Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradenitis Suppurativa: My Top Supplement Recommendations

Diet is an essential part of healing hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). In general, you want to avoid inflammatory foods such as grains, cow’s dairy, sugar, and refined vegetable oils.

However, supplements can also be very helpful. In this video, I’m going to talk about my top supplement recommendations for hidradenitis suppurativa.

Enjoy the video!





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  • Maria

    Reply Reply April 1, 2019

    Are there any multivitamin that you recommend for someone with
    Thank you

    • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

      Reply Reply April 1, 2019

      Hi, Maria!

      We recommend our Strategic Nutrients. It’s very absorbable and uses the active forms of nutrients to ensure effectiveness. Thanks for your question!

  • Lalae

    Reply Reply April 9, 2019

    Do you ever test VEGF in relation to HS? If so, do you tend to see lowered VEGF in HS patients? Would resveratrol lower VEGF even further? Thank you!

    • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

      Reply Reply April 10, 2019

      Hi, Lalae –

      I don’t typically test VEGF in my HS patients because it’s very expensive to order and it doesn’t change my treatment approach. I’m always looking for the underlying reasons why a person is experiencing their health issues. With that being said, we’ve found that many people with HS have a history of toxic mold exposure, and VEGF is also abnormal in people with mold toxicity. So I do order mold (mycotoxin) testing for my HS patients.

      • Vicky Miller

        Reply Reply January 28, 2021

        Hey.,.. I’m not sure it’s HS but I’m having really bad problems with ingrown hairs on my legs… my leg hair is light and fine but these ingrown hairs are thick and black, looks like man hairs. And they are causing multiple sores and my legs stay inflamed. You have to pull these out and when you do they are long or like a cork screw plus they itch all the time which scratching is making matters worse. Docs keep telling me it’s atopic dermatitis but I know it’s more than that. Call sing swelling too. The skin is Ted and thick looking and vsry scaley. Amy suggestions. It started about a year ago after working on some moldy flooring due to heavy water damage

        • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

          Reply Reply February 2, 2021

          Hi, Vicky –
          I am sorry to hear about what you’ve been dealing with. It sounds very uncomfortable and I can only imagine how this has impacted your life. While I can’t diagnose you over the internet, the things you describe remind me of ‘eruptive vellus hair cysts.’ Your exposure to a water-damaged environment is very significant, because toxins from mold and other microbes can trigger inflammation (and skin lesions in particular!). Please see my blog post about mold illness: https://bit.ly/3afJdF0

  • Lalae

    Reply Reply April 16, 2019

    Very interesting. We did have an issue with mold previously, remediated our home and healed. HS diagnosis was made a couple of years after healing. C4a levels are in a great range now but we’re 11,000+ when we had mold but now VEGF is low again. The low C4a numbers would indicate mold is not a current issue. Would you agree? We followed the shoemaker CIRS protocol.

    • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

      Reply Reply April 18, 2019

      Very interesting, indeed! You are correct that C4a levels will fall into a healthy range when mold toxicity is no longer an issue. I’m glad you were able to get properly treated for mold; sadly, not many people are aware of this issue.

    • Helen

      Reply Reply November 28, 2019

      Thank you so much for this info! Any thoughts on taking astragalus in conjunction w/ resveratrol? Bless you for this! Thank you!

      • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

        Reply Reply December 2, 2019

        Hi, Helen!
        Astragalus can be a great adaptogen for handling stress, but I don’t use it for HS. This is because astragalus has strong immune-stimulating properties and is best used for people who have immune suppression. With HS, many people have immune overstimulation, so astragalus could theoretically increase inflammation.

  • Alicia

    Reply Reply May 17, 2019

    The vitamins that you listed in your video, what is your recommended dosing of each to help with HS?

  • Tia

    Reply Reply October 21, 2020

    Very good Doctor, this I will try. Thank you!

  • Jennifer

    Reply Reply January 7, 2021

    should you take Resveratrol and ginger together or just one?
    I have Hs, pcos,and occasional fever blisters

    • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

      Reply Reply January 12, 2021

      Hi, Jennifer –
      It’s generally safe to combine them. However, I always recommend checking with your personal health care provider to make sure supplements are safe for you. PCOS and HS both respond very well to anti-inflammatory diet changes, especially when refined carbohydrates are reduced. I wish you all the best!

