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  1. DO NOT TAKE B5. B5 CAUSES MASSIVE HAIRLOSS. Regime: 1. Nizoral Shampoo every other day, leave in hair 10 minutes. 2. Propecia .05 everyday. Obtain Propecia from doctor and dissolve 1 pill in 20mL of 75% proof alcohol (ex: bacardi 151). Take 1ml via dropper everyday. You will see results in 3-4 months. *Girls can NOT take propecia. example of someone helped "I'm also 24 and about 5 years ago I started taking massive doses of B5 for my skin...But within three months, I'd seen not only a massive drop in the speed and thickness of hair growth...but I was shedding upwards of 50 hairs per day. My dermatologist suggested I get on Propecia, and I did. I discontinued the RetinA and B5 supplements shortly thereafter, as I was worried more about my hair then my face. My hair continued to shed for the next 3-4 months, until I had hit NW2, with hair that was thinner and a darker blonde. At that point, the shedding stopped and hasn't occurred since, but I have not experienced much (if any) regrowth." ~KenF
  2. OILY skin must go!

    Many ppl say their oily, and yes they may have a little shine. Unfortunatly I wake up with olive-oil face. 5min after washing my face its shiny. By 1 hour you can cover 2 oil-sheets. By 2 hours you can probably fry some chips... by the afternoon its a complete joke. A side effect of all of this oil is the complete lack of any exfoliation, not even with chemicals, the skin is stuck together like glue. Resulting in, angry red clumped rough skin that shines and ppl think Im sweating and am years older than I am. But, my Super oily skin has rare occassions of dry skin spells when my exercise regime is off the chart, when my diet is as clean as can be possible, and when i drink 3-4 litres of filtered water a day etc.. extreme measures of a super cleansed system just to have a drop in skin-oil from super-oily to just oily/nearly normal for a day or 2, this I hope you agree is crazy and a world apart from the majority of ppl who do absolutly nothing to have normal levels of skin oil. Our good fats and bad and its quantity fluctuate with our hormones and diet/exercise. Now, there is a sweet spot , and from what I have researched/been told by others, and experimented I believe fish oils help us to have more good fats and less triglycerides, B5 upregulates the bad fats, and a dht inhibitor like sawpalmetto turns down the power on the overactive dht. I have used b5 with success in the past but dropped it after it stopped working. I believe now that the b5 stopped working due to changes in my diet/exercise which completly dampened the b5's effect to upregulate, however with high-dose fish oil to attack the problem at a different side, and the sawpalmetto to turn down the fire entirely. This regime in theory should cut oil to the core from every angle.As i said, b5 worked amazingly while it worked. Then I had to come off it and re-cycle it several times to get it to have the same effect, I recall complete changes in my diet/exercise and work/relationship stresses going on also during these times. So I now believe b5 was overwhelmed to do its job (as well as it could by itself). I have now started sawpalmetto a month ago and can see slight improvements, but nothing anywhere near to what I want. B5 and highstrength omega3's from fish-oils have been ordered and I will run the whole regime once they arrive. I wan't sustained dryskin for the long term, without the need to run like a Zebra on a treadmill for an hour a day and all the rest of it. I hope this regime can accompish my goal... A multivitamin is also a daily standard, so I will keep that in the protocol.
  3. So here's my situation: I'm 24, out in the professional world, and having adult acne is nothing short of a nightmare. I have very sensitive skin, which often appears red and inflamed at the onset of any blemish. I get painful cystic bumps and my skin always looks and feels very oily and greasy. I have been researching and considering Accutane for the past 6 months but presently deal with dry eyes - made drier from LASIK surgery one year ago - and so I have been hesitant to proceed. In the meantime I have been considering similar but realistic solutions. Right now I'm currently on 115 mg of Solodyn, which helps with the cystic acne but by no means has been a cure. Along with that, I take Nicomide (an expensive prescription Vitamin B and Zinc supplement), which, so far in the course of a month, seems to have only provided minimal relief. Finally, I've recently begun taking Pantethine (the active ingredient in Vitamin B5) (450 mg, twice daily) but my skin is still very oily. I've read about L-Carnitine and how it's suppose to enhance the effects of Pantethine and so I am considering that as well. This is all very frustrating, very overwhelming, and I just want a solution - not researching and experimenting well into my late 20s. Anyway can anyone provide any insight? Has anything helped? Has anyone ever considered realistic alternatives to Accutane that have worked? Any help would be well appreciated. I am a 24 year old male.
