There's A Natural Cure For Hormonal Acne, & It's Seed Cycling

by Jessica L. Yarbrough

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We all agree that hormonal acne is the worst acne, yes? Besides being a physical manifestation of PMS splashed across your face (cute!), this particular brand of breakout is stupid stubborn. Which, sadly, makes sense: Hormonal acne stems from an internal ~imbalance~, rendering external zit-zappers—e.g., acne patchesbenzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, that ubiquitous orange bottle of Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash—all but useless. It’s basically the skincare version of “the call is coming from inside the house.”

So maybe that little bit of logic will make my latest experiment seem slightly less unhinged: In an attempt to clear my broken-out skin from the inside out, I started eating two tablespoons of raw seeds every morning, rotated in accordance with the phases of my menstrual cycle. hormonal acne is gone.

Yes, really. Gone.