MSM for acne and scars
Posted 20 September 2008 - 04:15 AM
I have read that MSM helps to build collagen in the body, which helps to plump out scars.
I have been taking it for about 3 weeks and have seen no real improvement yet - but I suppose I need to take it for a few months?
Just wondering, is anyone taking MSM orally? Have you seen improvements in their acne or acne scars?
Posted 20 September 2008 - 05:51 AM
Acne aside, I've noticed a definite difference in the skin around my eyes. It used to be very dark but now it's lightened up. They say that dark circles are caused by thin skin allowing the veins underneath to show. So I assume the msm has added collagen which is making it lighter.
Anyway, I hope it works out for you. If you aren't using it topically then I would definitely recommend the aloe recipe (just make sure it's all-natural and has no chemical ingredients). Also, how are you taking the msm? Apparently Vitamin C makes it easier to absorb so I mix mine with a glass of orange juice. Good luck
Posted 14 March 2009 - 08:53 AM
I posted this on another board, but I'll give you the same answer:
28 year old female here who has been using MSM pills/cream on and off for almost 4 years now. And let me tell you how fantastic it is! The cream can help things like eczema and psoriasis like nothing I've ever seen, it's great for using all over your body and your face and if you live in Canada, can be picked up at any local Wal-Mart. I recommend NuAge Health Products MSM cream. It's about $12 for a 125 mL bottle, will last you forever because it can be taken sparingly and even if your local WalMart doesn't carry it, they will order it for you! Or you can call their toll-free # to get it: *moderator edit*. I don't work for NuAge, but I think I'm their biggest cheerleader LOL.
As for the pills, I can tell you this: I had moderate cystic acne in my early 20's and a lot of blackheads, so I decided to start taking the pills. I went to GNC and bought the 1000mg pills and started off at 3 grams per day. Keep in mind I researched up and down before doing so and understood that up to 4 grams is perfectly healthy and apparently the only side-effect past 10 grams/day was diarrhea. Because your body naturally produces it, you're just giving it a super boost, it has never harmed me in any way. In addition to helping my skin clear up (not perfectly, but what a vast improvement), my hair and nails are also healthier and grow a lot faster.
What I would recommend as a whole regimen to start is 2 grams of MSM pills per day, 2 grams of D'Pantothenic Acid per day (vitamin B5), and using the cream as often as possible. I started seeing results on 3 grams of each (though if you're gun-shy, do 2 grams) within 2 weeks. And when I added the cream to the mix, I was like a new person!
The only thing I can't say it did was reduce my pore size or get rid of the annoying deeply embedded blackheads, so I do a Vitalize peel every 18 months now for those, but that's a WHOLE other thread LOL. Hope this helps, I'd stick with it, it's worth it!
Posted 26 June 2009 - 10:53 PM
in regards to scarring, which is why i started taking it, i haven't noticed any notable difference since i began it about four months ago. however, i don't doubt its abilities and it does seem to have thickened/firmed my skin and i wouldn't be surprised if it does help with the scars eventually. either way, it is helping to ensure i don't get any new scars which is a big step forward in its own right.
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Posted 05 September 2009 - 04:54 AM
Hey! I'm new, but have struggled with acne and the some resulting scars for years, and have also had much success on and off the years with natural remedies (when I was faithful with taking them!). Just tonight I was reading here (http://abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/23947/) about a woman who took MSM. She said it caused a "cleansing effect" on her, and before the acne got better, she got the same acne in the same spots as her scars, as the body was sort of "pushing" out the old toxins and problems, and since then, she only gets tiny unproblematic pimples on her entire face. When I came here and read this, I wondered if it was the same thing happening!
Just a thought.
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Posted 03 July 2011 - 02:33 AM
Anyway, I seriously tried everything and wasted lots of money but Ill just say what helped. My acne was located primarily on my chin. deep painful cysts, sometimes many at a time. What initially helped was zinc. I noticed results after two months. My acne was greatly reduced but still there. The zinc was amazing but didnt completely clear my skin. I still had cysts pop up quite frequently. What did clear my skin 99% was msm powder. I used the optiMSM brand. the powder that dissolves in your drink. It's bitter but not too bad. I learned that most people are deficient in msm which is naturally found in every living organism on the planet. Due to the unnatural farming methods of today, people arent getting enough msm. What msm does is it has a detox effect on the body. It cleanses the liver of toxins. Hormones also build up in the liver and the liver supposed to flush them out, but when the liver isn't properly working, and theres a toxic overload, you develop a hormonal imbalance. Anyway I was honestly flabbergasted by the results. I rarely got cysts. I take zinc occasionally still and cut back to about msm four days a week. I'll get a cyst around that time of the month usually but it's totally normal.
The only thing left with my skin problems are the red hyper pigmentation marks left behind which were quite noticeable. however Ive been applying 4% hydroquinone for the past 2 months and the marks are fading like a miracle. thankfully, im almost through with this whole acne experience which has been emotionally trying beyond words. Also, I found that learning to relax
the mind is extremely helpful when dealing with acne. so if you have cystic hormonal acne, especially located around the chin, I highly recommend trying msm. It worked for me.