Have you noticed increased anxiety since taking vitamin D3? Vitamin D3 should ALWAYS be taken with magnesium, because your body uses up a lot of magnesium to convert D3 into its usable form. Common side effects of depleted magnesium are poor sleep, constipation and anxiety. Other vitamin D3 cofactors are zinc, K, and A.
Here's what I recommend, and I'm pretty certain you'll be very happy with the results...
Vitamin D3, 5000iu
Vitamin A, 10,000iu (from fish, NOT beta carotene)
Magnesium Citrate, 200mg
Zinc Gluconate, 30mg
Magnesium Citrate, 400mg
You can add vitamin K, I plan to because of what I've red, but something similar to the above totally cured my almost 2 decades of nasty body acne (I tried everything else under the sun). The vitamin A was the game changer. I stopped all supplements for 1 year before very systematically arriving at my current regimen. I started with vitamin D3 and got noticeable improvement but noticed magnesium deficiency, so I added magnesium and got all round improvement in me but not a lot in my skin, then I added zinc and noticed faster healing, then I added vitamin A and that's when the miracle combination clicked.
My regimen is pretty much the same as I've outlined but I take an extra 10,000iu of vitamin A at night, but from your description I don't think you need to, I had very inflamed, very serious body acne.
Also it goes without saying to make sure you shower immediately after working out and immediately every time you ever become drenched in sweat, letting sweat dry on your body creates an acne breeding ground.
I really urge you to try this, I'm 33 years old and am only now for the first time in my life able to take my top of at the beach.
Interestingly, I just found this - https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/#
I didn't get an initial breakout, and I think the type of magnesium and zinc you take is important, in my nighttime vitamins I mention the types.
Vitamin d3 is important, but for sure the turning point for me was vitamin A.
My back broke out again but it was due to letting sweat dry in on my body, I live in the tropics and for a few days in a row my back was getting soaked with sweat and was drying in before I could shower, once I stopped that happening my back healed again really quickly.
I still wake up with some spots around my chin if I don't use BP, but they're tiny, not inflamed or the type that cause scarring, and they're gone after I have a shower.
I now take 10,000iu vitamin A in the morning AND another 10,000 at night. Once my back is completely clear I'll drop down to 10,000 once per day.
I really recommend you give vitamin A a try, it should be from fish oil, not the beta carotene type.
Just thought I would leave an update, I added zinc to my regimen, didn't notice a great deal, then I added vitamin A, WOW, it's been two weeks and my skin is looking great, it seems like I've finally found MY 'cure' after 20 years, here's what I take...
Vitamin D3 - 5,000iu
Vitamin A - 10,000iu (fish liver oil based)
Vitamin C - 500mg
Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc - 1000mg/400mg/25mg (single multi pill)
Magnesium Citrate - 400mg
Zinc Gluconate - 25mg
Vitamin C - 500mg
And last week I had 2 days where I drank a LOT of beer, then the day after I lazed about eating pizza and didn't shower or use BP for 2 days, that would be a recipe for a bad breakout but I took these supplements and my skin actually improved further.
Only 2 weeks, but this combo looks like it could be my 'the one'.
I double take the zinc and magnesium because the forms of those minerals in the combined Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc pill are not the best forms, so I take them again later in the optimal forms, and they help me sleep well when I take them before bed.
The vitamin A really made such a huge difference, but I think there's a synergistic effect happening with all that I'm taking.
I've been around this forum a LONG time, I've suffered with acne for 2 decades, I've tried everything, I've seen so many threads from people saying they found their cure only for me to try it and it not to work, all I can say to everyone is don't give up, I HAD given up and was just living with using BP and accepting back acne, but finally, I think I've cracked it.
Head and shoulders classic is indeed pretty good for body acne.
Have you tried supplementing with vitamin d3? Take 1000iu of vitamin d3 per 25lbs of body weight. Take every morning when you wake up. If it works for you, within a week you should start to notice no new or dramatically less new active pimples, and a massive calming or complete end to inflammation and an acceleration of healing.
If you start taking d3 and you notice any anxiety, muscle twitches, or more difficulty having a bowel movement, start taking 600mg of magnesium every night before bed.
Have you tried a benzoyl peroxide soap and/or a zinc soap (head and shoulders for men is good anti-acne body soap)?
Using those soaps and also exfoliating your back well should help, exfoliating helped with my body acne, while in the shower, I would get a small towel and soak in in the hot water, then put it over the top of my back holding the towel at each end pulling it tight against my back, then scrape the towel across my entire back.
I would do that several times, making sure every part of my back was well trawled over to remove all dead skin and encourage new healthy skin growth.
Your marks don't look inflamed or 'live', have all those marks been there a while then or are new ones like that still appearing?
All I can see is what looks like hypopigmented scars. They gradually fade over many many years but from what I know, there isn't an awful lot of particularly effective methods of getting rid of them. Derma rolling and ginger juice might help. There could be laser techniques I'm not aware of that work, I'm not certain of that though.
So after all this, would you guys suggest NOT taking b5?
I took it before for 4 months, my hair got dry but no excess shedding was noticed.
My skin didn't completely clear, but that was because I was eating coconut oil and coconut milk every single day the entire time I was taking it, and I know with 100% certainty that coconut oil/fat makes me break out like crazy.
When I took b5 last time, the areas of my back that usually got acne cleared, but my chest and different areas of my back got it instead, I think that was the b5 trying to work and the coconut fat making acne appear elsewhere.
I've just started taking b5 again, as I said it gave me dry hair last time but no shedding, but I don't know if I want to continue if I'll be bald in a few years from it.