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Posted 22 April 2011 - 06:19 AM

I've noticed my acne getting worse when I switched careers. I used to work outdoors doing labouring before the business closed down and my position made redundant, now my career is mainly indoors and don't get as much sun as I used to.

After read this article:

http://lighttherapyo...min-d-and-acne/

I'm almost convinced that Vitamin D may be the cause for some peoples acne. Going to get some Vitamin D pill and see what happens.

So much for "Slip-Slop-Slap"

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 09:49 PM

Sun exposure = vitamin d (d3)
Do everything in moderation.
Accutane is a chemotherapy drug for cancer patients.
It is a poison. Would you spend hundreds, if not thousands, poisoning yourself?
It is a form of Vitamin A...funny how the overdose side effects of Vitamin A and Accutane are so similar.
With such a high dose of Accutane, your Vitamin D (especially D3) level will most likely go crashing to the ground. That's probably why so many people have joint pain.

Use what nature has given you.
Don't use drugs unless absolute necessary.

Disclaimer
I am not a doctor...
I am NOT responsible for any side effects, illnesses, and anything bad that could happen to you based on my advice or anybody else's.
Always check with your doctor before making any major dietary changes.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 09:52 AM

Op, keep us posted!

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 10:12 AM

Vitamin D3 DOES help many people's acne because it's a prehormone, so it can even help with hormonal acne. Besides that it:

Here are some benefits of Vitamin D:
o Maintains Your Calcium Balance
o Aids Your Cell Differentiation
o Boosts Your Immunity
o Has a Role in Insulin Secretion
o Blood Pressure Regulation
o Vitamin D and Diseases (Cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Osteoporosis)


I haven' tried it myself, but I do personally know 2 people who stopped breaking out after they supplemented with vitamin d3.
What's working for me:

Status: 98% clear

Diet:
-Avoiding gluten. Small portions of rice, sweet potatoes, potatoes and quinua for carbs.
-No milk, but I do enjoy small quanities of other full fat dairy
-Lots of fruits, veggies, water, eggs, fish, chicken, turkey, and occasionally red meat
-Green smoothies a few times a week
-Green tea everyday

Supplement:
-1000 IU D3 on non-sunny days. Will up it to 4000 again come fall.
-Zinc, 50 mg twice a week
-Omega 3, 3 times per day


Routine:

Evening- remove makeup with a few drops of jojoba oil, clean with hemp oil soap, moisturize with a bit more jojoba oil.
-Sleeping for a minimum of 8 hours a night, in darkness
-Walking the dog everyday and yoga once a week

Eating as healthy and organically as possible, applying only natural products to body, stressing less, exercising more, getting sunshine, camping, laughing lots.

________________________________________________________________________________


Link to my log, complete with progress photos!: CLICK!

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:11 AM

there is a very strong scientific link.


Sebocytes Express Functional Cathelicidin Antimicrobial Peptides and Can Act to Kill Propionibacterium Acnes-
Cathelicidin is present in sebaceous glands isolated from normal scalp, in isolated sebaceous gland extracts, and in SZ95 sebocytes, where it is inducible by 1,25(OH)2 vitamin D3.

http://www.nature.co...l/5701235a.html

Edited by AutonomousOne1980, 31 May 2011 - 11:11 AM.

#1.critical nutritional issues- b12(three forms exist), Calcium(yogurt, cheese or calcium phosphate supps) and vitamin d(sun or supps not to exceed 1000 iu). heme iron-most absorbable from meat only, clams are high. these are the most difficult vitamins to get and absorb. All others or about the same in difficulty in absorption. MAgnesium in our food supply is generally low as well, try natural calm supps.
#2 Fats- monounsaturated should dominate(olives), followed by polyunsaturated plant sources(nuts) but not if you have acne. the health benefits of fish oil and fish are controversial and i dont consume them due to mercury contamination and immune supression avoid processed fats if possible.
#3 Protein/amino acids- dairy and eggs best sources for tryptophan and methionine which convert to powerful antioxidants melatonin and glutathione.
#4 Carotenoids- alpha- beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, lutein zeaxanthin, astaxanthin. these are vital to human nutrition, carrots, butternut squash, pumpkin, chili pepper and cayenne pepper are the best sources.
#5 Regularity-BM at least once a day, Moist, large stools, 1 piece ideal, no maldigestion, no floating stools indicative of maldigested fat. HOW- insoluble fiber- wheat and cooked vegetables. soluble fiber-oats/ good bacteria ferment soluble fiber making short chain fatty acids that inhibit pathogens.
#6 Circadian cycles-Light, get up with the sun, and expose your entire body to it. darkness-melatonin is released upon the sensing of absolute darkness. sleep in a pitch black room, try to ensure 10 hours total darkness, wear sunglasses before bed. do not eat too late at night.
#7 Desirable physiological states(positive moods/emotions) do precisely what you like and what feels good to you, but not regardless of consequences, just from a perspective that, you own your life, and can determine precisely what you do with it and need not answer or ask of permission from anyone,achieving maximum autonomy and self government.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:20 AM

I had GREAT resulty by taking 3000IU daily of Vitamin D3.
Severe acne, now 80% clear thanx to this vitamin.
IN MY CASE, the deficiency of this vitamin has a great impoprtance. But I've read about people taking 5000-7000IU of VITD3 w/o any improvements...


