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on 2/8/2016 8:00:00 PM
More reviews by hanmu
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
I started taking this 2 weeks ago and in that short time I've broken out in cystic acne all over my face and body, suffered from migraines, palpitations, dizziness and breathlessness, and had frequent panic attacks. Basically, it's been an extreme version of the PMS I was trying to treat in the first place. I assumed that since this is a herbal extract readily available in Boots it couldn't do much harm, but clearly that's not the case so I urge anyone who's thinking of trying this to discuss it with your doctor first and get your hormones tested, that way you'll know for sure whether this is actually the right treatment for you.
3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 3/18/2015 5:12:00 PM
More reviews by ironicsymphonic
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
Irregular periods. Severe fatigue. Chronic acne since the age of 12. I had it all and the only thing that ever helped was when I spent a few years on the Pill - which came with a whole host of other side effects. So when I quit the pill, it all came back. My periods were miserable, I had no energy (there were a few months where I literally went to work and went to sleep - nothing else), and my skin, in my mid-twenties, looked like a teenager's.Enter this stuff. I started taking it at the recommendation of a naturopathic doctor, and even though it says best results are obtained with long-term use, I noticed a difference within a week. My puffy, swollen face (a symptom of low progesterone) vanished almost immediately. My skin cleared drastically in two weeks. My energy levels are WAY up, and I started working out again without feeling like I was absolutely dying. (I am actually in pretty good shape from regular workouts, but they went from being awful and painful to being enjoyable again.) I skipped a period after starting this stuff, and it seems like that's going to take awhile to regulate. I'm in my third month of taking Vitex and my period is on its way at an abnormal time. I'm going to give it a few more cycles to balance out, because if my PERFECT, CLEAR SKIN and AMAZING AMOUNTS OF ENERGY are any indication, this stuff agrees with me. I've been taking Gaia brand organic vitex and plan to keep it up! I am pleasantly surprised and VERY happy. Note: Before taking this, I tested as extremely low in the female hormone progesterone, which is an imbalance that Vitex is reputed to fix. I've read that if you don't have this particular imbalance, it can make things worse, so it sounds like not just everyone can/should start popping this. Do your homework!
10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.
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on 2/12/2015 4:09:00 PM
More reviews by megmarie16
Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm
I decided to try Vitex for two reasons: to regulate my periods and to help with my hormonal acne. I am 25 and I used to take hormonal birth control pills since I was 15. Within the past two years I have decided to stop taking them. My face has freaked out! I now get acne where I never have before (on my cheeks and around my mouth). While on birth control I had beautiful skin, with an occasional pimple or two on my chin or forehead around my period that would go away quickly. My periods were never regular even before birth control. It is pretty normal for me to go 3 or 4 months without one. Pretty scary sometimes for my bf and me! So far I have been taking Gaia Herbs Vitex Berry (ordered on Amazon) for 3 weeks exactly today. I know they say it takes months to work, but within 2 weeks exactly to the day of starting Vitex I started my period! This is after not having one for 2 months. I'm not sure if the Vitex had anything to do with it or not, but I thought it was quite a coincidence!My face appears to have calmed down, but that may be due to a change in my face cleansing routine (Jergens face cream and witch hazel). I think it is way too early to know if Vitex is having an affect on my acne yet since they say it will take several months for it to truly regulate your system. I take two capsules in the morning with a glass of water before I eat breakfast.So far I am happy and have experienced no side effects. I will continue to take it and update on the progress. :)
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 12/13/2014 8:57:00 AM
More reviews by prettypollyperkins
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
I'm not sure whether this helps with my hormonal cystic acne but it made a world of difference to my horrendous mood swings. Evening Primrose never worked for me but this stuff does. I take either 500mg or 1000mg daily, throughout my cycle and have a break for a month every now and then as it's recommended to do this. It's also known as Chasteberry or Agnus Castus.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 7/5/2014 2:21:00 PM
More reviews by natthekat
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I started taking Vitex for my PMS in the hope that it would be beneficial. But oh how wrong was I! This stuff should be made a controlled substance, that's how bad it is. It made me gain weight like crazy, gave me tons of zits and made me depressed and miserable. I have never been an advocate for herbal medicine and this was the final straw that made me decide to never ever try 'natural' and 'alternative' medicine again. I am shocked that this disgusting stuff is legal!
on 6/17/2014 4:32:00 AM
More reviews by cherryme
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium
Wowa I didn't even know there are reviews here. On short- I hate this thing because it gave me the most terrible deep cysts I ever had in my life! On my neck and on my chin. I will never touch it again! Ever.
