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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:54 AM

I don't think that's true. But I'm no dr. I've always heard people say their skin is more clear in the summer, so what's the difference then? More sunshine I guess.

SebumSucks- do you have before & after photos so we can see what Vit. D has done for you?

btw, today I gave my son 10,000 IU and I'm getting a little discouraged. He has taken it now 4 days, and his skin is still just as oily. Am I being too impatient?

Nothing is a miracle cure/overnight cure. Not for anything. Not for cancer, not for acne, etc. Healing is a process and a journey. There are many factors at play, and its integrative. How is your son's diet? Does he have any food allergies? Keep going with the vitamin D3, though....and make sure its D3! DON'T get discouraged, keep up the hope!!! smile.png

 

His diet is good... again, he's 13, so most kids his age are eating processed junk, sodas, candy, etc.  90% of his diet is organic, he eats fresh fruit and veggies, GF crackers, GF bread, organic hummus, brown rice,  (a.k.a. REAL food).  He also drinks tons of water, and I'm having him drink diluted ACV water (Braggs) 2-3x/day.  He rarely drinks soda, but I let him have about 2 cans per month, at school on Fridays for a treat.  (Just so he won't feel like the TOTALLY weird kid who is never allowed soda... only the SOMEWHAT weird one, haha)   So I feel like his diet is very good, considering he's a teenager.  He was tested for food allergies (blood test) at the age of 5, and came back with some sensitivities, which we do try to avoid.

 

Here's a question:  Do legumes cause acne?  I have heard different things.  I know they are very good for you.  I buy organic lentils, adzuki beans, split peas, kidney beans, white beans.  We eat legumes regularly- beans and rice, soups, etc.  We don't eat a lot of meat.  No pork, beef or fish.. mostly just organic poultry.   I hope the legumes aren't making his acne worse.   He also eats organic brown eggs.    He also eats nuts (since he's trying to be GF, I have to find good snack alternatives).  I have heard conflicting things about nuts too.  Not sure if I'm doing the wrong thing by letting him eat those.



txngrl - yes, you are being too impatient.  You need to give it a few weeks.  Even on Accutane I wouldn't see the reduction of oil for a week or two after I started taking it.  Also you might try adding a vitamin c supplement.  As I mentioned in the original post I am also taking Vitamin C at the same time but I don't know if it's helping the Vitamin D's effectiveness.  It wouldn't hurt to add it.

 

Is your son supplementing with anything else?  For example, ZInc for me increases oil. Also obviously greasy foods will increase sebum production.

 

I don't have any close up pics to share, I've always tried to avoid any. The few I had I burned long ago smile.png  In my youth I was the "the kid" who had the worst acne at school. Dermatological Desktop Reference guide textbook example of severe acne. 

 

Yes, he's taking other supplements.  He was taking C but we ran out.  I'll get more.  He has been taking OptiZinc, per the dr.'s orders.  I've heard Zinc is good for helping acne.  How do you know it increased your oil? I'm saying it could have been caused by something else maybe?   And he doesn't usually eat greasy food... we aren't regulars at McD's drive thru or anything...haha.  In fact, we don't eat fast food at all... the rare exception is if we are on a road trip and are desperate.

 

I'm so sorry you were "that kid"... I was too.  Unfortunately now, so is my son.  I am so fearful of what my other 2 kids will go through.  I am already seeing signs in their skin, and they're younger than him. It really does a lot of emotional damage, doesn't it?   What is the earliest age you remember getting acne?  You may have said it in your OP, sorry if you did.  I read the whole thing.. long, but worth reading.  



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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:54 AM

I didn't read this entire post, but i definitely look forward to it!!! Because I am 25 and have suffered from acne since the age of 14, and after about 3 weeks on D3, my acne is almost completely gone -- I also had my vitamin D levels checked and found they were a dismal 18.1 SEVERELY LOW! 

I am happier now than I have been in 11 years. Amazing. 

Glad to be able to share this success with a fellow vitamin D beneficiary. :)



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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:01 AM

Oh sorry, I meant to add that he's also taking additional supplements, which his dr. told him to take months ago when he was doing oral chelation.  We found out he had heavy metal toxicity... He did it for 4.5 months, and began breaking out worse, esp. on his back.  It looked like he had a rash all over his back.  She said it would get worse before it got better.  She said it is a gradual process (you don't want to chelate too quickly), and it could take a full year to get fully clear.  Well, we got so discouraged and ran out of patience that we decided to stop the chelation for now.  

