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

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

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


    Anyway, even if you are a random healthy male the things I've recommended would only improve your health, all would probs be available if you went to your local discount chemist 
  2. Hi everyone, I am facing a acne problem from my teenage. I have consulted 3 to 4 doctors and followed the procedures but it is not curing. Some say acne will fade when age goes forward. I am 26 now and it is still there. I don't know what to do now . I have attached my picture of my acne. Also the acne in the picture is somewhat reduced but it is increasing and reducing day by day. Can anyone please help me with this? Thanks
  3. Hello all. I've been suffering from very severe acne problems for over 2 decades now, and I'm very desperate. I've tried pretty much everything, including 4 stints of Accutane which worked, but each time I stopped it my acne and oil came back and each time I took it I had some horrific side effects. What I haven't tried yet though is Vitamin B5, and I'd really appreciate it if you can help me and answer these questions: For those who used B5 to successfully treat acne, what vitamins and supplements did you use it in conjunction with, what doses of the B5 and these supplements did you take, and what brands of these supplements did you use? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I should go for a timed/sustained release B5 right? I'm looking to start taking B5 as soon as possible. If there's anything else I should know or any pointers you can give me before I start, please tell me. Again, thanks a bunch for the help. I appreciate it dearly.
  4. Hi all. On the product reviews page, there are some very high reviews for Vitamin E, but these are mainly for topical application. Some people have had breakouts with topical vitamin E due to possibly clogging pores, which I think has scared some people away from trying oral Vitamin E despite some very good reviews within the topical reviews. There has been a lot of speculation that Vitamin E orally could increase all-risk mortality. I've had a good look into it and it appears that these findings are often sketchy but also many studies finding that Vitamin E doesn't affect mortality rates at all. So it's common knowledge that Vitamin E is a very important antioxidant for skin and its main route to the skin is through secretion via the sebaceous gland. We also have squalene in sebum, and we don't want to form the highly damaging squalene peroxide (Vitamin E can prevent this conversion). The more sebum we have (which is largely genetically and hormonally controlled) the more Vitamin E we need to stabilise the squalene. So it makes sense that oral Vitamin E, in the natural form at a reasonably low dose (400IU a day) should help with stabilising these sebum lipids. Secondly studies have shown that along with low levels of serum retinol and zinc, Vitamin E in serum is low. Thoughts?
  5. Hi! I have created this post to share my experience with Epiduo for anyone who is currently undergoing treatment or is thinking about starting on Epiduo! Before I begin, let me tell you a bit about myself. My acne history: I am a 19 year old female who has extremely oily skin. Acne for me started a few months after I turned 16. As the years progressed, my acne exacerbated from mild to moderate. I had tried many OTC products to help initially, however none sufficed. My acne is cystic, I have scarring lesions and extremely congested skin. However, my acne is ONLY on my cheeks, the skin surrounding my cheeks are extremely healthy and not congested at all. My acne journey (pre-epiduo): As we all know, having acne can have us googling and researching all kinds of things to discover what causes our acne, what triggers break outs and what changes we can make to eliminate it. Through research I had discovered that my high glycemic diet (lots of processed food and sugars which raised my glucose levels) were a reason for my aggravated acne and causing breakouts. So I began a new diet of low GI foods and cut out all processed foods as humanly possible. My break outs were less severe however my acne still remained. My skin was still severely clogged and congested my break outs still persisted. The only thing really that changing my diet did was lower inflammation of my acne. The second thing I tried doing was the whole "natural" regime. I quit chemicals and all facial cleansers on my skin for six months. I used honey, cinnamon, yoghurt, tumeric and basically any home remedies my hands could find. This was also during my change of diet, and once again nothing had changed. The only positive of the home remedies were lightening of acne scarring as most of my home made remedies had lemon. However, my cystic acne remained. My Epiduo Diagnosis: After two years of trial and error, my skin cleared up 30% over the two years. Despite me being less stressed a bout the state of my skin, my skin was still extremely congested and clogged pores were evident. I had blackheads and multiple closed comedones. My dermatologist diagnosed me with moderate cystic acne with scarring. My Epiduo Regime: So as per my dermatologists request, I picked up Cetaphil in the GENTLE formulation, despite having oily skin I did not pick up the oily skin formulation as my dermatologist said my skin was going to take a beating. I also use Neutrogena combination skin moisturiser (was using it before my epiduo regime and it has never broken me out). My routine is very simple, the first week of using epiduo I used it twice a week. Removed make up with micellar cleanser, used cetaphil, used epiduo on my face for twenty minutes and then applied moisturiser. Using epiduo sparingly is crucial and infrequnetly within the first month of using it is the most important thing to preserving your skin and not shocking the skin. After the first month I began using it three times, then four times then eventually seven days a week. My first week of using epiduo for seven days a week resulted in extreme flaking, sensitive and inflamed skin and yes - a purge. I am going to insert pictures within my next post and continue my story if you guys are interested...
