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  1. Hello. First of all, don't get too excited if you're in a similar situation to me and were hoping this post would hold the fix for long-term (Ro)accutane damage. I just wanted to express my situation and see if anyone can help. I'm bored of reading depressing no-way-out answers and I refuse to give up and stop trying to fix myself. I'm also not inviting those who say the side effects aren't caused by this drug - I am 100% sure, and have read enough posts from others to know that Accutane isn't simply 'out' of your system after a month. I've read several theories into why things like IBS, Erectile Dysfunction and knee problems can occur months or years after stopping treatment. I'm talking about the liver storing the high-levels of Vitamin A, Accutane staying in the colon, and even something - which if it's true means only bad news - to do with DNA change and 'Telomere' shortening, which means a slow but sure decrease in health(This has been written by Nathan Carr, who you may of heard of). But I'm not writing to find out which of these theories, if any, is true. I want to see if anyone can actually give good advice on supplements/diet, or whatever else, to repair damage from this poison. Below, I will list the details of when I took this drug and what side effects I have + how I cope with life. One last thing - Anyone saying that these side effects are rare, i.e 1%, forget it. 1% reported. Since taking this drug, my life has been limited and difficult. I'm not in that 1% statistic because I haven't reported it directly to the manufacturer. I expect the figure is a lot higher. As I said, side effects can come on AFTER taking this, so people could be ignorant to the cause. However, I know better, and after watching my health drop dramatically while/after taking Accutane, I can firmly say it's the cause. Let's begin ... Basics: I'm 21 at the end of this month. It's now 5 years since I touched Ro-accutane (Ro-accutane is just the British name for it). I took it from December 2005 - May 2006. I was meant to finish in June, but stopped due to feeling very depressed/suicidal (because of the drug). My problems are below... - Dry Eyes (Severe) - E.D/ Low Libido (Started last year and has gone on consistently since) - Hair-loss (Including eyebrows, facial hair 'gaps' and body hair) - Slow Healing (Shaving is a pain now - No, it's not my technique) - Lack of sebum (oil) - Brain Fog/ Memory problems - Somewhat minor - Anxiety (mainly because of the other side effects - i.e. dry eyes causing me to feel embarassed about eye contact) - Excessive hair (Not related to head, but my beard grows high up on cheeks and even on the outside of my nose) - I believe I look older than I should due to lack of oil - Joint/Muscle problems - Aches/ Slow recovery - Excessive sweating.. Terrible if I go running at the gym, for example. - Dry mouth - Nosebleeds more than I should - Fatigue - Overall depression and confusion (*Rhetorical question* Is this a direct symptom or am I like it because of all the other side-effects stressing me out?) That's what I can think of for now. Of course, I wasn't told about half of these being a possibly problem and I was told any side-effects will be temporary. I was 15, so I had no reason not to trust the Doc's word. I've tried lots of different supplements (a lot of which I still take just incase they are helping/slowing down the problems) including Omega 3, Biotin, B-Complex, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Collagen, Hyaluronic acid, Aloe Vera Juice, MSM, Colostrum, Garlic, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Acetyl L-Cysteine, Milk Thistle, Dandelion Root, Quercetin, Tumeric. So, yeah, I've tried a lot of things. The Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root are recent additions because despite having my liver test results come back as positive, I've heard your liver can still not be functioning correctly and people are given liver tests monthly while taking this drug for a reason, right? I'm starting to eat better foods as this sh*t taught me that Natural is the way to go. I still binge on cakes and that occasionally - Mainly for comfort. I'm average weight and height, but want to cut out processed foods to support my body. I don't want to make this EXTREMELY long, so I'll cut it short. I'm currently seeing a Homeopathy about these problems. And Yes, I know "Science says it's boll*cks", and I don't understand how it's supposed to work, but sometimes you have to think outside the box and give things a go. I don't have high hopes for things getting better these days, but I'm not giving up. There is so much more I could say, but let me know your thoughts. I don't want to hear negative and hopeless responses. What HAS helped you? Acne.org seems to be the biggest place to speak about this, but we NEED the word out, so the 'experts' can do the research instead of hoping for someone else to fix us. Thanks for reading, Indy.
  2. I've had acne since I was 11yo. Currently I am 27yo. Only lately I've started actually dealing with acne. I bought a different brand of Omega 3 capsules a couple of months ago. I started having these huge cysts on my neck and face. In the end I came to the conclusion that it was the Vitamin E that the company adds to their product. The reason why it does that is because it is synthetic. Natural Vitamin E does not do that. So when I stopped taking them, I stopped having the cysts. I wanted to throw these capsules out, but my mother said that I am crazy for throwing out money. So she took them and started taking them. When I asked her how did it go. She said that she started having these red marks on her face and that she eventually threw the capsules out. I wanted to share this with you. The only other confirmed thing that gives me acne is milk.
  3. Hi all, I know people are posting with amazing cures all the time so I don't want to say that this is going to 'cure' everyone's acne and it is 'the' treatment for everyone. However, I do want to share my results b/c they've been a shock to me. Just for a short background, I've had acne for 10 years tried everything. The only thing that ever worked was Diane 35. However, I react badly to bc pills so I had to quit and my acne came back worse than ever afterwards. I was almost at the point of doing another treatment of accutane when I read somewhere that evening primrose oil can regulate hormones and help with acne. I thought, well since I know that my accutane is related to hormones, I should try this....knowing that I've tried a million supplements before that were supposed to "cure" acne. So three weeks ago I started taking 500mg of evening primrose oil with 15 IU's of vitamin E every day. (I also take a multivitamin and Vitamin A everyday). I figured it's probably not going to work so I start scheduling my appointments to get myself accutane. Three weeks later and I can't believe it. My skin is clearing. Right now I only have 2 active pimples. The rest of my face is clearing (no active acne, just scars slowly fading). I can't believe this. I've tried everything and this thing I decided to just throw in for kicks is actually working. I don't know that this is going to work for everyone since I know my acne is hormone related, but if your acne is related to hormones i would suggest adding this to your supplements. It's great b/c you don't have to change your regiment at all. Good luck to anyone else who tries evening primrose oil.
