You are right on schedule for the IB. 3 weeks is nowhere near long enough to see any clearing! It is true, your acne will get much worse before you get clear. While you are dealing with this, it seems like it's taking forever, but the time will pass, and before you know it, you will be 3, 4, 5 months into your course and clear! My son just finished his course and he is clear and so much happier. He looked terrible during his IB, it was really bad, but then it cleared up and his skin looked gorgeous. I promise you this breakout will not last. My son had really bad cysts on his forehead, it was the worst part of his face. Now it's clear with some scarring, but no more red cysts!
And if you can, get off the BC.
You are probably deficient, but you should have a blood test to be sure. You've only been supplementing for 4 days, and you already think it's clearing up? It usually takes longer than that to see improvement. And, 10K IU will not hurt you... some people take a lot more than that to get their levels back up... temporarily, of course.
Get your blood drawn... results come back in just a few days.
Hello everyone! Well, I took my son to get a blood test, and the results came back today... his Vit. D level is 32 But I'm actually kinda glad, b/c it gives me hope that maybe we're on the right track, and maybe just maybe, that's why his skin has been so oily and constantly breaking out...
Today is day #11 of supplementing, and I *think* it's looking better.... looking less oily, and he doesn't seem to be getting new lesions as quickly on his face. The ones he IS getting seem to be smaller, more superficial bumps that come to a head quicker and go away faster... but I don't want to speak too soon. I can only hope it keeps getting better.
HOWEVER, his back looks horrible still, and his neck/shoulders also... Chest is broken out too, but not nearly as bad as his back. I will keep him on this regimen for several more weeks and pray that everything keeps improving! I'm not super worried about his back right now, as it's not swimming season, but as it gets closer to summer, I will be more concerned about it. He loves to go swimming, and we live in the South where it gets really hot..
Thank you for the info on your regimen and experience. I have heard good things about jojoba oil but my son has never tried it. He is still using tea tree oil, which seems to help but sometimes not fast enough, LOL. I would love to see your before/after photos. I understand about you not wanting to post them. How do we do a private email? through the profile? Sorry I'm new to the site.
The dr. told us that he does seem to have a leaky gut. He had a thermogram done last summer which revealed that. He hasn't exactly tried the "leaky gut" diet though... she said to take him completely off gluten, and she gave him digestive enzymes. He is *mostly* gluten free, but at his age it's really really hard to stick to it 100%. I completely believe in healing skin through diet, however it is SO hard to do for anyone, much less a teenager these days... when everyone around you is eating the S.A.D. and you're not... it's hard. And it makes him feel like a freak, esp. when other kids call him "weird" or whatever. sigh... there has to be an easier way. Yes Accutane is much easier, but I mean an easier AND safe way. Still not completely ruling out Accutane though, if it comes to that down the road... hope not.
We are not familiar with the hydrogen breath test.. what is it? That is interesting. I am a firm believer in ACV, I was raised on it as my mother discovered it back in the 60s-70s along with other folk remedies, like honey. But I guess it's possible that my son could have a fructose allergy. Yes, he was breast-fed, for 14 months. I realize now that I was very toxic when I conceived and nursed him.. ugh. I never de-toxed from the Accutane, plus I wasn't eating the healthiest back then, was eating too much restaurant food (including fast food), so it makes sense that he would be very toxic too.
Oh sorry, I meant to add that he's also taking additional supplements, which his dr. told him to take months ago when he was doing oral chelation. We found out he had heavy metal toxicity... He did it for 4.5 months, and began breaking out worse, esp. on his back. It looked like he had a rash all over his back. She said it would get worse before it got better. She said it is a gradual process (you don't want to chelate too quickly), and it could take a full year to get fully clear. Well, we got so discouraged and ran out of patience that we decided to stop the chelation for now.
Sorry, I'm getting off track.. The other supplements he was (and still is) taking are Capryl, N.A.C., Calcium-d Glucarate, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Grape Seed Extract, and a digestive enzyme after each meal. I think that covers it. whew. Plus the OptiZinc.
Hello! I'm glad you have found success... was your acne severe? Which D are you taking and how much? Did you also see a decrease in oil (sebum) production? My son's skin is soooo oily, I can't wait for that to decrease (if ever!)
