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  1. I've been struggling with acne right on the apples of my cheek. This has been going on for a year now and yet again, I'm completely stumped. I'll sometimes get a few spots around my hairline or on my forehead, but my main concern is the cheeks. I don't even go out anymore. I'm obsessed with acne and conjuring up a "cure." As much as I try to let it go and wait for it to fade, it bothers me to the point where I feel completely depressed. My lifestyle, habits, everything is controlled by this acne. I've tried products, diet, working out, doing yoga to relieve stress, expensive facials, vitamins- everything. I know I have oily skin and the pores on the cheeks are very small. I'm assuming it's from excess oil but I'm definitely no expert. I've been told to change my pillow cases- I do twice a week. I've been told to cut out dairy- I did. I've been told to workout- I do everyday. It did start after I moved to a big city, so the environment could be an issue? But I don't understand why it would only be on one side. It used to be on both cheeks, always worse on the right though. I'm so confused about that. It's gotten to a strange place where it's really bad on the right side of my face and almost completely clear on the left. I'm hoping this is a sign as to what is causing the acne. My forehead also just recently broke out in these small, colorless bumps (the picture didn't pick it up.) Any advice is so appreciated.
  2. I'm a 16 year old girl who has been suffering from mild-moderate acne for around a year (I know it isn't that long and that it's completely normal to have acne as a teenager because hormones but it is seriously wrecking my self-esteem). Around a year or so ago, my skin was completely fine. It was slightly oily but I suppose that is normal and I had a pimple or two on my face every now and then from eating greasy/oily foods or because of hormonal factors. I didn't use any facial cleansers and I only washed my face with water. My face and pimples were manageable back then. I forgot when it was but I started using a clean and clear facial wash. It didn't cause any severe breakouts or anything but it didn't particularly help either. When school started my face started breaking out really bad, especially on my forehead. I've always had a slightly oily t-zone (thus causing it to be pimple-prone) and my mother suffered from severe acne back then (genetics). My pores started clogging up and I had big red pimples all over my forehead I'm not sure why i started breaking out. Forehead acne is caused by an unhealthy diet (i eat pretty healthy), lack of water (i drink LOTS of water), build up of toxins, lack of exercise (I run/hike daily) and stress. It might've been stress but it kept on getting worse. There was a phase when I tried every single DIY acne treatments like oatmeal masks, tomato masks, lemon juice, ice cubes, etc. IT ALL DIDN'T WORK FOR ME. I started using St. Ives apricot exfoliator (with salicylic acid) and clean and clear oil control face washes for almost a year and nothing really worked. Sometimes my forehead would get better but it always gets worse again no matter how hard I try. However, the thing about my forehead acne/pimples is that I'm not sure what it exactly is. I have a lot of clogged pores that look terrible in the light and make my forehead look super bumpy. These clogged pores turn into whiteheads. However, it's itchy (it's itching right now), thus causing me to wonder whether or not it's Pityrosporum Folliculitis. I've recently started abandoning my face washes because I realized that it all started getting worse when I washed my face with cleansers. I started washing my face with only water. I started this a few days ago. In the first few days, it seemed to start working, but now my forehead is breaking out with tons of ugly whiteheads. if it is Pityrosporum Folliculitis, I'm not sure whether "washing my face with only water" will work because it is after all a yeast infection. I've heard that Nizoral shampoos or even head and shoulders work, but I'm scared it will cause my forehead to break out like mad. I've attached several pictures of my situation (it's what my forehead is like currently, not the worse but it's all I've got right now. Can someone please tell me if: 1. My acne is Pityrosporum Folliculitis or not? It's itchy but apart from that I'm not sure 2. If so, should i continue with my "washing face with only water" regime? 3. Will Nizoral shampoo or head and shoulders help with my clogged pores? 4. are there any ways to unclog my pores? Has anyone else been in a similar position as I am in right now? Thank you so so much! My forehead is totally wrecking with my self-esteem it's terrible
  3. Large Pores, tiny acne

    I've had acne since I was in fourth grade, it was very mild back then but then when middle school came I started using this product. It opened up my pores and my pores were large and noticeable, especially on my cheeks. I have these tiny holes all over my face and some have white stuff in them but that's by my eyes. I'm pretty sure these are pores but I don't know how to make them smaller or unnoticeable. They are everywhere on my face, my nose, my forehead. It's basically everywhere where my acne is. I barely wear makeup and I have been using the Regimen for a month almost two. The acne seems to be getting smaller. Also, when I star etch my chin, I can see small dots full of white stuff. Anyways, please help.
  4. Hi all! I started using spironolactone about three months ago for my moderate acne after trying nearly every antibiotic (doxycyline + clindamycin <- worked for about 6-9 months before it stopped working ) and topical cream (benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid,etc.) in existence. I'm an 18 y/o female, and I find that I get large breakouts before or during my period. When I visited my dermatologist he suggested I try spiro with clindamycin lotion in the morning and retin-a (.1%) at night. I had been diligently taking 50 mg of spiro and using clindamycin and retin-a (I worked up to using this regularly) daily and have seen minimal progress. I recently bumped up to 150 mg spiro and I'm getting close to 4 months on it. I'm now wondering if my acne is hormonal at all. My acne tends to concentrate on my cheeks and I almost never get pimples on my chin. After 4 months of spiro, the area around my nose and my forehead still get EXTREMELY oily while my chin and mouth area remain smooth and dry. Is it possible that spiro won't work because my acne is not hormonal? Any advice would be appreciated!
  5. acne , clogged pores :(

    From the album eva

    Ahh, do not know how to anymore deal with this skin. Recently got this clogged pores I have used so many products, but nothing really works for me. clindamycin, differin as well. Does anybody have the same issue? please let me know how you deal with it. :):( Blessing to you all :)
  6. Advice on Makeup

    Hello! I'm extremely new to this site (just created my account five minutes ago :D) and was wondering if anyone could tell me what makeup I should buy. I just turned 18, so (hopefully) my acne should start going away as puberty and all that stops, but as of now I still have some scarring, lots of redness, and just acne. I'm not really ashamed of it anymore, it's been far too long, but I'm going to school soon and want an easy routine in the morning that'll last all day, and still provide a little coverage. I realize to cover EVERYTHING I'd need a face full of makeup, but I'm wondering if anyone has a light daily makeup routine they follow? I mainly want to get rid of the redness and oil all over my face-- my acne can be somewhat visible. I've only ever used liquid foundation, but I'm open to all types. For reference, my skin is extremely sensitive and very oily. I'm also super pale (not fun for finding makeup haha) and at Sephora I did the color IQ and got 1Y01. I have some makeup for that skin tine, MAKEUP FOR EVER, and while it matches, it makes my face RIDICULOUSLY oily. Granted, when I wear it casually I don't use primer because I'm terrible. Anyway, thanks in advance to anyone who responds. My main worry is finding a shade that actually matches, and won't make my look like I sprayed myself with liquid Cheetos.
