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10 grams! holy crap.

If you want fast results then a high dose is the way to get them. You can clear your skin tentatively if you wish using a lower dose. I wouldnt go lower than 1000mg GLA/day if you want to see results though.

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Unless you have a diagnosed ailment warranting short term megadosing like some people with Vit D, you shouldn't be taking 10g or even need to.

I dont consider 2000mg GLA megadosing.

High doses of GLA are quite commonly recommended:

"Studies have suggested that up to 2,800 mg of GLA per day is well tolerated."

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are u suppose to put lecithin in the refrigerator too?????

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are u suppose to put lecithin in the refrigerator too?????
You probably don't need to refrigerate Lecithin capsules, but the granules need to be refrigerated. It wouldn't hurt to refrigerate them either way.

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Regarding the topic, I too found some success with Evening Primrose Oil and Lecithin supplementation, but started getting GI distress after two weeks and had to stop. After doing some reading, I started supplementing with Nutiva Hemp Oil instead, which has 500 mg of GLA, 2500mg of Omega-3 ALA and 25mg of Omega-3 SDA, and took it with 1200mg lecithin, and I believe this has helped to clear up the acne on my cheeks and make my skin smoother. I also drink a small glass of Tempt Unsweetened Hemp Milk every day which also has GLA and is delicious. :)

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are u suppose to put lecithin in the refrigerator too?????
You probably don't need to refrigerate Lecithin capsules, but the granules need to be refrigerated. It wouldn't hurt to refrigerate them either way.

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Regarding the topic, I too found some success with Evening Primrose Oil and Lecithin supplementation, but started getting GI distress after two weeks and had to stop. After doing some reading, I started supplementing with Nutiva Hemp Oil instead, which has 500 mg of GLA, 2500mg of Omega-3 ALA and 25mg of Omega-3 SDA, and took it with 1200mg lecithin, and I believe this has helped to clear up the acne on my cheeks and make my skin smoother. I also drink a small glass of Tempt Unsweetened Hemp Milk every day which also has GLA and is delicious. :)

@QuirkyPixy-- are u taking hemp oil capsules? im considering taking that after i finish the borage oil. glad to hear it's clearing up ur skin :D

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I was googling 'borage oil acne' and an article recommended Neptune Krill Oil instead. It said that it actually works better than borage oil...

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@QuirkyPixy-- are u taking hemp oil capsules? im considering taking that after i finish the borage oil. glad to hear it's clearing up ur skin :D
No, I take a tablespoon of Nutiva hemp seed oil with my breakfast. I think it's cheaper than capsules.

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basically what i gather from this thread is,

take 5000mg of borage oil (star flower) and 2400mg lecithin then you will no longer get acne?

so these ingredients control hormonal acne yes?

sorry read through most of it but people are very confusing

Why do you have to take lecithin with the borage oil?

no idea mate lol!


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Ok so I've been taking 1000 mg of Borage Oil (160 GLA) & 1200 mg of Lecithin for a week now. I started off taking 1 of borage & lecithin for a day or so then started taking 2 of each daily (split doses) then when I bumped it up to 4 pills each day (split doses), I noticed my skin started breaking out--mainly on my face--not too bad. I decided to lower the dose to 2 borage pills & 1 lecithin each day b/c I do believe this regimen is working *knock on wood* Even though it's only been a week, dosage wise 2.5-3 weeks. My face is less oily & along w/my hair. My chest is pretty much clear except for one or two pimples. My hair is starting to grow again :D BIRTH CONTROL really screwed up my hormones. :wall::evil: Anywho, I'm going to continue taking this b/c I believe it has multiple benefits for me-- I've had this dry skin on my arm for months now & it hasn't gone away, but it's starting to clear up (slowly but surely) thanks to borage oil :dance: I even think my pore size is getting smaller & my blackheads are starting to deminish (even though I still have a lot.) I'm looking into buying ACV to use as a toner and to take 1 tbsp @ night. Ugh..I just want clear skin once and for all. I feel like I'm fighting a never ending battle. Best of luck to everyone. I'll make sure to update in a month or so..

