It's not everyday that someone is willing to really listen to another, and more so offer them sincere advice on what might or might not work, regarding our skins.
Remember each one us are different. yet in all ways we are much alike but at times so far apart.
strange how that can be sometimes right?
Okay now that I've thoroughly confused the heck outta you here, I'm going to get back on track, pertaining to my question;
Have you or anyone close to you, ever tried (or had thoughts of trying) Supplements such as Niacinamide (niacin, vit B3) Green Tea caps or Chelated Zinc? (does not have to be 'chelated')
if so, what was your innitial reaction if any to the products?
Or if you have not yet decided to take the plunge, would you consider a natural alternative to your usual regime?
Feedback is important, since I myself have been on these substances for precisely 3 days now. not that 3 days is long enough to have any tell tale signs mind, but so far I've not experienced any unwanted adverse reactions (No new zits, No swelling or redness and most thankfully No side effects)
Though as they tend to say, "if something is to good to be true, it usually is" so I do hope that my gut feeling on this turns out right. I'd hate to relive the nightmare again.
Just out of curiosity, has anyone developed more serious skin issues/ reactions to certain Over-the-counter meds, or dermatologically prescribed methods?
I am looking forward to hearing from your own personal experiences. and stories.
* This is what I am currently taking*
Niacin 100mg (you can up the dosage if you like, just be cautious, as flushes are bound to happen and the higher the dose the more likely the longer the flush will last)
Gree tea extract 1000mg (high strength)
Chelated Zinc 15mg (plenty to get you started, and used to it)
I got mine over at Holland&Barrett (UK) so not sure if there is an equivalent in the US or not. but worth a check. Still I say go for it! what you got to lose?
If you do however (very unlikely though) have an adverse reaction to the stuff. simply stop taking and see a doc or derm about it. Just ask them if it's safe to take with whatever (if any) Meds you're on!
Be safe and be smart.
*nb: That you Will experience hot flushes while taking Niacin (Vitamin B3 complex) tabs, they cause your body to flush the toxins out. so Red patchy rahes will occur, however very minor and will go away after approx 15-30 mins gradually. drink plenty of fluids and keep indoors
(not required, but tbh now, who wants to go out looking like a Red Lobster? Not I! Lol)*
I will be back daily to update you all on my progress with Niacin, my skin is already feeling the benefits, so not long now until either I break out like hell, or my face clears, finally healing after nearly 5 years of emotional, physical and psychological trauma! heck I'm sure most of us here can relate am I right?
Thanks a lot for reading, Have yourself a fanstastic rest of the weekend guys, keep smiling because before you know it the world will be smiling with You!
UPDATE; Day 5 and Feeling Good
Okay so like I said I would, here is my update so far on the Skin regime I'm testing:
The Avo and Honey Yogurt mask is clearly working, coupled with the fact it now contains Potassium (bananas have the highest ratio of potassium to sodium) Manuka honey (30+ factor) ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) and Lime Juice (from Concentrate)
Results > Visibly reduced redness
Spots/ Cysts kept at bay
Skin feels smoother, pores look tighter
Toning affect: Noticeably brighter (non oily or shiny) pores
No side effects, no more dryness/ itchiness or Irritance what so ever.
"It is very Nourishing, leaving facial skin feeling soft-to-the-touch after 1st innitial application.
(3 Applications later You will begin to See a difference in the overall apperance of your complexion I guarentee it, but like most people it depends on your skin and tolerance)
Ingredients/ Method/ (how to) Use; To make mask you will need:
1x 500g tub of Greek (plain organic Full-Fat) Yogurt/ or alternatively you may use Soured Cream
2 Tblspoons of Pure (pasteurized) Honey (Organic is preferred but not essential) the 'Runny' kind.
Honey is natural anti-inflammatory and contains high amounts of
Honey also appears to be effective in killing drug-resistant biofilms which are implicated in chronic rhinosinusitis. further studies have been conducted.