  7. Hello everybody, Firstly i apologize for my bad english because it's not my language. I'm a man, 29 years old and i have a extremely very very ......oily skin. Many of you will recognize, after wah my face maybe 20 30 minutes sebum makes it appaerance on my face and i am obliged to dab my face several times a day with a tissue for exemple. Psychologically it's using, it's hard to live... I try several things like oil jojoba drink water retinoids (differine, locacid)...but not improvements And i decide to consult an another dermatolgist and there is one to propose to me as a treatment a low dose of isotretinoin. After having researched testimonies on internet i decided to accept the treatment after the blood test. My derm propose to me to start low dose isotretinoin with 20mg a week ( one pill of 20mg monday) I see thederm about a month and half after and bad news not improvements, the face is always oily so the derm decides to increase the dose to 40mg a week (one pill 20mg monday and one pill 20mg thursday) I started taking 2 pills from 10 days but for the moment always oily I know you have to be patient but i really want to see results. i have seen that some people take 10mg a day, other 20mg a week...... each is different it is necessary to find the right dosage I hope it will good for me after how long the medication is taking effects ? Please do not hesitate to share your experiences and i will keep you informed of developments
  8. help with oily skin

    so i've always had an oily face but in the past year it's gotten worse. like literally makes me look like i'm sweating and it's disgusting. i use blotting papers, i wash my face, i do wear make up all the time but even when i'm not wearing make up i still get super oily. idk i just need help with controlling it. especially now since it's summer. what are some things you guys have found that works for you??
  9. Life after acne

    Hey guys, I really want to crete a conversation about life after acne (once you cure/temporary fix your acne). This is a topic that is not discussed a lot and i think its important. I have been acne free for 1 year and i no longer have any pigmentation either. I no longer find the need to wear makeup, and i never worry about my skin anymore. I remember when i had acne i was self-conscious and i would tell myself "when i have clear skin i will have no worries." The truth is yes you may not be conscious about your skin, but other insecurities appear.I realised that i no longer obsess with my skin, instead i would be conscious about my weight or how thin my hair is. Its important to mention that i am on birth control (what fixed my acne) and i have gained 15 pounds, have a headache everyday and my hair is thin. However, the fear of going off birth control and have my acne back is still strong. I guess what i want to get out, is that i find that once you fix one problem, another becomes obvious. thats what makes us human. I have learnt to love myself and i think thats the real cure. I have been off birth control for a week and my hair is great again, my headaches are gone and i have lost alot of water weight. My acne may come back, but at this point i've decided to deal with it. I would love to hear everyone else's experience of 'life after acne' or even if you have temporarily fixed your skin issues.
  10. Acne // Nothing is working

    I've gotten small bumps all over my forehead and I have a lot of blackheads on my cheeks. I have oily skin, and I wash my face twice a day and follow up with a light mosturizer. I've stayed clear of makeup for 2 weeks and if anything, my skin got worse. I've been eating healthy, staying away from greasy and unhealthy foods and my skin looks the same. Nothing is working and it's getting worse. I feel so insecure.
  11. Follow Up Post!

    A lot has changed since I wrote my original post. When I wrote it I was regularly getting deep cystic acne on my chin and cheeks, and it got so bad that I ended up going to my dermatologist and getting claravis. Well, about a month after starting claravis i began to notice blood in my stool. That was my wake up call. I realized that taking this harsh medication was not the solution for my acne, it was a way for my dermatologist to sell pills. I realized that the real solution was to attack my cystic acne from the inside out rather than the outside in. And that is when I decided to become vegan. I did hours of research online about holistic remedies for cystic acne and found that all of the sources agreed that cutting out dairy was the best way to combat the inflammation that causes cystic acne in the first place. So, I completely cut meat, cheese and most refined sugars from my diet. It was tough, but I knew my skin would be thankful for it. Fast forward 5 months and my cystic acne is gone. I haven't gotten a big swollen cyst on my face in months and my skin looks better than it has in years. I am not saying I don't get acne (I'll get the occasional white head if i forget to wash my face or if i cheat on my vegan diet) but my cystic acne is completely gone. Also, once my skin began to clear up I decided to also begin exfoliating regularly and using apple cider vinegar on my skin as a toner, which is also doing wonders for my face. So the moral of the story? CUT OUT DAIRY!! Going vegan has changed my life and it can change yours too! Additional info about diet and skincare routine: Diet - No meat or dairy products. Red meat and dairy are scientifically proven to be inflammatory, and guess what causes cystic acne... Inflammation! Swap meat and dairy out for beans and green veggies so you can get your protein, iron and calcium. - Very little processed foods. They are high in refined sugars which are bad for your skin. - Lots of water. Obviously. - Buy a probiotic. Be nice to your gut! Your gut health is directly linked to your skin health. Skincare Routine - Mornings: I wash my face with Shea Moisture African Black Soap. I use an apple cider vinegar toner (one part acv two parts water), I spray it on my face out of a spray bottle to avoid touching my face. then I apply shea butter as a moisturizer (I only do this on my chin bc that is the area that gets dry). - Nights: Same as above, but instead of moisturizing I take Epiduo gel (I still have it from when I used to got to the dermatologist and will probably stop using when I run out) and rub a thin layer over my problem areas. Epiduo usually dries my white heads out within a week. - Exfoliating: I exfoliate 3 times a week (recommended for very oily skin). This step is so important because it washes away all that dead skin that clogs your pores and causes acne in the first place! I use a grainy exfoliant but I am getting a chemical exfoliant today and will update to tell how it is. - Cold water splash: After you wash with hot water just splash some cold water on your face. It's very refreshing and closes your pores.