  6. I read this post which is now archived and wanted to follow up on it – http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/286190-saved-by-niacinamidenicotinamide/ Has anyone else tried this? I can't see much about niacinamide on this site, it's not listed in the reviews/supplements section. This is strange considering it's used in a large number of skin products and there's lots of buzz: “Niacinamide (also known as nicotinamide) is a compound derived from niacin (vitamin B3) (Surjana 2011). It has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory action within the skin. In a randomized, controlled clinical trial of 65 subjects, 5% nicotinamide performed comparably to 2% clindamycin (both as topical formulations) in reducing acne severity scores (Shahmoradi 2013). As a dietary supplement of 600 mg one to four times daily (in combination with azelaic acid, copper, folic acid, pyridoxine, and zinc), it reduced symptoms by over 80% after 8 weeks of treatment in a clinical trial of 235 subjects. This was an open-label trial in which the nicotinamide supplement was compared to the existing acne medication of the subjects. Nicotinamide succeeded in significantly reducing acne lesion counts and improving appearance as reported by the subjects (Shalita 2012). In a Japanese double-blind, placebo-controlled trial examining sebum production, fifty subjects received a topical 2% nicotinamide moisturizer daily and fifty subjects received a placebo. After two weeks of treatment, sebum production of the nicotinamide group was reduced significantly in comparison to the placebo group (Draelos 2006). A separate randomized, double-blind multicenter trial compared a 4% nicotinamide emulsion to a 1% clindamycin formulation, both applied daily as topical formulations. The nicotinamide formulation was found to be superior in terms of safety, tolerability, and efficacy (Morganti 2011).” Source I'm trying 3g (6x500g) orally a day. Day 2 so far. The only negative side effect is very mild asthma/hayfever type wheezyness (I was asthmatic as a kid), but it's also known to be a mood enhancer and I'm feeling that effect already I'm interested in using it topically, does anyone have tips on making their own topical solution? I was thinking of adding it to the jojoba oil I use daily as a moisturiser, I could open up some of the gelatin capsules and mix in the powder. I'm a 38 y/o male, white with greasy skin. My acne is mostly small pustules in my nose, hair + beard area so it's like folliculitis. I have already found success with B5/Pantothenic Acid, Zinc Gluconate and Fish Oil (Vitamin D3+A) capsules, which dry my skin out and minimise breakout. I was on Lycmecycline antibiotics for way too long, it was only semi-effective. Also trying barberry root and taking acidophilus probiotic capsules atm. My dad jokes that my room is like an apothecary because of all the pills, lol But imo systemic > topical
  7. Hey everyone... So, although I have been on the regimen for almost a year and have seen amazing improvement, I am still disappointed in the presence of my scarring and occasional new zits. When I get a pimple, it is one of those deep painful ones that cause a large raised bump and sometimes don't even come to a head. In the past I've made the mistake of digging for it to dry and get it out, but I obviously know how wrong that was and am now left with some scars. I was recently reading about the impact of holistic medicine on acne and the success stories that have emerged from the use of Vitamin A, E, Zinc, and Borage Seed Oil. I am very interested in investing in some of these vitamins if it will make a difference, however I'm unsure which ones to take, and when it becomes too much. Anyone with some history in this matter, I would greatly appreciate your reply. I am not naive enough to believe a vitamin can cure all my problems and transform my skin overnight into a vision of Kardashian-like perfection, but at this point ANYTHING is a help. Hope to hear from someone......anyone.........please