  4. hey, I have tried pantothenic acid for several months before, and I saw never an improvement in my sebum production, but I took only 2 grams a day, 1 gram in the moring and 1 gram at night. Now I realise that it didn't work because I took only 2 grams a day, and that is much too less! So, I thought to try it again, but now I take 5 grams a day. I do this for about a week now but there is sometihing strange! The first day after i took 5 grams, that day i produced only a bit of sebum, it was a wonder for me, and it felt soooo good not to have such oily skin in the evening, it was like a miracle, but I wondered how this can work so fast! but anyway, the days after that day, my skin was just as oily as before :(, but yesterday, the same thing happened again, my skin was again not oily, but today it is like before!! rrrrrrrrr, what is happening? Thank you! XX
  5. Pityrosporum Folliculitis - FAQ Introduction A lot of people are struggling with that they think are acne primarily on their chest, shoulders and back. It may also develop on the face(primarily the forehead). After trying countless acne medications or simply by trying to wait it out the condition still persists. The fact is that many "body acne" sufferers got some sort of folliculitis and when the lesions develope on the upper body it's often Pityrosporum Folliculitis they got. The same questions pop up under the body acne section, and by creating this thread I'm hoping to answer some of this questions. However, be advised that I'm not a dermatologist or expert on the field. The information I'm providing is mostly from what I've read(countless hours of reading up on the subject online) and from what I have experienced. This thread is a working progress and I hope others also will participate with information they have on the subject. Questions regarding this FAQ or contributions can be done by replying in this thread, but general questions regarding Pityrosporum Folliculitis can be asked in this thread. It has a lot of great information and users own experiences with PF. What is Pityrosporum Folliculitis? The first thing you should do is research the subject on your own. There's a lot of information found on the net and here are some good links: http://www.emedicine.com/DERM/topic338.htm http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/16713 http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_dise...orum_folli.html http://archpedi.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/159/1/64.pdf http://dermatology.cdlib.org/rxderm-archiv...um-folliculitis http://www.vgrd.org/archive/cases/2005/pit/pit.htm Do i have Body acne or Pityrosporum Folliculitis? This is the first question that people with "Body Acne" ask themselves when they are confronted with the term Pityrosporum Folliculitis. However this is often the hardest one to answer since "Body Acne" and Pityrosporum Folliculitis look a lot alike. Also a lot of people have them both at the same time since both acne and Pityrosporum Folliculitis thrive on oily skin. Some things you should consider to find out if it's acne or Pityrosporum Folliculitis: - Go to a dermatologist(This is the safest thing you can do to find out if it's body acne or Pityrosporum Folliculitis). Be sure to contact the derm before you schedule an appointment to be sure that he can do a biopsy or something like that to find out what your condition is. - Have you tried acne medication without success? If you have it's more likely that you got Pityrosporum Folliculitis - Have you used antibiotics previously. If this made the condition worse or if you got the spots on your body after the use of Antibiotics it's most likely Pityrosporum Folliculitis you got. - Does it sometimes itch. If it does it's probably Pityrosporum Folliculitis - Do you got Acne on your face too? If your face it's pretty much clear, but your body breaks out it's more likely that Pityrosporum Folliculitis is what you got. Pityrosporum Folliculitis can develop on the face to, but it's much less frequent. - Does it get worse in hot, humid or sweaty environments or in periods where you don't shower much. If it does it's more likely Pityrosporum Folliculitis you got. - There is no comodones or cysts associated with PF. It's Papules and Pastules and the material expressed from pustules is white to yellow - Try some sort of medication against Pityrosporum Folliculitis(see treatments below) and see if this improve your condition. A safe bet is to buy a cream containing 2% ketoconazole(Nizoral, Daktarin Gold or something like that), and try it for