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  1. Hi all, I've been inspired by so many progress posts on this site, that I decided it was time for me to contribute to the community as well. I am a 32-year-old female who suffers from moderate but consistent hormonal acne. I take no oral birth control but have a Mirena IUD. My breakouts include cysts and white heads. Last week I started taking the following for my adult, hormonal acne: Vitamin D3 (4,000iu) Saw Palmetto (500mg) Stinging Nettle (500mg) I also started taking the following to combat excessive bruising on my arms and legs: Vitamin C (1,000mg) And for the past year I have been taking: L-Lysine (2,000mg) Women's Daily Multivitamin Gummies Here is my progress thus far. Hoping to track and share my progress weekly. Fingers crossed for results and patience. Day 1 Day 7 It's too soon to really see any results, but at least psychosomatically, my acne seems to be "drying out" more quickly. I've had bout 8 new pimples this week, but it's quite possible they were already there and just hit the surface this week. For week 2, I am considering adding the following into my new supplement regimen: Evening Primrose Oil (1,300mg) Calcium (1,000mg), Magnesium (500mg), Zinc (25mg) Stay tuned, and please let me know if you have any questions or advice!
  2. Hello everyone,Let me start by giving a quick summary of my acne. At around 15 I started getting the occasional pimple her and there, but never anything too serious. However, about two and a half years ago when I was 17 years old my acne worsened dramatically. Within a matter of a couple months of this first big breakout, it got to the point where I felt the need to see a dermatologist.My derma prescribed me a mixture of Clindamycin Phosphate and Benzoyl Peroxide. This helped to initially calm the new influx of acne I had coming in, but after a few months the effectiveness diminished. I then was prescribed tretinoin 0.025% (Retin-A) and I began using it immediately. The first four months that I was on Retin-A was the worse my acne has ever been; specifically my jawline and the area under the corners of my mouth were affected. I even began getting a few cystic nodules at this time. After nearly six months on Retin-A my complexion began to improve. Not satisfied with the results, I went back to my dermatologist, and she then prescribed me Doxycycline Hyclate to take once daily. At this same time I began using a 10% Benzoyl peroxide wash. This combination seemed to work wonders for a while. My acne improved greatly to the point where I only had a few blemishes at all times (aside from some minor scarring). It may be important to point out that I also cut out dairy completely at this time. Though, to maintain this regimen, I had to use a TON and I mean a TON of moisturizer. I would have to apply loads of this Neutragena Sensitive Skin lotion multiple times per day. During this period I also became sort of obsessive with picking every pimple I ever got. In fact, I was (and still am) so OCD about this that I would often try to force whiteheads to pop when they were clearly not ready, and in doing this I would cause my skin to break and therefore scab. (I know this is counterproductive, but hey, I'm admitting that it's a problem of mine).Soon, I moved to college and was forced to limit the amount of time and energy I was putting into my skin. My new lifestyle and living situation first led me to discontinue my use of the antibiotic. I weened myself off of it well, and my skin didn't really seem to get any worse from this. I then began slowly eating more dairy, and I started to become less strict with my regimen (going nights without Retin-A, skipping the benzoyl wash, ect) mostly because I couldn't keep up with the dryness. I simply could not maintain this lifestyle of drying the hell out of my skin and then spending twenty minutes applying lotion every morning and night, all only to maintain mild acne as opposed to severe. Soon my acne worsened again slowly. I then started using the Benzoyl Peroxide wash only every other day to try and combat dryness, while using the Retin-A 5-6 nights per week. I also cut out 90% of dairy again and began taking 2000 IU Vitamin D3 supplements once per day. This has led me to where I am now. At this point I'd say my acne is mild, but to be honest it is really affecting me emotionally. I feel like my acne is always in the back of my mind whenever I'm talking to people, out in public, or really doing anything. I often find myself comparing my acne to other people's, and thinking of how people are judging me based on my skin. I have a meeting to meet with a new derma this Friday, and I'm hoping they have some advice. Currently, I'm considering doing a course of Accutane just because I'm so done with the physical and psychological effects of acne.If anybody has any advice as to some possible treatments that seem fitting for someone with my story please share! I've included some pics of my skin below as well.Cheers
  3. I have been using Tretinoin microsphere gel 0.1% and Minocycline 100mg (twice a day) for a couple of months now and I was on the website and the suggestion of taking zinc/Vitamin D3 pills was suggested. I wanted to ask and see if it was ok that I take these pills along with the medications that have been prescribed to me? thanks in advance.
  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. Oily Skin with Vitamin D3

    Forums Diet & holistic health 4 replies

    I got a blood test done and my levels are at 22 and I've been struggling with oily skin/acne since I was 10. I started taking 5000 IU of Vitamin D3 on Saturday and my skin has gotten super oily within the past three days. Did anyone else experience their oil levels going up before it starts clearing out? I'm wondering if it's because my body isn't yet used to the addition of the vitamin. Also, does it make a difference as to whether I take the softgels or the dry tablets? Would it even help me especially because my oily skin is genetic?
  6. 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.
