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  1. hello hello, I have been reading these forums for YEARS and have just recently felt confident enough to share my own success with certain products. when I was 23 my chin exploded in painful red cysts that refused to dissipate. it was shit. after lots of research and blood tests it turns out that I, like tons of women, am estrogen dominant. I started acupuncture and taking supplements for my imbalance. After three months, I do not have any more cysts. This is what I take: Margarite pills (plum flower brand is most reputable) Estroblock Zinc (I used the Vitamin Code ones) Fermented Cod Liver Oil (Green Pasture) Myomin (Chi's Enterprise) Vitex (Gaia) Sauerkraut (for digestion) Dandelion Tea/or cook with dandelions (for my liver) So my cysts are gone but I'm left with clogged pores (no inflammation/pain/redness) from all the years of acne production on my chin. I started using topical vitamin A every night two weeks ago and a few of those clogged pores have purged and disappeared. I'm hoping that with continuous use all these little bumps will disappear. I have dry skin so I make sure to MOISTURIZE the hell out of my face with non-comedogenic products after I put on the vitamin A. (Note that prescription Retin-A can clog your I refuse to use that). I was feeling so good about not having any cysts that I slacked off a bit on my "clean" diet this past month and ate quite a bit of cheese. Usually, within a day of eating cheese, I would develop some pretty nasty monsters on my face. But, there is nothing! I am of course still paranoid that a cyst could develop at any moment but so far....nothing. P.S. gave me the username "bigfeel"....what the heck? how do I change that?
  2. So to make a very long skin care story short, i have taken accutane(which i had a bad reaction to), antibiotics, and other acne treatments. Recently went on fish oil caplets(omega brite) along with vitamin C. The next day my skin started clearing. It was literally insane, first time my skin had EVER been that clear. But around the 5th day of having CLEAR skin (still crazy to me) i broke out with tons of cysts on my forehead and chest. I’m really depressed right now because of it. I want to figure out why it stopped working. I usually take a multi vitamin with a probiotic in the mornings which i may have forgotten to take, causing me to breakout. I also started using a sun screen(which i've always used) but maybe that made me break out? Do you think that taking a probiotic and multi vitamin make a difference? and is there any other supplements or vitamins i should take along with what i already take? -Men’s multi-vitamin -Vitamin C -Fish Oil caplets -Probiotic Pearl -Allergy pills(some days) Thanks guys i really miss the way my skin looked a couple days ago! It sucks that i broke out!

  3. Take vitamin D and K to begin with, that will help rebalance your retinoids. Anxiety is probably one of the main causes, as Accutane completely messes up your stress and sex hormones, so right now your body probably feels a tonne of stress. People who take such a limited dose recover much better, and one of my friends took 80mg for 15 months and he is good now, though it knocked him around for a fair bit.

    One of the ironic things about accutane is it makes your body react poorly to stress, then creates a fuckton of it.

    My full recovery advise is:
    "Buy creatine, fish oil, coq10, zinc, multivitamins and a decent protein powder, take the recommended dosages for all of these, and try to meditate for 20 minutes a day"(if its early days take some k2 and vitD as well, that will get your retinoids in check post tane)