a couple of weeks to see if it improves the condition. - Check out the pictures of Pityrosporum Folliculitis below to see if it looks like what you got. What does Pityrosporum Folliculitis look like? http://www.aocd.org/images_ddd/Pityrosporu...itis_1_high.jpg http://www.aocd.org/images_ddd/Pityrosporu...itis_2_high.jpg http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/reprint/171/8/851.pdf http://www.skinatlas.com/pityrosporum.jpg http://dermnetnz.org/common/image.php?path...img/pitfol1.jpg http://dermnetnz.org/common/image.php?path...img/pitfol2.jpg http://dermnetnz.org/common/image.php?path...img/pitfol3.jpg http://162.129.70.33/images/folliculitis_1_010901.jpg http://162.129.70.33/images/folliculitis_2_010907.jpg http://162.129.70.33/images/pityrosporum_f...is_1_040505.jpg http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...st&id=12078 What kind of treatments are there? Topical Most popular on acne.org: Ketoconazole Description: Widely used chemical for PF and can be used topically either as a shampoo(leave on for about 5 min in shower before washing of) or as a cream. It's usually available in 1 or 2% concentrations in various products. Research/information:- The in vitro antifungal activity of ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione, and selenium sulfide against Pityrosporum - Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis Products: - Cleanser/wash: Nizoral, Fungoral - Leave on product: Nizoral, Daktarin Gold, Fungoral Zinc Pyrithione Description: Not as effective against Pityrosporum ovale as Ketoconazole, but used with great success by a lot of members on acne.org. Head & Shoulders has 1% Zinc Pyrithione in it and that is probably why it works so good for a lot of people. Zinc Pyrithione is both antifungal and antibacterial. However, I recommend trying something like ZNP bar since it has 2% Zinc Pyrithione in it and is designed for use on the skin, not specially for the hair. Research/information:- How I got rid of my bacne - Using only Head & Shoulders - i'm clear using head and shoulder shampoo - The in vitro antifungal activity of ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione, and selenium sulfide against Pityrosporum - Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis Products: - Cleanser/wash: Head & Shoulders, ZNP bar Propylene Glycol Description: Used by a lot of members on acne.org with great success. Very easy to use since one option is to just spray it on using a spray bottle. It's fast, cheap and easy to apply to f.ex your entire upper body. With a cream it's hard to apply it to f.ex your entire upper body and it's therefore likely that the PF might spread. Propylene Glycol is often used in a concentration with water(50/50 of each). Sometimes you can buy 100% percent Propylene Glycol, but then you should dilute it with water before applying. If you look at the ingredients list on a lot of cosmetics you can see that Propylene Glycol is almost always on it. However, don't expect that your regular acne medication might work since it has Propylene Glycol in it. It's often a very low percentage of actual Propylene Glycol in the product. Research/information:- Pityrosporum folliculitis: a common disease of the young and middle-aged Products: - Leave on product: PG from chemistrystore.com, 50/50 PG/Water from Cubancrafters.com Mandelic Acid Description: There is very little research on the antifungal effect of Mandelic Acid, but it's a popular product on this board against Pityrosporum Folliculitis. It's claimed to be both antifungal and antibacterial and exfoliates the skin. Therefore it's also good against red marks left from acne/PF. I personally receommend the product from Vivant for Pityrosporum Folliculitis on the body since it's a strong product(15% Mandelic + 2% lactic), it has very little ingredients besides the Mandelic and has some Propylene Glycol in it. However, the serum is very expensive and therefore it might be wise to buy the toner(9% mandelic) if your economy is tight. Research/information:- Mandelic acid is amazing against blackheads and acne ... - Nucelle changed my life Products: - Cleanser/wash: Vivant Mandelic Acid Cleanser - Leave on product: Vivant Mandelic Acid serum, Vivant Mandelic Acid toner, Nucelle Mandelic Acid Other treatments: Salicylic Acid Description: Used against both acne and Pityrosporum Folliculitis and is always a safe bet if you aren't 100% sure what you got. Mostly used in a concentration from 1,5% to 3% and either as a cleanser or a leave on product. A leave on product is nearly always the