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Hey guys, like the topic says I got some bloodwork done. I had a complete metabolic analysis, vitamin levels checked, lipids checked, Test. and Est. levels checked, and thyroid hormones checked. I was mainly interested in the hormone levels, but I was pretty surprised to hear with the results that everything was great except Vitamin D! The doctor said my Vitamin D was low, which is odd because I eat TONS of milk and greek yogurt (high in Vit. D) for their protein content; so I have to wonder if for whatever reason my body doesn't process it well. Also, it could have just been a bad test and the numbers slightly skewed.

Now most people have probably read the 40 page thread that started after one guy claimed a Vitamin D supplement helped his oily skin; I was one of them. I tried 2500 IU for a week, then got really sick. No whether it was a result of the Vitamin D or just a coincidental bug/virus I have never been able to determine. But, ever since then I have not tried any more Vit. D.

At the recommendation of my doctor, I am starting on a low (1000 IU) daily vitamin D3 supplement to see if it helps my oily skin. Many of you may have read my posts before on the boards, but for those that haven't I am a 20 year old male with very mild acne but sensitive and extremely oily skin. My diet is perfect, I exercise like an athlete, and I have tried numerous oily skin remedies with little to show for it.

I'd recommend anyone having a similar problem to get some blood work done. It's a simple process, just have your family doctor or a general practitioner write you an order (mention the items you want checked, the list in the first paragraph is pretty comprehensive), and then find a medical facility that does bloodwork (your doc will know local ones). The process takes about 10 minutes, and then results usually come in 2-4 days after they've sent them to be tested. It's a good idea because you can get a lot of information from it, and you may catch something important.

I'll post anything notable here with the supplement; good or bad :)

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-- Milk of Magnesia Uses

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-- Oily Skin Research Thread: This shows some of our previous efforts and explains the mechanisms behind oily skin.

-- My failed but enlightening experiment going the "less is more" route, aka "The Caveman Routine"


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Exposure to sunlight can also improve Vit D levels

Good luck

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Exposure to sunlight can also improve Vit D levels

Good luck


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-- DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

-- How to Ice Inflammed or Picked at Cysts

-- Milk of Magnesia Uses

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-- Oily Skin Research Thread: This shows some of our previous efforts and explains the mechanisms behind oily skin.

-- My failed but enlightening experiment going the "less is more" route, aka "The Caveman Routine"


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Glad you finally got that done Ive been really curious about it since you talked about doing it a while back in another post. I plan on doing the same thing after I get off this round of accutane if things go back to where they were before. Thats good that everything came back normal. I was kind of hoping something would show up a little off so we could find what causing our terrible oily skin though. I thought for sure it would have been hormone related. Hopefully it is the Vit D! Anyway good luck and keep us updated.


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Glad you finally got that done Ive been really curious about it since you talked about doing it a while back in another post. I plan on doing the same thing after I get off this round of accutane if things go back to where they were before. Thats good that everything came back normal. I was kind of hoping something would show up a little off so we could find what causing our terrible oily skin though. I thought for sure it would have been hormone related. Hopefully it is the Vit D! Anyway good luck and keep us updated.


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Here's A Few Acne.org Threads Of Mine You May Find Useful/Interesting (updated 7/25/13)

-- DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

-- How to Ice Inflammed or Picked at Cysts

-- Milk of Magnesia Uses

Other Threads Worth Looking At

-- Oily Skin Research Thread: This shows some of our previous efforts and explains the mechanisms behind oily skin.

-- My failed but enlightening experiment going the "less is more" route, aka "The Caveman Routine"


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I hope it turns out to be the solution to your oil problem! I also had very low vitamin D levels, but getting them to normal levels did nothing for my oil or acne :(

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Glad you finally got that done Ive been really curious about it since you talked about doing it a while back in another post. I plan on doing the same thing after I get off this round of accutane if things go back to where they were before. Thats good that everything came back normal. I was kind of hoping something would show up a little off so we could find what causing our terrible oily skin though. I thought for sure it would have been hormone related. Hopefully it is the Vit D! Anyway good luck and keep us updated.

