Balance Your Hormones

Many cases of chronic acne in adult women are linked to imbalances in the reproductive hormonal system. If you’re a woman over the age of seventeen and you have chronic acne, then there’s a high chance that you have may some form of a hormonal imbalance.

However, hormonal imbalances rarely just happen on their own. If a woman has a hormonal imbalance that is causing her acne, it is my job to work out WHY that hormonal imbalance happening in the first place. Often it’s one of the following:

  • Going on or coming off synthetic birth control (including the BCP, IUD, implant, nuvaring).
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Hypo or hyperthryoidism
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Sugar/carbohydrate sensitivity, or insulin resistance
  • History of eating disorder
  • A vegan diet without correct supplementation

And to some extent PCOS and endometriosis, but these conditions are often cause by something else.

It is important to find that underling reasoning for the hormonal imbalance in order to correct it at the root level.

What hormonal imbalances cause acne?

There is a misconception that all adult hormonal acne is caused by high androgens. While this is one possibility, it’s not always the case.

Hormonal acne is often more complicated that a simple deficiency or dominance in a single hormone. And we have multiple hormones under each “umbrella” or group. For instance, we don’t just have one type of estrogen, we have three major types, a fourth type that occurs during pregnancy and a bunch of others that posses estrogenic activity (in fact that are around 40 types!). We also have a bunch of different hormones under the umbrella of “androgens”.

So as you can see, it’s not quite as black and white as you first may think.

Getting a urine or saliva hormone test done one way to check in with what exactly hormones are out of balance, but a hormone test is not always accessible or affordable, or even accurate.

The problem with hormone testing is that as women, we have several hormones that shift and change a lot over the course of a month. So if we are to test our hormones on just one day in that month, it is not a completely accurate snapshot. Our hormones may be all perfectly balancing on that one particular day, but a complete mess two days later.

I appreciate hormone testing in my work, but I always consider the inaccuracies in it. The absolute best hormone testing is done every few days over the course of one month.

In cases where I have a client has not had any hormone testing done, this is absolutely okay. After working with so many women I now have a good idea as to what the signs and signals are for each hormonal imbalances. So know that it is okay to book in a consultation without getting testing done.

In a nutshell, working with adult acne in women is best approached at these levels:

  • Create a good balance of good estrogens to progesterone (PG/E2) so there is neither estrogen dominance or estrogen deficiency.
  • Raise low progesterone to healthy levels if needed.
  • Lower androgens if one or more types are too high.
  • Bring cortisol levels into a healthy balance and manage stressors.
  • Heal and manage the root cause of the hormone imbalance.

What role do Androgens play in all of this?

One of the keys to curing acne is to return our skin to producing normal amounts of sebum in the sebaceous glands. Sebum is actually really good – it’s our skin’s natural protective barrier, and if your skin is too dry then sebum keeps it hydrated. But too much sebum can mean that it gets stuck in the pores and creates a breeding ground for acne bacteria to get stuck in there too, which is one of the ways a pimple is formed.

Androgens increase the size and activity of the sebaceous glands. So if your level of androgens is too high then it’s likely that you’re producing too much sebum. Interestingly our levels of healthy estrogens does the opposite – they reduce the size and activity of our sebaceous glands (that means nice tight pores and no congestion!!). As you can see, healthy hormones mean a perfect natural balance in our pore size and sebum production, which results in no acne and skin that is not too oily or dry.

Androgen Sensitivity

Some women that have healthy levels of androgens may still experience androgenic related acne due to androgen sensitivity. Basically this means that their sebaceous glands are sensitive to normal androgen levels and they are therefore still likely to get acne. So please keep this in mind if you do decided to get hormone testing done!

How to Treat Elevated Androgens or Androgen Sensitivity

Anti-Androgen detoxThe remedy to treat elevated androgens or androgen sensitivity is to 1) detox out bad estrogens, and 2) stick to a low sugar and low carbohydrate diet (make sure to read the Eat Well section of this guide to get an understanding of the relationship between androgens, insulin and acne).

I have also written a 6 week anti-androgen detox guide which is the most effective way to reduce raised levels of androgens. You can get a copy of the guide by clicking here.

There are also some supplements that you can take. The best are Zinc, Omega-3, Chromium Picolinate, Vitamin D, Ceylon Cinnamon, B-Complex and Tian Gui capsule (a mix of eleven Chinese Herbs).

We can also help to control our sebum production externally with the use of hemp seed or jojoba oils (refer to Don’t Clog Your Pores) and internally by making sure that our liver is functioning well.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Women with PCOS typically have high testosterone and low progesterone, which is a direct cause of chronic acne.

PCOS also often goes hand in hand (although not always) with insulin resistance. Please note that you do not necessarily have insulin resistance if you have PCOS, and not everyone with PCOS is overweight.

You do not need a diagnosis for PCOS unless you want to know or if you’re trying to conceive and are having difficulty. I’d suggest instead to get a hormone test to see if you’re high in testosterone and low in progesterone and just do the treatment for those hormones. If you do in fact have PCOS then you’ll be treating it anyway just by working with balancing those two hormonal levels.

To learn more about PCOS and acne, read this article – Do You Have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) & Acne?.

Insulin & The Link To Acne

Insulin is a hormone secreted from the pancreas that facilities the transportation of blood sugar (glucose) to the cells of the body to use as fuel.

GI-graph-300x238When we eat foods that cause a blood sugar spike (such as sugars or refined carbohydrates), blood glucose rises sharply causing a big release of insulin. After its peak, our blood sugar then drops to too low, causing insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) to be released to counteract hypoglycemia. When this IGF-1 is released, it raises our levels of androgens and causes excess-androgen symptoms, such as acne.

So as you can see, even though there is not so much of a direct relationship with the consumption of sugars and fast burning foods to acne, there is a chain reaction that can happen that easily leads to chronic acne.

Working with insulin & sugar spiking

To prevent sugar spiking stick to a lower sugar (low GI) and low simple carbohydrate diet. You can read more about this in the Eat Well section of this site. You’ll notice that sections of this site cross over a lot. This is because we’re working with the body holistically and honour that working with one area affects all others.

Also make sure that you’re getting regular exercise and reducing your stress levels (see Stress Less).

Supplements to take for normalising blood sugar

Of course it’s best to control insulin and blood sugar with diet and exercise, however there are some supplements you can take to help. The best supplements are Chromium, Magnesium, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, and Coenqyum Q-10. Ceylon Cinnamon and nopal cactus is also a great blood sugar balancer, so consider drinking a cinnamon tea after each meal or taking a nopal cactus superfood powder.

Read more about using ceylon cinnamon here – How To Use Cinnamon To Heal Your Acne.

Premenstrual Acne

If you’re experiencing acne just before bleeding (typically after day 14 of your cycle, with day 1 being the first day of bleeding), then you may have an issue with low progesterone or progesterone resistance. If your acne at this time typically comes with a range of other pre-menstrual symptoms, then this is likely the case for you.

There are a few different treatments for low progesterone dependant on symptoms. Some can be too stimulating for the body and cause worsening acne so it is important to use the right one for you. The basic progesterone deficiency treatment options include:

  • Dong Quai
  • Vitex Agnus-Castus (also called Chasteberry or Chaste Tree)
  • Vitamin C (at a minimum of 750mg daily)
  • Natural Bio-identical Progesterone Cream
  • A combination of zinc, magnesium and Vitamin B6

However, I cannot stress how important it is to work out why your progesterone was low in the first place and to heal it from that level.

A note on Vitex Agnus-Castus:

Vitex is a powerfully stimulating supplement that is usually the preferred treatment for irregular cycles or PMS in Europe. It is often highly successful at correcting acne (in combination with other supplements) in premenopausal women.

However, not all vitex supplements are equal! One of the most effect brands that I personally recommend and trust is FertilityBlend For Women. An alternative for New Zealand and Australians is Premular, or agnolyt in Europe.

Vitex is best taken in the morning, with a break over the days that you are bleeding (which usually means a break of about five days each month).

Within the first month or two of use of Vitex, acne and PMS may worsen – and while this doesn’t happen to all women it is a normal reaction if it does. At the end of the second month, or second cycle, you should be noticing the positive effects. If you have taken vitex for a full two and a half months and have only experienced worsening acne and worsening PMS, then this herb is not for you. However, please note that this is the minority! Many women are afraid of taking this wonderful herb because of bad review on the net. These reviews are simply from women that have had worsening symptoms within the first month and have given up before persisting until at least the second cycle.

A note on progesterone cream:

For alternative treatments, natural progesterone creams are an option but can be expensive and difficult to source outside of the United States. If you choose this option you may need to order online from the US.

Please make sure the progesterone cream that you choose is natural, and use it only between ovulation and bleeding. So if your cycle is an average 28 days, then use it on days 12-26 of your cycle (day 1 is your first day of bleeding).

Just remember that just like vitex, natural progesterone creams will take about four months to begin to show the positive effects.

If you would like to learn more about using natural progesterone creams, this is an excellent article: The Problem of Excess Progesterone.

Dr John Lee has a good natural progesterone cream list that you can source your progesterone cream from. The list is consistently updated and I trust the teachings and information from Dr Lee. I sourced the natural progesterone cream that I personally use from here. You can view the list here.

Are there any side effects with using natural progesterone creams?

Side effects are extremely rare with natural progesterone. The only one concern is that it can potentially alter the timing of your menstrual cycle.

In case you get pregnant…

You need to be careful with the natural progesterone cream and vitex if you become pregnant. You must continue using both natural progesterone and vitex daily for at least the first three months of your pregnancy. Please also consult with your natural therapist, midwife or doctor on the use of these supplements if becoming pregnant.

Alternative supplements to take for low progesterone

In addition to using a natural progesterone cream and/or taking Vitex Agnus-Castus, there are other supplements that will help to naturally raise your progesterone levels and to relieve your premenstrual symtpoms. These include Vitamin C, Bladderwrack (a form of seaweed), Saffron, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Evening Primrose Oil and St. John’s Wort.

When your pre-menstrual acne is not due to low progesterone…

Alternatively your pre-menstrual acne could be caused by too high levels of estradiol after ovulation (the second half of your cycle).

While progesterone naturally and healthily increases in the second half of our cycle, when these levels become too high then our skin can produce too much sebum (just like what happens when we have too high levels of androgens). If you have absolutely no libido along with your pre-menstrual acne, then potentially this could be your problem.

A good supplement to take for high estradiol is dong quai. Take 600 mg daily, either in the form of 200 mg pills three times a day, or 30 drops (1.5 ml) of fluid extract three times a day.

Alternatively, if you a client is too high in estradiol and too low in testosterone, then I usually recommend a DIM supplement such as EstroBlock regular strength.

If You’d Like To Get Your Hormones Tested First

If you’re not sure about all of this and would like to get your hormones tested first to see what’s up, then you can easily get an at home saliva hormone testing with Dr John Lee, which can be done from all over the world.

The saliva testing is based in the United States but can be shipped globally. You saliva samples will need to be shipped back to the US for testing, which will work from anywhere in the globe because the samples will last for 30 days without refrigeration.

I recommend that you get your progesterone, estradiol and testosterone tested at a minimum. If you like you can also get a complete female saliva profile. Click here to order a testing kit.

Just remember, you do not need to get your hormones tested in order to book in a consultation.

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These Email or Skype appointments save you a lot of time, guess work, and of course money – no longer will you use the wrong treatments or supplements.

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  • Melanie May 16, 2017, 11:09 pm

    Hi!
    Before anything else, can I just say that this is THE most informative article I’ve found so far in regards to balancing your hormones! I love, love, love that it’s all about doing it the natural way too!

    Here is my story:
    I had perfect skin all throughout my teen years (seriously, perfect, I just looked at old pictures, and my skin looks photoshopped, *sigh*..), but then at 18 I starting having pimples here and there. It worsened throughout age 18 and 19 and moved around my face in spite of trying just about every natural product, storebought and homemade. I’m dairy free, gluten free and added sugar free about 99,99999% of the time, and have an all over healthy lifestyle but nothing helps..

    I’ve beeen to see a naturapath who amongst other things suspected me to have a nutrition deficiency, in spite of eating plenty of greens, healthy fats ect.. She initially put me on a multivitamin, vitamin C & D, a vitamin B complex and Lactic acid bacteria capsules. Also fish oil, because she thought the nutrition thing might be because my cells were affected by an imbalance in Omega 3 vs. 6.
    A little while after, I started traveling, and was only able to keep up with the multivitamin, the vitamin D and a lower dosage Lactic acid bacteria cap. product. A year later I went for a follow-up because I still had the same problems with fatigue, extreme appetite, feeling stressed/overwhelmed, and yes, my acne. She had me continue with her original recommendation of supplements, but added Vitamin E and Carotene caps. to improve my skin. It’s been 5 months now, and my skin is still completely out of control..

    I’ve been googling like a maniac, and I suspect either type 2 diabetes, PCOS, some other hormonal imbalance or a weird mixture of things..
    Do you have an overall idea of what direction I should look into?

    As you can tell, I’ve really been trying to stick to the natural options, but being 22 now, I’m really losing hope that things will ever get better:-(

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    • Fran May 17, 2017, 4:02 pm

      Hi Melanie, are you able to book in for a consultation?

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  • Alana-Jo McQuilkin May 10, 2017, 11:52 pm

    Hi Fran. I have PCOS and so I recently got my hormones tested. I have high levels of testosterone and free testosterone for a woman, but my DHEA levels are normal and I have low A1c so I assume this means I am not insulin resistant? The only symptoms of PCOS besides cysts on my ovaries are irregular periods and acne. Can you recommend anything for that?

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    • Fran May 17, 2017, 4:00 pm

      Hi Alana, you may not actually have PCOS. Have you recently had a scan of your ovaries? Please book in a consultation so that we can work on your irregular cycles and acne.

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  • Gina May 3, 2017, 1:32 am

    Hi Fran!
    I’m dealing with some bad hormonal acne after coming of the birth control pill. I would really like to get my hormone levels tested before scheduling a consultation with you. I want to get a saliva test that spans the course of a month to get the most accurate results. I know you recommend ordering from Dr. John Lee but it’s not clear on his website if he offers tests like that. Do you know of any other providers? Any feedback will be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Gina πŸ™‚

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    • Fran May 3, 2017, 4:10 pm

      Hi Gina, I’m sorry Dr. John Lee doesn’t offer month long testing, check in your local area.

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  • Melissa April 26, 2017, 1:58 pm

    I live in miami Florida but would love a consultation or a saliva kit. I’m having terrible breakouts (two to three cystic pimples every few weeks) on my chin due to hormones. I know it’s my hormones because it’s only ever been on my chin and I have irregular and very bad periods all my life but have always been against going on the contraceptive pill. For a few years I was able to get my skin on track with eating healthy. Lots of green smoothies, vegetables, water, excercise, saunas, mint tea and vitamins C E and D. Just lately I’ve started with the breakouts again after no real changes have occurred that I’m aware of and I have been unable to balance my hormones as I did in the past, for the last 8 months. I’m determined to heal naturally and would love any feedback you can give me.
    Thanking you in advance,
    Mel

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    • Fran April 27, 2017, 1:34 am

      Hi Melissa, great let’s do a consultation and get you sorted!

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  • Michaela April 20, 2017, 12:52 am

    Hi!

    I have been taking Estroblock for about 4 months for acne and hormonal imbalance. We just found out that we are pregnant after 2 miscarriages. I am afraid of staying on Estroblock because of the lack of studies done on it, but afraid of going off because of perhaps another miscarriage. Is Estroblock safe to take while pregnant?

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    • Fran April 27, 2017, 1:31 am

      Hi Michaela, EstroBlock is safe to take at 1 capsule daily during pregnancy, however I urge you to book in with a local naturopath or midwife to get localised supplementation advice during this delicate time.

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  • katelyn April 14, 2017, 3:11 am

    Hi I am so happy I found your site. Hormonal acne is causing me so much stress and so I have been researching for months to figure out what is going on. I’m a health coach and diet/lifestyle isn’t the problem anymore…I was on the pill for 10 years and about 5 years ago got off of it. It took me 4 years to regain my menstrual cycle and since I have only had about 5 periods. I seem to break out right after my period and right before/during ovulation with cysts on my chin. I can’t time it for sure since my period is usually late. My hair has also been falling out for quite some time but I also suffer with autoimmune so it’s hard to tell what is what. My digestion and bowels movements are so volatile especially around ovulation…I take liver restore from health force, dong quai predominant women’s balancing herb blend, and calcium d-glucarate (but only during heavy breakouts), liquorice tea, vitamin C and was toying with the idea of starting natural progesterone. Any advice is appreciated. I feel like i’ve tried every supplement under the sun and still have seen no results.

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    • Fran April 18, 2017, 3:14 pm

      Hi Katelyn, please book in a consultation if you can.

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  • Andrea March 31, 2017, 10:29 pm

    Hi Fran!
    First of all, thank you so much for this site! Ever since I started getting acne a few months ago, I’ve become addicted to acne research and came across your site. Although I am young (just 19), I have a feeling my acne has to be caused by my hormones. I’ve always had very clear skin (even through puberty), then suddenly 5 months ago I began to break out. At first it was big whiteheads on my cheeks, then it turned into cystic pimples on my cheeks and (for some reason) spread to just the left side of my mouth. I’ve always been in good health, clean in my diet and avoid bad habits. Never been on BCP or any kind of medication. It began after AFTER my periods had been very irregular for about 4 months, but I’ve normally always been slightly irregular (never experienced any kind of symptoms like acne because it before). I’m hesitant to book a consultation because I do not know if it is all that serious considering my age, and I am also a student so that would have to be a splurge. But I am very frustrated because I never had to deal with this before and I would rather not to take any medications. I’m trying very hard to be mindful of my health through exercise, diet, and normal vitamin supplements. I just need my face back! haha

    I would greatly appreciate any advice you have for me!

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    • Fran April 18, 2017, 3:08 pm

      Hi Andrea,if you’ve had an irregular cycle for 4 months then I’m not so surprised that you have acne now. It’s likely your progesterone or your progesterone/estrogen ratio.

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  • Nicole March 22, 2017, 1:18 pm

    Hi there! Not sure if this post is too old to comment on but I restarted Estroblock which worked great for years in the past. I stopped it for 1.5 yrs and this time had side effects I didn’t have before. I have other health issues and with age declining more (35) so perhaps that’s why… but I’m wondering if you know why Estroblock (triple) would cause hot flashes? It is clearing my skin, I did start is a few days before my period which has caused it to be more like it was when I was younger heavier/longer – which I think is a good thing as it was too light (with insane pain). My concern is that it may be lowering my good estrogen or donyoi think it’s just a balancing time. I’m about a well and a half in and I’ll see how today goes if the hot flashes are done with or not. I ordered the DHT blocker in case that’s a better fit but I have 0 testosterone and as a female I understand you need some- concerned that DHT will inhibit my efforts to raise testosterone. Any thoughts? My skin is glowing more and slowly clearing with estroblock triple- just want to make sure I’m not lower anything too much when I seem to be low overall but maybe the ratios are off between each sex hormone. Hope that all makes sense πŸ˜‰ thanks for all your info!!

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    • Fran March 27, 2017, 3:56 pm

      Hi Nicole, DIM the active ingredient in EstroBlock can cause side effects from a sudden shift in hormones. If you’re worried, go and get a hormone test done. You can also use Saw Palmetto as a DHT blocker which is easily available in most health stores. If you were tested with no testosterone then I highly recommend that you seek progesterone medical help as soon as possible.

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  • Serena March 11, 2017, 11:05 pm

    Hi there your article was really helpful I just wanted your advice, I think I may be producing too much testosterone or have PCOS I have excess facial hair that is awful to deal with all the time with waxing or plucking and bad acne that I am now on medication for. I take multiple supplements like fish oil, evening primrose, magnesium and I exercise and am a healthy weight but I just don’t know how to reduce this facial hair growth. Would you recommend I get a hormone test or are there any other supplements I could be taking to reduce my testosterone level? Thankyou. P.s I also have the contraceptive arm implant but the excess hair and acne has been going on for several years, I’m 22

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    • Fran March 13, 2017, 3:55 pm

      Hi Serena, some implants contain medroxyprogesterone which is a progestin that has a high androgen index. It is likely that you your implant is contributing to the problem that you already have a predisposition for. I recommend that you switch to an androgen blocking birth control method.

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  • Lillianne February 21, 2017, 5:35 pm

    Hi Fran
    Im in desperate need of some guidance. I’ve learned every possible reason of what could be causing my acne, my diet is top-notch, I excercise thoughout the week, I take the correct supplements, and I’ve realized my acne is hormonal. My periods come every 27-30 days each month no problems, it was somewhat heavy with bad cramping. I’ve been on saw palmetto for about 2 months. I have insulin resistance and experiencing hair loss. SP made my cramping lighter and it dries out my breakouts, BUT I’m still getting breakouts along my jawline, mouth, cheeks, and eyebrow region- it’s less but still there. I went on estroblock pro along with SP for about 2 weeks but it made my acne worse! I feel like I need something extra, should I try Vitex, why isn’t my acne or hair thinning completely gone with SP??
    I would greatly appreciate your help !

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    • Fran February 22, 2017, 2:58 pm

      Hi Lillianne, it sounds like you may have an elevated DHT with the acne and your hair falling out so it was a good supplement to take. You may also have an estrogen and progesterone issue, or an issue with the ratio. I can’t tell without having a full conversation with you. If you’d like book in a consultation and I’ll have a proper look.

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  • KN February 8, 2017, 9:11 pm

    I was told that I have hypothyroidism. I have had acne for a few years now usually before my cycle and its covering my jawline and now on my cheeks. Before moving I had clear skin before with 1 bad cystic breakout before my cycle each month. Is this something that can be solved through these supplements? Does Hypothyroid have alot to do with it? Can Hypothyroid be treated naturally too? So far I have stopped having gluten and dairy but the acne persists.

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    • Fran February 13, 2017, 4:43 pm

      Hi KN, yes there is a close link between hypothyroidism and acne, often due to elevated testosterone OR the medication used to treat it. Yes it can be helped through a diet, lifestyle and supplementation program.

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      • Christina February 13, 2017, 4:52 pm

        Does hypothyroidism cause high testosterone then??? How does it cause acne?

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  • Lily February 7, 2017, 11:51 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I have just stopped taking the birth control pill – Estelle 35. My naturopath told me that it is likely that my testosterone levels are high – because this pill made my skin perfectly clear. I am currently taking, magnesium, zinc, vit D, EFAs, vitex and a T-clear supplement by Metagenics.
    I want to get my hormones tested doing a saliva test. However, I have only been off the pill for 2 weeks. How long should I be off the pill for before I get my hormones tested?
    Also, do you recommend having this test done before having a consultation with you?
    Thanks
    Lily

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    • Fran February 13, 2017, 4:40 pm

      Hi Lily, your naturopath was a little misinformed – it’s more likely DHT not testosterone. I do not recommend a hormone test for the first 6 months after coming off the BCP because we can already guess what your hormones are doing. I recommend that you take a DIM supplement to metabolise the excess oestrogen’s out as well as blocking the elevated DHT. Acne if it’s going to appear after the BCP which usually turn up after 3 months.

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      • Lily February 13, 2017, 9:39 pm

        If I start taking a DIM supplement should I continue to take the T-clear? Or will that do the opposite of DIM?

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  • Carla February 6, 2017, 5:12 pm

    Also I forgot to ask, is it safe to take macca powder while breastfeeding? Do you think macca is good at balancing hormones?

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    • Fran February 6, 2017, 9:28 pm

      Hi Carla, maca root is an adaptogen which means it does a few things, but one of them is that it nourishes the endocrine system of the body. It won’t boost your progesterone but it will be helpful in a round a bout way if you’re adrenal fatigued, or low/high in estrogens. At this stage not enough studies have been done to properly assess if maca root is safe to take whilst nursing.

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  • Carla February 6, 2017, 4:45 pm

    Hello. I’ve had 2 pregnancies and both times I got completely clear skin, never broke out. But as soon as I give birth, my acne returns. So that leaves me to believe it’s my hormones. What can I take or do so I have skinny like when I’m pregnant? Thanks

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    • Fran February 6, 2017, 4:50 pm

      Hi Carla, I can’t say for sure but it may be your progesterone level, if it is then you also need to figure out why it’s potentially low. Book in for a consultation and we can have a proper chat and work out a good treatment plan for you.

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  • Tottori February 6, 2017, 12:19 am

    Hi Fran,

    My face skin becomes clear sometime but then again it becomes uneven toned. Small acne will keep on coming more towards face periphery and on cheeks. Once acne appears , the marks takes ages to go off. Recently I started applying rosehip oil, not sure whether it can help with fixing the unevenness and spots on my face. I keep my face clean , use only non cosmedogenic products, still it does not help much. Kindly suggest what should I do to keep skin even toned. Also I take 1000mg of vitamin C almost every alternate day, is that okay along with rose hip oil application. Kindly suggest.

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    • Fran February 6, 2017, 2:10 pm

      Hi Tottori, in your message you say that you have a few things – acne, uneven tone and hyperpigmentation. I can help you with all of them. But if you want to fix the uneven tone then you need to go back to using very simple and raw skin care products that do not destroy the natural acid mantle.

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  • Toni January 28, 2017, 2:45 pm

    Hi Fran! Makes me so upset but so happy for the women you have helped with their acne.. since coming off the birth control pill 9 months ago I’ve been diagnosed with pscos.. my acne is really bad and I hate looking in the mirror πŸ™ I was on the pill for 10 years.. at 15 I had acne and I was advised to go onto the pill and that seemed the thing to do and it worked.. clear skin for 10 years.. now this!!!! I have to much testosterone.. some cystic acne which hurt when they come up massive lumps under the skin.. a lot of small and big spots spread all around my cheeks and chin.. every time I look at my face there’s a new spot to contend with.. a never ending cycle.. I’ve been advised to get in contact with you.. after trying loads of topical creams and harsh washes I’ve realised the hard way that it’s what’s going on inside rather then the out! I’ve been offered to go back onto the pill but at 26, health conscious and a fitness instructor I know this pill is not what I want to be taking anymore! There’s got to be a more herbal and natural way to balance my hormones.. the thing that’s upsetting me the most is I feel alone.. people that I speak to try and sell me their products and they have no care or interest they just want money and I’ve spent lots.. because without people lile me desecrate to find an answer they wouldn’t have an income! I need some help to pick my confidence back up.. someone who actually cares and wants to get to the bottom of this with me.. with summer coming up Its hard to think of facing it with this horrible reflection πŸ™ any advice would be appreciated so much

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    • Fran January 31, 2017, 7:49 pm

      Hi Toni, I can get you back into balance without you having to go back onto the pill. Please book in a consultation and let’s get started with it.

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  • MO January 21, 2017, 1:23 am

    I take 50 mg of Spiro to manage my hormonal cysts. For the most part it keeps me clear. I also do not eat any dairy, soy, excess sugar, etc… someday i will have to get of spiro when I TTC. Is there anything I wlll be able to take or do during this time?

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    • Fran January 25, 2017, 3:20 pm

      Hi MO, taking DHT blockers and keeping your blood sugar in balance will do just what Spiro is doing without the chemicals.

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      • Christina January 25, 2017, 3:21 pm

        What are some DHT blockers to take? I’m having the same issue wanting off of spiro.

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        • Fran January 25, 2017, 3:23 pm

          Saw Palmetto

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          • Christina January 25, 2017, 3:24 pm

            Does saw palmetto help high testosterone too? That’s why I’m on spiro! I have high testosterone and DHT and dheas

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            • MO January 25, 2017, 4:19 pm

              Saw palmetto is safe to take while TTC? This is for hormonal acne not hair loss

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              • Fran January 25, 2017, 4:52 pm

                Hi MO, by TTC do you mean trying to conceive? Saw Palmetto is great for lowering elevated DHT which is one of the biggest causes of acne in women.

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                • MO January 25, 2017, 5:26 pm

                  Yes while trying to conceive is saw palmetto safe to take? Spiro works really well for me but I will not be able to take that when I’m trying to conceive

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                  • Fran January 31, 2017, 7:46 pm

                    Hi, yes it is.

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  • Karen January 21, 2017, 12:57 am

    Fran,
    Where do you purchase Tian Gui? I’ve only been able to find studies conducted on it but links to purchase any. Amazon doesn’t seem to have that particular blend either.

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  • Fatto January 12, 2017, 6:02 am

    Hi dear. I nursed my two kids for two years each without any issues and used to have my period normally during nursing. However. After weaning my second. I started braking out like a teenager, I gained more than 10 KGs in less than two months, my period is a mess, sometimes I get it for one day only, sometimes I spot without any bleeding for two weeks, and had several issues with my overall energy. Acne would never stop. It has been more than a year after weaning but things are not getting better even with using evening promise oil. Do u have any recommendations that can help? I’m currently trying ginger cinnamon tea

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    • Fran January 13, 2017, 3:19 pm

      Hi Fatto, There are herbal medicines that will help you. Please either book in with a local natural therapist or book a session with me, it sounds like you need a progesterone boost.

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  • Chiara December 18, 2016, 9:00 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I’m getting a hormone test done… I’m kind of confused, you suggest to treat elevated androgens by detoxing out bad estrogens. DIM helps to detox out bad estrogens, but you don’t recommend taking DIM for those with high androgen levels?

    So if you have high levels of androgens, how do I detox from bad estrogens without taking DIM? Is it enough to only focus on a low GI diet and the supplements you suggest? What about taking vitex and high levels of androgens? Does it have any effect on that as well since it has a positive influence on low progesterone levels…

    Like I said, kind of confused, hoping to get some help πŸ™‚

    Thank you!

    Chiara

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    • Fran December 19, 2016, 7:12 am

      Hi Chiara, it depends and it gets complicated. DIM is an aromatase inhibitor, meaning it blocks the conversion of testosterone into DHT – but in doing that if the extra testosterone is not converted into healthy estrogens (usually from low SBHG) then it can raise the levels of free testosterone in the body. For this reason I don’t recommend DIM to my clients who have high testosterone levels.

      You may not actually need to detox from bad estrogens.

      What supplements to take really depends on what your unique imbalance is, and what the root cause is underneath that imbalance. I work with a lot of women who are on the wrong regimes.

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  • Amber October 26, 2016, 6:33 pm

    HI Fran,

    My skin is clear the week before and during my period and then I break out aft.erwards. Please help

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    • Fran October 28, 2016, 7:15 am

      Hi Amber, it could be a range of things, please book in a consultation so that I can take a proper look.

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  • Stephanie October 18, 2016, 10:43 pm

    What brand vitamin C do you recommend?

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    • Fran October 20, 2016, 7:28 pm

      Any brand that is made from whole foods. I like The Vitamin Code Raw C in particular for my clients.

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      • Anais October 20, 2016, 11:15 pm

        Thanks for that Fran! And for a multivitamin, which product do you recommend?

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        • Anais October 20, 2016, 11:17 pm

          PS: My skin is a lot better since we last had a consultation! Thank you very much! I am thinking to book another consultation in a couple of months or so.

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          • Fran October 28, 2016, 7:12 am

            That’s great Anais!! Yes it is good to have a follow up consultation so that I can check in to see if we need to change anything, or wean you off part of the program.

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        • Fran October 28, 2016, 7:11 am

          Hi Anais, I recommend MegaFoods One Daily.

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          • Thank you fran!Anais October 31, 2016, 6:06 am

            Thank you Fran!

            definitely going to book a following consultation soon!

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  • Kamila McCabe September 28, 2016, 1:11 am

    Hi Fran. I have been taking the general supplement protocol you recommend for acne which is estroblock, vitex, and a liver detox. I also take evening primrose oil. I’ve been thrilled and have had clear skin for about 2 years. But I am suddenly noticing a big increase in hair loss. I’m so happy with the other results that I have been scared to stop anything but do you think it’s because of the supplements and should I stop any? Are all of them meant to be taken long term or is there a time limit? Thanks for your advice!

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    • Fran October 6, 2016, 6:28 pm

      Hi Kamilla,

      That is not a general protocol that I recommend, especially not with vitex. Please, I highly recommend getting proper guidance as vitex is a very strong herb and I don’t recommend my clients are on EstroBlock for a long time without breaks.

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  • agana August 25, 2016, 3:28 am

    hi fran,

    i’ve been taking DIM and Zinc for a little over 3 months now. i’ve noticed a decrease in the amount of cystic acne that i get. however, i do still get cystic breakouts. my menstrual cycles have been very regular up until my most recent period (after my “regular” period, two weeks after, i had my period again which was heavier than usual). i am assuming that the DIM is causing these changes. please advise on what i should do. should i continue taking DIM and “wait” for things to balance out? or should i drop the DIM and continue with the Zinc? thanks for the help!

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    • agana August 25, 2016, 3:30 am

      side note: my diet has been pretty clean. mostly greens and low carb/low sugar. lots of water.

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    • Fran September 2, 2016, 4:32 pm

      Hi Agana, it is impossible for me to tell without having a proper consultation with you. Please book in a consultation and I will take a look at what’s going on.

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  • Linda Miles August 11, 2016, 3:33 am

    Hi
    My 15 year old daughter has had bad acne for 2 years. She has the perfect diet at home – but as all teenagers do -she ocassionally eats too many carbs/fruit/sweets etc with her friends. I am sure she is insulin resistant and I think she has high androgen levels as she has developed quite surprising levels of musculature. Her symptoms sound very similar to ones you are describing although you say they apply to over 17 year olds. She has taken a blend of herbs to reduce blood sugar levels and the acne improved a bit but now it is back to original bad levels. Eating very little food is the one way that she can reduce her acne!!. What do you think??

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    • Fran August 22, 2016, 3:07 pm

      High Linda, I recommend getting her tested for PCOS if she hasn’t already – if she’s positive then I recommend she goes on MYO and d-Chiro inositol

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  • Ann August 9, 2016, 8:37 pm

    I’ve been on EPO for around 9 months. It’s been amazing for my skin and hormonal acne! I was taking two capsules, one in the morning and one at night. However, one side effect I’ve noticed is increased facial hair, and hair growth in general. Last month I lowered my dose to only 1/day but I’m concerned about the long term effects of taking EPO? Should I stop taking it? And if I do stop, should I expect acne flare up again?

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    • Fran August 22, 2016, 3:01 pm

      Hi Ann, this was answered in the email that you also sent to me.

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  • Heather August 8, 2016, 5:27 pm

    Would love your help on figuring out my hormonal chin acne:)

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    • Fran August 22, 2016, 2:53 pm

      Great Heather! Please book in a consultation πŸ™‚

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  • Kim July 17, 2016, 6:47 pm

    Please advise if are able to prescribe bioidentical hormones. I am 49 and know my oily skin is do to perimenopuse. I was advised to go on spirolactone, but was scared of the side effects. Please advise if you have helped other patients like me.

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    • Fran July 18, 2016, 5:32 pm

      Hi Kim, I specialise in acne so don’t work specifically with just oily skin. However, spiro is anti-androgenic which you can also achieved naturally with diet and supplementation.

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  • Kathryn June 24, 2016, 8:31 am

    Hi, I would like to book a Skype consultation with you. I’m desperate to get to the cause of my acne since 13! I’m hoping you have an appointment free Monday?

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    • Fran June 27, 2016, 3:27 pm

      Hi Kathryn, when you go through the booking process it will list available times.

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  • Gretchen June 23, 2016, 7:18 pm

    What does a high SHBG mean when u have acne? Can u take vitex or dim for that?

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  • Crystal June 20, 2016, 12:43 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I just started taking vitex for hormonal acne, do you suggest I take this while I’m on my period? or no?

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    • Fran June 21, 2016, 12:19 am

      Hi Crystal, take a break from vitex on the days that you are bleeding.

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  • Jonathan June 14, 2016, 7:21 am

    Hi Fran
    4 months ago my girlfriend took the plan-b which contains levonorgestrel and it has messed up her face quite badly with acne – which she never had before. I’m really worried for her and she is upset of course. What would you advise?
    Any help gratefully received, many thanks
    Jonathan

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    • Jonathan June 14, 2016, 7:26 am

      Just to clarify for readers plan-b is an emergency contraception. Fran, are you able to advise any specific herbs or other course of action? My gf is desperate and tired of waiting for her body’s hormones to re-balance themselves.

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    • Fran June 19, 2016, 11:37 pm

      Hi Jonathan, please get your girlfriend to book in a consultation so that I can properly help her.

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  • Lstoya June 2, 2016, 2:26 pm

    Hi I have had acne since I started my memstration. As I get older and eat healthier my period comes on time every month but I break out soooooo bad along my forehead and chin and neck and now my cheeks. I have tried everything under he sun and nothing works. I got my hormones tested the week after my priod was over and the doctor stated that everything was normal. But how could everything be normality I am always breaking news out. I break out the most 2 weeks before my period. I have never been a moment where I’d did not break out it’s annoying can you please help me

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    • Fran June 7, 2016, 12:37 am

      Hi Lstoya, please book in a consultation so that I can properly help you.

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  • Allie June 2, 2016, 7:19 am

    Hi Fran,

    I’m planning on booking a consultation with you next month when I get back from Europe (I’ve been saving up for the trip and don’t have the money right now) but I was wondering if you could answer a couple questions for me. I went off BCP almost a year ago, and a few months later my naturopath put me on Chaste Tree for my hormones + acne, although I now believe at the time my acne was bad because of adrenal issues from not eating enough carbs and other stressors in my life at the time. I took Chaste Tree for a few months then just didn’t keep up with it, then a month or two later I had a missed period and I had a bad breakout on cheeks and jawline, and I never broke out on my jawline when I was on BCP so I know that’s hormonal. I went back on to Chaste Tree because I had an “ah ha” moment, and it’s been about six months since then and my period is regular, and for the last month I’ve had a return of cystic acne on my jawline and neck which I didn’t use to get on BCP (though I regularly broke out other places on my face). I’m wondering if my body is now producing enough progesterone and if I should get off the Chaste Tree? The only other thing that could be causing the increased jawline acne is another supplement I’m taking called Symplex F by standard process which my naturopath also put me on which is specifically for your ovaries. She put me on this stuff without testing me for anything so I’m not seeing her anymore and I”m looking for a new doc. Wondering if I should stop these two supplements considering my period is regular and I have no other PMS symptoms?
    Thanks!!
    Allie

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    • Fran June 7, 2016, 12:36 am

      Hi Allie, I can’t possibly tell without having a proper conversation with you or asking you a bunch of questions. Let’s wait until that appointment.

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  • Christine May 4, 2016, 12:50 am

    Hi Fran,
    I have oily skin. I have had acne issues in my teens. I grew up in Saudi Arabia, a very dry country. I moved to India (humid) for my Bachelors. Eventually, my skin cleared up. Visited Saudi once every year, had minor breakouts, which gradually cleared up when I returned to India.
    After my Bachelors, came back to Saudi. Had clear skin. But when I then visited India, my skin went crazy. I broke out everywhere, but mainly in the forehead and cheek area. I don’t know if it has to do with humidity but it happens when I keep moving from place to place.
    I came back to Saudi and it didn’t go away. My dermatologist put me on Benzoyl Peroxide and my skin cleared up in 3 months. I get a few around my period, but otherwise its clear. I don’t know how to figure out what’s causing my acne and I want to switch to a natural skin-care regimen and stay off acne. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    • Fran May 11, 2016, 3:07 pm

      Hi Christine, Please book in a consultation so that I can take a better look.

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  • Christy May 2, 2016, 11:29 pm

    Hello Fran,

    Do I absolutely have to get my hormones tested to recieve an appointment consultation with you?

    Thanks,
    Christy

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    • Fran May 11, 2016, 3:06 pm

      Hi Christy, no, you do not need hormone testing before booking in a consultation.

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  • Tiffany April 28, 2016, 9:22 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I was looking into booking an appointment with you through Skype. I currently have acne while on birth control and I stopped using my acne products. I will be needing guidance with coming off birth control and my acne. Which consultation would this be?

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    • Fran May 2, 2016, 6:06 pm

      Great Tiffany, I’m looking forward to working with you. If you are going to stay on the BCP then book in a normal appointment. If you want to come off it then book in for the coming off the BCP protocol appointment.

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  • Melissa April 18, 2016, 3:49 am

    Hi Fran,
    Ive been dealing with hormonal acne since puberty 10 or so years ago. Ive tried literally everything out there and last year I was seeing a herbalist who prescribed me lots of supplements and herbal tinctures to take for regulating my hormones, which I got blood tested for. However it was a long process that was really expensive. I am very interested in scheduling a consultation with you but I am afraid I won’t be able to afford the long term expenses of taking supplements. Is there other ways to regulate hormones thats not so expensive?
    Thank you so much for your care and dedication to helping all of us!
    -Melissa

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    • Fran April 25, 2016, 5:09 pm

      Hi Melissa, we can work with diet and minimal supplementation, but there is always some supplementation involved in balancing the hormonal system.

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  • Alexis April 17, 2016, 7:38 pm

    Hello Fran,
    at the present I don’t have acne on my face but the problem is that I’m taking birth control pill, in particular Sibilla for 21 days per month, with Androcur for the first ten days. Well, my skin is perfect but if I interrupt this treatment it will become full of acne, I will lose hair and I wouldn’t stay in these conditions because it compromises my imagine at work. I’m gaining weight and my legs are starting to present cellulite, I truly don’t know what to do. Please let me know if there’s an alternative because I’m desperate. Thank you.

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    • Fran April 25, 2016, 5:06 pm

      Hi Alexis, I have a protocol that helps women’s hormonal system to rebalance after coming off the pill. If you are losing hair then your DHT is too high after coming off it, which is common. You can take supplements to bring it down, BUT there is sometimes a rebalancing period with some acne for a few months, so you need to be okay with that.

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  • Lilia M April 14, 2016, 9:49 pm

    Hi Fran,
    at the very outset I’d like to express my thankfulness to you for the holistic insight into acne issue. It made me realize underlying roots of it are very complex and it makes it complicated to reveal them. I’m suffering from moderate acne since adolescence and in my 28 it seems to linger for good. It really makes me extremely unhappy as despite all my efforts to cure it and healthy diet the effect in curation is not satisfactory. A year ago I had appointments with 3 dermatologists and all of them prescribed Accutane promising amazing skin. However I was very reluctant to opt for it after reading horrifying reviews regarding side effects and/or permanent damages to health. Now i’m considering to undergo Accutane treatment since even my nutritionist recommended it reassuring that I will be fine after all provided regular test are being made will be constantly monitored. But how about emotional disturbances that may occur? And alleged joint pains? The list of dismaying side effects is long. Some of them can’t be controlled so easily. On the other hand, in the end it maybe rewarding for myself and my self-esteem. I’m so desperate about having a clear skin that I lean to trying it but I want to outweigh the risks first.. After browsing the reviews i’m totally perplexed because of their polar nature ..
    Your opinion is very important to me and I would appreciate your advice so much. Do you think Accutane is genuinely extremely devastating to health? Or if you do monthly tests and observe how your body responds it is safe? I can bear those side effects during the curation but I’m afraid that severe damage to my body may remain for years.. and as a surplus to flawless skin i will acquire an array of irreversible health issues..
    Thank you so much in advance!!!

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    • Fran April 15, 2016, 10:54 pm

      Lilia, I strongly recommend NOT to take accutane. Please book in a consultation, I would like to work with you.

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  • Emily April 8, 2016, 3:15 am

    Hi Fran,
    I have moderately bad acne, especially half through my cycle, exacerbated by my picking at it constantly, which I’m working on… and I’ve been contemplating B6, zinc supplements and vitamin C for a while. Will that have any effect or will I have to go stronger to see any results?

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    • Fran April 15, 2016, 10:33 pm

      Hi Emily,

      It really depends if it is just a progesterone deficiency or if you have another issue that is causing your acne. Also, the B6, zinc and magnesium treatment is very light so it may not work. Please book in a consultation if you can, I would love to be able to work with you.

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  • whitney corbett March 26, 2016, 2:16 pm

    Hi! I am 31 years old and have struggled with chronic cystic acne simce I was 18, it has progressively gotten worse but yet also better. Let me explain, when I was younger I had smaller pimples everywhere on my forehead nose cheeks and definitely chin..I tried almost everything-birth control and every prescription cream doctors would give me, antibiotics, and I was finally cleared when I went on birth control with spironolactone. I was completely clear for 4 years and then it started coming back even with the meds, so my doctor upped the dosage and I didn’t get a period for 4 months (I have ALWAYS had a super regular 26 day cycle) i was about 26 years old at that time and started doing a lot of research on gmos, organic food, and natural remedies. It was all new to me. Of course ai spent hours searching online for cures to my chronic acne. By this time my forehead was clear, my cheeks were clear, my nose was clear, but I consistently had HUGE painful cysts on my chin, up to 5 at a time, and just below the corners of my mouth. These are not like the acne I had when I was younger. These hurt and throb and last 3 weeks and by the time they would go away my other side of my chin started growing them. It looked like I had a goatee of acne on my chin. So I tried taking zinc, eating vegan and vegetarian, then I tried paleo, and green smoothies..it would lighten up but never clear. In January I discovered “The Love Vitamin” and started taking estroblock and thorne sat, along with cod liver oil, and I cut out dairy and gluten. It isn’t helping. So I have been on estroblock for 3 months, amd I switched to Liv D-Tox by the same company that makes estroblock because I found out the thorne sat has soy in it. I also just added dht block by the same company. I am happy to say that during my cycle I have for the first time ever experienced clear skin. But it only stays clear for two days!! Last week it was clear and I had a scab from one healing, (they get so big my skin cracks and sheds, you can’t pop them and I dont mess with them) but I had no new ones. Then literally the day I start my period I got two huge painful ones on the left side of my mouth, below it on my chin. I still have them, going on day 4. And I suddenly got one huge one just on the inside pf my left eyebrow, it is huge and painful as well. I don’t normally break out there so I have no idea. Please help me! I just want clear skin and I feel I’m so close but I don’t know exactly what the issue is. Please!

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    • Fran March 29, 2016, 2:04 am

      Hi Whitney, please book in a consultation so that I can get you onto the best treatment plan uniquely for you.

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  • Stefanie March 14, 2016, 10:06 pm

    Hello,
    I have been off Yasmin for 8 days now and am unsure of when to get hormone testing done. Do you have any recommendations?

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    • Fran March 18, 2016, 12:59 am

      Hi Stefanie, I recommend that you wait a full 6 months before you get a hormone test done – that’s how long it takes for the Yasmin to get out of your system.

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  • shy March 14, 2016, 8:17 pm

    I am pretty sure my acne is related to Estrogen dominance. I also think I have low progesterone. My acne strikes right before my period starts and I always have pre-menstrual spotting, which apparently is a symptom of low progesterone. Is there a supplement I can take that has magnesium, Vitamin B6 and Zinc all rolled into one? I’m already taking Estroblock and a multi-vitamin, so anything I can do to lessen the amount of pills I have to take would be great.

    Thanks,

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    • Fran March 18, 2016, 1:01 am

      Hi Shy, the magnesium, B6 and zinc combo is quite weak, but the strength of herbs to take is also dependant on what symptoms you have overall. I actually recommend that you take that combo, whilst adding in stronger herbal medicine that will work better in the long term – and as herbal medicine really takes 6 months to properly kick in, it is good to approach the issue with both vitamins/minerals and herbs.

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  • Sonya March 1, 2016, 5:17 pm

    I used to have cystic acne that appeared the week before my menstruation and it has completely cleared after taking vitamin c 1000mg daily. I am pretty sure the acne was due to a hormonal balance and the vitamin c has helped to raise my progesterone levels thus balancing my hormones.

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  • Jessica February 18, 2016, 2:30 pm

    Hello, I’ve had acne and very oily skin since my teenage years, I’m 34 now. I’m able to manage it with Birth Control (beyaz and now switching to yaz) and Spironolactone, my skin is still oilym btw. I want to try a more natural method but I’m terrified of quitting the BC because of the horror stories I’ve read. I’ve tried to quit cold turkey once and it wreaked havoc on my skin! I was flaring up with really big, painful cysts around the chin and sometimes on my cheeks. I’ve read up on Vitex and DIM, do you think it’s okay to take both at the same time plus a liver supplement? I would like to wean off the BC and Spiro while taking the supplements. Is that okay? I just don’t want to mix so many drugs together. I get very overwhelmed when researching and I’m not sure what to take or how much or if there will be any bad reactions mixing so much stuff together. Plus I would like to get pregnant soon and don’t know how all of this will affect my body. I want to be as natural and healthy as possible.

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    • Fran February 24, 2016, 4:58 pm

      Hi Jessica, I have an appointment type specifically to help women to come off the pill with a lower risk of getting acne. Please book in.

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  • Jade jones February 10, 2016, 9:19 am

    Please help i was on the pill for 10 years no problems with my skin while I was on the pill the occasional pimple but nothing serious came off 6 months ago and it’s all been going down hill my skin is so oily black heads everywhere cysts on my cheeks and jawline and spots in my hair too. My hair has also been falling out iv lost so much hair! It’s been so stressful. Iv had blood tests done at the doctors and they all came back normal! I haven’t come off the pill to try for a baby just wanted a break from being on it, I use good skin care products and mineral makeup I don’t think it’s anything I’m doing but what’s going on inside my body with my hormones what can I take to help my hormones balance out again?xx

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    • Fran February 24, 2016, 4:47 pm

      Hi Jade, this is a normal reaction to coming off synthetic hormones. Please book in a consultation and I’ll get you sorted out.

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  • AnaΓ―s February 3, 2016, 6:20 pm

    Hi Fran,

    Thank you again for your amazing work and spirit. I think in a near future, I might plan an appointement with you to finally solve my acne problem. Recently, I have been advised to take sΓ©rocytol Genital F to balance my hormones. So I’ll give it a chance… (Don’t whether you have ever heard of this product and/or have feedbacks on it?)

    I’d like to make an hormonal test to see what’s the problem. You recommend at least the progesteron, estradiol and testosterone but optimally what do you need for assessing our case during an appointement?

    Thanks for your time

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    • AnaΓ―s February 3, 2016, 7:28 pm

      PS: Also, if I suspect a heavy metal intoxication and hypothyroid/oestrogen dominance, should I also get the hair mineral analysis?

      Thank you Fran

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      • Fran February 24, 2016, 4:38 pm

        If you suspect, then yes get the hair test done.

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      • AnaΓ―s May 1, 2016, 12:47 pm

        Hi Fran,

        Following my last emails re: hair testing. Is “Profile 1” testing enough for you to get a clear idea or should I do “profile 2”? I’m preparing to get a consultation with you and want to get this hair and hormones testing done before.
        My skin got clear at the end of February and I was super happy and then I had major breakouts again afterwards, it is a bit frustrating. I think I’d like to find out what I really need to do now.

        Thank you! Talk to you soon

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    • Fran February 24, 2016, 4:37 pm

      Hi Anais, basically the more hormones you get tested the better. If you can get your cortisol saliva tested throughout the day, then that’s also idea. DHEA/S, prolactin, DHT are also good.

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  • Victoria January 25, 2016, 12:18 pm

    Crystal – I haven’t been on this program per-say (too expensive for me), but I have done my own research and have slowly changed my diet and lifestyle one by one over the past 7 years. All I can say is that you are not going to notice much change only 2 months in. It takes months, if not years, to heal and rebalance. Be patient! Acne is a very difficult and complex issue to properly treat and there’s no one size fits all solution. But I do believe adrenal healing is important for all suffering from acne. Good luck to you!