  • Tessa Engelhart

    Reply Reply January 20, 2021

    Hi Dr. Biscoe!

    I was referred to this video by Jerrica Sweetnich. I have suffered with HS since childhood and have been on Spironolactone & Doxycycline for 10+ YEARS to combat this, but we are discovering it’s affecting my gut. I had no idea there were natural ways to cure HS until she mentioned you and I felt like the heavens opened up! Would you recommend starting with ALL of these supplements? (Not pregnant, planning to be pregnant, etc.) I am also wondering if you would recommend slowly stopping the Spironolactone & Doxy while starting these or cold turkey quitting them. I noticed that another viewer asked about a multivitamin and I was wondering the same thing, so I looked into the link you provided but that multi doesn’t seem to have the supplements you mentioned in this video. Am I mistaken by that or is it in addition to the things you mentioned? Thank you for providing this resource for us and for your time!

    • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

      Reply Reply January 21, 2021

      Hi, Tessa! I’m so glad the Dr. Sweetnich referred you. She is a dear friend and we went to naturopathic medical school together.

      Regarding the supplements, you certainly don’t have to take all of them. Our multivitamin is formulated with the optimal levels of key nutrients such as zinc which are required for healthy skin and many other functions. The other supplements mentioned in the video contain special herbs and other ingredients that support overall balance. Because of the wide range of beneficial ingredients, it would be nearly impossible to include them all in one formula. 🙂

      On the Help for HS website, we have the Ultimate Starter Bundle which is the most popular choice that people start with:

      For legal and safety reasons, I’m not able to advise you about discontinuing or modifying your medications, but this is an important discussion to have with your physician about the risks and benefits of doing so.

      Thank you so much for the kind words; we’re glad that you’ve found the videos and information helpful!

      • Tessa Engelhart

        Reply Reply January 23, 2021

        Thank you so much for this response! I will absolutely look into everything you’ve mentioned! 🙂

  • Pat Smith

    Reply Reply February 5, 2021

    Hey, i have had HS since I was 14 and am now 22, I was taking lymcycline for the best part of 7 years and it was keeping my HS under control however now my body has become immune to this antibiotic, my HS is worse than ever, I have been taking a immune support multivitamin which has over 20 different vitamins etc in, should I be taking this? Or what would you recommend.

  • Pat Smith

    Reply Reply February 8, 2021

    Hello I am currently taking a immune support multivitamin with over 20 different vitamins in, do you think I should continue taking these or take the vitamins specified in the video? I don’t want to make things any worse than they already are

    • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

      Reply Reply February 8, 2021

      Hi, Pat –
      It sounds like you’re going through a very rough time, and I’m so sorry! 🙁
      Your experience is a very common one, and we often see patients who’ve tried antibiotics – only to have them stop working or make the HS worse. We’ve learned that the worsened HS after antibiotics is often due to overgrown yeast (Candida) in the body. The antibiotics kill our healthy gut bacteria, which allows yeast to grow out of control. (See my video about antibiotics and HS). Yeast and fungus drives the inflammation in HS.

      In terms of supplements, it’s important to note that multivitamins are only one piece of the puzzle. Yes, it’s very important to have good nutrition, but we use a combination of things to also support a balanced gut and immune system. Quality is also key: most supplements sold online or at the health food store are poor quality, and many of them contain harmful ingredients that aren’t listed on the label.

      The best recommendation I can give you is to join our Help for HS community newsletter.
      When you sign up, you’ll get our food guide. Then we take you step-by-step through all of the important changes that you can implement to start healing.

      As far as supplements go, it’s important to consult with your health care provider first. But we do offer professional-grade formulas that we’ve personally tested. Our Starter Bundle is a very popular choice, and anyone who’s taken antibiotics may benefit from our probiotic.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, and I pray that you find the answers, support and healing that you deserve. <3

  • Steph

    Reply Reply April 7, 2021


    I’ve had HS for over five years ranging from stage 2-3. Also have gut issues from the antibiotics/ bad diet in the past. Could I add the daily flora with the starter bundle? Or would the strategic nutrients be enough?

    • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

      Reply Reply April 8, 2021

      Hey, Steph –
      Given your past antibiotic use, the DailyFlora could have major benefits for gut health in addition to the Starter Bundle. We get very good feedback from our patients when they start using that formula. Thanks so much for taking the time to write! 🙂

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