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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. Hi all, I’m new to this website and have been browsing around for any recommendations that I have not previously tried. I’m 26 from the uk, I have had acne from the age of 13 and as I turned 18 it turned quite severe, day by day as one healed another showed up. During this time I covered up with makeup and plenty of it. I went on like this for years, trying the diannetye pill, that was like a godsend, cleared up my acne to the point of one random one around the time of my period. If they wouldn’t let me stay on this long term, I then went on to have children, have 2 children and during pregnancy I found that I didn’t suffer very badly but post birth my hormones rocked and after this point I started developing very huge cysts around my chin/mouth literally alternating sides and then what seemed to feel like they reappeared again. Over the years and still now I do not eat dairy, surely chocolate, I follow all the obvious rules in terms of preventing acne, i usually get them when it’s the time of the month but I have long periods sometimes a whole month of none stop! doctors Don’t seem to do anything. i eat a healthy diet and just recently I started taking vitamins as I’d seen many posts around the internet about vitamin a, b5, zinc. I started taking these whilst I had a random really really good stage, I wish i hadnt m within 4 days my kin became so dry it flaked, thought ohh this is going to work I’ll keep going. By day 6 started to get pimples in places id never usually get, around my nose, forehead, cheeks usually only mouth area. And I figured my skin was purging, that after these had gone I would see the effects the vitamins. I was wrong. 4 weeks I’m now getting full on cysts in places I’ve never got them before! So I’m back to square 1 worse! I have ordered the Neutrogena light thearapy mask,I will update on that once ive used it for at least a month. I feel at an all time low and suffer from anxiety and I feel as though my depressive episodes are becoming more frequent. I won’t leave the house without makeup on and I don’t feel feel comfortabke going to the gym anymore due to the fact I won’t go makeup free obviously makeup and sweat don’t mix well. I finally got referred to a dermatologist during that good stage I mentioned, he just said my acne isn’t bad despite taking lots of photos with me with big cysts that had progressed to open wounds on my Face (the around my chin is that damaged that this happens despite leaving them alone. So I feel like I should just give up on it all now will I ever ‘grow out of it?’ I just want to lead a normal life but I feel it’s taken over. My fiancé works long hours and I take care the children so I’m at home a and have started to feel anxious every time I leave the house. We’re due to be married in August and I am so scared of being ugly on our big day. Does anyone have anything they found worked for them?
  3. Hey, I've been on Isotretinoin 30 mg a day for about 6-7 months and I'm done with the treatment. I haven't been on it for about a month and a half now so my question is if it's safe to start the Juive Plus diet (i need to lose weight) everything from juice plus includes a small amount of vitamin A.. I ate my soup today which includes a bit of vitamin A too.. My Derm-doctor really sucks, she doesnt now much about supplements etc so thats why im here and googling my ass of lol
  4. Some of guys use this topic as chat and write sometimes completety useless thoughts. Many informations was mentioned dozens time. Whats why we have so many trash pages. Please write only significant revelations, tests and improvements during/after treatment.
  5. Hello, i was on Vitamin A cream named Belakne(similiar to Retin A) from January to Begining of the summer(june). Than i stopted it and as i was in the sun a lot and my acne cleared, I aslo didn't break out. Now that the summer ended i started using Vitamin A cream again since i started getting little breakouts and my tan fade away and you could see old red spots again. It's my 10th week of using Vitamin A cream and i am still not clearing, I have a really balanced diet using omega 3's i tryed with zinc 25mg per day for a month and I woke up everyday with at least 2 witheheads so i stopted it. So Do you think i can supplement with 5000 UI vitamin d3 a day while using vitamin a cream, since i think it might help since i was so clear during summer.