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  • Crystal January 25, 2016, 6:49 am

    Has anyone actually had success with this treatment? I am at 2 months, following insanely restrictive diets, very expensive supplements, and zero clearing of my skin. I am beginning to lose hope, I need to hear from someone this actually worked. I have been researching ‘adrenal fatigue’ and carbohydrate sensitivity and it seems for every confirming article there is two saying it’s all bullshit. Reviews on hair testing are even worse. I feel like I’ve been duped and scammed for hundreds of dollars.

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    • Fran January 25, 2016, 3:32 pm

      Hi Crystal, unfortunately when it comes to natural medicine everything has been “disapproved”. Unless you go back to conventional pharmaceutical treatments that do not work with a cure, they work with either suppression or palliation of the acne which will cause a manifestation of another disease or chronic emotional disturbance. Victoria is right, it does take time. Acne is one of those conditions that requires a bunch of patience and slow healing. I work with cures, not quick fixes which is why it takes so long. But I’d rather you were cured then get sicker down the track.

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  • Ali January 22, 2016, 4:25 am

    Hi, I’ve had cystic acne and nodules for about 13 years, and am 26 now. My skin has been very dry for the last several years; except on myself face which is oily. I was put on doxycycline and Orthotricyclyn about four months ago. I have seen improvement with inflammatory acne, but no improvement with Comedones I have a history of hypothyroidism, and Endocarditis. I was wondering if a hormone panel would be accurate being on BCP, and if I might have high testosterone?

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    • Fran January 25, 2016, 3:49 pm

      Hi Ali,

      This is because you are on antibiotics which temporarily kill the acne bacteria, and as there is no acne bacteria in a comedonal it will not do anything for them. You need to work out WHY your skin is producing too much sebum then go from there. There is no point in taking a hormone test whilst on the BCP. I suggest working on your liver and digestive health first.

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  • Laura January 18, 2016, 5:47 am

    Hi Fran,
    I’m in my 20’s and I go to bed with clear skin and wake up the next day with clusters of whiteheads in my t-zone. They clear up in a few days and my skin is spotless and then it happens again the week after. I have tried every skincare product including just oils- nothing works but benzoyl peroxide to prevent it. What is causing this?

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    • Fran January 18, 2016, 3:42 pm

      Hi Laura, please book in a consultation so that I can take a look.

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  • Nalika55 January 13, 2016, 2:10 pm

    Hi Fran. I had a consultation with you a while ago and you gave me a protcol to reduce my estrogen since it was very high. I managed to get my skin under control. But lately I have been breaking out again. I had my hormones retested and everything is in range. So I am confused. I have been suffering from insomnia and depression lately as well. Is it possible that the insomnia is causing this flare up?

    Reply
    • Fran January 18, 2016, 3:39 pm

      Hi Nalika, it sounds like something else still needs some rebalancing. Please book in a follow up consultation so that I can take a look, or visit your local naturopath.

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      • nalika55 January 18, 2016, 4:48 pm

        Hi Fran I would like to book in a consultation but because of all my health problems I am currently not working and I need to pay for my psychiatrist and my meds so I have no money to spend. Could you maybe just give me a hint what I should look into? My adrenals maybe? I am already taking Ashwaganda

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        • Fran January 22, 2016, 2:53 pm

          Hi Nalika, please download my ebooks and read the information on this website.

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  • Stephanie January 13, 2016, 6:26 am

    I would like some help on getting rid of my moderate to severe acne.

    Reply
    • Fran January 18, 2016, 3:38 pm

      Great Stephanie, please book in an appointment.

      Reply
  • Cami January 4, 2016, 2:59 am

    Hi-

    I’ve had moderate yet extremely persistent acne for over 6 years (now 18). I went on one round of Accutane which worked for about 8 months… I suspected my acne was hormonal to begin with because it would get worse a week before my period. Now it’s pretty bad all the time. My OBGYN suspected I had PCOS but never tested me for it (acne & hairy). I took saw palmetto for about a month out of desperation and although it worked, it literally almost killed me because (I’m still getting diagnosed so I’m not sure) it gave me what I believe to be adrenal fatigue (extreme tiredness, brain fog, severe headaches). The same thing happened when I tried spiro (clear skin but sick body). Are there any androgen blockers that will be easy on my adrenal system/cortisol production line?

    Thank you so much!!

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    • Fran January 7, 2016, 12:22 am

      Hi Cami, actually I’m finding that most women with chronic acne have a level of adrenal fatigue. My advise to you is to work on your adrenal health PRIMARILY, then the other work is just an add on. However, the best way to lower androgens is also a good diet for adrenal fatigue. It is basically normalising the blood sugar – check out my anti-androgen detox guide.

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  • Dani December 28, 2015, 10:51 pm

    Hi Fran,

    So thankful I came across your site and all of the amazing information you have on here. I’m looking to book a consult with you in the New Year when I am able to sort my finances out.. However, I thought I would try on here before as I see you are able to help most people out with some initial first steps.

    I’ve had moderate-severe acne since I was 18 (I’m 23 now). My digestion was terrible as a child and after I was able to get that in order most of my acne went away. I don’t eat gluten, sugar, dairy or any refined carbs. My diet is 90% clean and vegan and I sometimes eat liver (for Vitamin E).

    I’ve been so happy that I have been able to clear up most of my acne, but there are still persistent and regular breakouts I get along my jaw (right side) and neck (near lymph nodes). I’m usually clear for about 10 days after my period ends and then the breakouts start and persist until I get my period.

    In terms of my period, it’s regular (after cleaning up my diet/digestion) and they are very painless (I don’t experience any cramping and only slight breast tenderness/bloating a few days before my period).

    I suspect that my androgens are hight (nothing major, but I have noticed my face has become more “fuzzy”). I also think my estrogen is high but it could be bc I actually have even lower progesterone – which is resulting in symptoms of estrogen dominance. (I haven’t been tested, these are just symptoms I have experienced persistently).

    Based on what I have described, would you say I am high in androgens and low in progesterone? I’m also thinking of taking Estroblock combined with Milk Thistle and Burdock Root for liver support and an Omega 3. What’s your opinion on this? Anything else I could add? I tried maca supps and had no results, and I’m currently taking a zinc supplement and sea buckthorn oil capsules.

    Reply
    • Fran January 3, 2016, 10:29 pm

      Hi Dani, I don’t feel comfortable with making a diagnosis or recommendations without first having a proper chat with you. I look forward to our consultation.

      Reply
  • Ann December 23, 2015, 3:01 pm

    Hi!
    After a full year on estroblock I’ve stayed noticing that my facial skin had become very, very dry and flaky over the last several months. I take 3 pills per day. I’m wondering if anyone else had experienced this. I’ve changed nothing else in my cleansing or moisturizing routine. No new supplements or anything. So now I can’t seem to get the dryness under control and it’s making me look older and skin looks crepy (fine lines I didn’t have). Should I reduce the estroblock to see if that helps and how my acne status under control add well? I guess my biggest question here is: can estroblock cause this dry skin? Can it be a side effect? It’s not the winter weather because it started months ago while it was still humid and warm. Thanks.

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    • Fran December 26, 2015, 9:49 pm

      Hi Ann, What usually causes dry skin if it’s from the inside out is 1) too low sebum production, or 2) lack of EFAs. The cause of your dry skin is really dependant on what your entire supplementation and diet routine is.

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    • Amrit January 4, 2016, 1:54 am

      I had the same problem! My skin was extremely dry to the point where I started getting dry lines on my face and it looked like burned patches if that makes sense. I don’t know if its because of estroblock either. I started getting it after using fertilityblend in conjunction with estroblock. But as soon as I stopped using estroblock my skin has finally gone back to normal (not oily, not dry either).

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      • Ann January 12, 2016, 4:37 am

        Hi Amrit,
        I’m not convinced my diet had anything to do with my sudden and extreme dry skin either. I’m concerned that maybe I’ve gotten my hormones or if balance in a student way that’s causing this. I’m having trouble finding info regarding dry skin caused from estroblock but I’m pretty sure it’s got something to do with it. My diet is pretty darn good. …I include good fats regularly. Drink water all day (no other beverages). I think it’s strange that this extreme dry skin is only on my face! I am not using any harsh products or creams. I wad using a cleanser for dry skin actually and it’s still so so dry that it flakes and peels now. I’ve never experienced this unless I was using drying acme products all over in the past. I moisturize morning and night as well. This is crazy! I just want the acne to stay away but my skin to be normal! So frustrated!

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        • Fran January 18, 2016, 3:37 pm

          Hi Ann, please book in a consultation so that I can take a look.

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    • Sathena January 20, 2016, 7:17 am

      Hi Anne,

      My skin felt the exact same way. It started happening after I upped the dosage to three pills (pros) a day. After doing some research I have found out that high doses of dim can affect your thyroid function. And one of the effects of a low functioning thyroid gland is dry skin. Maybe cut the dosage in half? The same thing happened to my friend and she discontinued using dim, and after a two months her skin went back to normal.

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  • Kathryn December 14, 2015, 8:17 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I have finally gotten pretty clear skin by using the Estroblock you suggest and using a progesterone booster. I am getting married in 6 months and will be going on the BCP. I was planning on still taking one Estroblock a day, but wondered if you thought the BCP would mess up my skin again…

    Thanks!

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    • Fran December 15, 2015, 4:49 pm

      Hi Kathryn, It won’t necessarily mess up your skin but it will mess with your hormonal system.

      Reply
  • Maria December 14, 2015, 3:15 pm

    Hello, I’ve been on Spiro for 8 months and stopped bcp 8 months ago. My skin is clear for the most part but I want to get off Spiro eventually. My hormone levels are normal so I don’t understand why I was getting cystic acne while on bcp. It only stopped when I started taking Spiro. I already avoid dairy and watch what ingredients I put on my face. I’m content with my skin but I want to get off Spiro. What natural alternatives act as Spiro?

    Reply
    • Fran December 14, 2015, 3:49 pm

      Hi Maria,

      Spiro is a strong androgen blocker, so you need to get onto natural methods of reducing androgens. Knowing WHAT androgen was/is this issue will also be helpful, so if you can get a saliva or urine hormone test done first.

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      • Maria December 14, 2015, 8:09 pm

        I had my hormones tested last month (testosterone, DHEA and progesterone) and they are ALL within normal levels. Do I still need to have a urine/saliva test done? and if so who can do it? I also want to know if I decide to get off Spiro is this something you can SUCCESSFULLY help me with and what I need to have done prior.

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        • Fran December 15, 2015, 4:49 pm

          Hi Maria, success depends on how committed you are to doing a lifestyle, diet and supplementation plan exactly.

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  • Holly Thompson December 12, 2015, 11:36 am

    Hi there,

    I’m 30 years old. I’ve had relatively great skin until about 28. I started getting cystic acne, around me jaw line and hair line. I consulted with a natural path. I did a salavia test, checking hormonal levels. Everything looked good except my estrogen levels were extremely low. I started on a birth control. It’s almost been a year with little improvement. I have tried a variety of supplements and topical treatments with little success. The one thing that I have noticed is that my skin is at its best during my cycle. Really bad up to and after but during its definitely tolerable. Any suggestions?

    Reply
    • Fran December 14, 2015, 3:47 pm

      Hi Holly,

      I’m not sure why you were advised to go on the BCP as it suppresses estrogen even more. Please book in a consultation so we can discuss all of your options.

      Reply
  • Amber Thompson December 4, 2015, 9:56 pm

    I need help. Took dim detox and flower pollen and broke out in hives 3 weeks later. Now I can’t get hives to go away and it’s causing other symptoms.

    Reply
    • Fran December 5, 2015, 12:22 am

      Hi Amber, I recommend that you visit your local natural therapist.

      Reply
  • Katie December 4, 2015, 3:58 am

    Hi Fran, I have real problems with blackheads and congested skin. Can this be hormone related? Although my doc says I’m fine, I have a fairly high TSH level and hypo symptoms. Thanks πŸ™‚

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    • Fran December 5, 2015, 12:21 am

      Hi Katie, yes it can definitely be hormonal, and yes, hypothyroidism can also cause acne.

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  • Emma November 13, 2015, 4:21 pm

    Hello Fran..
    I know saw palmetto can be useful in reducing androgens.
    Do you ever recommend beta sitosterol instead?

    I hear many claim that its better than saw palmetto and less disturbing to the hormones..?
    Really hope to hear what you think

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    • Fran November 21, 2015, 6:09 pm

      Hi Emma, BOTH work in the same way – by preventing the conversion of testosterone into DHT, so I ONLY recommend them for women that are low to normal low testosterone and high DHT. Beta Sitosterol is a little stronger than Saw Palmetto which is why I recommend saw palmetto, but this is completely up to you. Please get hormone testing and/or the right guidance before self supplementing.

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      • Amber August 19, 2016, 7:49 pm

        What if all your androgens are in range besides testosterone? My natural doc wants me to take Saw Palmetto to lower testosterone? I am also on spironolactone for 2 1/2 months with no improvement,.. does that take more time to kick in?

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        • Fran August 22, 2016, 3:15 pm

          Saw Palmetto does not lower testosterone, it lowers DHT and can raise testosterone in that process. I suggest that you stop seeing that doctor as they have not been giving you good advice.

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        • Caroline Sims September 14, 2016, 10:29 am

          Hey,

          Do you mind if I ask which natural doc you see? I am looking to meet with one to discuss herbal treatments.

          I really appreciate your response.

          Caroline

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  • Asma November 8, 2015, 11:14 am

    Hello Fran!
    I had a consultation with you for like two months ago. I have PCOS and you gave me a protocol for coming off the pill which i did one month ago. I had to take estroblock, multivitamin, cinammon, b complex , omega 3. I still experience some bumps on my face and i was wondering if i can add in vitamin c to bring my progesterone up? I had ovulation and now i have sore nipples :/ but havent had my period yet. I want to conceive soon and i want some comments abt how my story is and what you think .

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    • Fran November 9, 2015, 2:58 pm

      Hi Asma, yes add in Vitamin C. As I said in our consultation, if you have not had a natural bleed three months after coming off the pill, please book in a follow up consultation.

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      • Asma November 10, 2015, 2:55 pm

        I didnt find vitamin c so i added magnesium instead. Will that be fine too?
        I found that curcumin didnt help πŸ™ i get some jawline acne sometimes and im following the protocol.

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        • Asma November 10, 2015, 4:25 pm

          i also feel and see that my tummy is getting big like constipation which makes me feel swollen like gas. Does this have anything to do with pcos? I have no weight problem and this happened yesterday.

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          • asma November 17, 2015, 2:01 pm

            Fran!!! I found out i am pregnant today and i have pcos!!! Im veeeerrry happy. But how do i do now with my hormones and stuff so i stay clear all the time???

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          • Fran November 21, 2015, 5:57 pm

            Hi Asma, as you are now pregnant, I recommend referring all symptoms to a local midwife or natural therapist that you can now work with.

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            • Asma November 22, 2015, 2:03 pm

              I bought your ebook of acne in pregnant women and nursing mothers. Do you think ill find helpful stuff there?

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  • Jena November 2, 2015, 1:24 am

    Acne for 20 years. Help me! I need help with scars too please

    Reply
    • Fran November 3, 2015, 1:03 pm

      Hi Jena, please book in a consultation.

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  • Ann November 1, 2015, 11:25 pm

    Hi,
    I’m 37 and have had acne issues since i was 10 or 11 years old. Cystic acne plagues me. I started taking Estro Block about 1 year ago (3 pills/day- 2 in the a.m. and 1 at night). Within about 3 months I saw a big improvement in my skin. I was NOT on birth control at the time (had been off BC for about 2-3 yrs). I started taking birth control again in February of this year. I had a bit of an increase in my acne after starting the birth control but my skin still remained pretty good for the most part. I still get cystic acne along my chin and jawline around my period. Approximately one month ago around my last menstrual cycle I started to take the Estro Block Pro strength 1 pill per day. This is my first period since changing my routine and my cystic acne has really flared back up! I am worried that either the pills aren’t working for me like they were or maybe I just need to go back on my other routine with the 3 regular strength pills per day? What is your take on this? Should I give this another month on the pro strength or what? Just wondering if you might have ANY insight on why the sudden increase in the cystic acne.
    Thank you,
    Ann

    Reply
    • Fran November 3, 2015, 1:03 pm

      Hi Ann,

      I can’t advise without having a proper chat with you – please book in a consultation.

      Reply
  • Nat October 31, 2015, 1:46 pm

    Hi Fran! First I just want to say I love your site. Great info for trying to clear skin naturally, which is my goal! I’ve been on birth control for years and years, I did do a course of accutane after my skin broke out like crazy when I stopped the pill for a few months. I am worried now if I go off the pill again that the same thing will happen, but am hoping the accutane did the trick. I just wanted to hear your thoughts and any recommendations to help prevent acne again. Thanks! πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • Fran November 3, 2015, 12:57 pm

      Hi Nat, the pill resets the hormonal system so it may not happen the second time around. If you’re worried, I have an appointment time which is a protocol to help to get you off the pill.

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  • Andy October 30, 2015, 3:50 pm

    Hi! Wondering if you help with post pardum acne? Had a baby 5 months ago and just got my period. Also long with it is depressing LARGE chin acne. I had acne before I was pregnant. Is there anything that I can do to stop it from returning. I’m just so down and sad now. What should I be doing throughout my cycle?Thanks.

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    • Fran November 3, 2015, 12:56 pm

      Hi Andy, yes I can help – please book in a consultation.

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  • Jessica October 29, 2015, 11:30 am

    Hello!
    I was taking estroblock for about a year (combined with Milk Thistle and Vitex), and it seemed to really help clear my cheek/chin/jawline acne. About six months ago I was feeling confident and stopped taking the supplements. My skin stayed clear for a while but slowly began to digress. (I exercise, eat well- cut out gluten because it seems to impact, limit dairy to plain yogurt, cheese) Now my neck and jawline are covered in angry, red, painful bumps, especially over the lymph nodes in my throat. Most of the time they won’t ever come to a head but they will last for weeks and the scars even longer. I also have acne popping up on my back and shoulders, which I’ve never had before. Two months ago I started taking 160mg/day Saw Palmetto, (I’ve never had any tests done to confirm that I have an androgen imbalance but I thought I’d give it a try), and three weeks ago I started the Estroblock triple strength again. Is it okay to combine Estroblock with Saw Palmetto?
    I’m also taking tumeric and one teaspoon of MSM powder orally and topically (mixed with aloe). With all of this, is one 150mg dose of Milk Thistle enough daily liver support or should I add something there? I’m living in a remote part of Asia right now, so the LivTox formula isn’t available to me, but I may be able to find some other common herbs. Could the back and lymph node acne be a result of detox? I’m considering doing a liver cleanse- epsom salt water + olive oil….

    Many Thanks in advance for your insight.

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    • Fran November 3, 2015, 12:56 pm

      Hi Jessica, please book in a consultation so that I can help you.

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  • Amrit October 29, 2015, 1:34 am

    Hi Fran,
    I have recently gone on your treatment plan. It’s going well so far. But my skin got very dry all of sudden, its never been dry before. I have to layer aquaphor on every night so my skin doesn’t flake. My makeup doesn’t match me anymore either. I was wondering if fertilityblend can make your skin dry? I have been drinking loads of water to relieve the dryness, but it hasn’t been working so far. What else can I do?

    Reply
    • Fran November 3, 2015, 12:55 pm

      Hi Amrit, This is likely due to your skin producing less sebum – if your acne was caused by an overproduction of sebum before. Use a good cleansing and moisturising routine, drink lots of water and consume plenty of omega-3 and good fats.

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  • renn October 24, 2015, 9:37 pm

    Hi!
    I have been working on balancing my hormones because I recently stopped taking birth control. I was on birth control because I get painful ovarian cysts and have had one rupture before (some people say it’s more painful than giving birth!). My doctor said that taking birth control should help with the pain but after being on it for a year the pain gradually got worse. I started doing some research and found that estrogen dominance can cause ovarian cysts and my birth control (lutera) had estrogen and progesterone in it. So with that information I figured that going off of the pill and taking DIM was my best bet for getting rid of my painful cysts.
    Well my question should I keep taking DIM after I stop having the symptoms of estrogen dominance? I am only 21 years old and I also have problems with hypoglycemia and acne.

    Reply
    • Fran October 26, 2015, 3:26 pm

      Hi Renn, I advise that you continue to get your hormones tested to check in with levels – you need to get to the root of why you were estrogen dominant in the first place and heal it from there.

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  • Olivia October 20, 2015, 8:42 pm

    Hi Fran,

    Thank you so much for all of your work! I read your website all the time and it has been an amazing resource for me as I work to rebalance my hormones and improve my skin and overall health.

    I’m wondering – is it okay to use Vitex and Dong Quai at the same time? I’m certain I’ve got an issue with hormones and need a boost to help restore the balance, and both supplements sound like they could work for me – I’m just not sure if I should try one, the other, or both!

    A little background – I was on Mirena and felt terrible for the entire 2 years I had it in. Gradually throughout, my skin got worse and I started feeling much worse – irritable, depressed, tired… all of it. I came off about a month ago and immediately felt better… for a week or so before starting to feel crappy again. My skin is also getting worse again.

    I can only assume there’s an issue with my progesterone levels, and I’m just not sure which out of the Vitex or Dong Quai would be best.

    Any help would be so, so appreciated! Thank you again!

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    • Fran October 26, 2015, 3:05 pm

      Hi Olivia, IF vitex and don quai are the right supplements for you, then yes they are okay to take at the same time. I can’t recommend whether or not they’re good for you without having a proper chat with you first. Please book in an appointment.

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  • Emma October 20, 2015, 8:54 am

    Hello Fran πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Love your blog!! Im reading a lot about hormones, and care very much for my diet, lifestyle and supplements. Because i have pcos and acne myself.
    I would really like to know, what can i do if i have some baad stress, mood and personality disorders, and my stress really cant get any more managed than it already is. It is still extremely high.
    I dont eat sugar except for fruit, no gluten, dairy or refined carbs. Exercising. I am underweight but still healthy and i eat many of the supplements you recomend.
    Do you think it is possible to control acne with diet/supplements when there is a very high stress level and personality/psychotic disorders?
    Thank you very much for writing about hormones! πŸ™‚

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  • Nis October 18, 2015, 10:44 am

    Hi Fran! I came across your site while searching for some natural solutions. I have PCOS and possible Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, among some other allergy and autoimmune things. I’ve always been athletic and thin, the past few years I’ve tried to really clean up my diet to prevent/help health issues. I struggled with really bad cystic acne on and off since adolescent (I’m 24, almost 25 now) and ended up having to do accutane about a year and a half ago after every inch of my face was covered with paintful cystic acne. I think this bad break out was caused by going off the pill (I had been on it for 6 years) and try hormone replacement therapy instead. An endocrinologist I saw last week told me he wants me to quit all meds for a minimum of two months to get a clear picture of what is going on. I’m really scared that my perfectly clear skin now will return to that state again after stopping the birth control pill, spironolactone and finasteride. I really am on a path to going all natural anyways and being a lot healthier, but I graduate in December and don’t want to have skin again that makes me not want to leave the house. Do you think it would be better to slowly ween off all medication (bcp, etc.) and any supplements that might help? Any insight would be so so appreciated. Thank you so much!

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  • amy October 17, 2015, 2:34 pm

    So I just got my hormos checked n they say I have high estrogen to where I’m not ovulating, but I get my period every month so I really don’t understand… How can I get my hormond back balanced so I can start ovulating again ????

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    • Fran October 17, 2015, 11:20 pm

      Hi Amy, they really meant that you have “annvolution” which means an incomplete ovulation. You can still bleed every month but not actually ovulate properly. Book in an appointment and I can help you with it.

      Reply
  • daisym October 16, 2015, 11:02 pm

    I had the same problem as you, because I have suffered hormonal acne and I have tried several different creams to no avail. My skin was really bad – redness, flaky. The best product that keeps it under control for me is the Citrus Clear Sensitive Wash and the citrus Clear moisturizer. Within minutes I felt my skin calming down – my skin felt comfortable.

    It has cleared my acne since the past two weeks of using it – I use it morning and night time.

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    • Fran October 17, 2015, 11:18 pm

      Hi Daisym, if you suffer from hormonal acne best to also work on the root cause – products are just a bandana treatment so the acne can come back.

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  • Christina October 15, 2015, 9:06 pm

    Hi Fran! I had a few questions. I have had acne for years, since about middle school and am now 33. I was on birthcontrol (ortho tricyclen) for approx 10 years, but have been off it for 8 years now. I start getting breakouts ( mainly around my nasal folds and cheeks and they are pin sized whiteheads with some inflammation) about 2 weeks before I start my period and then the day before I start to bleed my face clears up and looks amazing on my period! What am I deficient in? I eat salmon 3-4x a week, lots of greens, only drink water and take a daily probiotic. My periods are regular, every 27-29 days. Thank you in advance.

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    • Fran October 16, 2015, 2:40 am

      Hi Christina, I’m going to need to ask you a few more questions before I can work out what your are potentially deficient in. Please book in for a treatment plan so that I can properly work with you.

      Reply
  • Maya October 14, 2015, 5:55 am

    Just to add to my previous information, I also have toothpaste and laundry detergent as the possible sources of xenoestrogens.
    Even in my progesterone cream, there is a component called safflower oil which is called a xenoestrogen. I don’t take Estroblock ‘coz I have hirustism as well.

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  • Maya October 13, 2015, 11:13 am

    Through my saliva tests, I know that I am deficient in progesterone and I always get cystic premenstrual acne. I am on my second month of using the progesterone cream and wish to know how important it is to avoid xenoestrogens. I don’t use any cream or ointment for moisturizing my skin, yet I use shampoo and hair mask atleast twice a week. I also use soap for cleansing my body.
    Am I unlikely to see the full benefits of the cream without giving up my shampoo and mask?

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    • Fran October 15, 2015, 4:54 pm

      Hi Maya, yes you can still use your shampoo and mask. Sometimes the progesterone cream doesn’t take. Give it two more months then reassess.

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  • Charley October 10, 2015, 4:49 am

    Hello!

    Thank you for your insightful page- it gives me a glimmer of hope! I was on the pill for 9 years, have been off it for a year and in the past 4 months have developed acne on my lower cheeks. I have had 1 blood test done for my hormones and everything came back normal. My derm put me on Estelle contraceptive pill purely for my skin which I’ve been on for 7 weeks now. My acne has got a lot worse. I’m wondering if I should be taking the pill considering my blood tests came back normal, or if I should stop as this may be what’s making it worse! Please help! Thank you!

    Reply
    • Fran October 11, 2015, 8:21 pm

      Hi Charley, I never promote the use of the BCP for acne – as it suppressed parts of our reproductive hormonal system there is always some rebalancing to do after coming off it.

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  • Elsa October 9, 2015, 12:15 am

    Hi!
    I’ve been having trouble with acne for about 2 years and I’ve tried so many acne products and none of them work. I thought maybe it could be hormone imbalances that is causing my acne. I’m 16. My period seem to be pretty normal, although they use to come every two weeks. My acne doesn’t seem to get any better or worse when I’m on my period, at least that I’ve noticed. My mood seems to be down alot more than it is up. Could I be low in progesterone? I don’t want to get hormone testing done just yet.

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    • Fran October 10, 2015, 12:41 am

      Hi Elsa, it’s normal to have acne at your age! Your hormones are shifting and changing a great deal, and one of the side effects unfortunately is spots. At your age its best to just allow your hormones to try to sort themselves out. In the meantime use colloidal silver on your skin, and take it internally, that should help.

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  • Stephy October 8, 2015, 11:53 am

    Hello Fran!
    What a lovely website! I’ve been taking yaz 28 since 2011 because i have PCOS and it has kinda helped but i still experienced acne. I have been reading your blog since last year and i have ordered all the supplements for coming off bcp including estroblock. I’ve started taking the today which means ive quit bcp so that i can balance my hormones now naturally. I take estroblock 2 in the morning and 2 at night, B-complex, multivitamin, folic acid, omega 3, spearmint tea . I dont want acne at all and i wonder if im doing the right thing ?
    Love stephy
    Xoxo

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    • Fran October 8, 2015, 7:42 pm

      Hi Stephy, looks like you’re on the right track to me. IF you do get a breakout, or your natural cycle does not return after 4 months then book in an appointment and I’ll give you some supplements that will help.

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      • S October 10, 2015, 5:25 am

        Thanks fran! I will book you☺️. But should i add chromium picolinate and saw palmetto in my routine?

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        • Fran October 11, 2015, 8:21 pm

          Hi, I won’t be able to make that recommendation until I’ve had a proper chat with you.

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          • Stephy October 15, 2015, 4:51 pm

            Okay then i’ll have to book you soon. But should i take bcp again or? Coz u have written than its better to start with supplements three months while on bcp then quit with bcp. I have already quit with bcp now and take supplements, i mean i stopped taking directly when i started with supplements which u dont recommend?

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            • Fran October 15, 2015, 4:55 pm

              Hi Stephy, my protocol for coming off the BCP has changed – you no longer need to start taking supplements three months before you come off it.

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              • S October 23, 2015, 3:44 pm

                Hello fran!

                Does chromium picolinate help acne for PCOS? When i include with all those supplements together?

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                • S October 24, 2015, 3:30 pm

                  I mean to ask this. Does zinc lower testosterones levels? Which other supplements that you had listed above lower T levels?

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                • Fran October 26, 2015, 3:06 pm

                  Only if you have a sugar/carbohydrate imbalance or insulin resistance with your PCOS.

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                  • S November 7, 2015, 7:21 am

                    I was at the hospital last week and they checked my ovaries. They said one egg has cysts and the othee one showed ovulation. She wasnt sure if i had already ovlatee or i will ovulate. I have sore nipples now. What can this mean ?

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                    • Fran November 9, 2015, 2:56 pm

                      Hi S, when you have cysts it indicates annovulation, which is basically an incomplete ovulation. Balance your hormones and you will be able to reverse this.

  • K September 28, 2015, 2:00 pm

    Hey. I found this site and this particular post while searching around the internet for info on tofu and phytoestrogens. I am amazed at how thorough and well versed everything here is; from basic explanations that makes sense to the science behind it (which does not even touch pseudoscience or similar nonsense).
    I’ve had skin problems since I was nine. I got my first pimples and comedones then in absolutely massive amounts. Most of them were not big and cystic but still visually appalling and even though they were “mild” they came in numbers and left some scars and permanently enlarged pores. I got my period when I was 16 but the pimples remained. I’m now 25 and my skin is much clearer but – it’s full of deep whiteheads, blackheads and large pores. My entire skin is bumpy. My period has never stayed very regular and the cycle is quite long (but I like it!). Since five years back I’ve also experienced menstrual cramps (I didn’t feel a thing between the age of 16-20).
    My problem is this, and it contradicts everything: skin clears up perfectly a few days before period starts and gets an inflammtory breakout one week after my period finishes. This correlates with my water levels and moisture, because it’s also the only period during my cycle I feel hydrated and not like a swollen water balloon! All other days my skin is extremely dry (feels like old rubber tires) and I wake up in the mornings to sand in my throat, eyes and nose.
    I’ve always assumed my ES/PRO ratio is too high and tried evening primrose, eat less dairy and more zinc + omega 3. But I can’t really notice a difference, because my breakouts still happen at the same time and intervals. What can I do? It’s so hard, because everything I’ve ever read contradicts my situation. I can’t order tests because I live in a country where it’s only done for women who fail to conceive and I refuse to accept hormonal pills. I just want to know what my situation MIGHT be – too much estrogen? Too much progesterone? Testosterone? I’m lost.

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    • Fran September 28, 2015, 11:47 pm

      Hi K,

      Thank you for the compliment πŸ™‚ I’d like to have a proper chat with you before I give an educated guess on what is going on with your hormones. Also, the saliva hormone testing that I recommend accepts samples from all over the world so you still could get testing through them. You simply need to send your saliva samples back to the US – the samples are good for 3 weeks so there is plenty of time.

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    • cel September 30, 2015, 5:18 am

      i literally have the exact same issues! i thought i was the only one! how do u get rid of the small bumps underneath your skin? and the bloating/water retention during my period is so bad

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  • Sunny September 28, 2015, 5:34 am

    Hi Fran,
    I’m 30 years old and I’ve been on the birth control (ortho tri-cyclen & yaz) on and off for ten years mostly to not have to deal with acne. I got off of it last year to give myself a year of natural healing. After six months, my acne came back–cystic acne on my jawline, little whiteheads near my bottom lip. I’ve been taking a probiotic to restore my gut flora. I’ve also stopped using facial products that can clog my pores. I also make sure to stock up on my vitamins as well as zinc and omega 3s. I’ve also improved my diet. My face has improved but it always seemed to break out a week before my period along with other PMS symptoms including bloating, cramps, and insomnia. So I decided I should probably try vitex. It helped two weeks before my period but my face started breaking out one week before my period so I stopped taking it thinking that maybe my progesterone is low during ovulation but not in the luteal phase of my cycle. I’ve basically tried everything. Then I read about estroblock and I started taking that. The first couple days, my face broke out in random places on my face I usually don’t get acne. I also got canker sores! I’m not sure if I should continue taking estroblock to see if my system stabilizes or if I should just stop doing all of this altogether. I’ve been dealing with hormonal adult acne for so long that I don’t know if I can just stop everything cold turkey knowing that my skin will break out again some time before my period begins.
    I don’t think I have pcos but I’m really not sure of anything especially considering that I thought I was so sure vitex and/or estroblock would work. Do you have a sense of what my hormone imbalance is all about based on the birth control I used to take to curb my acne? Any information would help. Thank you.

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    • Fran September 28, 2015, 11:44 pm

      Hi Sunny, you are doing a few things wrong and I encourage you to book in for a consultation. Treatment is dependant on if you have a natural cycle back, the severity of your PMS, and if you have any signs of high androgens. I can say already that it’s likely that you have low progesterone or estrogen dominance BUT vitex may be too stimulating for your body dependant on your cycle. I recommend that you get a saliva hormone test and then we have a consultation to get you clear. Get your estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHT tested if you can.

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      • Sunny September 29, 2015, 7:05 pm

        Oh no! What am I doing wrong? Thanks for the advice and heads up on the vitex. I’ve spent way too much money thus far so will probably hold out on the consultation and the hormone test for the time being but will definitely reach out again if things get worse. Keeping my fingers crossed w/ the estroblock.

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        • Brittany October 8, 2015, 8:07 pm

          Hi, just wanted to throw my 2cents in Sunny because you sound like you’re having a similar experience to me. I am 29 and decided to take Vitex last december (biggest mistake ever) to regulate my cycles. It did work for that but my face broke out horrible with cystic acne all over. I went from having clear skin to that and it depressed me something awful, not leaving the house etc. I tried a lot of things and did a saliva test.. I showed low P/E with Estrogen dominance. I started taking progesterone cream and DIM and been in combo for about 3 cycles now with that. My androgens were slightly below avg also according to the saliva test. Anyway, after horrible skin for like the last 8 months from the vitex I am finally getting clear skin. My cystic acne has stopped and I am just now only having to worry about the pink spots fading. I will add though that I started using Paula’s Choice Products at the same time as the prog.cream/dim combo, so I believe it has been a combination of all that has helped me. I hope you figure it out because I know how you feel. I finally am not depressed anymore and feel like I can actually leave my house without being self-conscious again. Good luck!

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  • Rachel C. September 23, 2015, 7:38 pm

    I am about three months into my treatment with Fran and just want to happily say that I am finally clear! For those of you still dealing with this – there IS light at the end of the tunnel! I suffered from acne for many years, and it seemed be be cumulative and worsen in the past year. I tried everything since I was a teenager – accutane, retin-a, birth control pill, Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, diet changes (restricting gluten & dairy, and I’m also vegetarian), parasite cleanses, acupuncture, juicing. I have great digestion, exercise regularly, and sleep very well every night, but I still was suffering with cystic/hormonal acne.
    About few months ago I started taking Estroblock, as well as a daily dose of Evening Primrose Oil, zinc, Vitamin D, a gentle liver support supplement and a daily probiotic, and I have ditched the birth control pill after seven years on it in February. In addition, I use a mix of coconut & lavender oil to wash my face, and moisturize dry spots with Vitamin E oil. That’s it.

    It has been four months since I started the Estroblock/EPO and three months since I started the liver support supplement and my skin is finally clear, after years of acne having tried EVERYTHING under the sun, including failed attempts to treat with pharmaceuticals and topicals. It wasn’t an overnight cure, but I noticed very gradually that I was getting fewer and fewer pimples, until finally the last one went away. Eating healthy is great and helps with your long-term health and so I definitely recommend you do this, but sometimes it’s not quite enough. It would have been ideal if I could have done it without taking all the supplements, just because it is a pain to take so many pills every day, but it was hard to figure out the right balance of things that would get the results I wanted without severely restricting my life. I became so obsessed with what I was eating out of fear that it would give me a pimple that it became a borderline unhealthy. Now I still eat fairly healthily; but can indulge from time to time without anxiety. The emotional stress of adult acne is difficult enough. I just want to share my experience with others who might be going through the same thing I was. What amazes me is that Fran knows how to treat the underlying causes of adult hormonal acne in a natural way, whereas 90% of medical professionals aren’t able to. Thanks Fran for your support, a huge burden has been lifted off of my shoulders!

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    • Fran September 24, 2015, 4:04 pm

      I’m so happy to hear from you Rachel! That is wonderful news πŸ™‚ <3

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    • Crystal September 24, 2015, 4:50 pm

      What dose of estroblock and EPO do you take?

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      • Rachel C. October 7, 2015, 6:20 pm

        Hi Crystal,
        I have been taking 4 Estroblock per day, though I know that dose isn’t for everyone. I had a pretty severe case of cystic acne, and was on the BC pill for years, so it has taken awhile to balance my hormones. I take three capsules of EPO @ 1300 MG each, with 10% GLA. The brand is EfaGold. I’m not sure how much the EPO has had to do with it, or if it can mostly be attributed to the Estroblock. I do still get the occasional pimple here and there, but it’s so minimal that I barely notice, and no more painful cysts.

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        • Fran October 8, 2015, 7:40 pm

          Congratulations Rachel!! That’s awesome πŸ™‚

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  • Isla September 23, 2015, 4:32 pm

    Hi Fran,

    3 years ago I stopped the pill (yasemine) and my skin has been bad ever since. ( initially very bad with mostly cystic and red pimples) it has slowly improved but I would still have around 3-5 big pimples every day, lots of blackheads plus for 1 month now again pimples on chest and all over my back.

    I have also been trying to conceive without success for now around 2 years. ( husband and I have done all the tests, all is fine and we are below 35)
    I am now starting to think that acne and infertility are perhaps related.(?)

    I am doing acupuncture to help with both plus stress ( as I notice than with stress I also get more acne) and have seen some improvements with my skin.

    I am eating healthy as much as possible and taking fertility vitamins, flaxseed oil, cod liver oil, folic acid, kefir every day. I am exercising weekly.

    Husband just bought load of supplements incl. chaste berry , DIM ( nugenix estro regulator) zinc, magnesium, iron, copper, maca, q10…

    I don’t have pcos, but likely endometriosis and celiac intolerance ( as acne gets worse with gluten)

    Should I take the nugenix together with the chaste Berry?

    I live in Tanzania so everything is a little more difficult to get here..

    Thank you,

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    • Fran September 24, 2015, 5:42 pm

      Hi Isla, I can’t possibly advise without having a proper chat with you. However if you haven’t done so already I recommend consulting with a local naturopath about your infertility issue. You have listed a lot of supplements and I can tell you right now that they may not all be necessary. Primary get a mineral test to see if you even need to take all of those minerals. And get your progesterone tested by urine or saliva over a month period (test every few days) to see if progesterone truly is an issue.

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  • Crystal September 22, 2015, 4:38 am

    Hi,

    I have been using DIM for 3 months with no results. As well as zinc, omega 3, vitamin a, b, d, e. I started vitex and it has given me the worst acne ever. I am going to continue, hoping this is just the initial breakout period as you described. Is it OK to take both vitex and DIM? I am also breast feeding but my baby is 14 months old and it’s is just for comfort over sole nutritional value and I don’t mind a drop in milk production. My acne was always on my forehead since coming off Diane 35 bcp, now it’s forehead and chin really bad.

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    • Fran September 22, 2015, 8:53 pm

      Hi Crystal,

      Yes it is okay to take both DIM and Vitex together, if your body needs them.

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      • Susan October 14, 2015, 1:48 am

        I appreciate this site so much, so first things first: thank you!
        I’ve been experiencing forehead acne for about a year now after discontinuing spironolactone (vanity and ignorance are a terrible combo ) for cysts on my forehead and chin..which were minimal. And in retrospect..I wish I’d done much more research before starting spiro. My breakouts got more severe after discontinuing spiro, my period became irregular..I was kind of a n emotional wreck. I’ve tried everything in my power to control my skin in the most gentle/natural way I’m able to. Alas, still inflamed, painful pimples on my forehead about 4 days before my period starts..and breakouts continue throughout my period until its over. Also, the random cyst or 2 on my chin here and there. I take DIM, Inositol in the morning (when I remember..) and fish oil. I’m very slightly vitamin D deficient (thanks Seattle) so I usually start taking vitamin D right around this time of year. But I hadn’t seen that making an effect on my skin. Going to take a saliva test soon, but was wondering if you had any tips?

        Thanks again for this site and your time spent helping people.

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        • Fran October 15, 2015, 4:55 pm

          Hi Susan, please book in a consultation – I’d love to be able to work with you. I can’t give you any tips or make recommendations without having a proper chat with you.

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  • Isabel September 16, 2015, 9:42 am

    Hi Fran!
    Thank you so much for this amazing site!
    I thought I was doing everything right, but maybe not. Over a year ago I stopped taking my BCP (Diane 35, which I took for 7 years straight), and after a few months off it I got the worst cystic acne ever, mainly in my cheeks and jaw. I knew I could get acne after stopping the pill, but I never thought it would be so bad. I also started shredding hair like crazy, I’ve never been so grateful for having such a lion’s mane in my head hehe. Anyway, I’m vegan and a big believer in treating everything naturally, so I did my research online (I’m living out of a internship financial aid, and holistic docs are extremely expensive here in Portugal), and started taking a good whole foods multi-vitamine, zinc, estroblock, liver aid, and making sure to keep my diet low glycemic (I do eat a lot of fruit, but I always make sure I eat it with something fatty, like oats, flaxseed, almond butter). So, I believed I was doing everything right. And although my cystic acne got better, I still broke out regularly. I would always have at least 3 or 4 cysts in my cheeks, besides the enlarged pores and all over the face blackheads.
    All this until I accidentally got pregnant 6 weeks ago. My cystic acne practically disappeared! I still have pimples, but no cysts. It’s a relief. But, unfortunately, I won’t keep the pregnancy, and I’m scared as hell of what’s coming up hormonally wise. I was thinking about taking Vitex, since it was after getting pregnant and my progesterone and estrogen levels increasing that my skin got better. But I saw here in the comments you suggested to someone with a similar past to ditch the Vitex, and take Dong Quai. Do you believe I should do the same?

    Thank you for any input you can give me! Hopefully, in the future, I’ll be able to book an appointment with you!

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    • Fran September 22, 2015, 8:44 pm

      Hi Isabel,

      It really depends on what is happening with your body holistically – I can’t recommend don quai without having a proper chat with you. Are you able to book in a consultation?

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  • Natasha September 13, 2015, 8:06 pm

    Hi Fran, I was on accutane for severe acne, but a couple months after getting off, I started getting acne from day 14-28 of my cycle. I started taking Vitex, but after 3 months, my acne just continued to get worse, so I stopped and started to take DIM. Now, my acne comes from day 1-14 instead of other way around. I’m very confused as to why and what I should be doing now.

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    • Fran September 14, 2015, 7:33 pm

      Hi Natasha,

      It’s likely that the DIM has pushed your estrogen levels too low. I recommend that you get off the DIM and try a progesterone treatment instead. Sometimes vitex is too stimulating to the body so I recommend an alternative progesterone treatment.

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  • Eve September 12, 2015, 8:24 am

    Hey! good people. i have this really bad acne and a dermatology advised me to start taking Yasmin pills. The problem is my periods are not due till in 2 weeks time and i can”t stand ma face. Is it a must for me to wait for my periods to start taking the pills or i can even start right now????
    PLEASE HELP

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    • Fran September 14, 2015, 7:29 pm

      Hi Eve,

      I do not recommend that you take the birth control pill to control acne – in the long term it only makes things worse. If you can please book in for a treatment plan and I will get you clear.

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  • Maria September 9, 2015, 2:16 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I am on the pill and have been taking estroblock with it thanks to your website. I lead a healthy lifestyle, I eat healthily, I stay away from processed foods and gmo, eat organic meat and hydrate well and take a few good for you supplements, I take diatomaceous earth daily (a godsend!) and take apple cider vinegar every day. My skin is the clearest it’s been! Basically I’ve made sure my gut is clean. I have gone from moderate to severe acne to clear skin. I really want to get off the pill as I don’t like how it’s affecting my moods etc and just that it’s horrible for you.

    All that is to ask what I should do next? I will definitely book a consult but I thought I’d ask what I can do to prepare for our chat before we go headfirst into this. Should I have a hormone test done beforehand so that we can go over it together, along with your naturopath partner. I’d like to know what my hormones are like on the pill so that we can figure out if I should stop estroblock or keep taking it but also take vitex so that I can avoid the acne. The acne is my biggest worry right now. You know how it goes, I’ve worked so hard to get to this point and I don’t want to mess it up!

    I appreciate your advice Fran!

    Regards,
    M

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    • Fran September 14, 2015, 7:20 pm

      Hi Maria, I’m happy that you are doing better after following my site, that’s great!!! As you are on the pill you do not need a hormone test because I already know that your progesterone and estrogen will have been affected from the synthetic hormones. My new protocol starts with supplements when you come off the pill so you can book in now and we can get started right away!

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      • Maria September 18, 2015, 6:02 pm

        This is great! Thank you Fran.
        Your site has taught me so much, truly.
        Can’t wait for our chat. (It may be a month or so as I’m trying to organize my life atm!)

        Maria

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  • Victoria September 4, 2015, 11:16 am

    Hi Fran,
    I am desperate. I have a package of the BCP Alesse ready to start this Sunday as per my doctor’s orders to help with my adult acne and painful period cramps. I want a “quick fix” but my gut is telling me this may not be a good idea. I was on natural progesterone cream for many years and unfortunately it did not help with my acne or period cramps. I have been off of it for the past year and a half. I have supplemented with many bottles of Vitex. I have taken many bottles of DIM. I have taken many bottles of Calcium D-Glucarate. I have spent thousands on supplements. Nothing has helped. Around May I had serious stress in my personal and professional life. Around that time my acne and period pain started to get worse. July I broke out with acne all on my cheeks and forehead. My last period that just happened was the straw that broke the camel’s back – acne on cheeks, jawline, painful ones on my forehead that would cluster around each other. Awful period cramps that made me couch-bound the entire day. I had to quit my job and put off school because of my weird emotions (likely due to my hormone imbalance) and the embarrassment caused by my worsening acne. I am SO SICK of having to go through this. I have consistent breakouts throughout my entire cycle, with the worst happening just before my period. At this time I usually get painful, large, hard ones on my forehead, especially near my hairline. I am unsure of the positioning of my acne means anything to you. Basically I am at my wit’s end after having researched and trying everything (even under the direction of my holistic doctor whom I have been seeing since 2007). That is why I made an appointment to see my regular GP, and she prescribed the pill for me (the one thing I haven’t tried yet) and told me it would help with both my cramps and acne. All of my research has told me to stay away from the pill, but I am so desperate I am about to start a round of Alesse. Your insight would be so greatly appreciated Fran. Thank you for your time.

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    • Fran September 5, 2015, 9:23 am

      Hi Victoria. I’m sorry that you’ve been dealing with acne for so long – it sounds like you’ve been put on all of the wrong treatments. I recommend that you skip taking the pill and get both a hormone test and hair mineral analysis. That will be enough to find out exactly what is at the root cause of your acne, and then you can work at healing it from that level. The BCP if just taken for only three months can completely reset our hormonal system but it can completely mess it up too. It is a bit risky but your GP is right with one thing – for many women it can be a temporary way to keep the skin clear. Ultimately the decision is up to you. But I’m here to help if you need it.

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  • Amrit September 2, 2015, 12:18 am

    Hi Fran, I really need your help! In April I started feeling really depressed for two weeks. Right after the end of those two weeks I got my period, it finally made sense why I was feeling so down, and why my moods were constantly changing. Right when I got my period I broke out a lot. My acne was cystic and extremely painful. After doing a lot of research, I read about estroblock and decided to try that out with liv tox. I started with two pills (pro) a day, I shouldn’t have jumped straight to a high dosage but I just wanted it to go away quickly. However, it didn’t. Then I tried calcium d glucarate to help eliminate toxins more efficiently, which helped but my acne was still not going away. Everytime I finally felt like my face was settling down, two weeks after getting my period I would get a burst of pimples all over again. After reading your post, I believe I have low progesterone. I have ordered vitex to see if it’ll help. But I am really really scared because I don’t my skin to break out even more. What should I do? Should I take vitex, and if so how much?

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    • Fran September 4, 2015, 7:18 am

      Hi Amrit, that is because you are on the wrong treatment, you need to be working on your progesterone, not metabolising your estrogens. Please book in a consultation, I’d love to be able to get you onto a proper plan.

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  • Chloe hamilton August 31, 2015, 7:28 pm

    Hi Fran! I dealt with an eating disorder for two years. Within the past year, I’ve recovered from it. The only downside is my post-anorexia acne. My hormones are extremely imbalanced. I was wondering if you know the reasoning behind this; do I have an excessive amount of testosterone? How can I fix this problem? Please let me know.

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    • Fran September 1, 2015, 4:34 pm

      Hi Chloe, I’m sorry to hear that you dealt with an eating disorder. Usually what happens with our hormonal system when it doesn’t get enough nutrition is our progesterone reserves get too low. It’s likely that you are also dealing with exhausted adrenals. You will be able to work with your skin with going on a diet, lifestyle and supplement regime.

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  • Sara Ridky August 28, 2015, 12:54 am

    Hey Fran!

    I just spent quite some time today going through your website and reading your ‘how to get clear’ from start to finish. I have been dealing with acne for over a decade and I am just about to the point where I have lost my mind! You know the whole deal, dermatologists, topical, antibiotics, etc. I am definitely the type of person that loves to figure out how EVERYTHING works and I’ve never felt quite satisfied with anything I have been told to believe by doctors/derms. Over these past years I have gathered, soaked up and learned a lot of information on the acne subject. But within the past year I have learned A LOT about health and an alternative natural lifestyle. I have dramatically changed my lifestyle, eating habits, and gotten rid of man-made chemicals in my home. I have also switched to an AMAZING natural oil cleansing skin care line Province Apothecary ( http://provinceapothecary.com/ ) That everyone should check out, ah it is, so lovely. What is left now that I have cleaned up my lifestyle is to finally get down to business and take the leap into ridding my body of its final chemicals (Spironolactone and BeYaz Birth Control) I am terrified yes, but with the help and guidance of someone as knowledgable as you to help me through it with a specific tailored plan in finally figuring out the root of my acne problems internally! I am so excited to set up a treatment plan with you!! I am gathering all of my personal info to organize for you and filling out your questioner to make this as efficient and magical as possible. Definitely except a very detailed, organized and well-designed document of my acne situation soon!

