WishClean, usually it is LOW stomach acid that is a culprit in acne (and many other health problems). I should know, I was wrongly diagnosed for high stomach acid when it was actually low for a number of years...the antacids and proton pump inhibitors that were prescribed wreaked havoc on my health. It took me about a year on HCl + Pepsin + Digestive Enzymes to get rid of my IBS symptoms.
I wasn't tested before the antacid prescriptions, which I should have been because high and low stomach acid often have the same symptoms.
3 tests for stomach acid
However, I wouldn't rule out the possibility of hypochloridia (low stomach acid), because getting the acid to the correct levels (such as when you eat something bitter) can trigger a purging reaction fairly quickly in the skin.
Ahh I see. It makes sense. So far I only tried digestive enzymes,probiotics and the leaky gut/low histamine diet, which were helpful, but as soon as I get off track the results are not lasting. I recently read though that probiotics (lactobacillus in particular) can actually do harm to people with low immune systems. Do you think I should lay off the probiotics? The low stomach acid symptoms seem to coincide with leaky gut symptoms too, that's why I found the leaky gut diet helpful. But to fix the gut, all sources recommend probiotics. hmmm
How did you take HCI and pepsin? Did you use any particular brands? The site you linked to recommends Thorne Research. And did it help with your acne?
I haven't figured out a probiotic regimen that really works for me yet. I'm sure I need probiotics because of the extensive time I've spent on antibiotics...but so far it hasn't worked out, I feel worse on them.
Many years ago, when I was going through this whole IBS debacle, I was almost completely clear on HCL + Pepsin + Digestive Enzymes. The only dietary change I had made at that point was no dairy and no sugar. I wasn't on that stuff for acne, I was on it to clear up my IBS, but I noticed it was making positive changes in my skin. This was before I took alternative treatments for acne seriously. I was just waiting to get health insurance again so I could go on Accutane. Even though I was clearing up, I felt that it would come back like it always had, and just wanted that "magic bullet" that Accutane promised.
Well, eventually I got health insurance again, and went to my dermatologist for an Accutane prescription. However because I was so clear, he wouldn't give it to me, and put me on a stronger retinoid and Ortho Tri Cyclen. I broke out pretty bad and spiraled downward. Since my IBS was gone, I soon stopped taking the HCL + Pepsin + Enzymes, and didn't think much about the connection between them and my acne until later.
I used a tablet that combines HCL, Pepsin, and various enzymes. You do need the pepsin. HCL without the pepsin is not nearly as effective. I think the enzymes are slightly less important, since you are supposed to generate those from your pancreas when the gastric acid is secreted, but some people don't have enough of those either.
I don't use these things currently, but if my IBS symptoms flared up I would know where to turn.
As for dosage, I did the "acid test", which is on that page I linked you to in the previous post. The one where you take increasing amounts of capsules until you feel a warming in your stomach. I never felt a warming, but I did find a dosage that gave me heartburn, so I went down from that. Over time, I would get heartburn again, and I would lower it again.
P.S. Inositol slightly increases stomach acid production. Thought you might find that interesting.
Edited by Green Gables, 26 October 2013 - 04:57 PM.