  6. This year, I've become increasingly frustrated with my acne since it has started appearing more frequently in strange places - like my forearms, hands, fingers, and stomach. While in the past I put my acne concerns on the back burner, recent events have made fighting this acne a much higher priority. It's at least somewhat socially acceptable to have acne on the face - or on the back and chest - but not other weird places. It's just scary and frustrating to think that I might not have any clear skin whatsoever. Facial acne is at least somewhat socially acceptable, and back and chest acne can be hidden with clothes, but what about areas that can't be hidden? It's as if acne is determined to win this fight. It's as if it's trying to give me a clear signal that I am not allowed to have any clear skin - and that my social and employment prospects are dead. Having face and back acne all these years wasn't enough, so it had to spread to my whole body. When I was young, I was normal and healthy. Not so anymore. By spreading to my whole body, it's almost as if acne is erasing my very existence. I doubt that I can be accepted in society without looking at least somewhat healthy. When I was young and healthy, I had prospects, but I've feared that those prospects would become non-existant if my acne spread to my whole body - and became particularly severe. My acne spreading is especially scary because I've feared that this would be permanent. With the exception of my forehead, once my acne has established itself in a certain place, it's there to stay. I cannot get rid of it. So imagine being stuck with acne on the forearms, hands, and stomach the rest of my life. It's just absolutely horrible. It's horrible to imagine not having a single square inch of clear skin - having absolutely no way to cure it - and having potentially diminished social and employment prospects as a result. Anyway, as it started getting out of control, I started more actively seeking solutions to cure - or at least control - my acne. I first looked into benzoyl peroxide - but eventually became skeptical since I had sometimes used hand sanitizer with 70% ethyl alcohol, and I still got pimples where I rubbed the sanitizer. It seemed to have no effect whatsoever. I think that I had seen some posts on this forum - saying that hand sanitizer was just as good - if not better than - benzoyl peroxide. If true, then if hand sanitizer didn't work, then why would benzoyl peroxide be any different? Then, I became interested in spearmint tea to lower my testosterone (yes, I'm a guy, and I think that my acne is hormone-related). However, as of now, I haven't yet tried it. Recently, I became interested in Vitamin A supplements because I had heard that Accutane is basically a form of Vitamin A. I had been on Accutane, and it was only one of two drugs that had any significant effect on my acne (the other was doxycycline). Accutane worked great for me, but my acne gradually came back after I stopped taking it. If Accutane was a form of Vitamin A, then "normal" Vitamin A might work similarly. Finally, after putting it off for a long time, I bought some Spring Valley Vitamin A supplements a few days ago. I took my first softgel pill on October 25th at around 4:00 PM. Each pill supposedly has 8,000 IU of Vitamin A, and I was aware of the potential toxicity that could arise from taking too much Vitamin A. More than two days later, and so far, the results have been inconclusive. A number of pimples on my back and chest have hardened, but the ones on my back were like that BEFORE taking Vitamin A, so I don't know if Vitamin A really has been helping - or if my body is just continuing the process that took place before taking Vitamin A. In any case, I've still gotten a few small pimples on my upper arms and stomach, and I've had some cysts on my face that haven't gone away. I realize that I shouldn't expect results overnight since, when I was on Accutane, it took a few weeks before my skin got clear, but I would think that I would at least not get any new little pimples. Due to this lack of definite effect - and my skin gradually getting worse, I've felt so frustrated. There just seems to be nothing that I can do. The worst part is that I'm getting acne in places that I can't easily hide. What am I supposed to do - wear long-sleeved shirts and gloves in the boiling-hot summer? Given the fact that nothing seems to help my acne, I've resigned to the fact that I might have to. Yesterday, I tried some Neutrogena SkinClearing Complexion Perfector to experiment with hiding the spots on my stomach - and some scars on my right thumb and forearm. I really wanted to get some Dermablend, but people were coming in and out of the makeup aisle, and it was embarrassing being there, so I eventually just grabbed something to experiment with. It didn't blend perfectly with my skin, but I didn't care since I just wanted something to hide the horrible red spots. I was fairly satisfied with it on my stomach, but my forearm was a different story. The Neutrogena seemed like it wouldn't dry well, and it probably wouldn't be as durable as the Dermablend that I wanted, but I felt that I could still have problems with Dermablend, too. I've decided that if I ever permanently got acne on my hands, I'd just have to wear gloves. Makeup for the hands just isn't practical. My skin is so pathetic. As far as I'm concerned, my natural, organic skin doesn't exist anymore. It's dead, pathetic, and useless to me. I've written it off. It's too far gone. As far as I'm concerned, my clothes are my real skin. That's sad. It's sad to think that my clothes make a better skin than my real skin. My real skin is living supposed to be durable - and able to protect itself against the environment. But it can't. My skin is just a weak, broken, and worthless organ. I wish that I could beat the ever-living crap out of it and destroy it. I wish that I could teach it a lesson for being such a worthless piece of crap and make it wish that it never existed. I wish that I could trade it in for some REAL skin that wouldn't be so weak and pathetic. But for now, I just have my clothes. My clothes make a better skin than my real skin. They don't get pimples - but my real skin does get pimples - and can't get rid of them. That is so pathetic. I'm sorry for ranting, but I just really am frustrated with my skin since I've been getting acne (yes, I do think it's actual acne) in weird places. I intend to try Vitamin A a while longer - and maybe some other things, but I am also prepared to just give up on my so-called skin and cover it up almost completely. However, I hope that I can find a real solution for my acne.
