How to Naturally Slow the Aging Process and Get Glowing Skin

One of the most common questions I get is “What do you do for your skin?” And while I have a lot more to share than just “beauty secrets,” this question never annoys me, because truth be told… I am incredibly proud of my skin!

My skin didn’t always look like it does now. This is me at 22 - when I went from clear skin to horrible acne. At the age when most people’s teenage breakouts were ending, mine were just beginning. 


Let’s skip to the good part - here I am today: 

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So how did I get here? It wasn’t one special product, a miracle facial, or just “growing out of it.” I learned quickly that glowing, clear, youthful skin starts internally. 

Yes, products can be fun (I love my nighttime routine) - but if you want gorgeous skin, you have to start on the inside. 

What finally worked for me was a combination of:

  • Addressing hormone imbalances (I have PCOS)
  • Switching up my diet (I was eating way too many carbs and not enough protein as a vegetarian)
  • Healing my adrenals and gut
  • Using Chinese medicine to speed healing and prevent long-term damage

(Learn more about acne and PCOS here.)

These principles not only helped me clear my skin back then - but now more-years-than-you’d-probably-guess later, they're the same principles I use to keep my skin youthful and glowing. 

Yep - the real “beauty secret” has nothing to do with fancy products, lasers, or needles. It’s all about what’s happening inside! Let’s dig into what really matters for beautiful skin - and how you can achieve it. 


6 Factors that Actually Matter for Naturally Youthful Skin

How our skin ages is about both our genetics and the environment in which those genes exist. That means having good genes isn’t a get-out-of-jail-free card for caring for your skin - and it also means even if you’re genetically predisposed to less-than-perfect skin, you’re not a lost cause! 

If you want to change the look or feel of your skin, there are 6 factors to focus on:

  • Gut health
  • Oxidative stress & inflammation
  • Hydration
  • Omega 3 & 6 balance
  • Liver health
  • Hormone balance

Let’s go through each of these and explain it a bit and I’ll offer some easy, right-now things you can do to optimize each one.


Factor 1: The Gut

Younger skin literally starts in the gut. As you probably know, the gut isn’t just where food is digested - it’s home to the gut microbiome, a stronghold of beneficial bacteria that play a massive role in the proper function of almost every aspect of the body. 

Research has shown that various species of probiotic bacteria found in the gut impact everything from UV damage and repair to acne. Skin barrier function, hair growth, oil production, and the acidity of skin are all impacted by the bacteria of the gut microbiome. 

A healthy gut - meaning a diverse, healthy microbiome, healthy gut cells, and intact, tight junctions (no leaky gut) - has been proven beneficial in the prevention or treatment of:

  • Inflammatory skin diseases
  • Acne 
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Aging skin changes
  • Hair loss
  • Some pigmentary disorders

If you have any history of gut symptoms or digestive issues, or a history of skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, or acne, I recommend starting with a comprehensive stool test like GI Map and a Parawellness parasite and pathogen test. With my clients, these tests are often the first step in a customized gut-healing protocol.

If you don’t have digestive symptoms, or have already resolved your digestive issues, the Biome Fx test by Microbiome Labs is a great way to better understand the bacteria living in your microbiome so that you can strategically supplement to tweak and optimize your microbiome for overall well-being, longevity, and glowing skin.


Factor 2: Oxidative Stress & Inflammation

Oxidative stress is what literally kills us all. Oxidative stress occurs when unstable molecules called free radicals outnumber stabilizing antioxidants, creating a state of inflammation and “cellular aging.” Free radicals are created both by your body (as a result of normal metabolism) and are found environmentally in things like pollution and UV light from the sun. 

Research has shown oxidative stress plays a major role in the skin’s aging process both internally and externally. Sun spots, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation are all a direct result of oxidative stress. 

To assess oxidative stress levels in my clients I rely on the ION Panel and Organix Organic Acids testing to assess antioxidant and nutrient levels. 

The best defense against oxidative stress is to minimize free radicals and increase antioxidants. Some easy ways to do that are to:

NAD+ is especially important - it's a coenzyme essential for cellular energy and mitochondrial health, two key factors of anti-aging. If you’ve heard a lot of buzz lately about niacinamide as a skincare ingredient, here’s why: it converts to NAD+ down the line! NAD+ levels naturally decline with age, so supplementing can be especially helpful. I like a liposomal NAD+, which is the best absorbed. 

Vitamin C can be used internally and topically - this one absorbs well through the skin and results show in a matter of weeks.