  12. Hi! So recently I was dealing with medium breakout, not so much acne but also not too little. Mainly the acnes were on the center of my face. And as a human being, I popped some of them, the worst decision ever, that I probably will do again (lol). I used this acne cream that could dry out the acne, I don't really know what it's called because it's from the doctor, but I know it has clindamycin and sulphur in it. I usually use this and in a few days the acne is gone. But in this time, the (big) acne were all dried and had flaky skin on it. I moisturized them eventually but one time I couldn't fight the urge to peel it off. And then it left me with really big, red spots that is dry and flaky. I have three of this acne scarring. One of them between my eyebrows, I've peeled the skin off and it's now left with a flat texture and now it's just a normal hyperpigmentation which I'm actually pretty happy about. Then the next two are on my cheeks, one of them is on my smile line so when I smile it sort of stings. They are so red and look so popping. I peel the skin that is flaking on those two, expecting them to be left soft, like the one on the center of my brows, but they would just bleed and once the bleeding stops, it would just go back to the same red dry flaky skin. I'm guessing this is not a good idea then. But what if they are just dead skin that I should get rid of? Do I peel it again? Everyday after I moisturize I put on a bit of concealer and then set it with powder (I don't wear any other face makeup like foundation) to cover it even though the texture still couldn't be hidden, obviously. But I still want them to go away quickly because they are frustrating me and stressing the hell out of me. I would really appreciate it if some of you guys could help me, like giving me tips how to cure and get rid of them, or just advice to take care of it so it wouldn't get any worse. Thank you so much! p.s. I have combination skin, oily on the T-zone and dry on the outter area.
  13. so i can say that dan's regimen, for the most part, has cleared my acne up wonderfully—about 85%. now i'm left with textured skin thanks to pus filled mini bumps here and there, oily skin, large pores filled with gunk that splurges when i press into my skin. are my hands not enough when i'm cleaning my face? before i've used indian clay mask, and a ton of mini bumps appeared, thanks to my clogged pores. when i stopped using the mask, my skin became smoother. should i equip a soft vanity planet brush in my everyday routine? it's reviews are always amazing. or just stick to weekly mask treatments. or maybe both??
  14. No more oily skin thanks to LED Mask

    Hi everyone! I'm a 28 year old guy who has very very oily skin since i was 12 where my skin gets very oily after just half an hour. Recently I bought an LED Mask that has about 100+ LED bulbs that emits red and blue LED lights as well as infrared. I have been using just the RED light (632nm in wavelength) mode for half-an-hour to one hour a day and after a month, my skin has been much less oily than before. I only used the RED light because I read that its wavelength can go deep to reach the sebaceous glands in the skin to reduce sebum secretion while the wavelength of blue light is unable to do so. In addition, RED light is able to stimulate collagen production in the skin and my face seems to be firmer. I did some research and found a study that says the following: "It has been demonstrated that red light can affect the sebum secretion of sebaceous glands and change keratinocyte behavior.Furthermore, red light might also exert its effects by modulating cytokines from macrophages and other cells, which in turn could reduce inflammation. " I will report back again after 2-3 months of usage. Hope this works!
  15. I have been dealing with acne since I was about 14. I used to just get the odd spots in random places across my face until I was 17 I started to get bad acne on my right cheek and up my jawline on my right cheek. My skin is extremely oily and it is very difficult to control my oil levels as within an hour after washing my face my skin is back to being excessively oily. I have very large pores on the area of my face at the sides of my nose. I am getting bad under the skin boils on this area very frequently (about every three weeks) and it's completely damaging my mental health! I am currently on oxytetracycline Antibiotics prescribed by my doctors in which helped control my oil levels when I first started taking these tablets but two weeks in my face has returned to normal again!! What can I do ???
  16. Hi, I am 13 and seeking advice about my moderate yet persistent acne. I have had it since I was 9-10 and it has just progressively gotten worse. I have been seeing a dermatologist since I was 10 and at the moment I am using a benzoyl peroxide face cleanser, atralin which is a lotion I use at night, clyndamicin which is a lotion I see in the morning, and bactrim which is an antibiotic in pill form that I take every night. All of this was prescribed by my derm. I also use an oil free moisturizer after washing my face just because my face gets so dry. I am very frustrated because I have been using this exact skin regimen for over a year and a similar one for about a year before this and nothing has changed. If anything, my acne has gotten worse. My skin is extremely oily as well and i have acne on my face, back, and neck. The rest of my body is extremely dry and I have excema and have had psoriasis so I don't want to try accutane in the future like my dermatologist says will probably happen. My acne not only lowers my confidence, but it is very uncomfortable and at many times painful. I would also like to mention that my mother or father never had acne like this but my sister does have it mildly but only because she doesn't even wash her face. She is two years older than me. It's very embarrassing and I never wear makeup even though other girls in my class have been since 6th grade even though they have flawless skin. I NEED some advice about my acne. I don't care if it sounds ugly or rude, I need honesty because if I ask my friends they will tell me to use their expensive magic potion or to wash my face. HELP PLEASE!
  17. Hello: I'm kind of new here, so bare with me. But I'm an African American female with oily, moderate acne, skin. I've been trying to figure out what would be the best foundation/powder combo for me?? Currently, I've been using Physician's Formula mineral powder by itself. No foundation or concealer. But, of course, that isn't enough coverage for my acne and dark spots. I've been considering Joppa Minerals, but I'm not sure if their coverage would be enough without foundation or concealer. I was at the store, getting ready to buy Iman second-to-none stick foundation, but was hesistant because I've heard that cream foundation is bad for oily skin. So, I am a little unsure, but her makeup, from the ingredients I ready have jojoba, vitamin A and E, so I thought that was pretty good. But what would be best, a foundation/powder combo or just a powder?? And what brands would you suggest?? I'm a little bit lighter than Iman herself.