on 6/16/2014 7:20:00 PM
More reviews by koalion
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
Can't believe I never wrote a review for this one.I've read so many reviews about how this worked wonders for so many people, but NOTHING has ever broken me out as quickly and as badly as Vitex. I understand now that it's probably because my hormonal imbalance was the kind that'd get exacerbated by Vitex (high progesterone, low estrogen), but still. I guess, on the plus side, it made it VERY clear to me that I do not have a progesterone deficiency.Some background: I fucked up, took Plan B a few months ago, and started experiencing cystic breakouts that basically entirely covered my chin and jaw. I knew they were a result of my hormones being out of whack, so I looked it up on the Internet and Vitex came up as something people use to "balance their hormones," supposedly. I now know that it doesn't "balance hormones" so much as it just increases progesterone over estrogen, which is probably good for most people (not me) since most people are estrogen dominant, which causes PMS symptoms/acne before a period, etc. So if those are your symptoms, go for it! I found out later though that my Plan B pill was just a mega-dose of progesterone, and I was actually really low in estrogen (dry skin, no sex drive, fatigue, excessive sleepiness, etc.)So, when I took Vitex (not even the recommended 3 pills on the bottle, just 2) I was extremely freaked out what it did to me. Within TWO HOURS of my taking them, I started getting extremely hungry, like I hadn't eaten in days and days. I literally couldn't stop stuffing my face, and my stomach would be growling EVEN when I could tell that my stomach was full--it didn't make any sense. I then got excessively sleepy, like jet-lag, can't-keep-my-eyes-open-for-one-more-second sleepy, and basically passed out on the train and missed my stop by thirty minutes. When I woke up my muscles felt really weak, my mouth was really dry like I'd just finished running a marathon, and my face was really oily. I could already feel new, deep cystic spots growing on my chin, but I had to go to class so I pressed on. As I was walking though, I noticed my chest hurt like HELL, like I was having a heart attack or something, it was just very tight, and I could feel my heart beating really fast, and I was out of breath just from walking normally. I couldn't take deep breaths (felt like my lungs shrunk drastically) and I noticed it hurt to swallow, like my throat was swollen. Got scared, decided to go home, and started getting really depressed and irritable later at night. I do have a history of insomnia and depression, but this was really just something else; I haven't felt suicidal like that in YEARS. In total I had SEVEN new cysts pop up on my forehead and all along my jawline, as well as two on my back and one on my chest. It was crazy, the absolute worst experience I've had with a supplement in my entire life. I guess I just thought because of its claims that it works "gently," and that it takes a while to work, that it couldn't hurt THAT much. I later looked it up and even talked to my doctor about it (because the depression/breathlessness didn't go away for a few days), and he referred me to a gynecologist who told me that those were all pregnancy/excess progesterone symptoms. They happen when you're pregnant because of the progesterone your body creates, but not to this extent. She advised me to throw the bottle away, and put me on estrogen-based birth control pills, which so far seems to be controlling my breakouts. Be careful what you believe on the Internet. In my experience, Vitex doesn't "regulate hormones" and it doesn't "make only as much hormones as your body needs." Supplements are scary, guys. Especially if they're not right for you. Treat them like you would a lion at a zoo. EDIT: Forgot to add, for like a week after I took those 2 (TWO!!!) pills, I still had the tight chest, heart palpitations, and swollen throat. Also, I broke out in more cystic pimples for three days after I took it. I don't know what the hell it did to my hormones, but I'm so glad I didn't take this thing for multiple days. UPDATE: My heart palpitations/throat swelling wouldn't go away and even got worse for a few days, so I went to the hospital and was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism induced by progesterone dominance. Doctor said it's gonna take me at least two months of medication to be treated. Please guys, be careful.
16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.
on 2/24/2014 2:06:00 AM
More reviews by LolaBlue
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral
My periods have been awful since I went off hormonal b/c about 3 years ago, but my last one took the gold in the F**k This S**t Olympics. PMS symptoms that are like having the stomach flu? I can deal with that; I'm a *champ* at that (thank you IBS). Migraines? Pfft. Been having those since I was a teenager. Exhaustion so bad I sleep for 20 hours a day and then wake up the next to do it all over again? To an insomniac like me that's like a damn vacation.What I can't deal with is the sudden onslaught of cramps that feel like somebody is twirling my internal organs around a fork like so much spaghetti. One minute I was sitting there painting my nails feeling pretty spiffy, and the next I was in so much pain crawling (literally - crawling) to my bed felt as impossible as crawling to the moon. I've had bad menstrual cramps before, but nothing that descended on me with the speed and intensity that those ones did, because it happened just that fast. I spent the next 4 hours sweating and shivering from the pain, and lying as still as possible so as not to make it worse. They didn't go away completely (I've never had that kind of luck - obviously), and I spent most of the next three days in bed because I was fine if I wasn't moving, but if I was? No. Just no. And I had pretty much decided to go back on b/c until I read an article about the Nuvaring - the only hormonal b/c that's never given me awful side effects in addition to keeping me barren - in Vanity Fair that changed my mind (and made me count my blessings because I used it for a decade w/o issue). So with that no longer an