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In Topic: How I Cleared My Acne After 26 Years. Try It.

22 May 2013 - 06:41 AM

Hey WingedSerpent,

It may be worth your while reading this article about the over-simplified associations about Carnitine being related to heart disease:

http://chriskresser....922c41b39018c99   This guy is great.  A paleo-oriented MD who does his research.   That flurry of news regarding meat and heart disease a month or so ago seems like another hyped up media translation of scientific information where the details have gone AWOL.  

  Have you stopped taking L-Carnetine since your last post? Ay noticeable changes? I love the energy l-Carnitine gives me.  And my skin remains 85% better along with 1000mg B5 and 15,000 iu Vit A.  I don't juice, and I slip off the old sugar wagon from time to time.  Too much booze, chocolate and ice cream result in breakouts but much much less than previously.  And if I stop this supplement combo, my skin clearly worsens.  As the previous poster said, "I luff you" too

In Topic: How I Cleared My Acne After 26 Years. Try It.

06 November 2012 - 07:01 AM

Hi again Thomas,

The best way to test it would be to try going off the regime for a month and see what happens with your hair loss.  If you're still losing hair after the first month while on a nourishing diet, you could try adding a decent multivit for the second month and see if anything happens.  And then I guess you'd have to weigh up how your skin responds versus how your hair responds and make a choice.

I'm not sure if L-carnitine/NAC 'enhance' the effect of 500mg of B5 to be equal to the use of 10+g of B5.  I don't know that it works that way.  Just that the two supplements work well together in assisting the body's use of Coenzyme A and fat metabolism etc etc.  I don't think the O.P. has found this to be the case.  I can't recall whether he's stated the condition of his hair...that might be worth going back to read, and ask him, if not.

Good luck!


In Topic: How I Cleared My Acne After 26 Years. Try It.

06 November 2012 - 03:50 AM


I doubt those amounts of B5 would cause hair loss but as a 28yo male you may have just hit that age where you were destined to start experiencing hair loss anyway.  As this regime dries out the skin, it will undoubtedly have the same effect on the hair shaft and so it might move the hair loss date forward a little but I don't think it's something that can stopped indefinitely. 1 in 4 men experience hair loss by 30yo.  That's a fairly significant percentage.  Just my 2 cents....

In Topic: How I Cleared My Acne After 26 Years. Try It.

11 October 2012 - 06:57 AM

Just checking in.

Sometimes I wonder if this regime is better suited to older people?  I'm 38yo and it's working very well for me.

I've fiddled around with it a bit in that, I don't juice because it's too much hassle for me at present (Mum of two young kids) and I still occasionally consume refined sugar products (albeit infrequently compared to my past habits).  I tried adding Zinc for a bit, but noticed my mood fell.  I tried adding Magnesium and Coenzyme Q10 but noted some breakouts reappearing.

What seems to be working brilliantly for me is this:


500mg L-Carnitine first thing in the morning (a little while before breakfast)
1000mg Time-released Pantothenic Acid and 15000iu Vitamin A straight after breakfast.

I'm also taking a 500mg chewable Vitamin C randomly once a day.

Skin is really going great.  I still get a small hormonal related breakout with PMT but very manageable.  Considering I was just about to start taking Diane(tte) contraceptive again, I'm still seeing this all as a majorly uber-fantistic discovery when I stumbled onto this thread.

My energy levels continue to be increased, which I attribute to the L-Carnitine (and possibly also enhanced by the B5 as they work together).

I've just introduced a good probiotic for general increased well-being but I'm not expecting it to make any difference to my skin, although it would be a bonus!    

Anyway, shall continue popping in from time to time for an update.

In Topic: How I Cleared My Acne After 26 Years. Try It.

30 August 2012 - 05:36 AM

Hi Ruibinbai,

When you say, to the letter, do you mean that you were taking time-released B5 and the L-Carnitine together after eating?  As well as the daily juicing (with an emphasis on Vit A-rich sweet potatoes)? Are you taking any other multi-vitamin or other hits/supps which could be negating the effect of the B5/L-Carnitine?  I found multi-vits, additional zinc & additional magnesium not a good combo with this regime for me.

I had good initial results taking 1000mg time-released B5 with 500mg Carnitine each morning after breakfast. But I did/do still eat some sugar a couple of times a week and I noticed I had a bit of increased oiliness after 8 really good weeks and a few small spots (not as bad as before though and I guess it could have been the lower layers of my epidermis finally making it's way to the surface, who knows?!).  Anyway, I decided to add 7500iu Vitamin A  to the morning B5/L-Carnitine about two weeks ago and Vitamin D (Vit A can deplete Vit D) in the afternoon and I have noticed another significant improvement.  I'm hoping to reduce all of these supplements to the absolute minimum effective amount after a few months.  Ideally:
  • 2500iu Vit A;
  • 500mg B5;
  • 500mg L-Carnitine;
  • 2000iu Vit D
I don't juice but I do very well.  I'm trying to lose weight and am finding that the L-Caritine is helpful for that as well as feeling energised in general.  You might need to increase your fats/carbs intake if you're losing too much weight, I guess.  

I took Zinc for a few weeks but it made me moody and irritable, so I cut that out after a week or two.  (I've suspected that Zinc has that effect on me before...weird).

I hope there's something here that you haven't tried that could help. But if it hasn't, don't give up hope of finding the right combination.  After seeing such awesome results for myself just from taking a particular combination of vitamins and supplements, I'm convinced that finding the right recipe is the key.  Luckily for me, my acne origins seem to have a similar pathogenesis as the OP, WingedSerpent.  If I were you, and this combo doesn't work, I'd write a list of all the different vitamins and supplements that seem to have worked for others and try them one by one and see what seems to help/hinder/neutral effect.  And also in different combinations, taking note of which hits/supps are supposed to work in concert together.  Also, I'd steer well clear of any mega-dosing, as WingedSerpent says, it's totally counter intuitive.

Good luck!