  18. Hey Guys, i have terrible acne on my right cheek and I dont know why? can you guys tell me what type of acne I have and how I can treat it. It makes me feel so ugly & I cant afford to see a Dermatologist. Thank you
  19. I registered today just to tell my story that I feel compelled to share with others. After 22 years of suffering from extremely oily skin and acne I have finally found what I believe is my own personal cure. It's been a very long road to get here and I still can't quite believe it, but Vitamin D supplements have COMPLETELY eliminated my super oily skin and acne. I'm not talking a little bit here, not a 50% or even 90% reduction. I'm talking 100%. I still can't get over it having suffered for so long. I know some of you aren't going to believe what I just said or what I am about to explain. I would have my doubts too if I were reading this just a few months ago, but I am 100% telling the truth of my own personal experience. So here I go... I am a male, now in my late 30's and have suffered with excessively oily skin (way way way too much sebum) and severe acne since puberty around 14yo. I have taken EVERYTHING over the years. This gets said a lot around here by 16-18 year old acne sufferers, and I can certainly sympathize, but trust me when I say I have had over 20 years of experience trying EVERYTHING from prescription meds to over the counter topicals to various supplements. I have tried every systemic and topical antibiotic prescription known for acne. I have tried every topical retinoid. I have been on 3 courses of Accutane. I have been on doctor prescribed very high doses of Vitamin A (a safe aqueous form) after my 1st course of accutane when my acne flared back up after treatment. I have tried and used many of the over the counter washes, scrubs, masks with BP, salicylic acid, tee tree, etc. over the years. Fed up with prescription meds that never fully worked (or in the case of Accutane worked only while on them), over the last few years I have also tried various supplements, including fish oil, cod liver oil, B5, vitamin B multivitamins, antioxidant multivitamins, borage oil, and others. About 4 weeks ago I began supplementing with Vitamin D3 1000IU. Why? Well a year ago I got a blood test done showing my Vitamin D level was low. It was a 19 which is considered quite deficient (normal I think is 50-70; reference values have been upped recently). At the time my doctor prescribed Vitamin D over a 3 month period but at the time I saw no results so stopped after 2 months (this was to try resolving fatigue not acne anyway). But this winter I started reading up on Vitamin D again as my fatigue was increasing again and came to find out that the Vitamin D that is prescribed via a pharmacy is of the D2 form which some studies have now shown is ineffective in vivo. So I decided to start taking over the counter Vitamin D (in the D3 form), like I said about 4 weeks ago. Again, the intent was to possibly help with fatigue and perhaps immune support, not necessarily help with my oily skin or acne. But to my amazement, about one week in I began to see significant reduction in sebum on my skin. By week two my skin had become COMPLETELY normalized. I can't even believe I am saying that after so many years of super oily skin. The only medication capable of doing that for me is Accutane (isotretinoin). Nothing else could reduce or control sebum production for me. Not prescriptions or supplements of any kind, even B5. Remember I'm a male, so there is no other option other than Accutane for us males like BC or Spiro to try and normalize hormones/oily skin. After taking Vitamin D for 4 weeks now my skin is tighter, smoother, looks normal, and I haven't had a new pimple of any kind surface in 2 weeks which for me is nothing short of a miracle. Most amazingly is my oily skin is completely gone and hence why I'm confident this is going to work long term for me. In fact the results, both sebum and acne elimination, are just as good if not better than Accutane (Accutane can be super drying in normal doses and can affect wound healing). I was going to wait 3-6 months to tell my story because I know there will be naysayers that say 4 weeks isn't long enough to judge long term efficiency, or maybe this is just an anomaly, or something like that. But after 22 years I have more than enough experience with my oily skin and acne to know that this is a fundamental change in my skin that I have never seen before (other than again with Accutane usage). So I just couldn't wait that long to post. I felt compelled to do so today in the hopes that my experience might help some others right now, not months from now. So anyway, completely amazed by this result I have experienced with Vit D I have been doing quite a bit of research online about it and the more I research the more things make sense of how this is affecting my skin. Vitamin D is actually a hormone and was mislabeled a long time ago as a vitamin because at the time researches didn't realize the body (skin) can actually produce vitamin D. In a strict sense, vitamins must be supplied by diet, while hormones are produced in the body. Now, we all know acne is a result of what is most likely an imbalance of hormones in the body. This is why it is very rare for pre-pubescents to have acne, their pubertal hormones haven't kicked in yet which is when most acne first appears. "Vitamin" D, being a HORMONE needed in vital bodily functions, can be one of those hormones that is deficient. Vitamin D is produced via UV light action on the skin. In fact, it is produced in the oily cells (sebocytes) in the skin. Interesting but slight gross side note - I read somewhere that dogs and cats actually get their Vitamin D intake from licking the sebum on their face and hair follicles where the vitamin D is created (their skin cannot directly absorb the vitamin D through the skin). Apparently (and luckily for most humans) human skin can directly absorb vitamin D on the skin . So I've been pondering, perhaps very oily skin (and associated acne) is a negative feedback of low vitamin D levels in the body. With lower and lower Vitamin D in the body, the skin produces more and more sebum in efforts to create more Vitamin D to bring the body in balance. Perhaps those like myself who have consistently super oily skin have an impairment in the ability to create or absorb Vitamin D in the skin. (I don't really see a reduction in oil during the summer when I get a fair amount of sun). For me, perhaps the only way to increase my vitamin D levels is not through sun exposure but through supplementation. There are very few sources of foods with sufficient levels of vitamin D so the only way to get it in sufficient amounts is through vitamin supplements. In my research I also found out that Vitamin D will bind to some of the same skin cell receptors as certain forms of Retinoic Acid (one of the metabolites of Accutane). I believe this is likely why Accutane works in a similar fashion (normalizes sebum production) by binding to the same Vitamin D and related receptors in the skin. Now this is my own hypothesis here, but perhaps when those receptors have vitamin D or retinoic acid bound to them, they in essence tell the skin they have enough Vitamin D and not to produce any more sebum. Perhaps Accutane works by substituting for and mimicking Vitamin D in the skin . This could possibly explain some of the side affects of Accutane like bone and joint pain which can be a symptom of Vitamin D deficiency (accutane thereby exacerbating the Vit D deficiency). I could go on about this but this is getting a bit tangential to the subject. Anyways, I am completely beside myself that Vitamin D has worked better than anything else out there, and that I have suffered with acne for so long due to what appears to be a simple Vit D deficiency. I really implore others to try this too. It is cheap and easy to do with no side effects. The amount I am taking is 1000IU and is considered a relatively low and completely safe dose. I am not going to state this is the cure for everyone as I am a case study of one right now (although I have read here and on other websites others having great results with Vit D as well). But if you have very oily skin, especially into adulthood, I would give vitamin D3 a try. Not that I think it matters, but in light of full disclosure, I am taking "Natures Made" Vitamin D(3) 1000IU tablets once a day. I don't think the brand will matter so much, just make sure it is Vitamin D3 and not D2. I am also taking Safeway brand Vitamin C 500mg tablets at the same time (this is your generic ascorbic acid Vit C). Note these are run of the mill vitamin brands, not anything special. It's possible the Vitamin C is adding a synergistic affect to the Vit D; I really don't know. But I do know Vitamin C alone hasn't done squat for me over the years that I have taken it so Vitamin C alone isn't causing the amazing results I'm seeing. (I am taking Vitamin C for immune support). These are the only two supplements I am currently taking. I have dropped all topicals other than washing my face in the morning and night and have just begun moisturizing at night with Aloe Vera Gel. I'm hoping others will try this as perhaps this might be the solution for them as well. I'd be more than happy to answer anyone's questions.