best bet since the Salicylic acid in cleansers doesn't sit on the skin long enough to do anything. Also, a Salicylic Acid product has to have a low pH to work(no higher than pH 4 is recommended). Most if not all cleansers has a higher pH than that and therefore the Salicylic Acid is pretty much ineffective. Research/information:- The antifungal activity of Salicylic Acid - Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis Products: - Leave on product: Dan's Salicylic Acid, Paula's Choice Liquid BHA, Salicylic Acid from dianayvonne.com Sulfur Description: Isn't the most known chemical against Pityrosproum Folliculitis, but has has antifungal, antibacterial, and keratolytic activity. Very drying when used as a leave on product and is therefore often used as a cleanser/wash and washed of after 5-10 min. Research/information:- The use of Sulfur in dermatology - Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis - Topical Sulfur Products - Increase cell turnover (dead skin cant harden to create sebum) Products: - Cleanser/wash: Sulphur Soap(10% Sulphur), Sulphur(10%)/Salicylic Acid(3%), Grandpa's Thylox Soap Selenium Sulfide Description: Selenium sulfide is highly active in inhibiting the growth of P. ovale. It's usually used in shampoos and is washed of after about 5 min on the skin. Research/information:- Pityrosporum folliculitis: a common disease of the young and middle-aged - Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis Products: - Cleanser/wash: Selsun Blue, Selseb shampoo, Head & Shoulders Intensive Treatment Tea Tree Oil Description: Both antibacterial and antifungal and effective against Malassezia furfur(the same as P. Ovale) Should be diluted with f.ex another oil like emu or jojoba. You can also find it as a shampoo. Never buy Tea Tree Oil in plastic bottles. Also it's best if it's stored in dark glas bottles. Research/information:- Tea Trees and Their Therapeutic Properties Products: - Leave on product: Desert Essence Organic Tea Tree Oil Manuka Oil/honey Description: Manuka Oil is 20-30 times more active than Australian Tea Tree Oilfor gram positive bacteria, and 5-10 times more active for fungi. However, there's a lot more research on Tea Tree Oil and it's effect on the Pityrosporum yeast. Research/information:- East Cape Manuka Oil, Manuka Cream and Manuka Soap - Tea Trees and Their Therapeutic Properties Products: - Leave on product: Living Nature Manuka oil and honey gel, Manuka oil from http://manukaoil.net/ Ciclopirox olamine cream Description: Antifungal often used to treat Pityrosporum folliculitis Research/information:- Monograph - Ciclopirox Olamine Products: - Leave on product: Can be bought from drugstore.com Econazole cream Description: Treats fungus infections Research/information:- Pityrosporum folliculitis: a common disease of the young and middle-aged Products: - Leave on product: Can be bought from drugstore.com Oil of Oregano Description: Antifungal Research/information:- More information on this Products: Leave on product: Oil of Oregano from North American Herb and Spice Apple Cider Vinegar Description: Malic Acid is found in Apple Cider Vinegar and is antifungal. It can be used directly on the skin, but should be diluted first. Research/information:- Apple Cider Vinegar Cures - Apple Cider Vinegar* Pictures On First Page, Reduces Oil, Red Marks, Acne, Dry Skin, Regulates pH levels & More Products: Leave on product: Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Oral Azole antifungal agents Description: The two most used are Ketoconazole and Itraconazole. It's very effective, and if it is indeed PF you got these mediacations should make a remarkable clearing. However, you are lucky if the results are permanent and one should continue topical medication afterwards. Research/information:- Short term treatment of pityrosporum folliculitis with itraconazole Products: You need a prescription to get this medication legally, and therefore you have to contact your doctor to get this stuff. Isotretinoin Description: A lot of people try Accutane after years of struggling. In a lot of cases it's effective against Pityrorsporum Folliculitis since the yeast thrive on oily skin. However, it's not always effective and some people on this board has experinced that their Pityrosporum Folliculitis has come back after the course of Accutane. Research/information: Products: Ask your dermatologist if you want this drug. Does diet, hygiene or physical activity affect Pityrosporum Folliculitis? When it comes to diet and Pityrosporum Folliculitis I'm not an expert. It's always