Because many people have genetic SNPs that impede the transformation of beta carotene (found in plants like carrots) to bioavailable forms of vitamin A, I use a product like Acnutrol or Hi-Po Emulsi D3. (If you’re wondering if this or other genetic SNPs are impacting your health, I can help - book a call to learn how we use data from over-the-counter DNA tests like 23andMe to unlock the next level of health.)

Finally, be sure you’re eating plenty of foods high in antioxidants like:

  • Fatty Fish
  • Avocados 
  • Organic nuts and seeds - especially walnuts and sunflower seeds (for healthy fats, vitamin E, and zinc) 
  • Tomatoes, which contain lycopene
  • Blueberry (and other berries like pomegranate and raspberry)
  • Spinach and other leafy greens
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Green Tea
  • Bone Broth
  • Lemon
  • Turmeric

And don’t forget to make sure you’re getting adequate protein! Proteins are needed to regenerate the skin, protect skin integrity and prevent sagging.


Factor 3: Hydration, Hydration, Hydration!

Almost everyone I work with is chronically dehydrated. Dehydration isn’t just about a lack of water - it’s also about a lack of electrolytes and minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, chloride, and phosphate. Electrolytes help draw water into the skin, deeply hydrating the aquaporins, the intricate system of channels in the skin that control hydration. Without adequate hydration and electrolyte levels, skin becomes dehydrated and looks dull and lifeless.

What can you do about this? Simple: go refill your water bottle! It’s essential that you’re drinking clean, filtered water - I highly recommend a home filtration system like Berkey, which is what I use personally. 

Also consider adding a pinch of natural mineral sea salt or an electrolyte product like BodyBio Electrolytes to your water. 

You might also see skincare products infused with electrolytes, but it’s actually much more efficient to balance electrolytes internally by consuming them. Remember, your skin is an outward expression of your internal health!


Factor 4: Omega 3 & 6 Balance

Omega 3 and 6 are two types of essential fatty acids that can have major impacts on your skin.

Omega 3 regulates the skin’s oil production, balances hydration, and minimizes breakouts and signs of aging, and soothes skin irritation. Research has shown that taking fish oil, a potent source of Omega 3, can help protect against skin cancer and UV damage.

Omega 6 improves skin moisture, firmness and elasticity. It can reduce transepidermal water loss and improve the skin barrier, making it especially beneficial for eczema and dry skin. Research has also shown its anti-inflammatory qualities can help clear acne. 

While Omega 3 and 6 both have benefits, for maximum benefit they need to be in balance. Most people have far more Omega 6 than 3, and need extra support getting balanced. The ION Panel can show you where you are, and 500 mg of Omega 3 or 2 servings of fatty fish per week can help bring balance. If you’re supplementing, I recommend a purified, tested fish oil like Microbiome Labs.


Factor 5: Liver Health and Detox

When you think of skin health, you probably don’t think of the liver - but you should! The liver and the skin are both part of the body’s larger detox system. When the liver becomes overburdened, it often presents through the skin as rashes or eczema, acne, premature or accelerated wrinkling, brownish “liver spots”, and lack of youthful tone and elasticity. 

The liver’s main job is to filter blood coming from the digestive tract to obtain nutrients and remove toxins and waste products from the blood, detoxify chemicals, and metabolize drugs that are secreted into bile for elimination. Today, our livers have to work much harder than they ever have before to detox the slew of chemicals, pesticides, solvents, and plastic-related compounds present in the air we breathe, the water we drink and bathe in, foods we eat and personal products we use every day. Skincare and beauty products in particular often contain estrogen-mimicking chemicals that must be metabolized and eliminated by the liver.

In addition, I see many people struggle with toxins generated from internal pathogens like candida overgrowth, bacterial overgrowth, mycotoxins from mold, and viral pathogens. 

Using the ION Panel, I can actually see exactly how my clients’ detox pathways are functioning. Two markers I look at are antioxidant status and organic acids. Having looked at thousands of these results with my clients, I see a direct correlation with antioxidant status and external signs of aging. Those who seem to “not age” usually have the highest antioxidant levels, and those with early signs of aging have the lowest. 

Eating lots of antioxidant-rich foods (see the list above) can help protect your liver cells from damage and allow for completion of phase 2 detoxification by a series of enzymatic pathways in the liver. The antioxidants also help to protect your skin cells from free radicals, and therefore premature aging. 