Yea I thought it was going to show elevated androgens, but my levels were only slightly above average. Now I could still be sensitive to the androgens, which may explain why I have symptoms of it without actually having high levels.

I was hoping it would show something because I have run out of practical options for solving the oily skin issue. I have gotten very good at dealing with the issues it causes but it's still a pain in the ass lol.

We'll see if the supplement does anything. My number was somewhere in the low 20s, where the new recommended levels are 50-70. It's really surprising that it's that low considering I get plenty through my diet.

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Glad you finally got that done Ive been really curious about it since you talked about doing it a while back in another post. I plan on doing the same thing after I get off this round of accutane if things go back to where they were before. Thats good that everything came back normal. I was kind of hoping something would show up a little off so we could find what causing our terrible oily skin though. I thought for sure it would have been hormone related. Hopefully it is the Vit D! Anyway good luck and keep us updated.

Yea I thought it was going to show elevated androgens, but my levels were only slightly above average. Now I could still be sensitive to the androgens, which may explain why I have symptoms of it without actually having high levels.

I was hoping it would show something because I have run out of practical options for solving the oily skin issue. I have gotten very good at dealing with the issues it causes but it's still a pain in the ass lol.

We'll see if the supplement does anything. My number was somewhere in the low 20s, where the new recommended levels are 50-70. It's really surprising that it's that low considering I get plenty through my diet.


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Here's A Few Acne.org Threads Of Mine You May Find Useful/Interesting (updated 7/25/13)

-- DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

-- How to Ice Inflammed or Picked at Cysts

-- Milk of Magnesia Uses

Other Threads Worth Looking At

-- Oily Skin Research Thread: This shows some of our previous efforts and explains the mechanisms behind oily skin.

-- My failed but enlightening experiment going the "less is more" route, aka "The Caveman Routine"


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That's interesting that your levels are low despite spending so much time in the sun. I hope supplementing produces good results for you. If I remember correctly, you were using the dry tablet form of vitamin D when you got sick, right? Maybe your body would respond better to the liquid gel caps.

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That's interesting that your levels are low despite spending so much time in the sun. I hope supplementing produces good results for you. If I remember correctly, you were using the dry tablet form of vitamin D when you got sick, right? Maybe your body would respond better to the liquid gel caps.


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-- DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

-- How to Ice Inflammed or Picked at Cysts

-- Milk of Magnesia Uses

Other Threads Worth Looking At

-- Oily Skin Research Thread: This shows some of our previous efforts and explains the mechanisms behind oily skin.

-- My failed but enlightening experiment going the "less is more" route, aka "The Caveman Routine"


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I too was excited upon first reading that long Vitamin D thread; however, after being on Vitamin D for several months, I can say it has had little to no affect on my complexion. Still, I need to get the follow-up blood test to see how much my levels have actually risen. Some people can take all the Vitamin D they want but their body may have an innate difficulty absorbing it.


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Supplements: Vitamin D3, krill oil, zinc, and comprehensive detox protocol by Bio-Botanical Research. 

Diet: 100% paleo since circa 2014. Recently began including grass-fed liver; bone broth; fermented foods; and more greens into my diet. I cannot stress enough that healing your gut is critical to overcoming acne and all other related health issues. Sleep, exercise, stress management, and social interaction are also very important.

Status as of 04/15/2016: Renu 28 honestly seems to have helped my skin. Usually I am very skeptical of topical treatments because acne is the result of hidden internal stressors (hormones, gut bacteria, food sensitivities, blood sugar response, etc.) but this seems to have provided some level of relief.


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I too was excited upon first reading that long Vitamin D thread; however, after being on Vitamin D for several months, I can say it has had little to no affect on my complexion. Still, I need to get the follow-up blood test to see how much my levels have actually risen. Some people can take all the Vitamin D they want but their body may have an innate difficulty absorbing it.


