Posted 28 September 2010 - 09:29 AM
I did that exact b5 routine for about 5 weeks. I think I may have taken 50 mg of zinc as well. However, I didn't take a b complex because after doing some research, it seems that b5 may actually reduce oil by causing a deficiency in the other b5 vitamins, particularly biotin. Well for the first week I had a day or two that it seemed like I had less oil on my t zone. Was it my imagination? After what seemed like a "dry" day, the next few days were oily as usual. Oh well, I just persevered. In the second week, I would have a couple days in a row that my skin would be drier, and then once again the oil eventually returned. It seemed like my oil production was up and down, as opposed to being oily all day everyday. Gradually, I had longer spans of less oily skin before it returned. By week 3, my lips began to get slightly chapped, which was odd because it was spring. At times my lips peeled, but even when they weren't peeling, the were always dry to the touch since week 3. Was it a coincidence? I was skeptical and didn't want to get my hopes up. By week 4, my oil production was consistently dry. My skin didn't know what sebum was anymore. After a long days work, I would rub my nose, forehead, and eyes to find some evidence of oil. None. I wasn't using any topicals, but after I washed my face with water in the shower, my skin would be dry afterwards, which was also unusual.
Now here is where things got interesting. As soon as b5 shut down my oil production, that's when I began to breakout... bad. I didn't get any initial purging with this treatment. I actually had gradual improvement throughout the first month. But once I got dry, I began getting a few pustules a day, all concentrated in the area above my chin and below the corners of my mouth. Within a week or two, I had atleast 20 pustules. My face never broke out like that before, it seemed like some type of reaction. It looked like a disgusting disease. Now I've never taken accutane, but from what I've read, most users have dry skin for months with bad breakouts before they even get clear. I thought that once the oil slowed down, there would be immediate acne relief.
Long story short, I couldn't handle the intensity of the breakout. So on my day off I went to a med express and got a prescription for doxycycline. My acne responded very quickly to the antibiotics, and within 10 days I was clear. I quit the b5 and so I'll never know what would have happened if I would have stayed on the b5 routine. One thing's for sure, it stopped my oil production like it was supposed to. After quiting b5, it didn't take long for the oil to return. It's funny how quickly I got used to having normal skin. Within a week, I rubbed nose with the back of my hand and I was shocked to see a thick shiny residue. Now that I've been on the DKR regimen for almost 2 months, I am typically 95-99% clear. I've been taking 120 mg zinc with 4 grams fish oil and homeade kefir for a few weeks to help reduce oiliness. If I don't like the results after 3 months, I may try b5 again.