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BenJohnson32

Member Since 01 Jul 2013
Offline Last Active Aug 04 2013 08:37 AM

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What To Expect On Retin-A (Tretinoin)

25 July 2013 - 09:23 AM

Hey everyone, so I've had this tube of Retin-A (tretinoin cream) for a while now (about a year) but haven't really used it. When I first got it I used it for some time but not long enough to see it work. I don't remember an initial breakout, but I do remember dry skin. I've been off it for  about 6 months (maybe a little less) and have decided to use it again. However, I'm probably going to start using it with antibiotics and vitamins. What should I expect? How long will it take for things to clear up? I've been using vitamins (which have really helped) for about 3-4 weeks now but I'll probably be prescribed antibiotics soon. Will my initial breakout be any bad because I've been using vitamins and detoxing my system? Also, will it even help since I'm in football season and my helmet is moist and sticky. Thanks!


My Method To Clear Skin!

24 July 2013 - 08:00 AM

Hey everyone, I'm 15 and for the past three years I've dealt with acne. I know this isn't a long time, but I tried many products that could possibly help my acne. This includes almost every face wash and cleansing kit, toner, benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid, Retin-A cream, monocylin and other antibiotics. My acne began getting worse just this year with acne on my cheeks, temples, chin, and forehead. I told another 15 year old on this forum my little regimen and he stated that I saved his summer. Now, I really want to share with you all what I do. It's very easy, however, you will have to spend a little money. Not much, but a little. It's called vitamins, tea, and some mild cleanser. Here's the vitamins I currently take:

Vitamin A- Google this guys! It's great for skin and really helps with acne. However, it is toxic so make sure you do not take too much. This helps build the skins resistance.

Vitamin E- Google this as well. Great vitamin that helps skin regeneration and can even remove acne scars! I've been taking this for about three weeks and can already see great improvement.

Zinc- My goodness has this been a life saver! Since my acne is due to hormones, it helps stabilize them and reduce sebum production. It's also great for your immune system and helps fight acne bacteria.

Vitamin D- A truly amazing vitamin as well. Since sunshine helps acne, I thought why shouldn't Vitamin D? Don't really know why it works, it just does. This is another thing you all can google and read up on.

Probiotics- This you can find just about in any Walmart or vitamin store. An antibiotic removes both bad and good bacteria, and after some time the bad bacteria builds a resistance to the antibiotic. A probiotic, however, puts good bacteria into your system and this helps fight and replace the bad acne bacteria on your face through digestion. Great for diet and digestive health.

Fenugreek capsules- You can Google this too. Fenugreek tea is supposed to be fairly good for inflammation so I decided to give fenugreek powder in capsules a try. This is also good for general wellness as well. Give this stuff a try and it should work great for you and give you an extra boost!

Bee pollen- This stuff is a super food! Very important stuff for diet and acne! Has anti-inflammatory properties and surely helps acne. Google this! It also helps your mood and is extremely healthy for you.

 

I know all of these vitamins can be very pricey, so try buying them a week at a time :) After about three weeks, my face is already fuller and clearer. Great stuff! I take these with food in the morning and at dinner. Adjust dosing to what you desire, because even the smallest doses can be beneficial. However, if you have pretty bad acne I would raise the dosage for vitamin A and D. In the morning I also use Aveeno mild cleanser with moisturizer with sunscreen in it. Great stuff! About twice a week I will exfoliated with St. Ives Apricot Scrub. This has salicylic acid in it which can also give a boost with helping your pimples. Please, give some of these vitamins a try! Even though they may not be the cure for everyone, it certainly is a try :)

 


Determine Severity? (Pics)

15 July 2013 - 11:44 AM

Hello, can someone help me determine the severity of my acne? This is at its worst and I just want some information on my acne and how I can clear this type. I've been taking vitamins and they certainly helped out but due to football practice my face broke out again. I've been taking 30mg of pure elemental zinc the past 2 twos so maybe this is the initial breakout? Its so weird because maybe a week or two ago this was much much clearer. These next few weeks ill certainly leave updates on this forum based on your suggestions :) Btw I'm 15 and have fairly oily skin

 

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Can Too Much Vitamin A Cause Breakout?

13 July 2013 - 02:31 PM

Ivebeen taking vitamin A, D, E, for about 2 weeks now. I included zinc about a week ago. I originally started with a low dosage of vitamin A, however, I increased the dosage to about 200,000iu (retinyl  palimate). My softgels are in 10,000iu but I see some that are 2,000iu? My acne began clearing when I had only vitamin A and D. However, since increasing the dosage my face has broken out. It might be because of the 100mg zinc temporarily included, but I'm really not sure. What gives? My face was doing fine and clearing up nicely until this. It could also be due to my football helmet. Should I decrease vitamin A dosage to 5,000iu-10,000iu? Is this just an initial breakout? Too confused right now


Salicylic Treatment

12 July 2013 - 11:53 AM

I'm a teenager and have suffered from acne since the age of 13. I'm 15 now and since I began to take vitamin A,E,D, and Zinc for the past 2 weeks my acne has decreased nicely. However, I've switched to just a normal cleanser and it seems the clearing process is taking forever. Should I go back to my cleanser with salicylic acid in it? I know this can be bad but just temporarily to help aid in clearing my pimples? It's Noxzema foaming cleanser with 2.0% salicylic acid. By the way, the vitamins were working nicely, then seemed to slow down, and now I have broken out everywhere. Is this just an initial breakout? Thanks! :)