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  1. DO NOT TAKE B5. B5 CAUSES MASSIVE HAIRLOSS. Regime: 1. Nizoral Shampoo every other day, leave in hair 10 minutes. 2. Propecia .05 everyday. Obtain Propecia from doctor and dissolve 1 pill in 20mL of 75% proof alcohol (ex: bacardi 151). Take 1ml via dropper everyday. You will see results in 3-4 months. *Girls can NOT take propecia. example of someone helped "I'm also 24 and about 5 years ago I started taking massive doses of B5 for my skin...But within three months, I'd seen not only a massive drop in the speed and thickness of hair growth...but I was shedding upwards of 50 hairs per day. My dermatologist suggested I get on Propecia, and I did. I discontinued the RetinA and B5 supplements shortly thereafter, as I was worried more about my hair then my face. My hair continued to shed for the next 3-4 months, until I had hit NW2, with hair that was thinner and a darker blonde. At that point, the shedding stopped and hasn't occurred since, but I have not experienced much (if any) regrowth." ~KenF
  2. I registered today just to tell my story that I feel compelled to share with others. After 22 years of suffering from extremely oily skin and acne I have finally found what I believe is my own personal cure. It's been a very long road to get here and I still can't quite believe it, but Vitamin D supplements have COMPLETELY eliminated my super oily skin and acne. I'm not talking a little bit here, not a 50% or even 90% reduction. I'm talking 100%. I still can't get over it having suffered for so long. I know some of you aren't going to believe what I just said or what I am about to explain. I would have my doubts too if I were reading this just a few months ago, but I am 100% telling the truth of my own personal experience. So here I go... I am a male, now in my late 30's and have suffered with excessively oily skin (way way way too much sebum) and severe acne since puberty around 14yo. I have taken EVERYTHING over the years. This gets said a lot around here by 16-18 year old acne sufferers, and I can certainly sympathize, but trust me when I say I have had over 20 years of experience trying EVERYTHING from prescription meds to over the counter topicals to various supplements. I have tried every systemic and topical antibiotic prescription known for acne. I have tried every topical retinoid. I have been on 3 courses of Accutane. I have been on doctor prescribed very high doses of Vitamin A (a safe aqueous form) after my 1st course of accutane when my acne flared back up after treatment. I have tried and used many of the over the counter washes, scrubs, masks with BP, salicylic acid, tee tree, etc. over the years. Fed up with prescription meds that never fully worked (or in the case of Accutane worked only while on them), over the last few years I have also tried various supplements, including fish oil, cod liver oil, B5, vitamin B multivitamins, antioxidant multivitamins, borage oil, and others. About 4 weeks ago I began supplementing with Vitamin D3 1000IU. Why? Well a year ago I got a blood test done showing my Vitamin D level was low. It was a 19 which is considered quite deficient (normal I think is 50-70; reference values have been upped recently). At the time my doctor prescribed Vitamin D over a 3 month period but at the time I saw no results so stopped after 2 months (this was to try resolving fatigue not acne anyway). But this winter I started reading up on Vitamin D again as my fatigue was increasing again and came to find out that the Vitamin D that is prescribed via a pharmacy is of the D2 form which some studies have now shown is ineffective in vivo. So I decided to start taking over the counter Vitamin D (in the D3 form), like I said about 4 weeks ago. Again, the intent was to possibly help with fatigue and perhaps immune support, not necessarily help with my oily skin or acne. But to my amazement, about one week in I began to see significant reduction in sebum on my skin. By week two my skin had become COMPLETELY normalized. I can't even believe I am saying that after so many years of super oily skin. The only medication capable of doing that for me is Accutane (isotretinoin). Nothing else could reduce or control sebum production for me. Not prescriptions or supplements of any kind, even B5. Remember I'm a male, so there is no other option other than Accutane for us males like BC or Spiro to try and normalize hormones/oily skin. After taking Vitamin D for 4 weeks now my skin is tighter, smoother, looks normal, and I haven't had a new pimple of any kind surface in 2 weeks which for me is nothing short of a miracle. Most amazingly is my oily skin is completely gone and hence why I'm confident this is going to work long term for me. In fact the results, both sebum and acne elimination, are just as good if not better than Accutane (Accutane can be super drying in normal doses and can affect wound healing). I was going to wait 3-6 months to tell my story because I know there will be naysayers that say 4 weeks isn't long enough to judge long term efficiency, or