Anyone suffering from hormonal acne knows that it can be particularly challenging to treat. That’s because this particular type of acne occurs when the body’s hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone) are out of balance. This imbalance leads to overactivity in the oil production glands. Most dermatologists would agree that the best way to clear up hormonal acne is to combine effective topical treatment with hormonal modulation. That’s where DIM comes in.
What is DIM?
DIM (diindolylmethane) is a naturally occurring nutrient found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale.
What does DIM do?
Extensive research shows that DIM can have a balancing effect on hormonal receptors. More specifically, it can help to balance androgen and estrogen receptors and is believed to restore estrogen balance.
How does DIM help with hormonal acne?
The root cause of hormonal acne is an imbalance of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, which affects the skin’s oil-producing glands. With that in mind, most Dermatologists agree that the best way to clear hormonal and cystic acne is to combine effective topical treatment with hormonal modulation. Hormonal modulation can occur via prescriptions (such as birth control pills) or natural supplementation. Estrogen imbalance, in particular, is a common cause of acne. Because DIM works to balance estrogen receptors, it can help clear up adult hormonal acne in women.
Is DIM a hormone?
DIM is not a hormone. Rather, DIM works to balance the body’s natural response to estrogen. It does this by adjusting the activity of metabolic enzymes and estrogen receptors, which reduces the amount of toxic “bad” estrogen found in the body.
Wait, what do you mean “bad” estrogen?
There are three types of estrogens: estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3). Of these, E2 is the most common form of estrogen found in non-pregnant females from puberty to menopause. In menopause, E1 becomes the primary estrogen. It’s considered to be the “bad” estrogen and may be the source of estrogen’s cancer-causing properties. E3, on the other hand, is considered a “good” estrogen and may protect against cancer. E2 is a neutral estrogen.
Do DIM capsules help with “bad” estrogen?
Yes, DIM capsules activate the enzyme that converts E1 and E2 to the “good” estrogen: E3.
What makes MDacne’s DIM capsules unique?
The MDacne DIM supplement has significant advantages over traditional DIM tablets:
1. Our capsules are smooth and easier to swallow than conventional tablets. If you prefer, you can even open them up and sprinkle the powder into a smoothie or over food.
2. Our supplement is vegetarian, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.
3. There’s no after taste.
4. One MDacne capsule provides the full daily dosage of DIM (250mg). Most tablets require that you swallow 2- 4 pills/day to get the same dose.
Do I really need a DIM supplement? Can’t I just eat more veggies?
Cruciferous veggies DO contain substantial amounts of DIM. However, you would need to eat 2 pounds of these vegetables to get the DIM contained in one serving of our supplement. That’s a lot of chewing. Besides the sheer volume of veggies you’d need to consume to get the right amount of DIM, there’s also the issue of heat. Cooking destroys DIM (and raw brassica veggies can be hard on the thyroid). So, the only way to get the right amount of DIM is via a dietary supplement.
I have hormonal acne, and I’m taking the DIM. When will I see results?
Some women will notice results in as little as four weeks. But be patient. For some, it may take 3-4 months to see optimal results.
Are there any adverse effects of taking DIM?
Some people get a slight headache when they first start taking the capsule. If this occurs, increase your daily water intake and give your body some time to adjust. Once your body has adjusted, the headache should go away. However, if the headache is severe, or if you experience any other symptoms while taking DIM capsules, you should stop taking the supplement immediately and consult with your physician.
Can my acne get worse before it gets better?
It’s normal to see some extra pimples when you start a new acne treatment. The new blemishes are part of the skin’s natural detoxification process (purging). If this happens, you can space out your dose by taking one capsule every two days to give your body time to adjust. You can also increase your daily water intake.
Does DIM always improve hormonal acne?
Each body is unique, and everyone responds to dietary supplements differently. Most people taking DIM will start seeing results in three to four weeks and will see their most significant results after three to four months.
I have severe acne. Should I take a higher dosage of DIM capsules?
One MDacne capsule contains the optimal dose of DIM. You should not take more than one capsule/day.
So, does DIM actually change my estrogen levels?
No, DIM capsules do not increase or decrease your estrogen blood levels. They will only change your body’s ratio of good to bad estrogens.
How long can I take DIM capsules? Do you have to wean yourself off of them?
You can take DIM capsules as long as needed, but most people use the supplement for about six months to a year. You can stop taking DIM at any time.
Can I combine DIM capsules with other medications or supplements that I am taking?
Just as with any supplement, if you are on prescription medications, please consult with your doctor before taking DIM.
Can I take DIM capsules while on birth control?
Yes. Women can take DIM capsules while on birth control. Taking DIM can help with both adult acne and the side effects of synthetic hormones.
Will my birth control lose its effectiveness if I take DIM capsules?
DIM capsules will not interfere with the effectiveness of your birth control pills or your IUD.
I have low estrogen. Should I still take DIM capsules for my acne?
Please consult with your physician if you have low estrogen levels or any known endocrinological issues.
Can DIM help with PCOS?
People with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have high levels of androgens, specifically DHEA and androstenedione. As these hormones convert into estrogen, DIM may help with PCOS symptoms. That said, if you have PCOS, please consult your OB/GYN before you start taking DIM.
Can I take DIM when I am pregnant or nursing?
No, we do not recommend using DIM tablets while pregnant or breastfeeding.
I have noticed a change in the color of my urine. Is this normal?
When you first start taking DIM, your urine may temporarily take on a slight orange/brown color. This color change is standard and a sign that the product is working. If the color concerns you, you can increase your water intake and try reducing your meat/dairy intake as your body adjusts.
My DIM capsules have a strange smell. Is that normal?
Yes, and that scent is a good sign! Natural, high-grade DIM made from cruciferous veggies has a strong smell. In fact, if your current DIM capsules don’t have a scent, it likely means your supplement contains fewer active ingredients and will be less effective.
Should I take my DIM capsules with a meal?
You can take your DIM capsules with or without a meal. That said, taking the pills with a meal may help with absorption and increase the benefits of the supplement.
Is it ok to drink alcohol while taking DIM capsules?
We do not recommend taking DIM capsules along with alcohol.
Can I open the DIM capsule?
Yes. You can open the DIM capsule and sprinkle the powder over food or smoothies. However, do not heat or cook the powder.
Can children and teens take DIM tablets?
DIM capsules are thought to be safe for use in children as young as 12 years old. However, we don’t recommend the use of DIM in people younger than 18.
Can males use DIM capsules?
Males that are developing breasts and suffering from obesity due to high estrogen levels can benefit from DIM capsules. That said, males should consult their physician before taking a DIM supplement.
Will the cruciferous vegetables in DIM affect my thyroid?
The pure DIM and the brassica extract in DIM capsules aren’t believed to affect thyroid function. However, people with thyroid dysfunction should consult their physician before taking DIM.
Can I take DIM capsules if I have cancer of any type?
If you have cancer, you should not take DIM.