I’ve found that the easiest way to start getting your hormones back on track is to start supplementing yourself with some essential vitamins and minerals.
At the time when my acne started getting out of control I was only taking a Vitamin C (1000mg) and a B-Complex pill. As long as I can remember ‘pre-hormone imbalance’ these were the only vitamins I took and back then I only took them when I remembered and not daily. Those days are obviously gone.
Vitamin C (1000mg), B12 (1000mg), B6 (250mg), Magnesium (500mg), Zinc for acne (this has a combination of Vitamin A, C, E, B-6 and Zinc), Omega 3-6-9 and Omega-3 fish oils are now part of my daily supplement routine and have helped immensely in controlling my breakouts.
I take the Vitamin C and the Omegas daily and the others every other day (for eg: Monday: Vit C, Omega 369, Omega-3, B12 and B6. Tuesday: Vit C, Omega 369, Omega-3, Magnesium and Zinc).
Why these particular Vitamins and Minerals?
Vitamin C for one helps a lot with inflammation and helps to take away the redness in your skin caused by acne. Magnesium helps me a lot with sleep. Yes, you read correctly. I’ve always had problems with sleeping. When I was younger it was insomnia and now it’s with interrupted sleep. Hormone imbalances for one causes even more disruption in sleep and this can take a toll on your skin over time. I read that magnesium helps in lowering ‘stress hormones’ and allows for more relaxed sleep and I can tell you that this is accurate. Zinc aids in your skin renewing itself re: less clogged pores. While zinc is amazing in helping your skin regenerate itself, don’t take too much of it. While enough Zinc can help strengthen your immune system, too much zinc can in fact break it down and you’ll find yourself getting sick a lot. That’s why I take it every other day instead of every day. As mentioned before, I used to take a B-complex daily years earlier but I found after my hormone imbalance set in that one of the B-vitamins (B-Complex is made up of B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12) made me nauseous and caused me to break out more. So I started taking B-6 and B-12 exclusively. B6 promotes healthy skin by reducing the body’s sensitivity to the effects of testosterone and helps in healing acne scars. B12 has skin healing benefits as well but I take it mostly for energy. The hormone imbalance side effect that affects me the most is the chronic fatigue. Some days no matter how well I’ve slept I just seem to remain tired. B12 usually gives me a good energy boost but DO NOT take this in the evening as you will not be able to fall asleep at night. On the days I take it I usually take it after lunch so that it wears off by bedtime. I’ll go into the benefits of the Omegas aka fish oils in another blog as I’d like to go more in depth on that topic.
If you are iffy about taking too much vitamins/supplements then I would advise that you change your diet ASAP to include the foods that contain the above vitamins and minerals.
Here’s a quick list with a few items for your reference:
VITAMIN C – Citrus fruits, Papaya, Bell peppers, Kiwi, Guava, Dark leafy greens, melons, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes
MAGNESIUM – Nuts and seeds, avocado, banana, dark chocolate, low fat yogurt, whole grain foods
ZINC – Seafood, Beef, Lamb, Wheat Germ, Spinach, Pumpkin seeds, Beans, Mushrooms
B6 – Sweet potato, Plantain, Wheat Bran, Oatmeal, Liver
B12 – Fortified cereals, Sardine, Milk, Eggs, Chicken
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