Article by Angela Haldane
Q. I have a major problem with hormonal acne – terrible chest, neck and face spots during my 2 pregnancies and now at 40 yrs old, 2 weeks out of every 4, my neck and face break out and only just clear before the next lot appear. Needless to say I am totally fed up and wondered if there was any natural product that can balance hormones to get rid of this problem once and for all.
A. Hormonal acne that presents on the face (particularly the jawline) and neck respond well to the herbal medicine. It would be best to see a registered medical herbalist (MNZAMH) such as Natural Ange Ltd to have it prescribed properly. The prescription will include herbs to balance hormones and to promote liver function.
The liver plays an important role in the breakdown and elimination of hormones. You could also help with sour food before meals to enhance bile flow, minimise alcohol intake and exercise regularly.
As a naturopath, I would also prescribe minerals and vitamins to reduce scarring and accelerate healing. Certain minerals inhibit testosterone, thereby reducing the oil build up in the pores.
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