maybe this is just an anomaly, or something like that. But after 22 years I have more than enough experience with my oily skin and acne to know that this is a fundamental change in my skin that I have never seen before (other than again with Accutane usage). So I just couldn't wait that long to post. I felt compelled to do so today in the hopes that my experience might help some others right now, not months from now. So anyway, completely amazed by this result I have experienced with Vit D I have been doing quite a bit of research online about it and the more I research the more things make sense of how this is affecting my skin. Vitamin D is actually a hormone and was mislabeled a long time ago as a vitamin because at the time researches didn't realize the body (skin) can actually produce vitamin D. In a strict sense, vitamins must be supplied by diet, while hormones are produced in the body. Now, we all know acne is a result of what is most likely an imbalance of hormones in the body. This is why it is very rare for pre-pubescents to have acne, their pubertal hormones haven't kicked in yet which is when most acne first appears. "Vitamin" D, being a HORMONE needed in vital bodily functions, can be one of those hormones that is deficient. Vitamin D is produced via UV light action on the skin. In fact, it is produced in the oily cells (sebocytes) in the skin. Interesting but slight gross side note - I read somewhere that dogs and cats actually get their Vitamin D intake from licking the sebum on their face and hair follicles where the vitamin D is created (their skin cannot directly absorb the vitamin D through the skin). Apparently (and luckily for most humans) human skin can directly absorb vitamin D on the skin . So I've been pondering, perhaps very oily skin (and associated acne) is a negative feedback of low vitamin D levels in the body. With lower and lower Vitamin D in the body, the skin produces more and more sebum in efforts to create more Vitamin D to bring the body in balance. Perhaps those like myself who have consistently super oily skin have an impairment in the ability to create or absorb Vitamin D in the skin. (I don't really see a reduction in oil during the summer when I get a fair amount of sun). For me, perhaps the only way to increase my vitamin D levels is not through sun exposure but through supplementation. There are very few sources of foods with sufficient levels of vitamin D so the only way to get it in sufficient amounts is through vitamin supplements. In my research I also found out that Vitamin D will bind to some of the same skin cell receptors as certain forms of Retinoic Acid (one of the metabolites of Accutane). I believe this is likely why Accutane works in a similar fashion (normalizes sebum production) by binding to the same Vitamin D and related receptors in the skin. Now this is my own hypothesis here, but perhaps when those receptors have vitamin D or retinoic acid bound to them, they in essence tell the skin they have enough Vitamin D and not to produce any more sebum. Perhaps Accutane works by substituting for and mimicking Vitamin D in the skin . This could possibly explain some of the side affects of Accutane like bone and joint pain which can be a symptom of Vitamin D deficiency (accutane thereby exacerbating the Vit D deficiency). I could go on about this but this is getting a bit tangential to the subject. Anyways, I am completely beside myself that Vitamin D has worked better than anything else out there, and that I have suffered with acne for so long due to what appears to be a simple Vit D deficiency. I really implore others to try this too. It is cheap and easy to do with no side effects. The amount I am taking is 1000IU and is considered a relatively low and completely safe dose. I am not going to state this is the cure for everyone as I am a case study of one right now (although I have read here and on other websites others having great results with Vit D as well). But if you have very oily skin, especially into adulthood, I would give vitamin D3 a try. Not that I think it matters, but in light of full disclosure, I am taking "Natures Made" Vitamin D(3) 1000IU tablets once a day. I don't think the brand will matter so much, just make sure it is Vitamin D3 and not D2. I am also taking Safeway brand Vitamin C 500mg tablets at the same time (this is your generic ascorbic acid Vit C). Note these are run of the mill vitamin brands, not anything special. It's possible the Vitamin C is adding a synergistic affect to the Vit D; I really don't know. But I do know Vitamin C alone hasn't done squat for me over the years that I have taken it so Vitamin C alone isn't causing the amazing results I'm seeing. (I am taking Vitamin C for immune support). These are the only two supplements I am currently taking. I have dropped all topicals other than washing my face in the morning and night and have just begun moisturizing at night with Aloe Vera Gel. I'm hoping others will try this as perhaps this might be the solution for them as well. I'd be more than happy to answer anyone's questions.