(Want to learn more about detox? Make sure you’re subscribed to my email list to receive my upcoming deep dive article on detox! Sign up for emails here.)


Factor 6: Hormone Health

This topic is one close to my heart. Your skin health is often a direct expression of your hormone health. One of the most common things I see is a correlation between PCOS and acne, like I experienced personally. You can learn more about PCOS and acne here

But acne is not the only way hormones can affect your skin! Both estrogen and progesterone impact skin integrity as we age. Low levels of these hormones can result in dryness and the appearance of premature signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of tone. Estrogen and progesterone can also impact hyper and hypopigmentation. Low DHEA is another hormone issue I keep an eye out for, as it can slow skin repair.

For suspected hormone issues, I always start with a comprehensive hormone test. My favorite is the DUTCH panel, which gives a far more in-depth and comprehensive look at hormone levels than a typical blood test can. Once we know exactly what the imbalance is, I create a customized protocol to return your hormones to harmony. 


Do This Now For Better Skin

Keeping in mind all the factors discussed, there are some simple steps you can start taking today for better skin:

#1 Optimize Nutrients

Vitamins A, C, D, E, alpha lipoic acid (ALA), calcium, magnesium, biotin, selenium and zinc are some of the most important nutrients for skin health. Vitamin C, zinc, copper, manganese and silica are cofactors for the production of collagen and keratin, which help keep hair and skin supple and strong. Eating a diet with lots of antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies can help provide many of these essential nutrients. 

Two other supplements I recommend are fish oil for Omega 3s and a collagen supplement, paired with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid for the best results.

#2 Add Probiotics

Multiple studies have found that specific probiotics can help protect the skin from sun damage. In one study, the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus johnsonii NCC 533 (La1), provided protection from UV rays. In another, probiotics actually reversed existing sun damage.

This is my favorite targeted probiotic for skin health— I take this daily 

#3 Try Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbal formulas have been used to slow aging and stimulate repair for thousands of years. General beauty and anti-aging herbs include goji berries, tremella fungus, green tea, Dong Quai (Chinese Angelica), He Shou Wu, Ginseng (Asian Ginseng), Schisandra, and Pearl Powder. 

For best results, Chinese medicine formulas need to be personalized for your skin conditions and your constitution. A trained Chinese herbalist will assess your skin - is it dry, and easy to wrinkle? That’s a sign you need to nourish Yin. Do you have sagging? That tells us spleen Qi will need support as well. Rashes and redness? Clear heat. This is how custom formulations can be made. (Need help with this? Book a free consultation with my team here.) 


What About Products?

I love skin care products as much as the next girl - but the truth is that products simply aren’t as important as what is going on internally. Products and external practices like microneedling should always be a compliment to what's going on inside.

That being said, here’s some of what I use and recommend:

  • DRMTLGY Needle-Less Serum - this is wonderful for fine lines and collagen! Studies have shown it produces a 15% reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and volume in only 2 weeks and 190% increase in elastin production after 11 days. 
  • DRMTLGY Vitamin C E + F to reduce fine lines, decrease hyperpigmentation and provide strong antioxidant protection. 
  • Skin Saint Tretinol .5% Renewal Serum and The Dream Eye Cream include safe and effective levels of retinol plus vitamin C to reduce dark circles, promote collagen production, and improve fine lines 
  • Anything by Biologique Research - but these products should be prescribed by a licensed esthetician trained in the use of the products. 
  • A high-quality sunscreen (I like Supergoop).
  • I also love microneedling, facial gua sha and cupping. A microneedling tool like this one makes it easy to get started and this is the cupping and gua sha kit I use.

Need more guidance on cupping and gua sha? Watch my three how-to videos below to get started:

Health Looks Good On You

Good health glows - it shows in your hair, nails, mood, and of course, your skin. If you want to look better, you need to start with feeling better!

So if you’re looking in the mirror and not loving what you see… don’t go spend a fortune on new products. It’s not the answer! Instead, consider booking a no-obligation consult with my team. Let’s uncover what isn’t working in your health, right the wrongs, and get you that glowing-from-the-inside look you really want!

>>> Let’s talk! Book a free consult here

Modern medicine does a great job of healing acute diseases, but a poor job of looking at the bigger picture and helping you optimize your health so that your most vibrant version of you can shine. That’s where I can help. Book your free session now to learn more!

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The Real Cause of Premature Aging and Dull Skin

I’m not afraid to admit... I'm obsessed with good skin. After my work is done for the day and my daughter is asleep, going through my skin care ritual is how I wind down and relax. 