  20. Links to some recently unpinned threads Add your story! ---------------------------- First: Don't Panic It's not as difficult as it looks. Everything is inter-related and the same basic diet and lifestyle habits are repeated over and over. Because they are good for everything and how humans should eat and live. So, take a deep breath... and read: Good things for Acne (For when you only have time for the answers, but with links to more info. And see also this thread for more details on the Ultimate Question on Acne, Diet, Health and Everything!, a collection of links to numerous of the most valuable discussion threads ever. Including the best of SweetJade, the fairy Godmother of this forum. Click on it!) Covering all these interrelated things: -Stable Blood Sugar/Insulin/good Glucose Metabolism (no link because it's below in this post) -Anti-Inflammatory diet and lifestyle -Hormone Balance -Healthy Liver Function -Healthy Adrenal Function -Good, Complete Digestion/Healthy Digestive Tract -Allergies and food intolerances -Reducing Hyperkeratinization/Hyperproliferation - Stage 1 in the formation of acne. -Good Sleep/Light exposure/Circadian cycle. -Nutrition -Hyper/Hypothyroid - lowers SHBG levels, increases inflammation -Stress -Immune system -Topical treatment - care from the outside. -Exercise - The right kind. Affects nearly everything, like blood sugar, sleep, stress, mood... -Body Fat - affects inflammation and hormone levels -Brain health, Stress, Mood, Willpower, Depression, etc Because your diet can't clear if you stress out over everything. -PCOS -Oily skin, fat metabolism and Sebum quality -Your Health - Numbers to know and monitor, home tests -Anti-Aging - because someone asked and the same diet and lifestyle habits help that too. All this may seem overwhelming, but it's really not. Notice how inter-related most of these things are and how the same nutrients and habits appear over and over because they help so many issues. Also, most things listed here are just plain good for you period. Things everyone should do regardless of acne. Good for whatever ails you. For anti-aging, disease prevention, wellness, happiness... What you want is a healthy lifestyle with natural circadian cycle, stress management, physical activity and a nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory blood sugar stabilizing diet habits that don't include anything you have an intolerance for. More on WHAT TO DO.If you just want to be told what to do, skip to here. Other great threads: -Food and Recipe thread index -Doctors and other experts admitting to the diet and acne connection thread Members who've cleared their skin via diet and lifestyle habits - -Why you should avoid/limit dairy, especially cow, especially unfermented, etc. -Improving fructose metabolism for those that break out from fruit -Diet and health tips and tidbits -Autogenic and Biofeedback for stress, anxiety, emotions -The Necessity And Benefits Of Sulfur -Epigenetics - what you do to yourself affects your genes -Farm subsidy and other bad things they do to our food -'Recent' Advances in Acne Pathogenesis Information -Patent request for an enzyme that works on a gene involved in acne -SHBG - Sex hormone binding globulin -ZAG enzyme which impacts normal formation and exfoliation, possibly inhibited by lectins in grains/seeds Special Posts: Clinical studies on the connection between diet and acne The truth about Calcium and healthy bones- for those afraid to avoid or limit dairy Vitamin D Coconut Oil Omega 3s and our supposed lack of ability to convert ALA from plants to EPA and DHA Will always be in progress. I'm working on it all the time adding good things and links to sources and more info. Refer back when you need reminders of all the factors. I know I need reminders. I'm sure there's plenty I've forgotten in these lists. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Good things for Blood Sugar/Insulin/Carb Metabolism Insulin is a master hormone that influences almost all other hormones. Elevated Insulin stimulates Androgen and IGF1 production, while simultaneously inhibiting production of the proteins that bind them--SHBG and IGFBP-3. Androgens stimulate oil production, IGF1 causes hyperkeratinization and hyperproliferation of skin cells. We become somewhat insulin resistant during puberty. It stimulates & helps utilize resources for growth. Elevated Insulin also causes inflammation which worsens acne and scarring. Inflammation is also aging and the root cause of degenerative diseases. Causes loss of elasticity in tissues. In addition, when cells become insulin resistant leaving sugar floating around in the bloodstream, it causes glycation which also reduces elasticity in tissues. Post filled with links to research about insulin resistance, puberty, role in acne, IGF-1, etc: Note: This is not about avoiding carbs or eating low carb!! It's not even about never consuming sugar or having a dessert. It's about habitually avoiding High Glycemic Load meals, drinks. And about the nutrients and habits that improve the body's ability to manage blood sugar and insulin response. Just know that every time you consume more sugar than your cells can take in at that time, damage will occur. Your body can counter damage. Just not at the rate that's become normal in this soda drinking, nutritionally void refined food consuming, chronically stressful, unsleeping, sedentary society we've become. Also, many hormones are involved in blood sugar regulation. Insulin sends blood sugar down and cortisol sends blood sugar up. And cortisol is a major culprit in metabolic syndrome. Part of the reason sleep, stress and physical activity are as big a players in the formation of diabetes and acne and related conditions. Basics: Glycemic Index - is a measure of the effects of a food on blood sugar levels. Glycemic Load - as above but takes into account the amount of food eaten. For example, a small piece of candy can have a lower GL than a bigger amount of a lower GI food. Simple chart of the GI and GL of some common processed and unprocessed foods. http://archderm.ama-...TABLEDOB10212T1 Nutrition Data article on GI and GL and their own Fullness Factor index Insulin Index- A measurement of blood insulin levels in response to various foods. Turns out that certain amino acids also stimulate excess insulin and so even low GI foods can be insulinemic. Dairy is insulinemic, being high in the most insulinemic amino acids: leucine, valine, lysine, and isoleucine. Discussion: and website http://www.mendosa.c...sulin_index.htm So, The Good Things for Blood Sugar/Insulin: Diet habits -Avoiding