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#3411186 Where To Get 50% Glycolic/lactic Acid Peel?

Posted by CBIOT13 on 29 January 2014 - 11:09 PM

I bought 70% lactic acid off of Amazon a few months back, and I've seen lesser percentages too. You can also find Glycolic, Malic, and Acetic Acid at varying strengths on Amazon.
No wonder they own the online shopping world lol.

Any particular brand? Or does it not really matter?


It really shouldn't matter, I mean it is an acid with a defined chemical composition. Lactic acid from one seller is equal to lactic acid from another, assuming you're actually getting lactic acid and the other dilution component is not harmful. Just look for anything odd in the reviews before you buy, and make sure the seller has over 50 or so reviews, and you should be fine.

#3405076 8 Friends & Me Acne Free. Two Supplements

Posted by CBIOT13 on 02 January 2014 - 12:03 PM

Wow. Let me know who's not sick in 6-18 months of doing this; that's the real question. That vitamin D intake is high but not necessarily dangerous, but that much Beta Carotene has really not even been studied that much and has been hypothesized to be very dangerous long term; not to mention the risk that you could actually temporarily give your skin a yellow/orange hue to it.


We've all taken the risk and we're all fully clear. No need to keep swanning around these threads for advice or reviews - cleared. Hypothesised? I can also make the hypothesis that beta carotene will make me live up to the age 500. Hypothesises mean nothing. 


Spoken like a true "teenagebusta". Your hypothesis means nothing against the hypothesis of doctors that have a decade of graduate studies and possibly decades more of clinical and research experience. 


And I'm not trying to make you stop; this regimen will probably do that to you on its own. I'm trying to educate others on the dangers of just throwing down tremendous amounts of a vitamin just because you "think" it'll cure your acne, without considering what else it can do to you.


Consuming that much beta-carotene, as a Vitamin A precursor, could have similar effects to Accutane; good luck to you.


But follow through and give us a monthly progress report, and if you're right and there's no side effects you'll all be millionaires. 

#3404912 8 Friends & Me Acne Free. Two Supplements

Posted by CBIOT13 on 01 January 2014 - 04:19 PM

Wow. Let me know who's not sick in 6-18 months of doing this; that's the real question. That vitamin D intake is high but not necessarily dangerous, but that much Beta Carotene has really not even been studied that much and has been hypothesized to be very dangerous long term; not to mention the risk that you could actually temporarily give your skin a yellow/orange hue to it.

#3404080 Contributing Factors Of Oily Skin

Posted by CBIOT13 on 29 December 2013 - 12:28 AM

Hey guys, it's been awhile and I am glad to say I can finally discuss a positive update. For the past 4 months my skin has made a miraculous change for the better; I now get significantly less acne and my oily skin has been cut around 70%. I used to use ACV and Cetaphil religiously, and I found that I don't even need to do that anymore. Seemingly overnight it normalized and balanced itself out, all I do to clean my face is rub it with my hands in the shower and wash it with warm water before I got to bed. This is a far cry from the specific and methodical routine I used to do.


Now whenever I tried that lax a cleaning routine in the past, my skin would explode with acne. There truly has been a change in my skin, and I have spent the last couple months trying to nail down what it is. But the problem is that I could not make a perfectly controlled experiment; life would sometimes force me into certain dietary changes or lifestyle adjustments that I had not planned.


I have narrowed it down to a few factors that may have contributed to this change in my skin. These are the only things that changed in the last few months, so whatever combination is responsible for the results I'm seeing is somewhere in here. I'm putting this up in case someone else is looking to test factors that could affect their oily skin. One of these (or a combination of) is what caused the dramatic change, and I hope this can be of use to someone.


  • Less Dairy- I have always drank ridiculous amounts of milk (maybe 30 oz a day) and had literally 3 servings of Greek yogurt a day. I have cut this down to a reasonable amount (8 oz a day of milk, and maybe 1 yogurt).
  • More Reasonable Caloric Intake - Due to my workout and sport endeavors, I had been in weight gaining mode for the last three years, eating everything I can get my hands on, probably to the tune of about 6000 calories a day. My engineering studies/career has forced my hand in lessening the time I can go to the gym, so I'm focusing on more practical goals and eating about 2500 calories day
  • No More Whey Protein- I really think this one was a huge culprit, I noticed the bulk of the changes after stopping this, but I can't say for sure it wasn't just a coincidence. I didn't need it and it was too expensive, so out it went.
  • Lowered Intensity and Volume of Strength Training- I'm not working out to be an athlete anymore, only to look good, and I think that my hormones were able to come down from the heightened levels they've been at from the hard workouts. I've switched to more cardio and circuit training, which is less stimulating to androgens than traditional weight training techniques. Less androgens = less oily skin
  • Regular Vitamin D Supplementation - I had been diagnosed "moderately low" in Vitamin D by my doctor, and have been taking 1000 IU per day for the last 3 months. I think this one too may have been a large factor. I will be getting testing again soon to see if the levels are within the targeted range.
  • Recognized Food Allergy (Soy) - Turns out while I love soy milk, it gives me crazy, red, headless cysts on my face and chest. It also makes my throat itchy for about 30 minutes after drinking it; clearly an allergic reaction. Certain foods with large amounts of soy lecithin also give a similar reaction.