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Here's A Few Acne.org Threads Of Mine You May Find Useful/Interesting (updated 7/25/13)

-- DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

-- How to Ice Inflammed or Picked at Cysts

-- Milk of Magnesia Uses

Other Threads Worth Looking At

-- Oily Skin Research Thread: This shows some of our previous efforts and explains the mechanisms behind oily skin.

-- My failed but enlightening experiment going the "less is more" route, aka "The Caveman Routine"


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I too was excited upon first reading that long Vitamin D thread; however, after being on Vitamin D for several months, I can say it has had little to no affect on my complexion. Still, I need to get the follow-up blood test to see how much my levels have actually risen. Some people can take all the Vitamin D they want but their body may have an innate difficulty absorbing it.

Did you have blood tests done before taking vitamin D to see if you were difficient? From what I've read it only helps skin if you have a difficiency, it does nothing if you have a surplus


Current Health Strategy

Supplements: Vitamin D3, krill oil, zinc, and comprehensive detox protocol by Bio-Botanical Research. 

Diet: 100% paleo since circa 2014. Recently began including grass-fed liver; bone broth; fermented foods; and more greens into my diet. I cannot stress enough that healing your gut is critical to overcoming acne and all other related health issues. Sleep, exercise, stress management, and social interaction are also very important.

Status as of 04/15/2016: Renu 28 honestly seems to have helped my skin. Usually I am very skeptical of topical treatments because acne is the result of hidden internal stressors (hormones, gut bacteria, food sensitivities, blood sugar response, etc.) but this seems to have provided some level of relief.


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Dairy products (and soy products) are fortified with vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), not D3 (cholecalciferol).

D3 is 87% more potent than D2 and is converted into the active form by your body 500 times faster than D2.

I personally recommend short amounts of raw sun exposure (30 minutes or more a day) without sunscreen or makeup. And not behind glass because glass filters out the UV rays needed to stimulate vitamin D3. Yeah, there are pills, but in clinical trials the body doesn't absorb it very well through a pill. There are vitamin D shots, but those are vitamin D2.

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Dairy products (and soy products) are fortified with vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), not D3 (cholecalciferol).

D3 is 87% more potent than D2 and is converted into the active form by your body 500 times faster than D2.

I personally recommend short amounts of raw sun exposure (30 minutes or more a day) without sunscreen or makeup. And not behind glass because glass filters out the UV rays needed to stimulate vitamin D3. Yeah, there are pills, but in clinical trials the body doesn't absorb it very well through a pill. There are vitamin D shots, but those are vitamin D2.


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Here's A Few Acne.org Threads Of Mine You May Find Useful/Interesting (updated 7/25/13)

-- DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

-- How to Ice Inflammed or Picked at Cysts

-- Milk of Magnesia Uses

Other Threads Worth Looking At

-- Oily Skin Research Thread: This shows some of our previous efforts and explains the mechanisms behind oily skin.

-- My failed but enlightening experiment going the "less is more" route, aka "The Caveman Routine"


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Did you have blood tests done before taking vitamin D to see if you were difficient?


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Nope lol, I'm mostly Irish and Italian


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Here's A Few Acne.org Threads Of Mine You May Find Useful/Interesting (updated 7/25/13)

-- DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

-- How to Ice Inflammed or Picked at Cysts

-- Milk of Magnesia Uses

Other Threads Worth Looking At

-- Oily Skin Research Thread: This shows some of our previous efforts and explains the mechanisms behind oily skin.

-- My failed but enlightening experiment going the "less is more" route, aka "The Caveman Routine"


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Hey everybody,

This is the one week update. Skin looks good, no large active pimples, and oil production may be slightly decreased but it is hard to tell. It is incredibly hard to objectively judge yourself, especially when your are hoping for a certain result. I would say oil production has changed about 10%, but that could be from the Vitamin D, lifestyle change (back at school = different food+less lifting+less sleep), or something to do with the weather (not very humid the past week), or a combination of all these.

