Frequently Asked

Zilch Acne Formula Questions

What can Zilch help with?

Zilch may assist with:

  • Deep under-the-skin, painful acne
  • Whiteheads (pimples that come to a head)
  • Acne resulting from coming off the pill
  • Hormonal acne
  • Adult acne on jawline, chin, cheeks and temples
  • Stubborn acne that has not responded to other treatments
  • Body acne (chest, back, shoulders, buttocks)
  • Closed comedones (clogged skin)
What are the ingredients in Zilch?

Zilch is made up only of 17 herbal ingredients, and potato starch in the granulation process. No added preservatives, chemicals or nasties!

Prunus persica, Carthamustinctorius, Salvia miltiorrhiza, Hedyotisdiffusa, Angelica dahurica, Gleditsiasinensis, Viola yedoensis, Taraxacum mongolicum, Lonicera japonica, Phellodendronamurense, Paeoniasuffruticosa, Gardenia florida, Gentianascabra, Scutellariabaicalensis, Zingiberofficinale, Angelica polymorpha, Glycyrrhizauralensis, Starch-Potato.

When can I expect results?

Patients report changes in skin within 1 – 2 weeks. Inflammation has reduced and new breakouts are much more infrequent. Clear skin may be noted within 6 – 8 weeks of use.
Everyone responds differently to treatments and times may vary from person to person.

How do I take the formula and at what dosage?

Zilch Acne Formula comes in tablet form. The tablets are made up of herbal medicine extracts pressed into tablets.
The full recommended dosage is 4 tablets twice a day.


If your acne is more mild to moderate you may take 2 or 3 tablets, twice a day.

Why do you have to take so many tablets a day?

It sounds like a lot because we are generally used to the “1 a day” supplement dose. Because Zilch’s active ingredients are purely made with herbal extracts and not synthetically derived, the dosage needs to be higher to get the therapeutic benefit. You’re really just taking potent herbs in a tablet.

How is Zilch made?

Zilch Acne Formula is batch made from scratch when we place an order with our manufacturer.

Raw herbs have to be sourced, and then go through stringent quality testing before they can be processed. The extraction process to transform it from a raw herb into a tablet form is made up of many stages. It then needs to go through another few rounds of testing, before its passed and released for dispatch.

Once it’s dispatched from the factory, it is freighted to us and must pass customs and quarantine checks before being delivered our warehouse.

This whole process can take up to 4 months, but it does make for a very specialised product.

As they always say… good things come to those who wait!

Can I expect a purge period? Is my skin supposed to get worse before it gets better?

Zilch is not designed to make your skin worse before it gets better, however, a very small percentage of users report an initial purge period of 7-10 days before skin begins to improve. Please consult your healthcare practitioner if concerned. If purge period does not subside after 10 days, please discontinue use.

Can I take Zilch when I'm pregnant?

No. Zilch Acne Formula cannot be taken while pregnant, or trying to become pregnant.
Zilch cannot be used in pregnancy as it contains some ingredients that fall into the category of “blood movers”.

In Chinese Medicine, herbs that have such properties are contraindicated during pregnancy for those reasons so that it does not disturb the uterine blood.

Can I use Zilch Acne Formula for mild acne?

Yes. Zilch Acne Formula is designed with herbal ingredients that help with reducing inflammation and clearing toxicity in the body. The same patterns often exist with mild-acne, so Zilch Acne Formula can be beneficial.

The recommended dose for full strength for moderate – severe acne is 8 tablets (4 tablets in the morning, 4 at night) however, you can take whatever dosage you see fit. For eg: if you feel you are sensitive, you can start with 2 tablets x 2, or if your acne is milder you can try 3 tablets x 2.

I have teenage acne. Can I take Zilch Acne Formula?

Teenage acne can often be more difficult to manage due to the hormones changing during puberty. Zilch Acne Formula may help reduce the severity and manage teenage acne and its symptoms.

I am on the contraceptive pill/Implanon/IUD. Can I take Zilch?

Yes. Zilch Acne Formula is safe to use while on birth control medication and devices. If unsure, please consult your doctor.

Is there anyone that shouldn't take Zilch Acne Formula?

Individuals taking anticoagulants or individuals at risk of bleeding problems should seek medical advice before taking Zilch. Do not use if pregnant or likely to become pregnant.

Can I take Zilch while on other acne medications such as Accutane or antibiotics?

Yes. There is no contraindication with other common acne medications. If unsure, please consult your doctor.

The warnings for this product are as follows: Individuals taking anticoagulants or individuals at risk of bleeding problems should seek medical advice before taking Zilch. Do not use if pregnant or likely to become pregnant.

I am planning to come off the pill and am worried about my skin breaking out. Can Zilch help?

Yes. Zilch Acne Formula can assist in managing your skin breakouts that commonly occur when people stop the contraceptive pill. General advice is to take it 2 weeks before you finish the last day of the pill.

Can Zilch be taken with other medication?

The TGA warnings for this product are as follows: Individuals taking anticoagulants or individuals at risk of bleeding problems should seek medical advice before taking Zilch. Do not use if pregnant or likely to become pregnant.

There are no other TGA contra-indications.

Are there any common side effects or reactions?

No. Zilch is 100% natural, with no added preservatives or nasties. This is general advice only and we cannot take into account specific allergies that individuals may suffer from.

I want a consultation and a specific custom formula made up. Who can I contact?

Dr. Vivian Tam, founder of Zilch Acne Formula, is a Chinese Doctor practicing in Melbourne. Consultations are available via booking only. Please visit Cosmetic Acupuncture Melbourne for more information.

Alternatively, please make a consultation with a Doctor of Chinese Medicine for specific information.

My skin has cleared up on Zilch. Do I need to keep taking it?

No. Zilch Acne Formula is designed as a long term solution to acne. When the skin is clear, you should be able to stop taking Zilch. General advice is to ween off the herbs by taking 50% dose for two weeks and assessing your skin, to give yourself time to see if you need to continue taking it or not. 

I want to stay on Zilch Acne Formula on a maintenance dose after my skin has cleared up. Can I do this?

Yes. Some people opt to stay on it at a very low dose (2 pills once a day) to keep breakouts at bay. This is general advice only. If you need more specific information regarding dosages, please contact your health practitioner or book an appointment with Dr. Vivian Tam at Cosmetic Acupuncture Melbourne.

I am breastfeeding. Can I take Zilch?

Zilch Acne Formula is made from 100% natural herbal ingredients, however, because it is not ethical to trial and run studies with newborns as subjects, we are not able to say if it is safe or unsafe for breastfeeding. Please consult your medical practitioner before starting on Zilch if you are breastfeeding.

Can I crush the tablets?

You are able to crush the tablets and mix them into water, but the herbs are extremely bitter. It is not a taste that you would not disguise in a smoothie, or tolerate chewing. Our advice, if you cannot swallow them, is to crush them, add hot water (1/4 cup) until dissolved into a liquid, hold your nose and have it as a quick shot!
Powder form is how herbal medicines are dispensed in Dr. Vivian’s clinic.

Can men use Zilch?

Absolutely YES! Zilch can be used by both men and women. Our formula works on harmonising imbalances within the body and is applicable to both males and females.

Can Zilch help with upper back and shoulder acne?

Zilch has been designed to work with all types of acne as it works on balancing the internal patterns that cause acne – whether that be face, chest or back.

Does Zilch contain nuts?

Zilch does not contain any tree nuts. Please be sure to check the ingredients list here.

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