hard to know if something is breaking you out or not. Some people say the fungus feed on sugar, but I have yet to see any hard evidence supporting this. So when it comes to general diet guidelines to help treat Pityrosporum Folliculitis there is a long way to go. However, there are several things that you can eat which should help to treat the condition from inside. This is a great list of natural antifungals Pityrosporum Folliculitis often affects athletes. This could be due to the sweating, rubbing from clothes etc. However I don't think working out and sweating makes PF worse if you take a cool shower right after you sweat using a medicated cleanser. Some people on this board feel that the Pityrosporum Folliculitis/acne increases due to bodybuilding. . I'm not sure about the direct connection between working out and Pityrosporum Folliculitis. The reason people feel that they get PF due to bodybuilding could simple be that they sweat a lot, wear to tight clothing or experience rubbing from weight bars or machines. I work out a lot myself an for a long time I tought Pityrorsporum Folliculitis were a result of that, but I have now realised that I manage to keep it under control by taking a cool shower right afterwards and use a medicated cleanser. However, I will break out if I go days with physical activity and no showering. What is your experience with Pityrosporum Folliculitis? Started getting what I tought was acne on my forehead around december/january 2006/2007. I used hair care products full of shitty ingredients and had long hair that touched my forehead. This caused several papules/pastules. However, the damage was done, and now I didn't want to cut my hair to reveal my shitty forehead. After a while I cut my hair and stopped using any products in it, but the problem persisted and got worse. During the following months I tried Dan's regimen, several diet changes, washes and more. However nothing seemed to do any good for my forehead. Summer 2007 I went on vacation and was in the sun for hours each day. I got a nice tan and all my acne on my forehead "cleared up". What I actually was doing was damaging my skin and disguising all the red marks behind a nice tan. I still regret this to the very day since it made my red marks stay for ages. At that time I hadn't acne on my body at all(just some spots on the top of my back). However, I got a pretty severe sunburn, and a lot of dead skin on my shoulders and upper back. A couple of weeks later I started getting "acne" on my shoulders, upper back and chest. Mostly I got Pastules and what looked like whitehead on my chest(see the last picture under pictures) and the little deeper kind of pastules/papules on my shoulders/upper back. Mostly it only itched on the upper back and sometimes on the chest. However the itch was far from irritating and was never really a problem. Through the winter(2007(September)-2008(January)) I didn't do much to the problem. I was hoping it would go away on it's own, and it was winter so I didn't have to reveal my upper body. When the summer got nearer I realised this shit wasn't going away, and I started trying different kind of products. After a while I started vitamin B5. It worked well on my forehead, but didn't do much for my upper body. Read my progress on this in my log Around april 2008 I started reading about Pityrosporum Folliculitis, and I soon realised this was what I had. Since then I've spent countless hours researching the subject. Started using Head & Shoulders, but without great results. After a while I also started using Mandelic Acid and it began to clear up. However it didn't hold the folliculitis in check and soon I satrted a new topical regimen including a Sulphur/Salicylic Acid soap(sal3.com) and Daktarin Gold(Ketoconazole 2%) cream. it worked well for a while, but the PF soon started to occur again. The next thing on the agenda was Propylene Glycol which seemed to work great for the first couple of days/the first week, but as I had previously experienced PF is a bitch and after 3 weeks I still got spots on my chest and shoulders/upper back. September 11th I started Itraconazole 200 mg/day and a new chapter in my treatment history is about to begin. Without this forum I would have never realised that it's Pityrosporum Folliculitis I have, and I would probably still be struggling with different kind of acne treatments. It's about time I give something back to this community, and I hope this post will help other members. If I can help one person to get clear by creating this FAQ it's all worth it. Good luck!
