The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Nature’s Way DIM-Plus Supplements

dimplus.jpg I’ve been dealing with acne ever since I was a teen (I’m 34 now). Although my skin problems have never been severe, it’s still frustrating to have to deal with pimples and breakouts as an adult. So I’m always on the lookout for different products that might help improve my skin condition, and it seems that I’m always trying something new.

My latest experiment involves DIM-Plus supplements from Nature’s Way. These capsules contain diindolylmethane, which according to the packaging, is “a phytonutrient found in cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, brussles sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale”. Nature’s Way markets DIM-Plus as a way to promote healthy estrogen metabolism — and I admit that I have no idea what that means.

The reason I decided to try it was that many people have reported improvements in their skin after taking DIM. I figured since these were natural supplements, it wouldn’t hurt to try DIM for acne to see if it helped at all.

I found DIM-Plus online and bought a bottle of 120 capsules for $17.68. That’s pretty steep as far as supplements go, but if it worked, it would be a bargain. The recommended dosage is two capsules with food once a day, so that’s what I did for the first week.

After just a few days, I noticed some slight improvements with my pores. Specifically, some blackheads started clearing up and my pores appeared smaller/less noticeable. I wouldn’t go so far as to say my skin was becoming smooth, but it was definitely getting better. Moreover, my skin no longer appeared red and irritated from regular washing and benzoyl peroxide products. It seemed that the DIM was helping in that respect.

However, after a week, I started getting a few full-blown pimples on my face. My acne usually takes the form of small bumps that never get red or inflamed. You can tell they’re pimples, but they’re not huge cysts or anything. But after a week on DIM-Plus, I started getting inflamed pimples — which obviously was not what I wanted.

So I cut back on my intake of DIM, and took just half the dosage every day. This seems to be better for me as I’m not getting any big pimples anymore. I would stop completely, but as I said, the DIM is helping with that red/irritated skin look, which is definitely a good thing.

The bottom line with my DIM-Plus experience? It didn’t clear my acne the way I thought it would, and in fact seems to make me break out even more when I’m on the full dosage. But a half dose per day (one capsule) seems to improve the appearance of my skin in terms of reducing redness and irritation. So while I didn’t get all the benefits I was hoping for, I’m still getting something worthwhile out of DIM.

Is DIM worth trying for your acne? That’s hard to say, as each case is obviously different. This is clearly not a miracle cure, but you could derive some benefits (as I did).