And I know I'm not the only one… Skin care sales have skyrocketed in the last year. 

But the truth is that there is a lot more to beautiful skin than expensive creams (or even an acupuncture facial… which I love). 

Good skin starts inside… and if you’re having skin issues like dryness, sagging and premature aging… as a practitioner, that puts up major red flags. Today, I want to explore the internal causes of common skin issues.

Good Skin Starts Within

You’ve heard this before I’m sure, but in our current skin-care obsessed world, it bears repeating: the foundation of beautiful, radiant skin is your internal health and well-being. 

Your skin care regimen can help, but if something is amiss internally, you’re going to see it on your skin and no amount of products can fix it.

There's actually a lot of good info on the internal link to acne. It seems like there is finally (!) some acceptance and understanding that acne is an internal issue, and usually related to hormones. (More on that here.)

But what most people don't know is that issues like premature aging, wrinkles, sagging skin, dryness, fine lines, discoloration etc… They all have an internal cause, too.

You’re not just getting old or overdue for a facial… there are real issues that could be causing these symptoms, and one of them is thyroid issues. 

The Thyroid-Skin Connection

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck that produces key hormones for the healthy functioning of the body: triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). 

Women are 8x more likely than men to develop a thyroid issue… and a key symptom of thyroid issues is changes in skin. 

Thyroid dysfunction may present on the skin as:

  • Dryness and dullness
  • Rashes
  • Premature aging (sagging, wrinkles, fine lines, loss of elasticity)
  • Cyclical acne 
  • Facial puffiness
  • Slow healing
  • Hyperpigmentation

That’s because the hormones produced by the thyroid are responsible for growth, energy, and repair of cells of the body. 

On top of these skin issues, thyroid dysfunction has tons of other subtle symptoms that you may have no idea are connected, like:

  • Feeling cold, or having cold hands/feet
  • Hair loss
  • Sudden weight loss OR weight loss resistance
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Trouble sleeping
  • And more

How Your Thyroid Messes With Your Skin

Thyroid dysfunction can either present as an overproduction of thyroid hormones or an underproduction.

Hyperthyroidism is an overproduction of thyroid hormones and is less common. It is caused by the autoimmune condition Graves’ disease, in which the body attacks the thyroid gland. Symptoms include weight loss, sensitivity to heat, and higher heart rate. In the skin, hyperthyroidism can cause:

  • Hyperpigmentation, like melasma, which is darkened patches of skin. This is caused by increased pituitary ACTH in compensation for cortisol being degraded and processed at an upregulated rate.

Hypothyroidism is the underproduction of thyroid hormones, and it is more common than hyperthyroidism. It can have many causes, including autoimmunity, which causes Hashimoto’s. Symptoms include weight gain, cold sensitivity, constipation, hair loss, fatigue, and these skin symptoms:

  • Slow cell turnover: if your thyroid hormone levels are low, you will have a lower rate of repair of cells all over your body - but it is especially noticeable in the skin cells, which should have a fast turnover rate. This might present as skin taking longer to heal, dullness (as the old layer of skin hangs out too long), or dry and flaky skin
  • Increased wrinkles and sagging: In those with hypothyroidism, a decrease was observed in type-IV collagen and hydroxyproline during the proliferative phase of wound healing. But collagen isn’t just for wound healing - it’s also what stops aging and sagging skin.
  • Puffiness: less thyroid hormones cause increased polysaccharides, which causes more water to be held in the skin, and also lowers mitochondrial respiration efficiency, causing poor blood circulation. All this = puffiness.
  • Hyperpigmentation: the exact mechanism isn’t well understood, but hyperpigmentation (dark marks and melasma) is also associated with hypothyroidism, probably due to reduced blood flow and slower cell turnover.

In addition to these, conditions like vitiligo and alopecia are also warning signs that the thyroid may be struggling. 

Save Your Skin!

If any of what I just described sounds like it could be affecting you… here’s what to do next:

Step 1: Get Your Thyroid Tested 

A specialized practitioner like myself or your general doc can order blood work to check for thyroid issues. But be sure to get a FULL thyroid panel: many docs only test T3 or T4, and exclude TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). 

I also recommend cortisol testing. Cortisol is the “stress hormone”and it is closely linked to thyroid function. 

If you have mild thyroid dysfunction, just making some key lifestyle changes may be all you need.

