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here is an "official" source on what saw palmetto is/does:

Saw Palmetto berries contain an oil with a variety of fatty acids and phytosterols. These fatty acids include capric, caprylic, caproic, lauric, palmitic, and oleic acid and their ethyl esters. The major phytosterols are beta-sitosterol, stig masterol, cycloartenol, stigmas terol, cycloartenol, lupeol, lupenone, and 24-methyl-cycloartenol. The fat soluble extract of saw palmetto berries has been shown to inhibit the conversion of testosterone (DHT) which is thought to be responsible for the enlargement of the prostate. In addition saw palmetto extract inhibits the binding of DHT to receptors thus blocking DHT's action and promoting the breakdown of the potent compound."

DHT is a hormone believed to be the cause of acne and is well known to be the cause of male pattern baldness. Control DHT levels in your system and you control your acne. That's the theory anyways. I ordered some and will be going on it shortly. The active components of Saw Palmetto are a variety of fatty acids, so you want to get a product that offers 85% concentration of fatty acids or more. GNC offers a couple saw palmetto pills that they say have this concentration, but beware that not all GNC saw palmetto has the 85% or higher concentration.

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