    Yay!

    Sara Ridky
    Designer & Illustrator
    ollyoxen.co
    hello@ollyoxen.co

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    • Fran August 29, 2015, 2:05 pm

      Hi Sarah, I have replied to your email with the same questions πŸ™‚

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  • Michelle August 26, 2015, 3:25 am

    Hi Fran,
    I have been struggling with pretty severe adult acne for many years and have tried everything from topical creams to antibiotics and even birth control. I have seen all of these options through to the recommended time but have never seen an improvement. Nothing has helped and now my skin is worse than ever. My cycles are regular although they tend to be longer (35-38 days). I would like to try Vitex but am worried it will make things even worse. Any advice? How do I know if I should take estroblock or Vitex? Any recommendations you could give me would be greatly appreciated!!

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    • Fran August 29, 2015, 2:01 pm

      Hi Michelle, I don’t feel comfortable making a recommendation without having a proper chat with you first. Are you able to book in?

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  • misico August 24, 2015, 10:28 am

    hi .there .I have hot so bad acne on my cheeks especially and forehead too since I was 20.I was on accutane for 3 months it cleared me for 3 months but again its back.its so annoying .I used to take birth control pills two years ago when I had unsafe sex .so can you recommend what shall I do and what might be the reason?

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    • Fran August 24, 2015, 6:15 pm

      Hi Misico, please book in so that I can get you on a proper acne treatment plan. I unfortunately can’t recommend anything without having a proper chat with you.

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  • Carla August 23, 2015, 4:30 am

    I really need your help! I have had acne for 10years now.I had my first baby 6 months ago& during my Whole pregnancy my skin was CLEAR! It had never been that clear before so I think it’s my hormones. Soon as I gave birth my acne cane back& it’s getting really bad! I am nursing so what do u recommend I do or take?

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    • Fran August 24, 2015, 6:12 pm

      Hi Carla, I need to have a full chat with you to make any recommendations. Are you able to book in a consultation?

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  • Stephanie August 13, 2015, 8:48 pm

    Hi Fran,

    First of all, thanks a lot for this great website.
    I came off birth control (Diane 35) 2 and a half years ago and started having horrible and painful cystic acne and loosing a huge amount of hair after a few months. I started drinking yarrow (progesterone-like) tea which helped a lot. I have now been taking yarrow drops and vitex for 8 months. I am not taking Estroblock though because it is not sold in Europe. My skin looks ok but unfortunately I still break out, mostly before my period and sometimes around ovulation. My hair is still shedding although people tell me it does not show.

    I know the plants I have been taking are helping a lot but I do not know if I am taking the right dose. For instance I read conflicting opinions on this issue. Some say that it should only be taken during the second half of the cycle and other recommend to take it throughout the cycle. I am at a loss. I am currently taking 96mg a day which is the dose recommended on the bottle. Do you honestly think it is enough? Furthermore, how long should I take it and is it ok to combine it with yarrow?

    Many thanks for your help!

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    • Fran August 14, 2015, 7:55 pm

      Hi Stephanie, I recommend stopping the vitex and switching to Don Quai instead, in addition take saw palmetto and go on the anti-androgen detox diet.

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  • Jan August 4, 2015, 12:48 am

    Hi Fran. I really really need your opinion. I was coming off of BCP december of last year and it caused the worst cystic acne on my forehead. After researching and reading on your website, I went on estroblock pro and after three months I was clear. I stopped taking it thinking I was cured. Two months after I stopped, now I have tiny comedones on my forehead and I can tell they are going to be cystic acne from my experience. I started taking estroblock again a week ago, hoping to prevent the acne from getting worse. Have you ever had this experience after stopping estroblock? What do you suggest I do at this point? Please please please let me know. Thank you…!

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    • Fran August 4, 2015, 1:38 pm

      Hi Jan, yes. Either you need a longer course of EstroBlock and to stop taking it at a later time, OR (and more likely) you also need to address the underlying issue so that you can eventually come off EstroBlock without having to worry about getting acne anymore. For me for example, whilst estroblock clears up my skin perfectly, it also raises my testosterone to a little too high so it’s better for me to manage my acne with diet and androgen balancing supplements in the long term.

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      • barbara August 4, 2015, 1:52 pm

        Hi Fran, I was wondering which are androgen lowering supplements and also what kind of diet is best to lower androgens?I guess low carb diet is the best, but I’m a vegan, and low carb vegan diet is pretty impossible especially if you need a lot of energy for sports. I cut out fruit because I feel it makes my symptoms worse but I pretty much eat all other whole foods (vegan) and minimum process food and no sugar of course. I just don’t know how to alter my diet to balance my hormones without Estroblock. Any ideas?

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        • Fran August 5, 2015, 2:10 pm

          Hi Barbara, please book in so that I can go through it with you, after getting a full history from you – I’d rather be sure of my advice.

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  • Gen August 3, 2015, 4:46 pm

    Hi Fran! i need your opinion on something.i break out throughout my whole cycle, but it gets significantly worse around the time of my period. very greasy skin all the time, lots of inflamed acne. 2 years ago a took antibiotics for 4 months for my (mild) acne. the antibiotics didn’t do much for my acne anyway, but eating healthier and cutting out dairy and sugar cured my acne. from the time after i took the antibiotics, i noticed weight gain, very hungry, eating alot, some cellulite , bigger breasts- i attributed it to just getting older (i was 19-20). it seemed like i had excessive estrogen. before this i never would put on weight. this all didn’t really bother me because i actually liked being curvier and my skin was clear! i also had trouble with bloating and some digestive problems, but i wasn’t very in tune with my body so it didn’t bother me much. my skin was pretty clear and i was happy! fast foreward 2 years and i started feeling bad- i had developed candida overgrowth from taking those antibiotics. i got rid of the candida and i felt so much better. my digestion was good again, no more bloating, but i also noticed that i wasn’t so hungry all the time , the cellulite went away- i feel now healthier (better digestion, better bathroom habits) than i have since i took those antibiotics 2 years ago, but now i have moderate/severe acne. i read about how having a bad gut flora can cause you to be estrogen dominant. my skin was pretty clear for this whole time while i had alot of estrogen. is it possible that my body got used to having higher (excessive) estrogen levels due to bad gut flora and now that i don’t have excessive estrogen anymore i’m getting bad acne? i feel “normal” now, whereas i feel like i used to have excessive estrogen. but now i have acne. is this even possible and what can i do to help the acne?

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    • Fran August 4, 2015, 1:33 pm

      Hi Gen,

      I actually can’t possibly tell whiteout having a proper chat with you – I need to get a full history from you, talk about your cycle, what supplements you have an haven’t been on, your digestive system, and any other symptoms I know to look out for. After we have that conversation then I will know and can advise πŸ™‚ Please book in for an acne treatment plan if you can.

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  • Eliza August 2, 2015, 9:10 am

    Hi Fran,
    Thanks so much for all the useful information on the website.
    I’ve had acne since teenage years, and PCOS since the age of 16. I would not get periods unless on a pill, until I stopped taking the hormones about 1,5 years ago and was finally able to get a period naturally for the first time in 10 years (with the help of a mostly vegan diet and herbal supplements). I had periods every couple of months in the last year, yet they seem to be gone once again.
    I am linking it to stress, and perhaps to the fact that I am slightly underweight (45-46kg).
    Acne has been quite bad as well (despite eating super healthy) along with high stress levels, though thankfully I am on a seaside now, and acne and stress are finally going away.

    I know I have to learn to manage my stress, but do you have any advice for me on where to start apart from that? I am eating very healthy (in fact trying out LFRV) – which doesn’t really help with putting weight on. There is so much information out there on PCOS and losing weight, yet the lean women case is hardly discussed.
    Thank you so much in advance!

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    • Fran August 2, 2015, 5:13 pm

      Hi Eliza,

      Please book in with me, I’d love to help you. Not having a cycle is something we want to change – of your skin but also your health and to feel like a natural woman! I have experience with being under weight and putting weight on too, so I’d like to help you with all of it (as that has been my history also).

      Basically we need to begin with bringing up your progesterone, checking in if your testosterone is high, then maintaining a high progesterone, low testosterone diet that puts weight on you.

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  • Sioux July 27, 2015, 9:45 am

    Hi Fran
    I’m 24 and was diagnosed with PCOS 3 weeks ago. The doctor did a scan that showed several large cysts in both my ovaries. I didn’t get my hormones tested because my health insurance option doesn’t cover that. Also the gynae ordered some blood test for hirsutism which I’m yet to get. I was experiencing unusual hair growth on my chest and around my areolas.

    I’ve always been thin and when I’ve gained weight it’s always around my midsection. I’m not sure if it’s insulin resistance. Though I’ve always lost it without trying. I usually menstruate every month. My cycle used to be 90 days till I was about 16, 40-45 days till 18, now it tends to be 35 days.
    I suspected something wasn’t right and had my hormones tested at 16 and 18. My testosterone was slightly higher than average. No serious intervention except the premarin I took for a month at 18.

    In the meantime I’ve been taking a chaste berry tincture. The dosage is 10 drops 3 times a day. It’s been 3 weeks now and I notice the hair on my upper lip getting thicker. Also the hair around my areolas and chest is getting thicker. I’ve noticed new hair growth on the breasts not just around the nipples.

    I know homeopathic medicines tend to aggravate symptoms but this is alarming. Should I continue with this tincture?
    I

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    • Fran July 28, 2015, 10:57 am

      Hi Sioux, the tincture could be raising your lutenizing hormone too high and so may not be the right supplement for you. I recommend switching to a natural bio-identical progesterone cream instead. But also you do need to manage your sugar levels in your body, and your overall stress. Both are very important with PCOS.

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  • Sara July 20, 2015, 9:11 pm

    Hi Fran,

    Thank you for taking the time to read this. I started birth control last summer due to extremely painful period cramps. They were absolutely awful, I dreaded having my period. Birth control was extremely effective in treating the cramp pain. However, BC made my skin worse (I already had acne-prone skin), I was extremely anxious/stressed out all the time, was always tired, and I noticed that my hair was slowly getting a little thinner. I got off BC a few weeks ago, and my cramps came back this time even worse. However, I no longer have intense mood swings and I don’t feel as tired as I used to. My doctor wants me to consider taking another form of BC seeing as no natural remedy has been as efficient in alleviating the cramp pain. However, I’m scared of hair loss as well as mood swings, and not quite sure which birth control would be best, and if it’s even possible to take BC along with something like Estroblock/DIM. I’m also unsure if Estroblock/DIM can help reduce the risk of hair loss as well?

    Thanks in advance for your advice,

    Sara

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  • Dorian July 17, 2015, 3:28 pm

    I have a question. I have been on Sprintec for 2 years and Spironolactone for almost 4. My skin am was completely clear on spiro but when I added the bcp I started getting breakouts/rashes and maybe folliculitus. No derm knows the reason and I. Keep getting prescribed antibiotics/creams but nothing is helping. I also don’t know if my acne is due to estrogen dominance because adding a bcp that is estrogen dominant along with the spiro. Anyway. Is there a way to tel if you are estrogen dominant? I am thinking of going off bcp but I am terrified of what my skin might do.

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    • Fran July 19, 2015, 6:23 pm

      Hi Dorian,

      While you are on the pill you will have no to very little natural progesterone, so in a way you ARE estrogen dominant but not technically because the synthetic progestins and estrogens adding to your system “take over” the natural hormones in your body. If the acne started when you went ON the pill then the logical thing is to come off it. And your high androgens can be managed with diet and a little supplementation, you don’t need to take the spiro either.

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  • anonymous July 13, 2015, 3:10 am

    Hi Fran. I am wondering about how to take the progesterone cream. I have a low ratio of prog/estr. and need to get my progesterone levels up. I keep seeing conflicting information on the web for irregular cycles. My last 2 cycles were fairly consistent in length at 42-43 but that doesn’t always happen, and most information only shows how to take it for up to 35 day cycles… So, I just had my period on July 1st. When should I start using this progesterone cream and should it be twice a day? Would now be okay? Also, I keep reading that you should take more than the recommended dose at first if you’re really low. That it prevents any negative estrogen “awakening” symptoms, or something like that. Not sure if I should do the 14off/14on to try to regulate cycle.. or 3 weeks on 1 week off. I am not really worried about ttc at the moment either. In regards to another person’s comment I saw you say you don’t recommend estroblock if you have high test/low estrogen. If you have normal testosterone though… would it raise the levels much?

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    • Fran July 13, 2015, 11:31 pm

      Hi, If you usually have about the same length of time of cycle, then count back 2 weeks from when you normally bleed and begin the cream then. We ovulate exactly 14 days before bleeding. So if you usually have on average a 42 day cycle, then begin on day 28.

      Ideally it is better to know the signs from your body when you are ovulating and begin then. You could also try just having a 2 week break from the cream from day 1 of bleeding, then begin on day 14 up until you bleed again.

      EstroBlock is only helpful if you have high estrogen and low to normal testosterone, and only as a temporary treatment.

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      • anonymous July 14, 2015, 2:47 am

        I cant count backwards b/c next month it could be 37 or 39 days for all I know. My saliva test said I had irregular cycles consistent with anovulatory and/or luteal phase deficiency due to low progesterone. So if I do the wait 14 days then take it until I bleed will my period start while taking the cream, or do I have to stop and wait a few days or something like that? I am just ready to fix my hormonal issues!! I am sick to death of dealing with adult hormonal acne!! As I am sure the majority experiencing it are which is why we are asking for help! Does low progesterone cause acne?? I keep hearing its high androgens but mine are normal. Oh, and did you recommend taking double dose of progesterone cream at first or no? Sorry for soooooo many questions, I am just at my wits end here. Thank you for all the help and information you give to people like me on this site, it is greatly appreciated!

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        • Fran July 14, 2015, 2:09 pm

          Just begin using it 14 days into your cycle, and stop as soon as you begin bleeding. However, please book in for a treatment plan so that I can properly help you.

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  • Brittany July 11, 2015, 5:40 pm

    Hi, I am just curious about a few things! I have never really had acne besides a few here and there (mainly before periods) but I took vitex for 4 months hoping to regulate my cycle and reduce pms symptoms. My periods are kind of irregular and can vary 32-42 days usually. I had great results with the vitex and it regulated my cycle fairly quickly and reduced pms… but gave me HORRIBLE cystic acne on my chin/jaw/cheeks. I quit after the 4 months because the acne alone was making me horribly depressed. Fast forward 3 months after quitting it and my skin is still seeming to try and balance itself out, though I still keep getting cluster breakouts on my cheeks (it is far less though now). I did a saliva test about 2 1/2 months after I quit vitex and it showed low progesterone and low estradiol with the ratio being estrogen dominant. My testosterone was slightly under avg at 26pg/ml. Avg for my age was around 33. So, basically I was wondering why did the vitex break me out when it’s supposedly so good for low Progesterone? Also, I just started taking a DIM supplement and am about to start taking a natural progesterone cream. I read that even with low estrogen you can still have bad estrogens circulating and the DIM can help still. Do you think these 2 are a good combination for my hormones? Thank you!!

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    • Fran July 12, 2015, 1:31 am

      Hi Brittany, Some people just don’t take to vitex well, or it could have been the brand. The DIM and natural progesterone cream are both good for you.

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      • Brittany July 12, 2015, 4:20 am

        Ty for the reply! I meant to ask you if you think I should do estrogen as well as progesterone? I know I am estrogen dominant… but both hormones are low and I am only 29.

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        • Fran July 12, 2015, 10:48 pm

          No, when we have enough progesterone it can help to raise our low estrogen levels, so begin with only a progesterone treatment.

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          • Brittany July 13, 2015, 2:53 am

            Thank you!!!

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  • Cheryl July 10, 2015, 7:17 pm

    Hello Fran!
    I am not sure about my progesterone level, they just told me my estradiol and testosterone are low. I can’t stand breaking out anymore, I am 43 and have been off the pill for about 8years now and just this past two years my face has been breaking out around chin and jawline really bad, Cystic acne . Please Help!
    Thank you

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    • Fran July 12, 2015, 1:27 am

      Hi Cheryl, please book in for a treatment plan so that I can help you.

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  • Lauren July 9, 2015, 8:19 pm

    Hi Fran!

    Great information! I do have a couple of questions, if you don’t mind. Background: I have pretty bad adult acne (I’m 27), mostly on my checks,chin, and sometimes on my forehead, that seems to be getting even worse. I have had slightly problematic skin since I was about 18 or 19 but NEVER anything this bad. Right now it is to the point where my cheeks have deep, enflamed, cyclic acne that hurts to touch and is incredibly embarrassing at my age. I have tried every type of skin care line under the sun, from the most harsh, to natural to extremely expensive French lines that boast secret all natural ingredients, and still NOTHING has made it go away. I will have points where it slows down a little, but I haven’t been able to go makeup free in public in at least 5 years.
    I found out from my gyno about a 1 1/2 years ago after several tests (I had been complaining about weight gain, low energy, insomnia, and mass hair loss) that I have hormonal imbalance ( low free testosterone, low total testosterone, low vit D, low Vit B12). My Estrogen & Progesterone were normal when my last test was done (in Feb.) but I was on an estrogen patch and compound progesterone pill. Since the test I stopped the patch and my dr. increased my progesterone dosage. I am currently on Mirena (3 years now), and previously used birth control pills for about 4 years (I had pretty clear skin while on it).
    I have put on at least 20 pounds in the past couple of years despite cleaning up my diet and cutting my alcohol consumption to almost none, I still have insomnia, my hair still falls out more than the average person and my acne is the worst it has ever been.
    My questions are 1. do you think my hormonal issues are to blame for my weight gain, hair issues and acne problems? or could it be my IUD? 2. do you think a supplement like Vitex or EstroBlock would be beneficial for me (are they even safe to use while on progesterone?) 3. do you have any other recommendations? I am so desperate to clear my face that I would try anything!

    Thank you so much for your help!

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    • Fran July 10, 2015, 4:39 pm

      Hi Lauren,

      I feel that your issues are related to your IUD – the Mirena IUD seems to have the most side effects from any type of birth control that I know if, in relation to what I have seen in my clients. It is essential to supplement with potassium, magnesium and DIM for the duration of having it in an attempt to minimise these side effects. But honestly, I recommend getting it out and allowing your body and your reproductive hormonal system to recover.

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  • Anonymous July 8, 2015, 12:31 pm

    Hi. The information you’ve provided about balancing your hormones is so detailed and enlightening, I really wish I knew about this stuff before I went on birth control. I have symptoms of PCOS and saw a gynecologist about the issue last year. She prescribed me Yaz for hormonal imbalance after reviewing my bloodwork… I have no idea exactly which of my hormones were what value, but I distinctly remember she said I didn’t have “true PCOS”. She also mentioned the pill would help clear my skin up and I was easily convinced because several weeks earlier OCM had clogged my pores like crazy and the resulting breakouts pushed me to a point of desperation… I began taking the pill right away.

    Fast-forward one year later, I just finished a course of accutane because the pill made my acne soo much worse. Yaz made me breakout all over my face, including areas like my jawline and chin that were never problematic for me beforehand. I recently realized my acne last year must have mainly been due to clogging and not hormones so much since I didn’t breakout in typical hormonal areas (jawline, chin) prior to birth control. Anyway, I toughed it out for 6 months because most Yaz reviewers said that’s when their skin got super clear. It never did get clear for me, so I saw my old dermatologist and he prescribed me accutane since I’d taken it 3 years before with decent results. Unfortunately for me, my derm told me to stay on the pill during my accutane treatment. The first time I took accutane (in 2012) I never took birth control since I wasn’t sexually active (I’m still not), but because I was already on it this year, he told me stay on it.

    Well, I finished accutane just yesterday, and I’m not taking another birth control pill for the rest of my life starting last night. But… I’m so terrified that coming off Yaz will cause my skin to breakout with hormonal acne and that my whole accutane treatment was for nothing πŸ™ My skin is pretty clear right now but I can still see some clogged pores in some areas of my face and that’s always been the root of my acne. I know my skin well enough to know that my clogged pores have always eventually become inflamed acne. I wish I could book a consultation with you but I’m a student and really can’t afford it. For that reason, if you can give me any advice at all for coming off birth control I would be so, so grateful. Thanks for reading.

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    • Fran July 8, 2015, 10:37 pm

      Hi there, I actually have a consolation type that runs through my protocol for coming off the BCP. You can book in with the booking button in the menu bar at the top of the page πŸ™‚

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      • Anonymous July 9, 2015, 10:41 am

        Oh okay, I might be able to afford that actually. I have a couple questions also. Since I stopped taking the pill already will that affect the protocol? And also, will I need to have certain tests done prior to the appointment (hormone levels and such)?

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        • Fran July 10, 2015, 4:36 pm

          No, we can still do the protocol even though you are off the pill. And you don’t need to get any testing done – I have a good idea what is happening with your hormones as you were on the pill.

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  • Cheryl July 6, 2015, 6:56 pm

    Hello, I just received my blood work back and my testosterone and estradiol are low but my FSH and LH are within range. I have really back hormonal acne. What can I take to balance my hormones so I stop breaking out. Help!

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    • Fran July 6, 2015, 11:41 pm

      Hi Cheryl, did they test your progesterone?

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  • Kate July 6, 2015, 1:50 pm

    Hi sorry for all the questions but I also have folliculitis in my face… I got this after a course of antibiotics so I believ it was due to me having a low immune system. This acne is not caused by a hormonal imbalance, but from fungus getting into the hair follicle. So you know anything about how to treat this? I have been applying metronidazole cream (anti fungal) but it doesn’t help that much. My skin is very bad πŸ™

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    • Fran July 6, 2015, 2:00 pm

      Hi Kate, if it’s folliculitis then it’s inflamed hair follicles and not actually acne – as in there is no acne bacteria.

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  • Carla July 5, 2015, 5:43 pm

    Hi..I was wondering if It’s safe to take vitex while nursing??

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    • Fran July 6, 2015, 1:20 am

      Hi Carla, it is safe to take but it can reduce your milk supply. Use a natural bio-identical progesterone cream instead – as long as your have been breastfeeding for a minimum of 4 weeks.

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  • Kate July 1, 2015, 10:59 pm

    Hi Fran what do you think about accupuncture for hormonal acne? I have pcos type symptoms but haven’t been diagnosed, spironolactone helped my skin but had to be taken off because of side effects. I have very oily / greasy skin and cystic acne. My diet is good and I try to avoid stress etc.

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    • Fran July 6, 2015, 1:09 am

      Hi Kate, acupuncture is great for everything πŸ™‚ BUT for PCOS it’s good to also follow a diet and supplement regime.

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  • Savannah July 1, 2015, 4:26 am

    When looking at the estroblock supplement on amazon, I noticed it said it is a testosterone booster. I feel like I may have androgen sensitivity as well, so I am kind of nervous to take this. What do you think?

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    • Fran July 6, 2015, 1:08 am

      Hi Savannah, If you have high testosterone and low estrogens, I don’t recommend EstroBlock.

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  • Maria June 25, 2015, 11:11 pm

    Hello,

    I stopped taking Yasmin 7 weeks ago. I am currently on 50 mg of Spiro. So far no acne, knock on wood. I also take DIM. Immediately after stopping Yasmin I got my period. 29 days later I got another period for 7 days. Then it stopped for 5 days and now i have another period again – more like heavy spotting. Did dropping the Yasmin cause this or could it be DIM & Spiro? I’m concerned about when i ovulated? I can’t tell b/c of the irregular bleeding. What can I do to regulate my cycle?

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    • Fran June 25, 2015, 11:22 pm

      Hi Maria, when we stop taking the pill our hormones are a bit confused for about 3 months, then the pill takes a full 6 months to be completely out of our system. So it’s likely your hormones are just trying to sort themselves out at this point. It would be good to get off the spiro and use natural methods to bring down your androgen levels (if still needed), but for now I do not feel that it’s causing your irregular cycle, or the DIM.

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      • Maria June 25, 2015, 11:30 pm

        Thanks so much Fran! Your board is sooooo helpful! I don’t think its the Spiro either. My real concern is that I want to use natural birth control method and track my ovulation but its not possible when my period is so irregular. How can I track my ovulation with irregular periods? I’m trying not to get pregnant πŸ˜‰ I tried to monitor my cervical mucuous but it looks like I ovulated both times that I got my period and I know that is not possible.

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        • Anne June 26, 2015, 12:08 am

          Irregular periods and spotting are known side effecst of Spirolactone, especially when you first start taking it. Be careful about using the fertility awareness method of contraception because Spiro causes birth defects. I was on Spiro for 2 years and never had regular periods while on it. Good luck!

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        • Kate June 26, 2015, 12:16 pm

          Hi just chiming in to say that the whole time I was on spiro I had menstrual irregularities, it lists this as a side effect of the medication. It can definitely be from the spiro, many other girls have reported spotting throughout the month or more frequent periods on spiro!

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  • Carla martinez June 23, 2015, 10:37 pm

    Hi I was wondering if It’s possible to get my hormones in balance if I’m breastfeeding? I have had acne since I was 17 yrs old, I’m 28 now, had a baby 4 months ago& my acne is getting so bad… all through out my pregnancy my skin was beautiful but as soon as I gave birth my acne came back!

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    • Fran June 25, 2015, 11:00 pm

      Hi Carla, yes it is possible πŸ™‚ If your skin was good during pregnancy and bad now, I recommend going on a progesterone treatment, it’s the likely hormone that’s the culprit.

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  • barbara27 June 23, 2015, 3:08 pm

    Hi Fran, I was wondering if you have any experience with red raspberry leaf extract and how it would help balance out hormones?
    Thanks for your time

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    • Fran June 25, 2015, 10:37 pm

      Hi Barbara, I don’t have any personal experience but it is an excellent plant to take. It doesn’t seem to work specifically with any hormone but works in a few different ways to strengthen and balance the reproductive hormonal system. It’s good for women with PMS and heavy bleeding and/or clotted blood especially AND it can help to detox out excess hormone residue.

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  • Lani Lebaron June 22, 2015, 5:07 am

    I have been on DIM for 5 months now and my skin has never been better! I am so glad i found your blog. I have a friend who is suffering with hormonal acne and I recommended DIM pro as well as referred her to your page. She was wondering if DIM pro is safe to take with birth control? Or if it will interfere with it.

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    • Fran June 23, 2015, 2:22 am

      Hi Lani, DIM is safe but at a lower dosage, I do not recommend the pro to anyway, especially not when on the BCP.

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  • Ashley June 19, 2015, 5:43 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I’m dealing with what I believe is hormonal acne, and I’m doing everything I can to not go on OCPs because I’m very happy with my Mirena IUD. I’ve been using the oil-cleansing method and I enjoy it, but I still have acne. I am reading through your website, and I’m definitely intrigued by what you have to say. I would be interested in a consultation, but your price is very high for a student like myself who isn’t making an income, so it’s something that I’m seriously debating. What is your success rate? What happens when you get everything balanced and squared away and there’s still acne?

    Thank you,
    Ashley

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    • Fran June 23, 2015, 2:19 am

      Hi Ashley, I have a discounted rate for students, send me an email.. I am determined to make all of my clients clear.. I don’t know of my exact success rate because when clients get clear they forget about me! After you’re clear I work with a maintenance plan which involves weaning off some of the treatments and staying on some.

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  • Victoria B June 16, 2015, 4:46 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I am 25 and have had acne since age 12 (when I first began menstruation). I don’t break out as bad as I once did after switching to natural products and greatly improving my diet (no gluten, sugar or dairy). About 2 months ago I started to take a supplement by AOR called EstroAdapt, which is for detoxing bad estrogens (has DIM in it). My most recent period was absolutely horrible – debilitating cramps on 1st day and severe migraine on the second. Heavy bleeding and gushing. And I developed 2 cysts on my forehead and 1 on my cheek. I have never had cystic acne in my life. Everything was so bad, I am considering calling my doctor and getting on BCP (I have never been on BCP). Do you think these symptoms are caused by the bad estrogen detox? Side note – I do take a liver support supplement. Please help me, I am going back to school in September and don’t want to be having to take 2 days off every month just because of my period. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Fran June 18, 2015, 3:07 pm

      Hi Victoria, I never recommend taking the BCP to clear acne as there is always, always a natural way. I can’t give you the right treatment plan for your unique body without having a full history and chat from you first. Are you able to book in so that I can work with you?

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  • Lily-Rose June 15, 2015, 10:33 am

    Hi Fran,
    Thank you for letting my know that cloggeg pores could also be an internal issue. I’ll keep going with my supplements to help my body achieve balance. Now for the first time since I have stop the pill (I am about to start my third cycle), I got one painful and inflammed pimple cyst like. I am a little bit scared that it will start to break out like this for now on. I use natural oil on my face. Except for last week… A personnI know recommand me to use a AHA BHA lotion to exfoliate my clogged pores telling my it was natural. I started using it last week and now since yesterday I have this uge friend on my chin plus a couple of small pimple. I wonder if it could be the cream or more an Internal thing going on? Also, I will stop the cream, but what can I do to reduce the inflammation and the swelling externally. I actually take supplements : vit B, vitex, estroblock like, Magnesium and calcium, Omegas, probiotics… I am following a lot of what you are saying.

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    • Fran June 15, 2015, 6:35 pm

      Hi Lily-Rose, it’s extremely difficult for me to recommend anything from just a few sentences – I need a full history from you to make a proper recommendation.

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  • Christi June 11, 2015, 1:41 am

    Hello Fran,
    I am currently taking the estrogen detox pills because I had this odd abdominal fat that wouldn’t go away for years no matter what I ate or how much I worked out.. I read an article that sometimes excess estrogen causes fat accumulation in this area.. Anyway, I’ve never really had bad acne, but when I did get some breakouts it was always in the chin, near mouth areas which I know represent the ovaries and hormone related acne.. Both my weight and acne problems are estrogen or cortisol (hormone) related. My question is; since I began the estrogen detox 3 weeks ago I’ve broken out soooo bad on my chin, around the mouth and up the side of the cheeks. It’s not big cystic type acne.. It’s tiny little whiteheads everywhere.. I touch the skin and it feels like Braille. It’s literally hundreds of little bumps.. Is this normal? Will it go away after the 3 month estrogen detox? Is this simply my system getting rid of the excess estrogen? Or should I stop taking the pills? I’m taking 2 pills a day.
    Thank you!!!!!

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    • Fran June 15, 2015, 2:40 am

      Hi Chisti, your weight issues may not be from estrogen so estroblock or DIM may not be the correct treatment for you. This may be why you are getting breakouts by I don’t know without getting a full history from you. Please book in a consultation.

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  • Kimmy Williams June 10, 2015, 8:45 pm

    Hey Fran,

    I have been taking estroblock pro for about 6 months now. I take 1 in the morning and 1 at night. My face has never been more clear but, I seem to still be breaking out just a few bumps every week or so. Im not sure if I should just up my dosage or something. I would love my skin to be 100% clear. I also take a Thorn SAT liver supplement everyday(once a day). I also watch foods that will spike my insolin levels and I also don’t eat wheat or dairy. Please help.

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    • Fran June 15, 2015, 2:38 am

      Hi Kimmy, I can’t give you a proper recommendation without having a full history from you. This will enable to me to get a clear picture of exactly what is going on with your body to create this acne. Book in a consultation and I will have a thorough look and put you on the best treatment plan.

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  • Laurence bideau June 5, 2015, 9:37 pm

    Hello Fran, i am living in Europe and i am strugling with hormonal acne. I would lile to try oestroblock, but i couldn’t find a webdite selling and shipping it to Europe. Do you by chance have any idea how to get it?
    Thank you very much for your help.
    Best regards,
    Laurence

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    • Fran June 6, 2015, 9:19 pm

      Hi Laurence, you can get it from estroblock.co.uk.

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  • Deb June 5, 2015, 8:30 pm

    Is it ok to take estroblock to eliminate bad estrogen and take vitex at the same time since I have premenstrual acne?

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    • Fran June 6, 2015, 9:15 pm

      Hi Deb, yes and that’s a great combination!

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  • anonymous June 4, 2015, 12:27 pm

    I decided to stop taking birth control pills for good. They were causing too many problems and I was sick of it. But in the past when I would stop taking birth control I had horrible withdrawal symptoms. I would dramatically lose weight and would get the most painful zits that would never come to. I take pretty good care of myself and as at a loss. After doing some research I decided to try estroblock. And it has been a miracle. However, after two months of taking it I am having horrible diarrhea. Two to three time a day and almost immediately after I eat. I’ve tried taking probiotocs. But those don’t seem to help and just make me break out in a rash. Have you hear of these side effects with estroblock? Or could this be another issue I need to seek help for?!

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    • Fran June 4, 2015, 5:16 pm

      Hi there, I haven’t heard of this side effect. I recommend that you half the dosage or even stop it temporarily and see if the symptoms pass.

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  • Susie May 29, 2015, 9:19 am

    Hi Fran,

    I tried Hemp seed oil for the first time last week. For the first two days it was amazing and cleared my skin! I am due for my period so I upped the dosage of evening primrose oil and DIM a bit as before my period I usually get one or two pimples. Anyway, now my skin has gotten worse than ever…I have like 10 new pimples, mostly cysts and small little bumps. I don’t understand, I take Dim, liver pills, EPO. It was clearing because of the hemp oil and now its just got worse? I hate that this is happening and I don’t know what else to do. I am about to book a consultation. Please help, Thanks.

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    • Fran May 29, 2015, 6:32 pm

      Hi Susie, Increasing the dosage before bleeding is not going to help the internal issue – in fact it may put stress on your liver and make the problem worse. Too much DIM in particular can make the skin worse. Please do book in a consultation and I will put you on a good treatment plan to get you clear.

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  • Melissa May 27, 2015, 9:21 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I recently began taking vitex at the beginning of my cycle, I just started menstration and I’ve had terrible cramps, sore right breast, terrible acne on cheeks & significant amount of blood clots. I’m debating on whether to stop vitex or continue. I have Hashimoto’s disease and take levothyroxine as well. My husband and I have been trying to concieve and I noticed that I ovulated much earlier this cycle (CD 16) than I’ve done previously (typically CD 23) which increased my luteal phase- I believe Vitex is responsible and I would hate to stop taking it if it will increase my chance of conceiving, but I am fearful that it will affect my thyroid and other hormones negatively and may do more damage than good! We’ve been trying for over 4 years to conceive and I had a miscarriage last year at 8 weeks. I’ve also begun taking additional supplements (prenatal, magnesium, vitamin C, selenium) to help support my thyroid and reproductive health. Any advice would be appreciated.

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    • Fran May 29, 2015, 6:27 pm

      Hi Melissa, Vitex can make PMS worse for the first month or two, this is normal and it will pass. It will in the long term help the health of your reproductive hormonal system and for you to conceive. Just don’t stop taking it when you do get pregnant. Let your doctor or natural therapist know – usually it’s important to continue to take it through the first trimester to help to keep the pregnancy.

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  • Ann May 26, 2015, 9:52 pm

    I’ve been on birth control pills for years because it has been the only thing that is able to control my acne. I’m 39 and would like to go off them. If I have a hormone test done do I need to wait until after stopping the pill? Do you have a recommended period of time I should wait? I’m also considering weaning myself off them for fear my body will react strongly by quitting cold turkey.

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    • Fran May 29, 2015, 6:15 pm

      Hi Ann, I can definitely help you to safely come off the pill and you do not need a hormone test – I can tell what your hormones are doing already. After we come off the pill it takes our body a full 3-6 months for the pill to completely leave our body and for our hormonal system to return to normal (without supplement help) so weaning off is not necessary.

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  • shimla May 25, 2015, 1:53 pm

    Hi Fran
    I have been trying to get rid of acne through changes in diet and exercise. I tried zinc picolinate supplement (also having copper) for 50 days but it did not help my acne, so I quit that. I got my hormones tested this month on day 21 of my 32-day cycle and testosterone, DHEAS, estrogen and progesterone were all in the normal range. Earlier I used to have high testosterone. But I controlled my blood sugar through changes in my diet and androgens became normal. However I still get acne around ovulation as well as just 2-3 before periods. I have tried to raise my progesterone levels by adding 5-MTHF and methylcobalmin. I also ensure that I get enough Vitamin C by consuming two-three lemons in a day. I use saffron also, I could not take magnesium glycinate as it disturbed my sleep. I am also planning to include fish oil and pyridoxal phosphate soon. I do not know if my acne is due to bad estrogens or only low progesterone before periods. Should I take estroblock? If yes, is it to be taken throughout the month?

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    • Fran May 25, 2015, 2:10 pm

      Hi Shimla, EstroBlock may or may not be good for you. Please book in a consolation so I can ask you a few more questions, then get you onto the best treatment plan.

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  • Susan May 24, 2015, 3:07 pm

    Hi Fran,
    do I have to take vitex during menstruation?
    some people say I’d better not to take it during menstruation.

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    • Fran May 24, 2015, 10:58 pm

      Hi Susan, most brands of vitex do require you to take them daily, including during menstruation.

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  • Kathryn May 21, 2015, 8:50 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I’ve been taking estroblock for several months now and it has really helped clear my acne! I noticed that on my last cycle it was really bad around ovulation so I did the sway test and i needed to up my dosage. So, now i do the sway test every few days just to check and see what my body needs. BUT I was wondering if you had heard of anyone have really dark urine while using estroblock? I drink about 40-60oz of water a day regularly and notice that when I up my dosage it seems to be darker. Is this just my body riding itself of the excess hormones? thanks!!

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    • Fran May 22, 2015, 7:10 pm

      Hi Kathryn, yes this is very normal – it’s the detox process, and it will pass.

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    • Emily June 17, 2015, 11:52 pm

      Hi Fran,
      I am 22 years old and have hormonal acne, last summer due to stress and other factors, I broke out horribly. Cystic acne everywhere.. So I went to the derm and was put on birth control and adapalene.. One year later I am almost free of acne! I still have a zit or two and drink plenty of water but I am finally confident on how I look, only problem is I am getting married in a year and want to have the birth control out of my system before then to try to concieve. But I am terrified my acne will be worse then it was when I went pon the pill. I am planning to go off the pill in about a month when my fiancΓ© gets deployed and hoping I can get my post-bc acne under control and a cute before he gets back. He knows I struggle with it but I don’t want acne on my wedding day! I am definately considering consulting with you, but when is the best time? After I get off the pill? And i am on a budget, I want to do the full acne treatment with you guys but have spent so much money failing on products..:( would you be able to help me get off Bc without too much of a breakout??

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      • Fran June 18, 2015, 3:10 pm

        Hi Emily, the protocol is best started roughly three months before coming off the pill, but you can begin it later if that time frame is not possible.

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  • Sarah May 20, 2015, 10:08 am

    Hi Fran,

    I am going overseas in less than two months and wont have access to the internet for 18 months. Please help. I got off the birth control a year ago and my acne wont go away. I take EPC, a form of DIM (Clinicians hormone balance) and Clinicians Liver plus. I eat healthy, drink lemon water every morning, 2L water, omega 3, burdrock, herbal tea. Skin is blotchy, acne is just persistent. It’s not as bad as it used to be but it just wont clear. And yes I get acne worse a week before period and then during my period my skin is always the best. I dont have time to do a hormonal test. What are your suggestions please help.

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    • Fran May 22, 2015, 7:05 pm

      Hi Sarah, Wow where on earth are you going that won’t have Internet for 18 months????? Please book in a consultation before you leave so that I can set you up with a treatment plan.

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  • Cheryl Wheatley May 13, 2015, 2:02 pm

    Hello
    I have had hormonal acne for the past 3 years since getting off birth control. It has gotten 10 times worse. I had blood test done and my estradiol and testosterone came back low but everything else was balanced. Wheat can i take to stop this acne? Please help

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    • Fran May 15, 2015, 3:22 am

      Hi Cheryl, I will need more information from you before I can give you a treatment plan. Book in a consultation and let’s work together πŸ™‚

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  • Katherine May 7, 2015, 3:32 am

    Hi Fran,

    Thank you for your website, I have found it very helpful. I have a question for you (as does everyone else on here, hehe). πŸ™‚ I am thinking of booking a consult with you but had a few questions first. I had a hormone saliva test done about 7 weeks ago with a Natrapath doctor and she used ZRT labs (which I have used several times in the past). My results came back slightly low progesterone, slightly low estrogen, normal dhea, but very low testosterone. I was also having muscle weakness/pain. I started taking a low dose of dhea for two weeks.. which greatly helped my muscle fatigue, but then caused cystic acne to show up. I immediately got off the dhea, and started taking Royal Jelly instead because I read it had natural small levels of testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. That has also been greatly helping my muscle pain/fatigue. But now I’m still getting the cysts on my chin. I had another one come up this afternoon and it is very painful. Oh, I have also been taking Vitex since December with great results to raise my progesterone as it tested very low last fall when I had another saliva test done. Anyway…

    My question is… is the cystic acne always hormonal? I’m a tad worried because when I was 15 I had to have facial surgery done because of the severe cysts I had then. I’m tempted to get back on BC pills for a short time, because my skin was so beautiful whenever I took that. I’m 35 now, and am not on the Pill but I’m getting very VERY tempted! It doesn’t solve any problems but I can’t deal with these cysts again! No more acne scars pleeeease….HELP!
    Thank you!

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    • Fran May 7, 2015, 10:11 pm

      Hi Katherine, Yes, both DHEA and testosterone supplements often do that. I don’t actually recommend taking any androgen supplements, usually when we work on our progesterone levels it can help the body to raise androgens naturally. Please do not get on the BCP, I can help you to get clear without having to do that.

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  • Jen May 6, 2015, 12:55 am

    Hi there,
    I heard great things about olive oil extract and I was wondering if you would recommend taking a supplement like olive oil extract for acne.

    Jen

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    • Fran May 7, 2015, 10:10 pm

      Hi Jen, olive leaf extract is an excellent supplement but it’s not specifically for acne.

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  • Stef May 6, 2015, 12:53 am

    Hi,
    through testing I recently found out I have hormone imbalances and I started to take Vitex to raise my hormone levels and I was wondering how long does it take for your hormones to start balancing? or for you to start noticing a difference in your skin?
    Thank you!

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    • Fran May 7, 2015, 10:09 pm

      Hi Stef, I’m assuming you were low in progesterone or estrogen dominant that’s why you’re taking vitex? Vitex if it’s a good brand will take 2-4 months to kick in. Everything could get worse in the first 2 months but stick with it.

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  • Amanda May 2, 2015, 4:01 pm

    How do I know if estroblock will help my skin? Mild acne but thinking about going on the pill again. I atleast had clear skin while on the pill. However when I came off before my skin got very bad at first. I know that wil happen again when I get ready to conceive.

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    • Fran May 4, 2015, 3:58 pm

      Hi Amanda, I don’t recommend going on the BCP to get clear skin, there are always way to clear without using it!

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  • Sandy April 23, 2015, 1:15 pm

    What kind of hormonal imbalance it can be, if skin has many clogged pores, but not very big pimples, sandpaper-like, oily but a bit dry at the same time, The weirdest thing is that some of the pores unlog themselves and leave little balls on the surface as funny as it sounds. But the whole face is covered with clogged and unlogged pores plus some whiteheads. It is not so bad though, like few years ago if I stopped BCP. But after 2 years of eating healthy(last 6 months mostly low GI), eating estroblock, omega3, vitex and some more…it does not want to clear totally. I purchased your latest book, but I already mostly eat like this. I also have done consultationΒ΄with like 1,5 year ago.. and I want to do new hormone test to see how Im going.. I wish me luck to get totally clear πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

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    • Fran April 27, 2015, 1:23 am

      Hi Sandy,

      From my experience, clogged pores just mean a hormonal imbalance or toxic liver – it never indicates exactly what type of imbalance you have.. the hormone test that you’re doing is great, it will tell you what’s going on.

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  • Lynn April 21, 2015, 11:44 am

    I am desperate. I am. 36 year old mother of two 8 and 9 now they are). I have had the copper IUD in for 8 years now. As a young child I was put on a series of antibiotics for ear infections..I was never breast fed and point on more antibiotics for teen acne-even accutane. All my life off and on I have maintained my acne with the pill and when it got so bad got an antibiotic. I was always torn. I eat organic and am an herbalist and buyer at a natural food store. The past year in a half I have suffered as I refuse to take the pill or an antibiotic. Though I stil have iud in but I cam take it out if it would help…I have tried everything! !!!! I cut out sugar, gluten, dairy, alcohol…cooled my pita….I even succumbed to a chemical peel…I take fremented cod liver oil, collagen and gelatin…chase tree…wash my face witj manuka..put on pearl powder..but my skin is raging. I am depressed and isolated. I want to be happy and confident for my children and I am embaressed in my line of work. I exercise, eat amazing…do yoga..take great supplements…but can not get better. Please help..tell me where to go what to do..desperate.

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    • Fran April 22, 2015, 7:41 pm

      Hi Lynn, I recommend getting a hair mineral test to check your copper levels. Also take EstroBlock (copper and estrogen can raise each other). But please book in a consultation if you can so that I can take a proper look.

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  • vanessa April 21, 2015, 4:59 am

    Jen,
    I’m on my second Merina IUD and haven’t had a period since I had the first one in place. I recently had my hormones checked via saliva test, and my estrogen was 400+ and my progesterone was so low it didn’t register. I wonder if it is due to my IUD? Anyway, I was prescribed 1 ml compounding progesterone cream. I’ve been in a better mood but my chin/jaw stays broken out with acne. Do you think you can help me?

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    • Fran April 22, 2015, 7:39 pm

      Hi Vanessa, When we have a mirena IUD or are on the BCP, it suppresses our natural progesterone, so your results were normal. I don’t see the point in trying to put more progesterone back in again if this is how the mirena works.

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  • Danielle April 20, 2015, 10:58 pm

    Hi Fran,

    A quick question for you – do you have any ideas on why I break out right at the end of my period and into that next week? Seems backwards to most folks. Any thoughts on what could be setting me off?
    Thanks so much!

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    • Fran April 22, 2015, 7:38 pm

      Hi Danielle, As women we have several hormones that are up and down every day throughout the month – so it could be a few different things.

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  • selena April 15, 2015, 1:43 am

    Hi
    I went thru a hysterectomy about 6 months ago I will be the first I am horrible on remembering to take my pill. Now the past month I have had added stress and have found my face braking out bad. Any suggestions

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    • Fran April 18, 2015, 11:01 pm

      Hi Selena, I’m sorry to hear that you’re dealing with acne. Unfortunately I can’t give you a treatment suggestion without getting a full history from you. Book in a consultation and let’s work together to get you clear πŸ™‚

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  • Jen April 9, 2015, 9:13 pm

    are migraines /acne ovulation caused by too high levels of estrogen? Trying to see if dim would work for me or not

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    • Fran April 13, 2015, 2:26 pm

      Hi Jen, they can be but they can also be caused by copper toxicity and blood stagnation or blood deficiency which is more common.

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  • Maria April 8, 2015, 12:21 pm

    Hello, I am 36 years old and currently on birth control pills since I’m 19 and recently started taking Spiro for hormonal cystic acne. I am not ready to stop right now but already stressing out about the day I have to stop if I want to conceive. The thought of having really bad rebound acne is devastating me. Do you help women in this situation? I’m trying to think ahead so I can calm my anxiety. I’m not sure if any of the stuff mentioned on this website is recommended for women trying to conceive to take/do. Please help calm my anxiety.

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    • Fran April 9, 2015, 1:25 am

      Hi Maria,

      Don’t stress! Yes I have helped many, many women to come safety off the pill, in fact that’s one thing that I specialise in πŸ™‚

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  • Jenny April 7, 2015, 9:34 am

    Hi Fran
    Is it safe (okay) to take Estroblock and apply natural progesterone cream at the same time? (I’m also going to take Liver supplements as well)
    Or will they eventurally mess up my hormones even worse?
    In my theory, progesterone cream will help me produce good estrogen, and Estroblock will help me reduce bad estrogen. But, I might be wrong.
    I’m 29 female with hormonal acne around my mouth, chin and neck. My menstrual cycle is faily normal but heavy, and have very lumpy breasts before periods.

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    • Fran April 7, 2015, 2:00 pm

      Hi Jenny,

      Yes, Estroblock and natural bio-identical progesterone creams are safe to take together. BUT it depends on where your hormones are at and if you actually even need either one.

      The main job of progesterone is not to produce estrogen, it is to produce progesterone.

      Please book in a consultation so that I can get you on the correct treatment plan.

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  • Amber April 7, 2015, 5:05 am

    Hi Fran.
    I am 27 years old and have been dealing with acne since I was 15. I recently visited a health consultant and I have my hormones tested. The test said I was “premenopausal”, even though I am still young because my progesterone is so low, it was only around 18. My estrogen was also low. I have been on a progesterone cream for a few months which has a little estrogen in it and I have not seen any improvement. Infact, it’s been worse this past month. I am going to switch to a different cream for this month. My main question for you, would you recommend the Vitex for me even though I am only 27.

    Thanks,
    Amber

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    • Fran April 7, 2015, 1:59 pm

      Hi Amber,

      Actually we’re all premenopausal until we reach peri-meopause, which means the years leading up to menopause. At 27 premenopause is normal. I highly encourage you to book in a consultation so that I can get you on a proper treatment plan.. I don’t want to recommend supplements with you without looking at your lab report and having a full conversation with you.

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  • kate April 6, 2015, 12:05 am

    i appreciate you answering so many of my questions- you are truly a life saver. i got my vitex and a separate prenatal multivitamin that basically has all the essential things- i’ve been reading about the importance of the B vitamins, (esp. b6 and b12..i’m definitely needing those because of the candida issue). the prenatal only has 3.5mg of b6 and 12 mg of b12.. is that enough? sounds like a small amount. in a few months if the acne doesn’t get better, i guess i will resort to birth control although i’ve rejected it for so long. yasmin sounds good for acne, do you have any thoughts on yasmin?

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    • Fran April 6, 2015, 1:32 am

      Hi Kate, I do not recommend any birth control pills for a treatment for acne. I wish you could book in a consultation, I’m positive I can clear your acne.

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  • Jen April 5, 2015, 12:59 am

    Is progesterone produced at all during the first half of the menstrual cycle? i have absolutely no libido during this time and this never used to be a problem before candida. Is the no libido caused by low progesterone or by bad estrogens in the body? In which case I should probably take dim

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    • Fran April 5, 2015, 8:47 pm

      Hi Jen, Yes, but in very small amounts. As women we have MANY different hormones that shift and change all throughout the month. Your low libido can be caused by a number of different things. I recommend getting a hormone test done first instead of guessing.