    Anyway, even if you are a random healthy male the things I've recommended would only improve your health, all would probs be available if you went to your local discount chemist 
  4. After dealing with acne and hormonal cystic acne since I was 13 as a female it was extremely hard. I'd get made fun of if I didn't wear foundation or even if I did. Always felt as if people were staring at me and I did for so long gave me horrible anxiety and took a toll on my social life. Over the next 5 years I've tried every regimen I could get my hands on. Every scrub and mask and treatments. Nothing ever worked. Just recently I decided to try zinc after doing a lot of research. I also added fish oil because I heard good things as well. For the first month it was as if my acne was getting worse. But now after 2 months my face is cleared up for the most part! I still have a few tiny pimples here and there but nothing compared to what I'm used to and the best part, no cysts! If you have severe hormonal cystic acne you should give it a shot. Now I just do a basic clean and clear face wash morning and night and take my vitamins at night and every morning my face seems get more clear. Now I just have to deal with these horrible acne scars. If someone has a good method for that I'd love to hear it!
  5. Hello Everyone. Won't keep this too formal, but like many of you I tried Accutane, had a few minor side-effects while i was on it, like dry lips and skin, blood noses, dry eyes, soreness after sport, etc. Then when I discontinued Accutane, some of these effects left, but were replaced with other far more insidious side effects. In no particular order these included: -Erectile Dysfunction -Depression -Fatigue -Joint Pain and more injuries -Low Testosterone These are just the core ones. If you have these, it goes on to affect every other aspect of your life, like you become less social, and feel anxiety in social situations. It also means you no longer enjoy things you used to enjoy doing, like sports, especially seeing you’re feeling sore from it and can’t seem to gain strength anyway due to low T, or see the point in studying to do well in University because you don’t know what you want to do anymore, and struggle to picture a future where you are happy and fulfilled. You don’t want to get into a relationship and you don’t feel like you deserve one, especially because you don’t know whether you could physically perform in one, etc, etc. The fact that you don’t see an end in sight to these maladies is what makes the situation seem more hopeless, more despairing, and it is why many people commit suicide, especially in a society that insists in “all in your head” or ”you’re imagining it” “X, Y and Z had it as well and they are fine, so just get over it”. Because on the outside you look the same, people disregard it, and it is only because of the people that lost hope and ended it the only way they knew how that this issue has been acknowledged by the world, but it is still far from accepted. Anyway, luckily a lot of this bullshit for many of you should be over soon (approx 3-6 months) I have come to the conclusion that the long term side effects of Accutane is due to brain damage. The downside to this conclusion is that brain damage can’t be 100% cured. The good news is that the difference between a poorly managed TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), and a well managed TBI are like black and white, and if managed well you will be VERY close to 100%, but poorly managed and you will feel… maybe very similar to how you feel now. The best news is it is never too late to start managing your brain health These are the symptoms of a TBI Fatigue or lethargy Irritability Depression Anxiety Difficulty falling asleep Feeling “slowed down” Feeling “in a fog” or “dazed” Difficulty concentrating Difficulty remembering becoming fatigued easily; disordered sleep; Headache; Loss of libido, erectile dysfunction; vertigo or dizziness; irritability or aggression on little or no provocation; anxiety, depression, or affective instability; changes in personality (eg, social or sexual inappropriateness); or apathy or lack of spontaneity. If these sound familiar, that not a bad thing. If you found out you are short sighted and needed to wear glasses, then it means now you can wear glasses, so you no longer need to suffer the symptoms of your blindness. Same thing here. You are currently dealing with the symptoms the best you can. However, now knowing what the actual issue is you can treat it the way science has shown it should be treated. The best measurable way to recover from a TBI is to improve neuroplasticity. This has been shown in many other animals as well as humans, and is now becoming a prominent way to treat many mental illnesses. The most conventional way is through “Mindfulness Meditation”, which is a form of meditation where you get comfortable and try to think of nothing for 10-30 minutes a day. This has been shown to promote Neurogenesis/Neuroplasticity1 and this has been shown to help people with suicidality, PTSD, anxiety, addiction and depression, as well as chronic pain, insomnia, and hypertension. The way I’m treating myself is through the nutrition approach. It has been shown that creatine, fish oil, (unheated) extra virgin olive oil, vitamin d, zinc, magnesium, glutamine, taurine all also promote neuroplasticity. The Ketogenic Diet also helps promote Neuroplasticity, and many people who go on that diet who struggle with libido problems and are on antidepressants recover over the months and years they are on that diet. I have been doing these things for the last 5 months, and ahve noticed a great improvement in both my mental and physical health. I'm in a bit of a rush but wanted to get all this out there, so be forgiving of any and all poor formatting. Also challenge this and use what I've found to build up your own theories, and if you agree feel free to find other things we could be doing to promote neuroplasticity and improve our recoveries! Best of luck everyone 1(when looking up your own research on the topic these terms are virtually interchangeable, the ways to measure it are changes in brain metabolism and hippocampul growth) Interesting studies + exerts "Beneficial changes in the brain energy profile have been observed in subjects who are on a ketogenic diet (28). This is a significant observation because cerebral hypometabolism is a characteristic feature of those who suffer from depression or mania" Exert from a study on meditation (Decreased stress and hypertension have been related to decreased autonomic arousal or reactivity,95–97 a possible means, along with positive emotions, reduced oxidative damage,98,99 and enhanced immune functioning,100 by which meditation may preserve cognition101 and reduce age-related allostatic stress and neuronal loss, thereby promoting brain longevity, plasticity, and learning) Nutritional treatment for acute and chronic traumatic brain injury patients. "omega 3 fats, vitamin D, N-Acetylcysteine, branched chain amino acids, zinc, alpha-lipoic acid, magnesium, taurine, coenzyme Q10, and many phytonutrients" Mindfulness Meditation can stimulate hippocampal brain cell growth. A smaller hippocampus is correlated with a poorer recovery from TBIs, in the case of war veterans suffering PTSD at least. Study supporting Creatine consumption as one of the top supplements for recovering from a TBI, and this one supports Taurine use as well. Sources (For my mindblowing hypothesis) Functional brain imaging alterations in acne patients treated with isotretinoin. Traumatic brain injury: a disease process, not an event. Ketogenic Diet research article (contains research on how keto diet resets brain metabolism after TBI and how it is neuroprotective) Will add more stuff to OP over time, and reformat it as well
  6. I recently started taking 1300 mg epo by the brand sport research. It has fairly good reviews for acne. 87/91 of the reviews are positive. However when I started taking it, the pimple on my forehead and between my eyebrows became bigger and red. I had also consumed a slice of cheesecake that day so idk if it was the epo or the cheesecake. I did some more research on epo and discovered that it does make many people break out, some people recommend taking it with fish oil. Will fish oil with epo be more helpful? Or should I just continue taking the epo alone. I have took fish oil before and it did cause me to break out so idk if I should take it again with epo.
  7. Which one is more effective in terms of helping the skin? All I know is that non-fermented cod liver oil (Carlson's Cod LIver Oil capsules) is way less expensive.
  8. Ok lets just get straight down to business. I've had acne for not even a year and it has already amounted to this. Cystic acne started developing within 5 months of me getting acne and they haven't stopped since. I currently have 15 cysts on my face and I cannot touch my face without a pinch or throb of pain. Started Roaccutane (or accutane) 11 days ago and would like to share some photos with you guys to show you my progress throughout the 6-9 month course. I'm currently on 10mg for 1 month then bumping to 20mg. I am currently experiencing an initial breakout (or flare) like reaction and my lips are starting to dry up. This photo here ^ is well before I started accutane and was when I decided to do something about my acne. This is my first day on minocycline ^ , it had no effect - in fact (not the drugs fault) it got worse. I was getting acne on my jaw line I was so disappointed and made me so anxious to start accutane and get rid of this awful acne. So I did it's been 11 days, here is my week 1 progress photo(s). Please stay tuned for the weeks to come! Week 2 has arrived here are the photos for my second week of accutane, dry lips, dry eyes and very itchy legs. xD I don't know why but yeah.
  9. Omega-3 and subcision

