Posted 27 July 2010 - 09:08 AM
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 08:32 PM
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.
Posted 18 November 2010 - 09:16 AM
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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Posted 30 August 2011 - 09:28 PM
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!
Posted 16 July 2013 - 03:12 AM
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*
Posted 16 July 2013 - 10:50 AM
If you have trouble digesting oils, then it's best to just apply EPO topically.
Posted 22 March 2014 - 08:39 AM
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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