  6. Hello, I literally just created an account because I am somewhat excited to begin a personal log for Vitamin B5. About me: I am a 19 year old Asian male who has experienced acne of all types since the age of 11. My journey has involved the usual drug store acne washes, Proactiv, Finacea, Retin-A cream, Minocycline, Doxycycline. Many of these are effective but not permanent for me so if you would like me to describe my experience for any of them then feel free to let me know. I was supposed to go on Accutane but because of a small history of depression, I'm advised against it. However, I refuse to let this terrible terrible skin disease bring me down anymore. I am in the beginning phase of this Vitamin B5 megadose routine and I have high hopes. My acne is definitely hormonal and genetic. My mother has a long history of acne and still has it with many many marks on her face. My father has clear skin which has blessed my two siblings. About my skin: I describe my skin as moderate cystic acne and easily scarring. Not sensitive at all though. right now I have a very oily skin type with small bumps of clogged pores on forehead. I only have cysts on my cheeks and jawline. For some reason, my left side has been extremely clear for several months but my right side refuses to calm down with CLUSTERS on my jawline. For my face as a whole, I have quite some discoloration on my nose, cheeks, and chin. The scars on my cheeks are not going anywhere anytime soon :(. About the risks: I have researched extensively and am well aware of the health risks that come with megadosing Vitamin B5 which includes bowel problems, hair loss, and the imbalance of Vitamin B complex. I'm sure a handful of us agree that acne hits us not just physically, but mentally too. My self-confidence is usually at a low because I am afraid of people staring at my skin. I've been told that my acne doesn't affect my attractiveness. But I find that so hard to believe because I can't even brush my teeth with the lights on. If you're acne were as bad as mine, you would know that I would lose a limb to be happy with myself. With that said, I will be taking cautious measures and not just popping pills like no tomorrow. My arsenal: 500mg Vitamin B5 capsules (Pantothenic Acid) (Varies) 50 mg Zinc tablets (1 a day!) 100% Aloe Vera Gel from bottle and PLANT (as much as possible) Vie Naturelle Acne Dietary Supplement: that contains Vitamin A, C, D3, E, B1, B2, B6, Biotin, and other stuff (taken with Vitamin B5) Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Cleanser (morning and night) St Ives. Blemish Control Apricot Scrub (2x a week) Water! After breakfast, I eat one zinc tablet for the day (eat with food or suffer a stomachache),1 gram of Vitamin B5 (2 capsules), and one acne dietary supplement. The dietary supplement can be any multivitamin or Vitamin B complex so you aren't depleted and imbalanced. I'm currently aiming for 5g in 4 sittings for the first week. The Dietary supplement is recommended for 3 times a day so on the 4th sitting I have 4 Vitamin B capsules. Every night I apply aloe vera onto my face to help reduce redness and inflammation. I don't use it to treat my acne, it's to help with my scars and post-acne pigmentation. Also, I drink so much water and added much more fruit and greens into my diet. Day 1: This is where I began taking the pills. Is this considered day 0 or 1? I did not take a before picture because I didn't think it would work in one day!! Day 2: The next morning, my clusters of acne on my jawline were calmed down with only one big one still active. Also, there were cheek cysts that were flat and taking forever to fully heal began to shrink in half. I could wash my face without being pain from the inflammation. Some things I should add is that my stool has softened a lot and my lips are extra chap. Also, two new pimples showed up that were already surfaced as whiteheads(usually they're underground and red!) and were so easy to drain in the shower. Day 3: That one big jawline pimple has flattened and isn't very painful either. My right side is dramatically less bumpy and can almost compare to my left side. One new pimple on the top left corner of forehead but that's okay. The two new pimples are gone from day 2 but left some marks my fault probably. Lips are not chap because I apply Vaseline lip therapy. Stool is..embarrassingly soft. I have to pee a lot because I drink so much water and sometimes it's extra yellow from the pills. Oil production has not been affected. I don't want to say its from my face cleanser or aloe vera. Goals: Reduced redness on cheeks from scars and hyper pigmentation, Reduced dark discoloration marks on chin and jawline. More even skin tone overall. Sorry this was long. It would suck if nobody read this but i'm doing this for me! Wish me luck!!
