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  1. Hi! I've read many posts about success with megadosing vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), however I rather not risk the side effects. I have mild acne with extremely oily skin (to the point where I can fill up 4-5 oil blotting sheets every hour or so), so I wanted to try taking Pantethine as a way of combatting the oil. I read that Pantethine is much more effective in comparison to Pantothenic Acid and that 300mg Pantethine is approximtely equivalent to 3g of Pantothenic Acid, however I'm not sure if this is entirely true. Has anybody had success with taking low-dose Pantethine (I'm thinking 600mg/day) in conjunction with Acetyl-L Carnitine (500mg/day?)? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I'm also taking 50mg Zinc, 10,000 IU Vitamin A, 400 IU Vitamin E, and 1000g Vitamin C per day.
  2. Hi, I am a 30 year old and suffering from severe-moderate cystic acne from last 10 years. It is so embarrassing and heartbreaking to have acne at this age. I have tried EVERYTHING, if I said everything, I meant EVERYTHING. I tried all home remedies, antibiotics, OCM, Accutane, Spirolactane, Acne.org, proactive, Peter roth, Clinique 3 step solution and many other solutions available in market, BP, salycylic, Glycolic, clindamycin, Azalaic acid, Nicotinamide and other topical treatment. I have tried natural options too, homemade cleaner, No washing, ACV, clay masks, Oils such as Castor oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, hempseed oil, argon oil, grapeseed oil, tea tree oil, lavender, manuka oil, and many more. The only thing which worked was Accutane (in end of 2011)and I was clear for about 1.5 years and started to getting acne in 2013. Now I am on Vitamin B5 regimen (3 g of Vit B5, l-carnitine 250mg, Multivitamin), starting on 25th Feb 18. I know people suggest for mega dosing but my skin is already dry-combination and my body is already severely dry (and Keratosis pilaris) and have dandruff problem. So, I dont want to aggravate my other problems. Because of this, I have added L-carnitine Its been 2 weeks, first week was ok and from last 4-5 days I am getting painful zits.I have to see if B5 is working, still breaking out pretty much every day. I think this is initial breakout, I have to give some time to B5. Will wait to this dose for 1 full month i.e till 28th March. If nothing is helping then I book the appointment on 29th March for 2nd round of Accutane. I am Praying. I will update next week. Please reply if You have experienced any purging before getting any results. I need motivation.
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  4. Hello, Long-time reader, first-time commenter here. Today marks the 10 year anniversary of when I began mega-dosing on vitamn B5. I had bad acne from ages 13-20. Tried pretty much everything, and nothing worked, until this ended my struggle once and for all. I decided to create a post on here in hopes of finding others who have been long time (5+ years) B5 megadosers, in order to create a guide where we can effectively help answer questions for fellow users as well as those who are thinking of trying this out. I have been looking, but haven't found, anyone else on the web who has been doing this for as long as I have, and I'm shocked to find so little accurate information out there on the topic. Hopefully this can remedy that. My past decade: -I've taken 20 pills (500mg each) a day, for a total of 10g/day. I take 5 pills when I wake up, then 5 more every 4-5 hours, with my last dose coming right before bed -I have pretty much flawless skin, and I eat whatever I want and very rarely wash my face -I still have all of my hair (no small feat for a 30 year old male!) -I get my liver and kidney function checked every couple of years (most recently last week), and everything is normal -I periodically stop taking the pills, as a test, and within days my skin starts to get more and more oily and the pimples start coming back In the back of my mind, I do still worry about the effects of taking all these pills every day. So far, I'm perfectly healthy, but maybe I'm just lucky. I have acid reflux, and that's my only health issue. Has anyone had any issues with long-term use of this regimen? Any other success stories? It should be known that I'm not at all an expert on health and acne in general. I'm basically the ultimate guinea pig! But I feel that I'm in a great position to help others, and as a long-time reader and fellow acne sufferer, quite frankly it's overdue. Thanks for reading. JJF
  5. hey, I have tried pantothenic acid for several months before, and I saw never an improvement in my sebum production, but I took only 2 grams a day, 1 gram in the moring and 1 gram at night. Now I realise that it didn't work because I took only 2 grams a day, and that is much too less! So, I thought to try it again, but now I take 5 grams a day. I do this for about a week now but there is sometihing strange! The first day after i took 5 grams, that day i produced only a bit of sebum, it was a wonder for me, and it felt soooo good not to have such oily skin in the evening, it was like a miracle, but I wondered how this can work so fast! but anyway, the days after that day, my skin was just as oily as before :(, but yesterday, the same thing happened again, my skin was again not oily, but today it is like before!! rrrrrrrrr, what is happening? Thank you! XX
  6. I have niacin 500mg, but when I use it i feel rarely some flush, I want more flushing, what is wrong? BTW, if you use it, how long does it take for pantothenic acid for it work and how much do you need to take daily?