    Forums Scar treatments 2 replies

    Hi! I'm wondering if taking Omega-3 fish oil capsules will have any effect on the results from subcision. Omega-3 acts as a blood thinner, which makes you more prone to bleeding. Would this be beneficial when having subcision or would it be bad in any way? I take Omega-3 every day for other reasons but I'm considering not taking them a few weeks prior to subcision if it would mean better results. Thoughts? Replies are appreciated!
  10. Claravis Journey

    Forums Accutane (isotretinoin) logs 5 replies

    It's my first day of taking Claravis... So this is my first attempt at keeping a record of my newest fight against acne... I'm a 30 year old woman who has dealt with acne since puberty. It was really terrible during middle and high school, but by college I was on birth control consistently and it really evened things out for many years. The problem is that in the last 8 months or so, my acne got really bad. Breakouts around my jawline and ears were especially terrible, and I'd never dealt with that kind of acne before. Before it was usually just on my chin and sometimes forehead, and occasionally near my nose during my period. I generally didn't have particularly good skin, but it was manageable. I learned the jawline breakouts are hormonal and fairly normal around age 30, but my skin was worse than it had ever been since I was a teenager. At this point, I was ready to do some serious work to finally fight it. I went on oral antibiotics (Solodyn), as well as topical tretinoin (Atralin) and benzoyl peroxide (Onexton), which weren't terribly effective but did help. After a few months though they just really didn't help much so my dermatologist and I decided to try out Accutane in its current form... I shied away from it in the past, but now I'm 30 and don't want to deal with terrible skin anymore. I have to say I'm pretty nervous, but optimistic. So today I took my first dose of Claravis, 40 mg. Since you're supposed to take it with a big meal, I took it with a bowl of homemade beef stew and a fish oil capsule. My stomach is a little queasy (I wouldn't say I'm nauseated but I don't feel great), and my mouth is a little dry... So maybe this is due to the pill, but it's a little early to tell. To mitigate the side effects, I'm trying to use as many preventive treatments and be as proactive as possible. I moisturized the hell out of my skin already. I always drink a lot of water, so will up that as much as I can. I also already regularly moisturize as soon as I'm out of the shower, and plan to do so before bed as well. I also keep lots of lip balm and hand moisturizer with me at all times, so I try to will be prepared... Question 1: I've read that fish oil is good for keeping your skin and hair healthy, and keeping them from drying out too much. Has anyone had any experience with this? Does it seem to have any effect on dryness? I anticipate serious dryness no matter what, of course, but I'm trying to keep it in check. Question 2: I also have heard about taking biotin for hair loss--this is something I'm really afraid of, since I actually really like my hair! Has anyone had any positive results by taking biotin along with Accutane or Claravis? Any feedback or support is much appreciated. I will try to post as often as possible in order to help others and track my progress... Thanks!
  11. Advice on Hormonal Acne

    Forums Diet & holistic health 19 replies

    I dont know if i started this topic in the right section but is it possible to cure or help hormonal acne WITHOUT medication? fish oil makes my skin worse but ive heard it work for others. Ive recently started drinking 2 cups of green tea a day (i cant do more because i have iron deficiency). I basically have clear skin for two weeks, then two weeks before my period i break out with papsules and around 4 days before my period i get 1-2 massive cysts. All on my chin. People would think i suffer from acne just because of the scars! I hope someone could help, im losing confidence....
  12. Hormonal Acne Is Ruining My Face, Help Me