 

Sorry, I'm getting off track..  The other supplements he was (and still is) taking are Capryl, N.A.C., Calcium-d Glucarate, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Grape Seed Extract, and a digestive enzyme after each meal.  I think that covers it.  whew.   Plus the OptiZinc.



I didn't read this entire post, but i definitely look forward to it!!! Because I am 25 and have suffered from acne since the age of 14, and after about 3 weeks on D3, my acne is almost completely gone -- I also had my vitamin D levels checked and found they were a dismal 18.1 SEVERELY LOW! 

I am happier now than I have been in 11 years. Amazing. 

Glad to be able to share this success with a fellow vitamin D beneficiary. smile.png

 

Hello!  I'm glad you have found success... was your acne severe?   Which D are you taking and how much?  Did you also see a decrease in oil (sebum) production?  My son's skin is soooo oily, I can't wait for that to decrease (if ever!)



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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:56 PM

Oh sorry, I meant to add that he's also taking additional supplements, which his dr. told him to take months ago when he was doing oral chelation.  We found out he had heavy metal toxicity... He did it for 4.5 months, and began breaking out worse, esp. on his back.  It looked like he had a rash all over his back.  She said it would get worse before it got better.  She said it is a gradual process (you don't want to chelate too quickly), and it could take a full year to get fully clear.  Well, we got so discouraged and ran out of patience that we decided to stop the chelation for now.  

 

Sorry, I'm getting off track..  The other supplements he was (and still is) taking are Capryl, N.A.C., Calcium-d Glucarate, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Grape Seed Extract, and a digestive enzyme after each meal.  I think that covers it.  whew.   Plus the OptiZinc.



I didn't read this entire post, but i definitely look forward to it!!! Because I am 25 and have suffered from acne since the age of 14, and after about 3 weeks on D3, my acne is almost completely gone -- I also had my vitamin D levels checked and found they were a dismal 18.1 SEVERELY LOW! 

I am happier now than I have been in 11 years. Amazing. 

Glad to be able to share this success with a fellow vitamin D beneficiary. smile.png

 

Hello!  I'm glad you have found success... was your acne severe?   Which D are you taking and how much?  Did you also see a decrease in oil (sebum) production?  My son's skin is soooo oily, I can't wait for that to decrease (if ever!)

 

 

 

 

i just wrote a long reply, but my computer malfunctioned... so I'll try and get this right...

 

last summer i started avoiding dairy, was in the sun a lot, putting jojoba oil on my t zone then wiping it off, chemically exfoliating with diluted raw vinegar, washing less (which produce less oil.. overwashing my super oily skin just made things worse) with castile soap (only once a day), and taking a fish oil supplement.

i believe the fish oil and the avoiding dairy rid me of cysts. The jojoba oil was smoothing out my lumpy forehead and melting away the sebum plugs and blackheads, and the sun was unintentionally keeping my neck and jaw clear.

 

At the end of summer, i noticed my neck and jaw was breaking out horribly.. spreading up my cheeks and to my temples... it was awful.. after such a clear summer, i had HUNDREDS of red dots all over my face. I had a physical done January 4th, and she did bloodwork which showed my vitamin D was SEVERELY low. Started taking 4,000 IU of D3 and slowly upped it to 10,000 (which may be too much for me, as my skin's mildly breaking out at the moment...). Almost overnight it got better. skin is smoother. less oily. more glowy. 100Xs better. I have pictures from january 4th until last week. They're pretty impressive, but i really don't want to put anything like that public... i can e-mail you, if you're interested, but again, i am still really embarrassed about this condition.



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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:32 PM

It could definitely hormonal...or digestive...have you tried the "leaky gut" diet approach? Probiotics, etc? Was he breast fed? I have to say one thing about the ACV, too. Fructose allergy doesn't show up in regular tests. It's found via hydrogen breath test. I was drinking acv every day faithfully and putting honey (full of fructose) on my face and in my smoothies and my face was a mess. Now I have eliminated those things and I am oh so much better! Just trying to lend my tokens, I know each persons "cure" is different as we all have relatively "different" causes

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:33 PM

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1.  Get D3, not D2. I started with dry tablets (1000IU) but now also take oil-based capsules (5000IU). I don't think it matters which type you get.