  7. Natural way to treat adult cystic acne

    Forums Adult acne 3 replies

    Hi all, I have been using the experience of those on during my journey and now that I have seen some noticeable results, I thought I should share it with you. Little background about me: 27-year-old female, acne during my teenage years, went on Accutane when I was 17 and acne was gone, mild acne came back during my early 20s but nothing too bad, moderate-severe acne started when I was 25, went on antibiotics for 9 months, I was clear for 6 months but after 6 months it came back even worse. I have tried topical antibiotics, retinoids, salicylic acid, and BP with no improvement. After doing so much research, I decided to the following step by step and saw little improvements with each step: - Eat a strict paleo diet for 1 month, after that, still follow a gluten-free, dairy-free, and alcohol-free diet - Eat more healthy fats (I use cold-pressed coconut oil and olive oil) - Take probiotics (pills and fermented food) - Take digestive enzymes for one month (This made the most difference in my skin) - Take zinc supplements - Take cod liver oil - Take ginger + turmeric tea once a day - Take vitamin D supplements (This made my skin to go from okay to very good!) - Take MRT food sensitivity test and avoid foods that I am sensitive to I started taking these steps in January 2017 and now it is June 2017. I have 2-3 breakouts during my ovulation week and 1-2 breakouts before my period. They are much smaller and less painful that the ones I used to get 6 months ago. Now that I am mostly clear, I am totally fine with drinking a glass of wine once a week or having a cake during a birthday. However, I try to stick to an anti-inflammatory diet as much as I can. Here is my current regiment: - First thing in the morning, take one teaspoon of cod liver oil - At noon, take 44mg of zinc - In the afternoon, take 2200IU vitamin D - Before going to bed, take a potent probiotic As for face wash, I use Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser (I never thought I could use a facewash as gentle as this one!). Two times a week, I exfoliate my face with my Clarisonic. I want to emphasize that if you do intense workouts, you need to be extra careful with your diet because your body needs a lot of nutrients to recover (I can tell you my workout story and how it affected my acne). Also, I would suggest taking blood tests before taking any vitamin or mineral supplements. I was both zinc and vitamin deficient. My nutritionist has been super helpful during this journey. I would highly recommend seeing one if your insurance covers it or if you can afford it.
  8. Recently took vitamin A 10000 iu vitamin e 400 iu vitamin d3 2000 iu and zinc pciolmnate 50 mg and skin got clear no new pimples but had to stop because my stomach got inflamamted and was worried too many pills a day, well me thinking it was the zinc alone doing the job because i had previously taken vit a and e and nothing but i have new pimples today after stop taking eveyrhting else but the zinc, so now i am back on the vit d 2000 iu and we will see if that was the cure for me in a couple of days hopewfully this goes well guys something was makng my acne better out of all of those .
  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. i wanted to post my spiro experience here- and get any feedback on other user's experiences. firstly, ever since i could remember i have had on/off SEVERE acne. all over the face. i could not even put a finger on an area that did not have a bump or red mark on it. I wanted to avoid birth control/ RX routes so i tried every diet (gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian) and supplement/ natural method that i could think of (zinc, vit d, berberine, vit a, etc.) Nothing helped in the slightest bit. I eventualy got tired of all of it and came across spironolactone in my research... saw the general lack of side effects and positive reviews, so i went to a dermatologist, and he prescribed me 50 mg per day and told me i wouldn't see results until 3- 4 months in. He was correct, i started on August 10th and today would be 4 and a half months, where i can say that i am 95% clear, with only 3-4 small spots on my face. However, as i have been taking it tfor some months, i have noticed some side effects and have come across in my research others that have noticed some of the same things: 1) weight gain- i have always generally been a thin person, fluctuating between 110-120 at my heaviest. I have always carried weight in my belly only, where everywhere else stayed lean. However, since i have started taking spiro, I feel like my weight distribution has definitely changed, and i am getting bad stretch marks and cellulite around my butt/thigh region. Because of the diuretic effect, my bloating in my stomach has flattened, however, i am gaining weight on other areas of my body that i have never experienced before. 2) bloated face- i used to get compliments on my defined jawline and thin face, however, spiro has definitely made my face look much rounder and fatter looking 3) bad/tense dreams and longer sleep- since starting spiro, i am getting horrible, vivid dreams every single night. I also have to sleep a lot more on this pill. I used to run perfectly on 7-8 hours, now I need 10-11 hours to function. 4) general anxiety- i have noticed myself getting anxious about things i never used to, snapping at my friends more, and feeling stressed in my day to day life. My theory is that many of these symptoms (weight gain, bloated face, anxiety) are caused by the spike in cortisol that spiro does cause, along with an eventual estrogen dominance due to the suppression of testosterone. That is why i have started to take rhodiola and phosphatidylserine supplements along with my spiro to try to combat some of the effects, but i dont know whether it is placebo or not because i cannot really tell a difference. Has anyone been able to find a solution or can provide expertise for any of these problems?? please let me know, as i am extremely satisfied with the positive aspects, but do not know if down the road i will have to find another acne method.
