feel stressed or anxious, then look at the patterns as to why you are experiencing these emotions. A friend recently said to me that every time he feels stressed he looks at what he is feeling attached to. Just something to think about.

As for supplementation, bach flower remedies are great for stress. My favorites are Rescue Remedy and Emergency Essence.

Treating PCOS Acne With Diet

The best way to deal with PCOS acne through diet is to work on lowering Androgen levels if they’re high (which is in most cases of PCOS). This will also help manage insulin resistance.

Stick to a low Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load diet, which is basically reducing the sugars, dairy and simple carbohydrates in your diet. It helps to get educated on what is a high sugar and low sugar food.

In addition, make sure you’re eating plenty of good quality protein (if you don’t eat meat there are plenty of vegan protein sources), fibre, and good essential fatty acids (especially omega-3 and omega-9), such as avocado, coconut oil, fish and/or fish oil, hemp seed oil etc.

Treating PCOS Acne With Supplementation

Many women with PCOS acne have had great success in treating their skin through supplementation. These supplements usually target both high levels of Androgens and insulin resistance. Here are some of the better ones to take: Zinc, Chromium Picolinate, Inositol, Vitamin D, Cinnamon, Saw Palmetto and Tian Gui.

And Exercise…

As with all of our health problems, exercise is certainly a great way to help to balance our body back to normal levels.. of everything. If you’re currently doing nothing, at the very least go for a twenty minute walk every day.

If you would like to learn more about good supplementation for PCOS, this is a great article: PCOS Nutritional Protocol.

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  • Amber October 4, 2017, 12:50 am

    Hello, I have high DHEAS and testosterone. I have been able to lower my testosterone with spearmint and nettles but do you know of any ways to lower DHEAS?

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  • Amber September 18, 2017, 7:47 pm

    Is there any way to lower DHEAS? I’m taking spearmint and nettles to lower my testosterone and it has cut it in half… but my DHEAS are still high…

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    • Fran October 4, 2017, 12:39 am

      Hi Amber, look into your adrenal health, what is your cortisol like? And go from there.

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      • Amber October 4, 2017, 12:51 am

        My cortisol is high as well! What does this mean? I’m thinking of taking ashwagandha and rhodiola but not sure if that will raise my testosterone?

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        • Fran October 4, 2017, 1:04 am

          It means that you have adrenal fatigue.

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  • prathibha September 1, 2017, 8:37 am

    i have severe acne and scars on my face and chin.i dont know whether ive pcos or not.whom i should consult a gynaec or derma.

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    • Fran October 4, 2017, 12:48 am

      Hi Prathibha, book in with me I can help you.

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  • Zoya June 4, 2017, 5:36 am

    I have PCOS and now i m on a treatment. I m getting regularly period, pimples on my body and face has gone but i m getting still pimples on my forehead every next day . I m confused if pimples on other areas has gone why forehead is still getting pimples

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    • Fran June 17, 2017, 1:35 am

      Hi Zoya, I can’t help you here because I don’t know what treatment you are on – if you book in a consultation then we can take a good look together and get you on a clear skin treatment plan.

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  • Jackie Boylan March 29, 2017, 3:13 am

    Hello I would love to get some advice from you on figuring some things out in my body, I feel there is something going on Interally that is contributing to acne, muscle aches and feeling sluggish. I’ve been trying to figure it out for a while and I’m not sure what to do next, if I should get a blood test to find an imbalance in my body.
    Any feedback is great!
    Thank you

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    • Fran March 30, 2017, 2:25 pm

      Hi Jackie, consider booking in the consultation with both me and Caitlin the naturopath so that we can create a complete plan for you with consideration to the addition symptoms that you have.

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  • Marta January 13, 2017, 9:24 am

    Hi Fran,
    I was diagnosed with PCOS 6 months ago. I can’t be on the pill becouse of high blood coagulability during taking it. I started to take saw palmetto extract 160mg x2 per day and inositol supplement 3 monthos ago. Unfortunately I still have chin and neck acne, and some face hair growth (chin) it’s also very hard too loose weight, I’ve eliminated diary products and most of the sugar. Is there anything else I can try? And should I continue to take saw palmetto? Thanks a lot!

