I don't agree with that, people here may seem good-hearted, but they do not realise the harm they are doing. I suffer from male pattern baldness, and at least, in that area, it's definitive, nothing natural will regrow hair, we know that to be a fact. Yet there are still people who will come to the hair loss forums now and then to claim that they've regrown their hair by going vegan or by stopping masturbation (this one is popular on the acne forums too).
You see proof? Again that's a misconception, it's not proof, it's just what you say, your word against another person's word.
Unless you can truly prove your claims (on hair loss forums, we demand before/after pictures obviously), just don't say anything, it's useless and you're not helping anyone. Plus you'll notice that everyone in this thread say something different helped them. From vegan diet to putting more oil on their face to reduce the oil on their face. Would people have to try them all? Does everyone have the time, patience and money for that? What happens afterwards when you found out you wasted your time and it did nothing?
The bottom line is, people need to focus on the science so they can avoid wasting their time, money energy and sometimes their dignity.
Isotretinoin, high doses of vitamin A, vitamin B5, estrogens (for women) truly reduce oily skin for example, and there are studies that prove it, so it wouldn't be a shot in the dark.
So this is what worked for me in a few months for controlling my oily skin, I'll keep it simple:
30 mg L-Optizinc, 500 mg of vitamin B5 and 25000 IU of vitamin A.
It took about 3 months to work full force, don't expect an overnight change or even changes in weeks. Also, try to do regular blood-checks for the vitamin A. I know it's dangerous, but I think it's worth it when you have an horribly oily skin like me. Everyday life is way better now that I have an oil production like other normal people. No more shiny greasy looking face, no more blotting like a weirdo in front of everybody.
Good luck to everyone.
Update: after 9 months on that regimen, I decided to drop one pill of each once a day. Also, if it doesn't work full-force for you, you can still add Milk of Magnesia to your regimen. I tried it and it can really make your skin look mate for an entire day.
Hi everyone, here's my story. I've had acne since, well since I was 13 years old maybe like all the teenagers, it was kinda mild, my dermatologist never considered Acctuane and I thought he was right, then near 18 years old, I had clear face again and I'd have to wait a year for my acne to come back.
I've always had a big problem with skin picking, scratch pop wipe, reapeat. It caused me troubles like sometimes I couldn't go to university because of it. Sometimes I thought I would be clear if I didn't pick.
One of the most important changes. I will not go into the details, every acne sufferers should know the song: no dairy, low GI foods and little sugar.
Fish oil, Zinc (60 mg), Vitamin A (50000 IU), Vitamin B5 (1g) 25000 IU of Vitamin D (twice a month)
I took Lexapro for depression and anxiety and suspected it to cause some break outs at the beginning. I also took Trazodone for sleep with no negative effect on acne. And finally I apply minoxidil for Male Pattern Baldness, I know, acne and hairloss started at 17, I'm not very lucky.
I drink alcohol with moderation and I've never smoked. I never drink coffee either. I sleep 8h per night and try to keep stress at bay even if it's difficult for me.
I wish you all the best to end your acne problem. It's so relieving to not have to stress because your face is a mess. Have a nice day!
This is the stupidest thing I've ever read, nothing works except Accutane, a lot of things can work depending the severity of your acne. Changing your diet, supplements, topicals. Personally I take zinc, Omega 3, chromium, and the vitamin a, and they are all working great. And in fact I absolutely don't take topicals. I recommend everyone with acne to try Vitamin A before Accutane, it can do wonders, and don't tell me the overdosing thing, Accutane is just a mega overdose of vitamin A and people do fine (or not) with it.