    Forums Hormonal acne 2 replies

    Hey guys, today is my first day on this site. I am 21 years old I live In SoCal(hot weather) Before about 5 months ago, I would get acne here and there but one or two pimples with head and would go away 3 days tops. Now I have acne all over my jawline, my forehead, and on one of my cheeks. The ones on my jawline and cheek have no heads, are painful, and pretty red. the ones on my forehead have healed but there are still little skin colored bumps. I have tried, BP and it works for when my pimples have heads. These however dont, I use a 2 percent salicylic lotion, doesnt do anything. I started taking fish oil about 1 month ago, no improvement. Ive been dirnking spearmint tea every day because i hear it helps with hormones but same thing no improvement Yesterday i bought de la cruz sulfur ointment, (10% sulfur) and i applied it twice today Once when i woke up Intially felt really warm did not burn but it was warm. I left it on for 10 minutes as directed then washed it off and applied moisturizer then i applied it again in the afternoon. again for 10 minutes. I notice new acne now about 3 or 4 im going to stick to it for a month becayse i hear you can purge Any success with any products hormonal acne sufferers ?
  13. Hi and Thank-you for dropping by, My name is Hannah, a 22 year old female looking for allies to support each other through our difficult journey in battling acne. I had acne since my teens, but got 90% clear through changes in diet and taking supplements. I've tried from paleo to low-fat vegan, and I am still looking for what works best for me and my life style. (Of course I don't neglect traditional medicine, I've experience great results from anti-biotic topicals and dan's regime) I noticed throughout my food journey, I'd usually get isolated and feel like I'm the only one changing my diet for the sake of my skin, because everyone around me has clear skin despite eating junk food, or have bad acne however will not go as far as to changing their diets. I am looking for people whom I can openly share my unique experience as someone who is pursuing a healthy life style in order to get clear skin. if you don't feel comfortable discussing on an open forum, please feel free to message me personally and I will message you back It would be preferred if you live in Vancouver, Canada, but of course, I am always looking for friends from all over the world! (if you think I'm being a little creepy, message me anyways lol Any thing will be appreciated)
  14. I've had acne for 12 years now and have been taking minocyline for about 8 years. It has definitely been a massive help since I started taking it. I haven't had a major issue of scarring since starting the medication. Unless I pop/squeeze a spot myself, generally my spots do not leave long lasting scars. They disappear soon after. That is until around 5 months ago. Now, every spot on my face leaves a huge scar which just does not go away. I'm left with so many scars on my face. Not just that, there's a spot on my nose which will not die, it just keeps regrowing. Has been there for 4 months now. I've never had a spot like this before. I haven't made any dietary changes at all, but there has been an increase in the medication I've been taking. I've been having severe back issues for the past 6/7 months and have been prescribed naproxen as an anti inflammatory. I've also started having multivitamins and omega 3 fish oil tablets. I do leave the 3 hour gap between taking minocyline and the multivitamins as suggested. These are the only changes I can think of that may be causing scarring. Any help would be appreciated.
  15. Hi all. So I was on accutane back in 2013 with great success. However, back in November I had a breakout that was a little worse than usual. I wasn't too worried because I tend to get these in a very minor form still a week or so before my time of the month. However, at the same I had been to see a doctor because I was having issues with painful periods, bad PMS etc and she recommended that if I wanted a natural solution I should try Evening Primrose Oil. I started taking these with great success in terms of controlling my PMS symptoms, except for one thing- my acne just seemed to get worse, then look slightly better, then get worse and so on and so on. I had read a little about balancing omega 3 and 6 and thought perhaps if I resumed taking my cod liver oil supplements at the same time (which I had been taking prior to all this without issues) that it might be help- but nope. At this point I was getting papules and pustules on my cheeks, which I never got even when my acne was at its worst before accutane. Usually it is heavily concentrated around my mouth and chin. The leftover marks are also taking months to heal, which I never usually experience. I then decided to try borage oil instead, so I went ahead and bought an omega 3-6-9 supplement containing Fish oil, borage/starflower oil and flax. So far I keep thinking my skin looks slightly better one day and then suddenly I'll get these really angy red blemished forming all over again. So, basically I'm wondering if is due to these omega screwing everything up? Should I stop them completely?
  16. 04/01/14

    Gallery Hyperpigmentation logs

    From the album My Skin

    Hey y'all. Just an update on my skin, this photo was taken today, April 1st, 2014. I have recently begun taking beta carotene again (after weeks of being without it), & I have also added a mixed capsule of fish oil, borage oil, & flax, plus a primrose oil supplement (supposedly it helps to balance a woman's hormones). I also plan on taking a probiotic I purchased regularly as well because I'm trying to restore my "good" gut bacteria. Topically, I have been doing a lot of Glycolic acid peels. I'm trying to fade my red hyperpigmentation primarily. It has done a GREAT job of doing that on my cheeks, which was one of my worst areas, and my forehead, which looks normal & that makes me very happy. My jawline and temples have experienced some lightening as well & I honestly believe that with around 5 more treatments or less, my skin will look pretty amazing. Unfortunately, right now, my jawline & sides of face (including tples) are experiencing angry breakouts. I'm not sure why, it could just be part of the healing process with this last peel. They responding well to no benzoyl peroxide last night which isn't typical so I think these are more dry pimples than oily ones that just need some TLC. I'll keep you all updated. I hope everyone's well.
  17. Supplements