  7. So I am a male, 27 years old, 118 lbs, and I am in pretty healthy and in fit shape... but I have extremely oily skin. Years ago I did three trials of accutane (6 months each, and the last trial i was taking i think 80mg of it and i was about 115 lbs), but the accutane worked only temporarily. So now 5 years later I decided to try taking vitamin A pills, the kind from cod liver oil, 25,000 IU each pill. I started taking a few pills daily in mid December, then I upped it to 8 pills daily the next month, then to 16 pills the next month (that's 400,000 IU Vitamin A daily). I was hoping I would see better results in reducing the sebum on my face, so I took even more. I upped the dosage to 550,000 IU daily and was on it at that dosage for about 6 weeks. So just a recap: the toxic level of vitamin A is 50,000 IU daily and I was taking much more than that for 4 months!! Then I started getting symptoms (now take into account that I cant be 100% certain that these symptoms came from the vitamin A toxicity but I am pretty sure it was because I wasn't taking any other drugs or supplements or doing anything different. = My symptoms included: - dry/fragile skin, very chapped lips, and dry nose (I expected these symptoms) - really bad back pain (I went to the doctor was prescribed a muscle relaxant and a pain killer which helped) - weak and achy muscles and joints - tendinitis in my elbows - really bad ingrown toenails with paronychia and I went to a foot specialist for minor surgery - one day I all of a sudden experienced a super painful neck sprain where I couldn't turn my head and I had to call out of work to see a doctor and was prescribed another muscle relaxer, a pain killer, and got a shot in the butt to relieve the pain. - then when I thought things were getting better I noticed that my hair was falling out! and I am not just talking about the hair on my head. I lost almost all my eyebrow hairs, I lost all my pubic hair, I completely lost my mustache and thinned out other facial hair areas, and the hair on my head has now been falling out for 5 weeks, luckily my hair was super thick or I'd probably be nearly bald now! = I had my blood taken and the results weren't that bad but a few things we off like my iron and red blood cell counts being just a little low and my alkaline phosphatase being high. = My eyebrows are slowly coming back (I have been brushing a little powder makeup on them) and my mustache is growing to almost how it was before. My pubic hair still wont grow at all and my head still shows no signs of regrowing any little hairs and its still falling out in the shower. It has been about 7 weeks since I stopped taking vitamin A pills... Of course I regret it and cant believe I did something so stupid. And my face is just as oily as it was before so it definitely wasnt worth it! = I wish that I had read about an experience like mine before thinking that I finally found a solution to decreasing sebum production but now I just hope that people will read this and be convinced to not take toxic levels of Vitamin A. UPDATE!!! = It's now 4 months after I stopped taking the vitamin A. My hair fell out for 9 weeks. I lost probably 65% of my hair (or maybe more), and I had extremely thick hair so 65% is a lot of hair. I now notice some little baby hairs growing but not a lot. I can still see a lot of scalp, but my temples do look better. My hair hasn't become dry at all, and I think that's because my skin didn't really dry much when I was taking the vitamin A and now it is still really oily. My hair has become kind of curly/wavy in the front, which is really weird because it used to be super straight. Also my fingernails have become really brittle and fragile. The layers tear off and it looks really bad and can get a little painful. My eyebrows have come back a lot but aren't as thick or as dark as they used to be, so hopefully it will just take time. UPDATE!!! = It has been a year since the effects of my vitamin A toxicity have stopped. I have been taking biotin for a year to help with my hair and nail growth. My skin is still oily. My hair has gown back a little, but is still a lot thinner than it used to be, but I can still see some little baby hairs coming in.