  3. Pityrosporum Folliculitis - FAQ Introduction A lot of people are struggling with that they think are acne primarily on their chest, shoulders and back. It may also develop on the face(primarily the forehead). After trying countless acne medications or simply by trying to wait it out the condition still persists. The fact is that many "body acne" sufferers got some sort of folliculitis and when the lesions develope on the upper body it's often Pityrosporum Folliculitis they got. The same questions pop up under the body acne section, and by creating this thread I'm hoping to answer some of this questions. However, be advised that I'm not a dermatologist or expert on the field. The information I'm providing is mostly from what I've read(countless hours of reading up on the subject online) and from what I have experienced. This thread is a working progress and I hope others also will participate with information they have on the subject. Questions regarding this FAQ or contributions can be done by replying in this thread, but general questions regarding Pityrosporum Folliculitis can be asked in this thread. It has a lot of great information and users own experiences with PF. What is Pityrosporum Folliculitis? The first thing you should do is research the subject on your own. There's a lot of information found on the net and here are some good links: http://www.emedicine.com/DERM/topic338.htm http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/16713 http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_dise...orum_folli.html http://archpedi.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/159/1/64.pdf http://dermatology.cdlib.org/rxderm-archiv...um-folliculitis http://www.vgrd.org/archive/cases/2005/pit/pit.htm Do i have Body acne or Pityrosporum Folliculitis? This is the first question that people with "Body Acne" ask themselves when they are confronted with the term Pityrosporum Folliculitis. However this is often the hardest one to answer since "Body Acne" and Pityrosporum Folliculitis look a lot alike. Also a lot of people have them both at the same time since both acne and Pityrosporum Folliculitis thrive on oily skin. Some things you should consider to find out if it's acne or Pityrosporum Folliculitis: - Go to a dermatologist(This is the safest thing you can do to find out if it's body acne or Pityrosporum Folliculitis). Be sure to contact the derm before you schedule an appointment to be sure that he can do a biopsy or something like that to find out what your condition is. - Have you tried acne medication without success? If you have it's more likely that you got Pityrosporum Folliculitis - Have you used antibiotics previously. If this made the condition worse or if you got the spots on your body after the use of Antibiotics it's most likely Pityrosporum Folliculitis you got. - Does it sometimes itch. If it does it's probably Pityrosporum Folliculitis - Do you got Acne on your face too? If your face it's pretty much clear, but your body breaks out it's more likely that Pityrosporum Folliculitis is what you got. Pityrosporum Folliculitis can develop on the face to, but it's much less frequent. - Does it get worse in hot, humid or sweaty environments or in periods where you don't shower much. If it does it's more likely Pityrosporum Folliculitis you got. - There is no comodones or cysts associated with PF. It's Papules and Pastules and the material expressed from pustules is white to yellow - Try some sort of medication against Pityrosporum Folliculitis(see treatments below) and see if this improve your condition. A safe bet is to buy a cream containing 2% ketoconazole(Nizoral, Daktarin Gold or something like that), and try it for a couple of weeks to see if it improves the condition. - Check out the pictures of Pityrosporum Folliculitis below to see if it looks like what you got. What does Pityrosporum Folliculitis look like? http://www.aocd.org/images_ddd/Pityrosporu...itis_1_high.jpg http://www.aocd.org/images_ddd/Pityrosporu...itis_2_high.jpg http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/reprint/171/8/851.pdf http://www.skinatlas.com/pityrosporum.jpg http://dermnetnz.org/common/image.php?path...img/pitfol1.jpg http://dermnetnz.org/common/image.php?path...img/pitfol2.jpg http://dermnetnz.org/common/image.php?path...img/pitfol3.jpg http://162.129.70.33/images/folliculitis_1_010901.jpg http://162.129.70.33/images/folliculitis_2_010907.jpg http://162.129.70.33/images/pityrosporum_f...is_1_040505.jpg http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...st&id=12078 What kind of treatments are there? Topical Most popular on acne.org: Ketoconazole Description: Widely used chemical for PF and can be used topically either as a shampoo(leave on for about 5 min in shower before washing of) or as a cream. It's usually