I've noticed great effects on vacation. I can go without breakouts and while on vacation my skin clears. It's amazing. However, I do not travel to sunny areas and do not stay out in the sun any more than usual. My diet is worse when I travel than at home, too. I can't figure it out. The only thing that makes sense is while on vacation I feel less stress, so maybe that's the issue. No matter how hard I try, I don't get that vacation "feeling" at home. Either that or the water has some mineral or something in it at the hotel. Our water at home is soft, and while I can't say for sure how hard the water is at a hotel, I had wondered if maybe they had more minerals in there than we have at home and maybe my skin just likes that. *shrug*
Hmm.. as to the stress point, I just came across the suggestion of B5. Stress depletes B5 (which makes anti-stress hortmones to regulate cortisol levels..and a low amount of B5 leads to increased androgen production). This made me think of the vacation scenario. Perhaps the stress free atmostphere allows my B5 levels to increase which helps my skin. Unknown, but interesting thought.
Another thought: When I had a terrible breakout (which I believe to be the result of overdrying and destroying the moisture barrier), I stopped topicals and used olay regenreist night recovery cream exclusively 2x a day. My face healed quickly. This cream has both B3 and B5 as well as Vit E. Niacinamide is anti inflammatory and is included in Tri-Zel tablets (prescript dietary supplements for acne). B5 is said to shrink pores and reduce oil production--I don;t know if topically or internally matters as far as effectiveness.
Cannot use olay in summer, however as I breakout in surface mini acne which requires BP.
Stress affects hormone leves and can reduce progesterone production. This might cause hormonal acne flares which I have experienced mid month. Currently no mid month problems after taking gotu kola and relieving excess overwhelming stress feeling.
Stress may be one of the biggest factors, even if we don't necessarily feel stressed per se (maybe we equate stress with overwhelming heaviness..not taking into account we all face stressors thoughout every single day). Stress can affect hormones, like progesterone. From my reading and understanding, stress can alter progesterone levels and cause late ovulation or no ovulation. That can be linked to hormonal acne, especially mid month. Stress can also tax B5 levels in the body. That didn't seem super important to me until I read that B5 makes anti-stress hormones to help regulate cortisol levels. Low B5 means you can't manage stress as easily. Low B5 is linked to increased androgen levels. Androgens are cursed by many because they up the oil production.
Someone mentioned carrot juice. I started adding pumpkin into my smoothies and I noticed my skin was much brighter and just looked healthier after doing so. Upon checking it out, pumpkin has a high amount of beta-carotene (Vit A). I think it's 300% in a half cup. Not bad, and from what I understand, you cannot OD on plant/food based Vit A. Anyways, it also has potassium, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and vitamins C and E. It includes B5--which helps regulate stress!
The pharmaceutical drug Retin A was a chemical derivative of Beta Carotene?????
Stress and acne (also under research)