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  • Kate March 31, 2015, 5:31 pm

    Also I have never been on birth control- I got the candida from rounds of antibiotics. I’m not sure at this point if the acne is caused by bad estrogens in my body or from low progesterone. Thank you so much

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  • Kate March 31, 2015, 5:28 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I have been having bad hormonal acne starting from the middle of my cycle and continues for 2 weeks and then it stops- I haven’t gotten my period in 2 months. I definitely had candida but was able to get rid of it with antifungals/biofilm disrupters. I believe I have estrogen dominance/ low progesterone and I just ordered vitex with the hopes it will resolve the issue. However when i was reading this , you mention that if you have no libido during this time, estrogen excess instead of low progesterone could be the problem . I have absolutely lost my libido during this time. During this time I also have extreme PMS Symptoms- crying, sad, etc… I was excited to start the vitex but maybe low progesterone is not the problem- maybe it is just too much estrogen. In this case I guess DIM would be better? I do not get swollen breasts or headaches- just low libido (pretty much all the time, ACNE for week or 2 before my “no period” , and very sad and insomnia.) I’m prayin vitex is the answer for me . I thought getting rid of the candida would solve the hormonal aspect of this but it hasn’t. I have watched my skin get worse and worse with each month

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    • Fran April 3, 2015, 1:47 am

      Hi Kate,

      Please book in a consultation so that I can work with you to clear your acne and get your cycles back. I want to put you on a proper treatment plan.

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  • Tiffany March 26, 2015, 7:18 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I’m going through a really bad breakout that I know is stress related. Went to the docs found out I was dealing with stress/anxiety couple weeks later I broke out then it looked as though it was healing but then I stressed out again and things got worse would Estroblock work for that issue? DIM by natures way is that one good too it’s available nearby,Also I can usually get my skin pretty clear (with benzoyl peroxide but stopped that 4wks ago) and around my periods I do get a few pimples.

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    • Fran March 29, 2015, 3:17 pm

      Hi Tiffany,

      I can’t tell exactly what imbalances you have without having a proper conversation with you, but what I can say is that EstroBlock does not help with stress induced acne. Its likely that you have another hormonal imbalance possibly caused by an adrenal issue, but as I said I would not to talk with you first. Please book in a consultation so that we can put you on the correct treatment plan.

      As a side note, nature way DIM is not a product that I recommend.

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      • Jo April 21, 2015, 7:05 pm

        Hi Fran, can I ask you why you don’t recommend Nature’s Way Dim-Plus? I’ve been looking at both that and the Estroblock and I’m failing to see how they are different. Thanks in advance for your response!

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        • Fran April 22, 2015, 7:43 pm

          Hi Jo, I have numerous clients that have tried Nature’s Way DIM with not where near the same results as EstroBlock. Personally I find their products to be of low quality in general. Also the mg amount is not equal, nor derived in the same manner.

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  • Claire March 24, 2015, 4:57 am

    Hell Fran! I am a female with high levels of androgen. I have heard about zinc and how it can do good for the skin, also you mentioned it too, so now I am more tempted to get me some zinc. What are other ways I can lower my androgen levels???

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    • Fran March 29, 2015, 3:09 pm

      Hi Claire,

      Zinc is good to take IF you are deficient. It’s better to get a test done first to check in if you actually need it. Taking zinc when you are not deficient can put your zinc-copper ratio out.

      The best way to lower androgens is to follow a low sugar and carbohydrate, preferably paleo, diet.

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  • Alicia March 20, 2015, 5:24 pm

    Hi Fran,
    Thank you for your advice regarding hormonal acne. I am 29 and have had acne/PMS/heavy menstruation (I was diagnosed with anemia at one point) practically ever since I started menstruating (PMS/heavy periods since 11 years old, acne since around 14 years old). I tend to have acne all the time, except for when I am on my period. Due to the combination of symptoms, I suspect that I have estrogen dominance. I started taking vitex 3 months ago; however, I haven’t seen much of a change in my symptoms. I continue to get acne except when I am on my period, and it gets especially bad the week before my period. Should I continue with vitex? What else can I do??
    Thank you,
    Alicia

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    • Fran March 23, 2015, 4:54 pm

      Hi Alicia,

      I’m sorry that you have had acne for so long. I can’t recommend a treatment plan without having a full consultation with you. Are you able to book in? I’d love to help you.

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  • Star March 18, 2015, 1:27 am

    I am really hoping you can help.. I have Pcos and endometriosis. I recently got a hormone test and it showed that I have adrenal fatigue (cortisol under 5 and flat) low progesterone at like 80 and I’m 25 and no children. I also was estrogen dominant but normal testosterone and dht. I saw a holistic doctor but she hasn’t gotten back to me on a write up. My skin is freaking out in a serious way and I am losing hope. Would estroblock be ideal for me?

    Reply
    • Fran March 19, 2015, 2:13 am

      Hi Star,

      EstroBlock will help but you need to be on a bunch of supplements, and a diet and lifestyle program will help immensely. There’s a lot you can do.

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  • Selena March 15, 2015, 8:21 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I have been taking one Estroblock in the morning and one at night for the past 6 weeks. It helped me get a period for the first time in 4 months and has a done a great job at preventing cystic acne from developing. I do however continue to get lots of smaller breakouts on my cheeks. 1 week ago I decided to increase to 3 and then to 4 a few days after that. Suddenly I go a massive breakout of bumps in the center of my forehead. I never break out there and according to chinese face mapping, the breakout was all along my liver, gall bladder areas. I already take 2 Health Force liver supports twice daily, as well as MSM, vitamin C and zinc. Did I increase too fast? I backed down to 3 today. Should I increase liver support?

    Thanks so much for your wisdom!
    Cheers,
    Selena

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    • Fran March 19, 2015, 2:12 am

      Hi Selena,

      Taking more estroblock is never the answer, in fact it can cause worse acne. You need to stick with the correct amount (not too little and not too much). If EstroBlock is not clearing your your acne completely then it’s likely another internal issue that needs to be addressed in addition to the estrogenic component.

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  • Kate March 10, 2015, 1:16 pm

    Hi Fran
    How should you go about treating candida? What are the best herbs to take and for how long? Can I eat carrots, squash, blueberries on a candida diet?

    Reply
    • Fran March 10, 2015, 11:44 pm

      Hi Kate,

      That’s too long an answer for a reply in the comments! Book in a consultation and we can discuss it πŸ™‚

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  • Abby March 10, 2015, 12:10 am

    Hi Fran
    I am going to book in with you for the full consult in the special offer but would like to have all test results back prior to this.
    I can’t see a full list of hormones which you would require to be tested. Could you please advise? I would like to cover all bases… Would you also require liver/kidney function tests?
    Many thanks in advance

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    • Fran March 10, 2015, 11:43 pm

      Hi Abby,

      Get your progesterone, estradiol and testosterone tested at a minimum. If you can get your DHEAS and DHT tested too then that’s even better.

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  • Ana March 4, 2015, 3:00 pm

    Hi!
    I have been using DIM for 3 weeks now. The brand is Nutri Advanced and it’s 100mg per capsule of which I take one per day with my lunch. Some days ago I started to get small red welts on my skin and they are spreading all over my body, I have them in arms, legs, inner thigh, back, basically everywhere except in my face (luckily!). I will visit a dermatologist but, do you know if this can be a side effect of DIM? And also if it might be something temporary and it will eventually stop if I keep taking it or should I just stop?

    Many thanks in advance for your help!!

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    • Fran March 4, 2015, 6:34 pm

      Hi Ana,

      If it’s from the DIM it’s either an allergic reaction or you have a very stressed liver that can’t handle it. I recommend that you stop taking it for now. Check in with the sway kineseology test and try again in the future after doing a little liver support work.

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  • Asma March 3, 2015, 8:27 am

    Hello!
    I have PCOS and im thin. Im on the pill yasmine 28 and im getting married in 3 months. So my questions are. Is it safe to take estroblock and birth control? If i stop taking birth control and continue with estroblock, will it make me break out or will estrblock balance my hormones? And if i want to conceive will estroblock interfere or it will only help with the hormones? Does estroblock help acne on the back and chest ? Thanks

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    • Fran March 3, 2015, 7:25 pm

      Hi Asma,

      Yes it is safe, in fact recommended. Just take 1 regular strength per day. I recommend that you hold off on coming off the BCP until after your wedding.

      The protocol for coming off the pill includes more than just estroblock. Please book in a consultation so that we can get you on a coming off the pill plan.

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      • Asma March 3, 2015, 7:29 pm

        I live in sweden and i want to ship estroblock. Do u think other supplements will be found here?

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        • Fran March 4, 2015, 6:32 pm

          Hi Asma,

          Yes I’m sure you have good options there or you can get them shipped in.

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          • Asma March 5, 2015, 6:39 am

            Ill book you soon then!
            If i start taking estroblock now will i break out? Or will i get clear skin?

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            • Sahar March 19, 2015, 12:50 pm

              Hey fran!
              you still haven’t answered my question. If i start taking estroblock now will it help me get full clear skin while im still on my birth control? Or will it break me out , which i dont want at all. Plz answer me.

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              • Fran March 19, 2015, 3:42 pm

                Sorry Sahar, I must have missed your question. Estroblock always helps while on the BCP.

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                • Asma March 19, 2015, 3:44 pm

                  I will purchase the product and start taking it. How long will it take to see the results?

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                  • Fran March 19, 2015, 3:55 pm

                    It depends on your unique condition, I won’t be able to say without having a proper conversation with you.

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  • Alice March 3, 2015, 12:22 am

    Dear Fran,

    Thank you so much for all the valuable information and the holistic approach. Your site is a treasure!

    A quick question about insulin spikes:
    “After its peak, our blood sugar then drops to too low, causing insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) to be released to counteract hypoglycemia. When this IGF-1 is released, it raises our levels of androgens and causes excess-androgen symptoms, such as acne.”
    So the problem is in hypoglycemia rather than the spikes per se? Does it imply that when I’m starving – which happens quite often, I’m not a big fan of food and always have smth better to do – I am doing the same thing to myself???? Or there has to be a spike before?
    I have PCOS and I follow most guidelines.

    (I know, sounds a bit crazy, but it’s how it is and has always been… 170 cm, 50kg (now 55 and very proud of myself). It’s not an eating disorder though, I like food, I just hate wasting time on cooking and eating and take away stuff is not healthy. And food makes me sleepy…)

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    • Fran March 3, 2015, 7:21 pm

      Hi Alice,

      Yes, within the hypoglycaemic reaction our testosterone levels can rise. A hypoglycaemic reaction often occurs after a sugar spike, but yes do make sure that you’re eating ever 3 hours or so to prevent hypoglycaemia also. If food makes you sleepy make sure that you’re snacking on healthier non-sleeping options πŸ™‚ Like a handful of nuts, chopped veggies and nut butter, veggie juice, etc.

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      • Alice March 5, 2015, 1:55 am

        Thank you so much!

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  • kim March 2, 2015, 7:12 am

    im 22 years old and ive got saggy boobs after my pregnancy. i would like to consume estrogen to enhance it. is it too young?

    Reply
    • Fran March 2, 2015, 5:39 pm

      Hi kim, I’m sorry, I only specialise in acne!

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  • nalika27 February 25, 2015, 2:02 pm

    Hi Fran, I just have a quick question. So my skin can be clear for long periods of time, during this time I usually decrease the amount of Estroblock I take, because I want to stop taking it. But then a get like a flare of pimples. It seems like it comes and goes in waves. Can you explain this to me, how come it is possible to have completely clear skin and then all of a sudden, not even related to my cycle, a get a breakout. I know that people say that all sorts of thing contribute to acne, but I really am afraid that these breakouts wouldn’t stop and will continue and it is really stressing me out. What can I do to completely eliminate them? I am already taking estroblock, calcium glucarate and MSM. I had really high estrogen levels, that is under control now, just these random breakouts that are annoying me….Any advice?

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    • Fran March 2, 2015, 5:33 pm

      Hi Nalika,

      The reason is because you’re relying on taking estroblock which is helping, but not completely addressing the root cause. You need to know why you’re getting this estrogen imbalance in the first place, then work with it at that level. It could be that another hormone is imbalanced, or it could be another area of the body that needs some attention (such as the liver, adrenals, etc).

      I always recommend that acne be address holistically – factoring in a full program of supplement, diet and lifestyle changes.

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  • Socha February 25, 2015, 9:53 am

    Dear Fran,

    Thanks a lot for your quick answer! I just got your book, so I will read it and apply some of your advice. My breakouts really aren’t severe, I can live with it but it would be nice to have completely clear skin again πŸ™‚ I will book an appointment if I feel I need some extra advice.

    Thanks a lot!
    Socha

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  • socha February 23, 2015, 7:43 pm

    Hi!
    Thank you for the great article, very informative!
    I’ve never really suffered from acne (just a few spots during puberty that quickly went away). I took the pill (yasmin & yaz) for 4 years and stopped exactly a year ago. I had the clearest skin ever under the pill (as I believe it had an anti-androgenic action), I was fine for about 3 months after stopping and then things got really bad:

    I broke out on my back, chest and face (mainly lower cheeks, chin, jawline and neck)… I knew the pill probably put my hormones out of balance and that I had to be patient, that eventually things would get back to normal.
    I read a lot of articles on hormonal acne on the internet. I’ve been taking zinc, omega 3, vitamin D and a good multivitamin. I drink a lot of water and green tea, hardly any coffee, eat a lot of fruits, vegetables and healthy fats, hardly any sugar. I sleep well and exercise regularly (mainly yoga and some running), I don’t feel stress, I’m generally happy and have a healthy love relationship.

    So my skin did improve a lot in a year but it’s never been completely clear again. I always have at least 1-3 breakouts on my jaw line, near my chin or on my neck (and sometimes a few painful ones on my back). The ones on the lower part of my face and neck are usually small and white-ish looking.

    I don’t know what to do to get rid of these last ones that keep coming back? Can you help me?

    Thanks
    Socha

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    • Socha February 24, 2015, 6:41 pm

      ps. I’m 25. And also my skin care routine consists of: removing makeup with micellar water/sometimes with an oil based makeup remover if my skin is dry, washing with a mild soap free cleanser and the clinic sonic brush (30” only at night), I sometimes apply an alcohol free hydrating/calming toner with hyaluronic acid (from kiehls), then a retinol cream (redermic from laroche posay with 0.1% retinol) which has helped a lot with diminishing the breakouts and how long they last. If my skin is dry I will apply a hydrating serum or a cream in top (I try to look for non comedogenic products and avoid silicones and mineral oils).

      In the morning I just rince with warm water then cold water, I apply an “anti-blemish” serum with salicylic acid (but low concentration), then some cream or more hydrating serum on the dry parts.

      I wear makeup almost everyday: a good quality foundation with spf 25 and a lose powder (with spf 20). I make sure to remove it all well before going to bed, but could this still cause breakouts?

      Sorry about writing so much… and thanks in advance for your help!

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    • Fran February 24, 2015, 7:13 pm

      Hi Socha,

      Breaking out after the pill is very normal – your hormones are rebalancing themselves. I recommend a supplementation protocol for helping to boost your hormones back into balance. These include fertilityblend, high dose of daily vitamin C, estroblock and optionally a liver support, and a probiotic if you had a lot of yeast infections. The protocol is in my latest ebook or you can book in a consultation and we can discuss it.

      Reply
  • Stef February 21, 2015, 10:42 pm

    Hi,
    I plan on taking the Female Saliva Profile test (testing Estradiol, Progesterone, Testosterone, DHEA-S, cortisol) 4 times a day for one day and I was wondering if you knew the best times of the day to take the saliva test.
    Thanks!

    Stef

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    • Fran February 24, 2015, 7:09 pm

      Hi Stef,

      Call the company that does the testing, best to ask them directly πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Melanie February 21, 2015, 6:29 pm

    I suffered from adult onset acne on & off since my early 30s. Tetracycline cleared it up for awhile but eventually the deep, huge cystic ance along my chin, corners of my mouth & jawline returned. Always around the 8-10th day after getting my period i could expect one or two of these huge painful cysts to develop, either on one side of mt mouth/chin or the other. Theyd get as big as peas & take 10-14 days to go away. I discovered DIM six months ago & simply cannot believe the change. I no longer get these cysts and if i do get an odd one, it is far smaller and goes away much sooner. I take one DIM a day but up it to two pills as soon as my period comes for a week. This has been an absolute miracle product for me.

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    • Fran February 24, 2015, 7:08 pm

      That’s awesome to hear Melanie!

      Reply
  • Kayse February 21, 2015, 12:16 am

    Hi,
    I am 25 years old and I have been battling for almost 7 years with heavy periods (to the point where I can’t leave the bathroom) and tons of pain lots of acne where no face washes help. Doesn’t matter what I do :(. Doctors thought it was endometriosis had scans and surgery and no one can find it. Been doing a lot of research and going to see if this is what is going on with me. I would like to know and be able to correct it. Thank you for the information and any more information would be fabulous :).

    Sincerely
    Kayse

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    • Fran February 21, 2015, 12:35 am

      Hi Kayse,

      Before you do anything I recommend that you get a saliva hormone test done to see where your estrogen and progesterone levels are at. Then book in a consultation and we can get you back into balance. Let’s get you having lighter cycles as well as no longer having to deal with the acne.

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  • jenna February 17, 2015, 2:31 pm

    hi fran,

    after 1.5 months of tinkering with a combination of estroblock, a milk thistle combination supplement, zinc, and omega 369 (as well as jojoba oil and pure aloe in my daily skin care routine) it seems the hormonal cystic acne on my chin is finally clearing up. i can still kind of feel some bumpiness under the skin in two spots where iΒ΄d always get deep hormonal cysts on either sideof my chin, but you cant visibly see it – its not raised, and it feels quite small when i touch it.. doesnΒ΄t hurt or feel active at all.

    are these just dormant cysts waiting to erupt or is this part of the healing process?

    also i still have pink marks (like post acne marks) on both sides of my chin where id get the alternating cysts throughout my cycle. iΒ΄ve been using aloe on it as often as possible, but it doesnΒ΄t seem to be going away.

    is this permanent? any advice? the pink marks are a lot better than huge painful cysts, but it still looks a little inflamed and id like to get all the way clear.

    thanks for any thoughts you have on this!!

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    • Fran February 17, 2015, 3:53 pm

      Hi Jenna, this is either damaged pores from where the acne was or clogged pores. Exfoliate regularly and take MSM internally and it should help. Both the exfoliation and MSM will also help the hyperpigmentation marks (the pink/redness in the skin).

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  • Missy February 11, 2015, 7:13 pm

    Hi Fran,
    Firstly – LOVE your site. It has really enlightened me on so many reasons my skin may be the way it is. After looking all over your site I’ve come to realize that I probably have PCOS and possibly some other over looked issues.

    The reason I believe I have PCOS is because I have suffered from chronic ovarian cysts since I was 15! I am now 27. My acne, however, started a couple of years before that when I was 13. So my beautiful skin has been covered by awful acne for 14 years! I used to think it would go away before my twenties but no.

    Anyway, all through my teens I tried so many different, terrible things. .. pro active, monocycline, doxycycline, millions of creams and treatments. Never Accutane. And I tried different types of birth control at different ages, but all of the pills with estrogen made me terribly sick and I think worsened the acne. I tried one without our with very low estrogen and stopped it. I’m an all natural kind of girl.

    When I was 23 I did a three month liver and kidney flush detox and following that I took gluten and wheat out of my diet completely which eventually cleared up a lot of cystic acne, but i still had acne. Shortly after that i stopped eating meat for personal and spiritual reasons. That also helped clear some of my skin but there was still enough acne on my face to make me less happy than i should have been. Shortly after that i completely cut dairy from my diet. That made a huge difference and i feel great!

    BUT – I’m still getting acne. Not as bad, but I am. I drink water, eat completely organic. Dark greens, Lots Of veggies, fruits, nuts lentils and chickpeas. I try to be aware of my Candida levels. I take a prenatal vitamin everyday just for the nutrients and i consume hemp seed oil and cleanse and moisturize with it. I drink dandelion root tea, use lavender oil on my skin as well and use organic cotton tampons.

    STILL getting acne. STILL getting ovarian cysts. And I’ve realized that at this point i seen to be breaking out the most right before i start bleeding.

    I’m not able to take the test right now. But I’m getting married in seven months and I’m really trying to make my skin perfect for that time and forever. Luckily my skin has always been much much better in the warmer months.

    Anyway, i believe I should take the estroblock and perhaps something for my progesterone levels. Please let me know if you agree that that is how i should begin and any other feedback.

    Looking forward to hearing what you think!

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    • Fran February 12, 2015, 3:34 pm

      Hi Missy,

      I recommend that you save up for that saliva hormone test and get it done first. Otherwise you’re just guessing what hormones are imbalanced. It helps in the long term to know – otherwise you may be wasting money on the wrong supplements.

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  • Gen February 11, 2015, 3:36 pm

    Hi Fran,

    Have you heard of inositol for raising progesterone? A lot of the PCOS websites praise inositol for many of its abilities (raising low progesterone, lowering testosterone, helping insulin issues, etc.) I belive I have low progesterone, (a saliva test showed that my cortisol was very high- I have been going through a lot of stress.) Aside from the hormonal aspect of acne- I feel that I get acne from eating foods high in histamine. I try to avoid these foods as much as possible but the pesky little white heads on my chin just come non stop. This all started after I finished a round of 30 days of antibiotics (which I regret taking very very much.) I took the antibiotics for the month of September and I belive I was left with candida – I was SO exhausted. I did a candida diet and took probiotics and felt SO much better (I believe the probiotics helped me a lot.) however, I’m still left with this histamine-causing-acne issue. A lot of the healthy foods that (I belive ) help my hormones- green tea, avocado, spinach, nuts etc I can’t eat because they’re high in histamine. Any help? I feel like I can’t escape this histamine issue and I believe it all started because of the antibiotics

    Reply
    • Fran February 12, 2015, 3:25 pm

      Hi Gen,

      Please book in a consultation and we’ll have a deeper look into your history and what the possible root cause is of your acne. For instance, do you actually have PCOS? What are you doing for your adrenal health? Were you tested as low progesterone? etc.

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  • Katie February 10, 2015, 8:37 pm

    Same situation as someone below, 33 year old, 1, 4 year old son, removed IUD for over a year. Currently not on any Birth control, It hasn’t been until last few months that I’ve desperately tried to find a solution to this acne cystic problem I’m having. I have added drinking warm water with lemon as soon as I get up in the morning, and this is what my supplements consist of:

    2 DIM pills in the am and 2 at night. 1 Omega in the am, 1 at night, 1 Evening Primrose 1, 300 in the am and one 1 at night. 1 Vitamin C, 1,000 in the morning, Evening 1 Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc. 1 Multivitamin. Progesterone cream from the 12-26 day of my cycle applied. Recently I’ve tried cutting back on the DIM to 1 in the morning 1 in the afternoon and I didn’t sleep all night, for the two nights when I cut back on it. I take a pro-biotic each day. I drink chia seed and ground flax seed. I really try my best to eat as healthy as I can. And I’m at a point I don’t know what to do anymore. Other than made a appointment to see a dermatologist and see if he can prescribed me retinol. Which I’m skeptical about because of the sensitivity of the skin I’ve heard after using retinol.

    My facial soap is Grandma soap, all natural ingredients for acne prone skin, I’ve been using this for over two months now, my toner is, a combination i prepared of witch hazel, apple vinegar cider, tea tree oil, water and vitamin E, and I moisturize with jojoba oil. I also recently opted for a lymph massage. I exercise at least 6 days a week for an hour daily.

    Last time I had my hormones tested, Dr. indicated my estrogen level was way too high and he suggested his own brand of DIM which was causing me some PMS symptoms as headache and such so I went to my natural health food store and they suggested another brand which has been doing fine.

    With all this said, for some strange reason the right side of my face has cleared somewhat and my left side of my face has broken out more than ever before.

    Also it wasn’t till last week that i started using the primrose oil again, but i am noticing when i take it in the evenings, I am getting up at 2-3 in the morning to the bathroom to pee. I’ve also started taken the cinnamon tea after dinner and when possible after each meal if not a ginger and lemon tea. But I am not seeing any improvements with the acne. I know something is working because my mood swings before my period are not as severe and I have been sleeping much better.

    Any suggestions or anything i maybe missing would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Fran February 12, 2015, 3:23 pm

      Hi Katie,

      I recommend at this point that you get some testing done. You are doing a lot and it seems to be mostly guess work. I highly recommend both a hair mineral test and hormone saliva test. Get both of these done then book in a consultation.

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      • Katie February 20, 2015, 9:07 pm

        Fran, thank you for your response. I went back to the doctor. My insurance does not cover neither of the test and said they cost about $3,000 to start. I do not have that type of money now. Based off bloodwork he had done he said that my estrogen levels were out the roof. So he gave me a prescription of Progesterone to take and he wants me to take it all month long. He suggested I get off the Evening primrose and continue to take everything else as I have been. What do you suggest?

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        • Fran February 21, 2015, 12:34 am

          Hi Katie,

          Saliva hormone testing costs up to US$265 maximum, and the hair mineral test just US$85 WITHOUT insurance. I have no idea what kind of testing your doctor was referring to!

          Unfortunately I can’t give you a recommendation on what to do with your routine without giving you a full consultation.

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  • Teresa February 8, 2015, 1:39 pm

    Hi,
    Do you think any of the treatments mentioned above could also help with Keratosis Pilaris? I have had it since I was a child, but it worsened significantly during puberty and even more after that (I am 20 now). Some people say it might be caused by hormonal imbalance as well. I have eliminated all sugar and limited carbohydrates in my diet, and I think it helped a little bit, but my body is still all covered in small keratin bumps. I have other skin prolems, like very mild acne, blackheads, and ingriwn hair, too.

    Thank you.

    Reply
    • Fran February 12, 2015, 3:13 pm

      Hi Teresa, it’s definitely worthwhile getting a saliva hormone test to check in with any possible hormone imbalances.

      Reply
  • Lola February 6, 2015, 3:25 am

    Hi.
    I had been off birth control for about 3 years but recently (just this past week) started birth control pills again (because I am now sexually active again- I started a mono phasic pill). I started taking EstroBlock at the beginning of August and after about 2 months started getting pretty clear skin. By the end of October/early November I was very pleased. My back cleared up completely ( a few small acne spots here and there still). My face still breaks out with smaller less inflamed acne but not that bad. I still get a few cystic type acne lesions every so often. My concern is going back on birth control. I hate to be on the synthetic hormones but I don’t want to get pregnant. I’ve tried using condoms ( so not to have to use any hormones) but i have issues with them and don’t want to have to use those. Also I feel like the pill is the best way to prevent pregnancy. Is it ok to use EstroBlock while taking birth control? Will it cause any issues with birth control? And do you think that by taking birth control again it will cause me to break out/will the estro block stop working for me???

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    • Fran February 6, 2015, 11:08 pm

      Hi Lola,

      I actually recommend using EstroBlock whilst on the pill. And taking a good quality multi-vitamin. The BCP suppressed our natural progesterone, and some of our estrogens. It also can cause synthetic estrogens to end up in the body. You will need to work on rebalancing your hormonal system after coming off the pill, but this can be done with diet and supplementation.

      For birth control I personally use a combination of the billings method with the LadyComp and it has been a very successful combination for years πŸ™‚

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    • Ann February 19, 2015, 11:45 pm

      Thank you! The LadyComp looks very interesting and something that looks easy enough to do! However the billings method seems like too much to keep track of and a little complicated. I see that the LadyComp has similar results/success as the birth control pill. Wow! never knew something like that could work so well. I think I’d almost be scared to rely on it for prevention….but it seems like it must work from what I’ve read. I’m definitely looking into it. I really don’t want to be on these artificial hormones!!!
      Thanks again for the information!!!

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  • gen January 31, 2015, 3:41 am

    Hi,
    It truly has come down to a last resort but I am considering starting accutane in a month, i have already spoken about it with my dermatologist. HOWEVER, looking in the ingredients of the drug i see there is soybean oil! Any contact with soy is an immediate breakout for me- sometimes cystic. soy is an absolute no-no for me when it comes to acne. I’m really upset that soybean oil is in the capsules. Do you think that this won’t be an issue because well, accutane is accutane!? I’m so frustrated. Please let me know your opinion- i definitely don’t want to risk breaking out MORE in cysts everyday from ingesting soy from the capsules x

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    • nalika February 2, 2015, 7:20 pm

      Hi Gen, If I may tell you may own experience with Accutane…After I started taking it, I broke out even more…I would say it definitely gets really bad, before it gets better. And the really bad stage lasts about hmmm, maybe two months, and then it gets better. But it gets really really bad at first. And, the worse thing is, that you can get clear on Accutane, then in a year or two, acne can come back. Sooo, maybe give Fran a chance to help you to permanently get rid of the real cause of acne.

      Reply
    • Fran February 2, 2015, 7:51 pm

      Hi Gen,

      Soybean oil is the last thing you need to worry about in accutane, it is a full on drug that can cause a lot of stress on your physical body and organs. Whilst it’s your own personal decision, I never recommend the use of accutane.

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    • Lily-Rose February 6, 2015, 2:25 am

      Hi Gen,
      I agree with Nalika to give Fran a chance before going on Accutane. Accutane is a serious drug. I have experimented it 3 years ago. Although it clears my skin of my cystic acne at the end, it got far worst than it was for the first couple of months. I never got acne on my cheeks before and with Accutane it spreads all over my face leaving me with deep scars because my skin was soooo dry and inflammed. I wouldn’t do it again. I am now at the same point where I need to stop the pill (quitting the pill was the trigger for my initial major breakouts beforeAccutane) and acne might coming back. Futhermore, when my round of accutane was over, I was still getting some inflammed pimples, but less of them. It stops when I made some changes to what I eat. And accutane is really Hard on the body! At the end it is your decision, but I thought I would share mine! Good luck

      Reply
  • Nadia January 28, 2015, 11:49 pm

    Hi

    I’m 30 years old and I’ve been suffering from chronic acne for the past 16 years! Can you help with PCOS acne?

    Thanks

    Reply
  • Kathryn January 25, 2015, 12:09 am

    Hi Fran!
    Have you ever heard of anyone that has had brown spotting when they start taking estroblock? Just curious if anybody has this happen.

    Reply
    • Fran January 26, 2015, 1:35 pm

      Hi Kathryn,

      If the spotting is around ovulation then this is normal – it is part of a healthy hormonal system.

      Reply
      • Kathryn March 12, 2015, 7:06 pm

        thank you! If it is around ovulation, how long does it usually last? I’ve had it now for 7 days and I believe I am in ovulation because my skin (as usual) is flaring up something awful and all my other symptoms of mood swings and depression are aggravated.

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        • Fran March 19, 2015, 2:15 am

          Hi Kathryn, if it’s still very light and only brown then stick with it, it could be a clean out. If you get it again next month then reduce your dosage of estroblock and check in with the sway test.

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  • Shanelle January 23, 2015, 5:33 am

    Hello! I’m familiar with vitex and have been using it to overcome estrogen dominance for many years now, however, I have slowly raised myself to a very high dose because my progesterone/estrogen ratio was still very low. I just had a saliva test done and the result show no improvement. Do you know of a reason my body is not responding to the chasteberry? I take about 2400 mg per day ( which is crazy high, I know ) . I feel okay, but I think I could fell better if I could find some balance. Thanks so much!

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    • Fran January 23, 2015, 10:08 pm

      Hi Shanelle,

      Instead of taking an extremely high dose of chasteberry, I recommend going back to a normal dosage and adding in 1,000mg of Vitamin C daily, and using a bio-identical natural progesterone cream. Both will help to raise your natural progesterone levels.

      Reply
  • Laura January 22, 2015, 6:36 pm

    Hi Fran-

    Curious if you’ve ever heard of severely stubborn cases of acne clearing after becoming pregnant? With not other changes involved.

    Reply
    • Fran January 22, 2015, 9:57 pm

      Hi Laura, yes that’s very common.

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  • angie January 22, 2015, 4:05 pm

    Thanks for getting back to me Fran! I am 18 weeks pregnant now.

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  • Angie January 21, 2015, 3:48 am

    I should also mention I have no digestive symptoms but also I have never been on any birth control so that is why I am skeptical of having excess estrogens and wondered if there are any specific symptoms….

    Reply
  • Angie January 21, 2015, 3:35 am

    Hi Fran!
    I am pregnant and bought your book on acne during pregnancy. I am curious though if there are any symptoms of having too many bad estrogens. I know you recommend the estrogen detox for pregnant women but how do I know if this is what I am dealing with? I know I am intolerant to corn and dairy and am unsure if I need to limit my food even more (corn is the worst food sensitivity ever!) or if these breakouts are from hormones. My forehead is clear and chin is clear. My breakouts are mostly under the skin never coming to a head, on my cheeks and jaw by my ears. They are red and don’t itch or bother me besides being self-conscious! I had this acne before I was pregnant too so it did not just arrive with the pregnancy. Does this sound like a hormone imbalance or food issue? I don’t know where to go with this since there is so much info everywhere about gut health too! So confused right now about it all and plus being pregnant I just don’t think I can experiment much with trying different things!Thanks so much!

    Reply
    • Fran January 22, 2015, 3:41 pm

      Hi Angie,

      It could be a number of things. How pregnant are you? If it is a hormonal imbalance often it sorts itself out after the first trimester.

      Reply
  • anne January 16, 2015, 1:32 am

    Hi Fran
    finally I think I have found someone who could listen to all my words now, I am a typical girl, who has been trying to get her bright beautiful skin back after a long struggle wid peri oral dermatitis, I got this when I got pregnant, about a year ago, it started off as a rash around the mouth, and later it devedeveloped around my eyes, unfortunately I miss carried and once did, my peri oral dermatitis started started vanishing, after a few months the rash came back even harshly, and drained my happiness out of my life, I noticed that the rash stayed for 2 months n vanished, n it came again stayed for a month and vanished, this kept reapating n I stilll have them around my mouth, its absolutely embarrassing to go in front of people, coz it hurts when they ask me wat is it dat you have around ur mouth, I know dis is bfuase of my harmonal imbalance, I have pcod, n I want you to help me get rid of this ugly demon that’s haunting my life my eyes too

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    • Fran January 16, 2015, 10:45 pm

      Hi Anne,

      If you mean PCOS I can help you with that.. please book in a consultation.

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  • Lani LeBaron January 15, 2015, 9:55 pm

    Fran,
    I have struggled with low progesterone and estrogen dominance for years now and figured that to be the cause of my acne, when my hormones were in check so was my acne. I recently started breaking out worse than I ever have with deep cysts that never heal or come to a head all over my cheekbones and chin. I wanted to book a consultation with you so took a blood test and tested my estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone,( all tested on day 20 of my menstrual cycle” however they all came back in the normal range:( I was just wondering if saliva tests are more accurate? Or could tell me more about what is happening wih my hormones? I know this has to be hormone related but my blood tests show otherwise…could saliva testing be more helpful? Which do you prefer?
    Lani

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    • Fran January 16, 2015, 10:44 pm

      Hi Lani,

      Yes saliva testing is more accurate. Actually 24 hour urine testing is the most accurate, followed by saliva.

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  • ea January 7, 2015, 9:20 pm

    Hi Fran!
    I’m on progesterone cream and plan on having a blood work to test my progesterone levels? Is that ok or should I discontinue use?
    Thank you,
    ea

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    • Fran January 8, 2015, 1:31 am

      Hi, you will need to let them know that you are using the cream, but you can test whilst using it.

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      • ea January 16, 2015, 10:46 pm

        Thank you πŸ™‚

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  • Marina January 5, 2015, 8:23 am

    Hi Fran!

    Is it ok to take DIM together with red clover an yams? Or do you think its to much?

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    • Fran January 5, 2015, 4:01 pm

      Hi Marina, yes they are all safe to take together. If taking a wild yam supplement please only take it in the luteal phase of your cycle.

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      • Kathryn January 5, 2015, 10:26 pm

        Hi Fran, I am interested to know why you say to take a wild yam supplement only in the luteal phase? Is it not safe in combination with the DIM during the first phase? Thanks!

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        • Fran January 8, 2015, 1:29 am

          Hi Kathryn,

          Wild yam is gentle but in sensitive women it can work as well as a progesterone cream. Naturally your progesterone only rises in this luteal phase, so you do not want to encourage your progesterone to rise throughout the entire month. This may cause extremely short cycles.

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  • Cheryl January 5, 2015, 3:51 am

    Hi Fran! such a informative website! God Bless..
    Im 31 years old and now Im battling with acne. Ever since i never had this until I turn 31. Im currently taking up wheat grass, chromium, vit.c, lechitine, probiotics, vitex to help me get rid of my acne.I also tried using apple cynder vinegar with hazel water as my toner, tee tree for my facial wash and natural organic water base for my moisturiser, i do very consistent of applying lemon and honey trice a weelk, egg whites mask, collagen supplements. They are around my chin area now invading my cheeks and forehead. I am so worried about it that may cover up my whole face. I really dont know what to do can you suggest and help me to find out whats really happening into my body? Thanks so much hope to hear from you soon.

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    • Fran January 5, 2015, 3:38 pm

      Hi Cheryl,

      Absolutely I’m happy to help πŸ™‚ Please book in a consultation and we’ll find what’s really going on to cause your acne.

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  • Parween December 30, 2014, 8:25 pm

    Hi fran

    Such a refreshing website. Thank you so much. God bless.

    I’ve had severe acne from the age of 16. I started my Periods at the age of 15. Since 16 I’ve never had a regular period. Always 3-9 months difference, and they would be so heavy. I’ve used all kinds of creams, accutane, other meds. Nothing worked. I suffered from such an acne that my face looked like it was bruised. Around and my mouth and forehead. I could feel the bumps from inside my mouth. So painful and sore. I suffer from hairsitism, very hairy on my face, legs and arms. After my 2 children I went on the Yasmin pill which was a miracle. Was on that for 7 years then got off because i thought i was older now and it would clear. But still my acne went back to how bad it was when i was 16. So sore, so painful. After 4 years off it, i went back on the Yasmin pill for another 7 years. Now im off it cause i was spotting in between and decided it was enough. I had practically no side effects from Yasmin pill. Except for hair loss on my head. My hairsitism cleared up on the Yasmin pill, but now im scared it will come back. I’ve been off the pill for nearly a month. I’ve been taking dim for 3 weeks and for one week just started chaste tree. Now in my forth week everything’s been fine till a few days ago. I’ve been getting the lumps inside my skin again and theyre becoming sore to touch. My face feels very hotttttt. Pimples are starting to appear. Any kind of nuts cause my acne to become worse. I haven’t put any moisturising creams on my face from the age of 16. My face wont take it. I break out, even whilst i was on Yasmin. I don’t want to go back on the Yasmin pill. Please help. Im 38 now. Thank you. Please helppppp.

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    • Fran December 31, 2014, 1:22 am

      Hi Parween,

      I also got this via email πŸ™‚ Look for my reply in your inbox.

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  • Dijana December 18, 2014, 7:48 pm

    Dear Fran,
    Firstly, I appreciate your website so very much. Not only is it well written, but it also explains the complex world of hormones in a digestible way!
    Here’s my story. I’m 22, at a healthy weight range, eat well and am quite fit. I have battled with acne for more than 6 years and have tried everything under the sun. I found that the pill and vibra tabs (doxycycline) worked most effectively for me but this was only short-term relief. Eventually the pimples always came back. I have been off the pill for nearly two years now and truly believe I have hormonal acne. It’s always around my mouth and the severity varies from week to week. Recently, I started taking vibra tabs again (with the full knowledge that you can’t take them for more than 3 months) and had a terrible break out! I had papule-type pimples all around my mouth which made me so sad and frustrated. My pimples have always been very red and I think they get infected easily. Currently, I’m taking vibra tabs and also take L-Glutamine. I dream of days where I have smooth skin and not have to see people staring at my mouth when we talk. I’m thinking about starting a round of estro-block and am not sure what else I need to get rid of these spots for good! My final solution is Accutane. I don’t want to have to do that.

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    • Fran December 23, 2014, 5:22 pm

      Hi Dijana,

      Self diagnosis and treating is difficult because you could be completely on the wrong track. You definitely do not need to take accutane, there is ALWAYS a way to heal the skin naturally. I’d love to work with you to get your skin clear – I’m determined to get all of my clients clear. Please book in if you can.

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  • Kim December 17, 2014, 2:42 am

    hi Fran! I am 24yrs old and I have pcos. my gyne prescribed birth control pill. the brand is althea here in Philippines. I have acne and scars and my menstrual cycle is irregular. I tried all the natural remedy and some medications. i am underweight, 40kgs. i hope you can help me on my situation. advance merry Christmas to you! πŸ™‚

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    • Fran December 17, 2014, 2:02 pm

      Hi Kim,

      I recommend alternative treatments for PCOS that are not the birth control pill – but this will be up to you. We can do a little more naturally but not the full extent of treatment for PCOS whilst on birth control. I recommend that you book in an appointment and consider also working with a local natural therapist.

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  • Shannon December 16, 2014, 5:20 pm

    Fran,
    I stumbled across your website as I’ve been doing research on going off of the pill. I’ve been on it for about 6 years but lately I haven’t been feeling like myself. It has always done wonders for my skin with minimal side effects but for the past few months I have been experiencing breakthrough bleeding, hormonal pimples on my cheeks and chin, yeast infections, headaches and overall tiredness. My background with it is that I’ve always had skin on the more oily side. I went to the dermatologist at 13, got a topical rx and my hormones evened themselves out until I went through a stressful time around age 18. I dropped way too much weight and would binge when I became starving. I lost my period for about 3 or 4 months which I know dropped my estrogen levels and threw everything out of whack because right after that my skin went crazy on me. I was extremely oily and broke out in places I never had before and it seemed to just be snowballing. Out of desperation, I tried everything that the dermatologist would give me, including Accutane which I now regret. About 3 months after the Accutane I started to break out again. The dermatologist swore that it was hormonal and prescribed me the pill which I’ve taken since. I need to get back to my natural rhythm but I am nervous about throwing my hormones off balance again. I feel that the root of my problem was my hormones being screwed up by the severe weight loss- I ended up in the hospital once with a stress migraine that mimicked stroke like symptoms. I took my last pill 2 nights ago and ordered the Estroblock to hopefully help me through this transition. Do you have any more advice for me? I’m anxious because I don’t want to go to through that again.

    Shannon

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    • Fran December 17, 2014, 2:00 pm

      Hi Shannon,

      Are you able to book in an appointment? I would like to be able to work with you. Please do not worry.. actually the pill when used for at least three months can “reset” our hormonal system so it can help to overcome previous imbalances. In the meantime I do recommend boosting your natural progesterone, taking a multi-vitamin, omega-3, probiotic and going on a whole foods diet high in protein and good fats.

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      • Shannon December 17, 2014, 6:08 pm

        Yes I will definitely be booking an appointment and I will start taking what you suggested. Is it okay to also be taking the Estroblock with the other vitamins? It hasn’t shipped to me yet, but I plan on starting that right away because I am already feeling the effects of going off. I am very sensitive to anything hormonal so I’m expecting this to be a little tough for me but hoping for the best.

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        • Fran December 23, 2014, 5:19 pm

          Hi Shannon, yes it is okay to take estroblock in conduction with other vitamins.

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  • imelda December 15, 2014, 2:14 am

    Hi I’ve had acne for the last 2 years Since I was 21.I stopped consuming dairy for at least one year and a half and my acne is now moderate. I started on Lutera and it help clear my acne but the side effects were insomnia the option was stay on it and start taking sedatives I stopped taking it.now I feel like I’m back to where I began. I still don’t take dairy when I do my acne becomes severe.i started taking chasteberry 2 weeks ago.please advice if this is right for me.

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  • Kathryn December 11, 2014, 10:48 pm

    Hi,
    What if I get acne all the time, but it worsens during ovulation and right before menses? Should I still try to raise my progesterone?

    I have been drinking lemon essential oil in my water every morning 30 min before I eat anything for the last 5 months. So i think that my liver is pretty well cleaned out.

    I also have been taking EstroSmart for a 3 months, which helps the body get rid of the bad estrogen.

    Do you think I should try something to raise progesterone? I had a blood test 2 years back and they didn’t take into account where I was at in my cycle, but I think it indicated that I had too much estrogen and really low progesterone. My DHEA levels were “within range”, but I was going to try using spearmint in my water and topically as a spot treatment for my acne and see if that helped lower any androgen levels and helped clear my skin.

    I have never had really heavy periods, just cramps on day one and then the rest is usually fine and only lasts 3-4 days. I do have major mood swings and depression that hasn’t seemed to correlate to any specific time in my cycle.
    I can’t really afford to do another hormone test, so should I just figure it out by trial and error? What I have tried so far hasn’t really helped with the skin or the mood swings… So my next plan of action is to try lowering the androgen and see if that helps, if not then I guess I should try something to raise my progesterone. Thanks!

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    • Fran December 14, 2014, 2:15 pm

      Hi Kathyrn,

      You could try taking chasteberry and a high dose of vitamin C. If you can afford it I also highly recommend a hair mineral analysis to see if any heavy metals or adrenal activity are adversely affecting your reproductive hormonal system.

      If you can please book in a consultation, I’d love to work with you on this!

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  • Tia December 9, 2014, 8:05 pm

    Hi Fran, I’ve been on Vitex & DIM for 8months for irregular periods & to help with my hormonal acne. It has helped tremendously, the only side effects I had were itchy nipples (that subsided after 3 months) and NOW spotting between my cycle. I’m confused on if I should stop taking them or reduce my dosage to stop the break through bleeding?? I take 100mg of DIM a day & 800mg of vitex. Please help?

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  • Erin December 8, 2014, 3:57 am

    Hi Fran,
    I’ve had mild-moderate skin issues for the last few years; this last year has seen my acne take a turn for the worse (I’m 21). I think there’s an imbalance somewhere- my sebum glands feel like they’re in overdrive, as the skin in the t-zone is almost always oily (worst around my nose, where I also have some sort of red, slightly flaky irritation going on. Tried all sorts of topical treatments for this but nothing’s worked). My skin also scars now (for many months at least, before the redness goes away) after a breakout, which it never used to do. The breakouts are mostly concentrated on my chin and forehead. I’ve tried to use the more natural/organic skin cleansers and moisturisers, and recently purchased some Hemp Seed Oil to try. I’m now looking at trying the EstroBlock tablets after reading your blog (which is fantastic!). Does the this sound like something that’s worth trying, for what my skin’s going through? I’m currently taking a chaste tree supplement, Premular, which has helped with the breakouts before my menstral cycle (hasn’t really changed the overall condition of my acne), so I’d like to know whether the 2 can be taken together or if it’s best to go off the chaste tree whilst trying the EstroBlock.
    Thanks so much,
    Erin

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    • Fran December 9, 2014, 12:30 am

      Hi Erin,

      Over production of sebum is most often due to an elevated androgen. I recommend getting some hormone testing done OR trying an anti-androgen diet for 6 weeks to see how your skin responds.

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      • Erin December 9, 2014, 3:37 am

        Thanks Fran.
        If I decide to try the EstroBlock, do I need to stop taking the chaste tree supplement, or are they fine to take together?

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        • Fran December 9, 2014, 3:01 pm

          Hi Erin,

          They are good to take together πŸ™‚

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  • gopika December 2, 2014, 6:10 am

    hi fran, i ams till struggling with fat gain and am unable to find a doc of any kind natural or otherwise who can figure out whats wrong with me. i thought i would take some supplements to help my digestion as you had recommended earlier. which supplements would you recommend. i travel extensively so a proper liver cleanse is not possible but perhaps i can take some supplements. i read you recommend estroblock with liv detox. however in another post you recommend healthforce liver rescue. which is better as per you to assist in detoxfying my liver.
    also while i do a liver detox should i also detox the kidneys, colon and intestines. what should i take for that? tks so much gopika

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    • Fran December 3, 2014, 8:43 pm

      Hi Gopika, struggling in the way that you have difficultly putting on weight or it’s too easy to put on weight?

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      • Gopika December 4, 2014, 3:35 am

        Hi Fran the inches keep adding on and no matter what I do am unable to lose them. It’s not so much weight gain as inch gain. Thanks gopika

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        • Fran December 7, 2014, 11:37 pm

          Hi Gopika, unfortunately my expertise is not weight management! I recommend that you visit a local herbalist or natural therapist to work with.

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  • jenna November 30, 2014, 3:52 pm

    hi fran.

    i’ve been reading your blog and i finally decided to get myself the estroblock and the liver support you recommended (always had clear skin until i started messing with birth control around age 21, i am now 28. i finally went off BC for good a year ago and I still get at least two deep, painful, large, cysts on my chin over and over again every month. it hurts, it’s ugly and it is starting to scar.)

    HOWEVER, i now live in spain and it doesn’t appear to be available here.

    i plan on experimenting with removing (or at least cutting back on) sugar and dairy, starting an exercise routine, and being diligent with my water intake as well as organic fruits and veggies.

    But do you have any recommendations for any other supplement or anything else I can do since I can’t get the estroblock here?

    Thanks. I use honey treatments, rosewater, jojoba oil – the rest of my skin looks great. It’s just the chin that is a mess no matter what πŸ™

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    • Fran December 3, 2014, 8:39 pm

      Hi Jenna,

      I can ship to you, but you will be liable for any extra tax that Spain charges, that’s all.

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  • Rana November 29, 2014, 10:26 pm

    Hi! Really interesting reading! I have suffered from cystic acne since I was 23 years old (I’m 27 now) I had to take an accutane cure for 4 years ago. It cleared the worst cysts off but I still have nodules and cyst that likes to peak n flare up The strange thing is the cysts forms “After” my period is over. Often the cyst will not heal until I get my next period. When I get my period my skin heals but often it flares up when my period is over so yeah its a very irritating cycle. I can constantly feel the stone hard nodules under my skin when touching my face with my fingers, laying there latent waiting to flare up The docs I’ve seen is very incompetent doctors πŸ™ All my hormone levels looks fine on paper but something isn’t right. I think it can be progesterone (and estrogen) related since progesterone is high before and after a period but I cant know for sure :/ I think I have to find a good hormone doctor but they are hard to come by where I live.

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    • Fran November 29, 2014, 11:26 pm

      Hi Rana,

      Get a saliva hormone test and book in a consultation with me, we’ll get it sorted out!

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  • Lolo November 26, 2014, 4:47 am

    Hi Fran,

    So I’ve been trying Estroblock Pro Triple Strength (as suggested by Delgado Protocol over the phone) in combination with Liv D-tox for 2 weeks now and have experienced greater water retention, bloating, bowel movements, loose stool and greater thirst. Is this typical? I’m following the recommended dosage of 2 per day. I take them with food afternoon and evening.

    Thanks,
    Lolo

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    • Fran November 28, 2014, 11:44 pm

      Hi Lolo,

      I don’t actually agree with the excessively high levels of DIM that the Delgado support team recommend – for the reasons that you’re experiencing.

      I recommend that you drop down to 3 regular strength per day, take 1 three times a day with food. Drink at least 2 litres of water per day, and drop down to 1 liv-detox per day. Then see if your symptoms ease up.

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  • Laura November 21, 2014, 3:49 pm

    Fran,
    When you were struggling with your skin did you have other symptoms and/or have yourself tested for PCOS?

    I’ve suspected for myself for the last 2 years but the last 3 drs I have gone to keep brushing it off when I inquire because I am so thin. It’s so frustrating. Now that I cannot get rid of my acne after all the things I’ve tried I am suspecting it more and more but now I feel confused and shyed away from drs and don’t know who to see.

    My saliva hormone test came back low in all hormones including testosterone.

