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CBIOT13

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Contributing Factors Of Oily Skin

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.


Men And Hormonal Treatments

13 October 2013 - 08:35 PM

Hello, I was thinking about ways to combat DHT induced skin issues in men, and something came to me courtesy of some of my hardcore lifting acquaintances.

 

The problem with men taking DHT inhibitors [something that either inhibits the alpha-5 reductase enzyme (Finasteride) or reduces uptake of DHT by cells (Saw Palmetto)] is that the lower DHT means that sometimes estrogen can become more dominant and cause feminizing problems like ED or gynocomastia. BUT, why can't we just take an aromatase inhibitor along with the reductase inhibitor? The aromatase inhibitor could blunt the rate of estrogen conversion just enough to allow the body to co-exist with both lower DHT AND lower estrogen.

 

This is what bodybuilders that use sterioids and pro-hormones do actually. I don't know the specifics of it, but something with the steroids causes a re-bound effect in terms of estrogen production after a cycle, and this is why many bodybuilders develop gyno. The solution many of them have adopted is to take a strong aromatase inhibitor with the goal of lowering their estrogen levels. This in my opinion is extremely dangerous and I don't recommend it at all, but many people do it so I have to wonder if we can scale something like this back for our purposes. 

 

Zinc, most people don't actually realize, is a more potent aromatase inhibitor than a reductase inhibitor. This in theory could be used along with something like Saw Palmetto for a low cost, low risk, DHT reducing treatment plan.

 

What do you guys think? Anyone have any input on this, or see any holes in my logic? I'm just thinking out loud here.


Egcg Supplements

21 September 2013 - 08:04 PM

Anyone have any experience with using an EGCG or general Green Tea Supplement? Did it do anything noticeable for you? 


Interesting Facts About Milk And Oily Skin

09 September 2013 - 10:00 PM

Hey everyone,

 

I came across some interesting articles about how the hormones in milk spike IGF-1, androgens, insulin and HGH; which we all know are related to acne. I was looking some of this up because it SEEMS like (too early to tell for sure) my skin is changing from possibly two major changes on my part 1) taking vitamin D after being diagnosed deficient and 2) accidently cutting milk out of diet for the past couple weeks (college diet).

 

Again though, I can't tell yet which the changes are based off of more, but I should be able to figure it out soon. I plan to wait a few more weeks, then re-introduce milk while still taking vitamin D to see what happens to my skin.

 

But for those of us with oily/acne prone skin and that like to drink lots of milk (I used to drink 18-20 oz a day) I would give this some thought. It might be worth trying to cut out milk for a few weeks to see what happens; just be sure to get your calcium from soy milk or a supplement.

 

Here's some further reading on how milk contributes to oily skin:

http://www.acneeinst...ilk-cause-acne/

http://health.howstu...od-for-acne.htm

http://acne.about.co...milkandacne.htm

http://www.doctoroz....use-acne?page=2

 

This is sobering news for somebody like me that really likes milk LOL. On the plus side yogurt, cheeses, and ice cream have a much reduced effect due to how they're processed, so they don't have as much of an impact as fresh milk does.

 

(And Mods, do NOT move this to the Diet and Holistic Health forum. This info is specific to how milk contributes to oily skin, and more people whom this info would be of interest to would see it here. Thanks.)


Finally Got Bloodwork Done

31 August 2013 - 02:39 PM

Hey guys, like the topic says I got some bloodwork done. I had a complete metabolic analysis, vitamin levels checked, lipids checked, Test. and Est. levels checked, and thyroid hormones checked. I was mainly interested in the hormone levels, but I was pretty surprised to hear with the results that everything was great except Vitamin D! The doctor said my Vitamin D was low, which is odd because I eat TONS of milk and greek yogurt (high in Vit. D) for their protein content; so I have to wonder if for whatever reason my body doesn't process it well. Also, it could have just been a bad test and the numbers slightly skewed.

 

Now most people have probably read the 40 page thread that started after one guy claimed a Vitamin D supplement helped his oily skin; I was one of them. I tried 2500 IU for a week, then got really sick. No whether it was a result of the Vitamin D or just a coincidental bug/virus I have never been able to determine. But, ever since then I have not tried any more Vit. D.

 

At the recommendation of my doctor, I am starting on a low (1000 IU) daily vitamin D3 supplement to see if it helps my oily skin. Many of you may have read my posts before on the boards, but for those that haven't I am a 20 year old male with very mild acne but sensitive and extremely oily skin. My diet is perfect, I exercise like an athlete, and I have tried numerous oily skin remedies with little to show for it. 

 

I'd recommend anyone having a similar problem to get some blood work done. It's a simple process, just have your family doctor or a general practitioner write you an order (mention the items you want checked, the list in the first paragraph is pretty comprehensive), and then find a medical facility that does bloodwork (your doc will know local ones). The process takes about 10 minutes, and then results usually come in 2-4 days after they've sent them to be tested. It's a good idea because you can get a lot of information from it, and you may catch something important. 

 

I'll post anything notable here with the supplement; good or bad :)