  11. FiercePenguin's miscellaneous log

    Forums Personal logs 11 replies

    I made a log for my progress on saw palmetto (and other anti-androgen herbs) about a year ago, which completely cleared my skin for a while. Over the summer I slowly started breaking out again and changed up my supplement routine a bit in response, but that didn't seem to help. Now, I have been on Yasmin for almost exactly 3 months (finish my third pack at the end of this week) and still haven't seen improvement. I remember how much making my last log helped me through a hard time and thought making a new one would be a good idea. Mainly, I'm going to try reducing/almost completely cutting out sugar/simple carbs in my diet. I already avoid dairy products most of the time (although I was a strict vegan for about a year and it seemed to have no effect on my skin). I occasionally have cheese, which I will not be actively avoiding for this log, but I will be avoiding sugary dairy products like ice cream and chocolate, and pizza (very sad about this). I do eat some wheat and gluten (oatmeal, brown rice, whole grain bread), but I generally avoid simple carbs like white pasta/rice/bread, which I will be rather strict with for this log. I also do not eat any meat (in case that's relevant somehow). I have also started taking 5000iu of vitamin D about every other day/every couple days, which I did not do in the summer (although one winter I took it every day and my skin was possibly the worst it had ever been at that point, if that means anything) I will also continue to track my progress on Yasmin. I will keep the log for three months unless I need to quit earlier for some reason. For anyone else who is trying something similar, I would be happy to have you post in this thread and discuss how it's going so we can support each other As for how my skin is doing starting out at this point, I break out around every week or so. Mostly I've been getting smallish whiteheads/pustules, but I had two deep pimples come up on my chin and one on my cheek over the weekend, which have mostly healed. I am getting another one on my chin now though And I have to say, my skin has actually been worse than it was before I switched to Yasmin. I would have hoped any "initial breakout" would have been over by now, but maybe not. Update 12/22: I have decided to try the "spearmint tea regimen" as well. Starting tomorrow I will be drinking 2 cups per day. I have also recently decided to stop all herbal supplements, at least for a while, because I just don't feel they are helping anymore, and haven't been for a while.
  12. 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
  13. Hello ! i want to say first a big sorry because i am french and my english is not perfect, i will try to make my topic as clear as possible, i want a lot of replies it's very important for me. I have something that i judge similar to acne, but it's not acne... it's called fordyce spots... i think most people here don't know what it is, it's tiny white bumps that can appear on your penis, inside your mouth (in the cheeks) or on the lips... those bumps are supposed to be sebaceous gland , and most people say that roaccutane seems to make them disappear but they immediatly come back once the medecine is stopped. First i want to know if some of you have them, it can be on the lips or on the penis, and if you changed something in your life that reduced them, i'm asking you because they seem similar to acne, if roaccutane works for acne and my condition it means there is a way to get rid of them or at least reducing them... even if most people say that once they are here they will never be gone, i want to try something. Laser doesn't work too, they come back everytime... what make those bumps horrific is that lots of people don't know what it is, especially on the lips it looks scary, i have this on my lips since 25 years old and i'm 30 now, they came after i took antidepressant pills, this made my lips so dry so i used a lip balm and they showed up, i don't know if it's from the antidepressant or the lip balm but they slowly spread... at the moment i feel lucky because there are lots of bad pictures on google and mine are not as visible... i don't want it to get worse so i'm looking for a solution. I have seen a big topic about vitamine D here, for some people it helped them a lot... and for some it didn't do anything... 2 years ago i got a blood test and it showed that i didn't have enough of vitamin D so i started to take but i didn't see anything better... i'm still taking it by the way and i got blood tested again, i have now enough of vitamin D but it could be higher than this before it get dangerous, so i think i'm gonna try to take higher dose and get another blood test in a few months, i want to know if someone here tried something like that, and for those that vitamin D didn't work, did you get a blood test to know what was your vitamin D level ? maybe some people need more of this vitamin to see results, i suggest you to type "high dose vitamin D " on google, some people have amazing result with extremily high dose of vitamin D (i'm not talking only about acne but health stuffs in general which includ different skin conditions, psiorasis seem to be go away too) but i don't have the balls to try really high dose because it can be dangerous, so my purpose is to go at the limit before it's supposed to be too much. i have seen that vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) could work for acne, have you tried it ?? To end my topic i want to say that i have a DNA disease that make my cholesterol very very low, so i can have problem to absorb fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, K) On my recent blood test my doctor saw that i need vitamin E, but i have enough of A, D (because i take already for 2 years) and K is fine too. So if one of you got those fordyce spots and reduced them while trying to get rid of acne, please tell me how ! And if you have any advice even if you don't have fordyce spots, tell me too ! See you later and thank you to read me and again sorry for my english !
  14. vitamin D capsule to heal scars

    Forums Scar treatments 2 replies

    I have herd that using vitamin D serum from capsule can heal depressed can scars.Can It heal this one?
  15. 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.