  7. I have niacin 500mg, but when I use it i feel rarely some flush, I want more flushing, what is wrong? BTW, if you use it, how long does it take for pantothenic acid for it work and how much do you need to take daily?
  8. Two months ago I stopped taking Vitamin B5 due to hair loss. My hair is still falling out in tremendous amounts but I am now starting to notice a bunch of new hairs growing in. I check my scalp regularly & each day I'm noticing more and more new hairs. I'm hoping this is a good thing but the hair falling out has not stopped yet. Anyone suffering from hair loss due to B5 please let me know if this has also happened to you.
  9. My Acne Story

    Hi all! I would like to share my newly acquired experience with you based on a couple of supplements. From when I was 15 I started getting acne and thought it was just a puberty thing. I thought it would pass by the time I was 18. I read that if you Live a HEALTHY and FIT lifestyle you wont breakout as much, So from when I was 16 I started eating really healthy and I played sports about 4 times a week ( didnt do anything. from this point on I still workout 4 times a week and eat healthy). The year I turned 19 I started trying out creams and topical treatments and went to the doctor a couple of times . I am currently 23 and have been to the doctor several times: tried doxycycline(worked a bit, but side effects were much worse) Tried spironolactone( Couldn't see any noticeable results and made me very dizzy at higher dosages). Tried ALOT of topical treatments including Vitamin C, Lemon, Snailgel. list goes on and on. Basically all the topical treatments that were supposed to help. So after trying all the topical treatments, I never really believed in that stuff anymore. Acne comes from inside and therefor needs to be treated from the inside. About 3 months ago I started doing more research on supplements. I read that Vitamin b5 did wonders on a lot of people, So I thought lets try that out. Started taking 1.5gr a day combined with L-carnitine, that way you wouldnt have to take such a high dose of vitamin B5. So about 1-2 weeks in, I did not really see any change( I was on vacation at the time) So I thought what the hell, lets try more. I amped the dose up to 3 grams a day, and about 4 days later I noticed that my pores were smaller and had less breakouts! I couldnt believe it!! Finally a supplement that works. (although I was still a little skeptical) day by day I started bringing up the dose and after 2 weeks I was taking 5grams a day Plus 1000mg of L carnitine( altough I don't think the carnitine really contributed). Also the other effects of the VItamin B5 and carnitine were: Thicker/faster growing hair, even helped against dandruff and Fatloss! I didn't have any side effects! However, after about a month, I was still breaking out a little and maintained the red scars. Not like before though! Although I was still determined to find a better solution. Because at the end, I don't want to be taking 10 pills a day. 1: Its really unpractical, imagine going over to friends or having dinner, but in the back of your mind you're thinking about pills. 2: I don't think it can really be beneficial to take a high dose of supplements in the long run, eventhough I wouldnt mind. (anything to get rid of acne right). After Vitamin b5 I took MSM( untill yesterday, took it for about 3 weeks) MSM did not do anything. So after doing more research I found out that Fermented Cod liver oil is supposed to be like the miracle cure for a lot of people. I ordered it about a week ago. And have been taking 1/4tsp first 3 days, after 1/2tsp. Ive read that people saw results after 3-4 days! Well unfortunately... It has not been the case for me. I am actually breaking out more, even on spots that I usually do not break out! I believe that there are two types of people that react differently on FCLO. 1: People who believe that you need the types of vitamins that FCLO provides in your body and that it cleares up acne. 2: People that think it is rancid and actually harmfull, causing more acne. Yep, after experimenting with it, I definitely categorize myself a nmb 2. Not only do I break out more, my sweat really starts smelling dirty. Thats always great, paying 40eu for a supplement and not seeing results. Besides the FCLO I also bought DIM. So I will be taking that starting today! Slowly amping up the dose, probably going to start with 1 Pill a day. contains(250mg DIM) In addition to DIM I am also going to take Vitamin B5 again. 