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Hi everybody,

This is my first post here, though I have used this website as an information resource as well as purchased products several times.

I recently started using topical Nizoral and have seen unprecedented and rapid success in treating my persistent and severe acne, so I thought I would share my history of treatment and describe some preliminary results.

I began breaking out when I was around 12. At first, it was small red bumps on my back and pustules on my face. As I entered high school, the bumps on my back progressed to cysts and the pustules on my face were appearing at a higher frequency and severity, and on occasion were developing into cysts as well.

At this time, I began experimenting with OTC topicals. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid appeared to be completely ineffective. After a trip to my GP, I was prescribed doxycycline. The doxycycline helped tremendously, though never seemed to make much of a difference for the cysts. I continued taking it from my sophomore year in high school to my freshman year of college.

At some point during my freshman year of college, the doxycycline began to lose its effectiveness. I first noticed many non-inflamed and very small bumps on my cheeks, and the pustules I was experiencing during high school began to return. I switched to minocycline, which made no difference at all.

I tried OTC topicals again with minimal success. During my senior year of college, I went back to the doctor and started seeing a dermatologist. He told me I was a good candidate for isotretinoin. To begin the process, which requires ineffective treatment with oral antibiotics and a topical retinoid, he prescribed ampicillin. It was ineffective. Then adapalene (differin). Also ineffective. Finally isotretinoin.

Isotretinoin sucks, but it worked quite well. Most of my acne went into remission and this has been the only effective treatment for cysts. At this point, I was 22 years old. I am now 25, and I am still observing a decrease in cystic acne.

Now, my acne has began to return. I am beginning to observe a consistent increase in inflammatory lesions on both my face and back. About a year and a half ago, I approached the same doctor again, and he prescribed benzoyl peroxide+clindamycin topical. I observed moderate success with it as a spot treatment for inflamed lesions.

Fast forward to now, after a particularly severe breakout, I decided to use the benzoyl peroxide+clindamycin again, but not as a spot treatment. After using it for a few weeks, I observed that not only was it mostly ineffective at treating spots, it actually seemed to make my skin worse generally.

I also have seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp, which I have been treating (ineffectively) with Neutrogena T-gel coal tar shampoo. I recently discovered that Nizoral is once again available in the US, so I decided to give that a try. I have previously had success with ketoconazole for my scalp in the form of pet shampoo, the only ketoconazole shampoo available for some time due to patents for use as human treatment.

I started using it on my face a week ago.

Persistent flakey lesions that have existed for multiple months are healing. The number of inflamed lesions has dropped from six to zero. There is no spot on my face that is infected right now. While it has not been a long time since I have started using it, and I am hesitant to attribute the symptomatic reduction entirely to ketoconazole, it is difficult to ignore the fact that for the first time in months, I do not have any inflammation on my skin. I do not know if the effectiveness is due to anti-androgenic or antifungal of topical ketoconazole. It could be either or both as far as I know. I am also taking DHEA for mental health related issues, which notably increases acne severity due to hormonal activity.

It is hard to say if others will benefit from using Nizoral, but if you have undergone long-term antibiotic therapy, have seborrheic dermatitis, have acne that does not seem to respond to typical antibiotics or topical treatment, or you suspect a hormonal cause, you MIGHT consider trying topical Nizoral. I simply use it as face wash in the morning. I am not using any other treatment.

I'll come come back in a week and post updated results.

Thank you for reading and thank you for being a supportive community,

Greg

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Hi everybody,

This is my first post here, though I have used this website as an information resource as well as purchased products several times.

I recently started using topical Nizoral and have seen unprecedented and rapid success in treating my persistent and severe acne, so I thought I would share my history of treatment and describe some preliminary results.

I began breaking out when I was around 12. At first, it was small red bumps on my back and pustules on my face. As I entered high school, the bumps on my back progressed to cysts and the pustules on my face were appearing at a higher frequency and severity, and on occasion were developing into cysts as well.

At this time, I began experimenting with OTC topicals. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid appeared to be completely ineffective. After a trip to my GP, I was prescribed doxycycline. The doxycycline helped tremendously, though never seemed to make much of a difference for the cysts. I continued taking it from my sophomore year in high school to my freshman year of college.