  4. Part I: Avoiding Harmful Products When Buying Products Don't Buy Cleansers That: 1. Contain harsh surfectants like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate. 2. Are in bar form. These contain harsh cleansing agents like sodium cocoate, and the ingredients that keep them in bar form can be absorbed into the skin to clog pores. Also, many bar soaps have alkaline pH levels, which actually encourages bacterial growth. 3. Are daily scrubs containing uneven particles like walnut . These can tear at the skin and cause irritation. Look for scrubs with smooth, round, bead-like particles. 4. Contain waxy, pore-clogging thickeners. Products in cream form tend to have these. 5. Contain animal oils*. Animal oils resemble human sebum and can clog pores similarly. 4. Give a "tingly" or "cooling" feeling. That feeling is caused by skin irritants like menthol and camphor. 5. Are medicated. If the medication contains a chemical exfoliant like salicylic acid, the cleanser is almost certain to have too high of a pH (over 4) to allow it to act as an exfoliant. Chances are that the majority of any medictation used in a cleanser will be washed away before having any real effect. If you let a medicated cleanser (either one containing a chemical exfoliant or one containing benzoyl peroxide) sit on the skin in hopes of giving the medications time to penetrate, than chances are you'll also be allowing the cleansing agents time to irritate the skin. * Emu oil for some reason seems to be an exception according to users of this site. Don't Buy Toners or Astringents That: 1. Contain drying alcohols, witch hazel, peppermint, or other skin irritants. 2. Contain animal oils. (See "Don't Buy Cleansers That:") 3. Contain rice or corn ingredients, as these can encourage bacterial growth. Don't Buy Salicylic Acid Products* That: 1. Contain skin irritants like drying alcohols, witch hazel, peppermint, or other skin irritants. 2. Have a pH higher than 4 or else the salicylic acid will not be an effective exfoliant. A good idea of a product's pH can be obtained with pH indicator strips. 3. Contain rice or corn ingredients (See "Don't Buy Toners or Astringents That:") * Most salicylic acid products are not pH correct, contain irritants, or both. Don't Buy Benzoyl Peroxide Products: 1. That contain skin irritants. 2. To use in conjunction with prescription retinoids (with the exception of adapalene which is used in Differin). Benzoyl peroxide renders most retinoids unstable and should be applied only in the morning if a prescription retinoid is being used at night. 3. Contain animal oils. (See Don't Buy Cleansers That:") Don't Buy Tea Tree Oil Products That: 1. Contain skin irritants. 2. Have less than a 5% concentration of tea tree oil, or more than a 15% concentration. Too little tea tree oil is likely to be ineffective, and too much may be irritating. You can, however, buy pure tea tree oil and dilute it, so long as you aim for the right concentration. 3. Contain animal oils. (See Don't Buy Cleansers That:") Don't Buy Moisturizers That: 1. Are in cream form. (See "Don't Buy Cleansers That:") 2. Contain animal oils. (See "Don't Buy Cleansers That:") 3. Contain rice or corn ingredients. (See "Don't Buy Toners or Astringents That:") 4. Contain skin irritants. Don't Buy Sunscreens That: 1. Are in cream form. (See "Don't Buy Cleansers That:") 2. Contain animal oils. (See "Don't Buy Cleansers That:") 3. Contain rice or corn ingredients. (See "Don't Buy Toners or Astringents That:") 4. Do not contain avobenzone, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, mexoryl sx, or tinosorb; the ingredients recognized by the FDA to provide adequate UVA protection. 5. Do not have an SPF of 15 or higher. 6. Contain skin irritants. In General 1. Don't use products that contain skin irritants. Skin irritants prematurely kill skin cells, littering the skin with more dead skin cells than it can naturally slough off, thus creating a greater risk of clogged pores. Skin irritants also interfere with the skin's healing process, which can result in an increase in bacteria. Some common skin irritants are: Alcohols. Ethanol (grain alcohol), denatured alcohol, ethyl alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl, and SD alcohol should be avoided. (Exceptions: Ingredients like cetyl alcohol or stearyl alcohol are fatty alcohols. Some alcohols like SD alcohols can be used in small amounts. An ingredient is in a small amount if it appears at the end of an ingredients list). Ammonia Arnica Balm mint Balsam Bentonite (can be used in the occasional clay mask, but avoid frequent use or formulations which contain other "actives") Benzalkonium chloride (if it is one of the main ingredients) Benzyl Alcohol (if it is one of the main ingredients) Bergamot Camphor Cinnamon Citrus juices and oils Clove Clover blossom Coriander Cornstarch Essential Oils Eucalyptus Eugenol Fennel Fennel oil Feverfew Fir needle Fragrance (may be listed as "Parfum") Geranium Ginger Grapefruit Horsetail Jasmine Lavender Lemon Lemongrass Lime Linalool Marjoram Melissa (lemon balm) Menthol, Menthyl Acetate, and Menthyl PCA Mint Oak bark Orange Oregano Papaya Peppermint Phenol Rose Sandalwood oil Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfate Sodium lauryl sulfate TEA-lauryl sulfate Thyme Wintergreen Witch hazel Ylang-ylang 2. Don't base your use of a product on whether or not it says "non-comedogenic," "oil-free," "hypo-allergenic," "dermatologically tested," and similar terms. These are flashy marketing terms that have no regulations, therefore, they can mean anything. As mentioned earlier, products with waxy thickeners and animal oils (not plant oils) are most likely to clog pores. Mineral sunscreen ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide can clog pores, though synthetic sunscreens like avobenzone can irritate the skin of certain people and also trigger breakouts. Everyone is different and will be sensitive to different ingredients, so there is no real way of knowing what will or will not clog pores, just what may clog pores. One other thing- acne can take two weeks to form, so if you break out right after starting a product, don't assume that product was the culprit. 3. Don't use specialty products (chemical exfoliants, moisturizers, etc...) that are in jar packaging to minimize air exposure. Oxygen can render certain ingredients unstable. Also, with jar packaging, there is a concern for product contamination. Sunlight can also render certain ingredients unstable, so if you buy a product in clear packaging, be sure to store it in a dark space (such as a medicine cabinet or drawer). 4. Don't assume that the stronger a product (i.e. the higher the concentration of an active ingredient), the more effective it will be. Using a product that is too strong for you may cause irritation that can worsen acne. What is a good strength varies by person. 5. Don't assume that naturally-occurring ingredients are better for your skin. As can be seen by the list of common skin irritants above, there are plenty of ingredients both man-made and naturally-occurring that can be irritating to the skin. 6. Don't touch your face if you can avoid it so as to prevent the spread of contaminants. 7. If you have trouble with inflammatory acne, change your bedding often (once a week), and keep anything that touches your face frequently (like a phone or washcloth) clean and disinfected to prevent the spread of contaminants. 8. Don't use makeup testers on your face to prevent the risk of contamination. 9. Don't apply your moisturizer over areas of your face that are not dry. Applying moisturizer where it is not needed can increase the risk of clogged pores by mixing with excess sebum and "gluing" dead skin cells to the skin's surface. 10. Don't tan. Tanning only temporarily masks acne, damaging the skin in the process, which can actually lead to a worsening of acne. Even if tanning did help, it's not worth the risk of skin cancer, premature aging, cataracts, cellulite, and rosacea associated with unprotected sun exposure. 11. Don't steam the skin or rinse with hot water as this can cause irritation and capillaries to surface. It is best to wash with luke-warm water. 12. Don't give up on a new regimen. You need at the very minimum one month and preferrably two to see results. When using prescription retinoids, you need at least three months. 13. Don't over-scrub the skin as this can cause irritations. It is best to use gentle, circular motions. When drying the face, pat the skin dry as opposed to rubbing it dry. 14. Avoid doing anything to aggravate a pimple. It may be beneficial to pop one provided the pimple is ready to pop, but only apply light pressure. Never squeeze, scratch, or pick at it. If light pressure does not release the contents of a pimple, you will likely worsen it should you increase that pressure. 15. Don't use more than one method of exfoliation at once. For example, don't use a scrub followed by a salicylic acid product, or a salicylic acid product followed by an alpha hydroxy acid product. You risk over-irritating the skin. 16. Don't generously apply products (with the exception of sunscreen, which should be generously applied). Usually only a dime-sized amount / thinly applied layer is all that's needed for the entire face. Over-applying products can be harmful to the skin. 17. Be happy! Who knows, your skin might even get clearer as a result. If not, it's better to have acne and be happy than it is to have acne and wallow in gloom. __________________________________________________________________________ Part II: Building a Regimen Here are some products you could use to help build your own customized regimen, which are also listed in the responses below. I recommend building a basic regimen that includes at the minimum these steps: 1) Cleansing with Lukewarm Water 2) Exfoliating 3) Disinfecting (If You Have Inflammatory Acne) 4) Moisturizing Dry Areas Only (Nighttime) 5) Applying Sunscreen to All Exposed Areas of Skin (Daytime) You can also include other steps in your regimen, like the application of toners which don't contain chemical exfoliants (not that toners containing chemical exfoliants shouldn't be used if that's your method of exfoliation) or of retinoids. Also, you don't have to apply all these products at the same time; for example, you can exfoliate as often as twice a day or as little as once every other day. You should, however, cleanse twice daily. Something I want to make very clear is that I am not advertising a cure for acne. The above mentioned steps follow skin care basics and are beneficial to most people. Subsequently, using a regimen following these steps may result in clear skin, but it may make absolutely no change whatsoever. If you use the wrong products or can't tolerate certain steps like exfoliation or certain types of ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, it might even make your