His diet is good... again, he's 13, so most kids his age are eating processed junk, sodas, candy, etc. 90% of his diet is organic, he eats fresh fruit and veggies, GF crackers, GF bread, organic hummus, brown rice, (a.k.a. REAL food). He also drinks tons of water, and I'm having him drink diluted ACV water (Braggs) 2-3x/day. He rarely drinks soda, but I let him have about 2 cans per month, at school on Fridays for a treat. (Just so he won't feel like the TOTALLY weird kid who is never allowed soda... only the SOMEWHAT weird one, haha) So I feel like his diet is very good, considering he's a teenager. He was tested for food allergies (blood test) at the age of 5, and came back with some sensitivities, which we do try to avoid.
Here's a question: Do legumes cause acne? I have heard different things. I know they are very good for you. I buy organic lentils, adzuki beans, split peas, kidney beans, white beans. We eat legumes regularly- beans and rice, soups, etc. We don't eat a lot of meat. No pork, beef or fish.. mostly just organic poultry. I hope the legumes aren't making his acne worse. He also eats organic brown eggs. He also eats nuts (since he's trying to be GF, I have to find good snack alternatives). I have heard conflicting things about nuts too. Not sure if I'm doing the wrong thing by letting him eat those.
Yes, he's taking other supplements. He was taking C but we ran out. I'll get more. He has been taking OptiZinc, per the dr.'s orders. I've heard Zinc is good for helping acne. How do you know it increased your oil? I'm saying it could have been caused by something else maybe? And he doesn't usually eat greasy food... we aren't regulars at McD's drive thru or anything...haha. In fact, we don't eat fast food at all... the rare exception is if we are on a road trip and are desperate.
I'm so sorry you were "that kid"... I was too. Unfortunately now, so is my son. I am so fearful of what my other 2 kids will go through. I am already seeing signs in their skin, and they're younger than him. It really does a lot of emotional damage, doesn't it? What is the earliest age you remember getting acne? You may have said it in your OP, sorry if you did. I read the whole thing.. long, but worth reading.
I gave my son 7000 IU yesterday, and today we're going up to about 12,000. My understanding is that our bodies make 10,000 IU from just being in the sun for 15 minutes... most people who go in the sun, are out there longer than 15 minutes, so it's pretty safe at higher levels. And right now, with it being Winter, I know he probably isn't getting enough sunshine, even from playing at school recess (they don't get very much time). I also spoke to my son's dr. yesterday, who said he can take much higher IU than I've been giving him, so she wants me to give him a high dose for about a week, to see if there's improvement. Just since yesterday's dose of 7000, I thought his skin looked better this morning. I really hope I wasn't hallucinating.... haha.
SebumSucks- I'm so encouraged that you're seeing a lot less oil production... that is really what gets to me (besides the bumps of course). My son's skin is SO oily, I'm always reminding him to blot his face during the day. I really believe that his body is producing way way WAY too much sebum. He has so many clogged pores... he also has a history of keratosis pilaris. I believe there is a correlation between that and acne.
Jekester- I think it would be hard to "overdo it" with Vit. D... just from what I've heard and read. It is safe in high doses, it's really a hormone anyway, our bodies need lots of it to be healthy. And in today's culture, with everyone playing video games, working on computers, watching their huge HDTVs, less and less people spend time outdoors anymore. So most of us are deficient in Vit.D3, simply because of our modern lifestyle. But yes, you can request a blood test from your dr. to check your Vit.D level.
Hi... I see it's been a week since you first posted.... is your skin still doing great?
Your post is what got me to run out to the store over the weekend and buy some D3 for my son... your story is very inspirational. However, it almost sounds too good to be true! I realize that one thing may not work for everyone, and I'm really glad you saw results. I hope my son gets some relief too, because he is really suffering (so am I)... and he's only 13. I feel so bad for him, because I know exactly how it feels. I have had acne for most of my life, starting at a very early age (way before puberty).
I have started him on 4000-5000 IU per day. Do you think this is too much at first? I wanted to start aggressively, so we could see improvement ASAP. And I understand that D3 is pretty safe to take in large doses, right?
Any advice/tips you could give would be much appreciated. He hasn't had a blood test, but I would bet that he's Vitamin D deficient (as are most of us). He has very oily skin also, and I'm hoping it will dry that up as well as stop all the bad breakouts. I could deal with a little mild acne... he's 13 after all. But, he gets large cysts, whiteheads, blackheads, plus the oily skin. As soon as I think it looks better, BAM! it gets worse again.... sooooo aggravating.