1. Forums Hyperpigmentation - red/dark marks   (edited )

    HAve you got any photos? Its hard to comment or give help without knowing what kind of marks they are

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    Don't have a photo of myself but here are two photos for reference, my red marks are kind of in-between these two pictures.

    A little worse than this first photo, and a little better than the second photo. I am 20 years old and these red marks are from acne that I had when I was roughly 16/17.

    http://www.acne.org/..._1644_16870.jpg

    http://www.realself....00092-32786.jpg

  2. Forums Hyperpigmentation - red/dark marks   (edited )

    I won't say they haven't faded at all, but they have faded very little considering it has been years since I have had major acne all across my cheeks and yet I still have red/pink marks all across my cheeks.

    I have been using Retin- A for two years now and have been exfoliating with Mandelic acid longer than that, yet little improvement.

    Should I resort to some kind of laser surgery? Is it effective? Can I do it while using Retin-A?

    To expand, I get darker red marks that go away in a couple of days to a couple of weeks when I get new acne, but these other marks have been there for years, I doubt they will just go away with time at this point.

  3. Forums Diet & holistic health

    naicin acts like a diuretic, it flushes your system out, a lot of people use it to clean toxins out of the body, number one example people use it for is to get rid of THC. people also use it to lose weight, because it essentially makes you pee a lot, making your bodies water weight less and less. body builders use it to lose the water weight before a competition, not to build muscle.

    I saw a study (I don't know how reliable) that it helps boost testosterone levels. Also heard (haven't looked into it) that it helps with depression.

  4. Forums Diet & holistic health

    What was the consensus on Naicin? I remember it was a huge topic of discussion a while back.

    I heard it helps with depression as well as gaining muscle, so I'm definitely going to give it a shot.

  5. Forums Diet & holistic health
    Hey guys, its been about 2 weeks since I started the Chromium Picolinate. There are no new spots... no new blackheads or whiteheads. My forehead is completely clear now. I have a few whiteheads on my cheeks... but they are going away very quickly.

    I am waitig for my complexion to heal now (it almost has). And I can tell that my face will be perfect within the next week or so.

    It has really been worth it. My best friend started chromium Picolinate when he saw my dramatic results.

    Do you still take Chromium? Did it lose its effectiveness?

  6. Forums Scar treatments   (edited )
    You can only get Azelaic acid (15%-20%) by prescription; you have to go to a derm. I've never personally tried it, but I'm scheduling an appointment soon for my persistent blackheads. Azelaic acid is very good for blackheads, mild/moderate inflammatory acne, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation problems.

    There are lots of studies about its effectiveness, in case you were wondering:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21637899

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18246693

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16281587

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17456913

    You can look around on Pubmed for more studies.

    If I was already prescribed Retin-A do you think my dermatologist will provide me with an additional prescription for Azelaic Acid if I ask?

  7. Forums Diet & holistic health

    From all my years on here I have seen thousands of ideas thrown around, but only a few methods have had a large impact on clearing acne. (Clearing, or temporarily clearing)

    Why do the following methods work? What is the common mechanism/change?

    Retin-A/Accutane

    Vitamin B5

    Niacin

    Fasting

    Low GI/GL Diet

    Avoiding dairy

  8. Forums Diet & holistic health
    Has anyone tried or read about DHT blockers for acne?

    You don't really explain what you mean by "DHT blocker". Are you referring to "androgen receptor blockers" (also known as "antiandrogens"), or substances which inhibit the formation of DHT from testosterone (5a-reductase inhibitors)?

    Several times I've mentioned a study that was done a few years ago, in which a specific type 1 5a-reductase inhibitor (the type found in sebaceous glands) was tested in acne patients. Unfortunately, it had no beneficial effect on acne, and the authors of the study (some big names in the field of dermatology) had no idea why it failed.

    I mean 5a-reductase inhibitors.

    High DHT levels seemed to make so much sense to me (dad had some acne, balding, prostate problems) but I guess not.

    I'm so close to going to get on accutane. I have spent years trying everything natural and Retin-A seems to less effective for me than it was in the past. Its amazing how much a seemingly little thing like acne can change your life.

    If the "natural" way hasn't cleared you, it means you haven't isolated the proper variable.

    Are you eating any common allergens/allergenic foods? Are you getting enough sunlight an exercise? Are you avoiding grains, dairy, soy and sugar? Are your veggies, fruits and meat coming from a reliable (and natural) source? Is your life stressful?

    I've been here since spring 08, I've read it all, I've tried it all. Every diet, lifestyle change, supplement, etc. Even though certain things have helped, there is no natural "cure" for me.

  9. Forums Scar treatments

    I have been using Mandelic acid along with Retin-A and it has been relatively effective for acne/red marks. However I have used just Retin A at times and it seems to make no difference in my skin.

    I'm wondering if Azelic Acid would be okay for a person with darker skin tone as my self? It's supposed to increase cell proliferation (which is the function of Retin A that keeps me mostly clear) and lighten red marks. I assume it would fade red marks faster than just exfoliating?

  10. Forums Diet & holistic health
    Has anyone tried or read about DHT blockers for acne?

    You don't really explain what you mean by "DHT blocker". Are you referring to "androgen receptor blockers" (also known as "antiandrogens"), or substances which inhibit the formation of DHT from testosterone (5a-reductase inhibitors)?

    Several times I've mentioned a study that was done a few years ago, in which a specific type 1 5a-reductase inhibitor (the type found in sebaceous glands) was tested in acne patients. Unfortunately, it had no beneficial effect on acne, and the authors of the study (some big names in the field of dermatology) had no idea why it failed.

    I mean 5a-reductase inhibitors.

    High DHT levels seemed to make so much sense to me (dad had some acne, balding, prostate problems) but I guess not.

    I'm so close to going to get on accutane. I have spent years trying everything natural and Retin-A seems to less effective for me than it was in the past. Its amazing how much a seemingly little thing like acne can change your life.

  11. Forums Diet & holistic health

    I heard it will lower the amount of oil your skin produces while preventing your skin from becoming dry. The vitamin E is also supposed to be good for scarring and preventing wrinkles.

    Is this true?

  12. Forums Diet & holistic health
    thats what i was thinking.. i dont wash my face much anymore.. have seen great improvement... washing your face with those chemicals and removing the sebum produces more oil because of the dryness... its pretty obvious but ppl dont realize it because they are blinded thinking washing their face more will clean and prevent acne

    But what if you are really oily and are just removing enough so your face is "normal", not dry?

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