skin worse. If you're looking for a starting point to treating acne or have been following a damaging skin care routine and want to stop, I definately recommend giving such a regimen a chance, but I don't want to give anyone false hope that their acne will disappear from following it. You may have a stubborn case of acne that is beyond the help of over-the-counter treatments, in which case I advise you seek a dermatologist's help. I also want to stress that the treatments I recommend below are not the only decently formulated products out there (though the salicylic acid products I listed are the only ones I know of that are both pH correct and gentle). Some cleansers you may want to consider are: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild Formula Eucerin Baby Aquaphor Gentle Wash Eucerin Redness Relief Cleansing Gel Paula's Choice (any cleanser) Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash Some manual scrubs you may want to consider as exfoliants are: Essential Nutrients Daily Exfoliating Cleanser with Soft Massage Beads Nivea for Men Energizing Face Scrub (women can use this too) Some toners (not containing chemical exfoliants) you may want to consider are: Biotherm Biosensitive Soothing Refreshing Spring Mist Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion* Derma E Pycnogenol Facial Toner, Fragrance Free Nivea Visage Moisturizing Toner Paula's Choice Toners *This contains about a 0.5% concentration of salicylic acid at a pH of around 4, making it minimally effective for exfoliation, though you probably won't notice a significant difference in your skin due Some salicylic acid products you may want to consider as exfoliants are: Bare Vitamins Skin Rever-Upper (if it really has a pH of 3.8, as the company claimed in an e-mail) Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Anti-Blemish Daily Moisturizer Paula's Choice 1% or 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid products* Serious Skin Care Clarifying Treatment *Paula's Choice makes by far the best salicylic acid products Some benzoyl peroxide products you may want to consider as disinfectants are: Dan's Clear Skin Regimen Gel (2.5%) Jan Marini Skin Research Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5%) Mary Kay Acne Treatment Gel (5%) Oxy Balance, Sensitive Skin Acne Treatment, Vanishing Formula (5%) Paula's Choice Blemish Fighting Solutions (2.5% or 5%) Persa-Gel 10, Maximum Strength (10%) Zapzyt 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Some tea tree oil products you may want to consider as disinfectants are: Derma E Tea Tree and Antiseptic Cream* (5%) Desert Essence 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil (diluted; aim for between a 5 and 15% concentration in your mixture) *This product is in jar packaging, so the vitamin E and other antioxidants won't be stable, but the tea tree oil should work. It is also in cream form, which users may want to be wary of. Some over-the-counter retinol* products you may want to consider are: Diacneal with 6.4% Glycolic Acid Green Cream Jan Marini Factor-A Lotion Makeup Artist's Choice Retinol Serum (which comes in clear packaging, so store it in a dark place) *Products containing retinol do not necessarily produce similar results to prescription retinoid products Some moisturizers you may want to consider are: Dove Sensitive Essentials Daytime Lotion (no SPF) Green Canyon Spa Skin Barrier Serum Malibu Hemp Moisturizer Body Lotion for Dry Skin Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Moisture Gel Zia Natural Skincare Herbal Moisture Gel Some sunscreens you may want to consider are: Clinique Super City Block SPF 25 Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protector M.A.C. Daily SPF 15 Light Moisture Neutrogena Active Breathable Sunblocks Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry-Touch Sunsblocks Proactiv Solution Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 15
  5. Hello all. I've been lurking around here for some time, occasionally posting where I could be of help. My acne has always been moderate, but bad enough that it affected my mood and I wanted it gone. Nothing I tried worked really well (I want to be 95% + clear) until pretty recently. Here's what I changed: 1) Started on a liver, kidney and blood cleansing tea 2)Started taking non-dairy probiotic These 2 things have had phenomenal results. But first, the details: 1) For the tea, I researched an extensive list of herbs. I buy: red clover flowers, burdock root, yellow dock root, dang quai root, milk thistle seed, cleavers, schisandra berries, echinacea, and dandelion root. I won't go into specifics but everything's in there for a reason. I grind the milk thistle and put a little bit of everything into a pot and simmer for 30 minutes. Things that are more expensive I use less of. I drink this and then simmer and drink again, 2-4 times. 2) My Probiotic It has 4 billion cells per capsule, with 6 strains of bacteria. Rather than taking 4 at once, I take 1 between meals, 3-4 times a day. That's it. Costs me 1-2 dollars a day, if that. I highly recommend anyone explore these options before giving up. I almost did. My diet, cleansing and supplement regimen remain unchanged for 4 months of so so I don't think they've played a part, but here they are anyway: 1) Diet is pretty starving-student simple. I live on eggs, quinoa, soba, miso and veggies. 2) Supplements include fish and hemp seed oils, vitamin C ascorbate, grape seed extract, vitamin E, alpha lipoic acid and hyaluronic acid. I take these not for my skin but for general health. 3) My cleanser is the best in the world. My cleanser I start with that and add a strong infusion of green tea, camomile, rooibos and honeybush. Then I add grape seed extract and matcha green tea powder. I am so happy it is beyong words. I've blown hundreds of dollars but it's all worth it now. Hope this helps some people and spread the word, liver and bowel health equals clear skin. (PS to al the skeptics like Ben, what of the studies that say silymarin, the main beneficial compound of milk thistle can treat chronic inflammatory skin conditions when taken INTERNALLY? Don't have references now but will modify post with them later.)
  6. DalacIn C (Clindamycin) <3 it!!

    I was 11 when i gOt my first huge zit on the center of my nOSE!! and that's where it all started.. blackheads.. whiteheads.. HUGE PIMPLEs all over my face!! that's where it all began.. i've spent 7 years crying myself to sleep, being bullied by everyone, including my relatives, being stared at as if i totally grossed people out. my life was horrible with acne.. I've tried everything: -nivea products- made my face even more oily -Mena- didn't do anything -renow D- gave me even more blackheads -chinese acne creams- made my face red -CETaphil- created tons of little bumps on my face -FORever flawless acne kit- gave me huge pimples on my cheeks -PROACTIVE SOLUTION- REGRETTED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!!! didn't JUST wipe out my wallet.. but gave me even mOre problems like over drying and itching.. totally hated it.. -Tea tree OIL kit from the BOdy Shop- it worked.. kinda.. it was just ok... but didnt really help prevent my pimples from coming back..but LOve the smell -papaya soap- helped alot! but after a few weeks it all came back.. -kojic acid soap- dried out my skin.. make it red and itchy.. -pond's facial wash- hated it..!!! -pond's cream- worked for a while..pimple came back after a month.. -Panoxyl- dried out my face too much.. didn't work.. BUT i did FINALLY find something that worked 3 days after using it.. DALACIN C (CLINDAMYCIN) (CLEONCIN) capsuls SAVED MY LIFE.. All u have to do is empty the capsul in one of your favorite toners/cleansers. a cleanser that works for you of course. in 3 days i saw the difference.. It actually prevents new pimples from forming and it dries out present one's.. 1 300mg capsul will do, but after getting used to it, you'll probably need 2, depending how severe your acne is.. you guys may not believe me.. but i'm someone that really suffered as in to death, trying to figure out ways to cure my acne.. i started using this right after i stopped using proactive.. it really works. for oily skin types, u don't need to use any moisturizer at all.. just simply wash your face.. and tone.. this is one of the best solutions most filipinos use.. if u don't see any improvment within 1 week, u can gladly stop it.. but i doubt it.. Clindamycin are good for acne since they attack the bacteria supposedly causing its inflammation ( Propionebacterium acnes). I've personally used it and I was happy with the results. I did not take them orally as they are more effective if you use them on your face directly.Use as much as you want. This way, you won't have to deal with the side effects, you concentrate on the face, you save a lot more money this way, you get better results, and you won't make your body immuned to antibiotics.People and situations are different. For me, it took me two weeks to see significant results. And I had severe acne. I used the Eskinol mixed with Dalacin C as much as I could. There was a noticeable difference in three days. But my face was almost clear in two weeks.Taking Dalacin C everyday or more can be expensive. And there are side effects to be wary about. If you decide to take them by mouth, you will have to take them for two weeks maximum. For the frequency, you will have to ask a doctor. It depends on your body type and medical history. i use this with ESKINOL derma C cleanser.. 2 times a day..works just perfect.. for severe acne, it may take some time.. bout 2-3 weeks.it may dry out faces for some.. but all u need is a moisturizer that suites u.. and TADAAAA!! acne free.. Its worth a try.. all u need to do is add it to a toner/cleanser u usually use.. may start out with 2 capsuls if severe! its COmpletely SAFE.. U can buy this at any drug store.. guys.. this may look simple.. but you'll totally THANK me for the results. try this and you'll have no problem with pimples. Plus! you get to have a smoother face.. it's also good for preventing BLACKHEADS.... All u have to do is: go to a drugstore and buy Dalacin C 300mg.. it's an antibiotic in capsule form.. also buy an astringent about 70-80ml... any brand will do.. use the most famous brand you think you can afford.. astringents with 100-200 ml, u shud use 2 capsuls.. open the capsule and put it all the powder in the bottle of the astringent... shake it well..and shake before everytime using it apply this after you wash your face.. 2 times for me.. after a week, your skin will feel soft and your face will start to clear.. if your skin is dry, you can add a capsule or two of vitamin E (400mg capsule) this will help moisturize your skin.. and whenever you have a zit, just put some of this solution on a cotton ball and soak your pimple with it.. your acne will disappear in 2 days or less.. GOOD LUCK!
