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Cured! Vitamin D3, Calcium & Magnesium

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Hi,

I've suffered with acne for over ten years. Nothing has ever cleared it up for me- and I've tried everything except for accutane.

A couple of years ago, an endocrinologist suggested I go on vitamin d3 supplements for a deficiency. I was so deficient that I was prescribed 3 times the daily dose for 4 months and then twice the daily dose for the long term.

My skin miraculously cleared up for the first time ever, but as I have PCOS I put this down to a contraceptive pill finally working for me. When my vitamin d3 levels returned to normal I stopped the supplements altogether.

Within a year my acne started coming back with a vengeance and since it was after a miserable summer and horrible winter I guessed my vitamin d3 might be low again and started taking the supplements as before.

6 months later and I've stopped breaking out again. I just have the scars left to get rid of, but no active acne.

I have taken nothing else! Literally just vitamin d3! I introduced calcium & magnesium after reading that the three complement each other, but apart from that, it's just the vitamin d3 that I have to thank!

So, I'd urge you to try it, especially those who don't get much sun or have PCOS. These are common factors for a deficiency.

P.s- I have before and after photos- if anyone wants to see, message me. I can't work out how to post them from my iPhone!

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That's awesome Lily87 :) Thanx for sharing your remedy !!! Sounds like your endocrinologist is a bona fide & knowledgeable health professional....

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congratulations!

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Awesome! I'm so glad you were able to pinpoint the one thing that cleared you up, and go back to it after the breakout came back. I added D3 to my supplement regimen 2+ months ago, and I am 100% clear right now. I haven't had any active acne in weeks! I changed several things (diet, cleansing routine, exercise, acupuncture, a few other supplements) at the same time that I added D3, so I cannot say if the D3 itself was/is the one thing that cleared my skin of acne. When I get a bit more confidence, I will eliminate one supplement at a time, to see which is helping, and which is extraneous. I am so.happy for you!!!

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Thanks guys!

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Thanks guys! My endocrinologist is great, so I feel safe continuing with double the daily dose as maintenance. A lot of people would probably even recommend upping that but I guess sticking with what's working for me is sensible!

3lilpigs, sounds like you are doing loads of great stuff at the mo and it's brilliant that you're 100% free. It's always a bit daunting cutting things out to pinpoint what the true fix is! With me, I did a low GI, pretty much diabetic friendly diet whilst taking the vit d3 and I phased that out and my skin got no worse....so although I think diet makes a huge difference for a lot of people; for me it didn't seem to be much of a trigger. Good luck to you with getting to the bottom of things. It's such a relief to find what works!

And good luck to anyone trying vit d3. Always give it at least 3/4 months when waiting for results! whistling.gif)

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Hi there,

Just checked my tablets, so actually what I'm taking is two 25ug tablets per day. 25ug is equivalent to 1,000 I.U. It says here that one 25ug tablet/ 1,000 I.U is 500% of the recommended daily allowance.

The packaging on these tablets recommends taking one tablet per day as the daily dose. When I was deficient my endocrinologist advised me to take 3 of these per day (3,000 I.U) for about 4 months and then continue with 2 of them (2,000 I.U) per day after that.

So I guess what I am taking at the moment is actually 1000% of the recommended daily allowance (according to this packaging)- but as far as my specialist is concerned he refers to it as three times the daily dose because he considers one of these tablets to be the typically adequate daily allowance!

Hopefully that clarifies! I have read that 400 I.U is the generally stated daily dose, but also that some experts recommend up to 5,000 per day. It seems to be quite debatable- hence i'm going with what my endo advised for me.

I believe from what i have read that it is possible to overdose on vitamin d3 if you are taking huge doses every day, but apparently it's quite rare for that to happen. In an ideal world, we could all get blood tests and tailor the dosage to our needs but if you're having to take a guess, I reckon 2,000 I.U is likely to be a safe dosage for those like me who don't get a lot of time in the sunshine!

Hope that helps!