    I get a period each month but it does vary in length by a few days…. Would this be considered irregular? I can’t find a straight answer to this. Is your period only considered regular if you are getting it EXACTLY the same days apart each month?

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    • Fran November 28, 2014, 11:42 pm

      Hi Laura,

      Yes, I was tested negative for PCOS at the time but I have the same typical hormonal imbalances and insulin issues.

      As you have low testosterone it seems as though it’s unlikely you have PCOS.

      Your cycle is regular if it’s up to 1 week less or 1 week more than the average 29.5 days.

      Why don’t you book in a consultation? I’m positive that I’ll be able to get you clear.

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  • Valerie November 20, 2014, 5:57 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I have read your e-book Heal acne naturally for adult women. I am very glad about those helpful information. My concerns at the moment is to come off the birth control pill. I am planning to quit in February. So I started to take some supplement to support me throughout that process (Vit B complex, zinc, Magnesium, Milk thisle, etc.). I have read a lot about weaning off the pill, but I am concern about messing my cycle. Most women who did this experienced non regular cycle, spotting, etc. In your e-book you do not mentioned to wean off, but suggest instead supplements, whole food, lower stress, natural skin care routine, etc. Si, is it really possible to quit the pill cold feet without getting major breakouts if I follow your guidance?? And since I gonna stop the pill to get pregnant I am concern about taking estroblock or Vitex (you mentioned to take Vitex only if we do not try to get pregnant, but did not menionned anything like this for Estroblock). Thus, I am already taking lots of supplements and I don’t want to add to much in my body.

    Thanks a lot Fran
    I found your e-book very helpful!

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    • Valerie November 28, 2014, 6:36 pm

      I went to see my doctor and suggest to switch my birth control pill to a lower hormones birth control pill. I am currenlty on Diane 35 which is ethinyloestradiol (estrogen) and cyproterone (anti-adrogenic), and my doctor prescribed me Alesse (which is Levonorgestrel (a progestin) and ethinyloestradiol (estrogen)… I am concern as Alesse is known to be more androgenic and then cause acne. I would like your opinion on this. I wonder if I should stay with Diane 35 until I quit or make the switch to Alesse.

      An other thing is you suggest to stop drinking out of plastic water bottles as much as possible in the estrogen detox, so I wonder what kind of water to drink. All water comes in plastic bottle rather than glass.

      thanks

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      • Fran November 28, 2014, 11:39 pm

        Hi Valerie, I would love to work with you to help you to come off the pill without experiencing acne. Please book in a consultation.

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  • nalika27 November 15, 2014, 5:50 pm

    Dear Fran, I had a consultation with you in late February. I have been taking Estroblock, calcium glucarate, MSM and liver support supplements since then. I haven’t had any acne for the last three months and now I am considering getting off the suplements. Right now I take one Estroblock triple strength and 500 mg of calcium glucarate per day. Can you sugges the best way to get off the supplements or should I keep taking them?
    Thank you soo much, kinf regards

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    • Fran November 16, 2014, 11:15 pm

      Hi there, first congratulations for not having any new acne for 3 months! That’s great!!

      Definitely wean off the EstroBlock, starting with 1 less capsule (you could take 2 regular strength or stop it all together) and see how you go until you are eventually not taking any. If your acne comes back then go back up to the full dose and try again after a couple of weeks. Wean off one supplement at a time. MSM is good to take long term but definitely have breaks.

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  • Marissa Benson November 13, 2014, 5:16 am

    Fran,

    Love your website and videos. Been following you and The Love Vitamin for about 8 months now. I have been on EstroblockPro for about 1 month and before that I was on the regular strength one for about 2. My partner recently let me know that my vaginal taste has changed–IN A BAD WAY. I decided to see for myself and he was right! YUCK! Totally sour. Like make your face scrunch up sour. Have you ever heard of this? Help!

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    • Fran November 14, 2014, 12:40 am

      Hi Marissa,

      Oh wow that’s so interesting! I’m tempted to ask my ex partners now.. they never said anything but perhaps they were just too polite to say anything!? I’m not on estroblock now but I’m going to test it when I am. My guess is it’s either a bacterial imbalance or the hormonal detox.

      We should do a poll hey, we would certainly have enough women around high on clear skin taking EstroBlock who could clear this up!!

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  • Bre November 13, 2014, 3:23 am

    Is there a brand or a couple different brands of natural progesterone you can suggest looking into?
    Great info! Many thanks!

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  • Sara November 12, 2014, 4:33 am

    Hi Fran, I’ve been taking Estroblock along with a liver support supplement for the past two weeks. It has drastically improved my severe acne already which has been nothing less than a miracle! I’ve been trying different diets (paleo, vegan, grain-free, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, low salicylate, raw food, candida diets, alkaline, juice fasting, etc for the past 6 years with only minor improvements. In January of 2013 I started an intensive detox journey and have been bowel cleansing, parasite cleansing, kidney cleansing, and have completed 10 liver flushes thus far. Not to mention the boat load of supplements I’ve tried. After doing all of this I still had moderate-severe acne.

    Now for the bad news, since I started taking Estroblock I’ve developed VERY itchy breasts/nipples. The first week it was just itching, but now in the second week I have rashes. I’ve also had bloating with a drastic decrease in appetite which is NO good for me. I’m already 20 pounds underweight. Have you had any people report rashes/itching with Estroblock? I am praying that this is a detox reaction and not an allergy. I would be truly devastated if I had to stop taking it. If it is an allergy, are there any alternatives to DIM that help process estrogens in the same way? (btw, I have had food sensitivity testing done, and I am not allergic to any cruciferous veggies)

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    • Fran November 14, 2014, 12:33 am

      Hi Sara,

      Wow I have never heard of the itching before. Have you checked in with the sway test to ask if it’s good for your body? Perhaps you have an allergy or intolerance to an ingredient in the supplement or the capsule itself. You could also try an alternative brand.

      The bloating is a normal side effect and can be helped by drinking diarrhetic type teas such as nettle and fennel.

      As for the diets, did you try any of them religiously for at least 6 weeks? It usually takes that long to fully be able to tell.

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      • Sara November 14, 2014, 2:44 am

        Hi Fran,

        I did try the sway test several times before I started the Estroblock and each time I swayed forward. As for the diets, yes I gave them all at least 6 weeks, usually closer to 3 or 4 months if not longer. I’ve done a candida diet for years. I now eat a diet that is somewhat of a mash-up of them all. My diet is 100% whole foods, 50% raw, low glycemic, gluten free, almost dairy free (I eat probiotic yogurt), very little grains and mostly alkaline aside from the occasional organic meat. I also avoid over 30 foods due to food allergies.

        My rash is still raging today, but one thing I find very odd is that it is mostly isolated to my left breast/nipple. My acne is also making a comeback, but I expected to continue having flares for at least the first few months of supplementation. I know it can take 3-6 months to get the full effect. I decided to go ahead and make an appointment with my doctor for next week to see if this rash/itching is possibly something unrelated that just happened to start when I began taking Estroblock. It seems rather unlikely, but I figure it’s better make sure there isn’t another factor at play. My plan is to try and finish this bottle (unless the doc says it’s got to go) and then maybe try another brand if my symptoms persist.

        Thank you so much for the caring advice you give through this website. Hopefully I will be able to report some good news to you in the following weeks.

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        • Fran November 15, 2014, 5:22 pm

          Okay, keep me updated πŸ™‚

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          • Sara November 29, 2014, 12:13 am

            Hello again Fran,

            I just wanted to give you a little update. I went to my doctor about the breast itching/rash I was experiencing and he was just as baffled as I. He pretty much labeled it a “mystery rash” and wrote me a prescription for a steroid cream. Since then, I’m very happy/relieved to report that the rash and itching have completely subsided. I’ve come to the conclusion that it was probably due to a sudden shift in my hormones. Soon after I began the Estroblock, I had some breast swelling and tenderness, and the itchy rash started around the same time. My breast swelling and pain is now gone, and the itching stopped right along with it. (hooray!)

            It has now been one month since I started the Estroblock. The second week my skin showed great improvement but it seems that may have been a fluke. I’m still dealing with constant, painful acne, but it’s not quite as aggressive and long-lasting. I started out on just one pill a day for the first three weeks, but I am now taking two. I intend to bump it up to three pills once I receive my new bottle next week.

            The road to achieving clear skin has been a long and treacherous one, but it has taught me a great deal about how to improve my health, both physically and emotionally. Here’s hoping I can start 2015 with clearer skin, more confidence and a healthier outlook on this crazy thing called life. πŸ™‚

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  • Kella November 10, 2014, 6:23 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I’m not quite sure where to start…I began getting breakouts in high school after getting on birth control. I eventually switched birth controls to YAZ and my skin got clearer, but then as a freshman in college the YAZ began impacting my heart, so I got off of birth control, and ended up getting pregnant about a month later. My skin was clear throughout my pregnancy, and for about a year following the birth of my son as I breastfed and took a low dose birth control. I then tried taking a higher dose birth control, after stopping breastfeeding, and it messed with my heart rate again. So, I got off of birth control, and had some break outs here and there. I then got an IUD(Mirena) and began breaking out some more. I also got breast implants a little over a year ago, and now wish I hadn’t, because I started breaking out like crazy about a month or two after I got them. Also around this time, I began a vegetarian diet, which I also wish I hadn’t done. I became so fatigued, and depressed(much like I was in high school) and my anxiety levels began to skyrocket. I then read about copper toxicity, which can happen on a vegetarian diet, so I decided to start including fish. I also went on a detox in July, which cleared my skin up completely. It included drinking protein shakes for two of my three meals and taking supplements, and avoiding gluten, sugar, soy and dairy. Following the detox, I stayed clear for nearly a month, though I went back to eating dairy and sugar(I avoided soy and gluten). My skin still continued to worsen. Fastforward to the present(I’m 23, by the way) and my skin is still breaking out on my cheeks and chin, and a little on my jaw line. My hair is also thinning in the front, though isn’t very noticeable because I have naturally really thick hair. I also have some unwanted facial hair that has started growing. I have also started eating animal protein again, which actually seems to have cleared my skin a little. Also, a little over a week ago, maybe two weeks ago, I began washing my face with honey in the morning, followed by a tallow balm as a moisturizer because of the rave reviews it had. At night, I was washing with a mix of jojoba and hemp seed oils, followed by the same balm. I began breaking out with little white heads all over, as well as a couple of cysts(I was also drinking apple cider vinegar). I wasn’t sure what was breaking me out, so I decided to continue what I was doing, sans the jojoba oil. I continued to break out even more. Now I’m not drinking the apple cider vinegar and am only using water on my face. I also gave up gluten, dairy and sugar, except for fruit, a few days ago. I’m also going to start including gelatin in my diet, as I read that it could help balance hormones. When I did my detox, it was under the direction of my naturopthic doctor, and he said the my test results indicated an inflamed liver, reactive hypoglycemia, and increased estrogen levels. He said that from what he saw, my acne was the result of a hormonal imbalance. I’m not sure what else I could do. Is there something you would recommend? I thought about taking EstroBlock but am not sure, as I don’t want to worsen the problem. Also, I had read that EstroGuard might be better, as it doesn’t have the soy, which is said to elevate estrogen levels. What are your thoughts on this? Please help! I really don’t want to be 24 and still have acne!
    Thank you,
    Kella

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    • Kella November 10, 2014, 6:46 pm

      I also wanted to add, that I also get occasional ovarian cysts, and have tried evening primrose oil, which made my hair and nails grow fantastically, but made me break out even more. Also, could my breast implants be exacerbating everything?
      Kella

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    • Fran November 14, 2014, 12:25 am

      Hi Kella,

      I would love to work with you. Get a saliva hormone test and book in an appointment.

      As a side not, EstroBlock no longer contains soy and it’s a stronger product than EstroGuard.

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      • Kella November 14, 2014, 1:47 am

        Hi Fran,

        Thank you for your reply! How much does the hormone test cost? I’m a single mother, and haven’t much wiggle room, financially speaking…That’s great that it doesn’t have soy anymore. Also, so the blood test that I took for the hormone panel wasn’t as accurate as a saliva test? I can obtain another copy of my test results for you and try to book an appointment, depending on my financial situation. I will be sure to be in further contact with you. πŸ™‚

        Thanks,

        Kella

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        • Fran November 14, 2014, 1:50 am

          Hi Kella,

          Here is the link: http://www.johnleemd.com/store/prod_stest.html

          Get the Female Profile 1 as a minimum. If they gave you a copy of your blood hormone results we can start there and see if they are adequate.

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  • Lolo November 10, 2014, 6:11 am

    Hi Fran :),

    I wanted to say that I think you’re super awesome and send you lots of love for sharing this exquisite info with us β™₯. I have one question for you. Very soon I will be beginning Estroblock PRO TRIPLE STRENGTH. Would you advise taking this that strength with the Liv D-Tox? Or is regular strength best in combo with the Liv D-Tox?

    Thank you and Namaste,
    Lolo

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    • Fran November 10, 2014, 3:01 pm

      πŸ™‚ Thank you Lolo.

      Please only take triple strength estroblock if you have already tried the regular strength for 3 months – the triple strength can be too much for some women and it can cause worsening acne at too high a dosage.

      I prefer Liver Rescue by Health Force over the Liv D-Tox brand.

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  • Katie November 8, 2014, 5:29 pm

    Hi Fran

    I started taking Estroblock 2.5 months ago and After my second period didn’t see any change with my skin, though my PMS symptoms had reduced. I recently added Saw Palmetto and Vitex to my daily blend of herbs (my naturopath told me I have high andogens) and I feel like I have already been seeing results, though its hard to tell because I usually break out around my period, and I know they should normally take months to take effect.

    I have been taking the Gaia brand of Vitex and I am thinking of switching to the Fertility Blend that you recommend because of the additional supplements like Zinc and Vitamin D it contains. However, I can’t find any information anywhere about the amount of Vitex in the blend. It says on the bottle 1080mg of Vitex, Green Tea, and L-Arginine combined per 3-capsule dosage. I’m currently taking 1000mg of vitex a day and I don’t want to reduce that. Any insight would be much appreciated.

    Also, if I didn’t see any results taking Estroblock for 2 months should I continue taking it with SP and Vitex? Is it possible that the combination is having positive effects?

    Thanks!

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    • Fran November 10, 2014, 2:59 pm

      Hi Katie,

      It’s a proprietary blend of Vitex so it doesn’t include the actual amount of that herb. I recommend that you stick with the daily value on the packaging and that will be enough.

      Estroblock often takes a full 3 months to kick in – and how many capsules are you taking per day?

      A note on your androgens – saw palmetto is great at lowering DHT, but not that affecting at lowering other types of androgens. I recommend also following a low androgen diet.

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      • Katie November 10, 2014, 4:55 pm

        Hi Fran

        Thanks for the reply! I started on 2 estroblock pro a day, went up to 4 for about a month and have been back down to two for a few weeks now as I felt 4 was unnecessary. Its now been 2.5 months using the product. My skin is good but like I said before I’m between periods.

        I started saw palmetto 320mg 2.5 weeks ago and Vitex (Gaia) 1.5 weeks ago. One thing I noticed about the Vitex is that I have become incredibly bloated taking 1000mg a day. Do you think the Fertility Blend will have the same effect? Also, seeing as its probably too early to see results with either vitex or SP maybe I should just skip both until I can fully assess the effectiveness of estroblock by my third period?

        (also – my naturopath put me on something called testo-quench about a year ago that I took for 6 weeks, it was 300mg saw palmetto a day and 150mg of vitex plus a few other vitamins, I didn’t see or feel any changes taking those as I feel I am now)

        Thanks!

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        • Fran November 14, 2014, 1:52 am

          Hi Katie, I’d rather have a proper chat with you to work on your case – I don’t feel comfortable advising with such little information in the comments section here unfortunately!

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  • JC November 3, 2014, 12:57 am

    Hi Fran,

    I just found your site today due to searching for castor oil. I was wondering if you have just one advice. My skin was almost clear ( i have hormonal acne ), then I started the oil cleaning method with castor oil and jojoba oil (50/50 ratio) to get rid of blackheads and now after 4 weeks I am getting bumps like crazy. which oil would have caused that? I eat almost no sugar and a very healthy diet, lots of vegetables. I am so disappointed because the oil cleaning method sounded so great and natural. thanks for your advice.

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    • Fran November 3, 2014, 10:48 pm

      Hi JC,

      Sounds like either the castor oil or jojoba clogged you up! I recommend that you cleanse and moisturise only with jojoba oil until the clogging clears. Also do a search in the blog section of this site for a great recipe with aloe vera that you can use nightly which will help to dislodge that clogging.

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      • JC November 5, 2014, 4:25 pm

        Hi Fran,

        thanks for your help and advice. However, how can I be sure it is the castor oil and not the jojoba oil?
        I read through your blog and never see that you recommend castor oil. So why is it found in all oil cleansing method recipes? I really thought castor oil sounded great for its abilities, but apparently not for me.
        Thanks for your recipe of the aloe treatment, I have to get the ingredients together now.
        Please let me know if Jojoba oil is safe or not, because right now, I am afraid to use any of the two oils I used before.
        Thanks alot.

        Kind regards, JC

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        • Fran November 6, 2014, 4:52 pm

          Hi JC,

          I haven’t recommended castor oil because I don’t recommend the OCM – I find it too aggressive on healing skin. Jojoba oil has a comedogenic rating of 2 so it possibly could be the culprit. Either way I recommend you switch to being much more gentle on your skin for a period of time to see if it helps.

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  • Kelly November 2, 2014, 1:05 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I am 41 years old and have battled severe hormonal acne on chin, sides of the mouth since I was 18. Only this year am I feeling I’m starting to win the battle thanks to The Love Vitamin and through that site, your site.
    I’ve been taking Estroblock since January which has helped immensely and in addition to going gluten and dairy free, a healthy diet of lots of veg and fruit and minimal processed sugar, I am 95% there – yay!
    However I still get the stubborn cystic acne on the sides of my mouth (just one) around day 14 – 18 of my cycle. From the information I can find, taking Vitex would be the way to go, am I correct? My cycle is always 25 days – never irregular. I’ve read not to take Vitex if I have a regular period. Please can you clarify this? I would love to take the tests and book some time with you but unfortunately money is tight at the moment. I intend on taking vit C and drinking spearmint tea.
    I hope you can give me some advice. Thank you!

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    • Fran November 3, 2014, 10:46 pm

      Hi Kelly,

      You can absolutely take vitex even with a reulgar period – I have! And it still works great to get rid of cyclic acne. I’d suggest this brand in particular: http://www.fertilityblend.com/fertility-vitamins-for-women.php

      And take 750mg of Vitamin C daily.

      Spearmint tea is good for lowering androgens (very subtly), but won’t do so much for your progesterone.

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      • Kelly November 8, 2014, 4:38 am

        Hi Fran,

        Thank you so much for your reply!
        Should I be taking the full dose of 3 capsules of Vitex a day? It seems a bit much considering I’m not taking it to regulate my periods or to increase my chances of conceiving. Also, should I continue taking Estroblock? I currently take 2 a day.

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  • Christina November 2, 2014, 3:43 am

    Hi Fran,

    Thanks for all the helpful info – your site is great. How soon after stopping BCPs do you recommend testing your hormone levels to get the most honest results and not results still affected by the BCPs?

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    • Fran November 2, 2014, 8:47 pm

      Hi Christina, it’s better to wait 6 months.

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  • anon November 1, 2014, 12:45 pm

    Hi fran,
    I don’t know if you have much knowledge or experience in this area, an I am a bit ashamed of myself, but would greatly appreciate your help.
    I have to take the morning after pill. And as someone who has been visiting your site for months and has finally got rid of acne, I was wondering what I can do to lessen the side effects of this birth control.
    I have just been reading up online and most people have some pretty awful experiences, messed up cycles for months.
    Do you have any advice on what I can do?

    As you may imagine I am feeling very lost and vulnerable right now. As well as being very dissapoined with myself.

    Thankyou very much in advance.

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    • Fran November 2, 2014, 8:46 pm

      Hi Anon,

      First of all please do not be ashamed at yourself for taking the morning after pill! It is actually very responsible of you to take action over a potential unwanted pregnancy.

      These hormones are only entering your body for one day. Keep up your usual routine and you’ll likely find that your skin will be fine πŸ™‚ If not, then contact me and we’ll see what we can do. But if you regularly visit this site then you’re likely onto it and relatively healthy already, which will make all of the difference.

      And again, please do not be ashamed of yourself!! It happens!!!!!

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  • Jen October 31, 2014, 3:38 pm

    Hi Fran –

    I have been experiencing acne on my cheeks and around my mouth/chin constantly after stopping birth control a few years ago (was on birth control for about 10 years). I’ve tried taking EstroBlock (on and off due to monthly costs) and it has helped minimize my breakouts somewhat but not completely. I am currently taking Dim, Vitex Berry, Maca, Milk Thistle, Evening Primrose Oil, Zinc and a Fish, Flax and Borage Oil supplement. Since I’ve starting taking these supplements I have noticed a difference in my skin but definitely not enough of a difference to where I feel confident enough to not wear makeup. I would love to get a hormone test to determine what supplements would work best for me and if the current supplements I’m taking are necessary. I have visited the link you recommend for hormone saliva testing – would it be sufficient to purchase only the Estradiol (E2), Testosterone (T) and Progesterone (Pg) tests to determine what would work best? I would love to book an appointment with you after having the tests completed to see what you would recommend! Thanks so much!

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    • Fran November 1, 2014, 12:01 am

      Hi Jen, Yes those tests are sufficient but it’s better if you add in DHEAS.

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  • Louise October 23, 2014, 8:02 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I have been taking Indole 3 Carbinol (precursor of DIM I believe) for 3 months, but stopped a few days ago because I have run out.
    My last few periods have been quite heavy for me, with other symptoms, which I usually get anyway, like cramps and tender/sore breasts.
    My plan was to start taking DIM once my I3C had run out, but now I am wondering if this isn’t working for me. I had bad skin several months ago and have managed to clear it up so that I only really get a spot every now and then.
    I just wanted to ask you what is causing the heavy periods? I had/have classic symptoms of high testosterone. Is it common for periods to get heavier while going through the process of detoxifying bad estrogens?
    And should I begin taking DIM?

    Thanks in advance for the advice, I would ask my doctor who prescribed me the I3C but I am currently living in another country.

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    • Fran October 26, 2014, 10:35 pm

      Hi Lousie,

      I will not know the cause of your heavier periods or if you should be taking DIM whiteout having a full chat with you. But it’s not common to get a heavier bleed on DIM.

      I suggest that you seek out a natural health practitioner local to where you currently are to work with your heavy bleeding if it seems excessive to you.

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  • Michele La Capria October 21, 2014, 1:36 pm

    Hello, I always got a pimple or 2 around my period. When pregnant with my son my face was pimple free and clear whole time. I breast fed about 5 weeks and got my first period around 6-8 weeks after giving birth. That was 2.5 years ago and since then my face has been terrible. I have short cycles about 25 days so by the time my face clears up I’m breaking out again. My Dr ran hormone tests not sure which ones but always says they are in range but we don’t know what my normal was before. Along with my face breaking out I have been extremely tired and gained alot of weight . After giving birth I lost all my baby weight and then some and never felt better my stomach felt good I have lots of stomach problems and always feel hungry. when I was pregnant till about 8 weeks or so after I felt great. Got my period again and bam I felt terrible and my face looks terrible. I don’t know what else to d . Please help. Thank you!!!

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    • Fran October 21, 2014, 3:37 pm

      Hi Michele,

      First, a 25 day cycle is within the range of normal. But I do recommend with the symptoms that you’re having to get a hormone saliva test – often blood testing is not as accurate and doctors are looking for huge extremes and not so much what potentially could be creating more minor symptoms.

      You can order a test directly online from here: http://www.johnleemd.com/store/prod_stest.html

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      • Michele La Capria October 22, 2014, 2:09 am

        Thanks unfortunately I can’t afford those prices. I’m laid off over 5 years. If my house ever sells I may have extra money if so which kit should I be getting there are so many diff ones. Thanks

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        • Fran October 22, 2014, 3:31 pm

          Okay, well then I recommend you try a course of regular strength estroblock to help metabolise your estrogens better, and consider going either on a paleo or low glycemic index diet. Add in lots of good whole fats such as avocado, cold pressed olive oil, coconut oil, and spirulina or fish oil. Also add in plenty of dark leafy greens.

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  • Nina October 19, 2014, 1:33 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I had my hormones tested, it appears that I am low on progesterone and high on prolactin, while my levels of estrogen and testerone are normal.
    I’ve been drinking a lot of nettle, burdock root, etc teas and it is helping me. But I’ve started taking vitex and a week later I had a cystic acne in the middle of my cheek, and this is the first time in years that I have a cyst on my face. Plus, I have headaches and hair loss ad nausea.
    So, while vitex seemed the right thing for me, is it a normal reaction? Or should I wait a little longer and stop if I develop more cystic acne?

    Thank you, love from France!

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    • Fran October 20, 2014, 6:36 pm

      Hi Nina,

      Vitex can typically make symptoms worse, and bring on new PMS in the first month of its use. These should all pass into the second month. If it does not pass into the second month then try a different brand and/or get advice from a natural therapist.

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  • Jessica M October 15, 2014, 2:12 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I recently came off BCP in June after 10years, since then my cycle have been off 28days, 31days, 41days & as of today 26days. My skins is going crazy! tons of little white heads on the left side of my face above my jaw near my mouth & chin…then a few bigger ones on the right side jawline. Is there anything you would suggest I take to help that is safe if I get pregnant while taking it? I would of course stop once I got a positive test, I just want to make sure it wouldn’t hurt anything before hand.. My husband & I are trying to conceive 3 months now but the stress of my skin being crazy & my cycles being wacky isn’t helping. I’m so self conscious.. I feel helpless b/c the dermatologist just wants to put me on an antibiotic, my OB suggests BCP or “waiting it out” and I am determined to find a natural alternative approach to all of this. Not sure if this is useful info but a week ago I started brown spotting, lasted until today I got my period.
    Any information you can provide is greatly appreciated.
    I also plan to get a hormone test at my OB this week. Thank you in advance. πŸ™‚

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    • Fran October 15, 2014, 3:28 pm

      Hi Jessica,

      I would love to work with you on this if you can book in a consultation. I can definitely recommend some things to you that will help that are also safe to take through a pregnancy. You can also work with an acupuncturist, herbalist or naturopath who will be able to naturally get your body back into alignment for both clear skin and a pregnancy. It’s actually a positive sign that you are getting a bleed again after 10 years of being on the BCP! For some women it takes many months to get their cycle back so your body is showing that it’s beginning to build its natural hormones back up again.

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      • Jessica October 15, 2014, 3:46 pm

        thank you for the response! I have been working with an acupuncturist the past two weeks, I have gone three times so far & I have my next apt. this Friday. My skin got a lot worse this week so I am nervous to keep going as I’m afraid my acne will get progressively worse. I am going to my OB tomorrow for a hormone test (which they seemed hesitant to schedule me for) once I get the results I would like to set up a consultation with you. This has been very difficult to deal with between my skin going crazy & trying to conceive because I’m nervous with everything I do if it will negatively effect me getting pregnant or the early pregnancy etc.
        Is there anything you would recommend I ask my acupuncturist when I see her next?

        Thank you again,

        Jess

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        • Fran October 15, 2014, 7:32 pm

          At this stage no. I will have a better idea after our consultation πŸ™‚

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  • Lucy October 10, 2014, 8:32 pm

    Hello, I am 25 and currently 17 weeks pregnant with my third child and so it has become clear to me my body or at least my face loves me being pregnant. My face is totally clear!
    My question is when the baby is 6 months old my skin usually erupts with little bumps all over my forehead and acne on the lower half of my face. As I plan on breastfeeding again is there anything you could suggest I take to minimise this effect?
    I was taking epo before falling pregnant and that reduced my cycle to 28 days as opposed to anywhere between 28-40 days. I believe it helped somewhat, just not dramatically. I would also like to note my skin would be what I’d call non active ( I.e no painful spots or reddish hue I get to my skin) the week I ovulate. Then it would worsen 2-3 days before periods due. And take about 2 week’s to calm down.
    Either way I am rarely without a mark on my face. Now being my nice break from the stress of it all.
    The low sugar and carb diet did also help I felt. I suppose it’s finding that right combination to suit you! I’ve had this problem ever since hitting puberty and have regretfully taken everything going from the doctors.
    Would love to hear back from you with your thoughts.

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    • Fran October 13, 2014, 9:35 pm

      Hi Lucy,

      I recommend that you get a hormone test done if this happens again 6 months into breastfeeding. It may be that you are low in progesterone, which sounds likely from what you have described… and then you can easily remedy that. But best to get tested first.

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  • Anna October 10, 2014, 7:09 pm

    Fran, I have been off BCP for 7 months now. I got my saliva hormone test back and found that my progesterone is a 32 (normal range is between 75-270). My estradiol is 3.5 (normal range 1.3- 3.3). My ratio Pg/E2 is a 9 and the optimal range is 100-500 when E2 1.3-3.3. My face was horrible for about a month up until my menstrual cycle and now it is pretty clear. Not sure if it is clearing up because my estrogen is higher during this time or perhaps my Estroblock is working. I have progesterone cream that I am going to start tomorrow which is the 12th day of my cycle. Do you think I should still book a skype consultation or should I use the cream for a couple of months and see if it works?

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    • Fran October 13, 2014, 9:31 pm

      Hi Anna,

      Raising your natural progesterone levels could work, so give the progesterone cream a couple of months of usage before you book in the call. Also consider taking a minimum of 750mg of Vitamin C daily.

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      • Anna October 14, 2014, 1:06 pm

        I never would have thought to take Vitamin C! Thank you very much.

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  • Cat October 5, 2014, 2:05 pm

    This is super helpful and I’m so glad I found it! But I have a question…I have too-high testosterone levels (just took a blood test)…I’m confused about why Estroblock would help with high androgens. It says it’s a testosterone booster! I’ve known for awhile that my testosterone is high, but I’ve recently developed a tiny amount of cellulite (which I’ve NEVER had a problem with before, and I’m still young!), and when I research that, I keep finding results that say estrogens are the issue. So I really don’t know what to do…do I go the saw palmetto route or something to help with the testosterone? Or try Estroblock? Or could I take both at once? Do you have any advice? I realize that you’re not a doctor and would never hold you responsible for my choices, but I just feel so lost right now. (Female, 25, history of acne kept under control only by BC pills and low-dose roaccutane. Have tried everything including extensive gut healing.)

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    • Fran October 5, 2014, 11:32 pm

      Hi Cat,

      EstroBlock works differently in both men and women. Basically it helps to metabolise estrogens better. So when men have issues with excess bad estrogens it can put their testosterone too low. It is not a testosterone booster for women.

      Cellulite is a completely normal part of being a woman, in fact it’s a very healthy way to store fat! And 95% of women store fat this way.

      The number one best way to lower testosterone is to keep your blood sugar levels even. This is best done through diet. I can’t recommend a more detailed treatment plan without having a proper chat with you.

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      • Cat October 13, 2014, 1:46 am

        Hey Fran. Thanks so much for taking the time to reply! I appreciate it πŸ™‚

        The bloodwork panel I had done recently was actually rather comprehensive, and according to my naturopath, my blood sugar levels are perfect (I eat really well with fresh whole foods, and prefer to keep a lower-carb diet anyway.) Also, I didn’t exactly explain this, but as I’ve recently developed a touch of cellulite alongside several other frustrating symptoms – low energy, irregular periods, excess facial hair, brain fog and cold extremities, all in the last three months or so – I just don’t believe at all that this sudden onset of it is “healthy” or “normal.”

        That makes sense about why Estro Block would work differently in men and women. My naturopath wasn’t familiar with the supplement so I couldn’t get any answers there. I’m planning on trying a course of Estro Block to see what it does for me. Thank you for making all this research and support available on your site!

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  • christine October 2, 2014, 2:30 am

    Hi Fran,
    Ive pretty much read everything on your site and you said that youre in peru, funny thing is im also in peru for vacation in San luis. What is the best way that I could get it sent to me? I want to use it while im out of the country so when I come back then ill hopefully have radiant skin!

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    • Fran October 2, 2014, 4:35 pm

      Awesome, welcome πŸ™‚

      What were you after getting sent to you in particular? That parts not clear in your message …

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      • christine October 2, 2014, 6:02 pm

        Yeah! Im also here to visit family

        Oh, I would like to order 2 bottles of estroblock regular.
        its my first time taking it. I got off the pill in february and have had hormonal symptoms since june. Ive never had breakouts in my life so it was surprising, I also gained 15 lbs like that! Anyway, im a pretty mellow person so not so much pms. Im pretty sure im estro dominant and have high testosterone because of acne, fast weight gain, and excess hair on lip and arms.
        im currently taking herbs for liver prep. Chia and apple cider/jojoba topically and internally.
        What do you think, is this a good start to take estro? Also I probably want to stop in 4 or 5 months, what would you recommend to do when I want to ween myself off of it?
        Thanks Fran!
        ~christine

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        • Fran October 2, 2014, 7:35 pm

          Hi Christine,

          I have ordered EstroBlock to be shipped to Peru before, and it did get in, but sometimes it gets stopped in Lima. If you in Lima that’s okay because you can just go to customs to get it released. If you’re not in Lima it’s a problem.

          I recommend that every woman on the pill take EstroBlock, and then for 6 months after discontinuing its use.

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          • christine October 2, 2014, 10:39 pm

            Cool, im in lima. I was more thinking about which website wpuld be best to order it from? Like were did you order yours?
            Good to know that it wont go straight to my house
            Thank you Fran youre the best!

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            • Fran October 5, 2014, 11:28 pm

              EstroBlock.com

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  • Laura October 1, 2014, 7:19 pm

    Fran-

    Thank you for providing advice and support to so many. Just curious, do you have any before and after photos of your personal transformation with acne?

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    • Fran October 1, 2014, 7:27 pm

      Hi Laura, I have one but I took it for my blog several years ago when my skin was doing better to show the improvement. Back then I didn’t know that I would end up doing this work, and was so horrified by my skin that I work makeup every day and refused photos. I do regret not having those photos now!

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  • Vanessa Melendez October 1, 2014, 6:40 pm

    Hey Fran and Laura

    Thank you so much for the comments. Fran Thank you for the advice on vitamin C will take it. As for the eating a consultation or a counselling sessions, i have to think about it because I’ am in college and money is tight.

    Laura hang in there i believe it is just a phase we are going through with good nutrition and low stress we can make it. I know there are better things waiting for us.

    My day feels a lot better reading both of your comments.

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  • Vanessa Melendez October 1, 2014, 5:53 pm

    Hey Fran,

    I am 22 year old and have been dealing with acne for around 3 years now on the sides on mouth. Before college I had clear skin and never wore makeup. I know my hormones are the cause of it, because I went to a gynecologist who diagnosed me with PCOS and performed a hormone blood test. From the test i was a bit too high on testosterone. I have absent periods, acne, and some facial hair. She gave me birth control that only aggravated my skin and made me almost if not depressed. I am on a no milk to almost no dairy and low sugar diet for 1-2 months, i do boxing with cardio as exercise twice a week. I have been taking vitex for almost 2 weeks and have been drinking spearmint tea for a week. I do not know what to do i want some improvement. I feel like people are staring at my acne, i lost all confidence my self esteem is so low and honestly i have had suicidal thoughts. Please help, I’m tearing up as I type this

    – Thank You

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    • Fran October 1, 2014, 6:27 pm

      Hi Vanessa,

      I’m sorry that you’ve been dealing with acne for so long. You’re on a great plan already but I would suggest two additional things – First, take a minimum of 750mg of Vitamin C daily to help to boost your natural progesterone even more.

      Second, for PCOS and high testosterone, the best treatment is to keep blood sugar stable and stress low. It’s therefore really, really important to eat for stabilising your blood sugar. You can do this by following a low glycemic (GI) diet or eating Paleo.

      I also highly recommend booking in a consultation so that we can have a Skype chat for either a consultation or a counselling session. These emotions that you’re experiencing are very normal and I’ve love to talk with you about them.

      much love..

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    • Laura October 1, 2014, 6:27 pm

      I just want to say – me too, I understand. Because those have been the most comforting words to me in this haunting battle. I haven’t left the house in many many days because of my acne. It’s a nasty nasty thing. I’ve tried so much πŸ™ good luck, we’ve got to kick this thing.

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  • Jessica Ward September 29, 2014, 8:31 pm

    Hi Fran –

    I am 28 years old and have been dealing with cystic acne on and around my chin area for the past 2 years. I started doing research on hormonal acne back in the spring and read about Estroblock. I took Estroblock Plus along with a liver supplement and Burdock root for 3 months and am still dealing with breakouts. I stopped taking the Estroblock 2 weeks ago and recently read about Vitex. I ordered a bottle of it off of the internet a few days ago, but am nervous to start using it. I have read some reviews saying that it has caused people to break out even more. I don’t want to screw up my hormones anymore than they already are. I have never had a hormonal test done, so I really don’t know what is wrong with my hormones.

    I am so humiliated by my acne and just feel like it’s never going to be cured. I eat healthy and exercise 3-4 times a week. I do battle with insomnia and anxiety which I’m sure don’t help. I often opt out of social events because of my acne and have lost all of my self confidence. I appreciate any help you can provide.

    Thank you!!!

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    • Fran September 30, 2014, 6:19 pm

      Hi Jessica,

      Please if you can book in a consultation with me. Self diagnosis often doesn’t work and causes more suffering in the long term. Vitex or EstroBlock may not even be the best options for you. I also never recommend taking EstroBlock Plus in the beginning as it’s often too strong for first time users. In fact I rarely feel that it’s a good option.

      The insomnia and anxiety could very well be related to a hormonal imbalance.

      If you can get a hormone test done before an appointment, but it’s not necessary.

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      • Jessica Ward September 30, 2014, 7:25 pm

        Hi Fran –

        Thank you very much for responding to my post. I do plan on having a hormone test done (hopefully within a week or 2). my husband just got a new job a few weeks ago and we’re still waiting for our new health insurance cards to arrive. I would love to book a consultation with you, it’s just that money is a little tight right now. Hopefully I will be able to save up money these next fews weeks/months and will definitely book one with you as soon as that happens : )

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  • Olive September 28, 2014, 3:20 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I really need some advice, I am getting desperate. I came off the pill 7 months ago and since then have had oily hair which I can’t go 2 days without washing, and acne on my face that just when I think has gone, always comes back. Pre pill and during the pill I have never had skin issues before. I am taking supplements but now am worried that I am taking to many and they may be clashing with each other. I am taking Agnus Castus (Vitex), B Vitaman mix, Evening Primrose, Ginko Biloba, Burdock, Maca and a Himalayan Liver Detox. I use a completely natural cleanser and tone with a mix of Witch Hazel, rose water and tea tree oil which I made up my self. I am not eating sugar and drinking a lot of herbal tea. What am I doing wrong/ what am I doing right? Thank you for reading!

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    • Fran September 28, 2014, 6:52 pm

      Hi Olive,

      You are taking a lot to cleanse your blood/liver but little to boost your low progesterone after coming off the pill. You are also not taking all of the minerals needed, and I suggest checking in with your diet and potential copper toxicity.

      We can work together to create a good treatment plan for you so you don’t need to feel desperate anymore!! Here is the link to book in: http://highonclearskin.com/book-now/

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  • Anna September 27, 2014, 9:47 am

    In the beginning of June I quit BC, because I was sick of fake hormones and I still had pretty severe acne around my chin that I did not have before taking BC(was on BC for 2 years). My skin started to clear up, but now in the first week of september I started to break out like crazy, just like when I was on BC(I just started uni, so it’s really stressful). 6 months ago I quit dairy products and as of recently I’m vegan, trying to not consume gluten too, but not as strictly. My first period after quitting BC was a breeze, didn’t breakout before it like I usually did while on BC, didn’t have any cramps, but just last week I got my second period – it was just like it used to be 2 years ago – incredibly painful, could barely walk, couldn’t eat, but that was just the first day. I also broke out a lot during the period.

    I also want to mention that I have been on vitex(500mg) ever since quitting BC and DIM also(2 capsules a day of Nature’s Way, I know it’s not the best kind, but I live in Eastern EU and the shipping on other ones was a lot).

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    • Fran September 28, 2014, 6:49 pm

      Hi Anna,

      If you choose to be vegan make sure that you are taking supplements and eating plenty of good fats. I see a lot of women who have messed up hormonal reproductive systems from being unhealthy vegans. One of the best things that you can do for the health of your hormonal system is to make sure that you’re getting everything that will be missing from a vegan diet, including enough good fats. You will need to supplement with B-12, K2 and be watchful of your iron and amino acid levels. (And by the way, GREAT that you’re vegan, ethically I agree with you.)

      After coming off the pill I recommend that you supplement with a whole foods multi-vitamin for 6 months. Minerals that you will need are Vitamins A, B-complex, C & E, manganese, magnesium and zinc. Also take an omega-3.

      Also get a hair mineral analysis for copper toxicity – both the BCP and a vegan or vegetarian diet can lead to copper toxicity which is one of the biggest causes of acne.

      If you would like more help or to get onto a treatment plan, please book in an appointment here: http://highonclearskin.com/book-now/

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  • Laura September 26, 2014, 7:35 pm

    Is it safe to supplement Vitex while using progesterone cream? Could this help or worsen acne?

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    • Fran September 28, 2014, 6:38 pm

      Hi Laura, yes it is safe to use both in combination, IF you are very low in progesterone then it is helpful. Keep in mind that vitex in combination with a minimum of 750mg of Vitamin C daily is the best treatment for raising low progesterone in premenopausal women.

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  • Victoria September 20, 2014, 3:47 am

    Hi I plan to go off of birth control when this wheel ends – roughly 9 days. I’m in college and want to party and take a few shots and was wondering if I should be careful not to drink soon before or after I go off to not mess up my hormones. How much does drinking really mess with them? Can I drink 2-3 weeks after I’m off births control pills? Thanks

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    • Fran September 21, 2014, 1:45 am

      Hi Victoria, Go and enjoy yourself, it’s not going to affect your hormones to have fun now and again when you’re in college. Just make sure to drink plenty of water.

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  • Sarah September 18, 2014, 10:53 am

    Hi, and thank you for this fantastic information! Like another poster further down in this thread, I also have skin problems *after* my period, rather than before (like most people seem to). It is also only on my neck and upper chest. A couple of days after the end of my period (which is regular), my skin goes from being clear to being covered in hard, red, painful spots that never seem to surface. It has also led to a little light scarring. I would love to know which hormone it is that is causing this (I assume it is hormone-related) and what I could do about it. I currently follow a low-carb diet with quite a bit of tofu. Could this be making it worse?

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    • Fran September 18, 2014, 6:54 pm

      Hi Sarah, It’s not so easy to say for sure without being tested. However, cutting back on the tofu and taking EstroBlock is a good idea.

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  • Heidi September 17, 2014, 12:12 pm

    Hi there
    I have suffered with adult acne for 20 plus year ..am now 45 and on natura cell guardian
    Which is similar to estroblock with a healthy dose of Dim ..have been taking for approx 6 months and am still really broken out …also doing second round of yeast parasite cleanse w liver cleansing herbs …and take natura IG sensitizer to help with insulin and blood sugar support my digestive system with betaineHCI and enzymes probiotics …on top of the acne my hair has thinned to half of what it was about. 6 months ago …wondering. If taking the estrogen clearing herbs could be clearing out my good estrogen too…my cycle aviaries from 24-26 days and I am crazy broken out usually day 19-23 ..thinking of adding progesterone but my doc says my levels were fine ..maybe some chasteberry for more subtle approach ?? Also take natura brand Seranoa supreme which saw palmetto blend to help reduce androgenic activity …any wisdom to share
    Thank you

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    • Fran September 17, 2014, 3:35 pm

      Hi Heidi,

      At your age there is the added complexity of you could be going through perimenopause, which happens for several years before actual menopause. At this stage our progesterone and some of our natural estrogen begin to drop, naturally and healthily, but that can bring on a range of side effects.

      My suggestion to you is to find a really good herbalist and work with them beginning now.

      This is the thing with hair loss: It is often hormonal (often associated with high levels of DHT), but you need to be careful with supplementation that helps to boost hair growth. If your body responds really well to it then it can stimulate A LOT of new hair growth, and then your old hair can shed in excess to make way for the new growth. This is not so common but it can happen.

      I can’t say what is causing your acne and hair loss without talking with your properly. But as your are at the age bracket for beginning perimenopause, I do recommend finding that herbalist.

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  • eve September 12, 2014, 6:59 am

    Hi
    I have lupus, barely active asthma as well also have fibroid and I sm still taking medication 4 d lupus. I heard about hemp seed oil not long ago and for 1 month took 2 spoons twice a day. This redused my periods by 1/2 a day. I have now heard about Maca and was wondering if it could help with the fibroid without interfering with the lupus medicstion. ai am willing to endure the further worming effects it will have if it can eliminate my fibroids. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thank you in advance

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    • Fran September 13, 2014, 11:43 pm

      Hi Eve, You can try maca, just start with a very small dose and see how you go.

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  • shelmith September 11, 2014, 2:24 pm

    Hello! ive this small pimples that look like rashes. ive tried all types of medication but non works, they usually increase when its cold, on menses and when am stressed up. i got them when i was 16 en now am 22.Pliz help. Thanx

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    • Fran September 11, 2014, 2:50 pm

      Hi Shelmith,

      I can’t give you a diagnosis and treatment plan without getting full information from you. Please book in a consultation if you can: http://highonclearskin.com/book-now/

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  • Jenn September 5, 2014, 7:25 pm

    Hello! I need some help. I had a complete hysterectomy last December. Because they removed both ovaries I went into menopause. The side effects were typical and became unbearable (the night sweats, stress and lack of sex drive), so my Dr. put me Estradiol. It really helps with all of the symptoms that I mentioned but I have the worst acne of my life! It’s only on my chin so I call it chacne. Should I be taking more Estradiol, get off it completely and try something else or what? Please help. Thank you!

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    • Fran September 5, 2014, 7:54 pm

      Hi Jenn,

      I recommend that you see a naturopath, acupuncturist or herbalist to help you to deal with minimising your menopause symptoms, including your acne. The thing is with menopause – you are going through such a huge hormonal transition that needs to happen naturally so it’s common to experience side effects. Working closely throughout the course of your journey with a good herbalist will be worth it.

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  • nalika27 September 5, 2014, 2:49 pm

    Hi Fran. I have a quick question. I was strugling with hormonal acne this winter, we even had a consultation, now I am doing really well, hope it stays like this, because it was really emotionally draining to battle acne again after two previous successful treatments. Anyways, here is my problem. Right now I am on Estroblock triple strenght ( two a day) and calcium glucarate (500 mg a day) because I had too much estrogen when I did my blood testing. Now I am considering having a child and am really conserned that I will get bad acne during my pregnancy. What would have been a a nightmare. Do you have any exerience regarding acne and pregnancy? What would be the best thing for me to do to avoid acne during pregnancy? Thankyou for your reply, kind regards

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  • Hannah September 3, 2014, 3:30 pm

    Hi Fran,

    Thanks for the fantastic website! I’ve really enjoyed reading through your articles πŸ™‚

    My story: I had beautiful skin in high school. I was splashing my face with water in the morning and leaving it at that while my friends busted out the Cetaphil and Proactiv. In my first year of uni I went on the birth control pill and stayed on it for about 1.5 years before deciding that I wasn’t comfortable with having synthetics in my body.

    In the months following, I developed terrible acne and experienced crippling anxiety and mood swings (never, ever going on the pill again, haha). It’s been about 2 years now and my skin is still not back to normal. I miss my once-beautiful skin every day and have tried so many things to get it back.

    I have been on the MSM powder, as per your suggestion (1 tsp a day in lemon water and aloe mask at night), for about 2 weeks now and haven’t seen huge improvement. I feel like a hormonal imbalance might be the culprit here and am wondering if it is safe to go on an estrogen supplement while also taking the MSM?

    Thanks!

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    • Fran September 3, 2014, 3:51 pm

      Hi Hannah, it’s most obviously a hormonal imbalance as it started while you were on the pill. I suggest that you get a hormone test done and book in a consultation after the results are in.

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  • Anna September 2, 2014, 2:08 pm

    Love your articles! I was on BCP for 10 years and just went off of it in March. I will be booking a Skype consultation after I do the saliva tests. I am waiting to hear back from my naturopath on all my blood tests to see if I have any toxic levels. I started Estroblock last week and the following day I started my period (finally!) and a couple of days after that started breaking out horribly. Do you think the Estroblock will alter the saliva tests? I think I may stop the Estroblock because of how bad my skin is looking and until I figure out what’s wrong with my hormones. Thank you!! Looking forward to talking with you more.

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    • Fran September 2, 2014, 7:06 pm

      Hi Anna, EstroBlock will not alter your hormone test results.

      I recommend that you stick with the EstroBlock, especially after being on the pill for so long.

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  • anne September 1, 2014, 11:29 pm

    Thank you Fran for your reply. So you think I had low progesterone and yeah I think I am not ovulating because my BBT are too low and erratic that’s why I want to correct it. Progesterone creams in the Philippines are expensive that’s why I dicided to take vitex, fish oil and multivitamins if I get pregnant I will wean off the pill. You think I’m on the right track?..Godbless and more power!

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    • Fran September 2, 2014, 12:13 am

      Hi Anne, yes you can take vitex to help to boost your progesterone. If you are planning a pregnancy, it’s best to stop the vitex on ovulation and start again on bleeding.

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      • anne September 2, 2014, 4:25 am

        It really confused me some says take it the whole cycle and up to trimester of pregnancy you wean off the pill, the others says just until ovulation. Do you have some research about it does it harmthe fetus?. And do vitex with fish oil help reduce my acne?..I probably think it is connected with my pcos though I don’t broke anymore along my jawline after I treated with metformin still I have acne on my cheeks and chin especially a week before my period.

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        • Fran September 2, 2014, 7:04 pm

          Hi Anne, there are 2 schools of thought. One says to stop at every ovulation and to begin again on bleeding if you are wanting to become pregnant. The other says to take it every day, and keep taking it daily until the end of your 14 weeks of pregnancy, and then to wean off it over a 2 week period.

          Both school of thoughts basically come from the same philosophy – stopping vitex abruptly could cause progesterone levels to drop which is not particularly safe for the pregnancy within the first 14 weeks.

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          • anne September 3, 2014, 1:31 am

            Okey Fran thank you so much! Godbless!

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  • Sugar September 1, 2014, 8:29 pm

    Hi, my history is complicated but I have a question: Can hooking up with someone mess up your hormones? I am on birth control pills and have had clear skin for a few months, but when I started seeing a guy, every time we did anything sexual I would wake up with more pimples on my chin and irritation. I’ve heard that should only produce good hormones but it’s having a weird effect on me. What do you think??

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    • Fran September 1, 2014, 9:24 pm

      Hi Sugar,

      You may have high prolactin levels that need to be brought down. After orgasm we release more prolactin. Too high levels of prolactin can contribute to acne.

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      • Sugar September 2, 2014, 12:48 am

        Oh, I see. How could I bring those down? Thank you for your quite, informative response.

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        • Fran September 2, 2014, 6:44 pm

          Hi Sugar, taking vitex agnus-castus should bring down your prolactin if it’s high.