  7. Hi everyone , i have a new regimen for my not so bad acne (4/5 pimples around my chin , hormonal.. im a men , 22 years). firt of all , sory for my baddd english. in the past i took accutane , but you now , the acne is here again!! im try with BP , SA , antibiotics (a lot) , accutane , topical antibiotics , and a lot of other topicals. i NEVER try with vitamins or something like that , and well y try it now. my regimen is.. vitamin C - 1000mg vitamin A - 10000iu vitamin E - 450 iu zinc - 50mg vitamin b6 - 20mg what do you think? you will put or quit something?? thx!!
  8. Linoleic acid is a vital component in normal sebum that does what it is supposed to: Protect the skin. Skin/sebum in people (and other mammals) prone to acne and other skin problems have been found to be deficient in linoleic Acid. Sebum deficient in linoleic acid is hard and sticky and clogs pores. It looks greasy and has fewer protective and anti-inflammatory properties. Key points: Acne and other problem prone skin (in people and animals) are lacking in linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is a component in the ceramides that make skin strong and impermeable and thus less easily ruptured and less sensitive to irritations. This can be changed with topical application. Grape seed and Safflower oil are over 70% linoleic acid. Linoleic Acid inhibits the enzymes that convert Testosterone to DHT. Both types. So it can help with hirsutism, hairloss and acne. Linoleic Acid is anti-inflammatory and protects the skin from UV damage. Linoleic Acid inhibits melatonin and thus fades hyperpigmentation. Linoleic acid is anti-microbial as the P. Acnes blamed for acne. Linoleic acid deficiency causes an increase in interluekin -1a which is a factor inflammatory response. Tretinoin (Retin A & the like) alters the lipid profile improving the linoleic acid composition. Linoleic Acid improves the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPAR) and retinoid X receptor (RXR) situation that regulates sebum production and hyperkeritinization/differenciation (and is what accutane affects) Linoleic acid is involved in the formation of Lamellar granules that produce the enzymes involved in normal exfoliation. They also form the armor that makes your skin strong. Acne prone skin has been found to contain fewer lamellar granules. Ceramide in a deficient skin barrier is lacking a protein called sphingosine. In winter our skin produces less sphingosine which is one reason acne often worsens in winter. Topical application of live cultured yogurt can boost production. Thyroid hormone affects lipid profile. One way that perhaps both hypo and hyperthyroid conditions affect acne. We don't necessarily have a dietary or systemic deficiency in linoleic acid. Just in the sebum and thus a topical application is the best course of action. This tendency is genetic. Examples of skin problems affected by a deficiency in linoleic acid include acne, eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilares, hypersensitivity to allergens, and dry itchy sensitive skin of all types--aka dermatitis. A What To Do About This Post : http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php/topic/314390-acne-prone-skinsebum-deficient-in-linoleic-acid-possible-topical-solution/page__st__120#entry3303681 It also might repel pests like the mites responsible for many skin irritations. And hopefully mosquitos, fleas and ticks for your pets sake. Excerpt from a good paper: ----------------- Nearly all the items in the list of roles played by linoleic acid in sebum above affect acne. i only bolded the ones that most here would recognize as causes of acne i.e. the inflammation. Note: These oils are not stable and should be stored in the refrigerator. Get a small, preferably dark colored bottle to keep a small amount at a time in your medicine cabinet. ------------------------ So, my dog is prone to itchy skin and is extremely sensitive to flea bites. Which attracts more fleas. They like dry, irritated, easily permeated skin. Most healthy animals aren't that bothered by fleas and some don't get fleas. My brother had an indoor/outdoor cat that didn't. And I have a friend with a dog and cat that don't get fleas which is amazing in this climate. So, there's probably something different about these animals. Just like there's something different about we acne prone people that makes the SAD diet leads to acne in us, but not everyone else. I've been looking in to what I could do to improve his skin and have found information on some dogs having a deficient skin barrier because their skin is lacking a ceramide. That lead to me finding info on them lacking linoleic acid, just like acne prone skin. And I discovered there is a topical 'spot on' treatment called Allerderm Spot on Lipid Complex For damaged epidermal barriers that involves putting a blend of lipids in a spot on the dog, usually the neck, where he won't lick it off just like with the spot on flea treatments. That means you must be able to change your lipid profile with topically applied lipids!!!! And you might not necessarily need to apply it directly to your acne prone skin if you don't want to. The way allerderm is not applied to the itchy skin but to some spot where the dog won't lick it off. Since dogs can't have grapes, I'm trying safflower oil instead of my preferred grapeseed for now. The rest of you should try grapeseed. Grapeseed is a little more potentially comodogenic. Here's some of the info and a study on dogs and Allerderm: More info on Allerderms informaton sheet. Explains some of the ways a linoleic deficiency causes many skin conditions. (but i've found more, including acne) : http://www.virbacvet...OCT09.sflb.ashx Dosage for Dogs and cats 6 pipettes of 2 mL each (0.068 oz) for small dogs and cats ≤ 20 lb 6 pipettes of 4 mL each (0.135 oz) for medium and large dogs ≥ 20 lb I've been trying to find the ingredients in the spot on treatment for dogs and cats. So far, all I've found is that it contains ceramides, free fatty acids, and cholesterol without specifying which. I'm pretty sure it includes some omega 3 in addition to the linoleic acid. I've found info on capsules to be taken orally. They have a couple of formulas: Allerderm EFA-Caps Guaranteed Analysis (per capsule): Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) 80 mg, Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) 50 mg, Linoleic Acid (LA) 30 mg, Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) 18 mg, Vitamin A 800 IU, Vitamin D 25 IU, Vitamin E 11 IU Allerderm EFA-Caps Ingredients: Fish oil, borage seed oil and sunflower seed oil (sources of fatty acids), glycerin, purified water, d-alpha tocopherol (source of vitamin E), vitamin A palmitate Allerderm EFA-Z Plus Guaranteed Analysis (per mL): Linoleic Acid 510 mg, Vitamin A 136 IU, Vitamin E 1.9 IU, Zinc 2.1 mg, Pyridoxine HCI 0.10 mg, Biotin 2.0 µg, Inositol 0.38 mg Allerderm EFA-Z Plus Ingredients: Sunflower seed oil, fish oil and borage seed oil (sources of fatty acids), zinc sulfate, natural and artificial flavoring, alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), silica, propylparaben, inositol, pyridoxine HCl, vitamin A palmitate, methylparaben, biotin A pretty good paper: Atopy, pyoderma and the skin: Barrier function and beyond....... About dogs and cats, but there's lots of reference to human skin problems and research and products for humans. http://www.avsg.net/...MuseDVMACVD.pdf There's quite a few citations at the bottom that I haven't looked at yet.
