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Balancing Facial Hair Due to High Androgens with Natural Supplements

Balancing Facial Hair Due to High Androgens with Natural Supplements

A woman holding her finger as a mustache

For women struggling with excess facial hair, also known as hirsutism, the culprit is often high androgen levels. Conditions like PCOS can drive the overproduction of masculinizing hormones like testosterone. The good news is that natural supplements can help block these androgens and improve unwanted hair growth.

While fixing the underlying condition is essential, anti-androgen supplements can provide additional support on top of other treatments. Here are some of the most effective options:

Zinc – This mineral regulates ovulation and testosterone production. Studies show zinc supplementation significantly reduces hair growth in as little as 8 weeks.

Progesterone – Made by the body after ovulation, progesterone counteracts androgens in multiple ways. Restoring healthy ovulation and supplementing with bioidentical progesterone is key.

Peony & Licorice – Used for centuries in Chinese medicine, this herbal combo decreases testosterone production and blocks androgen effects.

Reishi Mushroom – Reishi is a superfood mushroom that blocks the conversion of testosterone into DHT, a more potent androgen.

DIM – DIM is a broccoli compound and natural aromatase modulator that inhibits androgen receptors.

Melatonin – Known for sleep regulation, melatonin also reduces inflammation and androgen production based on clinical research.

Vitex – Vitex or chaste berry balances some hormone disorders tied to excess androgens by lowering prolactin.

The frustrating truth is hirsutism takes patience – up to 12 months of consistent treatment to see noticeable changes, even once hormones normalize. But combining core treatments with a couple of anti-androgen supplements can get faster relief en route to clear skin.

What’s your experience in handling stubborn facial hair growth? Have you tried any of these anti-androgen supplements? Share your story below!

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