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!!!
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 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.