  9. So after a disastrous recent run-in with my now-sworn-enemy, Biotin, months of skin-clearing progress went down the drain in a matter of 3 days. My entire face, neck, and chest were covered with oily, plugged pores, comedones, black heads, cysts...you name it. I was back to square one. After getting back on track immediately with a a full metal jacket megadose of Magnesium, Vitamin D3, Lysine, and 2 nightly sulfur masks, just about all of the active acne was gone in 2 days. However, I was left with SEVERELY shedding reptile skin. It was pretty disgusting, and no amount of exfoliation or moisturizing could make a dent in it. It literally looked like I'd smeared Elmer's glue all over my face and let it dry. Blech. So I did something I haven't attempted in years, which was taking straight-out-of-the-capsule Vitamin E oil to my whole face. I tried this once when I was a teenager and broke out something horrid for weeks, so I've since never gone anywhere near the stuff, topically. But this time, I tried something I didn't do the last time. Epsom Salt Scrub! Here's what I did: 1) Smeared a whole capsule full of Vitamin E oil all over my whole face, and rubbed it DEEP into my skin. Some of the really stubborn scaly stuff started rubbing off almost immediately. I rubbed it into every nook and cranny of my face. Then I let it sit there for about five minutes. I couldn't risk leaving it on any longer than that. 2) I soaked a washcloth in HOT water and draped it over my face until it started to cool. Then I re-wet it with more hot water and went to work scrubbing at all the oily dead skin, which was coming right off with a vigorous sloughing. 3) When I'd made sure I had lifted up everything (it was pretty much an entire layer of skin), my face was raw and red and 2-3 zits were uncovered on my cheekbone that I hadn't even felt underneath all the rough skin. 4) I thought about washing it off with soap but instead decided I didn't want to risk drying my face anymore, so instead I dipped my wet hands into my big bag of epsom salts and lifted out a small handful, which I rubbed between my palms and then rubbed onto my face. It burned like a MOTHERFUCKER for 10-15 seconds. Like, literally, felt like my face was on fire. But it subsided pretty quick, and when it did, I *very gently* rubbed it around my wet face everywhere I'd oiled and scrubbed. 5) I washed the salts off with coolish water and then splashed my face 2-3 times with very cold water. 6) Skin was still very pink and red in areas where I'd scrubbed hard. I put fresh aloe vera on the very raw spots and just used my Clinique Visible Difference moisturizer over everything else. Face was no longer burning or raw feeling. 7) I dabbed a tiny bit of 10% sulfur ointment JUST over the newly uncovered zits and left it on for only 15-20 minutes before washing it off with cool water. Reapplied aloe vera over those spots. Within 45-minutes to an hour, my face has already started to return to normalcy. I was sure the spots where I had to remove the most dead skin would be dry and tight and rash-red, but they just look normal and healthy and only very slightly pink. The pores look very clean and fresh. The new zits are already starting to go down thanks to the sulfur. So, if anyone else is experiencing that horrible alligator face that nothing else will touch, I recommend giving this method a try. It's pretty much the only mega-exfoliation I've tried that's actually given me the results I was hoping for (as opposed to something that feels similar to a draino-facial immediately after).
  10. So in yet another attempt to rid my face of acne, I started the Candida Diet around two months ago and started supplementing myself with some vitamins and minerals. I have completely cut all dairy, refined grains, processed sugars (I still eat fruit), and vegetable oil from my diet. I rarely eat anything unless I have made it myself and I know exactly what it is in. I also take: Lechtin, Vitamin A, B-Complex, Zinc, and Vitamin E. PLUS Udo's Oil Omega 3-6-9. MY QUESTION IS THIS: Does anyone know if after eating this way and consuming these vitamins, there is supposed to be a purging period of the skin? You know, something similar to the retinoids? It seems like all my deep acne is coming to the surface, which....I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Like, am I making my acne worse? I don't think I will stop this diet or the supplementation, only because I find my energy and emotional level has been much better since I cut processed foods. However, I am worried that if this is NOT a purging, than it's just my acne getting ready to step up the game and make my life hell. Which is entirely possible, because that is what my acne does. Any thoughts?
  11. Internal Cure For ACNE

    First off I want to tell you that I am not trying to sell anyone anything. My GOAL is to share my experience with others for free in hopes that it will help them as well. You DON'T have to go out and spend a whole bunch of money to be ACNE free!! All you have to do is be DILIGENT and PATIENT with what I am about to share with you or else it will not work. I have lived with the problem of ACNE for 15 years. It has cycled from moderate to severe and everything in between. I am thirty years old and have spent probably tens of thousands of dollars trying to battle this common disease on things like: Creams, Toners, Oils Pimple popping, Not pimple popping Masks, Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion Accutane, Night creams, Retinol Astringents, Antiseptics (Peroxide, Alcohol) Soaps, Scrubs, Topical Analgesics Sunblocks, Lotions Fasting, Diet Change Cortizone shots Extreme situations in the past: Applying toothpaste,nail polish remover, egg yolk on my face. I'm sure there are a lot of other things that I have tried in the past but theses are the MAIN ones that come to mind. I am convinced that Big Name pharmaceutical and Cosmetic companies know what causes ACNE and how to stop it but will NEVER share that information with the public because it is not within their best financial interest ($$$$). I understand that everyone has to make a buck but when millions of teens and adults are literally struggling with an ever growing epidemic to the point of sheer frustration and these companies are "Beating around the bush", that angers me!! The following is information that I have gained through trial and error. Ready? : IMPORTANT:: Out of all of the products I have tried, I have found a combination that I feel will work for ANYONE!! First off, understand that ACNE starts from the inside of the body, rarely the outside. When we get bumps that are red and slightly raised it's usually due to skin irritation from things like clothing or hats in contact with the skin, reaction to facial products, dirt, ect, etc...all external causes. But when we get ACNE such as raised bumps with "Whiteheads" or "Blackheads" this is caused by an "OVERLOAD" of toxins in the body. I'll prove it! Our bodies are designed to eliminate toxins several ways. Through our: Bowels (Urine,Feces) Kidneys Liver Storage in our Fat Lungs Skin!!!! (Especially when we sweat) Believe it or not we get rid of most of these TOXINS through our Lungs when we breath!! Unfortunately the body can only get rid of a select amount of toxins in a certain period of time. When it feels "overloaded" it chooses the last resort. Our SKIN!! With all of the preservatives, sweeteners, artificial everything, and so on in todays food, the body treats these as toxins and it is just too much to handle so the body chooses our largest organ which is our skin. Why predominately the face, I don't know. Well I'm thirty years old and decided it was time to rid myself of ACNE once and for all!! I decided to begin a new regimen by cleaning out the INSIDE of my body and not re-polluting it in anyway. First up, DIET CHANGE!! I know what many of you are saying" Yeah, yeah I've tried that!" Well I had tried it many times myself before but I was doing it wrong. You have to eat foods that are in their natural state or extremely close to it. That's right! No more SUGAR, WHEATS, FLOURS, BREADS, DAIRY, CAFFEINE, PASTAS, CRACKERS, CANDY, CAKE. When in doubt, don't eat it!! Yes it is hard but Yes it is possible. I had a MAJOR sweet tooth. I'm skinny but have been known to polished off whole cartons of ice cream and eat one whole half of cakes in just one day alone. Let's be honest folks. Sugar isn't even a necessary daily nutrient yet it is in almost EVERYTHING we put in our mouths. Stay away from it and you WILL see drastic changes!! Next up, INTERNAL BOWEL AND LIVER CLEANSING AND MAINTANANCE. This is an absolute MUST and goes hand and hand with the diet change. One will NOT work without the other so don't try it!! I have done this several times in the past but have found that I was not doing it correctly. Here are the products that work: 1) Super Colon Cleanse (Initial 10 day cleansing) 2) Fiber Supplement (3 times daily for maintenance, any brand will work) 3) Ultra Liver cleanse by Enzymatic (14 days) 4) Choose 1 day out of the week to fast (Hard at first but possible) 5) Drink Magnesium Citrate the day after the fast (Flush out built up toxins accumulated throughout the week) 6) Drink Flor Essence body Detox Tea (Finish the bottle) 7) Fish Oil pills with Vit D AND Omega 3 (Helps skin by Nature Made) Seems like a whole lot but if you are diligent and stick to this cheap and easy program it will become habit. FOLLOW ALL OF THESE STEPS!!! After you do that steps 1, 3, and 6 can be followed on a REGULAR BASIS!! Steps 2, 4, and 5 can be followed as you see fit. I would recommend every 2 months to follow up and thoroughly cleanse with steps 2, 