Acne Treatment by inhibiting 5-Alpha Reductase Enz
Posted 27 April 2005 - 07:22 PM
Indeed, it does a nice of job of including quite a few successful treatments/regimens people on this board.
Stage 1 (Treatment):
* (Daily) Isocare Skin Control Cleanser, Dream Products Customized Natural Face Lotion & Coppertone Sport Spray Sunscreen (mixed)
* (Sporadically) spot treat w/ anti-inflammatory (neosporin, hydrocortisone, salicylic acid) or a skin lightener (post-inflammatory pigmentation) to treat stubborn cystic/nodular acne that appears due to unknowingly or knowingly ingesting a food/ingredient that breaks me out (I do my best to avoid these foods). If you cover treated area w/ a bandaid, it makes product more effective.
Stage 2 (Prevention): "cheapest" method ~ Since Aug. 2002
* Follow a Gluten-Free, Trans-Fat Free, Dairy-Free and No Added Sugar diet for my Insulin Resistance/Hyperandrogenism (Silent Chronic Inflammatory Syndrome)
* Avoid ALL types of nuts and the Genus Prunus (almonds, plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries), Bananas, Pineapples, Cottonseed oil, Artificial Sweetners.
Stage 3 (Correction):
* 1/18/08 Ultimate Colon Cleanse (30 day program)
* Developing functional foods for those with acne & other special needs (assuming there's a defficiency).
* Developing good & "safe" formulas for various hormonal issues for women. Correction stage may resolve this for some.
Posted 27 April 2005 - 07:50 PM
I think the claims at that link are absurd. Trust me on this: I've been very interested for a long time in ways to inhibit 5a-reductase, and I've never seen anything suggesting that a high-protein diet would do it. The other claims are highly dubious, too.
And has been mentioned a number of times already on this site, a very recent study found that a potent systemic 5a-reductase type 1 inhibitor had no effect on acne, anyway.
I certainly wouldn't go overboard eating large amounts of protein just because of the specious statements made at that link.
Posted 29 April 2005 - 01:57 PM
I know spironolactone worked for my oil production because I just went off it again, and for the second time my face is back to it's hyper-oily state. It really sucks.
Saw Palmetto did nothing but upset my stomach. Zinc I take, not for oil production but more for skin healing.
I might just take the link off because I don't want to send someone on a mad dash to a homeopathic store and empty their wallet.
I guess to reduce oil I have to go prescription.
Posted 29 April 2005 - 02:09 PM
i.e. balance the protein : carb ratio to be 4:3 by grams (or calories)
There's something there, but I have no idea what enzyme was involved.
Posted 29 April 2005 - 03:09 PM
I eat a shitload of protein every day, and my acne is better now than it ever has been. Maybe this is just a coincidence, but it could certainly be helping. Additionally the main time that I get acne is when I go out drinking. Now it could certainly be the alcohol that does it, but it could also be the high carb beer/liquor that isn't balanced out by any protein whatsoever. I mean on an average night drinking I'm getting 2000-3000 cals just from carbs, whereas in an average day I'm getting 2000-3000 cals from protein.
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