  8. Eating raw carrots

    Forums Other acne treatments 9 replies

    So I've been seeing everywhere that eating carrots or drinking carrot juice can help cure acne especially forehead acne does anyone else know if this works
  9. 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
  10. Eating Liver for Acne

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    So, I just wanted to chime in and say that I've had great results with adding in food-based forms of retinol (vitamin a) into my diet. I'm 29, have had acne since I was 12. Essentially, cutting out cow dairy in all its forms has been the most impactful for my skin and acne situation. I can eat sheep and goats' cheeses and yogurts with generally no noticeable issues. In addition to eliminating hair and skincare products that were aggravating my acne, the more red, raised spots don't appear if I follow these key preventative measures. However, I still have really bumpy, congested skin. On my forehead, I have quite a lot of milia (those small round and white balls that live under the skin) as well as large pores that like to fill up with crap. Since 2015-ish I've also had a chicken skin-thing going on my neck - bumpy skin that hadn't been there previously. So, January 2017 rolls around - I start to think back to the brief times that I truly had clear (or almost clear) skin. One time was in college which coincided with taking a Costco fish oil supplement (I believe it was a mix of different fish oils). I also started to read about the benefits (and precautions) of taking cod liver oil and vitamin a in general. I started taking Norwegian Naturals liquid cod liver oil, 2 teaspoons a day. The appearance of my skin improved, and some lingering back acne went away. I also decided to cautiously start eating beef liver, about 100-150 g cooked in one meal, twice a week. Shortly after adding the liver into my diet (which was about one month after starting the CLO), a lot of the milia on my forehead began to push out. There was also a purge of hard bumps that had been under my chin and around my mouth area. One longtime milia/hardened pocket of crap on my forehead, dear old frenemy, also came out. The chicken skin on my neck disappeared. I understand that vitamin a toxicity, or merely taking too much, is a real issue. But, given my skin condition, my armchair health investigations have led me to believe that I have problems with keratinization and cell turnover, which seems to be the case for many acne sufferers. These vitamin a-rich foods appear to have a positive effect on my skin. Side note: I also see an esthetician who manually extracts my acne and clogged pores. This does wonders, too. I'm interested in seeing in a month how much my skin will be in need of extraction.
  11. Has anyone tried Vitamin A?

    Forums Other acne treatments 7 replies

    Hey everyone! I've been dealing with moderate acne for about 8 months since quitting the birth control pill. I've tried A LOT of over the counter and prescription medications/treatments to try to get my skin clear again. I've come across a lot of information about taking vitamin A to treat acne. Has anyone had any success? I understand that because vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, it is possible to take too much... And over time you can develop liver damage. So I'm making sure to be extremely careful while approaching this. Just hoping someone has some input Thanks so much!
  12. So I'm currently on month 2 and started getting constipated. Why exactly I don't know but its certainly the drug. I'm on 40 mg daily. Is constipation a serious side effect? My poop used to come out easily and was healthy looking (gross I know, sorry). But now, it takes me forever and when it comes out its just a bit and has a very loose consistency. Nothing is coming out as of lately. Do I have to stop the medication? Is it a bad sign? So far I had basically 0 side effects except dry lips and a bloody nose. Everything concerning my bowel scares me though. If I get Crohns disease, I will literally die. Scared shitless (haha) right now and need some help from you guys! Thanks in advance!
  13. Hello! I was wondering, is it okay to take accutane and use a face product that contains vitamin A? I know you aren't supposed to consume more vitamin A than what's in your dosage of accutane, but is it okay to use vitamin A topically? Thanks for your help and information you can provide!