2.  If you are pale, don't go in the sun without sunscreen.  With sunscreen you will be blocking UV, so in either case I wouldn't recommend trying to get a lot of sun to help with the acne.  This helps more for mild acne, not moderate or severe anyway.

3.  Cod Liver Oil does have some Vitamin D in it but not so much you need to worry (unless you are taking lots of Cod Liver Oil).  Add up the amount you are getting from the Cod liver oil and subtract that amount from what you would normally take from a straight Vit D Supplement.

 

If you are looking to start out, look at 1000-2000IU.  4000IU is considered the upper safe tolerable limit per day but this is highly subjective and some researchers/docs believe it should be much higher than this.  If you do take higher levels for long term you should get Vit. D tests every few months to see your current status and discuss with your doc.  Long term you can build up too much in the body but like everything it depends on the person.

Thank you for the info! biggrin.png. So it's possible to build up to much if you take a lot of it or a bit more then the standard amount? and yeah haha I wont go out in the sun to much.. so it's still possible that taking supplements can clear me (if im deficiant.) even though i wont get to many Uv rays on me?



I hope that made sense..

Yes, pretty much anything in too large doses is bad.  Stick to the dosages I have previously stated and you should be just fine.  You don't need the UV rays from the sun if you supplement to get your Vitamin D. 



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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:41 PM

My 4000 IU D3 says to take it every other day, which is what I do. I don't know if it does anything for my oily skin or acne. I take it for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Going to stop when this bottle runs out though.



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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:49 PM

I didn't read this entire post, but i definitely look forward to it!!! Because I am 25 and have suffered from acne since the age of 14, and after about 3 weeks on D3, my acne is almost completely gone -- I also had my vitamin D levels checked and found they were a dismal 18.1 SEVERELY LOW! 

I am happier now than I have been in 11 years. Amazing. 

Glad to be able to share this success with a fellow vitamin D beneficiary. smile.png

 

.  That is awesome. Glad to hear this is working for someone else as well.  I am curious did you have super oily skin too? If so, has Vitamin D significantly reduced sebum production in addition to the acne?



Yes, he's taking other supplements.  He was taking C but we ran out.  I'll get more.  He has been taking OptiZinc, per the dr.'s orders.  I've heard Zinc is good for helping acne.  How do you know it increased your oil? I'm saying it could have been caused by something else maybe?   And he doesn't usually eat greasy food... we aren't regulars at McD's drive thru or anything...haha.  In fact, we don't eat fast food at all... the rare exception is if we are on a road trip and are desperate.

 

 

 

In my experience Zinc won't do much and actually might make things worse.  Zinc, at least topically, is an antimicrobial and may provide some degree of help.  Internally it is given to support immune function and hence is thought to help fight off infections (like inflammatory acne).  However, zinc is mostly needed/used by the sex organs and elevates testosterone levels and related hormones.  These hormones are the ones most implicated in acne pathogenesis. Since increasing zinc levels will likely increase testosterone, it can increase sebum production and hence acne.  I think the effect might be more pronounced for men as zinc is needed for various male functions . I can say I have personally noticed more "vigor" when I am taking zinc so I am pretty sure it increases my T levels and like I mentioned I have noticed a correlation with an increase in sebum whenever I supplement with zinc.

 

So I would suggest ditching the Zinc supplement unless there is another compelling reason your son needs to be on it.

I'm so sorry you were "that kid"... I was too.  Unfortunately now, so is my son.  I am so fearful of what my other 2 kids will go through.  I am already seeing signs in their skin, and they're younger than him. It really does a lot of emotional damage, doesn't it?   What is the earliest age you remember getting acne?  You may have said it in your OP, sorry if you did.  I read the whole thing.. long, but worth reading.  

 

 
I had full on severe acne at 13-14 but I sort of remember having some mild mostly non-inflammatory acne even before that.