option I started researching other methods for regulating my hormones and stumbled upon Vitex. And to make an already long story a little shorter, I started taking it a week ago today. The first thing I noticed - and I noticed it by the second/third day taking the supplement -, was that my skin was clearing pretty dramatically. Not that I knew this at the time because my periods have been erratic the last few years, but normally the week before my period my skin breaks out something awful. This week? Two spots, one of which is because I've had a runny nose and constantly blowing it *always* gives me a zit right at the base of my septum. But because of my lack of pre-period acne and literally having no other PMS symptoms (no weird food cravings, and ZERO pre-period depression, though I was still easily annoyed, in retrospect) I was shocked as s**t this evening when I was getting ready to take the dog for a walk and felt a little twingy ache that turned into full-blown, pretty-sure-death-would-be-better cramps inside of 5 minutes. I was even more shocked when I could finally hobble from my bed to my desk to check my calender and found that it's 4 weeks to the day since my last period; I've been going anywhere from 4-7 weeks (or longer) between them the last few years. So it didn't do anything for the cramps, which is why I started taking it in the first place, BUT I've only been taking it a week and it says right on the bottle it can take several months of consistent use to be fully effective. Considering how great I felt all last week, I'm willing to give it that chance. For the time being I'm going to start taking a Red Raspberry Leaf supplement as well since it's supposed to be dynamite for dealing with cramps. And I'll admit, the lack of acne is a very, VERY nice bonus ;) **For the record I'm taking Nature's Way Vitex - 400mg, 3x daily, and will continue to do so for the next 8-12 weeks before dropping down to 400mg, 1x daily, as per the instructions on the bottle**Update 7/2014 - Still taking 400mg of Vitex a day, and still loving it. My skin is still clear, my periods have been clock-work regular for months (honestly, in regards to this it's like being on hormonal b/c again - period arrives right on time, lasts 5 days of which the first few days are the heaviest and then tapers off steadily into nothing - sorry if that's TMI). My PMS symptoms are well regulated and minimal - I get the occasional food craving, but I'm not desperately trying to consume every peanut butter cup w/in a three state radius anymore. As for the cramps, they were still pretty awful until I started taking a Calcium-Magnesium supplement 3 or 4 months ago (21st Century Healthcare Cal-Mag-Zinc+D if anyone's curious). Like the Vitex it's one of those things that take consistent use over time to get the full benefit from, but it's helped me tremendously. I still get cramps, but they're not the sudden, crippling onslaught they once were; usually I just pop a single extra-strength Tylenol and I'm good to go.
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
on 11/25/2013 3:27:00 PM
More reviews by hereiam410
Skin: Normal, Other, Not Sure
I highly recommend going ORGANIC when consuming any herbs.The actual Chaste Berries, also called Vitex, are wonderful and are available through companies like Mountain Rose Herbs. You can buy the berries for about 8 bucks a pound. Crush the berries and make a beautiful, healing tea.Alternatively, you can also purchase organic Vitex powder for only about 9 bucks a pound.http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bulkherb/c.php#h_ctYou can consume the powder in a smoothie or pack your own empty gelatin capsules for your desired dosage.I'm sure there are other companies that sell organic Vitex/Chaste Berries and powder, but this is the best price I've found and I genuinely trust this company.It's truly wonderful to see women on this site looking to herbs for hormonal balance, instead of dangerous drugs, in order to heal themselves: I'm just concerned that the chemical pesticides in conventionally grown herbs will negate the positive and healing effects of this wonderful herb.Happy Healing! :-)
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 10/17/2012 4:11:00 PM
More reviews by TaniitaTania
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
Well i wanted to use vitex mainly because of pimples i get when i'm on my period ,.,i get little whiteheads on my cheeks most of the time but don't really get painful pimple just when i'm on my period i get like two or three pimple that get inflamed , i been lately having PMS i get those painful cramps and i just feel fatigue and i don't want to get up from bed so that was another reason i wanted to use vitex,.,.well i was reading reviews in another website about how Vitex makes you break out even more when you start to use it ,that depending on your hormonal levels vitex can make you acne better or worst! And even though i read the warnings i wanted to try it for my painful cramps,.,well i was using it for 12 days and i kept feeling cramps but i wasn't on my period , then i started to breakout on my jawline and the sides of my cheeks ,i got a cyst on the side on one cheek and 2 cyst on the other side of my cheek and also on my jaw ,.,UGH! i got so Mad because i really wanted this to completely get rid of my little whiteheads and when i breakout when i'm on my period , but it just made it worst ,i really don't have bad looking skin just that Vitex really broke me out bad i don't get cystic pimples at all on my cheeks or forehead so i completely stop using it ,.,i then started to drink this vitamin called Zinc Picolinate in the morning because it controls the hormone that is responsible for acne and oily skin and also if you have copper toxity you get PMS and Zinc lowers Copper so you don't get PMS i also drink this vitamin called Magnesium glycinate that's also good for the skin and for PMS ,,.good thing i researched this hopefully it helps ,.,but Overall don't use vitex if you don't know your hormonal levels, because messing with your horomones is not a good thing at all ,., now i have to deal with scarring on the side of my cheeks ugh that sucks -.-
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