  7. Hello, I literally just created an account because I am somewhat excited to begin a personal log for Vitamin B5. About me: I am a 19 year old Asian male who has experienced acne of all types since the age of 11. My journey has involved the usual drug store acne washes, Proactiv, Finacea, Retin-A cream, Minocycline, Doxycycline. Many of these are effective but not permanent for me so if you would like me to describe my experience for any of them then feel free to let me know. I was supposed to go on Accutane but because of a small history of depression, I'm advised against it. However, I refuse to let this terrible terrible skin disease bring me down anymore. I am in the beginning phase of this Vitamin B5 megadose routine and I have high hopes. My acne is definitely hormonal and genetic. My mother has a long history of acne and still has it with many many marks on her face. My father has clear skin which has blessed my two siblings. About my skin: I describe my skin as moderate cystic acne and easily scarring. Not sensitive at all though. right now I have a very oily skin type with small bumps of clogged pores on forehead. I only have cysts on my cheeks and jawline. For some reason, my left side has been extremely clear for several months but my right side refuses to calm down with CLUSTERS on my jawline. For my face as a whole, I have quite some discoloration on my nose, cheeks, and chin. The scars on my cheeks are not going anywhere anytime soon :(. About the risks: I have researched extensively and am well aware of the health risks that come with megadosing Vitamin B5 which includes bowel problems, hair loss, and the imbalance of Vitamin B complex. I'm sure a handful of us agree that acne hits us not just physically, but mentally too. My self-confidence is usually at a low because I am afraid of people staring at my skin. I've been told that my acne doesn't affect my attractiveness. But I find that so hard to believe because I can't even brush my teeth with the lights on. If you're acne were as bad as mine, you would know that I would lose a limb to be happy with myself. With that said, I will be taking cautious measures and not just popping pills like no tomorrow. My arsenal: 500mg Vitamin B5 capsules (Pantothenic Acid) (Varies) 50 mg Zinc tablets (1 a day!) 100% Aloe Vera Gel from bottle and PLANT (as much as possible) Vie Naturelle Acne Dietary Supplement: that contains Vitamin A, C, D3, E, B1, B2, B6, Biotin, and other stuff (taken with Vitamin B5) Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Cleanser (morning and night) St Ives. Blemish Control Apricot Scrub (2x a week) Water! After breakfast, I eat one zinc tablet for the day (eat with food or suffer a stomachache),1 gram of Vitamin B5 (2 capsules), and one acne dietary supplement. The dietary supplement can be any multivitamin or Vitamin B complex so you aren't depleted and imbalanced. I'm currently aiming for 5g in 4 sittings for the first week. The Dietary supplement is recommended for 3 times a day so on the 4th sitting I have 4 Vitamin B capsules. Every night I apply aloe vera onto my face to help reduce redness and inflammation. I don't use it to treat my acne, it's to help with my scars and post-acne pigmentation. Also, I drink so much water and added much more fruit and greens into my diet. Day 1: This is where I began taking the pills. Is this considered day 0 or 1? I did not take a before picture because I didn't think it would work in one day!! Day 2: The next morning, my clusters of acne on my jawline were calmed down with only one big one still active. Also, there were cheek cysts that were flat and taking forever to fully heal began to shrink in half. I could wash my face without being pain from the inflammation. Some things I should add is that my stool has softened a lot and my lips are extra chap. Also, two new pimples showed up that were already surfaced as whiteheads(usually they're underground and red!) and were so easy to drain in the shower. Day 3: That one big jawline pimple has flattened and isn't very painful either. My right side is dramatically less bumpy and can almost compare to my left side. One new pimple on the top left corner of forehead but that's okay. The two new pimples are gone from day 2 but left some marks my fault probably. Lips are not chap because I apply Vaseline lip therapy. Stool is..embarrassingly soft. I have to pee a lot because I drink so much water and sometimes it's extra yellow from the pills. Oil production has not been affected. I don't want to say its from my face cleanser or aloe vera. Goals: Reduced redness on cheeks from scars and hyper pigmentation, Reduced dark discoloration marks on chin and jawline. More even skin tone overall. Sorry this was long. It would suck if nobody read this but i'm doing this for me! Wish me luck!!