4 caps a day( 1gr per cap) Working on clearing up my acne and my red scars! To Give you a recap of this whole story: For me Living healthy does NOT work. It is really a hormonal issue I believe. Plus Sometimes I eat really unhealthy and do not break out as much as when I do. Topical treatments do NOT work for me! I find it very unpractical aswell, due to the length of time. I am constantly sleeping over at friends houses here and there, I do not have time for all these regimens! FCLO MAKES MY ACNE WORSE. vitamin B5 really helps, to an extent. Starting today going to take DIM and vitamin b5 again. I will keep you guys posted on my results. Does anybody have a good supplement for clearing up scars? Let me know what you think! Constructive feedback is much appreciated
  10. Accutane in Japan

    Hello everyone. I've suffered from cystic acne on my back for about 4 years now. I could cope with it for the first few years but I eventually went on antibiotics for a year. This did stop my acne until about January this year where it erupted and I'm still dealing with the scars. etc etc. I've tried vitamin b5 and Dan's stuff this year but both have been useless. I don't think accutane is available in Japan. The internet is totally useless at helping me find any information... I even tried in Japanese. I heard that it is only used to treat leukaemia patients! I'm staying here another year and I'm really at the end of my patience with acne. I know it's a long shot but does anyone know if it's available in Japan. Obviously buying off the internet screams NO NO NO NO because of dodgy tablets and required liver tests. Am I totally fucked for another year? Woe is me. Thanks if you can help.
  11. im 21 with acne and Iv taken accutane in the past and it cleared me 100%. but my acne returned about 8 months later. So Im taking vitamin B5 and have been doing so for a year now. it took me around 5 months to get 95% clear on B5, then i went to maintainence dose and broke out. So im back to taking B5 at 10grams a day along with a multivitamin and some Flax Seed Oil (this helps!). im 90% clear at the moment but i still breakout weekly. i want to be clear like i was on accutane and i dont want to take B5 forever. are there any tablets out there that are designed with clear skin in mind ? i want to replace the vitamin b5 and multivitamin with a something that includes them both, with other stuff that clears acne (if u know what i mean) iv found Perfectil, which iv heard models take. its basically what i want BUT it doesnt have vitamin A!!!? taking 10grams a day of b5 is expensive, and i so badly want to cure my acne from the inside. iv also found Derma Cleanse, from zenmed.com, which im tempted to try.. any ideas out there!?
  12. Has anyone ever used Sodium Hyaluronate (to be specific a serum that contains Sodium Hyaluronate that you use for moisturizer) and what's your feedback? Ever since I used a moisturizer for the first time in my life a few weeks ago (my skin is naturally very oily), I started developing whiteheads on my right chin only (other parts are much much better). So my dermatologist changed the moisturizer into a serum which contains 3 ingredients: aqua, sodium hyaluronate and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). I looked all over the internet and everyone says these are very good and non-comedogenic ingredients. However after using this serum for over a week, I still see some whiteheads and I even feel it's clogging my pores and I feel a bit greasy. At the same time it doesn't seem to be hydrating enough. So I'm wondering if I should stop using this, or this is normal as an initial reaction and should just continue using it? Also do you guys have any recommendation for non-comedogenic moisturizer which is light, aqua-based and good for oily skin people? Thanks so much !!!
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  25. I just quit Vitamin B5 around two weeks ago. For some reason ever since I quit Vitamin B5 my skin has gotten even better. I hear acne comes back after quitting Vitamin B5. I am just wondering if there are people that just got cured from Vitamin B5? I am guessing all the people that got cured by Vitamin B5 just went on with their lives and never visited this site again but still I am just wondering if there are any still on this site. Will my acne come back with a vengeance?