  16. Acne Journey

    Forums Prescription acne medications 11 replies

    Hey guys, I've been on this site for a while now and am finally deciding to share my journey in hopes of getting 100% clear. Quick background, I'm a 24 year old female who has suffered from acne since puberty. It started as whiteheads and progressed to cystic acne as I became older. I used to have it all over my face, chest, and upper back but after getting on birth control at 17 I've had soft clear skin on my chest and back. Currently, I have a lot of hyperpigmentation and acne on my cheeks and chin; my forehead has never really been a problem unless I eat poorly (more on that later). I'll update every wednesday with pics! Oily skin: I used to be an OIL SLICK. I mean, I could wash my face with Dawn dish detergent and 10 minutes later see little oil spots flickering from my pores. If I wore makeup it would melt off after 4 hours. What cured this for me was Vitamin D3. You have to take Vitamin D3 in order to reap the benefits as the way it is processed in your body is different than if you just took a Vitamin D supplement. This single-handedly helped my skin so much, and I truly believe that an acne problem is a gut problem. VItamin D does deplete your magnesium levels, so I spray magnesium oil onto my skin (arms/legs/stomach NOT face), to keep that in check. I also am a lot less anxious now after beginning the magnesium. I believe where acne comes from has a lot less to do with what you're putting on your face, although you can clear your face with topicals. I've cut out dairy from my diet 90% of the time (pizza is usually that 10% exception), after reading that dairy is strongly linked to acne. All of my opinions in these posts are evidence-based by the way. I'm also currently going gluten free for 30 days to see how my skin reacts. I notice that the only time my forehead breaks out is when I eat a lot of wheat, so I'm hoping that completely eliminating it from my diet will produce bigger changes. Just because you don't have Celiac disease doesn't mean you can be intolerant to gluten or other foods. In fact, most allergies have to do with the way we process our foods, not the actual food in its whole form. Sorry for rambling! Moving on.. Moisturizers: WHY is it so hard to find a decent moisturizer! I've literally tried probably a hundred moisturizers; what has worked for me without adverse reactions is Pond's(but it's thick so I only use it at night), Cerave (without SPF), and Hemp Seed Oil. Olay, Neutrogena, African black soap's moisturizer, Cetaphil (shockingly!) Jojoba oil, Acne.Org moisturizer, Dermasil, Clinique dramatically different moisturizer, Olive oil, Bio oil, Coconut oil, garnier oil-free gel moisturizer, Aveeno clear, Clean and Clear w/ salicylic acid, Burt's Bees, and I'm sure others have all resulted in breakouts in one form or another. I do believe a moisturizer is crucial, but finding one that works for you takes a lot of time and way too much money. Makeup: Tried and true makeup for me has been MakeUp Forever HD foundation (but it is SO expensive!), Revlon colorstay whipped, Maybelline FIT Me, and ironically NYC's pressed powders. (LOVE it when cheap makeup is great!) I use Revlon age defying concealer and Neutrogena healthy skin blush. I've tried so many foundations and blushes, and these are my go-tos. Face wash: I use Purity by Philosophy and it is truly worth the money to me. I also make sure to take off all of my makeup with neutrogena makeup wipes and this has helped keep my skin clear immensely also. If I want a deep clean, I'll use Pond's Cold Cream cleanser like twice a month, it's just a pain because you use a wash cloth every time. I've also tried a ton of facewashes, if I need to use one in a pinch I'll use Dove soap and it does the job without ruining my skin. Topicals: I've tried so many topicals. Retin-A (peeled and didn't clear), Benzaclin (my skin became used to it but it was great), Dan's BP (good stuff), grisi sulfur soap (good stuff also for mild acne), African Black soap (ehh), salicylic acid in the wipes, toners, and gel/creams. Oral supplements: Spiro (became hypotensive), Saw Palmetto (literally made me crazy! but I did go up a cup size haha!) milk thistle and burdock root (I saw no change in my skin after completing the whole bottle), and I'm currently on Day 5 of minocycline. I don't want to go on Accutane for the long-term risks that it poses (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), so for now I haven't tried that. Okay! I think that about covers it. Currently: AM: Cleanse with purity, apply Cerave moisturizer and later on makeup if I'm leaving the house. 50 mg of Mino twice a day. PM: Remove makeup w/ neutrogena makeup wipes, cleanse with purity and apply pea-sized Epiduo Forte followed by Cerave moisturizer. Supplements: 1 TSP of Carlson's Cod Liver Oil (many benfits to this just overall) + Birth control Tri-Estyrella (generic ortho tric-cylcen) Thanks for Reading! XO
  17. Vitamin D3 Log

    Forums Personal logs 3 replies

    Hello all, I was on Accutane from 2013 to 2014 and it got me mega-clear... for a couple of months. After that, I started getting the occasional pimple - but nothing to worry about. Then, I started getting more and more, and started incorporating a little bit of Dan's Regimen back into my routine (I'd used the Regimen from around 2009 to 2013 with varying degrees of success). Then, in the winter of 2014, I broke out HARD - just like the pre-Accutane days. The breakout consisted of a bunch of deep, painful cysts around my mouth region. I began using the Regimen daily (only at night, since I can't apply it during the day). I've been on it for over a year now, and while it definitely helps to a certain extent, I keep getting pustules on a regular basis. Some of them are pretty minor, while others form deep, inflamed clusters that eventually burst and leave a bloody scab. The deep ones mostly happen around my mouth region. I think the regimen I use now - BP coupled with a gentle antibacterial bar - keeps the pustules away somewhat, but not entirely. I also break out a little on my chest, where the BP can't reach. I am going to give the Vitamin D thing a shot. It's cleared some people, and hasn't worked at all for others. Seems like it depends on whether a Vitamin D deficiency is the root cause of your acne or not. In my case, there's a chance it might be. I don't get much sunlight at all these days - in the office or at home most of the day, aside from some brief indirect sunlight during lunch hour and commutes. Plus, I've read that in the area in which I live, it's impossible for the skin to absorb enough vitamin D during the fall and winter months anyway. In addition, I've read that being on Accutane can shoot vitamin D levels down significantly, and I was on it for nine entire months... in any case, it's worth a shot. I'll give it a couple of months - if it doesn't work, my next step will probably be an anti-fungal wash. I'm going to take 10,000-12,000 IU a day, since I'd prefer quicker results. I've also been supplementing with Fish Oil for a while now (not for acne, mainly for concentration), and I gave antibacterial supplements a shot (garlic and turmeric). These didn't do much for my skin condition, so I ditched everything but Fish Oil. I've also started a multivitamin + mineral supplement. I'm interested to see where this goes!