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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:08 AM

I do happen to have a bottle of Vitamin D3 in my drawer, I also gave up only after like a few weeks. Can it be any vitamin D3, like from a pharmacy??



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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

Oh sorry, I meant to add that he's also taking additional supplements, which his dr. told him to take months ago when he was doing oral chelation.  We found out he had heavy metal toxicity... He did it for 4.5 months, and began breaking out worse, esp. on his back.  It looked like he had a rash all over his back.  She said it would get worse before it got better.  She said it is a gradual process (you don't want to chelate too quickly), and it could take a full year to get fully clear.  Well, we got so discouraged and ran out of patience that we decided to stop the chelation for now.  

 

Sorry, I'm getting off track..  The other supplements he was (and still is) taking are Capryl, N.A.C., Calcium-d Glucarate, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Grape Seed Extract, and a digestive enzyme after each meal.  I think that covers it.  whew.   Plus the OptiZinc.



I didn't read this entire post, but i definitely look forward to it!!! Because I am 25 and have suffered from acne since the age of 14, and after about 3 weeks on D3, my acne is almost completely gone -- I also had my vitamin D levels checked and found they were a dismal 18.1 SEVERELY LOW! 

I am happier now than I have been in 11 years. Amazing. 

Glad to be able to share this success with a fellow vitamin D beneficiary. smile.png

 

Hello!  I'm glad you have found success... was your acne severe?   Which D are you taking and how much?  Did you also see a decrease in oil (sebum) production?  My son's skin is soooo oily, I can't wait for that to decrease (if ever!)

 

 

 

oh! Sorry, to answer your other question, i take MegaFood D3 2,000 IU per pill. Also I had some 1,000 IU Shaklee D3 lying around, that i've taken intermittently, but it's "expired" so i don't trust it's potency to take only that. Besides, i like Megafood more.



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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:39 AM

Oh sorry, I meant to add that he's also taking additional supplements, which his dr. told him to take months ago when he was doing oral chelation.  We found out he had heavy metal toxicity... He did it for 4.5 months, and began breaking out worse, esp. on his back.  It looked like he had a rash all over his back.  She said it would get worse before it got better.  She said it is a gradual process (you don't want to chelate too quickly), and it could take a full year to get fully clear.  Well, we got so discouraged and ran out of patience that we decided to stop the chelation for now.  

 

Sorry, I'm getting off track..  The other supplements he was (and still is) taking are Capryl, N.A.C., Calcium-d Glucarate, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Grape Seed Extract, and a digestive enzyme after each meal.  I think that covers it.  whew.   Plus the OptiZinc.



I didn't read this entire post, but i definitely look forward to it!!! Because I am 25 and have suffered from acne since the age of 14, and after about 3 weeks on D3, my acne is almost completely gone -- I also had my vitamin D levels checked and found they were a dismal 18.1 SEVERELY LOW! 

I am happier now than I have been in 11 years. Amazing. 

Glad to be able to share this success with a fellow vitamin D beneficiary. smile.png

 

Hello!  I'm glad you have found success... was your acne severe?   Which D are you taking and how much?  Did you also see a decrease in oil (sebum) production?  My son's skin is soooo oily, I can't wait for that to decrease (if ever!)

 

 

 

 

i just wrote a long reply, but my computer malfunctioned... so I'll try and get this right...

 

last summer i started avoiding dairy, was in the sun a lot, putting jojoba oil on my t zone then wiping it off, chemically exfoliating with diluted raw vinegar, washing less (which produce less oil.. overwashing my super oily skin just made things worse) with castile soap (only once a day), and taking a fish oil supplement.

i believe the fish oil and the avoiding dairy rid me of cysts. The jojoba oil was smoothing out my lumpy forehead and melting away the sebum plugs and blackheads, and the sun was unintentionally keeping my neck and jaw clear.

 

At the end of summer, i noticed my neck and jaw was breaking out horribly.. spreading up my cheeks and to my temples... it was awful.. after such a clear summer, i had HUNDREDS of red dots all over my face. I had a physical done January 4th, and she did bloodwork which showed my vitamin D was SEVERELY low. Started taking 4,000 IU of D3 and slowly upped it to 10,000 (which may be too much for me, as my skin's mildly breaking out at the moment...). Almost overnight it got better. skin is smoother. less oily. more glowy. 100Xs better. I have pictures from january 4th until last week. They're pretty impressive, but i really don't want to put anything like that public... i can e-mail you, if you're interested, but again, i am still really embarrassed about this condition.