  14. Hey, I am a seventeen year old boy, I have acne, but have that kinda under control, but have such oily skin. Now I have several optitions to reduce my sebum, I list them below: - Pantothenic acid, B5 / oxidises the sebum in the skin - Vitamin D(3) / I really dont know how this reduces sebum - Vitamin A / I also don't know exactly how this can reduce sebum - Accutane / shrinks the oil glands permanently - Saw palmetto, green tea extract (oral) / Lowering androgen levels - Green tea extract (topical) / Lowering androgen levels Now I am a bit confused, because I dont know wich ones I should chose, and maybe more than one at the same time? well, every type of supplement has his own things, B5, D3, and A works in the whole body, but doesn't affect the dead skin cells and bacteria, the things that lowers the androgens does those three things, they let your skin produce less sebum, horny layer is less and less bacteria, but if I take that internally, then I will not grow very well because I am still in puberty, that's why I thought about topical green tea, but than I don't affect my scalp, back and chest, sooo, please help!! ow, and also the vitamins help always reduce sebum, regardless what causes it, but androgen blockers only reduces it when it's caused by hormones, for example, maybe my overproduction of sebum is for 70% because to many androgens, and for 30% because food allergies. I have tried pantothenic acid tho, a few months, every day I would say 1500mg, but it didn't work very well, actually i dont saw any improvement, maybe this time I will see differences, I honestly can't believe that that pantothenic acid did'nt anything! help, please! BTW, I don't want accutane! for several reasons! I don't have that severe acne for accutane and it's just the sebum, and I don't want to fall even deeper in depression
  15. Acne

    Forums General acne discussion

    Hey guys, this blog will be about my acne journey. So far I've used Acne Treatmeants, such as Dianette (Prescribed), Duac (Prescribed), Perfectil, Panoxyl and I've even tried drinking more water, taking vitamin-A tablets, and eating healthy. About two 2-years-ago, I was living in Cyprus and I had my face waxed, resulting within two weeks of me getting acne. At the time, I thought it was hormonal and it didn't really bother me.. Until it started to get really bad. Last year, I moved to England and my acne was so bad, it was covering my cheeks and chin. In Febuary 2016, I went to my GP and he prescribed me Duac and Dianette. Duac and Dianette was working well, but at its own pace (Slow). Duac 5% at first was very drying and resulted in my face peeling really bad - applying makeup was pointless. After about 2 months I started to see a huge difference, but I was still getting about about 2 spots a week. Not long after, I went to a local sainburys and purchased Perfectil for hair, skin and nails. Perfectil worked great for my hair and nails, but it resulted in me getting huge white heads. I done some research and apparently a lot of people had the same experience. Perfectil contains Biotin; A lot of people after taking anything that contains biotin, result in acne. I stopped immediately and continued my Duac and Dianette routine everyday. About two months later, my acne was the same, I was still getting two spots every week. Until, my sister advised me to try Panoxyl. I started taking Vitamin A everyday, using Panoxyl 10% every two days and continued Dianette. The the reason why I use Panoxyl every 2-days is because Panoxyl like Duac, contain Benzol Peroxide. Benzol Parozide is very drying and can cause irritation, if not used properly. Side effects to Panoxyl: drying, redness and swelling. Side effects only happen to 1 out of 10 people. Overall, I believe a daily dosage of Vitamin-A, 2-litres of water and Panoxyl is the key to my acne. If you are having acne problems too, my advice would be to try Panoxyl, Vitamin A, drinking more water and trying to eat more fruit. If if you have any questions, ask a question and I'll respond ASAP. :-) I'm also going to start laser hair removal next week, so I'll let you all know about that.
  16. Hey, I've been on isotrex gel ( form of tretinoin) now 4 weeks and i am struggling seeing the positives, can someone reassure me with their experience on this or a similar treatment? I've had flaking and peeling, and a bad initial break out which is depressing me a lot thanks in advance :)
  17. Vitamin A advice please!

    Forums Other acne treatments 3 replies

    So after a recommendation from a friend I'm trying vitamin A for my acne, I know that an overdose can kill you so I've been quite careful and am having 5000 iu twice a day. first question: is that a safe amount? And is it enough? I started maybe two or three weeks ago I'm not really sure and saw no effect to begin with, now I am having gross huge yellow pustules among the usual bumps. And more than the norm of those too. Is this my skin purging? I mean there was a day in there where I wore heavy make-up which is something my work often calls for its possible that's what I'm seeing but I did clean my face thoroughly after. so yes those are my questions I'm hopeful someone can help?thanks
  18. Hi everyone , i have a new regimen for my not so bad acne (4/5 pimples around my chin , hormonal.. im a men , 22 years). firt of all , sory for my baddd english. in the past i took accutane , but you now , the acne is here again!! im try with BP , SA , antibiotics (a lot) , accutane , topical antibiotics , and a lot of other topicals. i NEVER try with vitamins or something like that , and well y try it now. my regimen is.. vitamin C - 1000mg vitamin A - 10000iu vitamin E - 450 iu zinc - 50mg vitamin b6 - 20mg what do you think? you will put or quit something?? thx!!
