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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.

#3386354 Extremely Oily Nose

Posted by CBIOT13 on 03 October 2013 - 08:40 PM

Retin A + dawn ultra as a face wash

Basically I have an oily t-zone (combination skin), but my nose gets beyond oily to the point where it becomes irritated. I blot it all day long and it comes back with a vengeance. Is there anything else I can try other than blotting it? There's nothing worse than having a shiny nose. I'm thinking about maybe purchasing some mattifying 'invisible' powder, not sure how effective it would be though. 


Everywhere else gets a thin layer of oil, but on my nose it's very thick. I'll appreciate any advice and to hear from others who have similar issues. 

That's actually a pretty terrible combo. I hope this is a joke; don't try this anyone.


Retin-A has been clinically shown to have oily skin as a side effect due to it's pore unclogging mechanism and how it increases skin cell turnover. And Dawn Ultra has no business being on your face, whether you have acne or not.

#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

#3384896 Some Of The Things That Chronic Acne Does To You Psychologically

Posted by CBIOT13 on 25 September 2013 - 09:52 PM

Okay it is gone.  Your comment was correct.


Good, then I'll remove mine too as my sarcasm has served its purpose.


Just don't forget that with acne, we all have a choice on how much we want to let it affect us. 


Will it put some potential romantic partners out of our league? Sure. 

Will we have to pay more attention to cleaning and maintaining our skin? Yep.

Will we be more self conscious and appearance oriented? Good chance.


But does it take away the ability to have fun? To find companionship? To have a successful career? Or to do the things we like to do?





#3384588 Can't See My Content

Posted by CBIOT13 on 24 September 2013 - 10:18 AM

It's working for me now.

#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.