    Best,
    M.

    Thanks for help!

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    • Fran January 13, 2017, 3:20 pm

      Hi Marta, how much insositol (mg) and what type are you taking? Also how much saw palmetto are you taken daily? Have you also tried taking grains out of your diet? I’d love to have a proper chat with you if you can book in a consultation.

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  • Amber October 22, 2016, 3:25 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I’m confused. You state in this article that saw palmetto is good for pcos acne but in other articles you stated it actually raises testosterone? Which one is it? Also do you believe you can develop pcos after pregnancy? I had a baby 6 months ago and although I’ve always had acne, my cycles were normal and I ovulated each month and now they are irregular and I took a saliva test at 2 months postpartum and had low estrogen and progesterone and high testosterone and an suffering with cystic acne whereas it was normal acne before and able to be controlled by antibiotics and now it’s not.

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    • Fran October 28, 2016, 7:15 am

      Hi Amber, it is actually a tricky one because it works differently for different women. Saw Palmetto blocks the conversion of testosterone to DHT, so in this way it CAN raise testosterone as it’s not converting to DHT. However, in some women the excess testosterone is then converted into healthy estrogens, so it really depends on how the herb works in your body.

      We can develop PCOS at any time – because basically it is just a hormonal imbalance that causes annovulation.

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      • Emily December 13, 2016, 11:54 am

        Okay makes sense Fran 🙂 does this mean DIM has the same effects as saw palmetto, as it blocks the conversion of DHT to testosterone?

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        • Fran December 18, 2016, 1:46 am

          Hi Emily, they both block the conversion, however, DIM works differently with estrogens.

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      • rachel September 18, 2017, 7:44 pm

        Can you have PCOS if you ovulate each month and have a 32-35 day cycle? I have high testosterone and DHEAS but still have a cycle and ovulation.

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        • Fran October 4, 2017, 12:40 am

          Yes but I also would not worry about focusing on PCOS, and instead look into lowering your testosterone and DHEAS. If you have no low progesterone or cycle issues then don’t worry about it.

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  • mary September 13, 2016, 7:51 pm

    Hi Fran. My blood tests have recently come back as ‘slightly abnormal’ and I am being sent for an us soon to see if I have pcos. Doc has recommended pill, but I would like to manage my symptoms (acne, excessive hair etc) naturally
    I am currently low carbing and would like some help on how to balance my hormones. Would it be okay to have a consultation without really knowing the proper details of my hormonal levels? (e.g. What’s high, what’s lacking) or would you like me to test this first?

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    • Fran September 16, 2016, 6:28 pm

      Hi Mary, PCOS can definitely be manage with natural therapies. Wait until the test results come in then book in with a local naturopath or natural therapist to get onto a good diet, supplement and lifestyle regime. As a tip, many PCOS sufferers have had great success with the supplement Ovasitol.

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      • Mary November 1, 2016, 4:35 pm

        Hi Fran,

        Me again. I had an ultrasound and went in follow up today – the scan showed healthy ovaries with no cysts, which confused me, but the doctor is diagnosing me with PCOS based on my blood test results and symptoms – she says my blood work shows excess androgen and that i am about a stone overweight. She is recommending metmorfin, if I’d like it.

        Unfortunately I can’t find a good local naturopath – would it be possible to work with you? And would you still recommend Ovasitol?

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        • Fran November 2, 2016, 6:55 am

          Hi Mary, technically you need to have at least 10 cysts on an ovary to have a confirmed diagnosis. Yes you can still work with me, we can work on rebalancing your hormonal system with diet and supplementation. No you don’t need to take ovasitol.

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  • Luciana July 20, 2016, 10:05 pm

    Hi,
    I’m a vegan and was wondering what some vitamin D food sources are, without supplementation As I read that vitamin d is good for pcos.