 

Thank you for the info on your regimen and experience.  I have heard good things about jojoba oil but my son has never tried it.  He is still using tea tree oil, which seems to help but sometimes not fast enough, LOL.  I would love to see your before/after photos.  I understand about you not wanting to post them.  How do we do a private email?   through the profile?  Sorry I'm new to the site.



It could definitely hormonal...or digestive...have you tried the "leaky gut" diet approach? Probiotics, etc? Was he breast fed? I have to say one thing about the ACV, too. Fructose allergy doesn't show up in regular tests. It's found via hydrogen breath test. I was drinking acv every day faithfully and putting honey (full of fructose) on my face and in my smoothies and my face was a mess. Now I have eliminated those things and I am oh so much better! Just trying to lend my tokens, I know each persons "cure" is different as we all have relatively "different" causes

 

The dr. told us that he does seem to have a leaky gut.  He had a thermogram done last summer which revealed that.  He hasn't exactly tried the "leaky gut" diet though... she said to take him completely off gluten, and she gave him digestive enzymes.  He is *mostly* gluten free, but at his age it's really really hard to stick to it 100%.  I completely believe in healing skin through diet, however it is SO hard to do for anyone, much less a teenager these days...  when everyone around you is eating the S.A.D. and you're not... it's hard.  And it makes him feel like a freak, esp. when other kids call him "weird" or whatever.  sigh...  there has to be an easier way.  Yes Accutane is much easier, but I mean an easier AND safe way.   Still not completely ruling out Accutane though, if it comes to that down the road... hope not.

 

We are not familiar with the hydrogen breath test.. what is it?   That is interesting.  I am a firm believer in ACV, I was raised on it as my mother discovered it back in the 60s-70s along with other folk remedies, like honey.  But I guess it's possible that my son could have a fructose allergy.  Yes, he was breast-fed, for 14 months.   I realize now that I was very toxic when I conceived and nursed him.. ugh.  I never de-toxed from the Accutane, plus I wasn't eating the healthiest back then, was eating too much restaurant food (including fast food), so it makes sense that he would be very toxic too.



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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:22 AM


Oh sorry, I meant to add that he's also taking additional supplements, which his dr. told him to take months ago when he was doing oral chelation.  We found out he had heavy metal toxicity... He did it for 4.5 months, and began breaking out worse, esp. on his back.  It looked like he had a rash all over his back.  She said it would get worse before it got better.  She said it is a gradual process (you don't want to chelate too quickly), and it could take a full year to get fully clear.  Well, we got so discouraged and ran out of patience that we decided to stop the chelation for now.  
 
Sorry, I'm getting off track..  The other supplements he was (and still is) taking are Capryl, N.A.C., Calcium-d Glucarate, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Grape Seed Extract, and a digestive enzyme after each meal.  I think that covers it.  whew.   Plus the OptiZinc.


I didn't read this entire post, but i definitely look forward to it!!! Because I am 25 and have suffered from acne since the age of 14, and after about 3 weeks on D3, my acne is almost completely gone -- I also had my vitamin D levels checked and found they were a dismal 18.1 SEVERELY LOW! 
I am happier now than I have been in 11 years. Amazing. 
Glad to be able to share this success with a fellow vitamin D beneficiary. smile.png

 
Hello!  I'm glad you have found success... was your acne severe?   Which D are you taking and how much?  Did you also see a decrease in oil (sebum) production?  My son's skin is soooo oily, I can't wait for that to decrease (if ever!)
 
 
 
 
i just wrote a long reply, but my computer malfunctioned... so I'll try and get this right...
 
last summer i started avoiding dairy, was in the sun a lot, putting jojoba oil on my t zone then wiping it off, chemically exfoliating with diluted raw vinegar, washing less (which produce less oil.. overwashing my super oily skin just made things worse) with castile soap (only once a day), and taking a fish oil supplement.
i believe the fish oil and the avoiding dairy rid me of cysts. The jojoba oil was smoothing out my lumpy forehead and melting away the sebum plugs and blackheads, and the sun was unintentionally keeping my neck and jaw clear.
 
