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In Topic: Why Did A Few Days In The Sun Clear Me Up When Vitamin D3 Did Not?

24 July 2015 - 01:17 PM

I'm just like you, Vit. D is not noticeably helpful but a few hours of sun a day really reduces my overall acne.

"Human skin naturally produces fumaric acid when exposed to sunlight." quote from https://en.wikipedia...ki/Fumaric_acid

Fumaric acid is used to treat psoriaris and acne topically and orally: http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/17456929

UV light (sun exposure) also produces retinoic acid from Vitamin A. Notice how Accutane is a derivative of Vitamin A. Also some people have success in taking large amounts of Vitamin A supplements. I think they could improve alot more if they got more daily sun exposure.  Go to this topic and scroll down about a 1/3rd of the way. Alterntivista talks about how people with acne may have not enough retinoic acid in their skin than normal people and need more sunlight as a result. 

I believe that we have evolved to depend on sunlight exposure every day. Notice how most cases of moderate-severe acne are located on the face, neck, back, chest and shoulders, the areas of the body most exposed to sunlight. You never see someone with acne on the bottom of their foot. Back in the paleolithic area, we wouldn't be wearing clothing all the time or have access to air conditioned buidlings for shade. 

In Topic: Those Vitamins Dont Work

21 November 2014 - 04:21 PM

Of course they won't work. You're just wasting money on them.


I have to respectfully disagree. I am able to reduce my acne by 95% with supplements along with some diet tweaks, consistent exercise, and moderate sun exposure. I think it's better to say that MOST supplements do not work. If you research deeper into this topic you'll find that with every isolated nutrient, vitamin, compound, etc, comes a list of co-nutrients that it depletes if taken alone. The difficulty in finding success with supplements is compounded by the fact that there is little regulation in the industry for what actually goes into the bottle. At the same time, you have to wade through seas of unsupported articles about "hollistic" health. You also can't overlook that there are multiple forms of each vitamin which have completley different profiles. It's a personal voyage to try to treat yourself but I think its worth it.

In Topic: Side Effects From Oils/oil Supplements?

20 November 2014 - 10:56 AM

Ok there are a few routes your can take, together or seperatley.


You can try cutting out all high glycemic food sources so the bread & grain, which can be replaced with nutrient dense carb sources like sweet potatoes, butternutsquash, black beans, carrots, beetroot etc. Although your diet seems close to spectacular . Are you consuming "vegetable" oil at all? (sunflower, safflower, soybean, canola, palm). You may not be aware of how much you are ingesting on business trips.


Are you exercising aerobically or just anaerobically? Aerobic exercise is the pump for you lymphatic system, which is like a cousin system to your blood vessels that clears toxins, dead cells, and other stuff from your body. It actually cannot be pumped on its own, your body has evolved to rely on the movements of your body in exercise to pump it. On the other hand, ANaerobic exercise is known to raise testosterone which may aggravate acne for some individuals.


Try re-reading about dairy/milk, I think it gets a bad rap, take grass-fed butter which can be beneficial since it is high in Vitamin A & D like cod liver oil. The type of feed that our meat and animal products are consuming is just as important as the product itself. Eggs from grain and soy fed chickens compared to bug + grass eating chickens were found to have higher levels of Omega 6's & Arachidonic Acid (an inflammatory fat) and also lower levels of other nutrients. The "omega 3 eggs" in the grocery store come from chickens usually fed flax because flax is so cheap and this changes the fat composition of both the egg and the chicken meat to include more omega 3's. In my opinion, flax is not the best option since it is so high in phytoestrogens (flax always breaks me out severly). Coincidentally, grocery store eggs break me out if I eat too many more than once, but eggs from a local farm had no effect on my acne.


Try Niacin again but the flush kind which is Nicotinic Acid, it may make a difference. I have seen some people post about how Niacinamide is basically bunk and totally ineffective.


Try Vit. E again but buy a supplement with all 8 isomers! This is important. Most Vit. E on the shelfs is one form: d-alpha-tocopherol which is sourced from soybean oil usually. Soy is a cash crop and most soy products are used because they are cost effective not because they are best for your health. Like I said before, studies have shown that taking this form of Vit. E alone lowers your levels of the other 7 kinds meaning it could be detrimental! Organic Red Palm Oil is a rare and high source of Tocotrienols. Jarrow has a good supplement called "Toco Sorb". Life extension has one with all 8 forms.


Try boosting your internal Glutathione levels. Plant antioxidants are beneficial and great, however they serve the initial purpose of preventing oxidation for the plant, not for your benefit necessarily. Humans have their own self-made antioxidant which can't be ingested. Glutathione supplements don't work since your stomach acid destroys the compound rendering it into 3 amino acids. Glutathione is a tri-peptide consisting of those amino acids; Glutamine, Glycine, and Cysteine. Glutamine and Glycine are plentifully in a sufficient protein diet, however Cysteine is harder to come by. Cysteine is the rate limiting step in Glutathione synthesis. Free form L-Cysteine supplements boosts Glutathione production, as well as Milk Thistle, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C, and other glutathione precursors. I have had personal success with my acne taking L-Cysteine (on an empty stomach) along with a Sustained Release ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid), however it was a bit pricey so I switched to another regimen.