4, and 5!! And Lastly, A good external cleansing program. This step, believe it or not, is NOT as important as the two mentioned above. For example: At the start of my day, I wash my face with Olay soap.Yes that's right, regular ol' moisturizing soap. No fancy, expensive cleansers here. Next, I take a washcloth and soak it with 91% Rubbing Alcohol and wipe down my head (I shave bald), neck, chest and FACE. Next I do the same with good ol' Hydrogen Peroxide. Next I do the same with Neutrogena Astringent (blue in color). Then to prevent dryness, I splash my face with water and rub my face down lightly with Oil of Olay Facial Lotion with UV protectant. Most of you are probably thinking "Well isn't that just washing off the alcohol, peroxide, and astringent ?". The purpose of these three is to cleanse the face and kill bacteria which they all do when you apply them. I only "Leave them on" when I know I'm staying indoors or when I apply them at night. The only thing different I do at night is instead of washing with soap I wash with Clean&Clear 3 in 1 exfoliating cleanser. It is a light exfoliant so it can be used daily and it has peroxide in it which makes it even better!! Then I rub down with the alcohol, peroxide, and astringent as mentioned before but this time I DON'T rinse it off. Leave it on! Then I apply Caladryl Clear Topical Analgesic Lotion because it is a lotion that actually has a drying effect and it is a skin protectant. Lastly I lightly coat my face with Derma P17 clay mask and leave it on to help with drying out the ACNE (Any clay, mud, peel, or whatever type of mask will work, you are just using it to help dry out the ACNE present). This will work for ANYONE!! It will be hard at first (What isn't!!). It will be CHEAP!! (Thank God!!). It will take time (But you will see drastic results!!!!!) You have had ACNE for a while so it won't go away completely overnight!! Be Patient and stick to the program!! Create habit! Oh and get ready because people who don't understand what you are going through will try and deter you from the regiment but just keep in mind that they don't understand. You are sick of ACNE and are willing to try something different to achieve results! Pay them no mind! Well may the Lord be with you in your endeavor. If you have any questions or comments, contact me. Below is a price guide to give you an idea of how cheap this really is: Super Colon Cleanse (RiteAid/Online): $20 Fiber supplement (Anywhere): $10 Ultra Liver Cleanse by Enzymatic (RiteAid/Online): $20 Fasting for 1 day out of the week: FREE! Magnesium Citrate (Anywhere): $3 Flor Essence Body Detox Tea (RiteAid/Online) $25 Fish Oil Pills with Vit D and Omega 3 (Anywhere): $25 Olay moisturizing soap (Anywhere/Any kind): $7 set of 6 Clean&Clear 3 in 1 exfoliating cleanser (Anywhere): $6 Caladryl Clear (Anywhere): $4 Hydrogen Peroxide (Anywhere): $1.50 91% Rubbing Alcohol (Anywhere): $1.75 Neutrogena Astringent (blue) (Anywhere): $5 Derma P17 10 minute oil control thermal clay mask (RiteAid/Online): $12 Oil of Olay facial lotion with UV protectant (Anywhere): $7 For those of you who shave, I wash my head and face with the exfoliant cleanser (warm water), wipe my face down with the alcohol, peroxide, and astringent to kill bacteria, coat my head with Vitamin E Oil thoroughly, and then apply a shaving Gel. This seems to fight off razor bumps quite well!!
  12. Is coffee bad for your skin?+ overall health I'm home alone and I feel like drinking some coffee. Do not ask why because I don't even know why! I've never actually drunk coffee(properly), aside from sipped it a couple of times from other people's mugs. I just read the following;- 'Jolt-causing beverages like soda, energy drinks, and coffee constrict your blood vessels, so less fluid flows through your skin — hence, dehydration' etc etc. Then pro coffee: 'Is coffee bad for your skin?- Negative.and - Coffee combats skin cancer threats'. Coffee also has tocopherols which, being a form of vitamin E, is a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for normal procreation and acts as an essential antioxidant that liquidates harmful free radicals in the body. I don't even like the taste of coffee lol, but I still feel like trying it. In moderation it seems safe. I would like to know what actual coffee drinkers think about it's effects on acne, skin etc. I know there's a lot of coffee drinkers out there, not sure If people with acne avoid coffee caffeine altogether! later!
  13. Hey everyone! So it's been quite a while since I've been on here. Well I just took my last accutane pill tonight (5 months) and all I can say is that this has changed my life! My face is not perfect, but I have no problem confidence-wise. I would recommend it to anyone, as the worst side effect I had was probably the occasional back pain (since all of the glands dry up, your back isn't as flexible, so for example lying down caused some discomfort for the first 20 seconds but then went away). However, now that I'm off, I'm already starting to panic. I am very afraid that my face will become oily again. I can almost handle the minor acne (I broke out only a week ago - it's bound to happen when I'm not on the medicine) but the thought of my face not being dry anymore just makes me sad. I don't want to go back to rubbing my nose and feeling all the oil. Now I know it will not be as bad as before, but with time eventually the sebaceous glands will go back to full size, correct? I mean I am now an 18 year old boy.. at what point do my hormones naturally calm down? I ask because I leave for college in about 2-3 months, and that would be just dreadful to start off with my face being all oily and full of acne again. Like I said, I might be worrying for nothing and these fantastic results will stick. But for some reason, my anxiety is causing me to overthink it. Especially since my mom refuses to let me go on it while I'm in college... By the way, if you have a negative story please don't post it... I feel bad for saying that but basically everything I read on post-accutane here has been problematic and has only been making my anxiety worse. However if you feel like it's essential, then go ahead. Thank you everyone for your help! If anyone is on accutane or will be and has any questions, feel free to ask! God bless
  14. Supplements

    So on top of using natural skin care products for my acne, I have also been taking supplements. According to posts on AcneEinstein, people with acne have lower levels of zinc. They also are more prone to oxidative damage to the sebum, which causes acne. So, approximately 15 days ago I started taking a zinc, antioxidant and vitamin E supplement on top of my daily "multivitamins". Its too early to notice any changes yet. I'm not expecting to see miracles after only 15 days. Even if they don't help my acne, they certainly help with other things, like preventing heart disease. So it doesn't hurt to try is basically what I'm trying to say lol.
  15. i've been using vitamin e oil for about 4 months now and ive seen very little improvement on my pimple scar and redmarks i like vitamin e oil for the fact that it does not have side effects like others, peeling/dry/burning caused by mederma or aloe vera gel does vitamin e oil really work or is it just a marketing bs?
  16. Day 168---Redness Ftw

    PROGRESS Two weeks ago (Day 154) I reported that the left side of my face was very clear while the right side was still "catching up". I have not had any [major] pimples on the left side of my face since writing that. The right side of my face has since had a pretty ugly breakout 1-2 big-sized pimples that are still healing.. One of them is a real eye sore, right in the middle of my cheek. It's in the middle of drying out right now. For once though, I don't even care. It doesn't bother me. I keep having the urge to squeeze it but I haven't! I'm a popper/picker so this has been a real challenge for me. Although it's a huge nasty thing, it will be almost gone by the weekend (today is Wednesday) and it's THE ONLY PIMPLE ON MY WHOLE FACE!!!! I'm feeling so hopeful lately. I just really, REALLY want to be clear for my wedding (in 6 months). SIDE EFFECTS Okay, so I've become an absolute freaking professional at combatting dryness! My whole adult life I've been constantly blotting oil and trying to "mattify" my skin. It's a nice break to be doing the opposite. I have the absolute best routine right now and my skin is serisouly starting to look almost kinda pretty My routine is below... Anyways, aside from my newly glowing skin.. It has also been a little red lately. When I wake up in the morning it's fine. It seems to turn a little red around midday. When I say red I don't mean like a tomato. It's like a lovely blush red. I have always been a foundation & blush girl but lately I've been skipping the blush since I seem to be naturally blushing by lunchtime, lol.. NEW PRODUCTS So I've recently added a scar/pigment lightener. Now that I'm not breaking out for the most part (at least on half my face) I'm starting to attack those ugly hyperpigmentation spots that are left. Nast little things. Secondly, I've added pure 100% Vitamin E oil (the Jason natural brand) to my nightly routine. My face was getting really flaky and the Vitamin E oil has made this go away almost completely. I also figure it can't possibly hurt my scarring. ROUTINE Morning: Clinique Superbalanced Liquid Foundation (just a little--that's it!) Night: Origins Checks & Balances Face Wash (pat dry) Murad Spots/Pigment Lightening Serum (let air dry) First Aid Beauty Ultra Healing Cream (let air dry) Vitamin E Oil (I apply this just as I'm getting into bed. It feels gross but has kept the flakes at bay!)