At some point during my freshman year of college, the doxycycline began to lose its effectiveness. I first noticed many non-inflamed and very small bumps on my cheeks, and the pustules I was experiencing during high school began to return. I switched to minocycline, which made no difference at all.

I tried OTC topicals again with minimal success. During my senior year of college, I went back to the doctor and started seeing a dermatologist. He told me I was a good candidate for isotretinoin. To begin the process, which requires ineffective treatment with oral antibiotics and a topical retinoid, he prescribed ampicillin. It was ineffective. Then adapalene (differin). Also ineffective. Finally isotretinoin.

Isotretinoin sucks, but it worked quite well. Most of my acne went into remission and this has been the only effective treatment for cysts. At this point, I was 22 years old. I am now 25, and I am still observing a decrease in cystic acne.

Now, my acne has began to return. I am beginning to observe a consistent increase in inflammatory lesions on both my face and back. About a year and a half ago, I approached the same doctor again, and he prescribed benzoyl peroxide+clindamycin topical. I observed moderate success with it as a spot treatment for inflamed lesions.

Fast forward to now, after a particularly severe breakout, I decided to use the benzoyl peroxide+clindamycin again, but not as a spot treatment. After using it for a few weeks, I observed that not only was it mostly ineffective at treating spots, it actually seemed to make my skin worse generally.

I also have seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp, which I have been treating (ineffectively) with Neutrogena T-gel coal tar shampoo. I recently discovered that Nizoral is once again available in the US, so I decided to give that a try. I have previously had success with ketoconazole for my scalp in the form of pet shampoo, the only ketoconazole shampoo available for some time due to patents for use as human treatment.

I started using it on my face a week ago.

Persistent flakey lesions that have existed for multiple months are healing. The number of inflamed lesions has dropped from six to zero. There is no spot on my face that is infected right now. While it has not been a long time since I have started using it, and I am hesitant to attribute the symptomatic reduction entirely to ketoconazole, it is difficult to ignore the fact that for the first time in months, I do not have any inflammation on my skin. I do not know if the effectiveness is due to anti-androgenic or antifungal of topical ketoconazole. It could be either or both as far as I know. I am also taking DHEA for mental health related issues, which notably increases acne severity due to hormonal activity.

It is hard to say if others will benefit from using Nizoral, but if you have undergone long-term antibiotic therapy, have seborrheic dermatitis, have acne that does not seem to respond to typical antibiotics or topical treatment, or you suspect a hormonal cause, you MIGHT consider trying topical Nizoral. I simply use it as face wash in the morning. I am not using any other treatment.

I'll come come back in a week and post updated results.

Thank you for reading and thank you for being a supportive community,

Greg

My acne is hormonal (I know because oral DHT inhibitors reduce it significantly and the root cause is work out supps), and Nizoral did not do much by itself for me (I've been using it twice a day for over a month).

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Hi Greg2, your post gave me such relief. I've been battling acne since I've been 12 too. In addition to topicals including aczone (which i think is a newer treatment? had no success) I've tried countless laser treatments, the latest was fractora a couple of months ago. I went on extreme diet changes looking for the source in the past too (gluten free, dairy free, etc). I have patchy, flaky, cracked leathery at times, SUPER OILY skin with redness and pimples in a beard like fashion on my jaw, cheeks and chin. Can't wear makeup because skin cracks and flakes, no matter how much moisturizer I use. Not a pleasant look for a girl. I get cystic acne flareups too on my forehead and jawline. And the same flaky skin on my collarbone and back, which gets itchy at night. I'm the only one in my family that has a history of acne or bad skin - and I have 3 sisters.
What brought me here to this forum: I just went to a facialist a week ago and she said I may have Seborrheic dermatitis. She noticed it behind my ears too, and said that was a giveaway. I'm shocked as I've been seeing a dermatologist who didn't consider it (I've contacted her about it). Its been years with this skin - and all along I thought it was a simple case of hormonal acne. I'm not convinced.