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          • Sugar September 22, 2014, 1:41 am

            Okay, thank you.
            If I went off of the birth control pill, do you think the problem would fix itself? Since that shouldn’t normally happen.
            Also, if I don’t want to take EstroBlock, should I still plan a consultation with you? I’m not sure I trust the product.

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            • Fran September 22, 2014, 1:47 am

              It depends if you had an acne issue before you went on the pill. And after going off the pill your body can take some time to rebalance your hormonal system back to normal – some women get acne during this time as a side effect of that rebalancing process.

              I work with both supplementation and diet, but if you don’t want to take supplementation it does mean that you will need to be on a stricter diet and cleansing program.

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  • anne August 29, 2014, 4:15 am

    Hi!
    I just really need help with my acne. I was diagnosed with PCOS last year and been treated with Metformin and Diane 35 for 4 months and unfortunately it works for my PCOS and acne at the same time yet now I stop the pill still I got this acne on my face every now and then especially when I got my period and worse I still didn’t get pregnant where trying for more than a year now. What you think causes my acne, I decided to take vitex next week you think I had low progesterone and would vitex work with me?..pls I need help. Thank you!

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    • Fran August 29, 2014, 3:40 pm

      Hi Anne,

      I recommend that you first get a saliva hormone test done to see where your hormones are at. The thing about PCOS is that often you don’t have a complete ovulation – you have an “a ovulation” which means the egg was not released properly.

      By correcting your hormones you can prevent PCOS so that you don’t “have it” anymore. I do not recommend vitex for you because you are trying to get pregnant and it’s unsafe to take during pregnancy. Instead I recommend using a natural bio-identical progesterone cream between ovulation and bleeding. If you do get pregnant DO NOT stop the progesterone cream for the first 3 months of your pregnancy, and tell your mid wife, natural therapist or medical doctor that you are using it.

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  • Jen August 28, 2014, 1:29 pm

    Hello Fran,
    For about a month and a half now I have been taking Indole-3-Carbinol (prescribed to be by my doctor who is very open to natural treatments).
    I understand it works similar to DIM (my doctor even said I could switch to DIM when I run out of my prescription ).
    Anyway, I have had 2 periods since starting I3C, and the first day of each of those periods was quite heavy. This is unusual because my second day is usually my heaviest-and even then I do not think its as heavy as it is now.
    My periods are not very regular. In the last year by periods vary from between 28-38 days long.
    I was wondering whether it is normal to see changes in periods as I have seen, and is it likely to settle down?

    Thank you in advance

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    • Fran August 29, 2014, 3:27 am

      Hi Jen,

      Actually you’re more regular than you think. As women our natural cycles often change with the moon, with travel and with our emotions. So shifting between a 10 day bracket is quite normal!

      Also having a heavy flow on the first day instead of the second is nothing to worry about. If you are bleeding a lot more or significantly less, then that is something to pay attention to.

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  • Leandra August 25, 2014, 5:44 am

    I am currently 38 weeks pregnant and my skin is finally starting to clear up. What could be the hormone shift that is causing my skin to finally clear? How can I mimic this hormone balance after pregnancy? (My acne was worse in the first trimester). I have suffered from acne from adolescence through adulthood. Thank you!

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    • Fran August 29, 2014, 3:22 am

      Hi Leandra, it’s likely due to an increase in progesterone in your system – it’s common for women to get better skin after their first trimester.

      It’s not a matter of mimicking the pregnancy hormones, it’s better to recognise that your acne is quite obviously hormonal so correctly balancing your hormones after the birth and breastfeeding.

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  • Linsey August 17, 2014, 11:21 pm

    Hi there I have had a saliva hormone test done through my naturopath, it came back normal. I have moderate cystic acne on my jawlines. I also did a food sensitivity test and it came back with eggs, milk and sugar. I noticed that my acne inflamed after my period. If could this means my testosterone is high? Also would it be safe to take DIM if this is the case. My naturopath only made me do a liver detox no other supplements were recommended but I am still stuck! Thanks

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    • Fran August 22, 2014, 11:58 pm

      Hi Linsey,

      I would like to see the hormone results (sometimes high or low end of normal can still cause acne), and it will depend on what androgens were tested.

      Yes DIM is still good for you to take – it’s actually an androgen blocker in women.

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  • Laura August 4, 2014, 2:08 pm

    I have been working since April to clear my skin naturally. Seeing naturopath. I am working to get my low progestetone up, completely clean, real food diet, working on my meditation and stress, supplementing with: Vit D3, zinc, Spirulina, l glutamine, probiotics, and a few others. Even tried the B5 protocol. I’ve cleaned up my skin care to cleansing with organic jojoba oil and clove oil and moisturizer with organic hemp seed oil. Exfoliating daily with BHA/AHA pads because manual exfoliating always ends bad for me- even as gentle as baking soda. Also chemical peels at the dermatologist every 2-3 wks. I enjoy clay treatments but hard to use when I have open sores/spots and dry scabs, it tends to stick to these areas and not come off. And STILL acne spots that won’t heal and just keep refilling after I think they healed when the dry scab falls off. Also very congested bumpy skin on chin and cheeks. What am I missing here?! Feeling so defeated. Am I expecting results too soon? Invested so much time and money I feel like there is nothing else I can do- convinced This is just my skin for life.

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    • Fran August 4, 2014, 4:50 pm

      Hi Laura,

      You’re on a great plan but what’s missing is more targeted work on your hormones. You’re taking a bunch of great supplements but you’re not taking anything specifically to work with your hormones. Until you correct this imbalance, your acne is likely to be difficult to clear.

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      • Laura August 4, 2014, 6:00 pm

        I am on a 2x a day dose of bio identical progesterone cream for the last 2 months. So I am literally addressing all aspects of this- that’s why I feel lost and frustrated. Something has to give! I don’t know what I’m missing here.

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        • Fran August 4, 2014, 11:31 pm

          Have you had a full saliva hormone test to see if any other hormones are causing the issue? Also progesterone cream usually takes about 4 months to work.

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          • Laura August 5, 2014, 1:29 am

            Yes I did have the saliva test. My estradiol(sp?) and testosterone are also very low. Very confused. My naturopath said we will treat those later if needed because progesterone should balance out the other hormones if it’s at the right levels. I didn’t realize it would take so long!

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            • Fran August 22, 2014, 11:54 pm

              Hi Laura, EstroBlock can help to raise healthy levels of Estradiol (low is actually common in women with acne). Also the Delgado Progocol works with an estrogen supplement in these cases but I do not work with it at this stage of my practice.

              Your naturopath is right – topping up your progesterone very well could balance out your estrogen and testosterone levels.

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              • Laura Hoefer August 25, 2014, 2:29 pm

                How do I choose a strength of estroblock?

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      • Sandy August 4, 2014, 7:10 pm

        I have the same problem. And I thought I will save money with not doing a proper saliva test and other important steps, what u have written in your last article. I started with a consultation, then I started to take all the good supplements. And i still have a bit acne and the same bumpy skin on cheeks and chin. Now I have decided to take a time out and order the saliva test kit. After the results Im gonna book in a consultation. Then I know exactly what to do. I shoudl do it in a first place! But in the mean time, I enjoy summer πŸ™‚ It is not possible, that we have to have acne. It will heal πŸ™‚

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        • Fran August 4, 2014, 11:39 pm

          Great attitude Sandy, yes you do not have to have acne!!

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    • Fran August 22, 2014, 11:56 pm

      Hi Laura,

      Have you had a hormone test? Also the list of supplements you are taking is excellent but there is nothing in particular that is really intensively targeting progesterone to help bring it up.

      I would like to know where your androgens are at also.

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  • Lola August 2, 2014, 2:32 am

    HI!
    I got my saliva testing done that indicates my progesterone is low. Estadiol within normal limits (but on the lowest level considered normal). Testosterone within low-normal range, DHEAS within low-normal range, Cortisol is quite high in evening and at night before bed time. It shows that my ratio Pg/E2 is below normal (it’s 53 and optimal range between 100-500)- I’m unsure of what exactly that is or what it might mean and there isn’t an explanation in the results. Anyhow, I started taking Estroblock and Cell stabilizer about a week ago. I stopped taking the antibiotic I was on for my acne (even though it didn’t help much/just a bit). Since then, I’m starting to break out with red hard lumps on chin/jaw line and on my cheeks and forehead. The tiniest of blackheads seems to swell up into big sore lumps. Which is how my acne always is. No little whiteheads or whatever- always big, hard, red lumps. My question is how long before I might see results taking the Estroblock (taking 3x/day and thinking I might bump it up but maybe I should wait longer for results before doing so)? Also, will i not see good results unless i start a progesterone cream to bump my levels back up? And if I do use the progesterone cream, will I need to test my levels again to make sure I don’t have too high of levels of progesterone and how often should I test? Also, should I take my antibiotic to help keep this somewhat under control until enough time has passed to see if the Estroblock is working??
    Thank you
    Lola

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    • Fran August 4, 2014, 1:48 pm

      Hi Lola, please book in a consultation so I can have a proper look at your hormone results and your personal history with your acne, treatment, supplementation, etc. which will help to get to the root cause and to formulate the best treatment plan. Just taking estroblock and cell stabilizer is not the right treatment plan for you.

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  • Karin August 1, 2014, 12:21 pm

    Thanks for this fantastic post! I recognize myself in the section about breakouts right before my period, but I have a question: Right before my period is when I have the most progesterone in my system, and also when I briefly tried a progesterone-only BC pill a few years ago I got a disastrous breakout with the worst cystic acne on my face, scalp, chest and back I have ever seen. So that seems to indicate that more progesterone = more spots? Yet you say that “Acne before bleeding (typically PMS acne) can be a problem with a form of progesterone resistance or LOW progesterone.” How does that work? I’d really love some help understanding this as I am completely sick of having acne at age 39! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!

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    • Fran August 1, 2014, 6:43 pm

      Hi Karin,

      The best way is to get a saliva hormone test done on day 22 of your cycle to check in with your progesterone. It is normal to experience worse acne in the first 3 months of birth control before it gets better, but we won’t know exactly what is going on with your hormones until you get tested.

      Get a hormone test done, book in a consultation when the results are in and we’ll go from there πŸ™‚

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  • christine July 27, 2014, 9:32 am

    I have been taking estroblock and estrobloch cell stabilizer for about a month.
    My skin is slowly improving and my mood and energy is fanatics.
    I am wondering can I take evening primrose together with the estroblock?

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    • Fran July 30, 2014, 8:57 pm

      Hi Christine, yes you can. If however you are planning on becoming pregnant only take the EPO between bleeding and ovulation. If not then you can take it every day.

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      • Jennifer July 30, 2014, 10:24 pm

        Oh that’s interesting! Why is that? What is the EPO doing? I just started it this week. Not trying to get pregnant .. but curious as to why not at those times if you were trying to.

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        • Fran July 30, 2014, 10:33 pm

          Because it can in rare cases cause uterine contractions which can lead to a miscarriage.

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          • Jennifer July 31, 2014, 12:44 pm

            Hmm! Good to know. Thanks!

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  • Mallory July 19, 2014, 12:56 am

    Hi, I’m currently on Spironolactone for acne and ever since being on it I spot constantly. I was wondering how to take progesterone cream and Estroblock properly when I can’t accurately pin point what cycle day I’m on. I had my hormones tested and my progesterone was low and so was my testosterone. THANKS!

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    • Fran July 19, 2014, 1:17 am

      Hi Mallory, your testosterone could be low because of the spiro that you’re taking – this is what it does, block androgens.

      If you don’t know what day of your cycle you’re ovulating, then you can begin using the cream on day 12 and stop on day 26 (with day 1 being the first day of bleeding). If you have an idea when your first day of bleeding is then use can just use it for 3 weeks on, and one week off.

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  • Vee July 16, 2014, 1:58 am

    Hi, I have a chronic acne problem and have been currently researching whether this may be due to a hormone imbalance. Before seeking help via a dermatologist, I want to be well informed about my options (I don’t want to take medication). Should my first step be to take a hormone test?

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    • Fran July 16, 2014, 2:05 am

      Hi Vee, yes that’s the best first step. I also recommend you see a acupuncturist, herbalist or natural therapist based on Eastern Medicines to give you a full check up – we want to see if there’s an imbalance in your body that could potentially be causing the hormonal imbalance, such as your gut, digestive system, small intestine, adrenals, liver/gallbladder.

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  • Eden July 16, 2014, 1:01 am

    Can you take EstroBlock while on a birth control pill?

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    • Fran July 16, 2014, 2:02 am

      Yes, in fact 1 capsule per day is recommended.

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  • Lou July 15, 2014, 11:32 am

    Hi Fran – I recently decided to start taking Estroblock and did the sway test to determine that 3 was right for me, but on the Estroblock website it says to take them 12 hours apart. How would I do this? Would it be okay to take 2 in the morning and one at night? Also – the sway test seems to work really well, however when I got to 4 I didn’t sway either way, just remained neutral. Tried it a few times and stayed that way – does this register as a yes or no do you think? Thanks!

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    • Fran July 15, 2014, 5:09 pm

      Hi Lou,

      If you are taking 3 space them out throughout the day – have one with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

      If you didn’t move forward or backwards on 4 capsules, then take 3.

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  • Arnesha Grifffin July 14, 2014, 5:32 pm

    Hey my period is irregular sense I was 16 years come find out I have 3cm cyst on my right ovaries what can do I want be able to have kids I’m 28 years old

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    • Fran July 14, 2014, 7:43 pm

      Hi Arnesha, an irregular cycle and a cyst on your ovary does not mean that you are infertile. Please go and see a natural therapist in your local area to work with.

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  • Runandswim July 12, 2014, 8:13 pm

    Hi. I am curious about taking estroblock.
    Would it be ok to take if I suspect I have artificial estrogens (who doesnt?)
    but my actual estrogen on my blood test is quite low?
    thanks in advance.

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    • Fran July 12, 2014, 9:54 pm

      Hi, We have about 40 different types of estrogen in our body and I’m guessing not all of them was tested in your blood test. EstroBlock helps estrogens metabolise better, so it lowers bad estrogens and raises good estrogens if needed.

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  • Stephanie July 10, 2014, 3:55 pm

    Hey Fran,

    I experienced a weird cycle the past two months. I’ve gone back to a few days of spotting before my period starts along with horrible cramping and bloating. I’ve read that is usually because of low progesterone. I’m still using the estroblock, saw palmetto, and evening primrose from day 1-12. Will adding a progesterone cream from 12-26 help with my bloating and cramping? I get a few spots of acne too around that time. From 1-12 I’m clear. 12-26 I’ll get a few spots here and there. Any thoughts? I know it can take several months before it can start to take effect. I have PCOS and I’ve had my hormones tested my dhea-s was high and I’ve read that low progesterone can cause dhea to work overtime.

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    • Fran July 10, 2014, 4:21 pm

      Hi Stephanie, only use the progesterone cream if your hormone testing came back that you were low in progesterone. Cramping is often a magnesium deficiency.

      For PCOS the best things you can do is eat low GI and reduce the stress in your life. I don’t know exactly what to completely recommend for you without having a proper consultation.

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      • Stephanie July 14, 2014, 4:36 pm

        Thanks! That makes sense. I’ve been slacking on my magnesium lotion. I’ll add that back in and see if that helps. I got my hormones checked at my doctors and the nurse didn’t say they were low, but I never got a copy to look over. So, it might be on the low end of normal and I just don’t know about it. I’ve been thinking of doing a saliva test because that’s supposed to be more accurate.

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        • Stephanie July 14, 2014, 4:54 pm

          Also, I get one cystic acne pop up on my ovulation day. Is that because estrogen and progesterone drop off and androgens become more dominate? Taking estroblock has helped a lot with all my other acne, but the acne on and after ovulation still pops up here and there on my face. That’s what made me think it’s low progesterone.

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          • Fran July 14, 2014, 7:45 pm

            No progesterone begins to rise at this time. I recommend you get your saliva hormone testing done instead of guessing.

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  • Lola July 6, 2014, 3:05 am

    HI. I am planning on taking the saliva tests from the dr. john lee md website. I have suffered from awful acne for all my life (age 11 or 12 to now age 36). Mostly my adult life it has been limited to my face- especially chin/mouth nose area. However, I started getting super bad acne on my back, neck and chest over the last 2 years. I had been on birth control since age 17 until age 34 and then decided to come off the birth control. I was already starting to have this bad acne on my back and neck at that time. It has continued to remain, is very stubborn and maybe worse than ever. In my earlier to mid 20’s I took 3 courses of accutane and I’ve had every topical and antibiotic I can think of. Out of desperation, I’ve been taking an oral antibiotic for the last 6- 10 months or so. I think it has helped SOME, but not a lot. Even though I think it is bad for someone to take antibiotics like this, I am desperate. Even though they don’t help a ton, I’m afraid of what I’ll experience if I quit now. I’ve started with B supplements, vitamin A & D. Used to take zinc but not currently on it.
    What is THE BEST time of the month to take these saliva tests I’ve sent for? Like we all know, hormones fluctuate throughout the month and so I’m confused as to when they should be taken. Expecting my kit in the mail next week. Thanks for your help!

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    • Fran July 7, 2014, 5:04 pm

      Hi Lola,

      The best day to take the test is day 22 of your cycle (with day 1 being the first day of bleeding). Please book in a consultation after you get the results and we’ll get you on the best treatment plan to get clear.

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  • Virginia Morgan July 3, 2014, 1:13 am

    I have been taking Estroblock since February. I started with 3 pills and saw some results, but not completely cleared. I started taking 4 pills about 2 months ago, and I’m not clear. The problem I’m having is some weight gain. Kind of like if I was on birth control. My breast seem a little larger also. I was having really bad PMS before taking the Estroblock, that has went away completely. Do you have any suggestions as to why I might be gaining weight? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Fran July 4, 2014, 2:34 am

      Hi Virginia, this is a common side effect, I recommend that you better support your liver through this process.

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      • Virginia July 4, 2014, 1:55 pm

        I meant to say I am clear! With the liver support do you recommend just a supplement? The liver cleanse is too scary!

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        • Fran July 7, 2014, 5:00 pm

          Hi Virginia, in my liver ebook I have all different types of ways to work with the liver, including gentle things that you can do, and energetic and emotional cleansing.

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  • Angelaa July 2, 2014, 10:49 pm

    Are you able to take Estroblock while taking your birth control pills at the same time?

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    • Fran July 4, 2014, 2:32 am

      Hi Angelaa, yes you can, in fact I recommend taking 1 capsule of estroblock for the duration of being on the pill.

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  • Sandy July 1, 2014, 2:27 pm

    Hi! My menstrual cycle usually for the past 4 months was 24 days or something after bcp(quit a year ago), after starting with multivitamin, cell stabilizer and omega-3 about a month ago, my period are late for over a week now. Before I was already eating Estroblock and Vitex and some other vitamins. Can the new supplements be the reason? Thank you πŸ™‚

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    • Fran July 1, 2014, 10:04 pm

      Hi Sandy, what do you mean by late? If your cycle falls into 31 days then it’s still within regular.

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      • sandy July 2, 2014, 6:57 am

        It is 35th day..

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        • sandy July 2, 2014, 9:46 am

          Haha, today they started!

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          • sandy July 5, 2014, 5:35 am

            But my PMS symptoms was the worse this time..i started with cell stabilizer, magnesium and omega 3 oil recently( month ago or so), have been eating now low carb and high in healthy fats..drinking ACV with water in the mornings and evenings…is this some detox result? Do I have to stick with my diet and supplements altough my acne seems some days worse, some days better and I had PMS symptoms this time

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            • Ann July 5, 2014, 5:37 am

              No dont go high fat! Really would advice against such things. Go high carb, good carbs. Keep fat at 10-20% and low protein.

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              • Fran July 7, 2014, 5:06 pm

                Hi Ann, this is not true for everyone. It depends largely on constitution with (for instance) how fast an oxidiser you are and what your ayurvedic typing is, including also what geographical location you live in. It’s dangerous to ever suggest one definite diet for everyone.

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                • sandy July 7, 2014, 7:07 pm

                  I do eat carbs, like sweet potatoe and qinoa, but only a small portion in the evening or after some training. But healthy fats..i put coconut oil in everything, i dont eat so much meat, only sometimes organic. Lots of fish and eggs. I dont know, somehow I like how I eat now, i dont feel so hungry all the time and my skin is much softer πŸ™‚ I just started so many new things at one time, that I believe it is causing some reaction in the body. I keep a diary now and just watch how my body is reacting and changing

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                • Ann August 4, 2014, 5:20 pm

                  Could you tell me more about being a fast “oxidiser” and how you find out which you are?

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  • Jennifer Maxine June 30, 2014, 1:07 pm

    I have another question if you don’t mind answering. If someone is on birth control pills – the ones that keep the hormones the same each week – and you, every now and then, suffer from extreme chin cystic acne – does that mean that your hormones still change and fluctuate while on them? For some reason I thought that the pill forced or kept you at a certain spot. Does what I’m asking make sense? Lol Thatnk!

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    • Fran June 30, 2014, 11:58 pm

      Hi again Jennifer, as women we have several hormones that fluctuate throughout the month. While on the pill this changes but we still keep producing some of our reproductive hormones and the pill adds in some synthetic “copies”. So it does affect your reproductive hormonal system in a big way, and some women find that the pill is the cause of their acne.

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      • Jennifer Maxine July 1, 2014, 12:39 am

        Oh ok – got it. Thank you again. πŸ™‚

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  • Jennifer Maxine June 29, 2014, 2:39 pm

    Hi there!! So I have been doing some massive research the last few days. I believe my hormones are imbalanced. Symptoms of est dominance. I am 36. For YEARS I have been extremely moody. Irritable. Have anxiety. Depression. Fatigue. Trouble sleeping. Have a collection of more fat on hips thighs and low belly. I am a fitness competitor – so I eat very healthy – organic. I keep my weight in check obviously BUT it’s hard to lose and I do have trouble in those areas above. I weight train 5x week. Overall healthy. But for years – miserable and I felt like it was just normal. I know now that its not. So I have been on birth control pills for 18 yrs non stop. For years now I do the pills where I only get a period Avery few months. Oh also hormonal cystic acne too I’m dealing with. Anyways – I feel like I want to go off of my pills! That is my plan – however Id like to get full hormone testing to see exactly what’s going on. If I stop my pills at the end of this pack when should I do the testing? Thank you for all your info!!

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    • Fran June 30, 2014, 11:54 pm

      Hi Jennifer, I recommend that you wait 6 months after coming off the pill to do the testing. Much of your progesterone and a type of estrogen (out of the 40 types), along with some of your androgens will be supressed/lowered while you are on the pill. Give your hormones time to balance themselves back to normal after coming off the pill.

      I have a protocol in my latest ebook for coming off the pill. Basically it involves taking estroblock, a multi-vitamin (vitamins A, B-complex, C & E, manganese, magnesium, zinc and an Omega-3 are most important), helping to boost your natural progesterone levels, and supporting your liver and doing minor cleansing.

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      • Jennifer Maxine July 1, 2014, 12:37 am

        Ok – Thank you! I am very I interested in your ebook – ill look tom when I’m at a computer.

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  • me June 22, 2014, 10:42 am

    I eat a very clean vegan diet for many years.
    My high androgens started when I was still an omnivore. It causes more hairgrowth on body and acne on the back. No matter what I did, nothing changes it. I took supplements, i dont eat refined carbs or junk… And I dont have cysts on my ovaries either. It’s so weird. I have had this for about12 years from when I was 15 (after my periods started).

    none of my dokters know what to do about it. The only thing my one doc said was: take birth control.
    But I rather not.

    i got high testosterone and too high androstenedione.
    Estrogen is normala nd so is progesteron and all other hormones.

    And yes I often get tired, especially the days before and first days of my periods I can be really exhausted.

    So weird :/

    I also exercise, I got a healthy bmi (19.6). For the rest I have no health complaints at all and look younger than my age. I dont look masculine, got good hips and thighs, but my breasts are small though. Like keira knightley.

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    • Fran June 22, 2014, 8:41 pm

      Hi, I recommend that you seek out a herbalist and acupuncturist – someone who can give your body a full analysis. It may be something like your digestive health and/or adrenal health that are causing the hormonal imbalance and weight on your stomach and thighs but not your chest. Working out why your testosterone and androgens are so high will be the answer to your skin issues and health problems related to your hormones.

      In the meantime I recommend that you stick to a low glycemic index (GI) diet.

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  • Eileen Cahill June 21, 2014, 12:38 am

    I’m 30 never had skin problems only last 4 months in my chin tried loads won’t clear n white lumps too n spots I hav ply csysts on my ovaries please help x

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    • Fran June 22, 2014, 8:37 pm

      Hi Eileen, if you have PCOS then get a hormone test (if you haven’t already) for your androgen and progesterone levels. If they are off balance then you can do natural treatments to balance them which will bring you back into having full ovulations and likely clear your skin.

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  • Kendra June 20, 2014, 11:14 pm

    Fran,

    I knew I had a hormone imbalance but none of the Doctors I saw seemed to know what to do or how to help especially since I’m only 26. I recently took a saliva test an my results were low estradiol and low progesterone, DHEA’s were low but my testosterone was normal. The progesterone was less low because of an IUD I had for about nine months. I got it removed thinking this could be the source of my imbalance but I think I have always had hormonal imbalance since puberty. Last week I would hardly think straight and was so fatigued I didn’t know what to do. Although, I feel better this week my symptoms feel still so severe. What can I do to help my body balance faster? Would bio-identical hormones help the process? My periods are more heavy and my acne is the worst its ever been. I’m at a loss, any ideas on how long I might feel this way or what I can do? Thanks for your help.

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    • Fran June 22, 2014, 8:36 pm

      Hi Kendra, if it was a progestin releasing IUD then I recommend you take potassium and magnesium supplements, estroblock, and get your progesterone levels tested again. Also do some basic liver support work like drinking warm water with lemon in the morning.

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  • Megan June 17, 2014, 2:37 pm

    do you have to take a liver support with estroblock? i have been taking 4 triple strength a day with no problem please let me know.

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    • Fran June 22, 2014, 8:30 pm

      Hi Megan,

      If you haven’t had any problems then you don’t need to. By the way, 4 triple strength is a lot!!! Please check in with the sway test to see if your body really needs that much.

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  • Jane June 15, 2014, 8:59 pm

    Hello Fran. Thank you for all your great advice on here. Since changing my diet and having acupuncture I’ve been able to notice a pattern in my breakouts, rather than bad 24/7. My acne and rosacea tend to get really bad around half way and then a few days before my period it calms down. Does this sound like any particular hormone imbalance? I’m told my testosterone level is within the normal range, though I have PCOS and I’m underweight. I plan to follow your advice and get the saliva test done but do you have thoughts in the meantime so I can work on things sooner.

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    • Fran June 16, 2014, 2:41 am

      Hi Jane, it will be good to wait for those test results to come in. You could start on other things now but you may just be wasting money and/or doing the wrong treatment. Book in a consultation when the results come back and let’s work on a plan together x

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  • sylvia castro June 14, 2014, 3:42 pm

    Hi my question I was tested for several things going on with my hormones due f or absense of my menstrual period, and the DR.told me my estrogen level is really low but I want to know if I can take the estro block??

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    • Fran June 14, 2014, 7:50 pm

      Hi Syliva, it depends what type of estrogen you were low in. We have 3 major types and about 40 sub types of estrogen. EstroBlock will help to raise levels of health estrogens so it could be a good option – but please check in with what type of estrogen, and if you were too low/high in any other hormones first.

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  • Laura June 13, 2014, 10:23 pm

    I just got my results back from my saliva test and they shocked me…very low in testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone! I swear this goes against everything I’ve read about acne and hormones- I thought for sure my testosterone would be through the roof. My acne is SO persistent. Any guidance you can offer on these hormonal levels and connection to my seemingly incureable spots?

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    • Fran June 14, 2014, 5:47 pm

      Yes! Thank you for writing because it is a misconception that all of us that get acne are high in testosterone. Not always the case!!!

      The most important thing for you is getting up your progesterone because it’s going to help all other hormones.

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      • Laura June 16, 2014, 2:54 am

        Does the progesterone hormone have the power to help clear up acne issues once levels begin go come back up? Other than bio identical creams- any other ways I can help too boost progesterone?

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        • Fran June 16, 2014, 1:39 pm

          Hi Laura, it depends on what the root cause of your acne is/was. Yes there are others ways, with vitex or a combination of zinc, magnesium and B6.

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  • Tiff June 13, 2014, 7:58 pm

    Hello, I just ran across your website doing research on spironolactone and weight gain. While I love the affects of the spiro on my skin (or it may be the Retin-A and glycolic acid pads), I am less than happy to find it this medicine may be the reason for my 15lb weight gain and increase in bra size to a DD cup since I started taking it in May 2013. I was prescribed this medicine because my potassium levels were extremely low after being on hydrochlorothiazide. I am on the lowest dose (25mg) of spiro. My question to you is if I start a DIM regimen and continue taking the spiro, do you think it will help with the weight management? Or should I discuss with my doctor taking this med out of my treatment and taking the DIM alone to get my hormones under control? I know I am an estrogen dominant women due to years of battling fibroids. Since being on spiro, I have not had a reoccurence of fibroids and my blood pressure remained at a steady 123/77 for a solid week WITHOUT taking the spiro. The other two BP meds I am taking are Norvasc (5mg) and Toprol XL (25mg). Thanks!

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    • Fran June 14, 2014, 5:45 pm

      Hi Tiff, please discuss it with your medical professional. I have a friend who manages fibroids through natural supplements and emotional healing so it is possible. My advice to you is to see a holistic or natural therapist about your fibroids.

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    • Danielle June 17, 2014, 11:07 pm

      I am also on Spiro for hormonal cystic acne. I have great skin finally but have gained a lot of weight and my melasma is coming back. I am looking to get off Spiro and take Estroblock alone. Are there other supplements I should take with the Estroblock?
      Please let me know.
      Thank you,
      Danielle

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  • Bianca Schmidt June 12, 2014, 11:44 am

    Hoping you could help. Ive suffered from severe dry eye due to meibian gland dysfunction(these glands are in eyelids and respond as sebaceous glands) after 6mths of taking the pill with progestins where i was riddled with acne. I have ongoing hard solid oil plugs in skin and this is whats causing the dysfunction in eye glands. Could you be of specific assistance in eliminating this its not big wet pussy acne. Happy to consult via email or phone.

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    • Fran June 12, 2014, 1:54 pm

      Hi Bianca, I recommend that you get a hormone test done first – you can even just get your progesterone tested if you’d like (that’s your hormone that I’m most curious about) but better to get a complete test done – then book in an Email consultation.

      You can order a test kit from here: http://www.johnleemd.com/store/prod_stest.html

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  • Gopika May 31, 2014, 5:16 am

    Hi fran

    Love your site. Wanted to check what is the difference between estrablock and dim and which is better for estrogen dominant weight gain?
    Tks
    Gopika

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    • Fran May 31, 2014, 2:34 pm

      Hi Gopika, EstroBlock is DIM – that’s the main component so it will help you manage weight IF it’s caused by estrogens.

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      • gopika June 30, 2014, 9:36 am

        thanks. i am convinced it is because of estrogen dominance. how ever no endocrinologist thinks i should be tested for it even though i have asked. my thyroid is now ok with ayurvedic medicine. in apr my thyroid tests were ft3-2.15, ft4-1.13, tsh-4.1. now in jun they are ft3-4.26, ft4-16.95, tsh-2.57. but i am still putting on weight. i am at my wits end trying to figure out what is wrong and find a cure but all i am told is dont stress! what blood tests will tell if i am estrogen dominant?
        tks

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        • Fran July 1, 2014, 12:02 am

          Hi gopika, go to an acupuncturist and herbalist, someone who can actually feel your organs, your pulse, look into your eyes and at your tongue, etc, etc… to see if there’s an imbalance in an organ(s) and/or your digestive system. It could be your adrenals, your liver, and/or it could be something along your digestive system. There are many options.

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  • Stephanie May 30, 2014, 6:30 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I have gotten most of my whiteheads and blackheads under control, however, on my ovulation day I will sometimes get a large cystic pimple on my cheek/jawline. What can I do to keep those suckers from forming. I’m on estroblock, saw palmetto, evening primrose, b-complex, omega 3’s and a liver support.

    Thanks πŸ™‚

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    • Fran May 30, 2014, 10:23 pm

      Hi Stephanie, sometimes getting the odd pimple before bleeding is a normal part of being a woman! If you want to try and not get this odd pimple, check in with a saliva hormone test to see if anything is out of balance and then go from there..

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  • Kelly May 29, 2014, 3:08 pm

    So from past 12 months I have been having pimples on my jawline, chin, around my mouth and something on my cheeks which live marks. Also I have been facing irregular period. And the worst is that I haven’t got my periods from the past two months.

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    • Fran May 29, 2014, 3:23 pm

      Hi Kelly, it sounds like you have a form of hormonal imbalance but I won’t know until I’ve had a proper chat with you. Book in a consultation if you can x

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  • Lauren May 20, 2014, 4:39 pm

    Hi there Fran..
    Thanks for this extremely helpful site! So grateful that I have come across it. I know that my acne is caused by excess androgens. What do you think would be the most affective anti androgen?

    Thank you

    Lauren

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    • Fran May 20, 2014, 4:47 pm

      Hi Lauren, definitely take estroblock.

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      • Lauren May 20, 2014, 6:48 pm

        I’ve been taking estroblock for about 7 months. I’ve tried all different types of dosages -however, my acne is still present and the only thing it seems to do is lower my sex drive

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        • Fran May 20, 2014, 10:34 pm

          Hi again Lauren, EstroBlock on its own is not the answer, you will need to do a holistic treatment plan. Have you had a hormone test done? Were androgens the only hormones that were out of balance? What other treatments have you been using in conjunction with EstroBlock? Are you on any form of synthetic birth control and you have been for the last 2 years? Are you on any medications?

          You need to answer these sorts of questions in order to create an adequate treatment plan that will heal your skin.

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          • Lauren May 21, 2014, 5:06 am

            Thank you for your replies Fran.

            I’ve been off of BC for two years. Had my hormones checked.

            I am also slightly low in estrogen and progesterone. I’ve been taking vitex as well for a couple months. Also omegas, multivitamin etc..I feel that neither the vitex or estroblock are clearing up my acne. Sometimes I take a break from estroblock for a couple days and it almost seems as if my skin is clearer for those days (Is there anyway the estroblock is actually making things worse? I tried to do the sway test but I can’t tell). Maybe I need to work on raising my estrogen, not detoxing it?

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            • Fran May 21, 2014, 12:33 pm

              Vitex won’t begin to work for at least 4 months. If the dosage of EB is too high, or your liver is struggling then you will get worse acne.

              Please book in an appointment if you’d like me to help you with a treatment plan.

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  • Heather May 19, 2014, 2:13 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I love your website and your positive approach to dealing with acne. I have suffered for years with acne, primarily hormonal. I have comodones, cysts, and nodular acne. My problem areas are very red and inflamed. They are primarily on my chin and I have a few cysts that have developed over the past two weeks on my cheeks ( according to facial mapping: dental issues or allergies?). I have seen dermatologists and have been on antibiotics and took spiro for awhile until it gave me dizzy spells. The antibiotics and topical creams they prescribed helped somewhat, but they aren’t natural and they don’t offer a solution. Recently I stopped using all traditional topicals and antibiotics, and my acne in my chin got worse and now it has spread to my cheeks. I tried taking different herbs and supplements like vitex, maca, a blood support tincture (recommended by herb store) zinc, and magnesium, for the past month and this is not working. I just ordered the estroblock and I will try that. I have just begun using hemp oil to wash my face and lavender on my zits, so far I like how it makes my skin feel. I started saw palmetto, but I did a sway test that said it was not for me. I had blood work done a few years back and it came back normal. I would like to try a salvia test. The site you mention for getting this done is too expensive for me. What type of doctors provide this type of testing? I would like to have a consult, but I feel I should wait until I have testing done to verify what hormonal influences are affecting my skin. I am carefully watching my diet and trying eliminate any estrogens. The affirmations are wonderful, as this has effected me so emotionally. Suggestions?

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    • Fran May 19, 2014, 11:22 pm

      Hi Heather, it would be good for you to get that saliva test done because there is a lot of confusion and stress around you at the moment. Most conventional doctors only offer blood testing so my suggesting is to save up for the saliva test – make it a priority!

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  • tracey May 19, 2014, 10:05 am

    hey!
    im 41 and having hormone treatment.I am so shocked with my skin as i have always had really good skin and now suddenly i have acne on my chest back neck and chin. I take take Dhea and progestrone troche. Double dose of 2thyroid tablets .Sandrena gel. 3vitamin D tablets and 2 iron tablets a day. Also recently i have a testosterone injection which my daughter injects into me.I had injected 1.76g into me every 2weeks but since realised i should only of had a third of that. this is when i broke out in acne. i am so worried as i dont no what to do i just want to stop it all and go back to how i was,although that was depressed but cannot deal with bad skin. Doc said i am perri menepausal. please!could you tell me what is causing the acne. Im so desperate.also i have just had a ultasound scan on pelvis and overies as i have been having peroids every 10 days. i hope you can help.thankyou

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    • Fran May 19, 2014, 11:19 pm

      Hi Tracey, the DHEAS and/or testosterone could be the problem, and if the progesterone is synthetic that can do it too.

      Why are you having so many hormonal treatments?

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  • Alexandra May 13, 2014, 6:23 pm

    Hi Fran!
    I’ve been following you for like 5 years! I’ve had trouble with my skin for 15 years, off and on, and have taken everything including Accutane. I’ve found good results in the past with cleaning up my diet and doing some cleansing, stress relief, exercise etc.. I’ve still been dealing with breakouts before my period and recently starting tracking my cycle more closely to try to figure it out. I just read your Ebook and I am planning to do some liver cleansing and home enemas, get back to an even more low sugar and low GI diet, and I ordered Estroblock to try. I don’t want to be obsessed with getting perfectly clear, but I dooo want to heal my skin more than it is now!! I also relate to what you’ve written about the emotional stuff, slowing down, and self love – but it’s hard! Any other tips for me now? I’m planning to try to liver cleansing, diet improvements and estrblock for a few months – and if that leaves me with questions or needing more help I’ll book an appt with you.
    Thank you!! : )

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    • Fran May 13, 2014, 6:48 pm

      Hi Alexandra, EstroBlock may just clear up those monthly breakouts πŸ™‚ If not then a vitex/evenig primrose oil + fish oil works magic.

      Yes that stuff is hard.. I’m also working on a new chapter of self love and a reopening of my heart. Opening a hear HURTS so we often stop the process in the very beginning. My advice is two things – 1) Give, nurture and love yourself in all ways possible, in any way that you can think of. 2) If you have a moment or a day that your heart is screeching in pain, then really FEEL into that pain, allow it to be. It will likely pass relatively quickly and then you can congratulate yourself on letting that (whatever it was) go. This is also a step closer to feeling more life inward and outwardly x

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      • Alexandra May 13, 2014, 7:03 pm

        Thank you! πŸ™‚
        Do you think I should try to vitex/EPO at the same time as the estro block? hmm.

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        • Fran May 13, 2014, 8:44 pm

          yes

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  • dajana May 9, 2014, 11:44 am

    Hi! Thank you for the informative article! I didn’t about so many of the things you mentioned! I suffer from PCOS and have just started taking Vitex for my acne. I stopped taking birth control a few months ago cause I wanted to detox my body from it but since then my acne has flaired up and so I started taking Vitex. I read that it can take 3-6 months to see the benefits. So, I’m still waiting… yet I wanted to ask you if you think I could take EstroBlock with my daily Vitex? Thank you for your help! -D

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    • Fran May 9, 2014, 4:01 pm

      Hi Dajana, considering you’ve come off the BCP I highly recommend that you take EstroBlock. It’s okay to take while on Vitex.

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  • Fran May 7, 2014, 7:53 am

    Hi Fran! It’s weird we have the same name. I have also been battling with acne around my chin and lately around my jaw area especially when i’ll be having my period. I have consulted many dermatologists and to no avail, my acne keeps showing up. Im already 27years old and im getting frustated with my face. i have also searched about perioral dermatitis.Do you have an idea about that?And should i have my hormones checked because i believe the hormones are causing my breakouts. Thanks! Hope you could help me. – fran-

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    • Fran May 7, 2014, 2:55 pm

      Hi Fran, yes you have acne in a very hormonal area so I recommend that you get your hormones tested via saliva or urine. Book in a consultation after the results come in x

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  • Ashley May 2, 2014, 8:02 am

    Hello, I just had my hormones tested and my doctor said they were all normal. My question is I have irregular periods and my doctor says it is due to PCOS, I was wondering how could this be? I am 26 and wanting to have a baby. I haven’t tried yet but I am currently on the pill. If I go off the pill my period is wacked out bad. I have been emotional about this issue. He said something to me about insulin resistant. I also has ultrasounds since I was about 13 or 14 all the way up till I was in 19 and never once did the Gynocologist said I had anything on my ovaries. Do you know what could be doing this to me? I also have some pimples on my face. My hormones level were ok, and

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    • Fran May 2, 2014, 6:01 pm

      Hi Ashley, your doctor may not be correct. First, in order to have PCOS you need to have an ultrasound scan of your ovaries that shows at least 12 cysts on one ovary. I you haven’t had that done then don’t think that you have it.

      Secondly, in my personal opinion a hormone test done while on the BCP is inaccurate because some of your natural hormonal production is suppressed with the addition of synthetic progestin and sometimes estrogens into the body. I like to give it 6 months after going off the pill before you consider a test – and a saliva or urine hormone test is much better.

      I suggest that you follow my protocol for coming off the pill that I’ve written in my latest eBook, and then if you’re still getting acne 6 months after coming off it, get your saliva hormone testing done then to see if you have any imbalances.

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      • Ashley May 9, 2014, 6:52 pm

        My doctor checked my hormones before putting me on the pill.

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  • Samara May 1, 2014, 4:08 pm

    Hi Fran!

    I dont know if you have heard of the supplement Estrotone? (it has: evening primrose oil, schizandra, ginger, black cohosh, vitex, and rosemary leaf).
    I am already taking estroblock triple strength but unfortunately I am still getting hormonal acne. Do you think these could work well together?

    Thanks,
    Sam

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    • Fran May 2, 2014, 12:20 am

      Hi Samara, Estrotone sounds like a great supplement to me! But also very different to EstroBlock which has the active component of DIM. These two supplements would work very well together – but it also depends on what hormones are affecting your skin.

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  • Katka April 29, 2014, 6:41 pm

    Hello Fran, first of all, I would like to thank you for your wonderful website. Every time I felt depressed about my skin, you were the one who gave me the strength not to give up. Fortunately, my skin is much better now – but still not 100 % clear. Therefore, I got my hormones tested and the results show that I am low in estradiol (mine is 0.8, normal range is 1.3 – 3.3). Testosterone is high. And progesterone is within normal range. Please, could you recommend any supplements for balancing my hormones? I would be very thankful for any advice.
    Katka

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    • Fran May 1, 2014, 12:38 am

      Hi Katka, I’m so happy that I’m able to help, and so happy that your skin is doing so much better!

      There is lots of information on this page about lowering testosterone (look at the lowering androgens section). I’d say begin with working on lowering your testosterone and lowering stress (but seriously work on lowering stress), and then check in again to see if your estradiol is too low after some months.

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  • stacey April 27, 2014, 5:34 pm

    Fran-can you clear up how estroblock effects testosterone in females? Especially ones with high testosterone, like PCOS?

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  • Adriana April 25, 2014, 8:29 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I love your website and i just came across it! I have been suffering from acne for about 2 years now and recently its gotten worse. After a doctor consultation and tests run, it turns out I have high testosterone levels and low progesterone levels. I haven’t had a period for the past 2-3 months. My doc put me on Spiro 25 mg and its been 2 months now but I have an appt. in 2 weeks and i’m hoping he can up my dosage. I get bad acne around my mouth area and chin and now my forehead. But my back has taken the hit the worst πŸ™ Will taking EstroBlock work for me? Any other suggestions that can help?

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    • Fran April 29, 2014, 2:08 am

      Hi Adriana, your hormone imbalance is very typical for an adult women with chronic acne. Please note that we can correct your hormones and bring back your cycle without the spiro. EstroBlock may help but it’s not addressing your low progesterone issue.

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      • Adriana April 29, 2014, 5:14 pm

        Thanks for the reply Fran. I see that you mentioned that there is a way to correct my hormones and bring back my cycle :), how exactly? I am quite desperate at this moment. Will correcting this issue relieve me of my chronic acne? Or at least improve it drastically? Estroblock may help? But is it not the best option in my case? According to my doc, he said that there is nothing else that can really be done to up my progesterone levels (and low progesterone levels means that there is the possibility of inability to get pregnant, which is a huge issue for me).

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        • Fran April 29, 2014, 5:35 pm

          Yes, correct your hormones are very likely to solve your acne problem. What an odd doctor! There are lots of things you can do – 3 natural treatments in particular to raise progesterone, and supplementation and diet for lowering testosterone. There is enough information on this website to get you on the right track, or book in an appointment if you’d like to go through a treatment plan together.

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  • sandy April 23, 2014, 4:49 pm

    Hi again! I have been eating estroblock pro with success almost 5 months. My new estroblock order seems to be late, as it is still not arrived after 4 weeks. Soon im out of estroblock but i try to take only half of dosage starting tomorrow, so it would last a little longer. How to deal with the fear of getting acne if i cant take estroblock maybe soon? It would be so helpful to read others comments and stories how they stopped eating estroblock and at the same time remained clear skin πŸ™‚ Thank you!

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    • Fran April 23, 2014, 10:38 pm

      Hi Sandy, from my own personal experience if you are still reliant on EstroBlock (after 5 months you actually may not even need it anymore!!) then there will be some weeks grace period. So you are unlikely to experience any worsening of your acne in the interim while your estroblock order arrives.

      Also please do check in with the sway test to see how much your body is currently asking for, and if your skin has been clear for at least a month, try slowing weaning off it – as I said, you may no longer need it!

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      • sandy April 26, 2014, 6:18 am

        I am not 100% clear. I dont have any red pimples anymore, but i do have those very little glogged pores allover my face. I continue with liver flushes and also with estroblock, hopefully as soon as my package will arrive. I also have to use some other oil with the hemp seed one because using only hemp seed oil seems to try my skin a little, however i put it quite much, as you recommended. I added castrol oil recently. Thank you for answering πŸ™‚ this site has been very helpful

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  • Ash April 21, 2014, 11:11 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I haven’t booked a skype appointment yet as I am very busy and struggling to find the time.
    I do have one question about something that has been nagging at me for a while.

    My breakouts did start along my jaw area but then have spread up onto my cheeks as well now.
    I know the jawline is classic hormone imbalance, is the cheek acne just a worsening of the hormonal imbalance?
    Is it likely to be hormonal triggered?
    Or is something else causing those cheek breakouts?

    Thanks and I hope to be able to book an appointment soon. πŸ™‚

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    • Fran April 23, 2014, 10:36 pm

      Hi Ash, let’s discuss this in the consultation because I can’t say without having a proper conversation with you.

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  • MaryL April 21, 2014, 11:21 am

    Hi Fran,
    The information on your website is invaluable! I’m 26 and have been suffering from hormonal acne (occurs about 2 weeks before my period) for the past 7 years now) but it is mild – average. However, I also have oily T-zone and scalp, excess hair on face, body and chest (and hairs keep popping up in areas where i never had them before)!

    So I recently got my testosterone, androgen and thyroid levels tested and all 3 are normal..so i am not quite sure what was wrong with me until i came across this page. Will do a saliva test to test for Progesterone levels. I also want to order the Estroblock..will the one that is availble on your page do or should i be taking a stronger one first?

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    • Fran April 23, 2014, 10:33 pm

      Hi Mary, thank you for the compliment πŸ™‚

      I’m wondering where your DHEAS levels are at, they may be either high or at the higher end of the normal range. Also it would be good to get your estrogen to progesterone ratio tested to check in to see if you are estrogen dominant.

      It is better to start with the regular strength EstroBlock – I only sell the triple strength to those that have been using the regular strength for at least 3 months and have had no problems with it.

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      • MaryL April 24, 2014, 12:53 pm

        Thanks for your help and quick response Fran πŸ™‚

        Would you please be able to advise where I can buy a regular strength EstroBlock please?
        Also, the Endo i’ve been seeing has put me on Spironolactone for 2 months (for the acne and excess hair growth) to see if it helps. Do you think it would be okay to take EstroBlock at the same time?

        Thanks again!

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        • Fran April 24, 2014, 5:58 pm

          Hi Mary, yes you can buy it from me: http://highonhealthstore.com

          Yes, it is good to take EstroBlock while on any form of hormonal treatment.

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  • Todd Gilligan April 21, 2014, 9:00 am

    Hi,

    Reading up about this for my girl friend. She has pimples that come up on her jaw line just on the left edge go month on jaw line.

    Interested in Skype comsultation?

    How much does this cost

    Talk soon

    Cheers

    Todd

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    • Fran April 23, 2014, 10:27 pm

      Hi Todd, All the information about both Email and Skype consultations can be found here: http://highonclearskin.com/book-now/

      Initial consultations are AU$75 and follow ups are AU$40.

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  • Vicky April 19, 2014, 2:09 pm

    Hey Fran,
    I was reading up on Evening Primrose Oil..Would you recommend it for anyone with acne-prone skin? Or just specific hormonal imbalances? I’ve heard some people say that it causes more acne but a lot of people seem to think it balances their skin out.
    Thanks!

    Vicky πŸ™‚

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    • Fran April 20, 2014, 11:40 pm

      Hi Vicky, EPO builds healthy cervical mucous, so it’s good for women who’s acne comes with an irregular cycle. It’s also good for women that experience these symptoms before monthly bleeding: acne, tender breasts, nausea or diarrhoea/constipation, anxiety, sugar cravings or cramps.

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  • Sarah Stevenson April 18, 2014, 1:06 pm

    Hey Fran! I’ve loved your You Tube videos for ages and have only recently come across your website, and I’m loving it!! I’m 22 and have been on vitex for almost a year and it has done absolutely nothing for my acne. I’m from Sydney Aus and looking everywhere for Estro block Pro, where can I get it without having to ay like $35 shipping for it! πŸ™

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    • Fran April 20, 2014, 11:37 pm

      Hi Sarah, I sell EstroBlock pro by custom order shipped from Brisbane – but you have to have tried the regular strength first. You can send me an Email.

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  • sarah April 14, 2014, 1:18 am

    Hi Fran! I was just wondering if you knew anything about keratosis pilaris? Ive heard that it is also related to hormones or insulin resistance considering it usually starts at puberty or after childbirth. Ive had it since I was about 13 and im now 21 and its getting worse! Please help me, thanks!!

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    • Fran April 17, 2014, 1:39 pm

      Hi Sarah, I’m sorry I don’t know much about it. I would suggest getting a saliva hormone test done to check in first if you have an imbalance. You may find that correcting any imbalances could lead to a clearing of your keratosis.

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  • april April 11, 2014, 4:54 pm

    Hi there. Thank you so much for all your amazing info! Just a quick question. Does vitex do the same as estroblock?