    Gallery Off topic

    From the album Regimen and Before and After

    Morning: 1 fish oil 1 Vitamin D3 1 Carotene 4-8 Hyland's #12 Afternoon (2pm or so): 4-8 Hyland's #12 Night: 1 Vitamin D3 4-8 Hyland's #12
  18. I registered today just to tell my story that I feel compelled to share with others. After 22 years of suffering from extremely oily skin and acne I have finally found what I believe is my own personal cure. It's been a very long road to get here and I still can't quite believe it, but Vitamin D supplements have COMPLETELY eliminated my super oily skin and acne. I'm not talking a little bit here, not a 50% or even 90% reduction. I'm talking 100%. I still can't get over it having suffered for so long. I know some of you aren't going to believe what I just said or what I am about to explain. I would have my doubts too if I were reading this just a few months ago, but I am 100% telling the truth of my own personal experience. So here I go... I am a male, now in my late 30's and have suffered with excessively oily skin (way way way too much sebum) and severe acne since puberty around 14yo. I have taken EVERYTHING over the years. This gets said a lot around here by 16-18 year old acne sufferers, and I can certainly sympathize, but trust me when I say I have had over 20 years of experience trying EVERYTHING from prescription meds to over the counter topicals to various supplements. I have tried every systemic and topical antibiotic prescription known for acne. I have tried every topical retinoid. I have been on 3 courses of Accutane. I have been on doctor prescribed very high doses of Vitamin A (a safe aqueous form) after my 1st course of accutane when my acne flared back up after treatment. I have tried and used many of the over the counter washes, scrubs, masks with BP, salicylic acid, tee tree, etc. over the years. Fed up with prescription meds that never fully worked (or in the case of Accutane worked only while on them), over the last few years I have also tried various supplements, including fish oil, cod liver oil, B5, vitamin B multivitamins, antioxidant multivitamins, borage oil, and others. About 4 weeks ago I began supplementing with Vitamin D3 1000IU. Why? Well a year ago I got a blood test done showing my Vitamin D level was low. It was a 19 which is considered quite deficient (normal I think is 50-70; reference values have been upped recently). At the time my doctor prescribed Vitamin D over a 3 month period but at the time I saw no results so stopped after 2 months (this was to try resolving fatigue not acne anyway). But this winter I started reading up on Vitamin D again as my fatigue was increasing again and came to find out that the Vitamin D that is prescribed via a pharmacy is of the D2 form which some studies have now shown is ineffective in vivo. So I decided to start taking over the counter Vitamin D (in the D3 form), like I said about 4 weeks ago. Again, the intent was to possibly help with fatigue and perhaps immune support, not necessarily help with my oily skin or acne. But to my amazement, about one week in I began to see significant reduction in sebum on my skin. By week two my skin had become COMPLETELY normalized. I can't even believe I am saying that after so many years of super oily skin. The only medication capable of doing that for me is Accutane (isotretinoin). Nothing else could reduce or control sebum production for me. Not prescriptions or supplements of any kind, even B5. Remember I'm a male, so there is no other option other than Accutane for us males like BC or Spiro to try and normalize hormones/oily skin. After taking Vitamin D for 4 weeks now my skin is tighter, smoother, looks normal, and I haven't had a new pimple of any kind surface in 2 weeks which for me is nothing short of a miracle. Most amazingly is my oily skin is completely gone and hence why I'm confident this is going to work long term for me. In fact the results, both sebum and acne elimination, are just as good if not better than Accutane (Accutane can be super drying in normal doses and can affect wound healing). I was going to wait 3-6 months to tell my story because I know there will be naysayers that say 4 weeks isn't long enough to judge long term efficiency, or maybe this is just an anomaly, or something like that. But after 22 years I have more than enough experience with my oily skin and acne to know that this is a fundamental change in my skin that I have never seen before (other than again with Accutane usage). So I just couldn't wait that long to post. I felt compelled to do so today in the hopes that my experience might help some others right now, not months from now. So anyway, completely amazed by this result I have experienced with Vit D I have been doing quite a bit of research online about it and the more I research the more things make sense of how this is affecting my skin. Vitamin D is actually a hormone and was mislabeled a long time ago as a vitamin because at the time researches didn't realize the body (skin) can actually produce vitamin D. In a strict sense, vitamins must be supplied by diet, while hormones are produced in the body. Now, we all know acne is a result of what is most likely an imbalance of hormones in the body. This is why it is very rare for pre-pubescents to have acne, their pubertal hormones haven't kicked in yet which is when most acne first appears. "Vitamin" D, being a HORMONE needed in vital bodily functions, can be one of those hormones that is deficient. Vitamin D is produced via UV light action on the skin. In fact, it is produced in the oily cells (sebocytes) in the skin. Interesting but slight gross side note - I read somewhere that dogs and cats actually get their Vitamin D intake from licking the sebum on their face and hair follicles where the vitamin D is created (their skin cannot directly absorb the vitamin D through the skin). Apparently (and luckily for most humans) human skin can directly absorb vitamin D on the skin . So I've been pondering, perhaps very oily skin (and associated acne) is a negative feedback of low vitamin D levels in the body. With lower and lower Vitamin D in the body, the skin produces more and more sebum in efforts to create more Vitamin D to bring the body in balance. Perhaps those like myself who have consistently super oily skin have an impairment in the ability to create or absorb Vitamin D in the skin. (I don't really see a reduction in oil during the summer when I get a fair amount of sun). For me, perhaps the only way to increase my vitamin D levels is not through sun exposure but through supplementation. There are very few sources of foods with sufficient levels of vitamin D so the only way to get it in sufficient amounts is through vitamin supplements. In my research I also found out that Vitamin D will bind to some of the same skin cell receptors as certain forms of Retinoic Acid (one of the metabolites of Accutane). I believe this is likely why Accutane works in a similar fashion (normalizes sebum production) by binding to the same Vitamin D and related receptors in the skin. Now this is my own hypothesis here, but perhaps when those receptors have vitamin D or retinoic acid bound to them, they in essence tell the skin they have enough Vitamin D and not to produce any more sebum. Perhaps Accutane works by substituting for and mimicking Vitamin D in the skin . This could possibly explain some of the side affects of Accutane like bone and joint pain which can be a symptom of Vitamin D deficiency (accutane thereby exacerbating the Vit D deficiency). I could go on about this but this is getting a bit tangential to the subject. Anyways, I am completely beside myself that Vitamin D has worked better than anything else out there, and that I have suffered with acne for so long due to what appears to be a simple Vit D deficiency. I really implore others to try this too. It is cheap and easy to do with no side effects. The amount I am taking is 1000IU and is considered a relatively low and completely safe dose. I am not going to state this is the cure for everyone as I am a case study of one right now (although I have read here and on other websites others having great results with Vit D as well). But if you have very oily skin, especially into adulthood, I would give vitamin D3 a try. Not that I think it matters, but in light of full disclosure, I am taking "Natures Made" Vitamin D(3) 1000IU tablets once a day. I don't think the brand will matter so much, just make sure it is Vitamin D3 and not D2. I am also taking Safeway brand Vitamin C 500mg tablets at the same time (this is your generic ascorbic acid Vit C). Note these are run of the mill vitamin brands, not anything special. It's possible the Vitamin C is adding a synergistic affect to the Vit D; I really don't know. But I do know Vitamin C alone hasn't done squat for me over the years that I have taken it so Vitamin C alone isn't causing the amazing results I'm seeing. (I am taking Vitamin C for immune support). These are the only two supplements I am currently taking. I have dropped all topicals other than washing my face in the morning and night and have just begun moisturizing at night with Aloe Vera Gel. I'm hoping others will try this as perhaps this might be the solution for them as well. I'd be more than happy to answer anyone's questions.
  19. 20 Never Had A Pimple Before