At the end of summer, i noticed my neck and jaw was breaking out horribly.. spreading up my cheeks and to my temples... it was awful.. after such a clear summer, i had HUNDREDS of red dots all over my face. I had a physical done January 4th, and she did bloodwork which showed my vitamin D was SEVERELY low. Started taking 4,000 IU of D3 and slowly upped it to 10,000 (which may be too much for me, as my skin's mildly breaking out at the moment...). Almost overnight it got better. skin is smoother. less oily. more glowy. 100Xs better. I have pictures from january 4th until last week. They're pretty impressive, but i really don't want to put anything like that public... i can e-mail you, if you're interested, but again, i am still really embarrassed about this condition.
 
Thank you for the info on your regimen and experience.  I have heard good things about jojoba oil but my son has never tried it.  He is still using tea tree oil, which seems to help but sometimes not fast enough, LOL.  I would love to see your before/after photos.  I understand about you not wanting to post them.  How do we do a private email?   through the profile?  Sorry I'm new to the site.

It could definitely hormonal...or digestive...have you tried the "leaky gut" diet approach? Probiotics, etc? Was he breast fed? I have to say one thing about the ACV, too. Fructose allergy doesn't show up in regular tests. It's found via hydrogen breath test. I was drinking acv every day faithfully and putting honey (full of fructose) on my face and in my smoothies and my face was a mess. Now I have eliminated those things and I am oh so much better! Just trying to lend my tokens, I know each persons "cure" is different as we all have relatively "different" causes

 
The dr. told us that he does seem to have a leaky gut.  He had a thermogram done last summer which revealed that.  He hasn't exactly tried the "leaky gut" diet though... she said to take him completely off gluten, and she gave him digestive enzymes.  He is *mostly* gluten free, but at his age it's really really hard to stick to it 100%.  I completely believe in healing skin through diet, however it is SO hard to do for anyone, much less a teenager these days...  when everyone around you is eating the S.A.D. and you're not... it's hard.  And it makes him feel like a freak, esp. when other kids call him "weird" or whatever.  sigh...  there has to be an easier way.  Yes Accutane is much easier, but I mean an easier AND safe way.   Still not completely ruling out Accutane though, if it comes to that down the road... hope not.
 
We are not familiar with the hydrogen breath test.. what is it?   That is interesting.  I am a firm believer in ACV, I was raised on it as my mother discovered it back in the 60s-70s along with other folk remedies, like honey.  But I guess it's possible that my son could have a fructose allergy.  Yes, he was breast-fed, for 14 months.   I realize now that I was very toxic when I conceived and nursed him.. ugh.  I never de-toxed from the Accutane, plus I wasn't eating the healthiest back then, was eating too much restaurant food (including fast food), so it makes sense that he would be very toxic too.

I don't know much about accutane's effect on nursing, but I've been proudly nursing both my daughters - one just turned three, and the other is 15 months. Your food intake is (yes debatable) has little to do with the output of milk. The breast has a pretty good, though not perfect filter for baby. I have always hoped the extended nursing would help lesser my field's chance of acne :( it's a miserable condition.

I don't know how to send private messages, as I'm new here too.. but I could figure it out on my laptop (using a mobile version of acne.org).

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:28 AM

Hi,

This topic is so interesting that I decided to register. I'm 24 male with horrible oily skin (really really tooo much sebum) and acne on my face, shoulders, back and chest. Plus I have seborrheic dermatitis on all those areas too.

I tried many topical treatments and antibiotics. They help a bit only when I take them, but this is not what I'm looking for. 

 

I'm really strong beliver in vitamin D. My skin is always much better during the summer. Now I have winter and my skin is one big inflammated mess. I decided to try out vitamin D3 supplementation. I take it for 5 days with 1600 UI dose after the meal. I will let you know about my possible progress.

 

I want also to say something about zinc supplementaion. I know many people say it's good for skin etc. Topicaly maybe it helps me a bit, but supplementing with zinc makes my acne worse along with more sebum production. It has to be hormonal related, raising testosterone and dht.