These are all things you can look into if you have problematic oily, sensitive, and acne prone skin like I do. Browse this list and see if anything jumps out at you in terms of parallels in your own lifestyle. I also strongly recommend trying vitamin D because while it may not be the sole contributor here, I think that it can be effective for a fair proportion of the population and is relatively safe at the doses I mention above. Remember that if you cut out diary, you must find another sourse of calcium. And do not  think that eating less calories means less acne, this only applies if you are eating two or three times the recommended, average daily caloric intake of 2000 calories.


And believe it or not, there is a possibility that one more factor could have affected my skin...

I got older.


It is definitely possible that the fact that I am 21 means that my skin is changing into a more mature and less reactive state than it used to be. This unfortunately means that there may be little you can do to change your skin until it is ready. It is bittersweet, but good in that someday you may grow out of your acne; as millions do. 


I hope this was informative to someone, and questions are welcome.

#3395191 The Big Hormone Post For Both Men And Women

Posted by CBIOT13 on 16 November 2013 - 07:26 PM

Nope, I'm not going to play this game with you. I've got better things to do. 


You have demonstrated a significant lack of logic and understanding in the posts I've seen from you, and someone that makes wild claims without citing scientific evidence and contextual interpretation is not worth arguing with. It's like trying to have an intellectual debate with a child; it never goes anywhere due to poor fundamental understanding of the subject material.


I think Green Gables said it best, and I will follow her lead on the matter because I have no desire to make a mess out of her thread. I won't be addressing jlcampi anymore as well.


To anyone reading this, jlcampi is a brand-new forum member who has decided the best way to make his debut on the sorry "forum scene" is to spam existing posts and tell everyone that the Paleo diet is the fix for all your troubles. I will not be responding further, or "feeding the troll", because the flaws in his logic are too numerous to count and frankly not worth my time. If you have questions about hormonal acne, please feel free to PM me.

#3389468 Anyone Feel Very Drained And Awkward When Socializing?

Posted by CBIOT13 on 18 October 2013 - 10:36 PM

Talk more. Go out of your way to say "hi, how are you" to people. It's just a bad habit you've probably picked up due to some low self esteem during certain points in your life. The only remedy is to break the habit; consciously hold a gaze for a reasonable amount of time (don't stare lol) and work on keeping your vocal energy and and volume up. 


And remember that sometimes a little loss in interest in conversation is normal. That's how people know to either stop their conversation or move it to a different topic, so don't think about it too much.


And odds are while you feel it to be awkward, the other person you are talking with probably doesn't notice a thing. It's just how our minds work sometimes; it amplifies the significance of a detail or feeling, often dramatically. It could in your case be a by-product of some social anxiety from your more severe acne periods.


Don't put too much though into it, and keep talking to people. It'll slowly go away and you won't even notice it happening.

#3389175 My Cystic Acne Has Stopped.

Posted by CBIOT13 on 17 October 2013 - 11:15 PM

Hey :)


It can be tough trying to figure it all out lol, there's just so many variables when it comes to your skin. I found that keeping a log helps me to track what is affecting my acne and in what way. Anytime I try a new product or food, or start breaking out, or start clearing, I write the details of it in a Word Doc along with the date. That way over time you know exactly what you've tried and how it affects you, as well as possibly allowing you to see some trends that you might not have otherwise noticed. 

#3388812 Does stress make the skin more oily?

Posted by CBIOT13 on 17 October 2013 - 12:50 AM

I seem to be in the minority here, but stress really doesn't affect my acne too much. After getting a combined 8 hours of sleep across the last 3 days due to exams and projects, my skin looks fine. It might actually be a little less oily; it's hard to tell though.

Stress is definetly not a major factor for me, for whatever reason.

#3385483 Is Shaving Causing My Acne ?

Posted by CBIOT13 on 29 September 2013 - 12:24 PM

I may be in the minority, but shaving with an electric razor always made my skin irritated because of the pressure I'd have to use. I have a thick Irish/Italian beard and have used the Gillette Mach 3 razor with Edge Shave gel for years with no issues though. Maybe try a wet shave like that every now and then? You definitely get a closer shave that way with less irritation

#3384052 Protein Powders?

Posted by CBIOT13 on 21 September 2013 - 02:43 PM

You made perfect sense smile.png And yes, there are a bunch of options but they're a little harder to find. Most of them you'll likely have to order online.


I'm a guy and several supplements tend to make my skin worse, whey protein being one of them. The best site I have found for protein powder selection is called True Nutrition (google it, I can't post external links to retail sites here). Once on the main webpage, you can go up to "Create a Custom Mix" and then you have about 20 different protein powders from which you can choose different percentages of to make your protein.