Things look good, but only time will tell if these are consistent, noticeable changes or just part of the cyclical nature of acne. I broke the golden rule of scientific experimentation; ONLY CHANGE ONE VARIABLE lol. With all the new changes I just described above, it's ungodly hard to logically figure out which is having the greatest effect on my skin, if anything at all. Throw in a little bit of experimental bias (I'm hoping D3 has a positive effect) and you've got the perfect storm for an indeterminate result haha.

I'll be taking this at least until the Holidays, so I'd imagine more time would give a better picture.

The good news is that at least it didn't make me sick again :) The last time I tried it I must have just contracted some random flu-like virus the first week I was taking it haha.

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Here's A Few Acne.org Threads Of Mine You May Find Useful/Interesting (updated 7/25/13)

-- DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

-- How to Ice Inflammed or Picked at Cysts

-- Milk of Magnesia Uses

Other Threads Worth Looking At

-- Oily Skin Research Thread: This shows some of our previous efforts and explains the mechanisms behind oily skin.

-- My failed but enlightening experiment going the "less is more" route, aka "The Caveman Routine"


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Two week update: Nothing really new, still seeing what I believe to be a minor improvement in skin's oil production (lessening of it to be clear). It'll take another couple weeks before I can really make a good judgement on what's doing what.


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Here's A Few Acne.org Threads Of Mine You May Find Useful/Interesting (updated 7/25/13)

-- DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

-- How to Ice Inflammed or Picked at Cysts

-- Milk of Magnesia Uses

Other Threads Worth Looking At

-- Oily Skin Research Thread: This shows some of our previous efforts and explains the mechanisms behind oily skin.

-- My failed but enlightening experiment going the "less is more" route, aka "The Caveman Routine"


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I haven't had milk/dairy in almost 6 weeks (I used to eat a lot of cheese), and it may have helped things. But I changed too many variables to know lol. Though in my biased opinion, I think it has affected me in the past. Will be interesting to see your results in a couple of weeks though


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Is oily skin your only health problem? Did you have your testosterone levels tested?

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Is oily skin your only health problem? Did you have your testosterone levels tested?


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Here's A Few Acne.org Threads Of Mine You May Find Useful/Interesting (updated 7/25/13)

-- DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

-- How to Ice Inflammed or Picked at Cysts

-- Milk of Magnesia Uses

Other Threads Worth Looking At

-- Oily Skin Research Thread: This shows some of our previous efforts and explains the mechanisms behind oily skin.

-- My failed but enlightening experiment going the "less is more" route, aka "The Caveman Routine"


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You could be athletic but still suffer IBS, dandruff... I just meant things like that. Have you been tested for food intolerances? Sometimes vitamin D can be linked to the kidneys... oily skin is a mystery, have you tried wearing an oil free moisturiser? Sometimes the skin just over produces because it's dry. Sorry I can't help much further.

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You could be athletic but still suffer IBS, dandruff... I just meant things like that. Have you been tested for food intolerances? Sometimes vitamin D can be linked to the kidneys... oily skin is a mystery, have you tried wearing an oil free moisturiser? Sometimes the skin just over produces because it's dry. Sorry I can't help much further.


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Here's A Few Acne.org Threads Of Mine You May Find Useful/Interesting (updated 7/25/13)

-- DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

-- How to Ice Inflammed or Picked at Cysts

-- Milk of Magnesia Uses

Other Threads Worth Looking At

-- Oily Skin Research Thread: This shows some of our previous efforts and explains the mechanisms behind oily skin.

-- My failed but enlightening experiment going the "less is more" route, aka "The Caveman Routine"


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Sorry to have offended you, naturally I thought anyone on here was asking for help. Personally I don't believe in Vitamin deficiency's causing skin disease, Vitamin D deficiency causes rickets, that's about it. I don't see people who live in dark countries where there's not much sun getting skin problems. If you do go down the Saw Palmetto route, Peppermint Tea is also supposed to lower androgens.

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