Natural Supplements to Support Acne & Hormone Balance
Did you know that balancing your hormones has a major role in helping to get rid of acne and having clearer, healthy looking skin!
As someone who is diagnosed with PCOS and had to deal with hormonal acne for many years, I know that starting to balance your hormones is key for getting healthier skin. These are some of the supplements that I take to help balance my hormones:
Probiotics for hormone balance
As a nutritionist, a common symptom I see in many of my clients is a damaged and depleted gut microbiome which can cause hormonal acne in young adults. Supplementation with probiotics & prebiotics is essential for a healthier digestive system.
Many studies explain that the gut microbiome has a direct influence on your hormone balance. A healthy gut helps hormones by lowering inflammation, which promotes hormone balance, and this can be especially helpful for hormonal acne.
Maca for hormone balance
Many people side-line this amazing adaptogen. Also known as Peruvian “ginseng” because of its status in providing long-lasting energy throughout the day, Maca also has incredible benefits to help with balancing hormones.
Maca works within your body to reduce cortisol levels (also known as the stress hormone). Research has shown that high cortisol levels can cause imbalances in your sex hormones such as progesterone, estrogen, testosterone and even your DHEA.
In regards to supplementation for young adults, I find the easiest way to include maca in your everyday routine is to try it in powder form by mixing it in water or adding it to your daily smoothies. If you don’t like the taste of powder, Organika also has maca capsules.
Collagen for skin health
Enhanced Collagen - Did you know that collagen is the most abundant form of protein in your body and it provides strength, elasticity, and tone! Even though collagen is naturally produced by your body, it’s still an important supplement for young adults to be taking. Studies have shown that after a certain age (most say after the age of 30), your natural collagen formation decreases.
Yes, you can all eat “collagen-rich” foods, like bone broth soups and chicken feet, but most of us don't get enough collagen in our diets. This is why collagen supplementation is very beneficial, especially for young adults like myself who have busy schedules and would rather mix some Enhanced Collagen in their morning coffee or add it to their smoothies.
Hyaluronic acid & Vitamin C for skin health
As you enter mid-20s to early 30s, your skin drastically starts to change, that’s why taking a HA supplement & Vitamin C (I really like the effervescent Instant C) alongside collagen supplementation, is a dynamic trio that will promote clear and healthy looking skin.
Spirulina for hormone balance
This brilliant superfood (know as blue-green algae) comes from lakes/ponds and has quite an impressive nutrient profile. Spirulina contains large amounts of calcium, magnesium and potassium, and these essential hormone-balancing nutrients have been shown to lessen cramps, help with mood balance and overall inflammation.
As a part of my morning routine, I usually take my greens (which includes Organika’s Spirulina Powder) on an empty stomach before my work-out.