Thanks guys! My endocrinologist is great, so I feel safe continuing with double the daily dose as maintenance. A lot of people would probably even recommend upping that but I guess sticking with what's working for me is sensible!

3lilpigs, sounds like you are doing loads of great stuff at the mo and it's brilliant that you're 100% free. It's always a bit daunting cutting things out to pinpoint what the true fix is! With me, I did a low GI, pretty much diabetic friendly diet whilst taking the vit d3 and I phased that out and my skin got no worse....so although I think diet makes a huge difference for a lot of people; for me it didn't seem to be much of a trigger. Good luck to you with getting to the bottom of things. It's such a relief to find what works!

And good luck to anyone trying vit d3. Always give it at least 3/4 months when waiting for results! whistling.gif)

So you took 1200 IU of vitamin D? (As I believe the daily dose is 400).

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I definitely agree the vitamin D3 helps clear acne. Whenever I would be out in the sun all day, my acne would miraculously be all clear the following morning. I've been taking 4,000 IU for almost two months and its been helpful along with a good diet.

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Hi there,

Just checked my tablets, so actually what I'm taking is two 25ug tablets per day. 25ug is equivalent to 1,000 I.U. It says here that one 25ug tablet/ 1,000 I.U is 500% of the recommended daily allowance.

The packaging on these tablets recommends taking one tablet per day as the daily dose. When I was deficient my endocrinologist advised me to take 3 of these per day (3,000 I.U) for about 4 months and then continue with 2 of them (2,000 I.U) per day after that.

So I guess what I am taking at the moment is actually 1000% of the recommended daily allowance (according to this packaging)- but as far as my specialist is concerned he refers to it as three times the daily dose because he considers one of these tablets to be the typically adequate daily allowance!

Hopefully that clarifies! I have read that 400 I.U is the generally stated daily dose, but also that some experts recommend up to 5,000 per day. It seems to be quite debatable- hence i'm going with what my endo advised for me.

I believe from what i have read that it is possible to overdose on vitamin d3 if you are taking huge doses every day, but apparently it's quite rare for that to happen. In an ideal world, we could all get blood tests and tailor the dosage to our needs but if you're having to take a guess, I reckon 2,000 I.U is likely to be a safe dosage for those like me who don't get a lot of time in the sunshine!

Hope that helps!

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Hi there,Just checked my tablets, so actually what I'm taking is two 25ug tablets per day. 25ug is equivalent to 1,000 I.U. It says here that one 25ug tablet/ 1,000 I.U is 500% of the recommended daily allowance.The packaging on these tablets recommends taking one tablet per day as the daily dose. When I was deficient my endocrinologist advised me to take 3 of these per day (3,000 I.U) for about 4 months and then continue with 2 of them (2,000 I.U) per day after that.So I guess what I am taking at the moment is actually 1000% of the recommended daily allowance (according to this packaging)- but as far as my specialist is concerned he refers to it as three times the daily dose because he considers one of these tablets to be the typically adequate daily allowance!Hopefully that clarifies! I have read that 400 I.U is the generally stated daily dose, but also that some experts recommend up to 5,000 per day. It seems to be quite debatable- hence i'm going with what my endo advised for me.I believe from what i have read that it is possible to overdose on vitamin d3 if you are taking huge doses every day, but apparently it's quite rare for that to happen. In an ideal world, we could all get blood tests and tailor the dosage to our needs but if you're having to take a guess, I reckon 2,000 I.U is likely to be a safe dosage for those like me who don't get a lot of time in the sunshine!Hope that helps!

Thanks for the info! So I've seen quite a few threads from various people talking about how much vitamin D helped their acne. So I'm sure you're onto something. Strangely, it seems to mostly not work for other posters who start taking vitamin D in response to such threads. I'm wondering whether there might be other factors, could you tell us what other products you use? Topicals, cleansers, etc? Thanks!

