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Magnesium And Acne

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Hi im 26 years old men with oily skin and acne.

I had acne untill the age of 22. I thought i finally cleared my face, and had clear skin for past 4 years. Unfortunately, acne came back about 4months ago, along with the symptoms of constipation, miner joint pain, eczema(only on right hand, and i never had eczema). so i did a lots of research on both vitamins and herbs. Now, im taking magnesium 150mg per day for my jawline/neck acne, but im wondering if magnesium cab worsen the acne by increasing testosterone level. According to my research, magnesium plays a significant role in lowering the C-reactive protein level, which is a beneficial to acne. But on the other hand, some reports shows that the magnesium increases the testosterone level, which will lead to increase in oil production.

Im confuse can anyone clarify this?

Also, does taking saw palmetto benefical for acne in men ?

Do Please share your valuable experiences to help my sudden acne problem.

Thank you

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I took Magnesium for a couple months and it didn't make any noticeable difference. I stopped taking it before I even finished the bottle.

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Sorry, but do you mean difference on the oilness or the acne? Or both?

Thank you for your reply

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I wouldn't worry about it's testosterone boosting effects. That also applies to zinc and many other essential nutrients that also benefit acne. It usually means that it helps the body function properly and make the appropriate amounts. So if you are deficient, it results in an increase.

Magnesium is an incredibly important mineral that most people are deficient in. I'd keep taking it. But take it in the evening. It relaxes muscles and improves sleep.

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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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I went to a vitamin/mineral test yesterday even when i already figured out my acne was from unstable blood sugar. The test showed that i need chromium and magnesium and zink which is what controls the blood sugar system. So i am pretty happy now that i finally got confirmed my acne root problem!

Also i was told to use garlic and cinnamon for better blood system which i already knew and was doing :)

So yes theres a link between acne and magnesium. Probably your bloodsugar -> insulin -> hormones ->sebum -> acne

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I went to a vitamin/mineral test yesterday even when i already figured out my acne was from unstable blood sugar. The test showed that i need chromium and magnesium and zink which is what controls the blood sugar system. So i am pretty happy now that i finally got confirmed my acne root problem!

Also i was told to use garlic and cinnamon for better blood system which i already knew and was doing smile.png

So yes theres a link between acne and magnesium. Probably your bloodsugar -> insulin -> hormones ->sebum -> acne

Cool, I think this is my problem with my acne. I'm trying to increase my intake of necessary vitamins.

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Supplements are good, but getting nutrition from diet is better. If the magnesium is working, keep taking it. It's great for you.

If you're zinc deficient, the best source is oysters. I like them grilled. Much tastier than pill-popping!

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Suffered from acne as a young adult that went into remission when put on hormonal birth control. Went off the HBC around age 22 and the acne returned with a vengeance (along with a host of other hormonal complaints). 100% clear with a modified diet that excludes dairy, sugars, grains, citrus and cured meats and emphasizes whole food-based nutrition from both plant and animal sources, most notably organ meats like liver and juiced whole vegetables. I have included a recipe for the most helpful juice I have come up with for skin complaints. I drink it every day, and it is invaluable for acne due to the large amounts of vitamin A (carotenoids) from both the carrots and beets. It also helps improve your coloring if you are very fair, giving you a pinkish, more radiant look (not orange. Don't worry!).

Magic Juice

In a juicer, combine:

5-6 carrots

1 medium beet

2-3 stalks of celery

1 small apple (Green is preferred. Omit if you are very sugar-sensitive)

1 small (1inch) piece of ginger (optional, but good for digestion)

This makes a variable amount of juice depending on the size of the vegetables you use.

Drink this throughout the morning until it's gone. Store in the fridge not longer than one day.

Having perfectly clear skin on my wedding day was worth all the headache and effort of figuring out how diet affects acne!

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