Skin Care

I LOVE DIM, or, how this pill stops breakouts

Obsession with supplements runs in the family. My grandma’s bathroom counter is stacked 3 rows high of various bottles. I think she’s had some of them since I’ve known her (aka 26 years aka my whole life). My sister, at age 20, had one of those SMTWTFS containers to keeps track of her pils, the kind my grandma probably should have.

I came across DIM in the comment section of Into The Gloss, where all good beauty tips lay in wait. The comment was inconspicuous enough, something like “Try DIM!” which I grasped onto like leeches on the boy in the movie The Amazing Panda Adventure (I saw this once when I was ten and I am full on SCARRED). So naturally I started reading Amazon reviews and decided I had to try it.

This is how DIM cures acne

Trying out new supplements weirds me out sometimes. I assume that one day I will have an allergic reaction and kill myself for health, though this hasn’t happened to date. My worries slightly subsided when I learned that DIM, aka Diindolylmethane, is just a phytochemical found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and so on. So you could technically eat a bunch of salad for ever and ever, but let’s be honest that’s an awful idea.

The reason DIM works to clear acne is because it regulates your hormones. I should note here real quick that it won’t work for everyone—it depends what the root cause of your acne is. But IF you’re breaking out due to estrogen dominance, DIM might be for you. If you’re estrogen dominant, then you have excess estrogen running around your body wreaking havoc and causing imbalances. DIM comes in like a big fucking hero and settles estrogen down by binding to her, and quietly leading her to your liver where she can get out of her body. I love her, but she really is a mess sometimes. She heads out, everybody relaxes, your skin is happy to not have so many goddamn hormones inflaming it, and no more breakouts or other weird symptoms.

Signs of estrogen dominance:

  • ACNE
  • Bloating
  • Sore boobs
  • Headaches
  • Moodiness
  • Weird periods

I have a few of these symptoms, but I still wasn’t sure if DIM would work for me. At this point it was already in my Amazon cart and I was going to buy it anyway.

DIM can also ease PMS symptoms like cramps and moodiness and help your body protect itself from some cancers. Note that as with most supplements, these benefits aren’t fully studied so please don’t rely on it to like, cure cancer or something. Take it because it makes your period more bearable and your skin clearer!


I have a habit of ditching supplements after a few days, but I knew I had to keep using DIM for a cycle or two to know whether it was working. I can report back that it is in fact working!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s been two months and I can honestly report that my skin has never been better, not counting the period between ages 3 and 10 in which I glowed like a fucking goddess. I’ve gone full days without making up to a new breakout, and for me that’s a miracle. As I approached the few days after ovulation when I expect my skin to freak out…. nothing. All clear. The small cysts that would appear on my jawline and the breakouts on my chin have stopped. I’ve got my sister taking them now so that’s another pill she can add to her box.

I chose this brand of DIM due to the good reviews and price. Take 1-4 pills a day—I stick to 1 (and to be honest sometimes I forget) but I may amp up the dosage to see if I can get even better results. I recommend starting small as some people may experience headaches or other minor symptoms with large doses.

Click here to get your own (and tell me how it works for you)!


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