The Doctor-Approved Secret to Clearing Your Hormonal Acne That Actually Works (From Pop Sugar)

Original Article here

Take aways if you suffer with Intense Hormonal acne and nothing seems to be working:


How to Get Clear Skin Through Diet | POPSUGAR Beauty

If you get the OK from your doctor, here is a list of supplements (from Dr. Berkowitz) and what they do:

  • Alpha lipoic acid: helps stop the stiffening of collagen fibers.
  • Antioxidants: stop free radical production. For example, vitamins A, C, and E help to better hydrate the skin.
  • Hydrolyzed collagen: reduces wrinkles.
  • Hyaluronic acid: hydrates skin. (Yes, you can take the popular skin care ingredient as a supplement, as well!)
  • Astaxanthin: fights free radicals and prevents damage from the sun and other environmental toxins.

Here are specific supplements for acne:

  • Zinc: helps accelerate the development of new clear skin cells and reduce the inflammatory response to bacteria.
  • Probiotic: promotes healthy or good bacteria and thus decreases the inflammatory response that damages skin.
  • Coconut oil: helps replace the protective acid layer that keeps skin healthy and reduces inflammation.

He also shared an anti-inflammatory eating plan:

  • Avoid refined carbohydrates, which increase insulin and inflammation.
  • Avoid gluten, cow’s milk dairy, processed foods, and excessive amounts of omega-6, which are all pro-inflammatory.
  • Increase use of spices: turmeric, cinnamon, garlic, and parsley all have anti-inflammatory effects to help keep the skin healthy and slow down the aging process.

As always, please consult your Doctor.


I learned a lot from this article as I am going for blood work tomorrow to be approved for Accutane.  Accutane is a medication I have wanted to be on for many years, but never had the means and courage to get it.  I cannot become pregnant, be on a multi-vitamin, and there are many side effects.

However.  If this is the cure to my never ending acne, (as it has been for many people), I will be over the moon.

Below is a list of things I can remember that I’ve tried over the years to cure my acne.  I’ve been between frustrated and disappointed in myself for years.  Praying Accutane changes my face.

  • Honey and cinnamon
  • Tea Tree oil, organic and non-organic
  • Cutting out dairy
  • Charcoal
  • Wipes
  • Cleansers, organic and non-organic.  (You name it, I’ve tried it).
  • Benzoyl Peroxide creams
  • Crushed aspirin
  • Tactupump cream prescription
  • Cleansing soaps
  • Face Masks
  • Salicylic acid creams
  • Toners
  • Lemon and Baking soda
  • Birth control
  • Antibiotics (Such as erythromycin)
  • The Proactive Kit
  • Hormone supplements (Evening Primrose Oil)
  • Biotin supplements
  • Egg white mask
  • Aloe
  • Face Steaming
  • Cutting out sugar from my diet
  • Cleansing water
  • Acne Spot treatment pads
  • Zinc supplements
  • Cutting out caffeine
  • Exfoliating cloths
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