What I have learned through my research the past few days about Seborrheic dermatitis treatment and my plan of action:
1. facialist recommended I used nizarol shampoo ($15 at pharmacy) on my face and back. She suggested 1x daily, leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off. I woke up with oily flaky chin, used the nizarol for 10 minutes only on the affected area (I read it could aggravate the skin that isn't) and my chin is smooth and healthy feeling. Mind you, I'm on day 2. I'll keep you updated, however I've never seen such a quick response to a topical treatment.
2. i also looked into diet changes, especially the candida diet - which counters yeast overgrowth from the inside out. Its a super strict and annoying diet (I just started it). NO SUGAR allowed - yeast thrives on sugar - the good and the bad - so no fruits, no bread/gluten, no dairy etc. I'm planning to eat pretty much the same thing every day for the start of this cleanse: tons of water, wheatgrass shot, 2 cold pressed green juices freshly made (not bottled, only with the veggies that are allowed, adding lemon and ginger to counteract taste), 2 hardboiled eggs, raw almonds, baby spinach and cucumber salad with olive oil + 1 cup of organic kefir plain probiatic (triple check no sugar), probiotics are good as they repopulate you with this healthy bacteria that will balance the bad. Also through the years I've had acne I always wondered if there was an underlying food issue. We'll see.
more candida diet here: http://www.thecandidadiet.com/foodstoavoid.htm
3. Unsure if it is completely curable, have read that it is manageable though. That is why I am addressing it with diet changes too.
4. Side note, I noticed my malar bags/festoons under my eyes are diminishing, especially in the morning when I usually look the most haggard. might be the diet.

I'm new to the forums. this is my first post. Please update us when you can!! I am so curious if its working for you!


 

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On 2/26/2016 at 2:33 PM, amj1887 said:

Hi Greg2, your post gave me such relief. I've been battling acne since I've been 12 too. In addition to topicals including aczone (which i think is a newer treatment? had no success) I've tried countless laser treatments, the latest was fractora a couple of months ago. I went on extreme diet changes looking for the source in the past too (gluten free, dairy free, etc). I have patchy, flaky, cracked leathery at times, SUPER OILY skin with redness and pimples in a beard like fashion on my jaw, cheeks and chin. Can't wear makeup because skin cracks and flakes, no matter how much moisturizer I use. Not a pleasant look for a girl. I get cystic acne flareups too on my forehead and jawline. And the same flaky skin on my collarbone and back, which gets itchy at night. I'm the only one in my family that has a history of acne or bad skin - and I have 3 sisters.
What brought me here to this forum: I just went to a facialist a week ago and she said I may have Seborrheic dermatitis. She noticed it behind my ears too, and said that was a giveaway. I'm shocked as I've been seeing a dermatologist who didn't consider it (I've contacted her about it). Its been years with this skin - and all along I thought it was a simple case of hormonal acne. I'm not convinced.

What I have learned through my research the past few days about Seborrheic dermatitis treatment and my plan of action:
1. facialist recommended I used nizarol shampoo ($15 at pharmacy) on my face and back. She suggested 1x daily, leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off. I woke up with oily flaky chin, used the nizarol for 10 minutes only on the affected area (I read it could aggravate the skin that isn't) and my chin is smooth and healthy feeling. Mind you, I'm on day 2. I'll keep you updated, however I've never seen such a quick response to a topical treatment.
2. i also looked into diet changes, especially the candida diet - which counters yeast overgrowth from the inside out. Its a super strict and annoying diet (I just started it). NO SUGAR allowed - yeast thrives on sugar - the good and the bad - so no fruits, no bread/gluten, no dairy etc. I'm planning to eat pretty much the same thing every day for the start of this cleanse: tons of water, wheatgrass shot, 2 cold pressed green juices freshly made (not bottled, only with the veggies that are allowed, adding lemon and ginger to counteract taste), 2 hardboiled eggs, raw almonds, baby spinach and cucumber salad with olive oil + 1 cup of organic kefir plain probiatic (triple check no sugar), probiotics are good as they repopulate you with this healthy bacteria that will balance the bad. Also through the years I've had acne I always wondered if there was an underlying food issue. We'll see.
more candida diet here: http://www.thecandidadiet.com/foodstoavoid.htm
3. Unsure if it is completely curable, have read that it is manageable though. That is why I am addressing it with diet changes too.
4. Side note, I noticed my malar bags/festoons under my eyes are diminishing, especially in the morning when I usually look the most haggard. might be the diet.

I'm new to the forums. this is my first post. Please update us when you can!! I am so curious if its working for you!


 

Hey, I'm curious to hear about your results? 

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