  8. Hey everyone... So, although I have been on the regimen for almost a year and have seen amazing improvement, I am still disappointed in the presence of my scarring and occasional new zits. When I get a pimple, it is one of those deep painful ones that cause a large raised bump and sometimes don't even come to a head. In the past I've made the mistake of digging for it to dry and get it out, but I obviously know how wrong that was and am now left with some scars. I was recently reading about the impact of holistic medicine on acne and the success stories that have emerged from the use of Vitamin A, E, Zinc, and Borage Seed Oil. I am very interested in investing in some of these vitamins if it will make a difference, however I'm unsure which ones to take, and when it becomes too much. Anyone with some history in this matter, I would greatly appreciate your reply. I am not naive enough to believe a vitamin can cure all my problems and transform my skin overnight into a vision Kardashian-like perfection, but at this point ANYTHING is a help. Hope to hear from someone......anyone.........please
  9. Ok lets just get straight down to business. I've had acne for not even a year and it has already amounted to this. Cystic acne started developing within 5 months of me getting acne and they haven't stopped since. I currently have 15 cysts on my face and I cannot touch my face without a pinch or throb of pain. Started Roaccutane (or accutane) 11 days ago and would like to share some photos with you guys to show you my progress throughout the 6-9 month course. I'm currently on 10mg for 1 month then bumping to 20mg. I am currently experiencing an initial breakout (or flare) like reaction and my lips are starting to dry up. This photo here ^ is well before I started accutane and was when I decided to do something about my acne. This is my first day on minocycline ^ , it had no effect - in fact (not the drugs fault) it got worse. I was getting acne on my jaw line I was so disappointed and made me so anxious to start accutane and get rid of this awful acne. So I did it's been 11 days, here is my week 1 progress photo(s). Please stay tuned for the weeks to come! Week 2 has arrived here are the photos for my second week of accutane, dry lips, dry eyes and very itchy legs. xD I don't know why but yeah.
  10. 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 acne.org 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
  11. Hi, I'm having mixed feeling about the ginko biloba supplement. I felt like it helped me the first couple days and suddenly I get multiple cysts. Has anyone tried this with a similar or different experience? Thanks
  12. Hi All, I am 31 years old and have been suffering from Adult Acne for the last year- ever since I went off of my birth control pill and had a Copper IUD put in. When I was on BC my skin was effortlessly perfect for years, and since then I almost always have 3-4 spots including cysts that take forever to heal. I've tried mandelic acid peels and tee tree oil, both of which worked in the beginning and then stopped. I am getting married in 6 months and desperately want to stop this acne. I am going to try a low-carb/low-glycemic diet and the B5 vitamins for a month, and if it doesn't work, I am going back on the pill or blasting my body with antibiotics the months before the wedding, even though I know those results are always only temporary. New Plan: 2x daily mild face wash 5% Niacinamide (B3) serum 2x/week mandalic acid peels Less than 50 g of Carbs/day, all low glycemic 30 mg zinc 2.5 g Pantothenic Acid, spread out over 3x/day 900 g L-Carnitin, spread out over 3x/day Vitamin B-Komplex (no Biotin) Probiotic I would love to be able to give the routine more time, but I know it will take a few months for my body to adjust to the BC and for that to help my acne. I dislike being on BC, but if I knew how difficult it would be to get rid of adult acne I probably would have stayed on it. I thought if I just had a good morning/evening routine and used chemical peels 2x a week I would be fine- what a joke! It seems nothing I've done so far could stop this acne. So hopefully the big diet change and B vitamins do.
  13. Someone please help me? There isn't much correlation between taking Ginseng and acne that i have found online, however since Koreon Ginseng increases Testosterone in men, surely this will cause acne breakouts? Any help would be appreciated since I have been advised to taken Korean Ginseing supplements as it helps with your mood and gives you energy. Thank you,
