REDUCE YOUR EXPOSURE TO TOXINS
Obviously, the first thing you can do is to reduce your exposure to potentially hormone-disrupting chemicals by eating organic food and using clean, natural skincare.
TAKE YOUR VITAMINS
Vitti says in the two decades that she has been working with women, she's learned there are some critical micronutrients that are endocrine system needs. Specifically, she's concerned about vitamin B3, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin K, and vitamin A. Taking hormonal birth control or other medication—like spironolactone, a common drug used for acne—can deplete these micronutrients and actually worsen the underlying factors causing your breakouts. Taking supplements is an easy way to make sure you're getting enough of these key micronutrients.
EAT MORE LEAFY GREEN DURING OVULATION
Then, get detailed with the types of food you eat and when. You can follow Vitti’s full program here) but the basic premise is to eat leafy green vegetables and vegetable-packed smoothies when you are ovulating, as this is when estrogen levels are high. Leafy green vegetables help your body to process and eliminate the excess hormones before they trigger a breakout (or another nasty symptom). Not sure when you’re ovulating? Try a period-tracking app like FloLiving or Clue.
BOOST THE FUNCTION OF YOUR ELIMINATION ORGANS
Your body is already trying to eliminate those potentially acne-triggering chemicals and hormones, but you can certainly help it along the way. Micronutrients work to detoxify your body. Avoid inflammatory foods that can cause leaky gut syndrome and put more pressure on two of your elimination organs. When the liver and large intestine aren’t working at their best, your skin will start to bear the brunt of the toxin-eliminating workload. The result? Skin inflammation and acne.