  18. Hello guys! This is my first post there, but I have been reading this forum for a long time. Recently, I started to have some doubts about my skincare routine and my methods of treating acne, so I'd like to hear your opinion! I will summarize my history with acne: I am 18, male and I've had bad skin for 3-4 years, but in the last year it was just terrible (extremely oily skin, lots of large and inflamed pustules). After some unsuccessful treatments (doxycycline, Acnease supplement, Benzoyl Peroxide and every topical known to man) I was finally put on Accutane. My dermatologist told me that he considers a low-dose treatment to be the most effective (balancing side effects with beneficial effects). I took 20mg per day for ~6 months. Since then, I've been taking 10mg per day (~3 months and a half). I weight ~62-63kg, so to reach the recommended cumulative dose I need 9 more months (10mg per day) which is extremely unpleasant for me. Back, chest and arms acne is completely gone. The following description is about the face. My acne and oiliness have improved a lot in the first 3-4 months of Accutane, but since then I've seen little to no progress. Lowering the dose has certainly not helped. My skin is oily (less than in the beginning, but still annoying). My nose is always full of blackheads, even though I apply nose strips every 2 or 3 days. I get small whiteheads/pimples around and on my nose every day and in some bad days even 2-3 larger pimples across my face. However, the biggest problems are the uncountable red/brown marks and the overall redness that I have on my face. They show no sign of fading after so many months! During these months I've tried some "gentle" topical products to support Accutane, however nothing seems to be very effective. I am currently using La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, which isn't great but at least doesn't (usually) make my skin oilier or redder. I have also been using Paula's Choice Pore Reducing Toner and 2% BHA Liquid for over 1 month with no results. The weird thing is that in some days, like in a few days a month, my skin is magically bright and clear. It is much less oilier and all the red marks are barely visible, even from up close. Every product that I apply gets absorbed very quickly. It’s still not perfect skin, but it can be considered "normal". For the rest of the time, and by this I mean like 90%, my skin has an ugly red-brown tone, it is oily and I usually have 3-4 pimples of varying size every day. All the red marks are very visible and look like active acne. Any product that I apply on my face makes it sticky and oily and it remains like this for hours. I have observed no correlation between this and diet and/or stress (I am always stressed and my diet is not very healthy but I don’t eat any junk food or anything in excess. I avoid dairy products. Little sugar as well). As of now, I cannot explain the weird fluctuations of my skin, nor can I find an effective way to combat this. I thought of increasing the dose of Accutane, to at least 20mg per day, but my dermatologist is against this. He says that my skin will eventually become normal (completely cured) but I am not seeing any progress at all (for at least 3 months my skin was the same, maybe worse). I am currently trying to improve my skin’s condition with some supplements: - Zinc (~25mg per day) and other minerals - Vitamin D3 (planning to take 2200IU per day) - Vitamin C (not much more than the daily dose) Although I don’t think they will make a big difference. I drink white and green tea every day, although I have tried this in the past and I’ve seen no improvement. I recently read on this forum that some studies say that green tea is actually bad for your hormones. Is this true? I thought that it was universally accepted that green tea lowers testosterone. I also thought of taking some herb supplements which should help (Androgen/DHT blockers) like saw palmetto, pumpkin seeds, etc. since my acne might be hormonal but I see that most of these products are made specifically for prostate health issues. Would it be safe for me to take them? I also heard that Omera-3 might be useful. I italicized the last paragraph as it is one of the most important issues that I want to discuss here. that It may not be much, but these supplements are my last resort. It would be great to hear your experiences and opinions!