available in 1 or 2% concentrations in various products. Research/information:- The in vitro antifungal activity of ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione, and selenium sulfide against Pityrosporum - Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis Products: - Cleanser/wash: Nizoral, Fungoral - Leave on product: Nizoral, Daktarin Gold, Fungoral Zinc Pyrithione Description: Not as effective against Pityrosporum ovale as Ketoconazole, but used with great success by a lot of members on acne.org. Head & Shoulders has 1% Zinc Pyrithione in it and that is probably why it works so good for a lot of people. Zinc Pyrithione is both antifungal and antibacterial. However, I recommend trying something like ZNP bar since it has 2% Zinc Pyrithione in it and is designed for use on the skin, not specially for the hair. Research/information:- How I got rid of my bacne - Using only Head & Shoulders - i'm clear using head and shoulder shampoo - The in vitro antifungal activity of ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione, and selenium sulfide against Pityrosporum - Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis Products: - Cleanser/wash: Head & Shoulders, ZNP bar Propylene Glycol Description: Used by a lot of members on acne.org with great success. Very easy to use since one option is to just spray it on using a spray bottle. It's fast, cheap and easy to apply to f.ex your entire upper body. With a cream it's hard to apply it to f.ex your entire upper body and it's therefore likely that the PF might spread. Propylene Glycol is often used in a concentration with water(50/50 of each). Sometimes you can buy 100% percent Propylene Glycol, but then you should dilute it with water before applying. If you look at the ingredients list on a lot of cosmetics you can see that Propylene Glycol is almost always on it. However, don't expect that your regular acne medication might work since it has Propylene Glycol in it. It's often a very low percentage of actual Propylene Glycol in the product. Research/information:- Pityrosporum folliculitis: a common disease of the young and middle-aged Products: - Leave on product: PG from chemistrystore.com, 50/50 PG/Water from Cubancrafters.com Mandelic Acid Description: There is very little research on the antifungal effect of Mandelic Acid, but it's a popular product on this board against Pityrosporum Folliculitis. It's claimed to be both antifungal and antibacterial and exfoliates the skin. Therefore it's also good against red marks left from acne/PF. I personally receommend the product from Vivant for Pityrosporum Folliculitis on the body since it's a strong product(15% Mandelic + 2% lactic), it has very little ingredients besides the Mandelic and has some Propylene Glycol in it. However, the serum is very expensive and therefore it might be wise to buy the toner(9% mandelic) if your economy is tight. Research/information:- Mandelic acid is amazing against blackheads and acne ... - Nucelle changed my life Products: - Cleanser/wash: Vivant Mandelic Acid Cleanser - Leave on product: Vivant Mandelic Acid serum, Vivant Mandelic Acid toner, Nucelle Mandelic Acid Other treatments: Salicylic Acid Description: Used against both acne and Pityrosporum Folliculitis and is always a safe bet if you aren't 100% sure what you got. Mostly used in a concentration from 1,5% to 3% and either as a cleanser or a leave on product. A leave on product is nearly always the best bet since the Salicylic acid in cleansers doesn't sit on the skin long enough to do anything. Also, a Salicylic Acid product has to have a low pH to work(no higher than pH 4 is recommended). Most if not all cleansers has a higher pH than that and therefore the Salicylic Acid is pretty much ineffective. Research/information:- The antifungal activity of Salicylic Acid - Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis Products: - Leave on product: Dan's Salicylic Acid, Paula's Choice Liquid BHA, Salicylic Acid from dianayvonne.com Sulfur Description: Isn't the most known chemical against Pityrosproum Folliculitis, but has has antifungal, antibacterial, and keratolytic activity. Very drying when used as a leave on product and is therefore often used as a cleanser/wash and washed of after 5-10 min. Research/information:- The use of Sulfur in dermatology - Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis - Topical Sulfur Products - Increase cell turnover (dead skin cant harden to create sebum) Products: - Cleanser/wash: Sulphur Soap(10% Sulphur), Sulphur(10%)/Salicylic Acid(3%), Grandpa's Thylox Soap Selenium Sulfide Description: Selenium sulfide is highly active in inhibiting the growth of P. ovale. It's usually used in shampoos and is washed of after about 5 min on the skin. Research/information:- Pityrosporum folliculitis: a common disease