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I have noticed that too that others don't seem to have as much success, but one theory that I've had is that maybe it works better for hormonal acne....I know all acne is attributed to high testosterone on some level, so I guess all acne could be deemed hormonal, but in my case, I have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Also, vitamind d, despite being called a vitamin is actually a hormone itself, so maybe it's affect on acne is all linked to an individual's hormones/ hormone imbalance. But I'm no expert and that's just a thought I had.

Anyway; in terms of cleansers, in the past I've tried pretty much everything you could think of or spend money on, and now I tend to go for a really simple routine and the products I use can vary each time I run out if something. I don't often stick to a rigid routine. For the last two months I've been using:

Clearasil Rapid Action Daily Face Wash

Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Lotion now and again when my skin is particularly oily

A French Natural Green Clay face mask once a week or every two weeks (this is a home made one I got from Lytham St Anne's Soap Workshop on eBay and its brilliant)

For years I'd been using Estée Lauder advanced night repair serum on my face at night but for about a month I started using Dr Organic Argon Facial Oil and that seemed to be helping my scarring after the acne calmed down

Now I'm using Olay Regenerist 3 Point Serum because I read so many great reviews about it

In the mornings I just moisturise with an Olay sensitive moisturiser

So that's basically it, but I am a beauty junkie so I'm always trying new things when I discover them and for that reason, my skin never has a solid routine but whatever I do, I usually do it consistently for at least a month before I introduce something new. In the past I've used really harsh products- Clinique anti-blemish solutions, Lancôme Pure Focus, Dermalogica, Retin-A products.....the list goes on. I always find the more gentle I am with my skin the better it responds. These days I try to think of acne as little skin traumas rather than blemishes, and if you had a cut or something on your knee you wouldn't go soaking it in astringent, you'd put something antiseptic on and let it heal. That's why I like the green clay mask for soothing the skin/ drawing out infections, and the other products to keep oil under control/ recondition the skin.

I've tried so many things on my face over the years, including all the usual topical prescriptions from the GP, plus microdermabrasion, retin-a treatments etc, and it's only ever been clearest when I've taken vit d3 and treated it gently!

Hope that helps!

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Clearasil Rapid Action Daily Face Wash

Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Lotion now and again when my skin is particularly oily

A French Natural Green Clay face mask once a week or every two weeks (this is a home made one I got from Lytham St Anne's Soap Workshop on eBay and its brilliant)

For years I'd been using Estée Lauder advanced night repair serum on my face at night but for about a month I started using Dr Organic Argon Facial Oil and that seemed to be helping my scarring after the acne calmed down

Now I'm using Olay Regenerist 3 Point Serum because I read so many great reviews about it

In the mornings I just moisturise with an Olay sensitive moisturiser

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No problem! I've definitely noticed an improvement in how oily my skin gets. I still get a oily greasy t-Zone by the end of the day and first thing in the morning but it's massively improved with the vitamin d and isn't really a bother for me now. I think the green clay mask probably helps keep things under control with the oil production as it seems to literally sap any surface oil right out of my pores. I have sensitive skin though and it is quite drying so I don't use it more than once a week.

I'd tried dermalogica clay style masks for oil reduction in the past and I've never had results like I have with this green clay one.

But anyway, back to the vit d- I definitely think you need at least 3/4 months to start noticing real improvements but even if it doesn't help with your skin, it can only do you good in other ways. With the amount of time people spend inside these days, plus SPF in skin products, more and more people seem to be deficient and that can cause all sorts of other problems.

My endocrinologist originally investigated me for deficiency because I was so tired and had such a low immune system all the time. And it was sort of an added bonus when I realised it was fixing my skin!

If you're interested in the green clay mask, before/ after photos with the vit d, I've posted them on a blog. Message me if you want the link (not sure i can post it in a thread!).

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I would say that my skin always improved if I was exposed to sunlight regularly, sometimes clearing up almost completely.

I know recently I started taking vitamin D supplements again, and my face cleared up, then I ran out of it and it came back, but there has also been very little sun recently and I didn't have the chance to take as much sun as a result, maybe only once or twice a week; it's always raining or cloudy this summer.