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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:40 PM

Was in the Outer Banks for a week and my acne 100% cleared up. Now that I'm home, small pimples are cropping up. Definitely a correlation.

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 01:20 AM

Correlation does not equal cause. I sincerely believe that Vit D isn't a solution to acne... but tried measures to increase but it didn't do away my acne 100%...

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 05:08 AM

I should also point out that getting vitamin d from the sun isn't always possible. Here the sun isn't even strong enough (because of latitude) 9 months of the year, and again because of latitude even during the three months it's POSSIBLE to get vitamin d from the sun you'll need a lot more than a few minutes, about 45 minutes actually of midday sun. And thats IF it's sunny because it rains A LOT. On top of that, even if you got out for an hour of sun every sunny day in the summer you would not get a tan unless you tanned extremely well, so it has nothing to do with being tan. There's estimates that in our population as much as 80-90% may be vitamin d deficient. Just pointing out that for a lot of people a vitamin d pill may be their only real solution. For me it has cleared my acne so far (2 weeks in) at least 95%.

I get hardly any calcium though, so I need to get more of that into my diet asap because taking vitamin d (or even getting it from the sun) is dangerous unless you get adequate calcium because the vitamin d can actually take calcium from your bones and teeth!

Edited by GreenEyes33, 09 June 2011 - 05:09 AM.

What's working for me:

Status: 98% clear

Diet:
-Avoiding gluten. Small portions of rice, sweet potatoes, potatoes and quinua for carbs.
-No milk, but I do enjoy small quanities of other full fat dairy
-Lots of fruits, veggies, water, eggs, fish, chicken, turkey, and occasionally red meat
-Green smoothies a few times a week
-Green tea everyday

Supplement:
-1000 IU D3 on non-sunny days. Will up it to 4000 again come fall.
-Zinc, 50 mg twice a week
-Omega 3, 3 times per day


Routine:

Evening- remove makeup with a few drops of jojoba oil, clean with hemp oil soap, moisturize with a bit more jojoba oil.
-Sleeping for a minimum of 8 hours a night, in darkness
-Walking the dog everyday and yoga once a week

Eating as healthy and organically as possible, applying only natural products to body, stressing less, exercising more, getting sunshine, camping, laughing lots.

________________________________________________________________________________


Link to my log, complete with progress photos!: CLICK!

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 02:41 PM

Most likely it was the vitamin D, the bright light exposures affect on your circadian cycle, and perhaps some anti-microbial action from the sun.

Vitamin D is definitely a factor in your body's function and ability to manage hormones and inflammation.
Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 02:43 PM

QUOTE (GreenEyes33 @ May 18 2011, 10:12 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Vitamin D3 DOES help many people's acne because it's a prehormone, so it can even help with hormonal acne. Besides that it:

Here are some benefits of Vitamin D:
o Maintains Your Calcium Balance
o Aids Your Cell Differentiation
o Boosts Your Immunity
o Has a Role in Insulin Secretion
o Blood Pressure Regulation


Yes. And blood pressure regulation affects blood sugar metabolism/insulin.

And of course, impaired cell differentiation is at the root of acne formation.

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 02:46 PM

QUOTE (lllhhk @ Jun 9 2011, 01:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Correlation does not equal cause. I sincerely believe that Vit D isn't a solution to acne... but tried measures to increase but it didn't do away my acne 100%...


100%? So what percent did it do away with? Did you try it with your diet that cleared you 90%? Because they don't clear you 100%, you consider them to not be causes?

Try to understand. There's all kinds of processes going on in the body that lead to acne. There isn't one thing. This lack of understanding is holding you back.

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 02:49 PM

QUOTE (ashley is hxc!~*~ @ Apr 23 2011, 11:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
5 minutes of sun is enough for adequate vit D.

Generally, if someone is always outside, it can help clear up existing acne and keep it away. But has NOTHING to do with the vit D itself. So many people have posted here about how they've tanned (naturally or with tanning beds) during the summer, are completely clear, but then once they stop tanning, they break out. Meaning it's the burning/tanning that is keeping them clear, not the vitamin D.


And many people have posted that vitamin D supplementation improved their skin. Because it was the vitamin D.

And no, 5 minutes is not enough for most lattitudes in most times of the year. And where it is, if it is, it's full body exposure. And I really think it's more like 15.



Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!