  19. So i have started a new regimen which seems to be working in reducing my acne (which is mostly just clogged pores) i am not going to tell you what i am using (and taking) until i am sure that it is actually these things for sure that are helping. My original post mentioned that i was trialing Vitamin D however that really wasn't working out so i stopped taking it. If my current regimen keeps working i will post back within a few days so stay tuned. I have taken before and after pics of my new regimen.. i have posted it as a comment so scroll down this page and it should be there.. My original post: I was a user a few years ago with the same problem i am posting today. However in 2014 i somehow cured myself and i honestly do not know how! I remember i cured myself so good that no matter what i put on my skin i never got a single pimple or clogged pore or anything. I wasn't even using any fancy products. Well i dont know why and i dont know how but for the past 2 months the same skin issues started again. I didn't change anything with my products either. The only thing i remember was that i took a monthly Vitamin D regularly and also probiotics. I stopped both those medications because i literally got lazy and forgot to take them plus i was broke lol! my skincare routine usually just consisted of washing my face with the Benzac Daily Facial Liquid Cleanser (with a brush). So basically without going into too much detail the reason why i am starting this topic is to trial a Vitamin D3 and see if it makes any difference with my skin. This time though i am not going to buy a monthly Vitamin D3 i am just going to get the over the counter Vitamin D3. I will also start on my probiotics again. I am posting my before photos to this post and then report back possibly after a week with results. so stay tuned
  20. Hello all! I have written my testimony/story for those who want to read it! For those who don't, keep scrolling and I will talk about my cure below I was taking oral medications to treat my acne for about five years. My dermatologist thought it would be okay for me to be on such medications for that long. Somewhere in those five years, there was a time where I didn’t have a period for nine months. My hormones were completely out of order, and after that nine month time frame, I got off Spironolactone in order to try and regulate my body. However, my cycle went absolutely ballistic. I went from having no period, to the heaviest period of my entire life. My body was lost and relied on medication for so long. It tried to regulate itself, but my hormones were completely out of whack. And, you guessed it. After getting off Spironolactone, my acne came back. So, naturally, I was put on another dosage for the next three years. I went through on and off cycles (yet, mostly on) until my freshman year of college. December of 2014, I got off Spironolactone because I thought I had ‘outgrown’ the acne phase. I was clear for a couple of months, but in May of the next year, things took a turn. I started developing deep, cystic acne and it was pretty inflamed. June and July were the worst for my skin. There were some days where I cried. It was SERIOUSLY taking a toll on me, emotionally. My skin was so incredibly bumpy, inflamed, and people even made comments and asked questions about it. One day, I received TWO comments from two older relatives, and these comments were less than 5 minutes apart. It was at church, first thing in the morning, so of course I walked around all day completely paranoid of how I looked. Another time, I was having a great day at work until I heard “Mommy, she has lots of spots on her face,” a little boy said, loudly. It literally ruined my positive attitude for the day, and it’s difficult when you don’t feel confident enough to even look people in the eye. So obviously this was hard for me mentally, and I avoided pictures as much as I could, but I did find a few from this time period that I can share with you guys to show how bad it was. I am wearing foundation in some of them, but you can still clearly see the bumps and cysts that are impossible to cover. Here’s an interesting fact: last summer, my forehead was extremely broken out, but cheeks were clear. This summer, my forehead is clear and all my acne was on my cheeks. Interesting right? Keep in mind, these pictures don’t do it justice; I just completely avoided the camera at this time in my life. They are attached below. It was May when I broke down and cried because I saw my skin starting to break out pretty badly. I was almost 20 years old, why did I have skin problems? Basically everyone I knew had perfect skin. So, I started doing some research. It took me a few months to really perfect this all, as it does for everyone. If you’re going to treat the source and find a holistic cure, you’re going to have to experiment with it and find what works. You may be thinking, “well she probably drank a ton of sodas and ate a ton of candy/chips/processed foods before”. Wrong; I am an athlete, and NEVER touched soda and had a pretty good diet. However, I workout 4-5 times a week, and it was very crucial that I was taking in enough calories in order to put on more muscle mass. Therefore, my breakfast smoothie, at the time, consisted of almond milk, banana, TWO scoops of peanut butter, oats and a vegetable supplement. I was also taking in lots of carbs, such as white rice and wheat toast to pack on some weight! Out of these items, bananas are the only thing I still eat regularly. Why? I explain that below. Now, my skin is looking better and better every week! The bumps and cysts that I used to have are now completely flat due to cleaning up my diet! And WITHOUT an oral medication. My skin is completely smooth, and its amazing to run my fingers over it. I have red marks from my acne, but I have gotten them before, and they will fade. They are not the icepick/boxed scars that leave dents in the skin, which is why I am confident they will fade on their own. Here is what I have learned about my body and my skin the past few months, and what has helped me tremendously: I eliminated gluten: Not only do many people have a gluten-acne connection, but gluten is hard to digest even for those who don’t have an intolerance!! Gluten