of the young and middle-aged - Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis Products: - Cleanser/wash: Selsun Blue, Selseb shampoo, Head & Shoulders Intensive Treatment Tea Tree Oil Description: Both antibacterial and antifungal and effective against Malassezia furfur(the same as P. Ovale) Should be diluted with f.ex another oil like emu or jojoba. You can also find it as a shampoo. Never buy Tea Tree Oil in plastic bottles. Also it's best if it's stored in dark glas bottles. Research/information:- Tea Trees and Their Therapeutic Properties Products: - Leave on product: Desert Essence Organic Tea Tree Oil Manuka Oil/honey Description: Manuka Oil is 20-30 times more active than Australian Tea Tree Oilfor gram positive bacteria, and 5-10 times more active for fungi. However, there's a lot more research on Tea Tree Oil and it's effect on the Pityrosporum yeast. Research/information:- East Cape Manuka Oil, Manuka Cream and Manuka Soap - Tea Trees and Their Therapeutic Properties Products: - Leave on product: Living Nature Manuka oil and honey gel, Manuka oil from http://manukaoil.net/ Ciclopirox olamine cream Description: Antifungal often used to treat Pityrosporum folliculitis Research/information:- Monograph - Ciclopirox Olamine Products: - Leave on product: Can be bought from drugstore.com Econazole cream Description: Treats fungus infections Research/information:- Pityrosporum folliculitis: a common disease of the young and middle-aged Products: - Leave on product: Can be bought from drugstore.com Oil of Oregano Description: Antifungal Research/information:- More information on this Products: Leave on product: Oil of Oregano from North American Herb and Spice Apple Cider Vinegar Description: Malic Acid is found in Apple Cider Vinegar and is antifungal. It can be used directly on the skin, but should be diluted first. Research/information:- Apple Cider Vinegar Cures - Apple Cider Vinegar* Pictures On First Page, Reduces Oil, Red Marks, Acne, Dry Skin, Regulates pH levels & More Products: Leave on product: Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Oral Azole antifungal agents Description: The two most used are Ketoconazole and Itraconazole. It's very effective, and if it is indeed PF you got these mediacations should make a remarkable clearing. However, you are lucky if the results are permanent and one should continue topical medication afterwards. Research/information:- Short term treatment of pityrosporum folliculitis with itraconazole Products: You need a prescription to get this medication legally, and therefore you have to contact your doctor to get this stuff. Isotretinoin Description: A lot of people try Accutane after years of struggling. In a lot of cases it's effective against Pityrorsporum Folliculitis since the yeast thrive on oily skin. However, it's not always effective and some people on this board has experinced that their Pityrosporum Folliculitis has come back after the course of Accutane. Research/information: Products: Ask your dermatologist if you want this drug. Does diet, hygiene or physical activity affect Pityrosporum Folliculitis? When it comes to diet and Pityrosporum Folliculitis I'm not an expert. It's always hard to know if something is breaking you out or not. Some people say the fungus feed on sugar, but I have yet to see any hard evidence supporting this. So when it comes to general diet guidelines to help treat Pityrosporum Folliculitis there is a long way to go. However, there are several things that you can eat which should help to treat the condition from inside. This is a great list of natural antifungals Pityrosporum Folliculitis often affects athletes. This could be due to the sweating, rubbing from clothes etc. However I don't think working out and sweating makes PF worse if you take a cool shower right after you sweat using a medicated cleanser. Some people on this board feel that the Pityrosporum Folliculitis/acne increases due to bodybuilding. . I'm not sure about the direct connection between working out and Pityrosporum Folliculitis. The reason people feel that they get PF due to bodybuilding could simple be that they sweat a lot, wear to tight clothing or experience rubbing from weight bars or machines. I work out a lot myself an for a long time I tought Pityrorsporum Folliculitis were a result of that, but I have now realised that I manage to keep it under control by taking a cool shower right afterwards and use a medicated cleanser. However, I will break out if I go days with physical activity and no showering. What is your experience with Pityrosporum Folliculitis? Started getting what I tought was acne on my forehead around december/january 2006/2007. I used hair care products full of shitty ingredients and had long hair that touched my forehead. This caused several papules/pastules. However, the