Where and when acne appears on the face can often provide a deeper understanding of the health of the body, including the reproductive system. Acne appearing on the chin is usually associated with a hormonal imbalance. Women’s hormonal health is an important factor to address when addressing skin health.
In Chinese Medicine, fundamental disturbances in the flow of blood and energy, predispose many women to menstrual irregularity, premenstrual symptoms (PMS), premenstrual tension (PMT), heavy bleeding and painful periods. Herbs such as Paeony, Dong Quai, Bupleurum, St Marys Thistle, Evening Primrose oil and Rheumannia may address symptoms of reproductive congestion, liver stasis and menstrual irregularities as well as reducing hormonal acne by balancing the hormones which contribute to this complaint.
Vitex is a herb that has been used with great success for women’s menstrual symptoms (physical, psychological and behavioural) of low progesterone in the luteal phase of a cycle (depression, crying, despondency, mood swings, hormonal acne, nervousness and anxiety) and high oestrogen levels (pain, tender breasts, heavy periods, bloating). In Chinese Medicine Vitex helps to harmonise the energetic flow to the reproductive organs and helps the Pituitary and Hypothalamus to modulate these hormones thereby reducing pre-menstrual symptoms. Taking the herb Vitex first thing in the morning between 7-8am is the optimal time as this is when the Pituitary and Hypothalamus glands are most active to regulate female sex hormones.
Most women find that the longer that they take herbs to normalise a cycle then the better the results they receive. With each monthly cycle you should find that your menstrual blood will become less congested and heavy and the quality of the blood improved (cleaner, lighter and brighter in colour). When this occurs we know that the cycle is becoming better regulated, however, this may take at least 3 months to occur so please persist with taking these tablets for at least 3-6 months.