Adult hormonal acne is traumatic, both emotionally and physically, and on the rise in women. It can trigger desperation, anxiously Googling for a solution we somehow missed, asking for advice from strangers on the internet. I’m all too familiar with the scenario from my own personal experience! Sometimes you find an answer, though. Thanks to those nights falling down the rabbit hole, I found a natural alternative to spironolactone that actually works.
Taking a prescription drug for my breakouts wasn’t a decision I took lightly. As an esthetician, I knew what my options would be and I wasn’t thrilled with any of them. Even as a longtime cystic hormonal acne sufferer, it took years of frustration to finally cave and visit my dermatologist for a cure.
There were three choices: a round of antibiotics, Accutane, or spironolactone. If you visit your dermatologist to treat acne, you’ll likely hear these suggestions.
Seeing as to how the connection between gut and skin health is vital in maintaining an acne-free complexion, antibiotics were out. I wasn’t about to throw off my body’s flora any further. Or I could take Accutane and destroy my body from the inside out, fingers crossed it might correct a textbook hormonal issue? No thanks.
Then there’s spironolactone, a diuretic used to treat high blood pressure and magically helps control androgen levels. Out of the three options, I already knew this would be my ideal route. Androgens are actually a male hormone that’s found in both men and women and a common culprit of hormonal acne when we have too much. When our body produces high androgen levels, it sends a message to our oil glands to produce more sebum. In turn, overstimulation occurs creating excess oil, altering the development of skin cells that line hair follicles in our skin. The result? Angry acneic breakouts.
For a year and a half, I committed to spironolactone, nervously at a low dose. I always felt dehydrated, never feeling like I could drink enough water in a day to keep up. I worried about my potassium intake since the drug is also used to treat those with low levels of the vitamin. The nurse simply told to avoid bananas… like what? Don’t I need a list of foods to avoid? Shouldn’t I be more concerned?
Worst of all, spironolactone never consistently kept my skin clear, a couple of months in a row at best.
Then one day while chatting with estheticians online about my acne, DIM came up as a popular natural alternative for spironolactone. Other skincare professionals were using it to naturally treat their clients who suffered from hormonal acne with success! Intrigued, I began researching this under the radar supplement and scheduled an appointment with my dermatologist. Not that I don’t trust my fellow estheticians, but I wanted an official opinion from someone with a deeper understanding than my own.
I didn’t know what to expect from my doctor since she had never offered a natural option in the past. Was I going to look like a nut case coming in with my internet research? Would I be labeled “one of those people”? Too wrapped up worrying about what she would think, my doctor caught me off guard when she eagerly agreed: DIM is a fantastic natural alternative to spironolactone.
Happily validated, I skipped out of the doctor’s office with visions of blemish-free skin and ordered my first bottle!
I know you’re wondering… what’s the deal with DIM as a natural alternative for spironolactone? What makes it so special?
Completely plant-based, DIM is found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, and other leafy greens but it’s nearly impossible for us to eat the necessary amount to balance our hormones through diet. You would literally need to consume multiple pounds a day. Being able to take it as a pill is a blessing instead of having to force-feed your way to clear skin! In addition to balancing estrogen, when taken at a high enough dose, DIM has the ability to block androgen receptors. This means it can stop the hormones process of causing acne.
Estroblock helps minimize the effects of breakouts caused by excess estrogen.
DHT Blocker helps balance high testosterone and androgen levels responsible for breakouts.
For the curious, I used DHT Blocker for my high testosterone and androgen levels. Whereas Estroblock is good for excess estrogen. Both contain a blend of herbs with DIM for specific hormonal imbalances.
I’m happy to report that after religiously taking the supplement I saw a significant decrease in my cystic acne! Within six weeks my skin was more clear than ever before. With continued use, my skin stayed clear far longer than when I was taking spironolactone. Eventually, I tried an elimination diet, cutting out gluten, dairy, and sugar, allowing my body to heal. Now I rarely experience breakouts. In order to fully overcome my acne, I definitely had to practice a multi-faceted approach, taking everything into consideration. From medication to diet and topical products.
Fair warning: when starting the natural alternative DIM, it’s common to purge for a few weeks while your body detoxes. The purge was real, I wasn’t spared the experience! It was bad before it got better but the results were beyond worth it.
If you’re looking for a resolution to your hormonal acne consider giving it a go. Looking to get off spironolactone with a natural alternative with a proven track record? You should definitely give it a go. What’s there to lose when regaining your skin confidence is on the table?
Please consult with your doctor if you have questions on how to incorporate DIM supplements into your diet.