I'm 24, female and I've suffered from acne since I was 12. I have tried everything to cure my acne (except accutane). I was on Diane-35 for a few years and it controlled my oily skin and helped with my acne quite a bit..but I came off of it last year after I became more health-conscious and realised that it was not good for my body. I had a terrible acne flare-up when I came off of it and I've been trying everything since to cure myself.
I had read a lot about saw palmetto and how it might help with acne in women who have polycystic ovaries. I bought a bottle of the standardized version by Swiss vitamins. I took it religiously for 3 months but it never really altered my skin any. So I gave up on that. Recently however I came across a post here on Curezone by AudreyGirl and how Saw Palmetto..specifiically the GNC brand had dramatically changed her skin. SO I decided to give saw palmetto another try. I've now been taking it for one month...and I'm a bit hesitant to praise it too much yet...but my skin is so changed! It is so smooth and soft and so much less oily..i can hardly believe that it's my skin! Even my constant nose blackheads are going away. And the spots on my chest have cleared up. So far so good. I'll post back in another month to update...hopefully it will still be working and this won't just be a fluke. I will be really upset if it is! Even my boyfriend has noticed...even though he's loved me no matter what I look like..the other day in the bright morning sunshine (which i usually hate for people to see my skin in) he said that my skin looked so beautiful and that i looked radiant! This is doing wonders for my confidence :)
I'm still planning to do a Bowel Cleanse and liver flushing for the whole health of my body..and hopefully it will further the improvements in my skin.
I have been taking a total of 320 mg Saw Palmetto/day. 160 mg. in the morning and 160 mg. at bedtime.
I just hope that this is my cure...or at least that it will continue to keep my acne under control. I used to have big painful cysts that would come up..and I would just want to hide away. I haven't had one since i've been taking the saw palmetto. So if at the least it keeps the cysts at bay..then I'll be very very happy.
Hopefully this will help someone else who is suffering too.
Hi again Prettyontheinside!
I just wanted to say that when I read that part about sunshine and your boyfriend I was sooo moved!! I almost felt like crying. I know exactely what you mean and I think a lot of people here do. I think you´ve find the right ting for you and that you´re luck will continue! Big hug! /Else
THe brand that I originally took was "Swiss - Natural Sources" brand. It comes in a yellow and blue bottle. I think that it's a Canadian brand of vitamins. It was standardized as well. So I have no idea why it didn't work as well.
The brand that has really worked for me is GNC and it also says 'Standardized' on it in pink letters. On the side it says:
Each Softgel Contains:
Saw Palmetto berries (Serenoa repens, 160 mg. of 1:10 extract, standardized to 85% fatty acids, 0.2% sterols)
The bottle that I got contains 60 softgels. I think that there was also an option to buy a bigger size too.
When I went to the store there were a number of different bottles of Saw Palmetto in the 'Men's' section...but it didn't look like they were 'standardized.' I remembered reading that it was important to get the 'standardized' one.
The bottle that I got I think was in the diuretics section.
Let me know if you have anymore questions!
-you can also read the post on here by AudreyGirl. She also used the GNC brand and had good results:
thank you for sharing your experience! i'm happy to hear something has worked for you!
saw palmetto is just the "natural" form of Spironolactone. I have tried Spiro and it completely dried up my skin. in addition, it made my breathing irregular and my heartbeat to go up. though most people have had success with megadoses of saw palmetto it looks like you have found the lower dose to be effective. good thing because any more and you'd probably have to monitor your potassium levels.
anyhow, what cleanser or topical treatments are you using?
I didn't realise that saw palmetto is the natural form of spriro. Do you think that with taking this amount of saw palmetto my potassium levels are okay? I eat well and also take a multi vitamin.
As for the topicals... I use a mixture of water and tea tree oil that I put on my face morning and night with a cotton pad. The tea tree oil mixture I make up every few weeks or so by putting 1 cup of water into a jar and adding 20-30 drops of tea tree oil. I wash my face with the borax and water mixture before putting on the tea tree oil. If I have a spot I put straight tea tree oil on it.
hi...does saw palmetto hve any side effects? hve been takin 2 tables -160 mg each...every day since 1 mnth...dont see much results...also does it cause weight gain ? is it safe to take it ..n for how long shuld one take it...im takin this for my acne..n how does it really help acne ?
I was wondering if Saw Palmetto was still working out for you. I too came off Dianette three months ago and am freaking out over the condition of my skin!!! I also can't find the posting from audreygirl that you mentioned. Do you know what date she posted her message? Thanks
I suffered from cystic acne from the age of 21. I think alcohol made it worse and since I was in college, there wasn't much I could do about this. I tried every pill and none worked for me, the side effects were to bad and most gave me acne, including Dianette. I stopped drinking so much and my acne wasn't so bad but my skin was never great. When i was 28 and I had moved countries and changed jobs, my skin got really bad again. In desperation I remember that a doctor had recommended Yasmin to me years ago, but I had had it will the pill at this stage however I was willing to try anything.
Within 1 month my skin was crystal clear. I was happy on yasmin for about 3 years, but I did put on about 14 pounds that i really struggled to lose and found it very easy to gain weight. After 4 years I just didn't feel right on the pill and I was sick of not being able to lose weight. I went off the pill and my skin got bad as well. I had never had regular periods and they were still irregular once I came off the pill. I researched and researched so much about acne, my skin, hair, pcos, anything I could and came up wtih the solution that my skin had to be due to find out that yasmin was an anti androgen and that antibiotics had never really cleared my skin up, so it must be a hormonal problem, and most likely excess androgen related, since my hair isn't great either.
I kept seeing saw palmetto as a good anti androgen and so I started taking it 6 months ago and I have never looked back.
That coupled with green tea, peppermint and spearmint tea and running 3 times a week, seems to have REALLY REALLY helped my skin. Also, I don't drink that much, but when I do drink alcohol, I do break out still. I would almost go so far as to say Saw Palmetto has changed my life.
Hi, 42 yrs old, I have PCOS and all that goes with it! For a month now I have been drinking spearmint tea twice a day. Just 8 oz total, and made strong with 2 teabags. I use 4oz as the liquid I dissolve instant espresso in, then add 1/2 n 1/2 for a 12 oz breve latte (I do low carb for the PCOS weight struggles!), which I drink twice a day, the spearmint makes it very refreshing in a cold one! Had hoped it would help with my hormonal cystic acne (acne since age 12), but I don't see any change in my acne.
I do, however, see a BIG change in the excess hair (chin, and I'm obsessive about it!). I see less hair to pluck, and what I do pluck is thinner. I'm thrilled!!!
I've been reading about Saw Palmetto here after looking it up as being one of the few ingredients in a supplement product for acne called Wipeout Acne, from a site StopAcneFast.com
I'm thinking about getting it. Anyone try it??
My name is Orlando Rodriguez, owner of Stop Acne Fast LLC. I would like to assure you that a lot of time was put into making Wipeout and I fully stand by my product. We have sold so much Wipeout and have never received a request for a refund. That is very telling of Wipeout because if you look at the website, you will see that we offer a 90 day full money back guarantee, no questions asked. I know it works because I designed it myself when I had a really bad breakout of facial acne. I did the research, created the formula and administered it to myself and saw results in two weeks! Another two weeks and the acne was gone. But, I was still left with red spots from the acne. That is when I went back to the lab and created Erase Facial Scrub. In two weeks, the redness was reduced significantly.
Back to Wipeout, I think that it will definitely help with your cystic acne. If your acne is severe, I would recommend our extra strength Wipeout. Try it out. If it dosent work, request a refund, no questions asked.