    Any other tip for which foods to eat and nutrients to keep an eye out for as a vegan with PCOS? Thanks!

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    • Fran July 25, 2016, 2:15 pm

      Hi Luciana, the BEST source of Vitamin D is the sun! So go out and get some sun. Nutrition guidelines for PCOS are a little more than a post in a comment box. Please book in a consultation and we an work on a treatment plan for you.

      Reply
  • Riya May 26, 2016, 8:31 pm

    Hello..I am 29 years old female suffering from acne from past one month the acne is mostly occuring on right side of the cheek and the chin..few days back i consulted a derma and she prescribed me oxidoben gel,sebonac gel,cleargel and coraz-500.,cetaphil facewash..am following the medication but don’t feel much difference..what do you suggest..is the prescribed medications alright??should I carry on with them or should I make some changes..if yes,then what changes do you suggest..please help..I am really worried about my problem..

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    • Fran May 30, 2016, 7:01 pm

      Hi Riya, I do not recommend prescription topicals or medications in my treatment plans. Please book in a consultation if you would like to take a natural approach.

      Reply
  • LadyD May 16, 2016, 6:36 am

    What’s a good supplement to take for hair growth? I got off of birth control pills 1 and half ago and my hair growth is horrible. Now you can see my 5 oclock shadow too. It’s horrible…

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    • Fran May 20, 2016, 10:53 pm

      Hi LadyD, MSM is helpful. If you have facial hair growth, then keeping your blood sugar even and lowering your androgens will also be important.

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  • jacki April 29, 2016, 9:40 pm

    Hi Fran,

    Are you still doing consults? I am beyond desperate for help! I have struggled with acne since a teenager, but it has been severe in the last 3 years I am now 26. I am left with cystic painful acne and lots and lots of scars. I think I may have PCOS, and I am came of the pill 2 years ago, which has made my skin worse, and periods still irregular.. I have spent probably over 10,000$ on trying to fix my acne over the last 10 years to no avail….. If you really think you can help I am willing to do whatever it takes.

    thank you so much.

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    • Fran May 2, 2016, 6:21 pm

      Yes absolutely and I would love to work with you. Click on the “Get Help” link at the top of this page.

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  • Cristina M.E. April 8, 2016, 6:25 pm

    Hello Fran,

    I 23 years old and currently I am dealing with more acne then usual, I am almost 100% sure that is related with hormonal imbalance. In the pass I took birth control pill, prescribed by doctor after blood analysis came and showed that I had high testosterone levels. Since one year ago, I stopped taking the birth control pill and changed for a quite healthy diet.
    I do have facial hair in my chain area, and my acne is mostly on my cheaks and chin area, although not severe case. My period is regular every month, on the contrary of my sisters who where both diagnosed with PCOS. Is it possible for me to have PCOS, even with a regular period, or is it just a hormonal imbalance?

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    • Fran April 15, 2016, 10:46 pm

      Hi Cristina,

      Yes it is possible, just remember that PCOS is a syndrome so if you “have it”, it doesn’t mean that it is something that you will always have. It is also easily treatable.

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      • Amber October 22, 2016, 3:26 pm

        Fran,
        Do you think pcos is reversible then? Like if mine was brought in by pregnancy it could be fixed?

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        • Fran October 28, 2016, 7:15 am

          Yes absolutely!!!!

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  • Lynne March 14, 2016, 1:04 am

    I have had acne on and off, trouble losing weight irregular periods and now hairless for 6 months which is very distressing. I have high testosterone and dhea, I am awaiting further testing off bcp, what can help my hair grow back and will I need to be on GDP and spirilla tone forever. Help

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    • Fran March 18, 2016, 1:02 am

      Hi Lynne, did you get your DHT tested? Often hair loss is due to elevated DHT, OR it can be an estrogen imbalance. You will not need to be on the pharmaceuticals forever, you can definitely heal with herbal medicines.