foods and drinks that spike blood sugar like sugars, refined grains, high GI foods not eaten in combination with low GI foods, - making a high GL meal. -Eating Fats, protein and fiber to lower the GI of a meal, doesn't mean diet needs to be high fat or high protein. And very high fiber might not be good for you either. -Avoiding over eating. High calorie meals can also be high GL meals even when composed of fat and protein. And because cell mitochondria are capable of processing only so much glucose so consuming more than your body can handle will result in excess glucose in the blood stream causing serious health problems. -Resistant Starches -Consuming vinegar before carb meals - acetic acid in vinegar blocks a digestive enzyme as well as improving stomach acid PH. Have a couple spoons of ACV in glass of water or have salad with vinaigrette prior to meal. -Intermittent fasting or calorie restriction - Skip a meal now and then. Or spend a day having minimal calories, now and then. -Eating foods high in the nutrients listed below. Anything that improves circulation, Blood pressure, cholesterol, so: -Exercise!!! - also increases insulin activity in order to provide energy for exercise, especially beneficial is short bursts of very intensive activity like interval training such as walking combined with sprinting, stairs, or hills. Or weight/resistance training. Any short bursts of intense exercise will help blood sugar, so take the stairs!! -Omega 3 EFAs - from fish, krill oil, flax seed, chia -The Omega 6 EFAs: G.L.A and linolenic acid -Anthocyanins - phytonutrients primarily in red and purple fruits and veg, strengthens capillaries. -Capsaicin - from chili peppers -GINKGO BILOBA - for circulation -Ginger - for Blood Pressure -Limiting salt - also for blood pressure -Potassium - blood pressure - balances sodium intake -B3/Niacin/Inositol/Niacinimide - helps improve just about all the bad things in your lipid profile as well as circulation & BP. But high doses can reduce insulin sensitivity and harm the liver. -Chamomile tea - studies show it both improves blood sugar and complications of diabetes as well as being calming to help with stress and sleep. -Curcumin - in the spice Tumeric, so have some curry with plenty of veggies! Or yellow mustard. Nutrients specifically involved with insulin signaling and glucose/fructose metabolism -Chromium - essential for insulin activity -Biotin - works with chromium? -Cinnamon -Fiber - slows metabolism of carbs. If you must cheat, such as to have a slice of birthday cake, you can take a supplement like psylium or Glucomannan -Alpha lipoic acid - Insulin signaler, helps insulin transport glucose into cells -Vanadian - same as above -Magnesium - part of carb metabolism, helps body use carbs for energy, may stimulate release of insulin. Study finding magnesium supplementation reducing insulin resistance. -Vitamin D - It's actually a hormone, not a vitamin. Helps maintain insulin levels. Also helps Blood Pressure, immune system... -Zinc - involved in insulin storage and release -CoEnzyme Q10 - carb metabolism -B3/Niacin/Inositol/Niacinimide - also involved in the activity of in enzymes that transport and break down fats, proteins, carbohydrates. Has been shown to improve blood sugar, androgen levels, hirsutism and acne in women with PCOS . But high doses can reduce insulin sensitivity and harm the liver. -See also d-chiro-inositol from buckwheat and d-pinitol from Carob -Taurine -Thread also has a lot of info on fructose malabsorption. -Melatonin -Sulforaphane- sulfur compound in Brassica veggies like broccoli, cabbage, watercress.... -Resveraterol - especially beneficial for insulin signaling in the brain. (yes the brain makes it's own insulin.) Other nutrients that have been shown via studies to play a role in lowering blood sugar/things people with insulin resistance/diabetes tend to be deficient (although we all tend to be deficient)/Things that supplementation has tended to lead to improve insulin resistance for whatever reason: -Vitamin E -NAC - shown to increase insulin sensitivity and lower androgen levels in women with PCOS. - Inositol part of the B vitamin group, comes in many forms d-chiro-inositol -abundant in buckwheat and Myo-inositol also high in seeds have both been studied and found beneficial to insulin sensitivity/carb metabolism and sufferers of hormone disorders such as PCOS. They have have insulin-sensitizing capabilities. Myo-inositol is integral to properly functioning insulin-receptors and has also been linked to the activation of serotonin. Myo-inositol is a component of the phytic acid found in seeds. -Salt -polysaccharides in Tea- and there's more in black tea than in green, white or oolong And lots of things that help deal with damage from and/or degree of poor glucose metabolism like C, B vitamins, E, zinc, CoEnzyme Q10. All kinds of antioxidants. Other habits/issues: -Sleep/Circadian Rhythm- You need bright light exposure in the daytime and darkness at night and regular sleep. Affects melatonin/seratonin, insulin sensitivity, carb metabolism/insulin sensitivity, hormone production and release, stress, digestion. Researchers have begun to believe sleep plays just as big a role in the development of diabetes as obesity and exercise. -A healthy liver - part of sugar metabolism, especially regarding fructose. -Healthy Adrenal function - for proper cortisol levels, which is involved in glucose metabolism. Adrenals also involved in hormone production. -Low body fat - visceral fat(around your middle) secretes hormones that impair insulin sensitivity. -Muscle mass improves insulin sensitivity. -No smoking - Smoking reduces insulin sensitivity. Also, some people may suffer from Fructose Malabsorption or even be fructose intolerant and may need to take steps to improve fructose malabsorption or avoid fructose. See also Good Things for Liver, Sleep/Circadian Rhythm - adequate bright light exposure in daytime affects carb metabolism. Fructose is best absorbed when in equal amounts of glucose. See this Chart of fruits and the amounts of each type of sugar to help you avoid those fruits with excess fructose. And There's evidence that Saturated fat lowers insulin sensitivity and low fat diets have been found to improve diabetes. And this was posted by a member here, but I don't yet have any additional source: Also, see this list for reasons besides acne that you should try to keep blood sugar stable: 146 reasons why sugar is destroying your health. Except that it's not just actual sugar, but refined carbs easily turned into sugar by your body, and any high glycemic or insulinemic meal.