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after a few hours of taking borage oil does anyone else notice if their ankles get swollen & kinda blue looking?? i only notice that after i take it.....plz respond asap thanx

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Why do you have to take lecithin with the borage oil?

Lecithin is a fat emulsifier which helps the proper absorption of fatty acids in the body. It also aids their proper conversion, so GLA to DGLA.

Does anyone know if EPO works if you're on a birth control pill?

Yes thats fine, there were a few people taking that combo back in this thread when it was the craze.

after a few hours of taking borage oil does anyone else notice if their ankles get swollen & kinda blue looking?? i only notice that after i take it.....plz respond asap thanx

Please stop and see if the swollen ankles dissipate, if they do its the Borage oil and you have a bad brand.

*A side note for anyone trying this, keep everything in the fridge and take b4 your meal with a fatty drink such as almond milk and kefir. For maximum results take with coconut oil as well to provide protection for the EFA's in your body. ;)

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I realized it wasn't a side effect from borage oil. I quit taking it for a few days & I noticed my ankles were kinda swollen & my toes were purple..it was b/c i had been sitting for a while & i guess b/c my feet were really cold, the circulation was a lil off.

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evening primrose oil has helped me a lot, but I'm not totally clear yet. I have a couple questions I hope someone can answer...

1. Is it good to take or eat omega 3's at the same time? Or does this counteract the omega 6's. (taking omega 3's in the past without EPO has caused me to break out)

2. Anyone take EPO with zinc with good results?

thanks

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2. Anyone take EPO with zinc with good results?

Thats very interesting for me too!

Im also interested, did EPO help you people with blackheads?

And how did the EPO help with oily skin?

Im finishing with accutane soon, so my skin is great but I think about taking EPO/Lecithin in a few weeks then again blackheads and oily skin?

Greets

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are u suppose to put lecithin in the refrigerator too?????
You probably don't need to refrigerate Lecithin capsules, but the granules need to be refrigerated. It wouldn't hurt to refrigerate them either way.

--

Regarding the topic, I too found some success with Evening Primrose Oil and Lecithin supplementation, but started getting GI distress after two weeks and had to stop. After doing some reading, I started supplementing with Nutiva Hemp Oil instead, which has 500 mg of GLA, 2500mg of Omega-3 ALA and 25mg of Omega-3 SDA, and took it with 1200mg lecithin, and I believe this has helped to clear up the acne on my cheeks and make my skin smoother. I also drink a small glass of Tempt Unsweetened Hemp Milk every day which also has GLA and is delicious. :)

Hi Quirky,

Do you know if all hemp oil would have the same benefits? I recently bought some hempseed oil, which I surprisingly found at the grocery store, and I've just been using it to make salad dressings or eat with food in general.

To Everyone,

I started taking EPO 5 days ago but stopped today because it seems to be giving me some serious cysts as well as stomach issues. I can't think of anything else that would be causing it and now that I've stopped it I'll see if I start to feel better.

I was taking 500mg 2x a day for 5 days and started noticing that my appetite was horrible, I barely wanted to eat anything and felt nauseous. Then I got 3 new breakouts on my right jawline and on top of that I felt crampy.

Anyone else have this happen? I always figured my acne was hormonal since the 2 times I've been relatively clear were when I was pregnant and when I was on Yaz birth control.

Another thing to note is that EPO seems to be good for women who suffer from PMS and honestly I really don't get PMS. I don't get severe cramps or horrible mood swings or any real changes around my period (except for certain birth control which will do that).

Just wondering if I'm being premature in stopping the EPO or if maybe it's just not what my body needs.

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Sky,

I've been taking 1000 mg/day of EPO for two weeks now and have developed three large, pus-filled cysts on my chin. I was actually reading this thread to see if anyone else had similar effects - and whether or not I should stop the EPO. Did your cysts subside after stopping?