 

 



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Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:29 PM

I got tested a few years ago for vitamin d deficiency and sure enough i was severely low in it. I was put on three times the recommended daily dose for 3 months and within a few months my skin started clearing up. Stupidly, when it came to my acne, I didn't put two and two together and i stopped taking the supplements when my levels got re-tested and came out as normal. My skin stayed under control for about a year after but now it is flaring up again and starting to go completely downhill.

 

Since originally being prescribed it I have read a lot of information about vitamin D and now realise that it was probably one of the main reasons for my skin clearing up.....needless to say I am back on it, along with a change of diet....skin is already improving after just 4 weeks.

 

This might have been mentioned in other posts but it is recommended that you take cod liver oil supplements with the vitamin D supplements as it helps promote better absorption (my endocrinologist told me that when i was prescribed it).

 

I'll be posting more info about it on my blog:

 

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:39 PM

i've been taking 3000 iu vitamin d3 tablet form for a little over week. I actually tried this before but didn't notice anything so I just gave this up. But after reading how it can reduce facial oil , i had to give it a try again. First couple days, my face got a little more oilier but then after about a week or so, i definitely noticed a decrease in facial oil which i have a  huge problem with. I still get some minor pimples but nothing serious but this helped alot with facial oiliness and my complexion looks outstanding. 

 

But just yesterday I started to get some stomach cramps and I did read that when you overdose on vitamin d3 , stomach cramps were one of the symptoms. But I'm like taking only 3000 iu and only for one week so at this point, Im a little confused. So I'm going to drop it to 2000 iu and see if i still get the benefits while eliminating this stomach cramps i've been receiving. But so far I've been really happy with the results....



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Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:42 PM

Hello everyone!   Well, I took my son to get a blood test, and the results came back today... his Vit. D level is 32  :(    But I'm actually kinda glad, b/c it gives me hope that maybe we're on the right track, and maybe just maybe, that's why his skin has been so oily and constantly breaking out...

 

Today is day #11 of supplementing, and I *think* it's looking better.... looking less oily, and he doesn't seem to be getting new lesions as quickly on his face.  The ones he IS getting seem to be smaller, more superficial bumps that come to a head quicker and go away faster... but I don't want to speak too soon.  I can only hope it keeps getting better.

 

HOWEVER, his back looks horrible still, and his neck/shoulders also...  Chest is broken out too, but not nearly as bad as his back.  I will keep him on this regimen for several more weeks and pray that everything keeps improving!   I'm not super worried about his back right now, as it's not swimming season, but as it gets closer to summer, I will be more concerned about it.  He loves to go swimming, and we live in the South where it gets really hot..  redface.gif



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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:59 PM

txngrl - Glad to hear your son is seeing improvement.  11 days is still very early in the process so if he is already experiencing less oily skin and smaller breakouts that is a very good sign.  It's going to take weeks or likely months before things really settle down with any successful treatment for his severity of acne.so don't get discouraged if he takes two steps forward and one step back every so often; things don't necessarily improve in a linear fashion. 



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:18 AM

I got a test done a while ago btw, my doctor said my level was 70. So I guess vitamin d isn't my problem? Weird cause the only thing I can think of that has vit d is my Cod liver oil (3x day) and I don't go out in the sun much at all, actually hardly. 

I heard there is 2 tests though. soo..?



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

Basically my question is: what should I do with it now? or am i fine and healthy in vitamin d? :)



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:53 PM

If you are taking that much Cod liver oil (and have for a long time) it is possible you have raised your Vitamin D levels that way.  Also, if you consume a fair amount of milk and yogurt fortified with Vitamin D, that may be helping your levels as well.  Also, it depends on what time of year you were checked.  Highest levels for most folks would be end of summer when most people are getting more sun and by then Vitamin D levels have built up from sun exposure during the summer months.  Levels drop off from that high point in late summer until next spring/summer again.  So if you were tested in summer, that may explain your high number, but your status could be much different now, in the middle of winter.  From everything I've read, pretty much everyone is deficient during winter months and should supplement, unless of course you live near the equator or drink a gallon of fortified milk a day.

 

Also I would recommend you actually get the written report of the test.  Sometimes rushed docs misread your tests, especially if this was a comprehensive blood panel done and there were lots of other numbers on the report.






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