    Thank you!
    April

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    • Fran April 17, 2014, 1:38 pm

      Hi April, no, they do completely different things. EstroBlock detoxes bad estrogens out of the body and is a natural androgen blocker. Vitex stimulates the pituitary gland to produce more of its natural hormones.

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  • Lily April 9, 2014, 12:46 pm

    Hi πŸ™‚ I have a question:

    What is my likely hormonal imbalance if my skin breaks out terribly in the week before my period but as soon as I get my period it dramatically clears. I have been using vitex for a while, my naturopath put me on 2000 mg a day.

    Thank you,
    Lily

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    • Fran April 9, 2014, 4:00 pm

      Hi Lily, I can’t say exactly without getting a full history from you, it’s unfortunately not as black and white as that. What I can say is that in the week before we bleed our progesterone levels rise naturally which causes our skin to swell a little and our pores to appear as if they are compressed shut. This swelling can cause clogging which then causes acne.

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  • Fatima April 8, 2014, 8:02 pm

    Hi Fran , iv ordered estroblock for me i am suffuring from mild to severe acne , hair loss especially lately my hair has been shedding a lot and hair body but my testosterone level is fine . My progesterone level is too hig i am afraid that estroblock cause more shedsing can it ? Thanks a lot elp and support

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    • Fran April 9, 2014, 4:01 pm

      Hi Fatima, I have not heard of EstroBlock causing hair shedding.

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  • Emily April 7, 2014, 1:33 pm

    I should also add that I have spotting before my period and they seem to have become a little more irregular. I also experience some PMS symptoms like cramping.

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  • Ash April 7, 2014, 3:07 am

    Hello Fran,
    I emailed you a few days ago. I sent it to fran@highonhealth.org as it was the only email I could find. Is this the correct email?
    It was a bit of a lengthy email and I was inquiring about skype appointment times.
    Thanks

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    • Fran April 9, 2014, 4:01 pm

      Hi Ash, please send it again!! I did not receive your email.

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      • Ash April 10, 2014, 12:26 am

        No worries. Sent it again.

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  • Emily April 6, 2014, 2:42 pm

    Does vitex cause excess progesterone if on it for too long? I’ve been taking it for 1 year. When I first started taking it my skin broke out pretty badly but I thought my body just needed to adjust (I had just gone off BC). I am still breaking out badly before my period and always have consistent blemishes throughout the month. Can this mean that progesterone is not what my body needs? I take estroblock too.

    Thanks!

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    • Fran April 9, 2014, 4:04 pm

      Hi Emily, no it does not, it stimulates your body to produce good healthy levels of its own progesterone. If you came off the BCP look into mineral deficiencies, bad estrogen build up and a possible estrogen imbalance.

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  • Ronelle April 4, 2014, 9:08 am

    Hi there Fran
    I am curious. I am 32 anf I went off birth control about 6 months ago and have been experiencing serious breakouts on my chin/ jaw line. I’ve been reading good things about DIM clearing up adult acne so i purchased my first bottle 2 days ago and very excited to start seeing results. However, I now keep coming across articles that mention DIM being the cause of hairloss. As any woman can imagine, that is the last thing one wants to hear since going off bith controll has already caused major hair loss for myself and I’m sure for others as well. What is your take on this?

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    • Fran April 9, 2014, 4:02 pm

      Hi Ronelle, I have personally not experienced that or heard of it. It’s odd because DIM actually helps to prevent hair loss in men!

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  • vanesssa April 4, 2014, 1:02 am

    Hello Fran,

    I have a few questions i have not yet ordered estro block I’ve been doing some research on it …
    from what i read it pretty good πŸ˜‰ what would be recommended dose to take considering I’ve never taking it ? would I have to take a liver supplement to get better results ? Is a good Diet to be on recommended ? ….. keep in my mind i dont have a bowel movement everyday 1x or 2x every 2 days whicjh im sure is not normal..( sorry for such personal info ) . I want to start taking estro block bc the acne i have is caused by hormonal acne Ive tried oils which help a little but not all that great if u can please help me ….. Thank You Vanessa

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    • Fran April 5, 2014, 1:36 pm

      Hi Vanessa, check in with the sway kineseology test for dosage. If that doesn’t work for you then start with 4 a day (take 1 every 4 hours).

      The recommendations for a liver supplement and diet will depend on your unique condition of acne – as in the root cause.

      It will also be good to work towards having at least one bowel movement a day.

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  • Jess April 3, 2014, 6:25 am

    Hi Fran. Just a quick question about hemp seed oil. Is it good for big red inflamed spots?
    Does it take down the redness and inflammation?
    Or is just a good cleanser?

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    • Fran April 3, 2014, 12:51 pm

      Hi Jess, it’s a great gentle natural cleanser that allows your skin to get back into balance. For big red and inflamed spots use a lavender essential oil.

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  • Fatima April 1, 2014, 11:56 pm

    Hi fran my
    mum has.been on the contractive epills.for 20years she stoped in august but since then she is experiencing hair loss and tiredness can estroblock help and what liver support she should take . Thanks a lot for your help.

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    • Fran April 2, 2014, 12:46 pm

      Hi Fatima, it’s super important for your mum to be on a very good quality multi-vitamin for the next several months as being on the pill adversely affects our mineral absorption. EstroBlock will help also for sure. You could get her on Cell Stabilizer from the EstroBlock company as well, or try Liver Rescue 4+ by Health Force which is another top quality liver support supplement. Lastly the obvious – reducing stress, getting plenty of sleep each night and exercise.

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  • Ash March 30, 2014, 9:42 am

    Hello there Fran,
    I broke out in pimples about an inch from my nose a month ago. They were red and puss-filled (ew gross, I know!). I am pretty sure that I popped them (bad, bad!)
    They’re gone now and I am left with the red pigmentation.
    I also noticed a couple of days ago, that in some light when I tilt and turn my head, a couple of those red marks are indented. Scars…
    In a crazy frenzy I did heaps of Google-ing.
    I believe they’re ‘boxcar’ scars.
    Do you know of any natural remedies to reduce acne scars (not pigmentation)?
    I have a lot of pigmentation over my cheeks and I am so paranoid that as that starts to clear I’ll uncover more and more scars.
    I have read a bit about MSM creams that could be promising, but I would really like to know any info you may have.
    Its seems so unfair that after this massive struggle with my acne, that I might be left with marks forever!
    Thanks in advance

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    • Fran April 1, 2014, 1:25 pm

      Hi Ash, take MSM internally (it will take about 2 months to notice the effects) and use a mixture of MSM, fresh aloe vera gel from the leaf and colloidal silver on the scars externally. If you mix these together the MSM will need 30 minutes to dissolve in the gel. You can also mix in a little psyllium husk to make it turn into a gel.

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      • Ash April 2, 2014, 1:49 am

        Awesome. I’ve found a website in my country that makes skin care products with MSM and they also sell MSM powder that can be taken internally, and I’m guessing, can be mixed with other ingredients to apply to my indentations externally.
        Thanks for your help
        Much appreciated

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  • Laura March 29, 2014, 2:08 am

    Chin/jawline acne, 35, weight is normal. Periods are regular. Cant sort out the problem. Diet is relatively clean. May be hypothyroid though..but I still think theres more to it. Need help/ answers! πŸ™‚ I remember you from your first video! πŸ™‚

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    • Fran March 29, 2014, 3:09 pm

      Hi Laura, even though your cycle is regular and your weight is normal you can still have a hormonal imbalance that is causing your acne (this was the case for me!). If you can, get a saliva hormone test just to check in.

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      • Laura April 1, 2014, 11:51 pm

        Thanks for the reply!! I think I will book time with you asap.

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  • cait March 20, 2014, 6:31 am

    Hey Fran, Since starting estroblock i haven’t had my period, going on three weeks late now. I have been trying to find research on this, has anyone else had this happen to them? I am wondering if i should stop in the hope to get my period back again? My acne is hormonal. I stopped the pill 6months ago almost i’m 28, and it has been a struggle with my skin since so i started estroblock, my cycles had gotten back on track in the last few months which is great but now i have no cycle. Any advice or thoughts? Thank you!

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    • Fran March 20, 2014, 8:18 pm

      Hi Cait, I haven’t heard of this side effect before but I recommend going off it to see that your cycle returns. You can always try going on it at a later date to see if it messes with your cycle again. It may be that it has been too much of intense detox for you. We can skip a period when we are doing a big detox.

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    • SS April 29, 2014, 3:39 pm

      This is happening to me as well right now. I’m 3 days late. I’ve been off birth control pills for about 6 months now. I started taking Estroblock Pro (2 with lunch each day) about 4 weeks ago for hormonal acne and low libido (low testosterone). Today, I am about 3 days late for my period (and not likely that I’m pregnant).

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      • Fran April 29, 2014, 5:07 pm

        Hi SS, a cycle lasting 3 days longer is not late – it’s still within the normal range of a regular cycle! Our natural cycle ebbs and flows with the moon cycle, with our life situation and other women’s cycles that we live or work with.

        Also it’s better to not take both estroblocks at the same time, especially not if it’s the pro formula. Please space both capsules 12 hours apart and check in with the sway test in case you need a lower dose. Sometimes too big a dose will make the problem worse, we want to make sure that we’re only taking just as much as we need.

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  • Maria March 18, 2014, 6:47 pm

    Hi Fran!

    I’m taking one Estroblock capsule daily and was thinking of upping my dose to two capsules/day.
    Do you think I should take the two capsules at once or one, twice a day?

    Thank you!

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    • Fran March 18, 2014, 11:00 pm

      Hi Maria, check in with the sway test to check in with dosage.

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      • Maria March 19, 2014, 12:49 pm

        Thank you!

        Maria

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  • Ashlee March 17, 2014, 11:27 pm

    Hello

    I was taking vitex (2000 mg a day)..2 triple strength Estroblock and standardized Saw Palmetto. My skin has cleared up very nicely but I have close to no sex drive. It’s quite upsetting. I have juggled around with trying to cut down on each of the supplements but every time I do my skin starts to break out. Yesterday my skin was looking its clearest in a while, and the one thing I hadn’t really tried was cutting out the Saw Palmetto (so I didn’t take it yesterday or today. Today I can already see small bumps forming on my forehead and jawline.

    This is very frustrating because even though these supplements are helping my skin..now (just like the pill) I have to deal with very unfortunate side effects & I feel dependant on them.

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    • Fran March 18, 2014, 1:37 pm

      Hi Ashlee, try putting yourself on a strict low GI diet and taking out the Saw Palmetto. Also sway test all of your supplements.

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      • Ashlee March 20, 2014, 8:30 pm

        Okay thank you,
        but for how long would I need to be really strict about it? Forever :(? I wish there was a way to lower my testosterone without the side-effects. I’m already a vegan and very strict about my meals. I don’t want to have to worry excessively.

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        • Fran March 20, 2014, 9:00 pm

          Hi Ashlee, usually low GI diets do not require a lot of change to your current diet. Also consider working more on the emotional side of things – figuring out why emotionally your testosterone is too high. That is the “absolute” root cause of your acne. Personally I found that reducing my daily stress, bringing in more self love and working on my femininity was the cure for my acne.

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  • Kim March 14, 2014, 3:53 am

    I just came across your site and I’m hooked! I can tell you genuinely want to help people! About 2 months ago, I started progesterone cream. I have not seen an improvement in my hormonal acne yet (she said it could take about 3-4 months) but my cycle is becoming less irregular. I’m interested in adding Estroblock. Will Estroblock effect my cycle in any way (by throwing my cycle off again)? Also all my research says that hormonal acne is primarly on the chin and jaw area. I break out without fail 99% of the time on my cheeks only. I rareley get acne anywhere else. Is this area linked to something else in the body? Thanks!

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    • Fran March 15, 2014, 2:34 pm

      Hi Kim, it’s great to take EstroBlock while on any form of hormonal treatments so yes, it will be a good addition.

      I won’t be able to say to you what is causing your acne without having a full history and talk with you in an appointment.

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  • Eva March 10, 2014, 5:39 pm

    Hi Fran, please, when is the best time (during the cycle) to test hormone levels? I have ordered a few at home tests but I am not sure when to do them.
    Please, could you explain what are normal levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone during each phase of the cycle?
    I am a little bit overwhelmed and confused by information on the Internet so I would really appreciate it if you could give insight into this topic.
    Thank you very much for your time and help πŸ™‚ I really love your website πŸ™‚

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    • Fran March 11, 2014, 4:28 am

      Hi Eva,

      Well it’s good to check in with progesterone levels in the luteal phase of your cycle, which is after ovulation. The closer to ovulation the better. If you don’t know when that is then day 14-16 are good days to test.

      Hormone tests can vary with levels according to the laboratory that did the testing and the system/scales that they use. So I can’t actually say which is normal. However, they will very clearly indicate if anything is high or low and the results are fairly easy to read.

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  • Ashley March 10, 2014, 12:12 pm

    Hello there Fran,
    I’m 22 and almost a year ago my skin started to break out. I have never had perfect skin so at first i wasn’t too alarmed. But it wasn’t going away. From what I remember it was mostly along the jawline. In October last year I was incredibly fed up with it all so resolved to get serious about it.
    I went to doctors, a naturopath, I researched online etc.
    And in the same month I started taking photos every week to track my acne.
    My acne has spread from being only along my jawline to covering my cheeks as well. The photos over the past 4 months show this.
    Its not all pimples, but a lot of left-over redness.
    I’ve had blood taken for hormone tests which all came back “perfect”-my doctor said. I know these aren’t always accurate but I’ve seen people say they found an imbalance through a blood test.
    The thing that puzzles me is why is it getting worse?? Why did it spread up my face?
    I’ve changed my diet. I avoid processed foods, sugar, gluten and most dairy. I drink water and herbal teas. I try and get 8-9 hours of sleep every night and some exercise everyday.
    I feel like I am doing everything right but the photos show that my skin is getting worse!
    I look back at the 1st picture I took in October 2013. There are a few pimples along my jaw on each side and a bit of redness and at the time I was so so distraught about it, but now I would give anything for my skin to look like that again!!
    I’m thinking that maybe its the stress. Maybe its my being constantly aware of my problem skin.
    Its always on my mind!
    I work and I’m at university and I am constantly worried about people seeing my skin even though I cover it with make-up (though its hard to cover lumps and bumps!) I even hate having my family see me without make-up!
    Its obvious that I have a lot of mental stuff going on here. And I would be very grateful for any advice you could give regarding that aspect.
    I’m also going to give EstroBlock a try. I don’t know if my acne still classifies as ‘hormonal’ or if its morphed into something else. So I don’t know if Estroblock will work…
    But if it does improve my skin maybe that’ll help with the stress too, which in turn will help my skin clear up more.
    I’m very worried about scarring as a fair bit of my cheek acne is red and sore and I also do pick and pop my skin-and then get mad at myself afterwards.
    And I really need to sort this out because the last 4 months have been hell-and really I can’t believe it only been 4 months since my 1st photo! feels like its been my entire life!
    Any help gratefully appreciated. Any advice on what I should do next? What I should work on?
    Thanks a million in advance

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    • Fran March 11, 2014, 4:32 am

      Hi Ashley, thank you for writing, we can definitely find out what’s going on. I won’t know however without getting a full history and in depth details from you, so if you can please book in a Skype or Email consultation. I’d love to work with you so that we can figure it out πŸ™‚

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  • Barbara27 March 10, 2014, 8:31 am

    Hi Fran, I have a quick question. I have been taking Estroblock triple strength (2 a day) for only about a week and I have noticed that my breast are smaller than usual. I am in the middle of my cycle and my breast are like they are just after my period. I am thinking this is a good sign since Estroblock is probably eliminating the stuff that causes me to be all bloated before my period. I just want to know if this is ok, or could this be due to other mysterious reasons and I should be worried?
    Thank you for your time
    Best wishes

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    • Fran March 11, 2014, 4:25 am

      Hi Barbara, wow EstroBlock usually does the opposite! I’d say it has likely helped calm down the bloating that you’ve previously experienced with PMT, which is great. For me, when I’m on EstroBlock I don’t get tender breasts before bleeding – similar thing.

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  • sarah March 10, 2014, 12:37 am

    I have been following this page for ages until I finally decided to get estroblock. I have been taking the regular strength 3 x a day along with dandelion root supplements. I also eat a really healthy, gluten free diet with lots of veggies. For some reason my mild acne has gone crazy ever since I’ve been taking estroblock. It’s more like moderate acne now! I’m freaking out at the moment.. it has never looked this bad! My period is also late by 6 days.. which has never happened to me my whole life. I’m not sure what’s causing this… is it just an initial reaction ? I have been on estroblock for about 9 days and just ordered a new bottle. Should I continue? Or should I stop? πŸ™ Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

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    • Fran March 11, 2014, 4:23 am

      Hi Sarah, check in with the sway test to see if it’s good for your body and if so, how much you need dosage wise. It CAN cause a short term worsening of your acne but this usually passes very quickly. Please check in with the test to see.

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  • Steph March 6, 2014, 2:50 am

    Hi Fran,
    I have been BC free since Sept 2012 :). I did a saliva test in June 2013 and my estrogen, testosterone and progesterone were all high. Since then I have made huge lifestyle changes, ditched all cleansers, reduced stress, maintain a low GI diet, eat really healthy and supplement with estroblock. I had my hormones re-tested and this time around my testosterone and androstenedione are high, and my progesterone is low. I still have moderate acne on both sides of my jawlines, the rest of my face is clear. I also suffer from hirsutism. I need guidance, please.

    Thanks

    Steph

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    • Fran March 6, 2014, 4:31 pm

      Congratulations Steph on such a brave and healthy decision πŸ™‚

      Sounds like you’re already doing great work. It’s interesting how your progesterone was too high and now it’s too low! I’m wondering what day in your cycle you were tested the first time and then the second time. I mean, sometimes “too low” can actually be annovulation, as in we just didn’t ovulate that month. Do you know what stage of your cycle you were in for each test?

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      • Steph March 6, 2014, 5:34 pm

        The first test I was 9 days in and my cycles were 20 days apart. This test I am 21 days in and my two previous cycles have been 35 days apart. The tests were done by different labs. The first test I did was very expensive. This time I got tested through Delgado protocol since it was much more affordable and these days money is tight.

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        • Steph March 6, 2014, 8:11 pm

          Also… My estriol is on the low range and my estradiol is higher then my estriol. I am told estriol is good estrogen and estradiol is bad estrogen. But yes on this test my progesterone was very low. I have to see when I get my period since I literally just did this test last week. Is it possible to not ovulate but still get your period?

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          • Fran March 8, 2014, 1:05 pm

            Hi Steph, it’s actually not possible to miss a period, bleeding is a direct result of having ovulated. With your cycle that lasted 35 days, considering this is 15 days longer than your 20 day cycle, to me it looks at though you didn’t ovulate that month. This may be due to low progesterone but also it may not be.

            It depends how often this is happening. For instance, if you had an usual circumstance in your life like travel, stress, ill health, diet and weight changes, detoxing or fasting, pharmaceutical or recreational drugs… then any of these things can cause irregularity. If this is the possible case then wait 3 cycles to see if your body returns back to its normal time.

            If however you don’t feel as though any of those things potentially caused the issue, then it would be good to look into treating the ovarian and pituitary function to stimulate ovulation. You’re already doing so many great things holistically, so look into chaste tree and saw palmetto… and as your progesterone is low you can supplement with B6, calcium and magnesium.

            Also acupuncture and homeopathy could help. Acupuncture in particular will be able to help lengthen your short cycle. An “average” cycle is 29.5 days long (which follows the moon phase).

            I hope this helps x

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  • Josh March 4, 2014, 3:54 pm

    Any insight into if this would help chronic male back and body acne, or what the causes of that is?

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    • Fran March 6, 2014, 4:29 pm

      Hi Josh, I don’t know yet… I haven’t done research on male hormonal acne just yet…

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  • Lou March 4, 2014, 10:57 am

    Hi Fran! Absolutely love your blog, it’s giving me so much hope, so thank you!
    I just wanted to ask whether you had heard of a product by Orthoplex called Oestroclear – I was put on it by my naturopath about 1-2months ago to help regain some estrogen balance after coming off the pill, but I can’t find that much information on it and whether it works. I’ve only been on it for a period of one month, probably not enough time to tell if it’s working for me yet. Do you think it would be the same as the Estroblock? I would love to try EB based on your review, but don’t want to if it’s doing the same thing as Oestroclear!

    I’m also on a course of Premular (vitex) as well as taking Zinc tablets. Would taking Estroblock in combination with these be okay? Thank you again, you’re putting so much hope and joy out there! I’m looking forward to completing my healing journey and this all helps so much.

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    • Fran March 6, 2014, 4:18 pm

      Hi Lou, I looked up Oestroclear and it’s quite different to EstroBlock but still an excellent looking supplement, I think your naturopath has given you a great product there πŸ™‚

      How about you give the Oestroclear a go and see if it works first. You could try EstroBlock also with these if you feel to. Just do the sway test first to check in with what your body wants.

      x

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  • Ash March 4, 2014, 4:54 am

    Hello Fran,
    In regards to the ‘Gall bladder and Liver flush 1’ in your book, I was wondering whether its essential to eat nothing but apples for 1 whole day?
    Due to my schedule of uni, work and other commitments, I just don’t know if I can sustain myself throughout the day with just apples and I don’t have a day off in the next few weeks.
    So would it still work if I were to have 1 light meal-say lunch- and then apples the rest of the day (4 at least)?
    Or is it very important to eat nothing else?
    Thanks very much

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    • Fran March 4, 2014, 8:55 am

      Hi Ash,

      I totally understand your situation! The important thing we need from the apples is malic acid. So you have two choices – either spend a week leading up to the flush drinking 1 litre of organic apple juice a day, or if you can get your hands on some malic acid you can just take that instead and skip the apples.

      If you’re not fasting then it’s better to eat clean for your liver for about a week (more or less) before the flush.

      x

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  • Maria March 3, 2014, 1:24 pm

    Hello Fran,

    First of all, thank you very much for this wonderful website, it’s very helpfull and detailed.
    I’m 22 years old, and i have hormonal problems since i was 18. I have acne, although not very “strong”, and unwanted facial hair, and that’s my biggest problem. Also my period is very irregular. The last time I did a blood test, I had high androgens, the rest was ok. My doctor told me I had PCOS, and I could take the pill (Diane 35) to make the simptoms fade way, but I never did, because it’ll probably cause more damage.
    So I’m trying to change this situations with natural treatments, and I changed my diet, even though I’m not overweight, with healthier and natural food, I’m drinking more water, do some exercice, but it doesn’t seem to be helping very much. I also drink more spearmint tea, I read in several places that it’s good to balance hormones.
    I think my problem is very related with stress, because when I have some stressful situation to deal with my period doesn’t come, and my face becomes a mess.
    So I was thinking about taking some suplements, to see if it helps, and I thought about, p.e., Vitex. Can you give me your opinion please? I’m kind of afraid to take medicine by myself, but Iguess if the dose is low it’ll cause no harm.
    I’ll also try to eat more food rich in omega-3 and other “good oils”, because I think it’s one of the things laking in my diet.
    I really would love to solve this problem, it’s complicated to deal with sometimes. I try not to worry about it and live my life naturally, I think it’s the best thing to do, but it’s really hard sometimes.

    Thank you very much for your time,

    Maria

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    • Fran March 4, 2014, 1:03 am

      Hi Maria, great decision not taking the BCP! It’s not actually fixing the problem, and as you said, in a way adding another problem onto a problem that’s already there.

      Even though you’re not overweight, it will be good for you to monitor your sugar levels. Two big things that affect PCOS – stress and “sugar highs”. Keeping your blood sugar in balance and reducing your stress will make a big difference.

      I have some information about PCOS also in my blog section of this website so do a search in the blog to find that article. If you’re confused book in an appointment and we’ll have a chat about it x

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      • Maria March 5, 2014, 2:37 pm

        Thanks! I’ll try to regulate my blood sugar levels, do you think cinnamon tea will help? In the mean time i’ll also try to consume more seeds and fish with omega-3 and other good oils, I hope it will help!
        And do you think I should take some suplement, like Vitex? Or it wouldn’t help?
        Also I’ll try to reduce stress levels, I think that’s my major problem.

        Thank you very much for your help!

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        • Fran March 6, 2014, 4:35 pm

          Yes, cinnamon tea will definitely help πŸ™‚

          As for the supplementation, I’m not comfortable with helping with recommendations unless we’ve had a consultation.

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  • Danielle February 24, 2014, 11:05 pm

    Hi Fran,

    First let me say thank you so much for providing all of this fantastic information! I am a 44 year old woman who about a year ago started in with super oily skin, which is of course causing breakouts especially bad the week before and of my period, but I am fighting it all the time anymore. I have had my hormones tested and found out the I have low estradiol, my progesterone is within normal range, my testorterone and DHEAS are within range, but on the very low side of it.
    So with that knowledge I am trying to figure out what to do. I am shocked my skin is so oily since my testosterone is on the low side. I can’t understand what could be causing it. I am thinking about starting the estroblock but is that a good thing with low estradiol? I am just not sure at this point what combo of things to try without making matters worse. Any direction you could point me in would greatly help. Thanks so much!

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    • Fran February 25, 2014, 2:19 am

      Hi Danielle, yes the EstroBlock will be worth a try. Often when we’re low in Estradiol we’re high in the bad type of Estrone (a sub type of Estrone). When we detox these out often our Estradiol levels rise. Check in with the sway test to see how much EstroBlock will be good for your body to take.

      It will also be good to naturally work at raising those Estradiol levels. I would not recommend taking a natural estradiol supplement without the guidance of a natural therapist, and until you’re tried the EstroBlock and a couple of small lifestyle/diet changes first. Begin by eating less starch and more phytoestrogenic foods. Avoid all processed foods and include plenty of fresh organic vegetables, seeds, legumes and fish (if you eat it). Also do the obvious helping things – reduce your stress levels and exercise regularly. If none of this is working after 4-6 months, then check in with a natural therapist to help work with you.

      I’m guessing as your Estradiol levels rise to normal levels for your age, then your oil skin will correct itself. It may be that even though your testosterone is low, your estrogen levels are not high enough to “mask” the effects of the testosterone. We just don’t know! Aim for getting things back into balance and then if the oily skin problem isn’t resolved, look into a plan B.

      Having said all of this, you are in the beginning of the healthy range for the beginning of menopause so your hormones are likely to start shifting around. Lowering Estrogens and Progesterone will be completely normal.

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      • Danielle February 25, 2014, 4:03 pm

        Thank you so much! I am going to try the estroblock – it will no lower estradiol levels more will it? Just get rid of the bad stuff?

        Thanks again!

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        • Fran February 26, 2014, 1:06 am

          That is correct πŸ™‚

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          • Danielle March 4, 2014, 9:58 pm

            Hi Fran,
            Just wanted to say that the first hormone test I did was the saliva test and it said low estradiol, low- but normal range for Testorterone and DHEAs and my progesterone was within normal range for my age. I just got back my hormone blood test results and they say I am perfect in each area for my age. Not sure why one says one thing and another says something else but there you have it. Anyway, my doctor now says she has absolutely no idea why my skin within the last year went horribly oily or why I am breaking out so much more around my time of the month. What is odd is that i suffer from night sweats and headaches horribly around my time as well yet the doc says she can’t figure out why since my levels look great. Have you encountered a situation like this before? Thanks so much!

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            • Danielle March 5, 2014, 4:16 am

              Sorry – I forgot to ask about one more thing – royal maca. There is a lot of stuff out there about it but i am having a very hard time figuring out what exactly does it do. What’s your opinion on it and do you know what it is raising or lowering? I can’t tell if it is for someone who has low or high estrogen issues or for someone who has low or high progesterone issues. Thanks so much again!

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              • Fran March 6, 2014, 4:38 pm

                Hi Danielle, saliva testing is more accurate which is why I prefer it. It often also depends if you go to a doctor or natural therapist, and also what time of the month you get the testing done. Our hormones fluctuate so much day to day.

                I’m not a big fan of maca for acne because it’s an intensely warming food, so it can create too much heat in the body. It also is better taken in tiny doses to check in to see if you’re okay with it, then potentially building up.

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  • Jess February 24, 2014, 11:59 am

    Hello Fran. I have read that Estroblock is made from broccoli. I’m interested to know how much is in each capsule.
    I have also read that excessive consumption of raw cruciferous vegetables can lower thyroid function. As someone with thyroid problems I’ve tried to find info on how much broccoli is in each capsule and was wondering if you knew? Or know anything about estroblock and its effects on thyroid function etc. Thanks very much.

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    • Fran February 25, 2014, 1:55 am

      Hi Jess, yes it’s made from Broccoli! One capsule is equal to eating about 1 pound of broccoli.

      DIM, the phytochemical in EstroBlock derived from broccoli, does not contain the same goitrogenic compounds found in cruciferous vegetables. In fact it actually supports thyroid health so is a good one to take πŸ™‚

      However, still check in with the sway test to ask your body. And get your blood work done regularly so you can monitor the healing process of your body.

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  • Laura February 24, 2014, 3:40 am

    Hello Fran, I have been on fish oil 1000mg, Alpha Lipoic Acid 200Mg, L-optizinc 90mg and vitex 800mg for almost a year bc an esthetician recommend it for my skin, I still had hormonal acne during ovulation manly and a little before my period, and still taking it all. About two and half months ago I started Estroblock pro triple strength 618mg and the outer ends of my eyebrows are now missing hair and my libido is gone also. Do you think it’s the mix of vitamins with the Estroblock or just the Estroblock?

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    • Fran February 24, 2014, 4:56 am

      Hi Laura, you may not need all of those supplements and at those dosages. I’d suggest doing two things:

      1) Do the sway test now to check in with your body if you need the supplements, and if so at what dosages.

      2) Get a hormone test done to see where you’re at. Low libido is something we definitely want to correct!

      It could be the vitex or the EstroBlock. You may be able to cut out or reduce the amount of EstroBlock you’re taking.

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  • Ash February 21, 2014, 11:53 am

    Hi Fran,
    Odd question here. In regards to ordering EstroBlock through you shop, how long does shipping take?
    I live in Australia, and I am unsure if it comes from the US.
    Thankyou

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    • Fran February 22, 2014, 12:21 am

      Hi Ash, not an odd question πŸ™‚ I ship from Brisbane, Australia so it should only take a few days at most to get to you.

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  • Lani February 19, 2014, 12:39 am

    Hello Fran,
    Is is possible for hormonal acne to be constant, like it doesn’t disappear at any point during the cycle, doesn’t get better? But does get worse in the last couple of weeks before I start bleeding?
    Is this typical with hormonal acne?
    And is is typical for it to appear on cheeks as well?

    I have cystic acne that keeps appearing on my cheeks and jaw line, and because this has been happening for months and months, I have a lot of red marks left over and they take a really long time to fade. Is there anything I can do to help them disappear faster?
    Thanks very much πŸ™‚

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  • Jen February 16, 2014, 12:43 pm

    Hi Fran,
    Very informative site. Did you ever look into heavy metal toxicity as a culprit to acne? I know you have focused alot on hormones but did you ever consider heavy metals which all of us are exposed to via environment (water we drink tap water specifically, air we breathe) or even things we choose to put our bodies through (like tattoos which are laced with heavy metals, dental amalgams etc..) as hormone wreaking substances? mercury (as with any other heavy metal) is a poisonous heavy metal is used in dental fillings and with time that mercury begins to leach out into the body and settle into our tissues like brain, bones and kidneys as well as endocrine system. This will in fact mess up our natural hormone rhythm because once the metals settle in the brain your putirity gland (the master gland of hormones) as well as your thyroid (it depleted iodine like crazy and other important trace minerals) are effected and you will start producing alot less of your hormones. Not only will it mess up our own hormonal production but the stuff causes depression and filthy blood as I said because the heavy metals settle in your tissues and in your blood. When your kidneys and liver are burdened with toxins they begin working extra hard to process the metals, your skin then suffers because it will try to eliminate the filth by creating lymphatic acne outbreaks. I wanted to share my experience with you because I have tried every hormone balancing herb there is, every detox possible: including vitex, dong quai, licorice, natural progesterone cream, estroblock, every birth control pill on the market with no sustainable results. Some have worked for a week, two weeks or a month others made matters worse. I came across a scientist at my local wholefoods who approached me and asked about my symptoms, I explained to him that I was having issues with my hormones despite maintaining a near perfect organic diet in addition to using progesterone boosting supplements as well as liver cleansing herbs. He immediately made a connection with heavy metal toxicity and asked if I had any amalgam fillings. I completely dismissed his reasoning as I did not think I had any silver fillings. Later that evening before bed I paid close attention to my clear retainer which I place in my mouth every night before bed. I realized it had several black stains from the silver fillings I had placed once overseas. I never made the connection that these black stains were in fact dripping out of my fillings and are laced with mercury. Everything made sense at that point, I felt like I was finally getting answers to the bizarre symptoms I had been dealing with for the past 5 years. It didn’t make sense to get acne as a 24 year adult because I had the most flawless complexion up to that point. But what makes perfect sense is that looking back in time to when I got those fillings , I also got a tattoo around that same time (tattoos are also laced with heavy metals) not even 6 months later I fell ill and was diagnosed with endometriosis (auto immune disease which heavy metals are known to cause), Irritable bowel syndrome, started to clean up my diet and was exercising 4 times a week, things were getting worse, acne the following year, then oily skin (kept going on and off the pill in desperation to get my hormones under control with no success), year after that hair loss and extremely oily scalp, and the new hit I am anemic and deal with an acidic bladder. It seems like the better care I took with my diet the worse my health became. Once I came to terms with the fact that I was not the one responsible to cause any of these issues, I started searching for the things that were wreaking havoc on my system. That scientist was God sent because he completely enlightened me on the dangers of heavy metals. In many cases you do not need to have any amalgam fillings or even tattoos to become overloaded in heavy metals. You can accumulate heavy metals from the water you drink and even the polluted air you breathe. I really want to do a heavy metal detox and actually started one last week by taking fulvic and humic acid but became extremely ill from the protocol and could not continue with it. Apparently if you still have amalgams in your mouth while trying to detox the heavy metals it will make you very sick because the metal binding detoxifiers while detoxifying your ineer tissues will also leach out more of the mercury out of your filled teeth and dispose more of them in your tissues. So for me I would have to get my silver fillings removed by a holistic dentist then choose a heavy metal protocol to chelate the metals out of my tissues. If you do not have any amalgams in your mouth I highly highly encourage you to choose a heavy metal protocal and chelate your body from all the heavy metals which accumulate via our environments in order to improve your hormone function as well as your mood. Thought I would share my experience because I was at my wits end trying to figure out this nightmare. I have read many testimonials from people that experienced a full recovery upon removing the silver fillings from their mouth.

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    • Fran February 17, 2014, 1:10 am

      Hi Jen, please keep us updated on your progress and let us know if the cleanse does in fact end up working – I’m not going to be convinced until I’ve seen or heard of a complete turn around in a hormonal system from this cleanse.

      I work with accompanying hormonal balancing with deep cleansing of the liver, and gentle cleansing of the body through diet changes. I haven’t however looked into heavy metal cleansing although I’m aware of it. I’d actually really like to research this. Thank you for taking the time to post this πŸ™‚

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      • Jen February 18, 2014, 3:02 am

        I will definitely keep you posted, you are an awesome researcher I highly encourage you to mention it in your site. Like I said I tried doing the fulvic and humic acid chelating protocal, I am not even kidding my skin cleared in 2 days however I wasn’t able to continue with the protocol due to the severe side effects I had experienced, things like nausea and joint pain. It wasn’t worth it then I read that it’s a no no to detox heavy metals from the body with amalgams in the mouth. My appointment with the holistic dentist is this Thursday I would love to keep you posted with my own personal experience with this. It truly has been a nightmare and finally it feels like I am getting on the right path somehow.

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        • Fran February 18, 2014, 3:49 am

          Please do Jen, I’d love to hear regular updates from you and to check in with how you’re going. Please feel free to Email me directly x

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  • Tessa February 15, 2014, 3:38 pm

    Hey Fran!
    I am taking Saw Palmetto, Estroblock, Vitex, Magnesium and Fish Oils for my skin. It’s looking really clear finally! However, my libido is very low and I am worried that it is due to these supplements. I want to stop taking Saw Palmetto (I’ve been using it for about 4 months) but I am worried the acne will flare up again. Generally, how long do you think it takes to balance out your testosterone so that you no longer need SP. Does it just work for the time when you’re using it?
    Thanks!

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    • Fran February 16, 2014, 1:59 am

      Hi Tessa, I recommend doing the sway test for each of the supplements you’re using to check in to see if you can stop taking any of those supplements and/or need to modify the dosage. Here is how to do the test: http://highonclearskin.com/how-to-self-test-for-supplement-dosage/

      Getting onto the correct dosages may just bring your libido back. I would not be surprised if your body tells you to stop taking the saw palmetto, or at least a lot of less of it – low sex drive can be an issue with it which is one of the reasons why I don’t often recommend it.

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  • Vanessa February 13, 2014, 6:15 am

    I was just wondering if it’s safe to skip the hormone test and try the estro block supplements to see how that improves my skin.

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    • Fran February 14, 2014, 1:20 am

      Hi Vanessa, yes that’s absolutely fine to do, in fact it’s often what I recommend to women as the first thing to do when I feel they have a hormonal imbalance.

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  • Jannet February 11, 2014, 7:58 pm

    Hello Fran,
    I appreciate such informative articles of yours! I’ve considered taking EstroBlock once learning more in depth about the hormonal imbalance cause of acne, but then I read from somewhere else that playing with hormones through pills could bear potential long-term problems and rather be risky.. so I decided to give it a try to a safer alternative, natural progesterone cream from source naturals. I think this article is where I first discovered its existence http://www.highonhealth.org/is-estrogen-dominance-causing-your-acne/
    This morning was only my second time applying the cream (only skincare used after cleansing last night) but seems to have already calmed the acne flare up from weekend over night. I don’t have much cystic acne but most of them are comedonal around nose, cheeks and lip area, along with clusters of little bumps . Usually my skin gets better near the end of cycle, most clear during period and exacerbated around ovulation (day 22 today, so not having the best skin day..), contrast to the premenstrual acne described here.. so I’m wondering if using natural progestrone cream would be still be an effective approach and hope to hear your thoughts on my case. I also started detoxing 2 weeks ago, not the liver detox, but no dairy, sugar, gluten, processed food, etc as well as not using makeup with comedogenic ingredients

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    • Fran February 12, 2014, 9:53 am

      Hi Jannet, I’d need to have a proper chat with you to work out if the natural progesterone cream is the best option for your acne treatment.

      Sounds like you’re on a great detox already πŸ™‚

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  • Jess February 10, 2014, 2:16 am

    Hello Fran
    On Amazon Estroblock is said to be a ‘testosterone booster’
    Isn’t this the opposite of what someone with too much testosterone would want?
    I’m just don’t fully understand how Estroblock would help me if I have too much testosterone, if it is only going to ‘boost’ my already high levels.
    It would be great of you could clear this up for me.
    Thankyou

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    • Fran February 11, 2014, 8:29 am

      Hi Jess,

      It’s a bit confusing because EstroBlock works in different ways for both men and women. In men it can boost testosterone if deficient, but it’s my understanding that it does not do this for women. Essentially it detoxes out the unwanted bad estrogens which “makes space” for our hormonal levels to balance out. This could be raising low testosterone in men.

      I’m going to be interviewing Dr Nick Delgado soon, I’ll ask him this question about testosterone and androgens in women because it keeps coming up. Look out for that interview coming soon.

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  • Veronika February 8, 2014, 5:42 pm

    Hi Fran,
    Is it normal for Estroblock to smell like mothballs? I ordered the Triple Strength, opened the container and it was overpowering. Each pill smells like it too. I’m hoping that’s just the natural smell of the ingredients, and not because it was stored/processed around mothball ingredients (which are toxic). A handful of people online describe the mothball odor, but not everyone. So I’m hoping I didn’t just get a bad batch.
    All the best,
    Veronika

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    • Fran February 11, 2014, 8:27 am

      Hi Veronika, it is a medicine so it doesn’t smell awesome. I just smelt mine and I guess it has a moth ball like smell??? It’s a very reputable natural company so I strongly doubt that they would have stored the product with mothballs.

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      • Veronika February 27, 2014, 9:00 pm

        Thanks Fran, I just spoke to Rachel from Estroblock and she was very helpful. I think the smell is stronger in the triple strength formula. She is sending me a new bottle and I will return the old one. If both bottles smell the same, then I know it’s just the natural scent of the ingredients, and not a bad batch. If you type in “DIM smells like mothballs” you’ll see other people reporting the same thing, so it could be that a certain percentage of us can smell it. She also mentioned you’re having an interview with Estroblock coming up. Have fun!

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        • Veronika February 27, 2014, 9:02 pm

          Oh and they also confirmed that their products are made in the USA and not processed with an solvents or anything that is chemically similar to mothballs.

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          • Fran March 1, 2014, 12:50 am

            That’s good t know, thank you for checking up on that on behalf of all of us πŸ™‚ And yes! I will be interviewing Dr Nick Delgado in a couple of weeks time. I’m looking forward to it.

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  • Lani February 8, 2014, 12:06 pm

    Hi Fran,
    Regarding EstroBlock, what would you recommend as a starting dose?
    I’m quite short and slim.
    I don’t want to take too many and go overboard.

    Also, I know everyone is different, but on average how long does it take to see results?

    And at what point should I up the dose if I’m not seeing any results?

    And lastly, regarding expectations, again I know everyone is different, but is it likely that taking EstroBlock will clear up skin completely, or does more work usually have to do done in conjunction to achieve 100% clear skin.

    (Just to be clear, I haven’t had any tests done, but I have what I understand to be very typical ‘hormonal acne’ with the breakouts along by jaw and chin, they’re pretty constant, mostly cystic and some under the skin. I have fairly oily skin so I think its probably high levels of testosterone)

    Thanks

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    • Fran February 11, 2014, 8:25 am

      Hi Lani, I’m going to post an article soon about self kineseology muscle testing to test for dosage, so look out for that article soon.

      What I normally recommend is 3-4 capsules per day. If you feel that you are very sensitive then you can start with as little as 1 per day, then if your body feels okay with it then up the dosage. I know of women that have taken as much as 4 per day of the triple strength (which is equivalent to take 12 regular strength a day), so 3-4 regular is not going so overboard.

      Typically it takes 3-4 months to begin to see results, but it can be faster than that. You can try upping the dose at that point if there is no improvement, however it depends on what is causing your acne and what other treatments you’re on also – it won’t be just EstroBlock that will be doing the work.

      If you’d like book in an appointment and we can work out a plan for you and see if you need to be on any additional treatment regime.

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  • Ana Maria January 31, 2014, 3:17 pm

    Hi Fran,
    My clear skin crusade started in August 2012. I got so fed up with having skin issues and being 28 and feeling like I’m 17, skin wise. I’m 30 now.

    (Dec 2012-Mar 2013) I started taking this Perfect Skin supplement and 100mg of zinc, and this is the same time I cut out all dairy and grains.

    (March 2013-Aug 2013) I went vegan. I was taking around 100mg of zinc daily along with Vitamin D3 (around 4000IU daily) and this supplement called perfect skin around the same time also. I noticed that my scalp hair (and hair in other parts of my body) was starting to shed like crazy, and my scalp hair actually thinned out quite a bit, not to mention went completely dry and brittle. This was really quite depressing, as I would literally have a hand full of hair each time I would wash it. I went from having gorgeous thick hair everyone always complemented me on, to very thin hair, which is quite depressing. I should note that when I was vegan, I wasn’t eating nuts or any grains, it was completely veg/fruit based, and I was eating very low calories, because I developed a sense of fear of foods-that they’d cause acne, that I became so malnourished to the point that I was starting to lose brain function (forgetting words and having constant brain fog).

    I’m 97% clear from acne! Yay… but it came with a price.

    (Aug 2013-Present) Ever since I started eating meat (still no dairy and no gluten) and taking the liquid iron supplements, vitamin B12 and BioSil (at the recommendation of my doctor), my hair got it’s lovely luster back, however, it’s going to take awhile to see it ‘repopulate’.

    I was wondering what your thoughts are on zinc and acne? I’ve been using zinc(30mg) in conjunction with Estroblock, vitamin D3 (2000IU), B complex, Floravit (liquid Iron supplement to replenish my iron stores since going vegan) daily green smoothies, cod liver oil, and was wondering if I should be adding a copper supplement if I am taking zinc (30mg) for acne as well.

    As well, I just wanted to ask for your expertise on if taking zinc and vitamin D3 for acne at this point is even necessary since I got quite clear with my aforementioned regimen. I feel like the zinc and vitamin D3 are a crutch for me and I’m afraid to give them up completely because I don’t want my skin condition to regress, but I can’t help but associate them with hair loss, since the dosing I have done in the beginning (about 8 months ago) was so extreme. This is where I thought perhaps some copper supplementation would be helpful (as I know excess zinc can deplete copper, and low copper = hair loss among other things) so I was wondering what your thoughts are. I eat so healthfully, and I have a very balanced diet, and do yoga 3x a week, no fried foods, no bad fats, I cook with avocado and coconut oil et, etc, I do all the good stuff one should do to stay clear, in a more balanced way than I was before, which was extreme OCD way of all or nothing.

    I’m sorry for the long post, however, I felt it was important to thoroughly recount the events that lead to clear skin, and hair loss unfortunately. Can you give me some clarity on zinc/vitamin D3 and copper in relation to acne. As well, from an unbiased point of view, do you see the vegan diet/malnutrition being more to blame for hair loss than the zinc overload? I constantly go back and forth over it and thought I could use some perspective to get me in the right direction.

    I’m very happy with the way my skin looks right now, but the state of my hair makes me really depressed.

    Thank you so much Fran!

    Sincerely,
    Ana Maria

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    • Fran January 31, 2014, 11:02 pm

      Hi Ana Maria, it would be good for you to get some blood work done to check in to actually see if you are in fact deficient in these supplements that you’re taking. Too high doses of a supplement over a long period of time is not good for the body, whether or not it caused your hair loss who knows. It would be good for you to get a zinc test to see if you are in fact still deficient and therefore in need of the supplement. Zinc tests are very basic – they simply involve drinking a small amount of a liquid and depending on the taste shows if you are or are not deficient. Most good health stores will offer this. Zinc will be great for you to continue taking, but only if you need it.

      I always promote direct sun exposure for Vitamin D – but that is sun exposure not through glass. If you are unable to get direct sunlight on your skin then keep taking the Vitamin D. However, I’m back to recommending to get your blood testing done to see if you actually do need it.

      Copper is a tricky one – too high levels of copper does have the ability to raise our estrogen levels. This is why it’s good for women with a copper IUD to get their estrogen levels regularly tested.

      This is what I feel – Most of us with acne have some levels of stress, anxiety and even paranoia about our skin condition. We can believe 100% that a certain food, supplement or regime is either causing our acne or keeping it away. It is more the strong belief than the actual routine that is controlling the issue. So more than anything else it will be good for you to work on getting more out of your mind and more into your heart. Get your blood work testing done, then work on reducing that stress and anxiety. If your hair is still thinning/falling out, and nothing in your blood test showed why, then consider a hormone test too, because this can be a direct sign of a hormonal imbalance. Breastfeeding women for example with their elevated prolactin levels often experience thinning and falling out hair.

      I hope this all helps!

      Fran x

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      • Ana Maria February 1, 2014, 7:03 am

        Thank you so much for taking the time to read and respond to my extremely long comment! I truly appreciate it. I will give up my crutch and stop taking zinc. Clearly it’s time. I will also take the zinc test you spoke of. I think it’s time to stop relying on my crutches and focus on balancing other areas, like my heart vs mind.

        You’re truly amazing and I love your blog. I’ve been soaking up all of your posts, and I attribute my almost clear skin to this blog.

        Sincerely,
        Ana Maria

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  • Kristin January 31, 2014, 3:16 am

    Hey Fran!

    I suffer from hormonal acne and have had great results from Estroblock. I’m currently on the birth control pill and have been for over a decade. I would like to stop taking the pill but I’m worried that I my acne will flare up. Can you offer some advice on the best way to come off the pill without causing acne?

    Thanks for all of your help!! Before I found you I was miserable and trying very expensive products trying to get rid of my acne. Finding you was such a blessing!

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  • kristin January 31, 2014, 12:03 am

    Hi,

    I started taking Estroblock a few weeks ago and it has possibly seemed to help. It’s hard to know what is working and what isn’t when I just started taking many new supplements. You mentioned you conducted tests on a variety of DIM products and found Estroblock to be the best. May I ask what kind of testing exactly you did to come to this conclusion? I am using it but it is a bit more expensive, just curious what exactly makes it better.

    Thanks

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    • Fran January 31, 2014, 12:55 am

      Hi Kristin, I actually personally tried a couple of different brands when I was overseas and couldn’t get the EstroBlock. The others just didn’t work as well and I experienced side effects. I also received emails from women that said similar things. So I decided to stick with the one that I felt worked the best!

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  • Natalie January 30, 2014, 7:37 am

    Thank you so much for you response! Although I am confused again haha. After reading this and some people’s comments I thought about getting estroblock tomorrow! But maybe it isn’t hormonal as you said I only thought it would be because it has been on and off for so long. I have changed my products numerous times throughout the time but natural products do have fact that they all use oils and a lot of the time the same ones and also natural sunscreens with zinc oxide. So I am not sure if it is products or not. I do sometimes get breakouts on chin area but like 1 or 2 not like I was getting at another time since using the “treatment line” from an organic brand my chin doesn’t seem to have issues. But like I said it’s my forehead that is my main issue. Could it be candida even though I take a probiotic every day? And also have taken oregano oil etc which I thought was supposed to kill it? What do you recommend for stomach and/or candida? Cutting sugar for a certain amount of time? So you don’t think that clearing the bad estrogens or taking some type of anti androgen would help? Is forehead acne not usually a hormone thing? I forgot to mention that 2 of my brothers had acne one of them predominantly on his forehead when he was younger and then went on accutane. I also had thought hormonal bc it was sometimes worse and sometimes better but consistently there and also came out of nowhere right after starting flax as a supplement. The way the acne is is like blocked sebum or clogged skin under my skin but red and bumpy. Thank you so so much for your help! I just want to get rid of this issue and I am already so high maintenance with diet things I cut out I don’t know what else to cut out!

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    • Fran January 30, 2014, 7:47 am

      I would recommend that you completely cut sugar (including fruits), alcohol and yeast for a minimum of 7 days to see how you go. A lot of the other diet restrictions you’re doing may not be important. If you would like more guidance to see if we can formulate and treatment plan for you, best to book in an appointment.