I should get my vitamins this week, I broke out this weekend, so hopefully it will help. Going to bed at 2am or 3am is bad too for me.

Like I often said, I think my acne is a combination of improper sleep, lack of sunlight, and both together messing up my ability to digest certain foods. If I get adequate sunlight and proper sleep I can eat or drink anything.

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If you don't mind me asking, do you think that the vitamin D supplement helped your skin in a matter of days. I had severe acne( and still looks like it because of the red marks and acne scars), but it was improving ever since I had at about 5 minutes of sunshine everyday when I went to school. Once my semester finished, I never went out in the day and within a week and a half I started getting big painful cysts on my chin. Just last week, I had 6 cysts on my chin. I started taking a multivitamin, 50 mg of zinc along with copper,and 5,000 iu of D3 just four days ago. Today, I don't have a single cyst on my chin.

Do you think it could be due to the vitamins and minerals? I don't want to get my hopes up. I'm also going to try to get tested for PCOS because before I was 18, I had perfect skin (where a few friends even told me they wished they had my skin). These past two years have been horrible as my acne was very severe and it's obvious that's it's a hormonal problem.

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you are correct,

vitamin d enhances calcium and magnesium absorption.

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The reason why some people don't have luck with D supplements could be because of all the other additives in the supplement. If you have trouble digesting fats and oils, then you need to find a "dry" D supplement. Unfortunately though, oil/fat-free D supplements do not get absorbed well in the body, that's why sunlight works best as the purest form of D3.

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I have had great success with D3 and have no problem digesting my D3 pills, but suppose someone does; is there a D3 injection available (from a Dr, of course)? Would it be as effective, say, once a month, in comparison to daily supplementing? Just curious.

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Maybe I'm not taking enough. It totals 1200ui a day from two different supplements I take (one multi-vitamin, one vitamin D-3 supplement). I think it helps, but I think my acne is hormonal so it doesn't help enough:(

I also have some from fortified almond milk.

It really is difficult going out in the sun on days when your skin looks like crap:|

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the d3 really does help! and possibly cutting out dairy because of the hormones in milk :)

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the d3 really does help! and possibly cutting out dairy because of the hormones in milk smile.png

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What brand of D3 are you taking? I tried so many, and always break out. Some were too "oily" for me, and the megafood brand has yeast in it so I actually broke out from taking them (same with B-complex). What brand of magnesium and calcium worked for you?

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I've been taking 2,000 IU of Vitamin D3, daily, for 2 months now. I've also been taking 50,000 IU Vitamin D2, weekly, for two months as well. So far I've seen little improvement in my skin. I still get cysts and my skin is still very oily. I plan on having my Vitamin D levels checked again soon to see how my levels have risen since starting supplementation.

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the d3 really does help! and possibly cutting out dairy because of the hormones in milk smile.png

Yes. Also, the amount in the milk is negligible.

And the RDAs for D are too low. They were set when they knew very little about the many things it does. And like with most nutrients, they were set at the level to prevent some specific and acute disease that were once observable in cultures here and there where it was common to be deficient. Like with vitamin C and scurvy in sailors. They are are rarely adequate for long term optimal function and health. Although, the need for some is way overblown. Like Calcium. You don't need that much calcium. What you need is the other minerals involved in bone formation and function and to not consume so much of things that leach calcium from your bones. Like soft drinks.

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the d3 really does help! and possibly cutting out dairy because of the hormones in milk smile.png

Yes. Also, the amount in the milk is negligible.

And the RDAs for D are too low. They were set when they knew very little about the many things it does. And like with most nutrients, they were set at the level to prevent some specific and acute disease that were once observable in cultures here and there where it was common to be deficient. Like with vitamin C and scurvy in sailors. They are are rarely adequate for long term optimal function and health. Although, the need for some is way overblown. Like Calcium. You don't need that much calcium. What you need is the other minerals involved in bone formation and function and to not consume so much of things that leach calcium from your bones. Like soft drinks.

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