  14. Supplement Log!

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    Howdy! So I've been off accutane for a month now and my face is starting to get really oily again. Will oil comes some acne once again, and I want to do everything I can to prevent this. I'm going to college in a month, so my mom won't let me go on accutane again. In other words, I have decided to research countless hours and have decided a regimen that I thought would be good for me. I have been taking zinc and vitamin e the past month, but from what I could tell nothing major has happened. I only got two pimples since my lifestyle changed being off accutane (literally the next day) and those two are currently on my face. Here is what I've been doing non-supplement wise: -3-5 16 ounce glasses of water a day (roughly 6-10 cups) -Change pillowcase/put a fresh towel over my pillow EVERY night -No dairy (I kind of cheated and had shredded cheese though) -No chocolate/foods heavy in sugar such as candy -Sunscreen of course since I work in the sun all day -Just a normal Cetaphil wash and CeraVe moisturizer -No touching my face/attempting to pop pimples WHAT. SO. EVER. (this used to be a huge habit of mine) -No smoking (I cheated like once or twice but they were cigars and we were golfing, so how could you not?) And now on to the supplements. Disclaimer: it is the first day of my regimen and do not recommend this just yet as it is too early to notice any positive or negative side effects. -60 mg of Zinc supplement everyday (30 mg x2) -400 IU Vitamin E supplement every day (200 IU x2) -Teen Boy's Regular One-a-Day vitamins (2 gummies) -10,000 IU of Vitamin A once a day (1 pill) -1,000-2,000 mg of Vitamin C (one pill once or twice a day) -4,000-5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 (2,000 IU pills x2, plus a possible extra 1,000) I will probably be adding a copper/iron supplement to offset the fact I have been taking so much zinc. Well here is my plan, and I feel as if it is safe enough for me, and just what I'm looking for. Although many people wrote great reviews about products such as Vitamin B5, Omega Fatty-Acids, and Vitamin B Complex, I realized that some of the potential side effects of those were not worth it. So here it is, and I will keep everyone updated as time goes by. Feel free to ask questions, or to give your input. Recommendations or stories would be greatly appreciated. Well this is Day 1 coming to a close!
  15. Hello everyone! So I've been off of accutane for a month now and my face is starting to get oil again. This of course is giving me anxiety that my acne will come back. For the past month though, I've been doing little things here and there to prevent acne. During this month, I did not get a single pimple. I recently got a tiny one though (you can barely see it) on the side of my mouth, and I believe one is forming on my forehead. That being said, do you have any little secret that I am not doing? I'm sure I can't be the only one! Here has been my "plan" that I'd admit works pretty well. Try it and tell me how it goes: -60 mg of Zinc supplement everyday -400 IU Vitamin E supplement every day -Regular One-a-Day vitamins -3-5 16 ounce glasses of water a day (roughly 6-10 cups) -Change pillowcase/put a fresh towel over my pillow EVERY night -No dairy (I kind of cheated and had shredded cheese though) -No chocolate/foods heavy in sugar such as candy -Sunscreen of course since I work in the sun all day -Just a normal Cetaphil wash and CeraVe moisturizer -No touching my face/attempting to pop pimples WHAT. SO. EVER. (this used to be a huge habit of mine) -No smoking (I cheated like once or twice but they were cigars and we were golfing, so how could you not?) What other supplements/vitamins will help my oily skin? I'm going to give D3 a shot next, maybe along with vitamin C. I heard that B5 helps but I don't want to risk the potential hair loss. Thanks guys!
  16. Hey everyone, As some of you might know, I'm a month off accutane and my oily skin is coming back so I'm researching more into supplements to help. I currently take zinc and vitamin e, and plan to start vitamin D3 very soon. I was researching some more and found Vitamin B5. Do you recommend it? Thanks! Oh and what was your dosage too!
  17. Hello everyone! So I've been off of accutane for a month now and my face is starting to get oil again. This of course is giving me anxiety that my acne will come back. For the past month though, I've been doing little things here and there to prevent acne. During this month, I did not get a single pimple. I recently got a tiny one though (you can barely see it) on the side of my mouth, and I believe one is forming on my forehead. That being said, do you have any little secret that I am not doing? I'm sure I can't be the only one! Here has been my "plan" that I'd admit works pretty well. Try it and tell me how it goes: -60 mg of Zinc supplement everyday -400 IU Vitamin E supplement every day -Regular One-a-Day vitamins -3-5 16 ounce glasses of water a day (roughly 6-10 cups) -Change pillowcase/put a fresh towel over my pillow EVERY night -No dairy (I kind of cheated and had shredded cheese though) -No chocolate/foods heavy in sugar such as candy -Sunscreen of course since I work in the sun all day -Just a normal Cetaphil wash and CeraVe moisturizer -No touching my face/attempting to pop pimples WHAT. SO. EVER. (this used to be a huge habit of mine) -No smoking (I cheated like once or twice but they were cigars and we were golfing, so how could you not?) Any tips? I've done hours of research and these are the ones I've tried. Shorter showers and Omega-3 fatty acids are probably next to add to my list. But go ahead, give me your secret! And like I said, try my plan and tell me how it goes. Thanks guys!