I just hate that I'm one of the few few people to actually get acne with this stuff.

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Yeah I didn't get anymore once those cleared up and I felt a lot better too. I'm sure it could have been my dose or maybe I should have given it longer, but I'm doing fine without it.


Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. - Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot

* Changing my diet and lifestyle is the best thing I've ever done.. for my skin and myself * Real food pwnd my acne.


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Evening primrose pills work for me with I combine them with taking a list of other vitamins on a daily basis. Multi-vitamins don't work for me. This vitamins I take daily are 9 different bottles of vitamins. This includes zinc, d-3, copper, potassium, b-complex, vitamin c, vitamin e, flaxseed oil, and evening primrose oil.

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Found this page as well. Started taking borage oil not for acne, but for dry eyes suggested by dr. micheal lagne on dryeyezone.com to be taken with omega 3.

I also broke out. I rarely get acne im 26 and very rarely get acne after 3 runs of accutane.

I blamed it on starting a new job and stress. But then i remembered 2 weeks ago i had job interviews, and a speech at a wedding, just as stressful but no acne.

This also occurred 3 days into my new job, not the first few days, my skin. Only thing i changed was I added primrose oil.

I broke out on my nose, have not broke out on my nose in like 7 years.

I really wish this would have worked.

Just a note though my diagnoses is that I consume enough omega 6 already and gla. I cook and use alot of vegetable oil. For us people who do get enough, GLA becomes pro inflammatory taken to much. There are two studies and dr. lagne also stated you need to be very careful because it can become pro inflammatory. Now foods even recommends you dont take it over 6 months.

Now perhaps taking a low dose of primose oil would fix this, but im worried about the risks and it also causing acne.

Im not going to try evening primrose oil for now. I think i may down the line when this flare up the worst i had in years goes away. Perhaps the lower dosage would be ok. But im pretty sure i get enough omega 6 in my diet.

I think those of us who do get enough are having bad results since again it becomes pro inflammatory if we get to much.

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Can I take evening primrose oil and grounded flaxseed together?

I am currently taking 1 table spoon of grounded flax seed in the mornings with lots of water. Later in the day I take 1300mg 2x of evening primrose oil.

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Anyone know if I can take evening primrose oil while I'm on Dianette? (I'm also on lymecycline/tetralysal-antibiotics.)

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Yes, they do sell Kefir in the states... at least they do in California. Check the nearest health food store. Thats where i get mine=)

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hi everyone..i am new here...and i started taking EPO 4 days ago...how long does it take for the EPO to work? i went to a skin specialist before and yea, my acne started to clear up...but then, when my finals came, all these acne started popping up and it hasnt stop until now...and i am tired of taking all those medications...and now i am trying EPO...it has only been 4 days...i dont know how long will it take to work (if it works)... and big big big, painful acnes are still showing themselves on my face...i dont know whether it is due to the EPO or not.... and i also heard that...before it realy starts working, more acne will pop out or something...anyone out there can help me out?

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I'm not so sure about EPO. I started taking one capsule of EPO per day about 2 weeks ago, and I've developed several huge pustules on my chin and a few smaller ones and red spots on my chest and neck. This is VERY strange.

I didn't know that taking omega 3-6-9 with EPO might not be good until I read this thread. Maybe I'm getting to much GLAs. I don't know. I have been taking a 3-6-9 for over a year.

I'm going to discontinue the EPO and see if the acne clears up which I totally think it will!

EPO also makes me feel very dizzy sometimes, like if I take it on an empty stomach.

I really hope people come back to this thread and give more updates!

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Hi guys,

evening primrose oil has worked wonders for many people with acne.

However, please do not take internally if you have epilepsy/ seizures!!! It seriously triggers seizures.

I write on GLA oils for acne here. what worked for me *Moderator edit, URL removed - read the board rules*

Best luck!

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