  21. since the weather where I live is getting hotter my skin is becoming ridiculously oily....thus causing more breakouts! I normally have oily skin but lately it just seams to keep getting worse....i cant even leave my moisturiser (oil free) on for very long anymore before having to wash it off as It isn't helping at all and makes me look too shiny....any help? Or do I just have to accept I can't control the weather lol xxx
  22. Introduction I have stopped buying commercial cleansers and toners for my face and basically switched to an all natural way to clean my face called the Oil Cleansing Method. My skin has NEVER LOOKED BETTER and since I've started I haven't had any breakouts. People of all skin types with all sorts of different issues (including acne) use the OCM and love it. The Oil Cleansing Method/OCM ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Preface OK, this might sound scary to some of you but this cleansing method uses OIL directly applied to your face. Are you cringing yet? lol It breaks down like this: A common misconception concerning oil and acne is that oil causes acne. This is not true. Oil alone does not cause acne--other factors like age, hormones and prolonged clogging of the pores of trapped bacteria, dead skin cells and dirt are the actual contributors to acne. The sebum your skin naturally creates is there to protect and heal it. Ideally, oil is GOOD for your skin. Water cannot dissolve oil, so the vast majority of today's cleansers and toners use chemicals to strip your skin of its oil which irritates it and causes it to produce MORE oil as a result. So why do SO many acne-related products say "oil-free"? Because the oil-acne myth is universally celebrated and sworn by and selling their products using the "oil-free" gimmick makes companies more money. Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that "like dissolves like." The best way to desolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: Other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne--while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized. If you have severe or cystic acne, I recommend going to a dermatologist before you try anything else, including OCM, and working with one to find the best medical solutions for you. Getting Started The basic OCM blend is of castor oil and extra virgin olive oil. Castor oil is fantastic at drawing dirt, bacetria and other nasty stuff trapped in your pores, while healing your skin. Extra virgin olive oil works as a moisturizer and is fortified with antioxidants. The ratio of castor oil to EVOO will vary depending on the person. The typical starting ratio is 50/50 castor oil to EVOO. For oily or acne-prone skin, a ratio of 75% castor oil to 25% EVOO will work better. For dry or flaky skin, a ratio 25% castor oil to 75% EVOO is good. However, you should find the right blend for you. A lot of OCM users cut out the EVOO all together--especially those with oily or acne-prone skin, since it is a heavier oil and in rare cases has even caused people to break out. Many people replace it with other oils like Grapeseed oil, which is light, quick to absorb and is known for its astringent properties. Jojoba oil is another popular choice because it is a great natural moisturizer, is non-comedogetic and mimics the skin's own natural sebum. Other popular oils are Avocado oil, Apricot Kernal oil and Evening Primrose oil--all have extremely low pore-clogging probabilities. I use 60% castor oil, 20% grapeseed oil and 20% jojoba oil. I also add Tea Tree oil, which is a great antiseptic and is popularly used as treatment for acne. Another great oil to use for acne-prone/oily skin is Hazelnut oil, which I, personally, will be trying out next (swapping out the grapeseed for it). How to do OCM You take some of your oil blend and massage it into your face (have you fainted, yet?). Do it gently and avoid scrubbing because that can be irritating to your skin.Then, you take a washcloth dampened in warm to hot water (depending on your tolerance--but don't burn yourself!) and drape it over/hold it up to your face and leave it there until it's around room temperature. What you're doing is steaming your face and opening your pores so the castor oil can draw out the dirt and dead skin cells and the other oil(s) can condition your skin. Take this time to relax or unwind.After you're done, gently massage the oil on your face again to free all of the trapped dirt and dead skin cells. Rinse off your washcloth, wring it out and steam your face again. This can be repeated as many times as you like, depending on how much time you have on your hands. It may take you a few OCM sessions to get your routine down and maximize your time efficiency.When you've finished steaming, rinse off your washcloth, wring it out and gently start wiping the oil away. This gets rid of the dirt and dead skin cells you have freed that can lead to acne. Depending on how freaked out you are by now, you can rinse the washcloth off and keep wipe again to make sure the excess oil is off of your face. Then, splash your face with cold water to close your pores and then pat your face dry.Notes There are two different types of oil for OCM: Carrier oils and Essential oils. Carrier oils (or "fixed oils") are good base oils to penetrate your skin and maximize the delivery of essential oils. Essential oils are strong, concentrated oils, commonly extracted from botanicals and fruit, that are used in small amounts and heavily diluted in other (carrier/base) oils. Different oils of both carrier and essential have their own preferred uses and benefits for different types of skin issues. Essential oils are not a necessity for OCM to work, as carrier oils already do a great job at it, but if you like experimenting or want to tailor your blend further for your own skin, using the right essential oils may be beneficial. Castor oil, Extra Virgin Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Grapeseed oil and Hazelnut oil are classified amongst carrier/fixed oils. Other oils like Tea Tree oil are essential oils. OCM is also, apparently, great for removing makeup (apply the oil directly over the makeup). The best part of OCM? Your face is not greasy afterward and it is properly moisturized--no more need for irritating chemical toners and astringents or those crappy moisturizers that just add chemicals to your skin which clogs your pores. If you do find that your skin starts to become a little on the dry side (which does happen with some people), try using a very small dab of EVOO or Jojoba over your face after cleansing and/or cut down on the castor oil and increase the other oils. Some people prefer to steam their face using other methods. I know many people will massage the oil onto their face when they jump in the shower, do the rest of their routine and let the steam from the shower do the work and then wipe off their face as their last step. My boyfriend does his OCM this way and he usually has pretty behaved skin except for blackheads all over his nose. After just a couple of weeks since starting OCM himself, his face is looking fantastic now and his blackheads are almost gone completely. Note: If you have acne and your existing pimples look red and irritated after you're done, don't freak out. This just means that the pores on which they reside have been opened and drained of their gunk. Be patient. With just a little persistence, your skin will clear and will have the proper conditions for healing