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Lily87

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In Topic: Cured! Vitamin D3, Calcium & Magnesium

30 June 2013 - 04:39 AM

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!).

In Topic: Cured! Vitamin D3, Calcium & Magnesium

30 June 2013 - 02:40 AM

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!

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!

In Topic: Cured! Vitamin D3, Calcium & Magnesium

29 June 2013 - 05:47 PM

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).

.....sorry, forgot to quote you in reply!

In Topic: Mac Studio Fix - Making It Worst?

29 June 2013 - 04:25 PM

Hi, I just replied to another post with an answer relevant to your question. MAC foundations are definitely ones to avoid for me! Way too cakey and congestive on the skin.

Try Lancôme Teint miracle. Love it!

http://www.acne.org/...p/#entry3362651

In Topic: Help Me Find A Good Makeup!

29 June 2013 - 04:21 PM

Hi there,

Have you tried vitamin D3 supplements? If not, definitely give them a try- taking vitamin D3 has stopped me breaking out completely!

As for makeup, a foundation I swear by which has never broken me out is Lancôme Teint Miracle. I love it as it has a dewy, skin like finish, it contains SPF, it's sheer but buildable and stays on all day.

I've also just bought the YSL Touché Éclat foundation which gives a beautiful natural finish but I literally just got it today so can't judge it yet on whether it might cause breakouts. I'm told its gel and waterbased so hoping it won't be a skin aggravator.

For a cheaper option, I really like the Healthy Mix range by Bourjois. The concealer, foundation and powder all worked a treat for me- no breakouts.

Makeup/ products to avoid (in my opinion):

MAC foundations
Creme Blushers
Revlon Colourstay foundation
Too much moisturiser on the skin before foundation
Estée Lauder Doublewear

Hope that helps! 😊