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  • Natalie January 30, 2014, 7:12 am

    Hi Fran. Thank you so much for all this info. Basically, I am very confused as to what my issue is. My main issue is constant forehead acne. It started about 2 years ago at 26. I hadn’t been on the pill for years (like 5 or more; and also just to note, I had PERFECT skin while on the pill and also afterwards, I have never had a skin issue up until now) so it can’t be from coming off the pill. It started around the time I started going more natural in terms of products as well as diet. At the time I started using flax oil as a supplement for a month or two until I finally stopped since my forehead got so bad and I wasn’t sure if it was that. Anyway I am really not sure what hormone issue (if any) would cause forehead acne. My chin/jaw were an issue at one point during those 2 years but definitely haven’t been for a while. My issue is forehead. I was getting big cystic issues on my temples and then red acne bumps all over the rest of my forehead. The temple issues have stopped as well but I continuously get red acne on my forehead. I avoid drinking out of plastic bottles and eating out of plastic containers more than I ever had. I avoid dairy and gluten, take a probiotic and vitamin d daily, take zinc supplements etc. I was taking an omega 3/fish oil at one point but I couldn’t tell if it was making me worse so I stopped. I am just so confused by this forehead acne. I also drink a ton of water. I use high end natural skin care lines which do have the natural oils in them so I am just not sure if maybe my forehead builds up sebum quickly underneath and causes acne and maybe natural products don’t work for me? When I used to use drugstore neutrogena or cerave products or random lines from sephora, I didn’t have a problem ever with all my oil free stuff. Also let me add that I do not have oily skin, at least externally. In fact I get more dry sometimes or normal skin and live in a very dry climate. Also to add, my periods are regular I would say. Every 28 days maybe 30 a few times during these 2 years. Also during my normal cycle, I would get breast swelling and tenderness (I am very fibrous) a week before my period and start cramping a day or two before. That has not been as consistent during these last few years so I am not sure if that is relevant. The only thing that somewhat keeps my skin at bay is using glycolic acid pads 4% (arcona the solution pads) every other night but my skin still does not get totally clear. I don’t know if it’s just that my skin doesn’t like natural oils in natural skincare or if it could be hormonal or what. I did get a hormone test in September (at the time of the blood drawing my skin was pretty clear and about a week or so later it broke out again) but the blood test came out with everything at normal levels which is why I am so confused. The dr wanted to put me on spiro guessing that maybe I have a sensitivity to my own androgen hormones but I don’t know if that was a guess or not and I’m not a huge fan of being on those types of medication or dependent on anything really. I just want to understand why my forehead is constantly breaking out and how to fix it. Please please help however you can! I appreciate it so much!

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    • Fran January 30, 2014, 7:22 am

      Hi Natalie, I actually don’t feel that you have a hormonal issue. Forehead acne is often related to digestion issues, constipation or candida – often removing ALL sugars from the diet (include fruits and natural sugars) temporarily can fix the problem. OR one of the skin care products you’re using could be clogging your pores. But it’s more likely digestion and/or candida considering you’re only getting the acne on your forehead and on no other areas of your face.

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      • Sylvia January 30, 2014, 10:03 pm

        I am actually having a very similar problem right now. I have quite a few forehead pimples with redness but I’m not sure if they’re cysts. Could taking a digestive pill and probiotics help? I used to have leaky gut.

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        • Fran January 30, 2014, 10:15 pm

          Sylvia, also try removing all sugars temporarily – it often takes the redness right away after a few days and then the pimples begin to clear up. It may or may not be the root problem for you but it’s worth a try.

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          • Sylvia January 31, 2014, 2:09 am

            Okay! Thanks for your input. How long should I be low on sugar? Also, did you think the probiotic is a good idea? I’ve been trying different supplements and products latey so it’s a little hard to tell what is helping at this point.

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            • Sylvia January 31, 2014, 7:37 pm

              Also, I thought I might add that I started breaking out on my forehead after trying a new product from a facialist. I had little to no acne there before. I switched to a gentle cleanser (Aquanil) and moisturizer (CeraVe) since. Does that change anything?

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              • Fran January 31, 2014, 11:08 pm

                Hi Sylvia, this might be a good time to book in an appointment so we can go through all of your questions and make a treatment plan for you.

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              • Sylvia February 1, 2014, 5:34 pm

                I see. I’m not sure I have any more questions though. Could you answer my last couple questions – about the probiotic and the product usage – and if I have more, I will consider booking an appointment? I really appreciate your answers!

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              • Natalie February 6, 2014, 1:09 am

                Hi Sylvia, I wanted to ask you something real quick. So what happens after the 7 days? Can I eat normally? What would the results show me? Like lets say after 7 days my skin improves then does that mean I should always avoid fruit/honey etc? Or is it just a quick cleanse? Does it mean I am sensitive to sugars? Because overall I really don’t eat a lot of sugar in terms of actual sugar but I do have fruit, dates honey etc. I am just confused where I go from there. Thank you!

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                • Fran February 6, 2014, 1:20 am

                  Hi Natalie, sugar is never the problem it’s what sugar is doing in your body. It may for instance be an indication of insulin resistance and/or elevated levels of testosterone. Once you get control of the internal situation then you will have a lot more freedom with what you eat.

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                  • Natalie February 6, 2014, 1:25 am

                    So does that mean after 7 days I could go back to eating regularly or what does that mean? I am just confused where to go from avoiding sugar, fruit, rice, potatoes, carrots etc etc and all that for 7 days (I am not having that easy of a time! I keep craving fruit or something!)

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                    • Fran February 6, 2014, 1:27 am

                      Hi Natalie, I’d prefer to have a proper talk with you on a call about this – it’s not easy to explain in these little comment boxes.

                    • Natalie February 7, 2014, 7:30 am

                      Hi Fran. I tried to email you but the email got sent back to me. Do you have an email?

  • Veronika January 28, 2014, 5:26 pm

    Hi Fran,

    Have you tried Estroblock Pro Triple Strength? Do you think it’s worth getting the stronger version, or is it best slow with the regular version?

    Veronika

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    • Fran January 29, 2014, 11:38 pm

      Hi Veronika, if you’re tried the regular strength for at least 3 months and have had no problems with it, and require a daily dose of at least 3 capsules per day, then the triple strength is okay. I have not tried it because I only needed 3 per day for about 4 months, then was able to go down to 2 per day. And any “maintenance” dose I need I prefer how I can split a small dose up during the day.

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  • Ash January 23, 2014, 3:57 am

    Hi Fran,
    I am 21 and I have been suffering what I am 100% positive is hormonal acne for about 9 months. Its constant too, not really PMS acne.
    I have had blood tests done and when I called to get the results I was told everything looked normal-( I do plan to go back and have a chat with my GP to see what hormones were checked)
    I wanted to ask, if the blood test results are in fact all normal, is there a chance they could be wrong and I do have a hormone imbalance?
    I believe its my androgens that are out seeing as I’m experiencing some excess hair growth as well as the acne. I have been cutting back on sugars and dairy for months now, with no real improvement, if anything its getting worse and I am finding that I’m stressing out about it more and its making me feel really down and upset (I also have anxiety)-which I realise can in-turn be making my skin worse.
    I also have an auto-immune disease(thyroid related) and I don’t know whether that is causing my hormone imbalance. I am really confused and stressed about it all and I am worried that I’ll commit to this and spend even more money and I won’t get any positive results. And I just really need the next thing I do to work.
    Have you even came across someone who’s acne didn’t improve?
    I have everything crossed that if I do decide to go down this path that it will work and I’ll be cured of my acne.
    Thank-you

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    • Ash January 23, 2014, 5:16 am

      Also, because I think its my testosterone that is out of balance wouldn’t taking something called estro-Block make my testosterone levels higher?
      Because of the name of the supplement it makes me think that it’ll be blocking estrogen, which I would have thought would be the opposite you would do for high levels of testosterone.
      Shouldn’t I want to encourage more estrogen?
      I’m new to all this hormone stuff so I’m sure I’m wrong.

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      • Fran January 23, 2014, 6:09 am

        Hi Ash, sometimes medical doctors are looking for massive hormone imbalances in blood tests. I’d suggest that you get a saliva test done through the Dr John Lee website or with a naturopath.

        Elevated testosterone levels are very typical in women with an under active thyroid condition so it would be no surprise to me if your testosterone (androgens) are elevated to a point where they are causing your acne.

        Estroblock is made up of just broccoli, cruciferous vegetables are excellent for an under active thyroid so it’s going to be a great supplement for you. It’s also the best plant-based androgen blocker.

        Just remember – there are 3 main types of estrogen, and estroblock only works at detoxing out a sub type of one of the main types (4-hydroxyestrone, 16-alpha-hydroxyestrone and xenoestrogens). It also helps to raise levels of healthy estrogens.

        I hope this helps! Fran x

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        • Ash January 23, 2014, 6:55 am

          Thanks for the reply Fran.
          I actually have an over-active thyroid.
          Does that change anything?

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          • Fran January 23, 2014, 6:59 am

            Ash, it was my own naturopath that explained the relationship to low thyroid and testosterone but now I’m not quite so sure about the direct relationship, along with what it means when we have an over active thyroid. I have written this down as my next thing to research so look out for an article within the next 2-3 weeks (I’m on holidays at the moment so am a little slower with article writing!).. but I am determined to nut this one out.

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            • Ash January 23, 2014, 12:22 pm

              Thankyou Fran, I look forward to reading it.

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  • Jennifer January 22, 2014, 5:45 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I was thinking about seeing a naturopath in the area or a consultation with you but I’m not sure if I have something that can be helped. About 4 months ago I went off birth control (ortho tri cyclen lo) and have had a downward spiral ever since. I was only on the pill from June-September but I still had some effects that aren’t going away (large pores and blackheads and excess blonde facial hair on face and arms and hands). I feel like it might be androgens from the pill or something and can’t be reversed πŸ™ I have become very depressed and even developed body dysmorphia and social anxiety. I had to take a leave of absence from work and just don’t feel like myself. I was assuming I had a hormonal imbalance, but could that still be the case after being off for 4 months and not even taking for more than 4 months? My blood results first said low estrogn but then the numbers shot up almost 3 times the amount when I tested durin the same time of my cycle the next month. I am getting my period every month but they are a lot shorter (2 days mostly). Before the pill I had flawless skin and 5-7 day periods. I just turned 30 last week and want to feel better so I can get back to my life. Looking forward to talking to u and hopefully feeling better.

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    • Fran January 22, 2014, 9:33 pm

      Hi Jennifer, you’re actually a textbook case for a woman coming of synthetic birth control and you can definitely be helped!

      I have a protocol in my latest ebook for coming off the pill which you can start doing right now. You can also book in an appointment if you’d like and we can talk about the protocol together to get you sorted.

      Here is the link to the book: http://www.amazon.com/How-Heal-Acne-Naturally-Adult-ebook/dp/B00GU5GA1W/

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      • Jennifer January 23, 2014, 12:23 am

        Thanks so much for your quick reply. I just downloaded your ebook. You have seen these things go away? I find comfort in your words. Probably because my grandmoms name was Fran. The endo ruled out pcos so I just don’t know what to expect. How much do you charge and is it just a phone convo?

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        • Fran January 23, 2014, 6:02 am

          Absolutely! And that’s sweet how your grandmother had the same name πŸ™‚

          I charge $75 for a 1 hour Skype consultation, but do not turn anyone away if they cannot afford that. Here is the link: http://highonclearskin.com/book-now/

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  • Katka January 20, 2014, 7:17 pm

    Hi Fran, do you think it would be a good idea to take Estroblock if I am low in estrogen? Or could you recommend any other supplements or herbs which could help me to balance my hormones?
    Thank you very much for your amazing website, it has helped me so much to improve my skin and my overall health as well. I think I have still a lot of work to do (not only on the physical but also on the emotional level) but thanks to you I have the strength not to give up! Thank you, Fran πŸ™‚

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    • Fran January 22, 2014, 1:02 am

      Hi Katka, which type of estrogen are you low in? We have three major types and we can be low in one or two and high in another.

      And thank you so much for the positive comment, feedback like yours is what keeps me going πŸ™‚ x

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      • Katka January 22, 2014, 8:35 pm

        Hi Fran, thank you for your reply πŸ™‚
        The results (and also other symptoms) show that I am low in estradiol. Estrone and estriol are within the normal range. Besides acne, I also experience the following problems – thinning hair, tendency to feel very cold, low libido, excessive sweating (even though I am very thin). I also used to be very moody but this has improved a lot recently.
        I am afraid that all of my current problems are a result of an eating disorder … at a very young age, I started to suffer from anorexia (which persisted for almost 6 years). During these 6 years I did not have any health problems but now several unpleasant consequences started to appear. Now I know that the eating disorder was one of the biggest mistakes in my life but I can not change the past … so I am now trying to get my body (physically and emotionally) back into balance.

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        • Fran January 22, 2014, 9:30 pm

          Hi Katka, and did you get your progesterone and testosterone tested as well? I’m particular interested in your levels of progesterone.

          I’m sorry that you dealt with an eating disorder for so long, but good for you for getting yourself out of it! That’s great πŸ™‚

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  • Valerie Baccinelli January 18, 2014, 5:28 pm

    I suffer from PMDD and am currently taking an anti-depressant. I have terrible acne as well. I am 23 years old. What would you recommend?

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    • Fran January 19, 2014, 11:37 pm

      Have you had a hormone test?

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  • Hanna January 12, 2014, 7:39 pm

    Hi! I commented on here before but you were wary of working with me because I’m 17. Well, I will be 18 in a little over a month. Is that close enough? Haha. I was reading some comments from other people and got really scared. I started taking birth control about a month ago and I don’t want to get more acne on it or going off of it as a result. Basically my doctor prescribed bio identical progesterone for me last year for slightly irregular periods. I didn’t know anything bad would come of it, but it made me have big break-outs every couple of weeks or every months on my chin. Also, it did not regulate my period the way it was supposed to. I started it November 2012 and went off of it the June after. I freaked out and have tried ProActiv and a facial routine from a facialist, but both proved only to worsen my skin. When I went off of the progesterone, I still got break-outs monthly but they weren’t as bad. My period stopped coming completely for five months, Unhappy, I went on the birth control pill. Right now my acne really isn’t that bad. I really don’t want to make it worse. Do you think it’s good that I’m taking birth control? What do you think I should do? If you recommend we schedule a Skype session, I will try to see if my parents will pay for it, but I’m a little uncomfortable asking and not sure about the cost.. :/ But I will try. Thank you so much for offering your help!

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    • Hanna January 12, 2014, 7:55 pm

      I would like to add that I had a saliva test right before I started taking the bio identical progesterone (it is a pill taken by mouth, not a cream by the way) and it indicated very low progesterone. I got another saliva test in September or so and it indicated that my progesterone levels had increased, but were still low. My doctor suspected PCOS or something, and I got an ultra sound, which showed that my lining was there and normal. The doctor doesn’t think my body would be able to balance the hormones on their own, but she also thought the progesterone would fix the hardly there problem, so I don’t want to rely on that claim. It could be right, but I can’t be sure. I think my hormones were balancing before I took the progesterone, but now I don’t know.

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      • Fran January 13, 2014, 5:35 pm

        Hi Hanna, if you can book in a consultation, it would be good to work with you. I would love to help you on a more natural holistic approach to get both your skin and your hormones in balance. Unfortunately it’s just a little too complicated/to much to work out and write in the comments here!

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  • Clare January 12, 2014, 7:21 pm

    Hi there Fran!
    I’m going to book a consultation with you when I am home from travelling.
    In the mean-time I have a question:
    I have forehead and in-between eyebrow congestion and my cheeks get some rashes… I also have little pimples that develop under my eyes but only on the outer side near my temples…I am using the triple strength estroblock twice a day & also take liv-tox..do you think I am having a hormonal issue or maybe liver?

    Thank you for your help πŸ™‚

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    • Fran January 13, 2014, 5:32 pm

      Hi Clare, I won’t know exactly until we have a proper conversation in our consultation. In the meantime make sure you’re supporting your body with lots of water and rest during this time of detox with both of those supplements that you’re taking. I look forward to helping you πŸ™‚ Enjoy your travels!

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  • Raphael January 11, 2014, 1:22 pm

    Hello!
    So i am a male, my acne cleared up 5 years ago but i’m still getting whiteheads and tiny bumps on my chin and lips area and random huge ones, is it advisable for me to take the DIM? May i know if you have any idea how it works for males?
    Thanks in advance!

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    • Fran January 13, 2014, 5:30 pm

      Hi Raphael, I haven’t done enough research and trial on the male hormonal system unfortunately! But DIM is a good detox for both men and women so it’s worth giving it a shot.

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  • mala January 10, 2014, 2:14 pm

    hey…im 18 yrs old…and ive been suffering from acne since i was 12 yrs old…its horrible…i have it on my face..chest..back..and shoulders..i have tried almost everything…even antibiotics..help

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  • Liz January 9, 2014, 5:03 pm

    Hello, my acne is really bad premenstrual, so I wanted to try Vitex, but made me break out immediately, and I stopped taking it. I started it at one of my ‘clear’ times of the month so I know it was from the Vitex. I’m interested in the estro block, but my main question is, does estro block have the same effect as vitex? If so, it might not be the right thing for me. If not, please explain the difference of how it works. I had a really bad non menstrual breakout (left cheek) recently (which has not happened in a year maybe but I had cold/bronchitis so thought that could be related) and I do not want to take anything that will make it worse.

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    • Fran January 9, 2014, 5:07 pm

      Hi Liz, EstroBlock works completely differently to the Vitex Agnus-Castus and does different things in the body. EstroBlock assists in breaking down excess estrogens in the body and detoxing out bad estrones. It then helps to balance all types of estrogens to healthy levels. In addition it’s a strong anti-androgen.

      Breakouts from EstroBlock are not common, but can happen. If this happens with you it’s likely the detox process. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water each day (aim for 2 liters) and take some liver support herbs (Liver Rescue 4+ by Health Force is my favorite). Also if you’re up for it consider doing daily enemas.

      However, I won’t know if EstroBlock will be the right supplement for you without having a proper chat with you to work out why you experience breakouts.

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  • Kate January 7, 2014, 9:18 pm

    hello!
    I recently had a hormone test and found I was estrogen dominant and low in progesterone. My naturopath prescribed me progesterone cream and apple pectin capsules, which supposedly help absorb estrogen. My question is, would it be safe to also take estroblock? Thanks!

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    • Fran January 8, 2014, 3:18 pm

      Hi Kate, yes it will help. Estroblock helps to lower unhealthy levels of estrones and to raise low estrogens to healthier levels. It’s also recommended to take estroblock while on any form of hormonal treatments.

      x

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  • julia January 3, 2014, 8:30 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I’ve been dealing with an onset of cystic adult acne since age 23, I am 25 now. My acne is cyclical so it comes and goes depending where I am on my cycle. I would like to note that I never had acne as a teenager and never ever dealt with oily skin prior to now. Usually start breaking out bad 2 weeks prior to my expected period. I also have endometriosis and doctors have put me on a plathera of birth control pills, none of which have worked to alleviate my symptoms which include terrible PMS , cramps and acne now. If anything they’ve turned me into an absolute monster and made my acne much worse, I suspect because my progesterone is so low and estrogen is so high that once I take anything that has synthetic estrogens in it I react badly to it. Also I immediately break out if I touch soy or anything soy derived and can’t even take a sip of spearmint tea because it will give me severe headache and cystic acne. I have experimented with estroblock , vitex (tincture and capsule form), Chinese bitters for the liver to remove xenoestrogens and progesterone cream and here is my experience with the following: estroblock was good at clearing the acne however it gave me little chin hairs and little hairs on my sideburns to grow , also made my skin and hair even oilier so I stopped it. The Chinese bitters (mixture of gentian and coptis root in tincture form) which work on removing excess hormones from the liver work fantastic on my mood and clearing any estrogens if I have sushi the day before it also facilities the healing of any existing cysts. Now I am certain that I am also deficient in progesterone because the Chinese bitters work great up until 2 weeks into my cycle, I start to break out again. I have supplemented with progesterone cream and it works amazingly well with the Chinese bitters, it helps my moods, cramps and cystic acne however it does not help with oily skin. I have tried vitex in capsule form and it also helps keep my skin clear however it makes my hair fall ( I believe do to the additional ingredients that are used as preserveties) I recently tried to supplement with tincture form of chaste berry or vitex and noticed that it made all the little hairs on my chin and sideburns fall out and completely eliminated my oily skin however it gave me huge cystic bumps on my chin and face. I am so confused, because the capsule form worked great but made my hair fall out and the progesterone cream is great but doesn’t get rid of my oily skin. DO you think the tincture form of vitex is more potent and was giving me an initial breakout because my body is not used to producing progesterone on its own??

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    • Fran January 8, 2014, 3:36 pm

      Hi Julia, it sounds like you’ve been experimenting a lot! I cannot tell you if a tincture or a capsule was more potent because I don’t know the dosage and brands. Because of the complexity of your situation of the endometriosis coupled with the prescription medication (the pill) and the various herbs you’ve been taking, it would be good for you to get a stable plan and support through working with a natural therapist local to you.

      I don’t know how you resonate with the emotional side of all of this, but it would be good to explore that a little deeper too. Structure, peace, stability, self love, and nurturing and healing to you reproductive system both emotionally and energetically will make a big difference. I’m going to be researching more about endometriosis in the coming months because my two elder sisters both have it and I would like to help them if I can. Stay tuned on the blog here for information coming up about that.

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      • Julia January 9, 2014, 7:55 pm

        What you said about structure, peace and stability makes absolute sense because my problems with endo started during the most stressful times I have yet to experience. I think it is the missing piece to my puzzle since I do everything right in terms of my diet and eliminating anything estrogenic (which has extremely benefitted my endometriosis but not so much my skin) . I wanted to share with you an article written by a scientist who suffered from endometriosis herself, it is so informative I don’t think any doctor nor herbalist can tell you as much as this lady!
        http://www.sensiblehealth.com/

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  • sandy December 31, 2013, 10:17 am

    Hi! Firstly, thank you for all the work, you have done! My story shortly: 21-years old, have had mild acne 6 years, last bcb YAZ pill i aet in 23th of May this year, broked out badly this august+got tiny under-skin pimples all over my face+blackheads. I eat healthy, no dairy,try to eat much less gluten, no sugar, no processed foods etc, drink water, green tea. Took vitex 6 months, now taking a brake, zinc, took fish oil for some time, now i started with magnesium, milk thistle(now some else natural liver suppliement), drink detox teas and 7 weeks ago sstarted with estroblock. Estroblock helped me to clear my foregead quite fast and very well, but the rest of the face is still congested and pimples vome to my chin and cheeks..and those blackheads… i have used hemp seed oil for about 7 weeks also, did the oil cleansing, maybe that worked for my forehead so well. My question are: Is castrol oil also as good as hemp seed oil? Sometimes my skin is dry, do i have to add littlebit oil to my skin without rinsing with the water? Hemp seed oil is quite green, so it lefts kind a yellow skin… i know i have to give estroblock more time. I want to get an appointment with you in january or febuary when i get my salary! I know i have some issues with self-esteem due to acne but im already studying myself how to medidate and think positive etc πŸ™‚ new year will gonna be my year, for sure. I think i dont have much time left untill i clear up complitely (inside also :D!)! Sorry for my english πŸ™‚

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    • Fran December 31, 2013, 3:14 pm

      Hi Sandy, first congratulations on coming off the pill! That’s great πŸ™‚ And that’s REALLY great that you’ve starting to meditate and to think positive. Awesome!! And yes, let’s get you clear for sure this year πŸ™‚

      As your skin broke out 3 months after taking the pill (this is very typical), then you know exactly what is causing it. You are doing a lot of great things for your skin and your body so you are well on your way. We’ll jut be able to tweak it a little more in our consultation. The root cause of the acne is giving you the congestion, we want to stop your body from producing too much sebum.

      To answer your question, hemp seed oil in my personal opinion is better than castor oil. It’s more gentle and it contains a strong amount of the right kin of fatty acids to potentially help to give our skin what it is lacking. If your skin is dry then use more as a moisturiser (yes this means using the oil on your skin without water). The greenish tinge is actually helpful because it can hide a little of any redness.

      I’m looking forward to working with you soon!

      x

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      • sandy December 31, 2013, 5:40 pm

        Thank you for being so positive! It gives such a good emotions and hopes just of reading your answer! Hope to talk with you soon

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  • Laure December 31, 2013, 1:02 am

    Greetings Fran,

    I stumble upon your website after breezing through The Love Vitamin… and I’m quite intrigued by all the great information I’ve found that may help my condition. I’m 26 years old, been suffering from hormonal acne for 8 years now. I started up on birth control back in my teens to control my teenytiny pimples. Over time my acne had gotten worst around my chin and jaw line. So eventually the Dr. added antibiotics. I tried many treatments. Birth control (ortho cyclen) & doxycyline worked for a good year when I was 21 y/o then I built resistance to it and discontinued the antibiotic. I noticed that being on ortho cyclen alone didn’t do much for me. So, just about 2 years ago I started looking into medications that would inhibit androgen levels so I went ahead and requested my Dr. to put me on spironolactone. I have to say three weeks of being on spironolactone – my skin was less oily and no signs of breakout. AMAZING! I knew there was something going on with my testosterone (androgen) levels. Eventually, I was curious to know – what would happen if I got off ortho cyclen and stayed on spironolactone alone? …no BUENO, shortly but surely I was starting to break out but not as BAD. So after 3 months I was back on the ortho & the spirono combo. Things cleared up again. I learnt that I cannot be without spirono & the pill. This combo is what truly stabilizes me from flare ups. I’m very grateful for these meds but now I’m at a point where, I don’t want to be on medications anymore. I just want to be on natural terms. One day I want to have kids but spirono comes with birth defects. I feel trapped but I know there is a way…

    My question to you is do you think I should I stop spironolactone one time and stay on the pill while doing the cleanse, and start estroblock, along with saw palmetto? Then stop the pill in a couple months and include Vitex?

    Greatly appreciate your generous time and effort.

    Wonderful healthy New Year to you!! πŸ™‚
    Laure

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    • Fran December 31, 2013, 2:16 am

      Laure, I would love to work with you, one of my building passions is helping women get off synthetic birth control and medications. I actually want to high-five you over the Internet line for being so awesome for deciding to go off the mediations. That’s really great πŸ™‚

      It will take work though – you will need to go on a protocol before you go off the pill to help your body to come back into balance as best and as quickly as possible. You will also need to take a few supplements and to do some cleansing work.

      The good news is there are ways to lower those androgen levels naturally!

      So the answer to your questions – yes start EstroBlock now… saw palmetto is optional. If your cycle begins again then go for the natural progesterone cream over the vitex, personally I find it more effective and it’s better if you’re wanting to conceive in the next couple of years.

      You may need to alter your diet somewhat too, and add in some supplements, it depends on what you’re already doing.

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      • Celine January 6, 2014, 10:36 pm

        Hi Fran,

        I read your comment about a protocol for coming off birth control. Is that something that you already have on your website? Or can I purchase it? I will be coming of BCP soon too and I don’t want my hormones to go crazy again!

        thanks for your super informative website!!

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  • Sara December 30, 2013, 5:48 pm

    Hi Fran, I’ve just recently been reading up on Estroblock and I was hoping I could get some advice. My situation is complicated, but I’ll try to make this short. I am 29 and have non-insulin resistant PCOS, Endometriosis, and liver/gallbladder disease (to name a few). My progesterone is low, estrogens are all in the normal range, and androgens are all quite high. My acne is constant and focused mainly around my mouth, chin and jawline, and is VERY severe. I mostly have cysts and boils that are dime to nickel sized and sooo painful. I went on a 4 month intensive whole body detox which involved a series of juice fasts along with a restrictive low gi, 50% raw diet, supplementation, and I performed a total of 4 liver flushes. During the detox I showed significant improvement but had to stop due to finances and the liver flushes were so traumatic that I couldn’t bring myself to do anymore. Since quitting the detox my symptoms have all returned with a vengeance. I know that I have to start detoxing again to cure my liver/gallbladder disease, but I was wondering if trying Estroblock in conjunction with Liv-tox would be beneficial for my situation even though estrogen levels are within a normal range. Do you think that this is a good option for me and do you have any other recommendations? My apologies for bombarding your comments instead of making an appointment, but I am on disability and barely able to keep a roof over my head. Any advice you can give me would be so greatly appreciated!

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    • Fran December 30, 2013, 6:42 pm

      Hi Sara, estroblock may or may not help you. In some cases it is enough for helping our other imbalanced hormones to sort themselves out, but for you focusing on your liver, androgens and progesterone are the most important. If you would like to try estroblock I’d recommend using it for a period of 3 months to see if it makes a difference (it usually takes 2-3 months to show effects).

      Sounds like you were doing some hard work with your cleansing πŸ™‚ Consider going back into cleansing but in a more gentle way that fits with your budget. This could be as simple as eating low GI whole foods (whole foods are cheap!!). For liver support I don’t know much about that supplement, the one I use is Liver Rescue 4+ by Health Force. Alternatively (and a cheaper option), start making liver cleansing drinks in the morning. Drink them first thing. There are recipes are in my liver guide but you can do a google search for some recipes too.

      I have a text book that I wish you could read. It’s called “Healing with Whole Foods” and there’s a whole protocol in there on healing the liver. Very long, slow, gentle and cheap. See if you can get that book out form a library.

      For your progesterone consider using a natural progesterone cream.

      Remember also that I don’t turn people away for consults.. all you need to do is nominate how much you can afford to pay and we go from there.

      x

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      • Sara December 30, 2013, 9:45 pm

        Thank you so much for the prompt response, Fran. I’ve actually been eating only whole foods for about 5 years now, and I went low gi about 2 years ago. I agree that I need a more gentle way to detox. That last one about did me in, not to mention I lost way too much weight. Even though I have PCOS, I am actually about 20 lbs underweight due to my battle with parasites and malabsorption.

        I think I am going to give Estroblock a try, and I will look into getting my hands on that book. The liver cleansing drinks sound like a good option for me as well. I’d like to try progesterone cream, but my cycles are pretty unpredictable. Hopefully I can get my body regulated enough to try the cream in the future.

        Thanks again for the advice, I’ll let you know how things go with the Estroblock.

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        • Fran December 30, 2013, 10:37 pm

          Hi Sara, you can still use a progesterone cream. If you have an irregular cycle you can use the billings method to know exactly when you’re ovulating (you take it between ovulation and bleeding). Or if you’re not getting a cycle follow this document: http://www.bhnformulas.com/files/46774501.pdf

          Alternatively you can try taking vitex agnus-castus which will take about 4 months to kick in but it’s great at regulating your cycle.

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          • Sara December 30, 2013, 11:59 pm

            Oh! I was unaware of the billings method. My doctor told me that the cream wasn’t an option due to my unpredictable cycle and just put me on a continuous dosage of progesterone pills. I had such horrific results from the pills that I gave up on progesterone supplementation all together.

            I’ve tried Vitex before, but I didn’t notice any improvements. I took it for about 3 months, but I suppose that may have not been long enough to see the full effects. Might have to give that another try.

            I see that Estroblock contains a testosterone booster. Is this something I should be concerned about since I already have high testosterone?

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            • Fran December 31, 2013, 1:49 am

              Hi Sara, it’s unfortunate that there is a lot of misleading information on the Internet. DIM (essentially what EstroBlock is) is actually the best known plan derived anti-androgen. It will therefore help to lower your androgen levels. I think the confusion is because it works very differently in mens and womens bodies.

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  • Tan December 28, 2013, 8:48 pm

    What do you think of seed cycling for balancing hormones?

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    • Fran December 28, 2013, 10:44 pm

      Hi Tan, I think seed cycling is great – it’s honouring using foods and not supplements to help bring back in hormonal balance. However I haven’t personally tried it so I don’t know how effective it actually is.

      x

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  • Amanda December 25, 2013, 5:06 am

    Hi Fran!
    My skin has come a long way after really paying attention to my diet and lifestyle, having done 2 liver flushes and adding in probiotics, and some of the other supplements you’ve recommended. I’m noticing that I have most of my breakouts are on my right lower cheek/jaw and chin area post-menses. The info on this page mentions pre-menstrual acne, but not post so I was wondering if there would be any differences for how I should approach it? I have ordered Estroblock but am a little nervous to take it since it seems to make things worse for some. Any advice/suggestions? I am considering booking an appointment with you first before starting the Estroblock.
    Thank you and Happy Holidays! πŸ™‚

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    • Fran December 25, 2013, 3:06 pm

      Hi Amanda, post menses acne can be due to a few things, but quite likely a hormonal imbalance such as too high testosterone or progesterone – and the area that you’re getting the acne is very hormonal.

      It may be that your rise of progesterone after ovulating stimulates too much sebum which by the end of bleeding is enough time to form an acne inflammation. As levels of progesterone increase, our skin swells and pores are compressed shut – which is why this time can easily cause congestion.

      It could also be as most of your hormones are on their lower end during bleeding that the ratio of testosterone (androgens) are higher.

      I would recommend taking estroblock and following the protocol for lowering androgens, but it would be goo to talk with you about this on Skype in an appointment too!

      Fran πŸ™‚

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      • Amanda December 25, 2013, 10:37 pm

        Thanks so much for the very speedy and informative reply! I’ll be booking an appointment asap.
        Cheers! πŸ™‚

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  • Ang December 19, 2013, 6:39 pm

    Hi! I just wanted to ask if you know anything about adrenal fatigue. I have acne and recently took a saliva hormone test. My results showed I was very low progesterone and one of the estrogen. My Chiropractor determined that I have adrenal fatigue because my cortisol was low also and especially in the morning. I am so relieved to find the answer to my health problems. I am currently taking an adrenal support supplement and tried taking DHEA and completely broke out! I’m so tired of the acne! So I’m just curious if you have any experience with this? Thanks so much Fran:)

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    • Fran December 19, 2013, 9:39 pm

      Hi Ang, I know a little because I’ve dealt with the early stages of it myself. What helped for me was to allow myself for a month to sleep for as long as I liked – I needed a lot of sleep. I also worked (and am still working) on reducing my stress levels considerably, mainly through changing my thought patterns, exercising regularly, taking some time out each day to go for a walk in the forrest, stopping work every day at a particular time to rest for the rest of the evening, and cutting down on stimulating foods.

      Whenever I feel stressed now, I notice it and immediately take time out if I can and go for a walk or make a calming tea, or call on a friend to talk with to help ground me back again.

      Your low progesterone by the way is likely the main cause of your acne. I’m curious also as to what estrogen was low. If you can book in an appointment because I feel that I can get you clear very quickly with what you’ve told me.

      x

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      • A December 23, 2013, 8:56 pm

        Ok thanks so much. I would love to book and appointment and will think about it. To answer about the low estrogen, it was the estriol that is low. My level is 0.1 and normal is 4.0 to 12.0. Progestrone was 29 and normal is 100-500. The Estradiol was on the low end of normal as well. Most of the supplements have made me break out so we had to stop! It’s so frustrating but I am still glad I took the saliva panel. I recommend to all who have acne!

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        • Fran December 23, 2013, 10:09 pm

          Ang, definitely work towards getting that progesterone up, it’s going to make such a difference to you – not only your skin but often mood as well. And I’m not surprised by your estrogens. Estrone is the one that can be “bad” and the one that we want to lower. Estriol and estradiol are the ones that we want to build up to good healthy levels. At least you know why you’re getting acne now – knowing the root cause is an excellent beginning. And yes how great is it to get hormone testing done to actually know πŸ™‚

          It would be good for you to now look into why those three hormones can be too low, and how to raise them naturally.

          x

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  • Katka December 11, 2013, 7:04 pm

    Hi Fran, I would like to ask if it is okay to take a combination of saw palmetto, vitex and estroblock. I am trying to balance my hormones but it is so difficult to figure out what is wrong with my body! I took vitex a few months ago – it helped me a lot with my irregular cycle but it had no visible effect on my skin. So after 4 months I stopped taking it. I am now taking saw palmetto – after 2 months I noticed that my skin improved a little bit but my cycle started to be irregular. Does this mean I should take both vitex and saw palmetto? Or should I add estroblock? I have read that estroblock boosts testosterone and saw palmetto lowers androgens – so I wonder if these supplements do not counteract. I know the best solution would be to test my hormones but I am now in a not very good financial situation so I will probably do the hormone tests later.
    Fran, do you have any suggestions which supplements to take?
    Thanks for everything you do for all of us πŸ™‚

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    • Fran December 11, 2013, 7:42 pm

      Hi Katka, first of all it is incorrect that EstroBlock raises testosterone in women. Men’s and women’s hormonal systems are actually quite different which is why I think a lot of this information is confused – because it can help to raise healthy testosterones in men if they are too low in the good type (and so is often advertised that it can do this). And it’s not really that it “raises” testosterone, it’s more that it assists the conversion into good testosterones and not the “bad” DHT. Unfortunately our hormonal systems are quite tricky and not just a matter of estrogen/testosterone/progesterone.. there are different types at different levels in each group!

      In fact it is good to take EstroBlock while doing any form of hormonal treatment. So yes, it is good to take πŸ™‚

      Vitex takes a good 4 months to really kick in, so you may have started to notice more improvements if you continued to take it. Especially with the skin it seems to take an absolute minimum of 3 months.

      And yes, if you are high in testosterone, saw palmetto is a great one to take. And you can take all three at the same time, that’s fine. This plan is assuming that you’re high in androgens and low in progesterone.

      Add in a low glycemic index diet too if you can, and see how that goes. I can’t fully recommend anything more without speaking with your properly.

      Fran x

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      • Katka December 13, 2013, 8:36 pm

        Hi Fran, thank you very much for your response, I really appreciate your advice πŸ™‚
        I will try to introduce Estroblock into my regimen and see how it works.
        Thanks again and I wish you a beautiful pre-Christmas time πŸ™‚

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  • Tay December 10, 2013, 10:33 pm

    Hello Fran!
    I have just had my hormones tested: Everything is in the healthy range – however, my testosterone is a little on the higher end and progesterone is on the lower. I’m taking vitex, saw palmetto & green tea extract to deal with those levels. My skin is not bad but I’m definitely congested.. I’ve heard that both saw palmetto and green tea are both associated with liver damage. I’m also taking liver supplemts to protect my liver but the last thing I’d want is to be counter-productive.
    Let me know if you have a better suggestion for supplements or if you think I don’t need to be too concerned for my liver.

    Thanks a bunch!! You are a saint.
    T

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    • Fran December 11, 2013, 12:30 am

      Hi Tay, you may still have an issue with hormone induced excess sebum production as your testosterone is on the higher end. Follow the advice for lowering testosterone through diet and supplementation as well if you can. Sticking to low GI foods and taking chromium and cinnamon should help a lot as well.

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  • LCL November 26, 2013, 11:03 pm

    I am 52 years and suffer bad ance on my chin area.
    Need help and advice. I live in UK want to do a hormone test.

    Best regards
    LCL

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    • Fran December 11, 2013, 12:16 am

      Hi LCL, you can get testing done from anywhere in the world by ordering the test kit to be sent to your home through Dr John Lee. The link is at the bottom of the information on this page.

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  • Maria November 14, 2013, 9:48 am

    Hi Fran,

    It was really great talking to you in the consultation. I have now been using Estroblock (3 capsules daily) for almost 3 weeks. Within the first week my skin got pretty clear, but I would experience some mild stomach ache after taking them. After the second and third week I had no side effects (yay!!), but I started to get pimples again. Now it feels like I have more zits than before starting taking Estroblock.

    Any suggestions? Should I introduce Milk Thistle (pills or tea?), Calcium D-glucarate, or something else?

    Take care – you’re amazing!

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    • Fran November 14, 2013, 4:41 pm

      Hi Maria, that’s great you’re not experience any side effects πŸ™‚ The initial stomach ache may be a sign for you to do some more liver work.

      3 weeks is not long enough for estroblock – it can take up to 3 months to show positive change on the correct dose, so give it more time! Also remember that it is a detoxification process, so consider supporting your body with daily enemas or weekly colonics, and perhaps some liver support herbs too.

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      • Maria November 14, 2013, 6:06 pm

        Thanks for the advice. Yes, I will definitely try to do some work on my liver. What is your opinion on Milk Thistle?

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        • Fran November 16, 2013, 3:49 am

          Milk thistle is one of the key liver support herbs, it’s a good one to take, but I prefer it with a good liver support combo such as Liver Rescue 4+ by Health Force.

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          • Maria November 26, 2013, 10:26 am

            Hi Fran,

            So sorry to bother you again. But I just got my test results back, and I would love to hear what you think.

            It says that my estradiol levels are within the expected range for luteal phase, but high relative to progesterone, which is low, although my overall symptoms of estrogen/progesterone imbalance were minimal at the time of testing. Mine was 64L, while it should be between 75-270. Testosterone is within normal range.

            So I guess this could explain my acne and the other typical pre-menstrual symptoms that I am experiencing.

            Do you think I should go ahead with the Vitex (together with Estroblock)? I am a little afraid of using progesterone-creams because of the side effects.

            Do you take Vitex everyday or only on days 12-26 of your cycle? And for how long should I use it? I read somewhere on your blog that it’s a good idea to take a break from using progesterone creams after a period of months. Is it the same for Vitex?

            So sorry for this long post. Thank you so much for this amazing website!

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  • Hanna November 9, 2013, 10:16 pm

    Hi, I’m 17 years old and my doctor prescribed me with progesterone to regulate my periods. After nearly 8 months of taking it, I realized it was the cause of my huge chin breakouts. I stopped taking it. Now, I still get pimples on my chin but they aren’t quiiite as bad and my period has not come. My hormones were tested again and I am low in progesterone still, but have more. I am wary of taking it again, or birth control…. She prescribed both for me so I could choose. I have heard of maca powder being helpful, but I’m pretty much lost. What do you recommend? I hate dealing with this. I have marks on my chin too.

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    • Fran November 10, 2013, 12:14 am

      Hi Hanna, I usually only work with women over 17 because most often teenage acne just sorts itself out. Look into taken vitex agnus-castus, fish oil and evening primrose oil instead of the progesterone cream, or go back on it. Please remember that these treatments are not designed to “heal acne” so much as to balance the root cause. So while your body is correcting itself in the interim you could experience things like a period of worsening acne.

      Maca is unlikely to help.

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  • Virginia November 4, 2013, 5:08 pm

    Hey there Fran,
    So thankful that you are blogging and helping women around the world with their hormonal issues.
    I saw some other ladies were giving you the scoop down here so I figured I would as well.
    I went off of the pill about 7 months ago.. and since then I’ve fluctuated between almost perfectly clear skin and terrible breakouts. I have been on vitex for about 7 months as well (skin issues since I’ve started it – but a naturopath told me it had nothing to do with the vitex). Since then I have added triple strength estroblock, saw palmetto, omega 3, livtox, vit c, strong probiotics, teas with cinnamon & spearmint….My skin was looking its best with the combination of all of these, however, I still was not satisfied because I would still get random little breakouts quite frequently. I decided to switch from my regular brand of vitex (Thompsons 1 a day – 1000 mg…was taking 2 in the morning) to Femaprin. I had read that it was more active. I started to take just one in the morning. After about a week and a half I had gotten a cyst (which has happened rarely in these past 7 months – usually when my hormones have been in their worst state..and now little patches of congested areas). I’m not sure if this means that my progesterone levels are too high and the intensity of the femaprin is causing breakouts, or if taking just the one femaprin is not as strong as the 2 1000mg. I’m having the hardest battle trying to figure out if vitex is actually helping or making things worse for me. I also have considered that maybe my estrogen is low. I want to get my hormones tested but I’m not in the best financial state right now and that can be quite expensive.
    I was hoping you may have an opinion that may be able to help guide me until I am able to get the tests done.
    Thank you so much again for all your support.

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    • Fran November 4, 2013, 5:53 pm

      Hi Virginia, thank you for stopping by πŸ™‚

      Please give your body a break – you have only been off the pill for 7 months and you are actually doing really well considering. Your natural hormonal system will need time to recover! It takes on average 12 months for our hormones to balance out after the pill, and up to 2 years for it to be completely out of our system. Anxiety and frustration with still getting acne can lead to one of the biggest mistakes with acne treatment, and that is not sticking with simplicity and consistency. The original vitex may have been fine, and the new one may be fine too… but you can’t expect a list of supplements to clear up your skin faster than what your natural body is able to do, when supported by these supplements. The good news is, you do have times of being clear! That’s great. Stick with all the wonderful things you are doing, and your skin will continue to get better.

      Also take a look at this recent blog post… it’s an interview with Dora, who took measures to prevent her acne before going off the pill and was able to do it successfully: http://highonclearskin.com/how-dora-prevented-acne-after-going-off-the-pill/

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  • Steph October 25, 2013, 12:47 am

    Hi Fran,

    I don’t know if you remember my situation, I did a consult with you in September, I went off the BC pill over a year ago now, and this summer I broke out the REALLY bad around my mouth and chin. I had my hormones tested and ALL are high. I have been on Estroblock for 2 1/2 months and my acne has gotten much better (still a lot of hyper pigmentation scars πŸ™ . ) but I am still getting new pimples every week. I am taking two pro-stength Estroblock, 25 mg Zinc Picolinate, 240 mg Saw Palmetto, Vit C and 1 Liv-Tox Capsule daily as well as 1/2 tsp of FCLO. My menstrual cycle is very irregular. I was getting my period every 2 1/2 weeks for 5 consecutive cycles and now I have not had a menses since August. I saw a gyno and I do have a few small cysts on my ovaries (not sure if its quite PCOS, still waiting for some blood work to come back). I am just really annoyed of these new pimples that keep popping up around my chin and mouth every week. My acne is minor now compared to what it was and I am very thankful for that but I feel like maybe I am missing something? I eat very healthy, I was a vegan; however, lost a substantial amount of weight and I was always “petit” so now I am back to eating chicken and eggs but no milk or dairy, low GI diet, tons of fruits and veggies.
    Help πŸ™

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    • Fran October 28, 2013, 2:48 am

      Hi Steph, first that’s GREAT that your acne has already gotten much better!

      Sounds like it’s likely that you may have PCOS, even if it is minor. Please be a little more gentle on yourself. If you in fact do have it, you’re battling that AND huge hormonal imbalances from being on the pill. You have a lot of hormonal balancing to do so give your body a little time.

      The number one thing to work on if you’re not already is to lower any stress if you have it. That is KEY, especially if you do have PCOS. Take some time, and consider using bach flower remedies for stress relief if you can.

      Other good supplements for you are Chromium Picolinate, a good Vitamin B complex and cinnamon (or you can just take 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and/or drink a cinnamon tea).

      Your diet is AWESOME, much better than mine actually πŸ˜‰ and your diet will for sure not be contributing to your acne. The most important things for you are to eat low GI and low stimulant.. which seems to be what you’re doing.

      Stick with it, you’ve only been doing this treatment for a little time so it will take a little longer. Our hormonal system and our skin can take some patience to get back into balance (it’s so frustrating I know!!).

      It’s good that you’re working with your gyno too so you can check in with what they say about your cycle.

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      • Steph October 29, 2013, 1:57 pm

        Thanks for the reply Fran! I just don’t understand why I am currently having a huge breakout, it’s been getting worse every day. How long does Estroblock usually take to clear acne? Can it be that it’s not working for me since all the sudden after having nearly clear skin I have tons of pimples?

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        • Fran October 29, 2013, 4:43 pm

          Hi Steph, if you really feel that it’s making your skin worse then stop it – we can actually create a problem if we believe it. You can also trial it again after some time if you feel to.

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  • Katka October 10, 2013, 10:15 pm

    Hi Fran,
    first of all, I would like to congratulate you on your new website, I love it so much πŸ™‚
    Since the day I came across your blog Highonhealth (it was about two years ago), you have become an inspiration for me and I started to believe that it is really possible to heal the body naturally. I have made a lot of changes in my lifestyle (eating more healthily, drinking enough water, living a less stressful life, etc.) which helped me significantly to improve my skin and overall health. But despite this improvement, my skin is still not completely clear, so I am still trying to figure out what the problem is. A few days ago, I read your book Love your liver, cure your acne and I really liked it, especially the part about connection between liver and emotions. I realised that there are probably many negative emotions stored up in my liver, so I started to do some of the exercises that you mentioned in the book (I think they are really helpful).
    I am also trying to balance my hormones but this is a little bit complicated – last year I tried Estroblock but after two months I stopped taking it because I noticed growth of facial hair and I got scared that this supplement would mess up my body. I also tried Vitex (I took it for four months) – this helped me to regulate my menstrual cycle but it had no visible effect on my skin. I recently started to take Saw Palmetto – it is too soon to say whether it is good for me or not, I have not noticed any changes so far. I would love to know your opinion – do you think Saw Palmetto could help me to get clear?
    Sometimes I feel that my journey to clear skin is full of trial and error … sometimes I feel desperate … but every time I visit your website, it inspires me and helps me not to give up. Fran, I am so thankful for everything you do, thank you for your love and positive energy that you are sending to the world πŸ™‚

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    • Fran October 10, 2013, 10:27 pm

      Hi Katka, I’m happy you like the new site and so, so happy that it’s bring in good things for you πŸ™‚

      Have you had a hormone test? It would be very useful to know where your hormones are at right now and therefore what supplementation to recommend. If you do get a test, consider booking in an appointment so we can talk in detail about what’s going on in your body and therefore how to best remedy it to clear your acne.

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      • Camille October 16, 2013, 11:25 am

        Hi Fran,

        I am a 23 years old french girl and I am very happy to find your website !
        I stopped taking Diane 35 pill 10 months ago and my acne came back for 5-6 months now… Actually, I started taking this pill especially because I experimented acne from the age of 11. It started with dark spots and at the age of 14-15, after trying some antibiotics, I started taking Diane 35, so I’ve been on it for 7-8 years. The results have been wonderful I have to admit… I had a beautiful skin (no dark spots, no pimples, tightened pores) all the time so it is very difficult to look like a teenage girl at 23…

        My acne is located on the chin, around the mouth and on my jaws (some around the nose). I am now having a strong break out on my chin : it is covered by pimples less or more big yet I am taking 3 capsules of DIM/day for 2 months and vitex for 3 months…

        I read on the Love Vitamin that taking vitex while your cycles are regular can make your acne worse. My cycles are very regular, do you think I should stop taking vitex ? Or do you think I should take it only during the second phase of the cycle ?

        My acne is necessarily hormonal since Diane cleared up my skin. Despite this, do you think that Estroblock could not work for me ?

        Also I have a very healthy diet (almost no milk and sugar, lots of vegetables) and I am doing horse riding several times/week.

        I am looking forward to write your answer and I hope that my english is understandable !

        Merci beaucoup !

        Camille

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        • Fran October 16, 2013, 2:55 pm

          Hi Camille, I take vitex daily and my cycles have always been regular. For me vitex gets rid of all premenstrual acne and most PMT symptoms.

          You acne is unlikely solely caused by going off the BCP because you were dealing with acne before you went on it. However, going off the pill could have also likely made it worse.

          If you’re not taking EstroBlock consider taking it now and make sure you’re eating good levels of Omega-3. It would be good for you also to book in an appointment so we can have a longer chat about your skin.

          fran x

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  • stacey October 7, 2013, 11:11 pm

    Hi! Love the new webstie =) My last saliva test I was low in estradiol and higher on the normal testosterone range and ok with progesterone ( I am on cream). I have been taking dim, 100 mg from Dimavail, 2 times a day. However, I felt a shift in myself this past month and surprise I have broken out pretty bad. Up to now, I have been much better…thought I was I the “clear.” So I also have been diagnosed with PCOS in the past. My question is, I just ordered estroblock. Do you think this will benefit me? From what I understand dim can increase good estrogen which will balance out excess testosterone?

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    • Fran October 8, 2013, 2:05 am