  17. Okay first, I'm not going to write 20 pages worth of stuff you probably know. Or throw in some random cheesy movie quotes throughout this post. What I am going to do is tell you how to get CLEAR SKIN. Cause thats what we all want here... (hopefully) I'm 19 and I've been suffering from acne since middleschool and it has effected me greatly. I've tried every single trend on these boards.. some work for a while and some made me want to scream. I'm clear now and before I go drifting off into the sun, I will tell you how I got this way. And if you follow my regimen and do what I say, you will be noticing better looking skin in less than 3 days. I written this up to be less confusing in every possible way and will include pictures and links of the stuff I use so you will know what to get and not waste money on stuff that you don't need to. Exercise: Yes you need to exercise. 30 mins of cardio everyday is what you need. There's no excuse not to. Go to your favorite park and jog around OR you could finally use that very expensive workout machine that you bought off the home shopping network. Whatever you do, make sure your heart is beating fast. Exercise at least 5x a week, the more you do it, the better you will look and feel. Every other day is the bare minimum. Diet: Now this is tricky, What breaks me out doesn't necessary mean it can break you out. Coffee + Milk and high carb foods tend to break me out. Stay away for coffee for a week or two and see if your skin gets better. For high carb foods, you can still eat it, but don't make this a every meal/day thing. Supplements / Skin Care: Watch Dan on how to properly wash your face and apply BP Follow Dan's Regimen and if have you have really horrible acne right now. I highly suggest you switch the BP to: Apply Dan's regimen Once in the morning and Once at night. You can find Zapzyt in Walgreens, CVS, Walmart etc. Shower Cleanser I like Applying a Strong Cleanser while I am in the shower. St. Ives has a wonderful lineup of cleansers that I really like. I use: Apricot Radiance Deep Cleaning Cream Cleanser. Oil Free. and on the bottom it says Combination. Stuff you should be taking: MultiVitamin - Centrum PerformanceFish Oil - I'm using a prescription called Omacor, it's for other health purposes. This is where you gotta do some research on your own. But I like and heard good things about GNC's Fish Body Oils 1000.Optional - Vitamin E and a B complex pill. These are optional, its not a must but it won't hurt otherwise. I have these pills lying around and I take them every now and then.Aloe Vera Juice: This is a must. Absolutely a must. Head over to your local health food organic market and pick up a bottle. This is the one I use: Its called Lily of the desert Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice, make sure it says Certified Organic and No Preservatives on top, I got it a local market called: Whole Foods Market. Make sure to take 1-2 tablespoon of this stuff with a cup of water 2x a day. This is Absolutely Necessary. It's a bit pricey though. I don't remember the exact price buts in the $10~ area. Stuff you should do and Stuff you shouldn't do Do keep a positive attitude Do exercise, 30 mins everyday. Don't be lazyDo get a good night sleep, it's a mustDo change your pillow case oftenDo drink lots of waterDon't drink Coffee or MilkDon't touch your face with your hands, we get sick because of dirty hands, now what do you think happens when we touch our face with these hands?Don't eat crap foodKeep stress to a minimum Sacrifice (1) virgin every hallows eve.That's it. That's all you need to do. You don't need to do some crazy voodoo shit and sacrifice a goat every full moon. I believe one the main causes of acne is that we don't take care of our bodies properly.. health wise. I feel great, my skin is great, my body feels great, my mood shot up. And this could happen to you. Exercise & drink water, and smile sometime I even stop using dan's regimen more than a month ago. Because I no longer feel the need to. These whole 3+ months, my skin has been getting better and better. The worse thing that ever happen was a getting a zit on my lower right cheek. Instead of going back on the dan's regimen and applying BP to it, I decided to have a little test. If it will go away on its own or not. And by next week, it was completely gone. FAQS: Is this one of those things where you break out and then a couple of weeks get better? NOOO, this is not normal and should not happen. In every regimen. Unless you are in the processing of breaking out. How long you been doing this? Since christmas How long will it take for me to notice a difference? Less than 3 days, The people who I recommended doing this in real life told me they notice a huge difference within 24 hours How vital is it for me to follow everything in here, including exercising, diet, dan's regimen, taking supplements, aloe vera juice, yadayada? Everything is vital Is it true that you stop using dan's regimen Yes, I no longer see a need to. Describe your daily routine: After I take up, I usually look at how big my morning wood is. I wash my face and eat breakfast. Afterwards I take a Multivitamin along with a cup of water with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice. When I come back home from work / school. I exercise for about 30 mins, take a shower and apply St Ives Cleanser. After I ate dinner, I take my prescription fish oil and drink a cup of water with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice.
  18. I got the pure vitamin e oil, 70,000 I.u planning on putting some on my post acne marks. Will it help? Or will it just clog my pores? Any experience with it? (I've been taking vitamin e tablets too but nothing's happened as of yet!) Thanks
  19. Hello Everyone! If anyone has been reading my blog thus far, you will know I have been on the regime (drugstore version) for about a month. I can honestly say that benzoyl peroxide is a very effective acne/blemish treatment - at a cost. The dryness, roughness and overall uneven skin texture is a trade off for fewer pimples and potentially clear skin. I found that my skin was so rough and uneven that it just didn't look great, even though I had fewer pimples and blemishes. Doing some research on Benzoyl Peroxide you'll find that there has been research done that has led many researchers to believe that benzoyl peroxide is harmful to skin and causes damage by delivering free radicals into the skin. Overall it's not generally recommended as a long term acne solution. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not some naturalist who only uses organic and all-natural products. I believe in using what will work, regardless of if it is natural or not. However, after not being impressed with the effects of benzoyl peroxide on my skin, I've decided to try out a more natural routine...so for anyone curious, I'll be your skincare guinea pig!! I have done LOTS of research into the selection of all products and vitamins listed, though you can conduct your own as well. If all else fails, I will go back to benzoyl peroxide, and try to find a solution to the skin problems which accompany using it. Here is what I will be using: Tea Tree Oil (from The Body Shop...though you can find products containing tea tree oil - or just the oil itself - at any natural store. More specifically I'm using a few products from their Tea Tree oil line up: Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion (Day) Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion (Night) Tea Tree Oil (Night) I live in Canada, so I'm sure the pricing is fairly similar in the US, but for a FULL sized kit containing the all the products I've listed (minus the night lotion), it's $30! I think that's an awesome price for 4 full-sized products. I bought the Night Fade Lotion because I thought it looked good and most products from the Body Shop are reasonably priced. Quick Fact about Tea Tree Oil: it has been said to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide on the skin without the negative impact, though it takes longer to work it's magic, so I guess more patience is needed! I have been using these products only for a day, so I can't comment yet, though I will be updating. Other Products: Honey (organic, raw...not the sugary kind!). I've read online that putting honey on your face for about 20-30 min a day can do wonders for your skin, since honey has excellent antibacterial properties! There are some great reviews on acne.org, in the products review section, so check it out to see what other people think. This is my first night using a honey mask - currently typing with it on! Vitamin A & E. Vitamin A is great for your hair, nails and especially skin and same goes for Vitamin E (it's also present in a lot fo face creams and moisturizers). Recently I've been seeing a lot of people posting about their success clearing skin with just vitamins! Sounds too good to be true, and I suppose everyone is different, but it can't hurt to try! Though every post I read recommended a different set of vitamins, two kept popping up again and again. Both of these vitamins were mentioned in nearly every blog post I've read on the topic, so I decided it was worth giving them a try. A lot of people seem to have success incorporating these two into their routine. Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to give you guys all the info. I will be sure to update whenever I start to notice changes or how my skin reacts - though I am assuming it won't be an overnight change! Feel free to do your own research about the products I've mentioned and see if they might be a good option for your skin as well. Please let me know in the comments if there is any natural product, food, or vitamin that you have found to help clear up your skin - I'd love to know! Likewise if any of these products have worked or not for you, please share your experience. Cheers, C*