  19. Guys. Im looking for people to join me who feel strongly and passionately about the experience you have had with roaccutane. I was prescribed roaccutane on the NHS in Scotland in January 2014. I was on it for 6 months. Ever since I have finished. I've had depression, anxiety, dry thinning and brittle hair, constant dry lips, but the worst of all I have had severe severe IBS I literally couldn't work for 6 months because I go to the toilet about 15 times a day! Please guys. I really really want to find out about others experiences and maybe move forward with a lawsuit against the drug company. I totally understand that for so many people this drug has been amazing but unfortunately there is a huge amount of people that claim this has effectively ruined their lives. I being one of them really really want people to come forward because I genuinely feel like we deserve something wether it's compensation or an apology. I feel we deserve something, for so long I felt like I was going crazy but I'm not even 21 and what I've been through in the past 2 years it's like I've been completely robbed of my youth. I genuinely feel like a 40 year old. Please get in touch with me! X
  20. hey guys! it's been so long since i updated. retin a really does make your skin smooth but it has made mine shiny (bc my skin is now thin) but whatever i really dont mind. still not clear though but my acne has been SIGNIFICANTLY reduced. and it f idk if it's because of teh vitamins im taking (d3,a,zinc,niacin) or really because of retin a. anyway will update u guys if anything better happens. and when ppl say that retin a makes pimples go away fast, it really is legit. it's like it hastens pimple 'metabolism' or smth. i could be doing smth then suddenly a pimple comes up out of nowhere then after a day it's gone. still oily though and a lot of pih. my back is clear now though except for some pih. i used to have really erratic skin on my back now it's ok. really happy with this improvement. wish i had some pics for u guys but im so tired from college and everything. promise to update soon. hope for the best for all of us
  21. So, I decided to start a new regiment since acne decided first to ruin my life. I'm struglling with it for a long while now (since late 2010) with ups and downs, periods of bad skin and periods of totally clear skin. I've tried A LOT of things. Many worked but would stop working after a while. Antibiotics (doxy - sadly I became immune to it-, mino - even more sadly I became allergic to it-), lotions, creams, supplements, diet. I did not take the Accutane road tho (even if I did in the past and it worked like magic, but I was 19 back then and now Im almost 33) and, truly, I am very afraid to take it. BP (Indoxyl in my country, bp 5% & clyndamycin 10%) works okay but.. it makes my skin awful and the monthly cysts appear to be more powerful than it. Still, I am using it. And moisturize with Effaclar Mat by La Roche - Posay (I love this moisturiser, one of the very few that does not break me out). Thing is, I realized I'm getting old. Which means, my skin looks even worse with acne. The marks seem to linger for months on my face and the depressed scars even longer (thankfully they fill up with time, in like a year or so I am free of any possible deeper scar). Hence, I decided to add tretinoin to my regiment. God, help me, I am so scared of the initial flare up. So scared. But I hope for the best. If anyone who had been through the same can help with an advice or a word of encouragement, please, do so. It will be soooo much appreciated! My regiment thus far was... Morning: Wash face with water, wear little make up Night: Demake up, wash face with cetaphil, mask (argile or soda), wash, add Indoxyl, moisturise Supplements: Zinc (60mg), Eviol a (1 tablet - 25,000 units of vitamin a and 50 mg of vitamin e) I am going to apply airol (tretinoin) at night instead of Indoxyl (bp) and apply the latter on the mornings before make up. Of course, moisturiser will follow both. I am not sure what to expect. Hopefully the best I can get. I have taken pictures of my poor face but not feeling very confident to show them in public yet. I think my face looks horrid and truth is atm there is only a tiny cyst active (I'm expecting my period in 3 days) but the marks are absolutely scary. Pray for me and my face, ''Camille Stefanie''
  22. hey guys! updates - adding clindamycin phosphate and benzoyl peroxide as spot treatments was the best decision ever - still breaking out though but the number of my lesions has decreased significantly -still oily, started taking vitamin d again like 3 days ago - still taking zinc, vitamins a and d, and niacin - my skin tone is getting lighter and more even - my skin looks alive haha unlike before when it just looked dull and dead -red marks are fading faster - skin tone is kind of evening out