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  • anonymous December 21, 2015, 3:31 pm

    hello,

    i got acne from last 6 months but from last of the four months i took treatment first was the allopathic and the second one is ayurvedic. i done with thyroid test blood test and hormonal tests and as per my dr. she said i am hormonal imbalance. but like the symptoms we had in this case like growth of hairs in unwanted place, improper mensturation cycle, hair loss and else. i am not having one of them except excessive pimples. it comes and it goes and it leaving marks too. even after taking medicine i didnt get my periods and for that my dr. prescribed me one more tablet prevent n to having it. n after that i got my periods but m scared with all these things like this is really hormonal imbalance or else?

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    • Fran December 22, 2015, 9:37 pm

      Hi,

      Please book in a consultation so that I can properly work with you.

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  • Yura97 December 9, 2015, 8:09 am

    Hi fran
    Thank you very much..i’m 18 years girl and i was diagnosied with hormonal imbalance (slightly increased testesterone)my doctor gave me androcur and diane and metformin..it’s been 3 months..my only problem is excess body hair..it didn’t get any better actually…my question is will i have to take these pills forever?..i’m really depressed and afraid that i will suffer from that forever

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    • Fran December 14, 2015, 3:42 pm

      Hi Yura,

      I do not recommend prescription medications or the BCP for acne treatment. You are easily able to bring down your testosterone levels with herbal medicines and diet. If you choose to come off the medications some time, book me in and I’ll help.

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  • Michelle September 11, 2015, 6:50 pm

    I need your help! I didn’t know I had PCOS, or had even heard of it, until my first round of in vitro, when my reproductive endocrinologist diagnosed me after seeing how I responded to the medications. It all made sense! The acne, hair, missed periods, infertility. During my first round of IVF my face got so bad I still have scars everywhere. Deep purple pitted scars. It got better when I conceived my first son, and my acne and cycles were great! Until I did another round and had twins. A few months after I gave birth the acne came back. Now almost 8 months post partum I’ve had one period that lasted weeks, and I’m covered on my cheeks, chin, around my mouth and the occasional forehead acne. Can you direct me where to start? I’m willing to completely change my diet, and take supplements, but I have no idea where to begin.

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    • Fran September 14, 2015, 7:28 pm

      Hi Michelle,

      Begin with getting a hormone test done. Get your progesterone, estrogen and testosterone tested via urine or saliva. Get your LH tested as well if you can. Once the results come in book in for a treatment plan, or even better for the package deal so you can work with both me and Caitlin (the naturopath I partner with), and we can get your cycle back regular and clear up your skin. I’d love to work with you.

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  • Asma June 25, 2015, 7:43 am

    Hey Fran!
    Has your plan of supplements helped women with PCOS coming off the pill so that they dont get acne breakouts? Has it helped many and its been a success for them? I want to know so that i can book you for consultation.

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    • Fran June 25, 2015, 11:01 pm

      Hi Asma, yes absolutely!

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  • Asma May 19, 2015, 4:29 pm

    Will it be for everything i need when i come off the pill ? I mean the supplements ?

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    • Fran May 22, 2015, 7:02 pm

      Yes

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  • Asma May 19, 2015, 4:28 pm

    Hi!
    Plz continue consulting. We need you so much Fran! But in case you won’t then i’ll book you soon so that you can help me beforehand. I can have everything ready before the two years so that when it comes ill just start off!

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  • Asma May 9, 2015, 6:52 pm

    Hello fran!
    I was diagnosed with PCOS three years ago because i had irregular periods, acne on back and chest and face. I got yasmine 28 and everything is normal now. But the thing is im really stressed because i will want to conceive soon and im scared if i stop taking the pills everything will fall down apart (acne and irregular periods). Plz help me be clear once i stop with the pills, has it been a success to many women in my situation? And conceived too? Acne and irregular periods? Plz help me and i live in Sweden too.

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    • Fran May 12, 2015, 4:40 pm

      Hi Asma, Well you have two choices – stay on the pill forever and don’t get pregnant, or do the work and come off it to become fertile again. Not all women experience a breakout after coming off the pill, but the ones that do it’s only a temporary thing and can be helped with supplementation and diet.