  20. Hello! I've been on my natural skin care mission for about 4 days now, so I thought I'd share some of my impressions on how it's going so far! I suppose I can't review the vitamins so much right now as I think they take some time to get working in your system, but I have also begun taking Vitamin D3 which after looking online seemed to be another effective acne solution. So as it stands I'm taking the recommended dosage for Vitamin A, E & D3 - though I can't speak for effectiveness right now, I can say I haven't experienced any negative side effects while taking this vitamin combo. Vitamin D3 (sunshine vitamin) can be great for your overall mood (I can vouch for this personally, because I feel amazing when I take Vitamin D3 everyday), and also has been shown to help balance your skin and help get rid of acne (apparently 75% of us are deficient in vitamin D!). If you do start to take vitamin A, or E, remember to take them with food because some vitamins are fat soluble and require there to be some sort of fat, animal or vegetable, in your stomach to be absorbed properly. This is why the label will usually say to take it with a meal, because it's how your body absorbs the vitamin. Vitamin D can be taken with or without food, but you might as well take them all at the same time with a meal to make it easier! Sorry for the vitamin rant! In terms of skincare, weirdly the day after I used the 'honey mask', I found myself breaking out a bit on/around my nose, and a bit on my forehead. I thought that was odd so I decided to play it safe and skip the honey after that - I have no idea if this was because of the honey or the tea tree 'purging' my skin a bit, but I decided to cut the honey to eliminate a factor while I figure things out. The tea tree regime is nice so far, I haven't broken out REALLY bad but as I said above, I have had some minor bumps appear. When I began this whole natural skincare regime, I had a LARGE existing pimple that was driving me nuts, and I happened to start using all the tea tree products right when this was at it's worst. I was surprised that the tea tree oil has really helped speed up the healing and minimize any infection. This wasn't a normal small pimple, which is why I was so pleasantly surprised when after 2-3 days it was practically gone with the use of all tea tree products! Firstly, I only use the tea tree OIL itself at night because as the name implies, it's oily - not a good look for the day time. I don't know if 'less is more' with tea tree, so I've been using two methods to apply the oil at night - 1) after I cleanse and tone, I put on the night treatment and then follow with the tea tree oil on a cotton ball all over my face, 2) after I cleanse and tone, I put on the night treatment and then use a q-tip to apply the tea tree oil to breakouts only. I'll let you know what I find works best but, I've read about people doing one or both of these methods, so I suppose it's a matter of preference and your skin type. OK! That was just little update in case anyone was curious about experimenting with a natural route. I will be sure to update soon and let you all know how the vitamins are working along with the skin care regime. Cheers! C*
  21. Just thought I'd pass this along. I found it earlier in the week on amazon and noticed some great reviews and figured I'd give it a shot. Its loaded with lots of good, natural ingredients. In just a matter of a few days its already starting to help with some red marks and dryness. I'll continue to use and see what happens, but again just wanted to share... http://www.amazon.com/Manuka-Honey-Oil-Skin-Cream/dp/B001DBC8K0 Ingredients Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Cocos nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Active Manuka Honey, Emulsifying Wax NF, Palm Stearic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin, Simmondsia chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Persea americana (Avocado) Oil, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel), Leptospermum scoparium (Organic Manuka) Essential Oil, Aleurites moluccana (Kukuinut) seed oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Zinc Oxide, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Salix nigra (Organic Black Willowbark) Extract, Mannan, Kunza erichoides (Kanuka) Essential Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Aspalathus linearis (Organic Rooibos Tea), Thyme extract, Siam benzoin resin (Styax benzoin oil), Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid. 74% organic content. No parabens, artificial fragrances or colorants
  22. I will pay any amount of money to get this nastiness off my face. It's making me depressed because I'm very good looking but I am plagued with these sinful red marks. I have no more new acne, just a whole buttload of hyperpigmentation. Would Differin or Vitamin E cream (contains aloe vera gel) or Paula's Choice AHA or BHA exfoliants be the best? Again, if you have any new suggestions, I'll take them into consideration. I'll pay any amount if it's reasonable and the product actually works.
  23. Hi guys, I'm new here and have made a thread over in Regimen forum about my story and plans to get totally clear: http://www.acne.org/...ting-a-regimen/ My problem (which thankfully is mild/moderate) appears to have mostly stabilized now. I'm very concerned with fading what marks I do have and avoiding any long-term marking or scarring. For me spots that appear on the cheeks tend to leave marks that last for ages, and result in little blemishes/discolourment. Fortunately this forum has a wealth of information on this issue and I've tried to synthesize it and narrow down my options. But I'm not sure I fully understand the issue and all the products/treatments available. My question really is, how do I narrow down? How do I find the right product for me? I've found out that the following substances help with spot fade: Hydroquinone Retin A Azeliac Acid Salycic acid Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy Acid Products (BHA, AHA) Jojoba oil Emu oil Manuka Honey products Copper peptides products I'm especially interested in finding a particular product. So by looking at the pinned threads here are some of my options: PureDeming Intense Gel Bio Oil Calendulis Plus cream PEL Super Rich Moisturizer Cetaphil cleansing wash (**though the last two are moisturizer and cleanser?) As you can see this is still quite an extensive list. Before I joined this forum I was going to inquire about Retin A (0.025%), as I have a doctor's appointment coming up. I heard that this was great for spot fade, but reading further it can cause redness/peeling and might not be ideal. I'm also still a bit confused over the difference between and effects of vitamin A and vitamin E on the skin. So how can I make a decision about which specific product to choose? **NOTE I haven't started a 'regimen' yet. I'm curious as to when you would apply a spot fade product? Seeing as Dan's regimen order is cleanse, treat, moisturize, would you apply it last? And, in reference to the last two products on that list, they are cleanser and moisturizer respectively, I take it that some cleansers and moisturizers also aid in spot fade? But should I really be interested in finding a product I use solely for that purpose? Thank you!!
  24. any suggestions for remedies? i've tried vitamin e and bio oil to no avail.
  25. My Accutane Log

    So, I decided to start out a log of my progress with Accutane. My Backstory -I am a 21 year old male. I have struggled with acne since I was about 14. Before that, I had no problems at all. All throughout high school, I just tried over the counter things, and nothing ever seemed to help. -My senior year is when things got really bad. I started breaking out all over my chin and mouth areas, as well as my cheekbone area. I have no problems with my forehead (Thank God!) -About a year and a half ago, I decided I needed to make a change. I was once a relatively popular guy and then all of a sudden.... I was hideous. These are pictures of me in December 2009. http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n304/th...or1/Before2.jpg http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n304/th...or1/Before3.jpg -So, I finally decided to go see a dermatologist. He prescribed me Clenia for the morning, Epiduo at night, and Doryx. He also told me to avoid dairy. After about a year and a half of that regimen (I only did the Doryx for about a month), it is now July 2011. It worked well for a little while, but it seems that all the acne is coming back. The dermatologist just recently prescribed me Accutane 40mg with an antibiotic, Duricef, to fight the infection until the Accutane starts to work. -Here are some pics of me now. http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n304/th...r1/100_4674.jpg http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n304/th...r1/100_4675.jpg -So, as you can see, that did clear me up quite a bit. But the scarring is something that I have to live with now. I plan on doing a few laser treatments after I am finally cleared up. -Anyways, here goes my log, I hope my story ends up inspirational! Day 3 -Popped my third pill today and I am really experiencing no side effects yet. I can see my face drying out a little bit. But nothing major. I am taking biotin, vitamin E supplements, and fish oil to try to keep my skin as healthy as I can. I use a vitamin E moisturizer as well as a moisturizing toner. -Any suggestions on chapstick? I am just using Nivea chapstick, but I don't think it will work very well.