They offer soy, whey, rice, pea, hemp, beef, egg white, and several others. The prices are reasonable, the only knock I have on them is the taste. I prefer to get a 50% rice protein and 50% pea protein blend, and it doesn't really have ANY taste to it lol. Imagine putting flour in water and drinking it, that's what it tastes like. It's really good for mixes though, since it has no taste you can make shakes and smoothies pretty easily.


If you're looking for something that won't aggravate your skin, I'd say rice, pea, or hemp protein is probably your best bet. They're pretty neutral and few people have allergies to them.

#3383377 Another Vitamin D Success Story (In Progress!)

Posted by CBIOT13 on 18 September 2013 - 07:47 AM

D2 and D3 are different forms of the same vitamin, once they are ingested they are turned into vitamin D; so you wouldn't have to worry about D2 vs D3 levels because there is only D to measure. It doesn't work like the B vitamins do, where B5 is a different vitamin from B6; D3=D2=D once inside the body.

Glad it's working well for you :)

#3383054 Another Vitamin D Success Story (In Progress!)

Posted by CBIOT13 on 16 September 2013 - 11:12 PM

Guys, that's too much Vitamin D if you don't have a deficiency. The official government recognized upper tolerable limit is 4000 IU per day, anything higher than this dose and it could cause problems in certain people.

Many get confused on the maximum dose because they read things like "your body makes 40,000 IU from 30 min in the sun" or something similar. The difference is your body will down regulate any excess vitamin D gotten from the sun (it just neutralizes it somehow) so those high levels are not harmful. Now when you take a supplement, your body processes ALL of it without regard to the quantity.

Just to put it in perspective, I was diagnosed as vitamin d deficient through a blood test and my doctor told me not to take more than 3500 IU per day. Just be careful with those really high doses; there's not a lot of research on doses that high so you are taking a gamble.

#3381227 Finally Got Bloodwork Done

Posted by CBIOT13 on 07 September 2013 - 05:28 PM

Hey everybody,


This is the one week update. Skin looks good, no large active pimples, and oil production may be slightly decreased but it is hard to tell. It is incredibly hard to objectively judge yourself, especially when your are hoping for a certain result. I would say oil production has changed about 10%, but that could be from the Vitamin D, lifestyle change (back at school = different food+less lifting+less sleep), or something to do with the weather (not very humid the past week), or a combination of all these.


Things look good, but only time will tell if these are consistent, noticeable changes or just part of the cyclical nature of acne. I broke the golden rule of scientific experimentation; ONLY CHANGE ONE VARIABLE lol. With all the new changes I just described above, it's ungodly hard to logically figure out which is having the greatest effect on my skin, if anything at all. Throw in a little bit of experimental bias (I'm hoping D3 has a positive effect) and you've got the perfect storm for an indeterminate result haha.


I'll be taking this at least until the Holidays, so I'd imagine more time would give a better picture.


The good news is that at least it didn't make me sick again :) The last time I tried it I must have just contracted some random flu-like virus the first week I was taking it haha.

#3381225 The Realities Of Acne

Posted by CBIOT13 on 07 September 2013 - 05:13 PM

Took a look at OP's pictures and could not believe how much better his skin was as compared to mine and then proceeded to completely not comprehend the crap that I just read.


I can empathise, sure, there are days when I think my acne is way worse than it really is when nobody around me cares, or even notices sometimes until I point out a pimple I'm obsessed over. But I sure as hell have no sympathy for this kind of bs attitude. If you wanna mope and hate yourself, by all means be my guest, but don't go trying to drag everyone along with you just because misery loves company.


I completely agree with one of the posts above - ugly thoughts make ugly people. You're the reason for your own God damn unhappiness, stop holding other people responsible. You clearly haven't tried and it's nobody's fault but your own because you're too busy feeling sorry for yourself instead of making a conscious effort to change it. 


I'm not sorry that this is coming off as rude because OP is just plain offensive and I can't stand it.


Well said.


Some people make it like they have cancer; and it's offending if you know someone WITH A SERIOUS MEDICAL PROBLEM that b****** and moans less than these people do.


Your skin is not perfect. Okay, We get it. Ours is not great as well, that's why we're here. BUT we can either choose to let it rule our life, or you can find ways to manage and make the most of what you've been given.


If you think that acne automatically makes people hate you and destroys any chance of happiness, then fine. Enjoy one heck of a miserable life.


You have the opportunity, every time you are blessed enough to wake up in the morning, to make the day a good one. If you choose to throw that away because of some seriously distorted views, that's your deal. Just know that while some people on this website will indulge you and listen to your crap, you will not be receiving ANY sympathy or pity from many of us.


EDIT: I just looked at the OP's gallery pictures as well. You sir, have literally no active pimples that are shown. You have slightly large pores, and some uneven skin-tone. That's it. 

#3380872 Vitamine B5 - Permanent Stomach Damage?

Posted by CBIOT13 on 06 September 2013 - 10:14 AM

Seeing your doctor should be the first step.