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Member Since 21 Jan 2013
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In Topic: Vitamin D Has Cured Me Of Oily Skin And Acne

13 March 2013 - 11:21 PM

The only thing I can assure, is that sun exposure is not the clue, because I live in Spain, in an Island and we have too much sun. This island is Ibiza, and if you have heard of it, its famous for sun and beaches. And sun is not the clue.    


Yes, I agree, sun exposure is not the answer, for the following reasons:

  1. At most latitudes in the northern hemisphere (North America & Europe) during winter, your skin cannot produce ANY vitamin D, regardless if the sun is shinning or no.  The angle of the sun is too steep and UVB rays that are responsible for producing vitamin D are blocked by the thickness of the atmosphere.  So even if you live in a sunny climate your skin cannot produce Vitamin D during winter so pretty much everyone's vitamin D levels reduce during winter unless you are vacationing to the middle latitudes or southern hemisphere during our winter months. 
  2. Most people these days have been instructed to lather on sun block to protect your skin from premature aging and skin cancer, so even if you do sunbath at the beach during summer, if you are applying tons of sun block you are again blocking the beneficial effects of UV (vitamin D production) on the skin.  I am not saying one shouldn't apply sun block at all, but for occasional sun exposure outside of peak UV hours, it is probably best to not apply sun block to actually get some UV exposure (of course this depends on one's skin type and sensitivity)

Also, even assuming lots of sun exposure in summer without sunblock, I think it is likely some portion of the population may have an impaired ability to produce Vitamin D in the skin, hence the acne, since diet alone cannot supply enough of it for optimal health.   (This is my own conjecture here, not fact)


Anyhow, yes I have heard of Ibiza,  I believe it is well known for its party scene.  You are lucky to live in such a beautiful place.  If you do end up trying Vitamin D, please come back and let us know if it works for you.

In Topic: Accutane And Pain

11 March 2013 - 10:16 PM

Tell your derm at your next visit or if it gets worse call him immediately.  Do not take pain lightly.  Especially since you work in construction you will have a higher tendency to bruising/pain. You may want to consider and discuss decreasing the dosage and instead increase course length to alleviate the side effects. 

I had some mild occasional lower back pain in my last course that luckily went away after treatment but for some it doesn't so be careful (which seems to be correlated with longer and higher dose treatments).

In Topic: Vitamin D Has Cured Me Of Oily Skin And Acne

11 March 2013 - 09:57 PM

I take Vitamin D as well as I live in Canada and we have long winters and short days which can cause a deficiency in vitamin D. It hasn't don much for my skin truth be told though (Which is why I'm skeptical for how well it has  worked for you). I've also heard it has weightloss benefits too? especially for people with insulin resistance.


I don't claim this will work for everyone.  It is likely acne can result due to many different types of deficiencies and/or abnormal gene expression in the skin.


In any case, what dosage are you taking?  If you are truly deficient, then you should be taking a fairly large dose to correct that.  From what I have researched, general guidelines seem to converge on 1000-2000IU per day as maintenance dose to maintain levels during winter and 4000IU/day or even more to bring your levels up from a deficient state.  I have heard of some folks status not budging taking 5000IU/day who needed to up to 10000IU to bring their levels to the normal range. Of course everyone is different so some will need more or less so at higher doses it is best to consult a doc and get tested periodically.


I don't know anything about it producing weight loss.  I've actually gained a bit of weight recently although that is due to less activity during the winter months.

In Topic: 25, Facial Hair & Acne

10 March 2013 - 01:36 PM

Have you ever been to a doc and been evaluated for PCOS?  Hormones way out of wack and excessive facial hair for females can be symptoms of it.  Aside from that you should concentrate on looking at solutions to balance your hormones.  From what you have described, topical treatments will never get you where you want to be. An imbalance of hormones is the root cause of acne.  I have been essentially cured of severe acne by taking Vitamin D (a prohormone).  Take a look in the Vitamin boards under "Vitamin D has cured me of oily skin and acne".

In Topic: Can Strong immune system relate to more acne?

10 March 2013 - 01:28 PM

No, your hypothesis is wrong.  I have a weak immune system and catch all sorts of colds every year that last a long time and had severe acne for decades.  One would rather have a strong immune system to fight off infections from inflammatory acne.