  18. 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!
  19. I have been a long time acne sufferer and have done a ridiculous amount of research and self tests to see what might permanently cure my acne. You could call it a Borderline obsession when it comes to looking for ways to cure my acne. Anyways, Largely I feel like a proper diet and a healthy ratio of omega fatty acids are what it largely takes to maintain mostly good skin. You may or may not be aware of Leo from clear skin coach but that was the first step I took to permanently healthy skin. Granted I'm always skeptical of those types of sites but he laid out a program that is very rigorous and shows that their is no single magic cure that can cure your acne. You have to do months of hard work to fix your internal problems and while some of his methods are a bit much and his recommendations for supplements can really add up in price, his principles are what should be followed. Anyways, I'm not trying to sell you guys on his program I'm just saying nothing can replace healthy living and following strict guidelines if you are unfortunate enough to suffer from adult acne like myself. It takes hard work. Antibiotics are simply a band aid that only make the problems worse in the long run. It amazes me how little dermatologist know when it comes to the overall harmful effects the pills they're pushing on their acne suffering patients. Trust me, it causes way more problems in the long run including worse acne returning. For a couple of years, I have dealt with 85-90% clear skin which is huge considering where I was before. What seemed to bring on pimples though still was intense lifting (mainly affected my body only), ejaculation, and large amounts of certain foods that trigger breakouts for me. Granted, the last one is within my control but the other two are things I can't willingly give up about 3 months ago, I got my blood work back from a check up that said I was low in vitamin d3 (I live in MN) and I noticed I felt like I was suffering from seasonal depression so I went on a mega dose regime of 50,000 IU of vitamin d3 a day and 5,000 IU of vitamin k2 (used to counterbalance the effects of large amounts of vitamin D3). Now I know after reading that you all think I'm crazy for going on such a crazy high dosage and how unsafe that is and blah blah blah... I have done a ton of research over it and the claims of vitamin D3 overdosing have been FAR exaggerated. Some studies have people taking as high as 1,000,000 IUs a day with no side effects whatsoever. I know many of you will disagree with me and that's fine. I am not sharing this post to start a debate but to let you all know what worked for me. When I first started the high dosage, I had no intention on helping my acne. However, even though I didn't attribute it to the vitamin d3 at the time, my acne had dramatically cleared up and for the first time in forever, I did not notice one new pimple forming, even though I was doing all 3 things that trigger breakouts for me more than ever. I at the time thought it was because I had stopped using sucralose which later proved not to be a factor. After using all of my vitamin d3, I stopped and started breaking out again. Still, I hadn't connected the pieces yet. A month and a half later, we went to Sanibel Island for a week where it was sunny everyday. After just a few days in the sun, all of my acne faded away and no new ones where showing (I had noticed this on vacations past but didn't think vitamin d3 could be the cause). This caused me to ponder why these effects happened whenever I was in the sun and than I had an aha moment. When I was taking large doses of vitamin D3, my acne was nearly non existent. I started back up again when I got home from vacation but this time taking doses of 30000 IU for D3 and 3000IU for k2. Almost immediately I noticed changes in my skin and very rarely do I have a new pimple show up now. I even feel like I can get away with being a little lazy with my eating and still be just fine. I have done a little digging online and have found a few other people who have noticed similar results with also some articles that shed some interesting theories why acne seems to be cleared from taking vitamin d3. I would encourage you all to do the same and do some digging on your own. Again, I am not looking to get into an argument and get attacked by others saying how what I'm doing is dangerous. I understand that initially it can appear dangerous. However, I have done my thorough research and feel quite confident and safe with what I am doing. If you would like to try but are worried about starting with such a high dose, I would suggest beginning with 5,000 IUs of D3 a day along with 1000 IUs of K2 and seeing how that works. If you do decide to give this a try, I would appreciate hearing from you how it goes. It only took a few days for me to notice results so after a week of trying this out, I would love to hear how it worked for you all!!