damage was done, and now I didn't want to cut my hair to reveal my shitty forehead. After a while I cut my hair and stopped using any products in it, but the problem persisted and got worse. During the following months I tried Dan's regimen, several diet changes, washes and more. However nothing seemed to do any good for my forehead. Summer 2007 I went on vacation and was in the sun for hours each day. I got a nice tan and all my acne on my forehead "cleared up". What I actually was doing was damaging my skin and disguising all the red marks behind a nice tan. I still regret this to the very day since it made my red marks stay for ages. At that time I hadn't acne on my body at all(just some spots on the top of my back). However, I got a pretty severe sunburn, and a lot of dead skin on my shoulders and upper back. A couple of weeks later I started getting "acne" on my shoulders, upper back and chest. Mostly I got Pastules and what looked like whitehead on my chest(see the last picture under pictures) and the little deeper kind of pastules/papules on my shoulders/upper back. Mostly it only itched on the upper back and sometimes on the chest. However the itch was far from irritating and was never really a problem. Through the winter(2007(September)-2008(January)) I didn't do much to the problem. I was hoping it would go away on it's own, and it was winter so I didn't have to reveal my upper body. When the summer got nearer I realised this shit wasn't going away, and I started trying different kind of products. After a while I started vitamin B5. It worked well on my forehead, but didn't do much for my upper body. Read my progress on this in my log Around april 2008 I started reading about Pityrosporum Folliculitis, and I soon realised this was what I had. Since then I've spent countless hours researching the subject. Started using Head & Shoulders, but without great results. After a while I also started using Mandelic Acid and it began to clear up. However it didn't hold the folliculitis in check and soon I satrted a new topical regimen including a Sulphur/Salicylic Acid soap(sal3.com) and Daktarin Gold(Ketoconazole 2%) cream. it worked well for a while, but the PF soon started to occur again. The next thing on the agenda was Propylene Glycol which seemed to work great for the first couple of days/the first week, but as I had previously experienced PF is a bitch and after 3 weeks I still got spots on my chest and shoulders/upper back. September 11th I started Itraconazole 200 mg/day and a new chapter in my treatment history is about to begin. Without this forum I would have never realised that it's Pityrosporum Folliculitis I have, and I would probably still be struggling with different kind of acne treatments. It's about time I give something back to this community, and I hope this post will help other members. If I can help one person to get clear by creating this FAQ it's all worth it. Good luck!
  4. So here's my situation: I'm 24, out in the professional world, and having adult acne is nothing short of a nightmare. I have very sensitive skin, which often appears red and inflamed at the onset of any blemish. I get painful cystic bumps and my skin always looks and feels very oily and greasy. I have been researching and considering Accutane for the past 6 months but presently deal with dry eyes - made drier from LASIK surgery one year ago - and so I have been hesitant to proceed. In the meantime I have been considering similar but realistic solutions. Right now I'm currently on 115 mg of Solodyn, which helps with the cystic acne but by no means has been a cure. Along with that, I take Nicomide (an expensive prescription Vitamin B and Zinc supplement), which, so far in the course of a month, seems to have only provided minimal relief. Finally, I've recently begun taking Pantethine (the active ingredient in Vitamin B5) (450 mg, twice daily) but my skin is still very oily. I've read about L-Carnitine and how it's suppose to enhance the effects of Pantethine and so I am considering that as well. This is all very frustrating, very overwhelming, and I just want a solution - not researching and experimenting well into my late 20s. Anyway can anyone provide any insight? Has anything helped? Has anyone ever considered realistic alternatives to Accutane that have worked? Any help would be well appreciated. I am a 24 year old male.
  5. Two months ago I stopped taking Vitamin B5 due to hair loss. My hair is still falling out in tremendous amounts but I am now starting to notice a bunch of new hairs growing in. I check my scalp regularly & each day I'm noticing more and more new hairs. I'm hoping this is a good thing but the hair falling out has not stopped yet. Anyone suffering from hair loss due to B5 please let me know if this has also happened to you.