Honey is known for its, antifungal, antibacterial, anti histamine, soothing and healing properties.
So really you're benefiting greatly with taking this internally and applying this atopically.
1 Pre-Crushed Banana
(Not only are bananas rich in vitamin C, they also contain potassium. Potassium is a mineral that helps in the building of muscles and protein synthesis, so 1 Banana contains more than enough of your RDA of Potassium)
1 or 2 (your choice) Avocados Peeled, Sliced and Pureed (or smooshed into a paste) Advacados are high in vitamin K and C, and also contain vitamins E and A.
2-3 drops of Lime Juice (from Concentrate) Lime like lemon is an Astringent (chemical compound that tends to shrink or constrict body tissues) that really does aid in lightening scars/ blemishes which will after consistent use fade them over time.
2 Tblspoons of ACV (Organic Apple Cider Vinegar "containing "Mother")
Place all these ingredients into a bowl (I use a small disposable plastic container such as an Ice Cream tub) and fold in well (do not mix) until the mixture is smooth and creamy. place into refrigerator overnight, and use next morning/ afternoon etc. Lasts for approx 3-5 Days
How to Apply;
After thoroughly cleansing skin, apply the mask onto moistened skin by dotting or gently rubbing in circular movements (acts as a Stimulation for deeper penetration)
Invigorates and Soothes irritated and burning skin. Allow to dry for approx 20-30 mins or until cake-dry. Rinse off with luke-warm water and pat dry with fresh towel or face cloth.
Note: I leave it on for up to a max of 2 hours, or even overnight when my skin feels drying and sore. Lathering it all over my face, and truly I think it does the trick.
You do Not have to follow my method to the letter, test your own out (trial and error) and discover what suits you best.
Now onto my Oral intake Update;
I am still taking Niacin (Vit B3), Zinc and Green Tea
I am also now starting on Hydrolysed Collagen and Acai (An indigenous Berry from the Brazilian Rainforest)
And have found a great Moisturiser for my blackhead prone skin.
"Nelsons Pure and Clear balancing moisturiser, anti-blemish care"
The Active agents are: Tea Tree
An effective blend of Natural plant extracts which work together in unison to combat blackheads and blemishes.
Results after 4 days use;
My Oily skin has become less shiny and more radiant/ glowing
Fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes / upon forehead etc have diminished greatly
No more white heads (oddly this product stated only works on blackheads, but maybe that can be attributed to by the Mask I use?) and The tiny red bumps I use to get after shaving have gone too. Blackheads seem to be vaporized as well, not sure though I don't stare at (and examine) myself in the mirror anymore these days.
I say So Far So Good.
I also use an External Topical (skin applicated) Vitamin E Pure Oil (70,000 I.U)
on top of the Moisturiser, might be difficult at first as it is very sticky, but once absorbed you hardly notice the remnants.
*Nelsons Pure and Clear Anti Blemish Care;
Please note that upon 1st application you may well experience/ feel a slight prickly sensation, I wouldn't quite call it stinging or burning, more like a 'tingly' sensation.
This will subside after about a min or so.
In the unlikely event, If any adverse reactions do occur, discontinue use immediately and consult with your doctor or dermatologist (Any medical practioner you know of)
These are my Own Personal conducted experiments and experiences
I am in no way affiliated with nor do I have any expert knowledge pertaining to these products.
As with anything in life, there is always going to be a risk, it's up to you to decide whether the risk is great enough to be worth taking!.
I know I said i'd update daily, but after typing all this out my brain is in overload and a highway of interplanetary info floating around up there. So bare with me, and I will be back in a weeks time to Let you know how things have been going.
Phew, I do hope this is not a mouthful to read! I tried my best by adding bulletpoints and stick to the topic without confusing the reader.
Good Luck with your search for the "perfect" (or at least 90% effective) skin routine, and feel free to Pm me with any questions you might have.
~Happy Skin Healing Everyone~
Edited by Durbaniter~Zitigated, 04 June 2010 - 05:34 AM.