  8. OILY skin must go!

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    Many ppl say their oily, and yes they may have a little shine. Unfortunatly I wake up with olive-oil face. 5min after washing my face its shiny. By 1 hour you can cover 2 oil-sheets. By 2 hours you can probably fry some chips... by the afternoon its a complete joke. A side effect of all of this oil is the complete lack of any exfoliation, not even with chemicals, the skin is stuck together like glue. Resulting in, angry red clumped rough skin that shines and ppl think Im sweating and am years older than I am. But, my Super oily skin has rare occassions of dry skin spells when my exercise regime is off the chart, when my diet is as clean as can be possible, and when i drink 3-4 litres of filtered water a day etc.. extreme measures of a super cleansed system just to have a drop in skin-oil from super-oily to just oily/nearly normal for a day or 2, this I hope you agree is crazy and a world apart from the majority of ppl who do absolutly nothing to have normal levels of skin oil. Our good fats and bad and its quantity fluctuate with our hormones and diet/exercise. Now, there is a sweet spot , and from what I have researched/been told by others, and experimented I believe fish oils help us to have more good fats and less triglycerides, B5 upregulates the bad fats, and a dht inhibitor like sawpalmetto turns down the power on the overactive dht. I have used b5 with success in the past but dropped it after it stopped working. I believe now that the b5 stopped working due to changes in my diet/exercise which completly dampened the b5's effect to upregulate, however with high-dose fish oil to attack the problem at a different side, and the sawpalmetto to turn down the fire entirely. This regime in theory should cut oil to the core from every angle.As i said, b5 worked amazingly while it worked. Then I had to come off it and re-cycle it several times to get it to have the same effect, I recall complete changes in my diet/exercise and work/relationship stresses going on also during these times. So I now believe b5 was overwhelmed to do its job (as well as it could by itself). I have now started sawpalmetto a month ago and can see slight improvements, but nothing anywhere near to what I want. B5 and highstrength omega3's from fish-oils have been ordered and I will run the whole regime once they arrive. I wan't sustained dryskin for the long term, without the need to run like a Zebra on a treadmill for an hour a day and all the rest of it. I hope this regime can accompish my goal... A multivitamin is also a daily standard, so I will keep that in the protocol.
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  21. I just quit Vitamin B5 around two weeks ago. For some reason ever since I quit Vitamin B5 my skin has gotten even better. I hear acne comes back after quitting Vitamin B5. I am just wondering if there are people that just got cured from Vitamin B5? I am guessing all the people that got cured by Vitamin B5 just went on with their lives and never visited this site again but still I am just wondering if there are any still on this site. Will my acne come back with a vengeance?
