There is no doubt that the pill can be used successfully to treat acne. When I was younger I was on it for that very reason, however I didn’t particularly enjoy the side effects and the mood swings. There are also women who just simply don’t want to take the contraceptive pill and I don’t blame them.
The contraceptive pill works on acne in the following ways:
- It decreases free testosterone by 40-50%. It does this by suppressing leutinizing hormone which suppresses androgen production.
- The pill also increases sex binding globulin hormone SBGH which binds the free testosterone making it inactive.
- The third way it works is by is inhibiting 5a reductase activity.
- It reduces free fatty acids on the skin. This eliminates the food source for the bacteria.
So what options do you have if you don’t want to take the contraceptive pill.
Often as an acne sufferer you are left completely uninformed. Doctor’s will not guide you on what you can take. Often the recommendation is Vitex from Naturopaths, which has efficacy but not as much as other supplements can.
So today’s post I am going to be the acne fairy and give you some really important information that you simply are going to love.
One supplement that you can safely take is Inositol. It safely and effectively reduces testosterone levels by up to 70%. When taken over 6 months inositol will improve insulin function and show significant reductions of acne and undesirable hair growth patterns. Inositol has been tested in young women with PCOS (Poly cystic ovaries). Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine cause of hirsutism, acne and pattern alopecia, often characterised by ovulation disorders. In addition, 30–40% of women with PCOS have impaired glucose tolerance, and a defect in the insulin signalling pathway seems to be implicated in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance. For this reason, insulin-lowering medications represent novel approach in women with PCOS. Hyperinsulinemia results in increased ovarian androgen bio-synthesis in vivo and in vitro and decreased sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) synthesis from the liver, leading to increased bioavaiability of free androgens.
Inositol belongs to the vitamin B complex group, however don’t confuse this with the ability to take other b vitamins as Vitamin B6, B1 and B12 can result in an increase in acne eruptions. The stupplemention of inositol reduces serum insulin, decreases serum testosterone and enhances ovulation. It significantly reduces hyperandrogenism and ameliorated the abnormal metabolic profile of women with hirsutism.
Fifty patients with PCOS were enrolled in the study. They examined body mass index, leutinising hormone, follicular stimulating hormone, insulin, androstenedione, testosterone, free testosterone, hirsutism and acne were evaluated at the baseline and after receiving Inositol therapy for 6 months.
Results. After 3 months of MYO administration, plasma LH, testosterone, free testosterone, insulin and HOMA index resulted significantly reduced; no significant changes were observed in plasma FSH and androstenedione levels. Both hirsutism and acne decreased after 6 months of therapy.
The dosage used in the study was 2grams of Inositol with 200 micrograms of folic acid.