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      • Asma May 13, 2015, 2:34 pm

        Hello Fran!
        Well i want to conceive after 2 years because right now i am studying. Can you help me with coming off the pill safely without having acne break outs

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        • Fran May 15, 2015, 3:30 am

          Hi Asma, yes absolutely.

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          • Asma May 16, 2015, 6:13 am

            When can i book you then because im planning to conceive after two years from now. When is the best time to get off the pill and book you so that you can help me? I really need this plz. I want to be with clear skin both on face and neck, back and chest.

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            • Fran May 17, 2015, 10:39 pm

              Hi Asma, book in now because I want to give you some supplements to take 3 months before you come off the pill.

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              • Asma May 18, 2015, 5:21 am

                Hey!
                I want to come off the pill after 2 years, not now. Or what do you mean? I should come off the pill now and continue with supplements till i want to get pregnant?

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                • Fran May 19, 2015, 4:23 pm

                  Hi Asma, Ahh I see. So 3 months before you want to come off the pill (in 2 years time) if I’m still consulting then book me in and I’ll give you a protocol!

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  • Ainslie April 22, 2015, 11:24 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I have been diagnosed with PCOS for 2 years now and still haven’t had a real period. I am not your typical candidate – not overweight (underweight if anything) and I have clear skin. Do you think taking DIM will help stimulate my period coming back?

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    • Fran April 27, 2015, 1:21 am

      Hi Ainslie, Yes DIM will help but I highly recommend a progesterone treatment. Also it’s important to manage any insulin resistance, sugar intolerances, and get your hormones tested to check in with your testosterone levels.

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  • Kaya February 9, 2015, 7:52 pm

    Hey,
    I have PCOS, but am not overweight per se. My doctor called it “thin PCOS”. My hormone tests came back “normal” though I don’t know the progesterone /estrogen ratio. Each were taken at different points in time. My testosterone tests came back normal, though I still experience the symptoms hair loss, hirtuism and all of that.. The only time I was free from acne was when I was having very “estrogenic” periods. Boobs hurt, cramping, feeling like the world was ending- but my skin was nice. Besides that was when I was taking a concoction of liver cleansing herbs and DIM. But after a while, my acne started coming back, and when I ovulated, I just felt crappier. Like I had no estrogen boost.
    I used to not get periods, but now I do, and I even ovulate. So my cycle is normal. I started breaking out again, and thought since I have PCOS I would try taking Vitex. It’s been a month, and my acne has not improved, rather I started breaking out along my jawline. I stopped taking it when I was bleeding, in which acne got worse, and now I restarted two days ago. I had a hot flash while i was sleeping yesterday (seems like a low estrogen symptom?) and woke up with a horribly greasy face. Should I stick the Vitex out? My progesterone levels were “normal” to begin with, but if the balance was off with estrogen shouldn’t Vitex still help? Is this just the “first month Vitex makes it worse” phase? I don’t have massive new breakouts just the older ones healing and a couple tiny new ones. I’m just terrified I’m making things worse if I’ve somehow shifted myself into low estrogen.

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    • Fran February 12, 2015, 3:17 pm

      Hi Kaya,

      If you need a progesterone boost, vitex can take a full 4 months to work. And it can in some women make the skin and cycle worse in the first 1-2 months. I recommend getting a saliva hormone test done if the last test was via blood. It sounds to me like you do have a hormonal issue going on so it would be good to get more testing done to take a closer look.