  6. This was posted in the adult acne forum but I decided to make a thread here because i think it needs more attention and we need more people to try this. Anyways I've been taking Niacin for about a week and its giving me very good results. It's tightening my pores, i get less oil, and i just dont break out anymore. I've literally only had 2 pimples this whole week and they were so small that they disappeared once i popped them. When you take Niacin you get this thing called the niacin "flush" which is your body giving you a signal that you are detoxing. Basically what Niacin does is widen the capillaries around your entire body and including your skin. Wider capillaries = more blood flow to the skin = healthy skin Niacin also plays a role in liver function and aids the liver in metabolizing toxins. Here is some more info on Niacin http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/niacin.htm If anyone wants to start taking niacin DO NOT GET THE NON FLUSHING KIND (niacinimide). You want the flush because it means that your widening your capillaries. Niacinimide will not widen your capillaries and you probably wont get results. Also don't buy the time released ones either. I just went to my local grocery store and bought 500mg tablets of Niacin for 5 dollars, its really cheap. When you start your gonna wanna take 100mg for 3 days, then 200-300mg for another 3 days, and then try taking 400-500mg. When you get to the higher doses you'll definitely experience the flush. If you're wondering what the flush feels like, it feels like nice hot sunburn all over your body with a little bit of tingly itchiness. Usually i can feel blood rushing to my head and it may get pretty intense. You just gotta do something (i play guitar) to keep your mind off of things for 30-60 minutes. I definitely think more people should be trying Niacin because its a very cheap supplement with good results and it doesn't require a strict diet at all. Right now I'm also taking 50mg of zinc and fish oil but I've been doing that for months and I haven't had good results since taking niacin.
  7. 10/19 Update

    Dropped old Omega-3 fish oil supplements, started Nature Made Super B-Complex with Vitamin C on 10/17. Take one tablet a day with food. Benefits include helping to support the immune system and contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system through aiding of cellular energy production and antioxidant support.Waiting for the order of 5-HTP supplements and EltaMD sunscreen for face to arrive in the mail (then I can start using my topical acne products on my face before school without putting myself in harm of the sun's UV rays. It causes my cheeks to form rough bumps, which I noticed the week after last summer, when I actually went outside for longer than 30 minutes, 6 hours to be exact, since that's how long I spend at school. Well...minus the time spent in class. I have 3 minute breaks between class periods, and I have six classes with an included half hour lunch break. So 51 minutes, that's approximately 1 hour. Yikes.)Have been eating mostly unprocessed, healthy meals for the past three days. Although, too much meat...Sleeping schedule is still messed up. Yesterday I ate my breakfast at half past 3 in the morning and then took a nap for 3 hours, then went to school. My stomach felt really uneasy during school, and I was exhausted. I could feel my eyelids swelling and a general lack of energy throughout the day. :/
  8. I started using ACV topical about 3 weeks ago. About 2 weeks ago, I started taking 1 tablespoon, 2x a day internally. I do believe it is working to clear up my face (I had a hysterectomy a year ago and since then have had adult acne that I never had before). However, a week ago I developed horrible chapped lips. It is almost like they are sunburned. They hurt a lot. I have been putting jojoba oil on them along with a natural lip balm I have been using for about 6 months. A few times it feels like they are getting better (they start to peel a bit) only to wake up the next morning feeling painful and burning. Everything I have seen online says ACV is actually good for chapped lips so I am not sure it is the ACV causing the issue. I actually think it is more likely a new multivitamin I started a few days prior to waking up to chapped lips. They contained 417% of the daily allowance of vitamin B12. After looking online, it appears that some people react to too much vitamin B12 and/or the source. I stopped taking them about 5 days ago but my lips are still painful (I am not taking any multivitamins right now - just vitex, vitamine e and calcium/magnesium/zinc). Could the ACV internally be causing my painful lips? Or is it more likely the new multivitamins and it is just taking a while for the B12 to get out of my system and/or my lips to recover. Thanks for any help! I want to keep up the ACV both internally and topically as I am seeing an improvement (regardless of the nasty taste - mixed with apple juice it is much better but there is just so much sugar in apple juice).