promotes inflammation, and it WILL wreak havoc on your gut. Ultimately, gluten causes a multitude of problems for lots of people. After taking acne medications for nearly five years, I suspected I have Leaky Gut (the lining of the intestines are damaged, meaning particles of food can literally leak through the holes of the lining and make their way into the bloodstream) and Leaky Gut is a very common cause of skin problems. Gluten will damage the gut even more, and I needed to HEAL my gut, so I avoided it. I eliminated soy: Very controversial. Soy can create an imbalance of hormones= acne. I personally saw a difference after avoiding my vegetable supplement that contained soy. Soy can also wreak havoc on gut. I also eliminated dairy, legumes, refined sugars, processed foods= Dairy has a huge connection with acne, and some people say its because the hormones injected into the animals end up in our bodies when we eat dairy. If you’re going to eat dairy, look for ORGANIC/CAGE FREE/NO HORMONES OR ANTIBIOTICS/ ETC. Peanuts are legumes, and I was eating peanut butter daily. Legumes impair zinc absorption!!! Lots of people take zinc supplements and it clears their acne! Well, stop it from the source. Stop eating legumes so your body can properly absorb zinc in the first place. Refined sugars, processed foods, and even carbs such as rice= insulin spike. I was eating oats and white rice everyday for the calories, and I stopped. “Elevated levels of insulin cause pimples to form. Insulin is a hormone that is released in response to eating, and tells your cells to take in sugar from the blood (glucose) and store it for later use. Insulin levels and blood-sugar levels are closely related (diabetics measure their blood-sugar levels to determine if they need to inject insulin), and blood-sugar levels are controlled directly by what you eat. Sugary and starchy foods, like table sugar, potatoes, and bread, can raise blood-sugar levels quickly for relatively small portions.” ( there are multiple articles on this. Look into it. I’m still looking into nuts: Nuts can cause acne for a lot of people. I was drinking almond milk everyday, and didn’t cut it until July. I believe it has made a huge difference. However, I don’t necessarily think it was the almonds, but the INGREDIENTS in the almond milk. It wasn’t an ‘organic’ brand, so there was a ton of krap in it. I wasn’t drinking it for the nutrition, so I thought I may as well drop it and use water instead for smoothies. My smoothies taste the exact same, and my skin has been looking better. We just weren’t meant to take in so many ‘chemicals’/ingredients that are in almond milk. Basically, I was following an anti-inflammatory Paleo diet. I also added lots of fats. GOOD OMEGA-3 FATS ARE ANTIFLAMMATORY AND RESET YOUR HORMONES. For example: I take coconut oil everyday (good source of fats, helps balance hormones, fights bad bacteria in the gut, and skin problems are usually a sign of something wrong in the gut) I also take L-glutamine to support the lining of my intestines and gut everyday, and I now supplement with certain multivitamins that contain extra Vit D, Zinc, Selenium, etc. I believe this has helped a lot, as most people see a huge change with Vit D and Zinc. I eat lots of sweet potatoes as my carb source! Here are a few other benefits of my lifestyle change: 1.) Clear skin with no more medication! 2.) BMs that aren’t uncomfortable (lol sorry, my digestive system is just so much better!) 3.) LOWER blood pressure! 4.) Less body fat/lean physique! And so much more... I believe what we put into our bodies is a TRUE reflection of how we look and feel!! Gluten insensitivities/other internal problems such as Leaky Gut can even cause anxiety and depression, which of course, doctors prescribe pills to treat. I used to make fun of people who had to eat “organic”, but now I love this cure and am trying to spread the word!! Studies on cultures that live a Paleolithic lifestyle show they had CLEAR skin! Our ancestors didn’t have acne, and definitely had less diseases. (The Dietary Cure for Acne by Loren Cordain will cover this, look into it as well.) If you’re reading my post, give this lifestyle change a shot. Any questions?? Typical Day for me: Breakfast-Green smoothie with water, ice, a banana (carbs in the morning, makes smoothie sweet), 2 big handfuls of spinach, (fiber, good for digestion, anti-inflammatory), half avocado, (balance hormones, good source of fats, filling, sweetness) blueberries, (reduces insulin levels!!!, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory), 5-8 grams of glutamine, 1-2 tbsp coconut oil. If this isn't enough, I'll have Sweet Potato Pancakes (literally just 2 eggs and 1 cooked medium sweet potato in the blender to create a batter, fry like a regular pancake) Here is, in a simple form, what I eat: Meals: 1 protein (chicken, fish, turkey, eggs, etc) 1 carb (squash, sweet potato, etc) 1 fat (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, etc) I basically just focus on whole, REAL foods! It is what our bodies are meant for. Don't overcomplicate it! Address your inflammation from nutrition with WHOLE foods! I do have cheat meals on the weekends and still enjoy myself! You must think of this as a LIFESTYLE CHANGE! I have included some before photos, and one after photo taken this morning. As you can see, my cheeks are now nearly flat, I just have some 'left over acne' that will flake off in the next few days. I have only been doing this for about 2-3 months, and am looking forward to seeing even more progress in the next few months Thanks for reading! I hope this can help others, I had to share what worked for me! UPDATE: The very last photo was taken September 3, 2015! I have been VERY lenient with my diet, but as you can see, my cheek is clear!! Just have some scars left over because my acne was so bad, but I will gladly take scars over inflamed bumps that are impossible to cover. (They will fade btw) Perhaps my body needed some SERIOUS hormone balancing and gut help! I've been enjoying all foods the past few weeks and my skin looks great:) Still being careful, though, and watching what I eat it is a lifestyle change The third photo is showing the same cheek as the last photo!!!! Crazy....