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  • toyah October 29, 2014, 11:14 pm

    hey fran, i can’t even begin to explain how excited i was to come upon your site. i have been self diagnosing myself on the internet for aaages, yo-yoing in my mind what is wrong with me, and feeling absolutely helpless and suicidal. i have extreme depression, anxiety, adult acne, major stomach problems, and everything that comes with that(feeling lathargic, uncomfortable, allergic etc)i kind of pinned it to candida overgrowth, because of a string of antibiotics i had to take because i was sick, and chronic urticaria i got 2 years ago because of the same evil thing(antibiotics) I am getting hormone levels checked tomorrow, and have cut out sugar, gluten and dairy for the last week.(dairy for the last 3 months)i wanted to ask if you had heard of pau d’arco, and if it is ok to take that to help the candida problem, or if it’s going to harm me more? i’m also taking 5-htp for depression, a probiotic and vitamin c. i’m so frustrated by all of this, and i know that is just making it worse. thank you for starting this site. all the best, toyah

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    • Fran October 30, 2014, 11:59 am

      Hi Toya,

      Yes I’m familiar with pau d’arco and yes it’s excellent for fungus and candidas. However more so I recommend diatomaceous earth and bentonite clay with diet for candida.

      Are you able to book in a consultation? I would love to be able to work with you. I’m very curious about your hormone results and their potential relationship to your depression.

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  • anne October 14, 2014, 9:30 am

    Hi Fran,
    I am on my 2 cycle of takingvitex and i dont see any improvement with my acne it doesnt get worse or even better but my pms ( breast tendeness, headache and menstraution cramps) are gone on just the first month but it made my cycle to 45 days and spotting before period so irritating as I usually have only 35 days . I was hoping not to get acne this cycle but i could see zits or pimples on my chin an cheek right after my period. What do vitex doing on my body?.. i was disgnosed with PCOS last year and ive been treated with Diane 35 and metformin now i dont have the cyst anymore on my ovaries but my acne comes back when i stop the Diane 35. You think Fran, vitex would help me on it? What other supplements will i take, i both taking vitex 800mg a day and centrum multivitamins. Should i add more zinc or vitamin d on it? Fish oil causes me more breakouts as i take it in 4 days so i stopped. Hoping for your reply. Thank you and more power!

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    • Fran October 14, 2014, 8:01 pm

      Hi Anne,

      That’s great that taking vitex helped to eliminate your PMS! This means that it’s likely working to raise your progesterone levels. Having a longer or much shorter cycle for 3 cycles in a row is okay, but please re-evaluate your supplements and diet if you are still getting an odd long or short cycle on the 4th month (an average cycle is 29.5 days – one week longer or shorter than this is normal).

      With PCOS you will typically have high testosterone as well as low progesterone, so it will be important to address the high testosterone with diet.

      As for adding in minerals, it would be better to get a hair mineral analysis first to check in with mineral deficiencies.

      If you would like help with your treatment plan, please book in a consultation.

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  • celia September 30, 2014, 8:32 pm

    Question on diet recommendations: According to some researches I read about, coconut oil would boost testosterone. Is there any reason that it is beneficial for healing acne?

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    • Fran October 1, 2014, 3:03 pm

      Hi Celia, the way that a man and woman’s hormonal system works in response to food and supplements is often very different. Coconut oil is a saturated fat which can boost low testosterone in men to healthy levels.

      Consuming good, healthy fats (such as coconut oil) is a way to build a healthy reproductive hormonal system in women as well. Depending on your constitution, if you are a fast or slow oxidiser, it will be good for you to have varying amounts.

      There is an excellent book called Coconut Cures which I recommend you read if you’re interested in coconut products: http://www.amazon.com/Coconut-Cures-Preventing-Treating-Problems/dp/0941599604

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  • lillie August 26, 2014, 6:08 pm

    hi there
    i was wondering about having pcos and taking estroblock.
    i have pcos and I’m also insulin resistant with all the bad that comes with it. high testosterone that produces hair in the worst places ( face , chin , neck belly) i don’t ovulate and I’m trying to conceive .
    so in my mind i think , i don’t ovulate because of high estrogen so if i take estroblock while on fertility meds ( that block estrogen as well) it will have more affect there for rising my progesterone and allowing me to ovulate..
    what do you think fran ?

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    • Fran August 29, 2014, 3:41 am

      Hi Lillie, yes I do recommend that you take EstroBlock.