    Forums Adult acne 23 replies

    Ok so I posted on here a month ago. I have now done tons of research and would like others input. So the first thing is genetics is absolutely not an option as no one in my family has ever had it. We are actually known for our flawless skin. As a teen not a single pimple. Not kidding not even one ( even wearing mac makeup for days on end and not washing my face). I've been in relationships constantly the last couple of years so I never really wore makeup. I started breaking out a little at 18 and 19 ( a pimple hear and there thinking it was the weirdest thing) last year this time I got a really bad break out from my first job ( clothing store) and used pro active and it cleared up there were only papules though but they still cleared up. I stopped using it and around october of this year ( had the worst nervous break down imaginable - the last 3 years just finally did me in) I was also smoking two packs a day. Of course the breakout that occured I thought was the worst thing I'd ever seen. It just keeps getting worse! Especially when I did any antibiotic or laser treatment or for the one week I tried the oral antibiotic. And I don't mean worse like pro active where it brings it out then takes it away I mean worse like made them from small to angry and "bloated" and my whole skin bright red ( like what I already had put on steroids). The stress has been non stop- so many changes, moves, growing pains etc,...These little papules just keep coming and they start off small or not even on the surface at all and end up being pustules and a couple even nodules. I had stated a month ago that I didn't have any on my neck or back but now that just started happening too. And of course they started off so small then got bigger. I already have a new bf so it's not like I'm worried for those reasons but the truth is I have been through so much trauma and there's very few things in my life that haven't been taken away from me. This is so much more than just appearance for me and the effects are so much greater than I can really explain. I used the bp but stopped as it did nothing (didn't make it worse but did nothing) I have now been on a very strict diet, a gallon of water a day, zinc pills, multi vitamin, fish oil pills,and milk thistle ( tons of cigs, caffeine, and monsters over the years). I just am so confused why they start off so small then end up being bigger and more inflamed. I'm now using lerosett and it's definitely helping bring down the inflammation and allowing me to get them to a place where I can pop them and dry them out but more little papules just keep coming. I will only have insurance for another month so I need answers now. For some people it may just be skin for me like I said it's alot more. I litterally can't focus on anything else. Also one weird little side not I'm getting dandruff for the first time too I don't know if that's any correlation. I'm also getting just one or two in the most random places like inside of my fore arm and one right above the breast. Also I'm pretty sure its not an allergic reaction to soaps or detergents or anything because I've switched to hypo allergenic stuff. The research I've done has made me want to question two things as a cause and I want to know from people who are here to help ( not sell their products) The first thing I'm thinking is that it may be like fungal follicultus as it did go away and it came back and the topicals made it so much worse I mean like from a level 2 to a level 10 and I've been on alot of antibiotics the last couple of years because I get sick alot when I'm cold especially because I smoke. The second is that it may be hormonal but my periods are super regular but I still plan on seeing the endocrinologist. I asked the dermo if she could do a cure to see if it was fungal folliculitus or if it was follicultus in general and she wouldn't do it because "acne and folliculitus were the same thing". So my question is how likely is it that it's fungal and not bacterial like acne? Also if it's 100 percent not genetic does that mean that birth control would be a better solution than antibiotics. Honestly, having my face that swollen bright red again makes me want to cringe. And the oral antibiotics sound awful to do to my body ( yes even though I smoke I don't want to put it through much more) These are from my first post Then this is now... even worse ! =(( I seriously cant even believe 6 months ago I didn't have a single pimple... =/ Also I've done alot of research and since bacteria is only one part of acne I really don't want to do the antibiotics. I'm not looking for a cover up ( laser therapies or extractions or "the right product" to minimize symptoms I really want help finding the cause) I'm obsessed I can't even fully enjoy my new bf or getting my own place soon etc all these awesome things because my perfectly flawless skin has turned into this ( in 6 months too! and it keeps getting worse and i'm so freaked out =/)
  20. 3 Weeks Post Accutane