For more severe thyroid issues, I highly recommend working with a trained practitioner (book a free consult with my team here.) Treating thyroid issues is multifaceted, and you likely don’t need to be on thyroid meds the rest of your life. 

At-Home Ways To Support a Healthy Thyroid

  • Switch to natural products, many of the chemicals - PCBs, Phthalates, BPA, flame retardants and more -  used in conventional beauty and home products can actually harm thyroid health. Switch them out for natural alternatives. (There are so many great, clean skin care brands now!)
  • Remove processed foods both to lower your toxin exposure and to give your body the nutrients it needs for healing
  • Prioritize good sleep 
  • Detox if needed - especially consider your exposure to heavy metals, mold, parasites, and chemicals. Some of my favorite detox-supporters are saunas!
  • Exercise to promote healthy cortisol levels
  • Find healthy stress outlets
  • Try ashwagandha - this herb can help manage cortisol levels 

And if you have any signs of autoimmune-related thyroid issues, like Graves’s disease, or a coexisting condition like rosacea, alopecia, vitiligo, or eczema - you might need more specialized support and guidance. Consider booking a free consult with my team here. 

Thyroid Tests Normal?

Thyroid issues are one potential cause of premature aging and other skin issues, but they aren’t the only potential underlying cause. If your thyroid function is normal, here are some other potential causes I would want to investigate:

  • Leaky gut
  • Oxidative stress
  • Toxicity
  • Genetic (but don’t worry  -this doesn’t mean you’re doomed, just what you need to work with your genetic predispositions)
  • Poor nutrition and lifestyle habits 

And you might have several of these factors happening at the same time - that’s when working with an experienced practitioner who can tease it all apart and help you manage each piece becomes so valuable. 

Get Help With Your Skin Health

If you’ve tried all the serums and moisturizers… and you’re still not happy with the way your skin looks, it might be time to dig a little deeper. 

My practice specializes in working with women with gut, hormone, and fertility issues, and we’d love to support you, too!

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The REAL Meaning Behind Adult Acne (And How To Get Rid of It For Good)- Part Two

In Part One of this post, I explained the link between PCOS and adult acne. I also explained why PCOS is misunderstood and underdiagnosed. If you haven’t read it yet, make sure you go back and read Part One here. In Part Two, I’ll explain how I help women address adult acne and PCOS in my clinic.

How I Help Women With Adult Acne

Whether or not you have a clinical diagnosis of PCOS, adult acne is almost always related to hormone imbalance. In my clinic, I use a multi-faceted approach to treating hormone imbalances.

Step 1 is always proper testing to determine exactly what type of hormone imbalance you’re dealing with - there is no “one size fits all” treatment, so proper testing is critical to healing. Every woman I work with recieves a customized plan for healing based on her test results, symptoms, and lifestyle - but there are some general recommendations I start with for many women:


  • Optimize Your Diet For Hormone Health
  • Nurture Your Microbiome
  • Lower Stress
  • Promote Ovulation
  • The Right Skin Care Routine


Optimize Your Diet For Hormone Health

You don’t need to go on a no-carb diet or severely restrict to optimize your diet for healthy hormones (in fact, that is probably the worst thing you can do!). Start with balancing your blood sugar and insulin. Almost all women with PCOS (regardless of weight) show some signs of insulin resistance.

You can counteract this and get back to healthy blood sugar by:

  • Optimizing the amounts and types of carbs you eat. (It’s not about cutting carbs completely. Instead, eat more whole-food carbs, fewer processed carbs.)
  • Moving more! It doesn’t have to be in the gym - walk more, hike, dance, swim, just stay active throughout the day.
  • Using key supplements. The exact supplements and doses matter, so work with a pro to add in things like inositols, d-pinitol, curcumin, chromium, and berberine - if they are right for you.

Key nutrients for healing acne are:

  • Vitamin A - natural sources are cod liver oil, liver, pastured egg yolks.
  • Zinc - zinc has been shown to clear acne as effectively as antibiotics! It also interacts positively with Vitamin A. Dietary sources are organ meats, beef and lamb, oysters and scallops.
  • Omega-3 fats - These fats are anti-inflammatory and reduce your skin’s reactivity to UV light, too. EPA and DHA are the best sources - find them in fatty fish or a high-quality supplement.

You should also consider cutting dairy from your diet. I don’t like to make blanket dietary suggestions, but for women with acne and PCOS, cutting dairy is almost always helpful.

Here’s why: there is a hormone in milk (from cows, goats, sheep, and camels) called insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) which mimics insulin in our body. IGF-1 is a growth hormone (which makes sense, as milk is for baby animals!).