  23. Week 16 On Tretinoin / Retin A

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    can't believe it's been four months. i've been on this shit for so long. so my face is like 50% less oily which is great! i don't know if it's because of niacin, vitamin a, zinc or my genes. ran out of vitamin d so i'll buy next week. kind of realized that retin a won't be able to take care of everything on my face so i added clindamycin phosphate (cleared me up in 5 months but then acne came back) and benzac (benzoyl peroxide) as spot treatments. so my face is smoother and tighter. my face kind of glows and it has a more even skin tone. but i still have a lot of spots and i'm currently growing new ones. will continue on retin a even though i don't know if it will ever work because as of now it's the strongest treatment i can get my hands on (unless you guys have a suggestion)
  24. So I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place... After trying every OTC treatment and home remedy, diet and food elimination, vitamin/mineral supplementation, along with a couple prescribed antibiotics, creams, and prescription grade face washes, I still have mild acne. The last thing I tried before coming to terms with going back to my Dermatologist was Vitamin A (specifically a natural sourced gel capsule derived from Fish Liver Oil - NOT Retinol, etc.). I took 2 pills a day at 25,000 IU for 4 days straight days and stopped because I felt strange things occurring relating to toxicity. But the weird thing was (and it may all just be a fluke) I went from having 36 white heads last week down to a 3 this morning and I've been off Vitamin A for several days now and it's still working (I guess it's still in my system). Although I've had this happen with Vitamin B5 before and just got a more severe breakout the following week. I've also had the worst food I've had in a long time, along with introducing coffee and dairy back into my life these last few days and I still haven't had a breakout! But my problem is, do I keep taking Vitamin A (in a lower dose or go with Cod Liver Oil instead), or do I still go to my Dermatologist and try the final solution that is more permanent, yet with possible severe side-effects? My trepidation comes from the fact that you cannot take Vitamin A while on or before Accutane (because the medication is a synthetic derivative of the more potent vitamin) and that if I continue to take Vitamin A, my blood tests would easily show it and in a week from now when I find out it isn't doing the trick and I get a massive breakout again and need to visit my Dermatologist for Accutane, he'll tell me I can't start it until the Vitamin A gets out of my system - which could be months. They're both evils in their own rights, but I'm really stuck here... Any ideas of how to move forward?
  25. so basically i switched brands of tretinoin 2 weeks ago. i switched from nuderm obagi tretinoin to retin a. i don't know if i'm getting another initial breakout but i'm getting a lot of pimples on my cheeks and temples. - bumps on my head are way lesser - lighter and more even skin tone ( but still shitty) - with good lighting i kind of glow haha - papules and pustules but no more cystic shit (i think) on my temples and cheeks - my boxcars are actually lightening up and getting shallower - i'm less oily, i think i've been on tretinoin for so long and i'm still getting breakouts. i wanna change my regimen but i feel like i can't go any stronger than retin a. plus i don't have money so that does it. really do hope that it's in encoded in my genes that i grow out of this shit. it doesn't help that i'm surrounded by really clear skinned people. vitamin d ran out yesterday so im going to buy next week still taking vitamin a, zinc and niacin. hopefully my topicals and my supplements work. 10,000 IU of vitamin A, 44g of zinc picolinate and 500 mg of niacin daily used to take 10,000 IU of vitamin D too before i ran out of it i've started mildly breaking out again on my back and my shoulders. i kind of use my back as an indicator whether or not my supplements are working because i'm not really applying anything on my back. it cleared a week ago and now it's bumpy again. also i've been religiously putting on sunblock if you guys have any suggestions on topicals or supplements i should try please do comment! thanks! let's not lose hope battling this shit out of us