  22. On February 7th, I have a Dermatology appointment made to be put back on Roaccutane! But! I was on it last year for 4 months and it got rid of all of my acne for 5 months straight! Not one spot had come up, then in October last year, I started having quite bad break outs and I was trying all the different over the counter remedies and nothing seemed to work! I phoned my Doctor's to refer me over to Dermatology and they had it sorted by December 15th. Around this time however, I had started to take a high dosage of Vitamin B5 tablets as I had heard they help reduce oil production and it tightens your pores. RESULT! It works! But the cost is inconvenient as I am tight for money (£10 for 100 tablets - That lasts me 5 days!) and I have to take 20x 500mg tablets a day to keep them away. I'm worried that if I go to this appointment and the dermatologist sees that my skin is clear that she won't put me back on Roaccutane, so I don't know whether I should stop taking the B5 for now and let my skin break out how it usually would be not on the Vitamins and go like that? Or carry on taking them and risk not being put back on it! I don't know what to do!? (
  23. Oily Skin Help, B5 & Coenzyme

    Forums Oily skin 6 replies

    Hey, So I'm a 17 year old guy with tan skin. I live in Canada, with humid summers and dry winters (which is now). I usually have more oil production during the winter months. I've tried many different cleansers and moisturizers. I'm currently using Cetaphil gentle cleanser and Complex 15 moisturizer with Clindoyxl as a topical spot treatment. As well Im taking 4.5 grams of D'pantothenic Acid daily, 1.5 grams three times through out the day. This seems to help, I don't get as much cystic acne when I take it but I'm still producing lots of oil and still getting acne just not as bad or as frequent. I eat healthy, no fast food, and eat mostly vegetables and meat, and limit my self to sugar and dairy as I am lactose intolerant. As well cut out alcohol consumption and no drugs. I've tried antibiotic's but I went off them because I didn't want to be on antibiotics as it was unhealthy and I already didn't have a healthy digestive system. Right now I'm happy with my cleanser and moisturizer and topical creams. I want to stay on D.Pantothenic Acid, but I would really like to cut down on the amount of pills that I'm taking. So I've been hearing talk about taking D'Pantothenic Acid (vit b5) with a coenzyme called cysteine I believe? I'm wondering what this will do to help with vitamin B5, in order to reduce the amount of pills and ultimentley help with my skin. As well what are the pros and cons to taking a B-complex instead of just D'pantothenic Acid, I'm very interested to learn about this coenzyme and B-complex. What i've seen on the web is that, people were still getting results at taking 500mg of D'Pantothenic Acid and 250 mg of Cysteine three times a day. Any information will help, Cheers!
  24. So here's my situation: I'm 24, out in the professional world, and having adult acne is nothing short of a nightmare. I have very sensitive skin, which often appears red and inflamed at the onset of any blemish. I get painful cystic bumps and my skin always looks and feels very oily and greasy. I have been researching and considering Accutane for the past 6 months but presently deal with dry eyes - made drier from LASIK surgery one year ago - and so I have been hesitant to proceed. In the meantime I have been considering similar but realistic solutions. Right now I'm currently on 115 mg of Solodyn, which helps with the cystic acne but by no means has been a cure. Along with that, I take Nicomide (an expensive prescription Vitamin B and Zinc supplement), which, so far in the course of a month, seems to have only provided minimal relief. Finally, I've recently begun taking Pantethine (the active ingredient in Vitamin B5) (450 mg, twice daily) but my skin is still very oily. I've read about L-Carnitine and how it's suppose to enhance the effects of Pantethine and so I am considering that as well. This is all very frustrating, very overwhelming, and I just want a solution - not researching and experimenting well into my late 20s. Anyway can anyone provide any insight? Has anything helped? Has anyone ever considered realistic alternatives to Accutane that have worked? Any help would be well appreciated. I am a 24 year old male.
  25. Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)

    Forums Diet & holistic health 1,786 replies

    DO NOT TAKE B5. B5 CAUSES MASSIVE HAIRLOSS. Regime: 1. Nizoral Shampoo every other day, leave in hair 10 minutes. 2. Propecia .05 everyday. Obtain Propecia from doctor and dissolve 1 pill in 20mL of 75% proof alcohol (ex: bacardi 151). Take 1ml via dropper everyday. You will see results in 3-4 months. *Girls can NOT take propecia. example of someone helped "I'm also 24 and about 5 years ago I started taking massive doses of B5 for my skin...But within three months, I'd seen not only a massive drop in the speed and thickness of hair growth...but I was shedding upwards of 50 hairs per day. My dermatologist suggested I get on Propecia, and I did. I discontinued the RetinA and B5 supplements shortly thereafter, as I was worried more about my hair then my face. My hair continued to shed for the next 3-4 months, until I had hit NW2, with hair that was thinner and a darker blonde. At that point, the shedding stopped and hasn't occurred since, but I have not experienced much (if any) regrowth." ~KenF