In most people, a little dairy here and there can be well-tolerated -  humans have a binding protein for IGF-1 that inactivates it. But for women with PCOS or hormonal imbalance who already are likely to be insulin-resistant or have high insulin, the added burden of IGF-1 can be a problem. This is amplified because women with PCOS have LESS of the binding protein for IGF-1 and higher IGF-a levels than other people do, too. And the ovaries of women with PCOS are more sensitive to IGF-1 (and other growth hormones), too.

IGF-1 can also cause your ovaries to overproduce testosterone (an androgen) - which is something we’re trying to minimize.

Not only all of that - but IGF-1 also increases sebum production and inflammation in the skin - sebum is oil on your skin - and encourages new cell growth. As new cells grow, old ones die and are shed.This means more oil and old skin cells potentially clogging pores and causing acne.

For all of these reasons I do recommend you try cutting out dairy if you’re dealing with PCOS or acne. Grass-fed butter and ghee are OK to keep in, as they are almost entirely fat and don’t contain much, if any, IGF-1.

Nurture Your Microbiome

A healthy microbiome is critical for both hormone health and lowering overall inflammation to help calm your skin.

The right gut flora is a main player in regulating your hormones, especially your estrogen levels. If you have too much of the wrong bacteria, the result can be increased estrogens in circulation.

Eating a whole-foods-based diet and taking probiotics are obvious ways to care for your microbiome - but if you’re already doing that and still having gut issues, I highly recommend advanced stool testing. Common gut infections like Blastocystis hominis, H. pylori, candida, and staph or strep overgrowth in the gut correlate to acne in patients. There is also a huge connection between Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), candida, and acne - especially rosacea.

Endotoxins released into the bloodstream by a leaky gut (aka increased intestinal permeability) are also a major cause of inflammation in the body and can impact the skin, too.

Lower Stress

This is the advice everyone hates - but it is the MOST important step toward achieving long-term health.

The reason people hate the advice to lower their stress is because they feel like most of their stressors are outside their control (bills, deadlines, work, family drama!) - but the truth is that there are many small steps you CAN control that can help reduce the burden of stress on your body.

Some simple but powerful things you can start doing right now:

  • Get quality sleep - that means going to bed with 7-8 hours before you have to wake
  • Avoid blue light after sunset  - get the glasses, change the settings on your phone, and dim the lights inside
  • Start a daily meditation/gratitude practice - just 5-10 minutes can set the tone for your entire day

Promote Ovulation

Supplementation should always be done only after proper testing and consulting with a practitioner. That being said, there are supplements that can support and promote ovulation that I use with my patients:

  • Flaxseed and DIM to address excess estrogen
  • Saw palmetto, reishi, pygeum, zinc, white peony/licorice, and green tea to slow the conversion of estrogen to testosterone
  • Vitex (aka chasteberry)  to support Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Ovarian signalling and progesterone production.
  • Adrenal and thyroid support, as needed (this is why you need proper testing!)

The Right Skin Care Routine

A pimple here or there  - or a bad breakout after you use a new face wash - is potentially a topical issue. That means it has to do with what you’re putting on to your skin from the outside, externally. But most cases of adult acne are more a result of internal imbalances (like we’ve been talking about in this article).


That being said, what you put on your skin still matters. Don’t use harsh products externally on your skin. Instead, try more simple options. I love:

  • Mother Dirt spray (promotes a healthy skin bacteria)
  • NERD skincare system
  • Homemade masks with Manuka honey, tea tree oil, turmeric powder, and apple cider vinegar 

This Is A Whole-Body Issue

I hope you take away this key point from this article: acne is a whole-body issue, not just a skin thing!

Whether you have PCOS or not, if you have adult acne, it is a sign that something isn’t working right in your body. From gut issues to hormone imbalances, there are multiple overlapping, underlying causes that could be causing your skin troubles.


But, I also hope you now understand that PCOS is underdiagnosed and misunderstood - and it could be affecting you.


Once I discovered that truth, I was finally on my way to #clearskineveryday (not to mention better moods, healthy monthly cycles, & healthier hair and nails!).


I’m passionate about helping women uncover the root causes of their health problems and address them naturally. If you’re dealing with adult acne, I’d love for you to book a free 20-minute root cause symptom analysis  consultation with my team. These appointments are TOTALLY free, and there’s no obligation to book any further appointments. See what time slots we have open here.