I'm not sure how this person cleared their acne with a glutathione supplement. I would still suggest taking Glutathione precursors instead of this:



This here is evidence showing that Milk Thistle & Vitamin C raise glutathione levels:


"Thiobarbituric acid reactive substance (TBARS) level, superoxide dismutase (SOD), and glutathione-s-transferase (GST) activities were significantly increased, whereas GSH content, and catalase, glutathione reductase (GR) and GPx (glutathione peroxidase) activities significantly reduced, on ethanol exposure. These changes were reversed by silybin and ascorbic acid treatment."


Successes with milk thistle:






L-Glutamine is a natural amino acid supplement found in all protein sources. If taken on an empty stomach, glutamine can heal gut issues, apparently repairing the inside of our intestinal walls. I'm not going to say leaky gut since I still don't know if that is a real condition, I think it could be a host of similar symptoms with different causes. This may also boost glutathione levels after your body has been supplied with L-Cysteine.


Here are some people talking about their success in amazon customer reviews:








Vitamin B supplementing can be dangerous and I caution most people to avoid it. Look into MTHFR gene (recently discovered as part of the Human Genome Project) in which 60% of the population has a defect causing an inability to metabolize certain B-vitamins leading to long-term health problems. I've had some bad side effects from P5P (or B6), methylcobalamin (the active form of B12), and methylfolate (active B9) however that's my own experience, yours may differ greatly!


Soluble fiber from Konjac Root (Glucomannan), Hemp powder, etc can lower the glycemic impact of a meal. When I first started to treat my acne hollistically, a mixed soluble & insoluble fiber supplement helped a noticable amount with my complexion. But this stopped working once I eliminated soy from my diet for some reason, maybe the fiber was preventing all of the soy to be absorbed by my body.


It sucks how many different ways you can go wrong when purchasing supplements, which is part of the reason why no one thinks they are effective! Let me know if you have any questions

In Topic: Has Anyone Here Cured Their Acne With Probiotics + Fermented Foods

18 November 2014 - 02:03 PM

Try looking into Soil Based Probiotics or Native Bacteria. I've been told that the lacto- bacteria that we use in Probiotics and yogurt help us digest dairy products but thats where the list ends. Some people believe that we have coexisted for millions of years with thousands of strains of bacteria and that broad spectrum antibiotics can reduce the diversity of our gut flora. Certain strains of beneficial bacteria (not found in Kefir or Greek Yogurt or grocery store probiotics) actually produce Vitamin K, some B Vitamins, and a brain nutrient called Butyrate!  Primal Defense by Garden of Life has some soil based organisms but still contains most traditional probiotics strains. Prescript Assist is a more expensive kind you can buy online which has very rare strains. Please let me know if you find any other brands!

In Topic: Side Effects From Oils/oil Supplements?

18 November 2014 - 01:51 PM

What does your diet look like? I find that usually Omega 3's from Fish Oil only help when you reduce your dietary intake of Omega 6's. Foods high in Omega 6's (or Linoleic Acid) are baked goods, mayonaisse, margarine, salad dressing, nuts, fast food, fried food, microwavable/prepared food, vegetable oil, canola oil, safflower, sunflower oil. Omega 6's are pro-inflammatory (a necessary mechanism in the body) but too much causes chronic inflammation. Omega 3's are anti-inflammatory. However, since both 3's and 6's are types of PUFA's (polyunsaturated fatty acids), the ratio and amount matters, so taking more Omega 3's will worsen a situation if you consume too much of either of these fats anyways.












if you read those, it explains that Fish Oil alone can be unhealthy unless taken with Vitamin E and prefferably with an array of fat soluble vitamins & antioxidants. Vitamin E prevents fat oxidation and Omega 3's are very fragile to oxidation. Taking Fish oil alone may deplete your Vitamin E levels. Also it is important to get all 8 Vitamin E forms since Vitamin E refers to not just one molecule. This includes the 4 tocopherols and the 4 tocotrienols. Look for a full spectrum Vitamin E. There is some evidence that taking alpha-tocopherol alone (the most common form of Vitamin E in supplements) can lower your other levels of Vitamin E, beta-, gamma-, and delta- tocopherols and alpha-, beta-, gamma-, delta- tocotrienols in your body. 



On a side note: Nicotinic Acid, the form of Vitamin B3 or Niacin that causes the healthy skin flushing, can help acne! Try to get this kind and not Niacinamide since that does not cause the flushing, though it may still have some benefit. Vitamin B6 and B12 also worsened my acne. Though I have yet to try P5P (Pyridoxal Phosphate) the active form of B6 which may not cause acne compared to Pyridoxine B6 the popular form (which is not found in nature).