  21. Backstory: So I primarily have clogged pore with the occasional hormonal inflamed zit on my chin (especially when I'm in contact with tons of xenoestrogens like unfermented soy or it's that lovely time of the month). About half a year ago, I started breaking out on ONLY my right cheek in these red pimples. And I kind of ignored it until I finally just, because of anxiety and my skin, gave up and revamped my diet. I went vegan and FINALLY started taking my vitamin d supplements (2000 iu a day) since I was diagnosed with a severe deficiency (my level was 9 lol) like two years ago. It's weird because I'd never felt any pathological effects (and I'm an intensive/competitive dancer) in my years of deficiency. Anyways, in a week, the zits stopped happening, and if I ever missed a day or few, about a week after that, it would come back. I knew it was the d. I've tested this several times, and while it's no scientific method, I'm relatively sure my d deficiency was the reason I was breaking out as taking the supplements with a meal during the day would get rid of it within a week. I also went back on my normal, vegetarian diet after 5 weeks, and it had no impact. Anyways, a few weeks ago (so, after about 5 months, I think?) it started coming back, so I amped up the d to about 4000-5000 iu a day, thinking maybe I got more sensitive to it. That didn't do much. Some days were better than others, though. I saw some reviews on vit d where people started breaking out again, and one of the suggestions was that you need to take vit a along with d. So I started that, but I started breaking out even more (not going to say it was the a, but I keep reading conflicting evidence about how a interacts with d so I'm not sure if it prevents absorption or aids in it....). So I stopped that after a week. Granted, a just might take more time to work than d, so perhaps I should continue? I started taking a bit of zinc every day, but I just wanted to know if people started breaking out again after a few months on d. It's weird for me because it was connected with this very strange, very area-specific and type-specific kind of acne I had only recently started getting (I'm 19), and it certainly didn't do anything for my other kinds of acne that I've had since puberty (thanks genetics). And I'm most concerned with this chronic inflammatory acne, because it's definitely something internal if it was so strongly impacted by the d before. Anyone know why this might be happening? I read some places that magnesium is also important to restore when heavy dosing d, but once again, unclear as to why it's this d-specific region of my face that's been breaking out. I'm thinking of upping the dosage a little more, but I just wanted to know if anyone else experienced this, and if they figured out what's wrong. TL;DR: Basically, a few months ago, I found out vit d helped with a certain kind of acne for me. I've been taking it religiously, but now it's stopped working. Even upping the dosage to 5000 iu isn't helping. Anyone else experience this, and if you did, figure a solution? (Like vit a, magnesium, vit k, etc?) Any 2 cents is much appreciated!
  22. Oily Skin & Vitamin D

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    Hey everyone! I have oily skin, and it's gotten progressively worse. I believe it's a great contributor to the acne on my face, and I recently started seeing a derma for my acne. I'm wondering if vitamin D would help me with my oiliness? I've been looking around the forums seeing people taking vitamin D really helped. On my recent blood works, I had a deficiency in Vitamin D (which is weird because I live in Florida and I went to the because for a whole week straight before the blood work was done). So, I was wondering if that's why I'm oily or if all this talk about vitamin D and oily skin is just a myth? Any suggestions? A bit of background: On and off struggle with acne (currently struggling) Extremely oily skin now (makeup never lasts because of oiliness) Recent blood work said I had a vitamin d deficiency
  23. I have been suffering from moderate acne for 6 years now (from 16 to 22 years) and i've finally found out what was wrong! I'm clear like never before and I want to share it with you, and the best part? I don't use any expensive products! So a little background, I've tried almost everything you can think of: different cleansers, moisturisers, harsh chemicals/drugs, cutting out diary, multivitamins, drinking more water, trying different shampoos, topical tea tree oil, internally apple cider vinegar, garlic, aloe vera, omega-3, fish oil, washing my face religiously, not washing my face,. the list can go on I think i've made my point. The problem? Vitamin deficiency! I was searching online and stumbled upon this vitamin stack that could help people with acne if they had deficiencies. I don't see sun often where I live, so it made sense to me to try it. This is the stack with the dosages I use (it cost me around 50euros/55dollars for 3 months worth): Vitamin A: 10,000 IU/day Vitamin D3: 10,000 IU/day Vitamin E: 400 IU/day Zinc Glycinate: 30mg/day Milk Thistle: 500mg/day Vitamin B3/Niacin: 500mg eo3d (You need the niacin that causes the flush) I've been using these for a month now, and my skin feels so clear and smooth, running my hand through my face when washing it with water feels so different now, it feels healthy, vibrant, smooth like a baby's ass. Also I have a little pre-sleep routine that I religiously follow, because it makes my skin feel really fresh and the opposite of inflammated (unflammated? heh) 1: I wash my hands with any soap first, to get off all the grease and oil 2: Use lukewarm water to clean my face 3: Apply 3-5 drops of pure argan oil on my hands and apply it on my face (I used to do this gently because my face was inflammated but thesedays it doesnt matter how rough/fast I move with my fingers, because my skin feels thicker and healthier it can take any pounding) 4: sleep My first post here so if you have any questions or if I forgot anything let me know!
  24. 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
  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