itself. Some people OCM morning and evening and some do it only in the morning or only in the evening and others do it a couple to several times a week--while just using water to rinse their face off when they're not OCMing. You can decide what works best for you. If you've got nothing left to lose or you're brave enough to try something new, I seriously recommend the OCM. I've been using OCM for weeks now and my zits have pretty much vanished. What I love is that my skin is all tame and glowy and all of that other good stuff now--all the time. I do it every night and in the morning I usually put on my Concha Nacar cream and/or just rinse my face off good with warm water and a washcloth. OCM as my major life-saver, In conjunction with the small number of other treatments and products I use, my skin is now virtually clear, healing more every day, improving in tone and texture and making me happier with it than I ever have been. ---------------------------------------- Other things I use/do for my skin: Concha Nacar For extra deep cleaning of my pores, treating the occasional blemish, aiding in reducing the severity of post-acne marks and improving my skin tone, quality and texture in general, I use this all-natural cream called Concha Nacar, by a small Latin American company, which is a treatment that utilizes Mother of Pearl/Oyster Shell Powder, among a short list of only six, simple, great, natural ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. Mother of Pearl has been used by native Latin Americans and the Chinese for centuries for the treatment of an array of skin issues and general beautifying of the skin. I usually use this in the morning, but it's not rare that I use it at night before cleansing, either. My post about it is here: ACV Toner After cleansing, I use a homemade, all-natural toner consisting primarily of Apple Cider Vinegar and Green Tea. It also utilizes a little bit of aspirin. It is fantastic at balancing my skin, reducing redness, controlling shine, drying up any blemishes and evening out my skin tone. My post about it (as well as the recipe) is here: Aspirin Tea Mask Aspirin breaks down into a wonderful beta-hydroxy acid which is oil-soluble and excellent at penetrating pores beneath the sebum and dissolving/exfoliating dead skin cells. I combine it with the leaves from a bag of Green Tea, which is high in essential anti-oxidants that protect against harmful agents and stimulate circulation which is good for healing and skin tone. After I rinse this mask off, my skin is soft, bright, even-toned and fresh looking. My post about it is here: ---------------------------------------- Additional Resources: Some basic oils that may be beneficial for acne-prone skin: Carrier/Fixed oils: Flax Seed oil Hazelnut oil Neem oil Perilla Seed oil Seabuckthorn Berry oil Watermelon Seed oil Essential oils: Bergamot oil * Cedarwood oil Lemongrass oil * Litsea oil *~ Niaouli oil Patchouli oil Rosemary oil (avoid if you have high blood pressure) Tea Tree (may be irritant to some, do a skin-patch test first) * = Strong photosensitizer; avoid contact with direct sunlight for at least 4 hours after application ~ = Not recommended for sensitive skin Links to other pages discussions about OCM: Good luck to you if you decide to try OCM! Be sure to come back and keep us updated on your progress.
  23. I'm trying to fix my oily skin by using jojoba oil. Can I use three drops of jojoba oil as a moisturizer? Without anything else? Or do I need something else as a moisturizer and then need to add jojoba oil? I thought about using aloe vera gel but I can't find any that is pure and anything else just has dozens of chemicals that make me paranoid that I could get another break out.
  24. Hi everyone, I've been lurking on this board for over a decade and I've been on Dans BP regime for a few times in my life and while it keeps things at bay I've never been fully clear. Let me give you little info about myself: I'm a 32 year old female and I haven't been on the pill for roughly 8 years. I was pretty clear on the pill but after coming off of it, acne became so bad that I've had a course of low dose accutane. My skin cleared rapidly but roughly 6 months after quitting acne returned (mild-moderate) and stayed with me since then. Anyway, due to painful, heavy periods my gyn put me on vitex 3 months ago and I've taken it religiously ever since. Roughly one month ago my skin started to become crazily oily. So oily that I can literally keep blotting it every hour to not look as if i put butter on my face. I haven't had that before. usually my skin used to be dry & sensitive... so this was a big shock to me. At rougly the same time my hair became very greasy. I have to wash daily now to maintain a halfway normal look but usually it's already oily in the evening after washing in the morning... I haven't changed anything in my usual routin besides switching from Dan's method to Epiduo, (week 7 now) which I use once per day. I'm also experiencing random breakouts in areas I've never broken out before but the worst is all the oil. I feel like a grease-monster. At first i thought Epiduo was to blame for the suddenly so oily skin but my derm assured me that it is supposed to make the skin dry, not oily so i started looking elsewhere and towards Vitex... I've also experienced random anxiety episodes. Fast beating heart, nausea and panic attack like symptoms that appear for no reason... honestly it scares the shit out of me and I don't know if it's my hormones being out of place due to the vitex. The first two cycles on vitex were normal, even though Vitex did nothing for my heavy bleeding and pain. The current cycle however is a total mess. I usually ovulate at around day 14, now i didn't ovlate till day 22. I'm doing NFP and that's why i know my know what my cycles usually look like. I'm currently wondering if the vitex is the root cause for all of this. Seriously if you have ANY input or suggestions please share them with me. I wanted Vitex to work for my heavy bleeding and cramps so badly and maybe fix my mild-moderate acne on the way as well but now I really don't know what to do anymore. My actual plan was to keep taking vitex for a total of 6 months to see if the heavy bleeding and cramps stop but if it really causes all of this then I don't think I should continue. What's your opinion on this? Have you had a similar experience by any chance? What would you do? Anything would help... Thank you so much in advance.
  25. Hello. I am currently using Obagi tretinoin cream 0.1%. I have been using for a week now and this is how things are going so far Before trying out this product, I have managed to clear 70% of my severe closed comedones. I only have a few left on my cheeks and jawlines. I decided to try out this cream because I heard it's very good to clear closed comedones and it peels your skin to get rid of acne scars and hyperpigmentation. However, I have noticed it irritated my skin over night and I woke up with about 5-10 little whiteheads on my cheek. I also have 2-3 inflamed pimple on random parts of my face. I wonder if the cream did this because I haven't broken out these past few weeks. Please let me know if I should keep using it or not. I used salicylic acid products before and it worked really well but didn't get rid of my closed comedones. I still don't really trust this Retin-A cream. It peeled my skin for the first 2 days and then it stopped and broke me out. Please help me. Thank you so much.