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#1 nycincali

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:12 PM

Hey there, new member here.

I have tried so many different treatments for acne, and by coincidence I started taking a supplement called Cycle Assist. The purpose is to fight some of the negative side effects of taking anabolic steroids, including acne.

It worked amazingly for me and within a week I was clear until I stopped taking it - but it does a number on my stomach and I want to remove as many of the unnecessary ingredients as possible while still having the positive effects.

N-Acetyl-l-Cysteine
Milk Thistle (Standardized to 80% Silymarin)
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B-5)
Hawthorn Berry Extract (Satndardized to 1.8% Vitexin)
Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine HCL)
Saw Palmetto Extract (Standardized to 45% Fatty Acids)
Celery Seed Extract (10:1)
Grape Seed Extract (95% Proanthocyanidins)
Policosanol
Zinc Gluconate


So I thought maybe the B-complex was what helped, but there are some other chemicals in there that are meant to fight the negative effects of estrogen and testosterone, so maybe those helped too.

Does anybody have any insight?

Edited by nycincali, 09 July 2012 - 12:16 PM.


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Posted 10 July 2012 - 10:49 AM

There are all kinds of nutrients in there that can affect many factors involved in acne. Milk thistle for liver function for example. All kinds of anti-inflammatories. The NAC is a sulfur containing amino acid which helps in many ways including glucose metabolism, liver function and inflammation. The Zinc which helps all of the above including helping with hormones. and of course the liver plays an important role in hormones.

Does it make you nauseous? Zinc often does. Did you try taking it with food? And are you taking anabolic steroids?

Edited by alternativista, 16 July 2012 - 03:22 PM.


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Posted 16 July 2012 - 11:39 AM

Its the Saw Palmetto, it stoped hormones that create to much sebum.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:24 PM

Saw palmetto is an anti-androgen. Anti-androgens often help acne because androgens are often responsible for creating. That would be my first guess.

Milk thistle helps your liver. B-5 can dry out your skin.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 03:22 PM

It promise you, it's nearly all of the nutrients in the supplement. They all help in various ways.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:16 AM

Saw Palmetto Extract

this is what cured your acne

Edited by arqa22, 17 July 2012 - 09:16 AM.


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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:57 AM

Zinc makes me projectile vomit if I don't take it with food. I bet that is what messed with your stomach.

ps. Don't take steroids. They nearly ruined the life of someone I know. Seriously, don't.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:48 PM

How much zinc does it contain? That's most likely the main player. Saw palmetto and Vitamin B6 synergize with it though.

edit:
I see the serving only contains 15mg zinc gluconate but 50mg of B6 (=10000% daily value!). Saw palmetto 160mg seems standard. The other ingredients have potent effects on their own... Seems like quite excellent supplemental treatment. I have had bad experiences with milk thistle though - broke me up in cysts. Maybe in this formula it wouldn't who knows. I might give it a try if I don't get results with my current plan.

Edited by Rawhide, 17 July 2012 - 09:59 PM.


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Posted 17 July 2012 - 10:13 PM

Ive been using supliments for years and still get blackheads and breakouts.