    Forums Prescription acne medications 6 replies

    Hi everyone! Well I finally finished my 6 month course of accutane, and while it was a massive struggle to finish and I wanted to quit several times, I can now say that ive never been happier with my skin! During the treatment I suffered bad back and joint pain, heel pain, fatique, dry and thin skin (everywhere!) and lips, hives and eczema (these were probably my worst side effects) I am now pain free, have the smoothest, softest, clearest skin (more so than the people I used to envy who had 'perfect' skin) and I havent had to use lip balm at all so far today (its 1:30pm). I know a lot of people will worry and obsess over the possible side effects and will come on here for answers, I know people have had bad experiences, or Accutane hasnt worked for them but my suggestion is, if you choose to take Accutane, don't dwell on other peoples issues, try and think positively and think forward to the future, and look after your health. Don't drink too much alcohol while on the course, take some good supplements like fish oil and glucosamine, and don't pick your skin. The side effects will pass and you can carry on with your life post accutane with the confidence that only comes with great skin! I know I am only 3 weeks finished, but I wanted to share my positive experience to try and boost the confidence of those who may be mid-way through and struggling. Good luck and happy holidays! )
  21. Hello everyone, I would like to share the results I have experienced by following this diet, specifically to cure my acne issues. I had mild/moderate acne since I was about 18... I'm 20 now and in college. In college, it became worse..probably considered moderate. At the end of my freshman year I was talking to my father about how fed up I was with these pimples on my face and how it destroyed my confidence. He is a firm believer that our skin is a visual representation of our internal health. SO he suggested I read the primal blueprint and download the dietary cure for acne by Loren Cordain. So I did, and decided it couldn't hurt to try it for a month. A bit more background, I was eating like an average college kid. processed foods, soda, coffee, and the occasional fast food. It was not at all healthy/ balanced. Plus, I wasn't exercising... during the Summer, I began a 1 month paleo experiment. this is a picture of my skin at its very worst... God I hate looking at this. Here's what it was like right before I started the diet This is about 18-20 days into the 30 day diet... and at about day 28-30...I was clear! I admit, I still had blackheads, but I hadn't had a single new zit in weeks. Hopefully this inspires some of you to try the paleo diet. I realize it does not help everybody, but it was just what I needed. I Kept a log of everything I ate for 30 days, so if you guys have any questions, I will try and answer them! I can tell you all now that I followed this program strictly.. with the fish oil, zinc, and vitamin d supplements, and I think that's the reason for my quick success. I only washed my face occasionally with a mild almond/oatmeal natural soap I bought at Winco's. thanks everyone, goodluck!
  22. I'm 20 and I have never had acne before. I never washed my face with actual face wash as a teen because I had such dry skin and I never got a single blemish. At the beginning of this year in January I got a couple bumps and I freaked. I went to a dermo and he told me I had cystic acne. Since I only had a couple papules at the time I didn't believe him and used proactive. It seriously cleared it right up to the completely blemish free skin I've always been used to. I got cocky stopped using it went back to not washing my face, sleeping with make up on etc. It took a while but now it has caught up with me. About two months ago my skin went crazy and it hasnt gotten better. I did the minocycline and epido but it was too harsh so I saw another dermo who told me I did not have any cysts( so confusing?) She gave me topical antibiotics that turned my skin into a tomato so I stopped using that as well. I know it has to get worse before it can get better but trying the different antibiotics made it really noticeable and they haven't gone away. The new dermo is doing this light therapy though so hopefully that will help too. My acne is very frustrating because it's like all papules. I just ordered zinc for acne, I'm taking fish oil pills, I started acne free twice a day, and am seriously chugging like 10 water bottles or more a day, eating lots of veggies etc. I need some help though diagnosing it moderate or severe. I also need some advice on what to do for papules or my kind of acne. I'm very against antibiotics because my body and skin are both so sensitive. Help would be greatly appreciated. I know it's "just acne" but it's really affecting me. I'm so embarassed about the pics I'm posting but I need to know if it's severe and what I can do to (fix it not just subside symptoms) I'm like practically obsessed at this point. HELPP!!! =(
  23. I feel kind of lost. I am a 19 year old male who has never posted in anything like this. I am currently taking sulfameth/trimethoprim 800/160 and using retin-a micro(%0.04) at night. And take 50mg of zinc a multivitamin and two fish oil pills in the morning. I use st.ives almond scrub in my morning, shower or what ever it is. My acne has died down but i've always had a problem with picking and now have dark spots on my upper cheeks. I'm still getting around 2 new blemishes every other night but i have a number of small under the skin zits on my cheeks near the mouth and on my forehead. I work out hard 5 times a week. So i guess what i'm trying to ask is if anyone has ANY advice for me that might help? I have been on the antibiotics and using the retin-a for about a month now. I've also been changing my sheets and doing the towel trick.
  24. Male, Age 22, Weekly Log