      It’s not necessarily high estrogen that is causing you not to ovulate. It is more likely low progesterone which is causing estrogen dominance. I recommend that you check your progesterone levels and address it with supplementation if it’s low. EstroBlock will help to metabolise your estrogens to raise healthy estrogens if needed and detox or lower unhealthy estrogens.

      Our reproductive hormonal system is a complicated topic with how everything is connected!

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  • Jasmin April 25, 2014, 1:51 am

    Hello Fran! I wanted to know what your thoughts are on PCOS being “naturally cured” through a healthy diet and exercise? Do you believe PCOS can be cured? Most doctors and websites teach that there is no cure for PCOS (which is very discouraging).

    -Jasmin

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    • Fran April 25, 2014, 2:23 am

      Hi Jasmin, it depends on the definition of a “cure”. It’s in my understanding that PCOS is not a disease that requires curing, it’s a condition that sometimes forms when there is anovulation (incomplete ovulation). When an egg is unable to be released fully, at times it may create a cyst on the ovary. Women need to have something like 12 cysts before it’s declared that they have PCOS. So basically you could have 10 and be told that you don’t have it.

      So the way I look at PCOS is looking into what is going on to prevent that full ovulation from taking place? Sometimes it may be an issue of needing to balance hormones. And therefore if the hormones need balancing, why were they out of balance in the first place? Often and the absolute root cause of these sorts of things we find an emotional and/or energetic connection.

      So to answer your question, I believe that we can live without PCOS even if we’re told that we have it.

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  • Kristin September 18, 2013, 1:37 pm

    Hello Fran and congratulations with a beautiful website!

    I am now 37 years and have a high level of sebumproduction which turns out in witheheads and blackheads. I wonder what are the signs of low insuline resistance?

    Warm regards,
    Kristin

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    • Fran September 20, 2013, 3:23 pm

      Hi Kristin, thank you 🙂

      High sebum production can be either of these things – excess androgens, excess progesterone, a struggling liver, and/or insulin resistance.

      Often these go together.. it’s common for example to have both excess androgens and insulin resistance.

      Fran x

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      • Kristin November 10, 2013, 10:13 am

        Thank you for your answer Fran,

        now I wonder how to lower progesterone and androgens… ?
        I have done several liver-cleanses and feel that is helping, but not so much on the sebumproduction.. I also now have started to take estro-block so I wonder how that will work out. Vitex Agnus-Castus was for lowering the levels of progesterone? Or am I wrong..
        Thank you for all the valuable informations I get from your blog, it has really given me some hope 🙂

        Warm wishes,
        Kristin

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        • Kristin November 10, 2013, 10:54 am

          Just to add.. I did some research on the web and found that Reishi mushrom is supposed to be good for balancing androgens, so is red clover. And Spearmint tea is also an anti- androgen… So look forward to try these out 🙂

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  • Carmen September 15, 2013, 8:05 pm

    Very interesting, Fran. I have a friend who has PCOS, but she doesn’t break out. I don’t believe I have PCOS, but I have had chronic acne since the age of 17. I’m 29 and still breaking out. I found your website through the lovevitamin back in December of 2012. I appreciate all your vital information. I had my hormones tested via ZRT blood test back in April, and I thought the results were inaccurate. The results stated I had low estrogen. For a while I thought I had too much estrogen or too much testosterone/high androgens. It’s so difficult to pinpoint what is causing my acne. It’s a never ending battle. I thought about getting tested for PCOS, but I don’t have health insurance, and I feel that a saliva test would be much more accurate versus a blood test. I drink hot lemon water every morning along with a probiotic. I drink green smoothies, and I try to eat more raw, organic foods. I just don’t know what is going on with my body. I am thinking of giving Estroblock a try. I wasn’t able to attend your webinar due to work, but I would like to read the transcripts if they are available. I am having a hard time understanding your recording. Anyhow, I will definitely be in touch. Thank you again!

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    • Fran September 17, 2013, 11:42 pm

      Hi Carmen,

      Yep that’s right, things to remember – not all women with PCOS have high levels of Androgens and not all women with PCOS have insulin resistance. Also, our bodies work in very different ways and some people are just not prone to “getting” acne.

