I don't believe this. I spent the last 7 months devoting my full energy to doing everything I could to solve my minor, but very persistent, acne problem. A very strict diet (no milk products / high-glycemic load foods). I cycled through all the retinoids (tretinion, tazarotene). Nothing worked out. I was going CRAZY. I decided finally that it was time to go on Accutane.
The past several weeks I've noticed that I haven't been getting any acne. I'm completely clear. My derm appointment is in two days, and I have to convince him to give me Accutane, so I've gone off my medication and have been drinking milk by the boatload. But so far, no luck - I'm still completely clear. It seems to be the dryness of winter which has cleared me. If this was the summer, I'd have about a dozen cysts by now based on the amount of milk I've drunk. I've always suspected there was some sort of correlation between my acne and the weather, but now I've confirmed it. Another piece of the puzzle has been discovered.
I still have to go on Accutane, though. All of my acne problems will just return when winter is over. I just hope I can give myself a few juicy pimples before my derm appointment this Monday. But I find this situation ironic. For the past half-year I've wanted nothing more then to be clear. Now I'm clear... and I'm trying to give myself acne.
1.) How long does it take to receive the pills from the time you meet with the derm? Will he write a prescription for you right away? I'm a guy, so I don't believe I have to go through any iPLEDGE stuff.
2.) How long from the time you first take the pills do you notice an oil reduction in your skin?
High-glycemic load foods stimulate androgen production, which in turn causes your skin to churn out more sebum, which causes acne. A high vitamin B5 overdose apparently prevents androgen production.
I was wondering, if, by selectively taking several grams of B5 before and after a high-glycemic load meal, that this would prevent the increase in androgen production caused by the meal. This would give me a safety option should I ever succumb to temptation and eat a high-glycemic load meal.
I am tempted to test this by eating, say, McDonalds followed by a dozen Oreo cookies, which under normal circumstances would make me break out horribly. By taking, say, 2.5 grams of B5 before and after the meal, I wonder if it would make a difference. I ultimately don’t want to try it though, because I am terrified of getting any more acne.