  20. Growing up I had very severe cystic acne. I would get huge pimpels on my face and back. About 3 years ago I went to a dermatologist and was put on amoxicillin. This antibiotic killed the bacteria that caused acne, thus while on it I didn't expeirence any breakouts, and my skin was finally able to heal. Recently my new dermatologist was looking to take me off amoxicillin, but the problem I kept running into was my acne would start to return within a week of being off amoxicillin. In my mind there was only 1 of 2 ways to be completely acne free - Constantly have an antibiotic in my body that would actively kill the acne causing bacteria, or create an environment in my body in which acne couldn't thrive. I tried doing the latter through taking vitamins. I tried vitamin d, e, a, zinc by themselves, but none of them ever kept my acne away. Because the vitamins by themselves weren't working I decided to try Alive Multivitamin. I read somewhere that vitamins work together or something, that the body uses them in various ways, and was thinking that even though i was taking e or a specifically for acne, maybe my body needed more than just these. I started taking Alive about 2 months ago and haven't had a single breakout yet. My acne hasn't returned, and I haven't had a single pill of amoxicillin. I am also taking 30,000 IU of Vitamin A daily with my 3 Alive pills as well. So, this is what's worked for me. I would suggest that anyone who has acne or is on an antibiotic and is looking to get off of it, to try a multi vitamin like Alive because your acne could be related to a major vitamin deficiency. Feel free to ask any questions, or let me know how Alive is working for you. I get mine from IHerb: http://www.iherb.com/Nature-s-Way-Alive-Whole-Food-Energizer-Multi-Vitamin-Max-Potency-No-Iron-Added-180-Tablets/4120 - SuperGao
  21. 3 Foods Journey

    Forums Diet & holistic health 19 replies

    Changed "The Truth" to a journey, since I'm discontinuing it. Summary Basically, I had cystic acne, but finally cleared my skin by eating only eggs and oatmeal for like 2 weeks after getting results back from a skin prick test. Here are those results: Now, these results weren't very accurate and didn't test for enough foods. But oats and carrots and wheat were spot on. Mediator Release Test Now, I didn't get it yet! I'm saving money so I can order it from Florida for $495 U.S. I have, however, found foods I don't react to. And the rules for the MRT test state and avoidance of bad foods for 3 months eliminates the moderate level intolerance foods, and 6 months eliminates the majorly reactive foods. There are some topics about the mediator release test on acne.org. Just search it if you want to. 3 months: moderate food intolerances should disappear 6 months: Major food intolerances should disappear Before Mediator Release Test diet March 31, 2015 April 1, 2015 day 1: I am eating only wheat, carrots, oats, and apples. (Water is the drink) Have small cystic acne on temples that I think I got from cabbage. Waiting for that to clear so I will be mostly clear. I also have a stupid bump/scar on my nose that started out as a cyst in August 2014, but has been this bump/scar since December 2014. If anyone knows anything about nose scars/bumps, please share. day 2: Ate my last apple in the fridge today. Got a beginner pimple on my left cheek near my eye. Apples are known to cause acne on my cheeks, but usually nothing too serious. I'm debating kicking apples out, now. Might try a replacement... day 3: Taking out Apples. When I woke up, the pimple from that apple had deflated. But a scab came off near my mouth, so now I have a medium sized pink pigmentation near my mouth (I know, fuckin disgusting). Might have work monday, and don't wanna see my family on easter, anyway, so it might look better by then. My temple acne is almost gone on both sides. Just one scab on each side. Hopefully those won't give me any grief next week. Wheat, Carrots, and Oats only for right now. day 4: Woke up, pooped, and saw pellets. I've been suffering from chronic constipation, but eating better has made my poops better. Well, since switching to this 3 food diet, my poop has come out in pellets which is a sign of constipation. This definitely isn't good for me, but it's clearing my skin so I'll hold out until I get this test. I think if I eat more oats, my poop will be better. Try to fix this with ctr+shit+8! day 5: Feeling like my instestines are getting scraped to shreds. TreatAcne put a link in her comment on here where I found out grains have defensive chemicals that cause holes in the intestines. I am realizing that this diet may be more detrimental to my goal than I thought. I've sheilded myself in my room because of these scars. This caused me to over eat, which is bad. I'mma replace some meals by snacking on carrots and homemade carrot sauce. Thanks TreatAcne and alternitivista. - mark users blue
