Evening Primrose Oil

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If you have trouble digesting oils, then it's best to just apply EPO topically.

Current regimen: garlic supplements [as needed], Enzymedica gluten blocker [as needed], nicadan [not sure if it works yet]. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...


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I know this thread is really old. But this is my first post. Read the top for info about EPO. The rest is my ramblings.

I have to talk about evening primrose oil because it is one of the only things that has ever helped my acne/rosacea. Before going into a loooong story, I just want to say that the hormonal acne that was on my cheeks around my mouth has almost completely gone away after taking the EPO 2x per day for 2 months. My skin is also really soft and less dry. I still have some pimples on my forehead, which are not from hormones, but I would much rather have that than a face full of pimples. So I am extremely happy with EPO.

Now for the long story:

I'm 23 now and have had acne ever since middle school. During middle school/high school I controlled it with ProActive and was fine, except I also had it on my chest and back which made me really self conscious if I had to wear revealing clothes. Then in college, the ProActive just stopped working for me. Then, I went onto the antibiotic Sulfameth (which is a version of Bactrim).

Ever since going on the Sulfameth I had nice skin. I tried to stop taking it a few times, because as an antibiotic, I knew that it was harming the good bacteria in my body and possibly making me resistant to other antibiotics that I might need in the future. Everytime I tried to stop taking the antibiotics, my skin would get horrible and I would break down and go back on it.

I've been taking sulfameth for 4 years off and on. I know that it's really bad for my body, but nothing else has worked, and it was way easier to focus on my good appearance than what could happen in the future if I got sick from all the antibiotics.

This year (2014) I really felt determined to stop taking the antibiotics because I am in a good place in my life, and I think I'm prepared to possibly have bad skin for a while because I've been feeling really secure in myself. So again, I turned to these message boards to figure out what was working for other people. I've always believed in holistic health AND I always knew that I needed to cure my acne/redness from the inside because I have very sensitive skin. Then I stumbled upon EPO.

I have always had a rough time during my time of the month, so I thought something that can clear acne AND help with PMS symptoms--sure, I'll try it! I love that it is completely over-the-counter, no prescription needed. The amount I spend on it is equal to the amount I spent on buying my prescription antibiotics every month. Disclaimer: I was still taking 1/2 my normal dose of sulfameth during the 1st month of EPO. So, I can't totally credit the EPO, but I did notice a big improvement that I never saw with the Sulfameth alone or any other product/medicine.

This month, I have totally stopped taking the sulfameth. I'm still having breakouts on my forehead, chest, and back, but they are not horrible and I think I can handle it. I'm also trying to really watch my diet to see if anything irritates my skin. I'm willing to experiment a little rather than relying on the antibiotics that I know can harm my body in the long run.

I've often felt really emotional over my skin issues, especially because a lot of the people who are close to me have naturally really good skin and don't have to work at it like I do. Being out of college and going into the professional world is tough when you're not feeling confident and also still feel like you look like a middle schooler going through puberty.

Anyway, I don't know if anyone will even read this, but I just wanted to finally contribute because these forums have helped me so much over the years to know that there are other people going through what I am. Try EPO because as far as I know there are no bad side effects. It might not work for you, but if you suspect your acne is hormonal then it's worth a shot.

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Evening primrose oil worked for my hormonal chin acne too. As well as fish oil. When i was taking both my skin was the clearest in all my life since puberty. However cod liver oil gave me the worst acne of my life. When i broke out in huge and deep and very very red acne, I realised that it wasn't normal for my skin to break out this bad and that it all started soon after taking cod liver oil. Not just any cod liver oil. It was a high quality brand to boot. So i stopped taking cod liver oil and my skin stopped breaking out. So to those thinking of trying out cod liver oil to cure your acne, be very careful with it.evenin

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On 13/08/2006 at 5:34 PM, mdp703 said:

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. |::shock: 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.

What's 15 ius of vitamin e?

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