    Forums Personal logs 6 replies

    Background: Acne has been a burden all of my teen and adult life. I started getting my first acne in the 7th grade. It did not become a huge problem until the 10th grade where I had what I would consider moderate to severe acne (about 5-8x worse than my week 0 state shown below). I saw the family dermatologist who put me on an arsenal of treatments. First proactive, then tazorac, then antibiotics, and finally accutane. Nothing but accutane in the 11th grade did anything to lessen my acne. Accutane itself did a great job of reducing my acne down to 1 or 2 pimples a week which was a godsend for me. However, my sophomore year of college, I started to break out more and more. Now, acne once again plagues my life. I'm in my 4th year of college. I hate having acne. It kills my confidence (I feel I have the potential to be a rather handsome/attractive person). I find myself purposely avoiding social situations when I have break outs (my face is in constant break out mode at this point). I find myself turning my head during conversations so people see the side that is least broken out. White heads are gross, I worry about them popping without my knowledge, and it is hard for me to look in the mirror. I'm sick of dealing with acne, and I've had enough. I'm going to start a treatment with the hopes of curing my acne once and for all. It will start out rather mild compared to some of the regimes I have researched on this board. Problem Areas: My acne largely presents itself around my chin and cheeks. I have never had a pimple on my forehead. This is in the form of white heads and deep, large, red, tight hard spots that hurt if touched too roughly. I do have some occasional acne on my back and neck, but it is very mild. Regime -Oxy Clinical: (This is the 3 pack with the face wash (2% salicylic acid), clearing treatment (5% BP), and hydrating cream (2% Salicylic Acid). I've been using this for about 2 weeks, and the results have not been great. I'm going to stick with it for at least another month) -Paleo Diet: (Basically I'm only going to eat meats and veggies. This means a strict gluten free, no sugar, no pastas/breads diet. I've been on this diet on and off, but I want to give it a full month to see the full benefits). -Exercise: (I already do cardio 3 days a week and lift 3 days a week, but I will stick to this) -No touching my face: (This is a big problem for me. I constantly find myself picking at my acne and scratching itches. I have a feeling this is a huge contributor to my acne.) -No masturbation: (I'm not sure how much this contributes to my acne, but I am mostly doing it for other reasons). -Zinc Supplements: (I'm going to take 60mg. This is something I have not tried that gives me hope given the good reviews) -b5 supplement?: (I'm considering 10g a day, but my understanding is this is to control oil. My face is typically dry as a result of the accutane I took, so I doubt this will help.) -Daily moisturizer: (This is a necessity due to the oxy clinical treatment I've been using. If I don't use it, my face will peal and break out even worse. I use a cetaphile brand that is non-comedogenic twice a day) -shaving: (I use a beard trimmer to give myself a 24/7, 5 o'clock shadow. This seems to not irritate my skin, and I have not seen any correlation between shaving and breaking out). -Sleep: (Something that is very, very lacking in my life. Some nights I get as little as 4 hours of sleep. I'm going to make it a habit to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Also, I am going to start positioning my head such that my cheeks do not touch the pillow; IE I look at the ceiling when I sleep). -Probiotic: (I've been taking one capsule a day for the past week. I don't have the bottle with me for more information) -Fish Oil: (I take one tablespoon a day to supplement my strength training.) -Water: (I'm going to up my intake from 1.5 liters a day to 3 liters a day) With that out of the way, I present my week 0 photos which I will use to benchmark my progress (haven't shaved in a good 4 days... sorry about that): Disclaimer: My camera is pretty terrible. I recognize my acne is not as bad as some people (not by a long shot), but it still kills my self-esteem. Also, as I mentioned previously, my acne was anywhere from 5-8x worse back in high school, so believe me, I know it could be worse.
  25. Hello everyone. Just ti get started,I am a male in my early 20's. I recently began taking 2tbs of flaxseed oil everyday for the past 4 days. I have noticed that my skin has become even worse... After doing some research I have found that others have had this problem as well. Could I get some advice on what I can do about this. Would it be better for me to use liquid fish oil instead as opposed to the flaxseed oil? I am also taking a wide variety of vitamins and minerals as well as borage oil and evening primrose oil. I have also eliminated grains and dairy for now to see if this help. Thanks for your help guys