  22. Water Diet And Suppliments?

    Forums Diet & holistic health 6 replies

    Hi guys ,I'm Lima and i'm also New to this community ,m 16 and suffering from ance i use to have clear skin before than most of my friends but it looks like ance has taken its revenge on me.. . Lately i've been read about water fast and i also wanted to try that to see any improvements im not sure how long i have to do this(i have been thinking maybe 3-4days) and also i take Vitamin c pills along with some other antioxidant pills every am and pm , will taken that affect my water fast by any change?Thanks
  23. Ivebeen taking vitamin A, D, E, for about 2 weeks now. I included zinc about a week ago. I originally started with a low dosage of vitamin A, however, I increased the dosage to about 200,000iu (retinyl palimate). My softgels are in 10,000iu but I see some that are 2,000iu? My acne began clearing when I had only vitamin A and D. However, since increasing the dosage my face has broken out. It might be because of the 100mg zinc temporarily included, but I'm really not sure. What gives? My face was doing fine and clearing up nicely until this. It could also be due to my football helmet. Should I decrease vitamin A dosage to 5,000iu-10,000iu? Is this just an initial breakout? Too confused right now
  24. Hi guys and girls, I'm after some help and advice. I'm 22, and I've always struggled with my acne. I'd say to started when i was 16'ish. It's really knocked my confidence, and I don't even think i have any now (boo-hoo, haha!). About 2 years ago i stumbled across African Black Soap on the internet, I immediately ordered a bottle after reading how it does wonders for your skin and acne. Safe to say it did do wonders for my skin, I felt it dried my acne out, then i would moisturise to get moisture back into my skin. It was all good until a year later'ish when i just got sick and tired of the same old routine. I couldn't wash my face with the soap without my skin feeling ridiculously tight, I couldn't even smile! Within 5 minutes of getting out the shower I was literally plastering Cetaphils's Hydrating lotion all over my face. And I was still getting acne, which was probably from the dryness of my skin and the fact that my skin wasn't producing natural oil, just the moisture that i was putting on it. Even thought this had cleared up most of my acne, this still really affected me mentally, ''What would i do when i get a girlfriend? i can't spend 20 minutes in front of her mirror doing this, this isn't wasn't men are supposed to do'' those kind of thought, which is kinda the truth. I've ALWAYS wanted to be able to wash and clean my face, without my skin feeling ridiculously dry, so i decided to try out CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser. I was sceptical at first incase this would cause me to break out bad, but WOW! this is the feeling i've been looking for LOL! No tightness LOL!, my skin felt clean, but still hydrated. Anyways, my skin did clear up a bit, I started using CeraVe's PM lotion which again, did wonders, It wasn't thick like Cetaphil's lotion, it didn't sit on top of the skin like Cetaphil, it soaked right in. I've also been using Neutrogena's Visibly Even moisturiser, which has SPF 30 in it. This is supposed to even out your skin tone, which really does work! The products i'm currently using are: Morning - CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser - Neutrogena Visibly Even Moisturiser Night Time - CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser - CeraVe's PM lotion I also exfoliate either once or twice a week with ''St Ives Sensitive Apricot Scrub''. What I'm struggling with at the minute is vitamin supplements. I've always taken: 500mg of ''Bio-Nutrition Vitamin C + 15mg Zinc'' Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil About month ago i decided to try new supplements, so i got: Higher Nature Vitamin D Solgar Vitamin C 1000mg Pantothenic Acid Vitamin B-5 Vitamin A Vitamin E So, I started taking Vitamin D, wasn't exactly sure what i should notice a difference in, but all is well. However, I took Pantothenic Acid for 3 days and I broke out like mad! All over my cheeks, which never happens! So i stopped taking that, after 3 days and went back to what i usually take. Yesterday I started with the higher dose of Vitamin C 1000mg and It made me feel weird, I guess its my body getting used to it, but i can't really explain the feeling, bit of a headache. My question is, What supplements should i take, to help cure my acne? I'm sorry for the long message, lol. I've just been needing advice for a long time now.
  25. I have read several post of people clearing there acne using various methods diet vitamins ect ect, the post dont specify whether there acne was Genetic , Hormonal or just intolerance to certain foods. Is the treatment the same as far as vitamins and diet for both types? My son is 20 yrs old and has had acne since he was 17, his father had acne so I am assuming its Genetic. Has anyone cleared there Genetic acne with vitamins and diets or is accutane the only option?