      You may have had low estrogen for sure, it depends on WHAT estrogen was low. There are three big types of estrogens and many other types of estrogens.. so it really depends on what they were testing. You could be high in estradiol for example and low in estrone. And overall the main estrogens could have come across as “low”.

      Definitely a saliva test is much more accurate. Get one done if you can and get a copy of the results if you can to – educating yourself and having that knowledge is empowering.

      It sounds like you’re a healthy person so hormones are (likely) to blame. Although it could be liver related and/or stress related.. although both usually point to the hormones too.

      I’m sorry about the bad webinar recording, I’m going to be recording another very soon offline in HD and uploading it, and will get some transcripts to hopefully go with it too. That will be MUCH better to follow <3

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      • Carmen September 18, 2013, 9:45 pm

        Thank you for taking the time to respond, Fran. I do appreciate your valuable insight.
        You certainly do know your material!

        I did receive a copy of my mid cycle blood test, and the results showed I did have high progesterone and low estrogen. I was using wild yam cream at the time, but I am no longer using it. Estradiol, estriol, estrone, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA-S, and cortisol were tested using this blood test. I don’t know quite how to read the results, however, my naturopath at the time explained the results over the phone, as she practiced in the state of California, and I reside in Texas.

        I will get a saliva test performed in the near future. I am watching my finances at the moment, so I cannot do it right this moment, but I need an accurate read of my hormones. Something has to give. I still break out which is the problem. I can get rid of my acne relatively fast, but I cannot stay clear, and that is a bummer since I have the dark spots (hyperpigmentation) left over.

        On a lighter note, I purchased your ebook Love your Liver. I was going to purchase it last night, but I decided to wait, and I am so glad I did, because you gave a really awesome discount on it! Thank you for that.

        I am curious about Estroblock, but I do want to wait until I get my saliva test performed. I would hate to spend the money and it not work on me. I suppose I will cross that bridge when I get there.

        Thank you again for your time. I really appreciate it.

        XoxO Carmen

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        • Fran September 20, 2013, 3:20 pm

          Gosh I’m watching my finances too, I know what you mean!

          I wonder which of your estrogens was low. High progesterone CAN cause excess sebum production, so that could potentially be the cause of your acne. Unfortunately it’s really difficult to find information on naturally lowering progesterone because the theory has always been that we can’t have too much. But perhaps the wild yam cream was contributing to your levels, so now everything could be a little more balanced. It will certainly be interesting to see what your next test results are. Consider getting a test done through Dr John Lee’s website, it seems to be cheaper to get a kit online and to do it through the mail.

          You could start on Estroblock… It’s rare not to have a build up of any bad estrogens so it’s a good detox to do, even if just for a couple of months. And it can help to raise your levels of healthy estrogens.

          I hope this helps!

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    • Veronika December 4, 2013, 4:13 am

      Hi Fran,

      I’m having trouble finding Tian Gui online. Where would we buy this supplement?

      Thanks!

      Veronika

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      • Ceri February 24, 2015, 12:53 pm

        Hey Fran, i’m lost I have been on norgeston mini pill for 4 days. I can see my skin starting to clear but the side affects of migrane and depression are making me think I need to come off already. My acne is really bad and my pcos is getting worse. Would you say the mini pill is bad to be on? I have tried herbs and diet but nothing seems to work 🙁 please help x

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        • Fran February 24, 2015, 7:19 pm

          Hi Ceri,

          Ultimately the decision is up to you but I encourage you to do your research first before you decide to continue with the pill. There are side effects but it also does help PCOS and endometriosis. What I can tell you is that PCOS and acne can both be completely remedied and cleared with a natural supplement, diet and lifestyle program. It may take a little time to get there, but it’s 100% achievable naturally.

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          • Ceri February 26, 2015, 3:44 pm

            Thank you for your reply Fran. I was gutted to come off the pill but I am back to my self. The only problem is my skin has got worse. I am going to try herbal remedies, vitamins and healthy eating. See how that works.

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