  9. Accutane in Japan

    Hello everyone. I've suffered from cystic acne on my back for about 4 years now. I could cope with it for the first few years but I eventually went on antibiotics for a year. This did stop my acne until about January this year where it erupted and I'm still dealing with the scars. etc etc. I've tried vitamin b5 and Dan's stuff this year but both have been useless. I don't think accutane is available in Japan. The internet is totally useless at helping me find any information... I even tried in Japanese. I heard that it is only used to treat leukaemia patients! I'm staying here another year and I'm really at the end of my patience with acne. I know it's a long shot but does anyone know if it's available in Japan. Obviously buying off the internet screams NO NO NO NO because of dodgy tablets and required liver tests. Am I totally fucked for another year? Woe is me. Thanks if you can help.
  10. im 21 with acne and Iv taken accutane in the past and it cleared me 100%. but my acne returned about 8 months later. So Im taking vitamin B5 and have been doing so for a year now. it took me around 5 months to get 95% clear on B5, then i went to maintainence dose and broke out. So im back to taking B5 at 10grams a day along with a multivitamin and some Flax Seed Oil (this helps!). im 90% clear at the moment but i still breakout weekly. i want to be clear like i was on accutane and i dont want to take B5 forever. are there any tablets out there that are designed with clear skin in mind ? i want to replace the vitamin b5 and multivitamin with a something that includes them both, with other stuff that clears acne (if u know what i mean) iv found Perfectil, which iv heard models take. its basically what i want BUT it doesnt have vitamin A!!!? taking 10grams a day of b5 is expensive, and i so badly want to cure my acne from the inside. iv also found Derma Cleanse, from zenmed.com, which im tempted to try.. any ideas out there!?
  11. I found my ACNE CURE!!!!

    I am currently two months in to perfectly clear skin. I have started to wear hats, eat sugars and dairy again and i go to the gym 4 days a week and sweat my @ss off. None of this effects my skin any longer. If you dont have time to read the whole thing skip to the last parts for what i call my personal "cure" to adult acne. Ive had acne since 14, im 29. I started off with whiteheads, then in at the end of highschool went from not only 3-5 whiteheads every morning to a few deep large cystic type pimples every week. I shave my head and get acne on the top of my head, and i get acne on my chest and sometimes shoulders. I got a great job at 21 and had lots of money to go pay for every and any magical acne cure i saw advertised. Here is a list of products/brands i have tried and will never use on my face again and i believe do not work and the chemicals can and will do damage in time. Skin Id Proactive Murad Stiefel clean and clear Acne.org regimen Ive used others but forgot exactly the names, some were over $200 for 1 month. ohh the dumb things i did for hope. I used proactive the longest because from 23-25 i had hardly any acne and life was good and proactive kinda worked about 85% of the time which i thought was ok. I am now a health nut because i love going to the gym and want to make it count. I was told that there can be an allergy to food during adulthood that causes acne so i stopped dairy because it makes my stomach hurt sometimes now that im older, i stopped sugar, bread, flour, basically started a gluten free diet. i even stopped eating fruits high in sugar. and i love ice cream more then my dog, and i love sugar more then life itself. Here is what i started doing that "helped", which let me to question why when it only "helped" Over the course of 2 years my skin changed badly, any chemicals burned my skin, stuff that before didnt phase it. i knew chemicals were no longer a solution. i would put on the proactive wash and my face looked like i was choking it was soo red. I knew i had to look for something better. I started taking a mulitvitamin, zinc, fish oil and vitamin b complex. The zinc and fish oils did help alot for the quality of my skin over my whole body, and for me the vitamin b seemed to help keep pimples smaller. After not using chemicals i realized i had oily skin, not dry skin which i though i had from the chemicals destroying it. The zinc stopped all oily skin problems with just 1 50mg tablet per day. All these helped but i still had acne. So something else had to be causing it. So here is where the path to my "cure" started. I found Dermify, it helped but was not the cure. It is hands down the best thing i have ever used and its natural/organic. my skin is soo soft, and now that i dont have acne i can touch it, and feel how great it is and not get pimples from touching my face. I was a preteen the last time i could say that, about 15 years..... dermify and those supplements listed cut down my acne, my skin felt better but i still had acne. all of a sudden i started to have less whiteheads and more cystic acne. so i went to nonstop research mode. in my seach for cystic acne i came across many different issues but there was a flashing spot light that is the big #1 problem. So here it is, the leading cause of adult acne, especially adults who use or have used any prescription drugs which i have not......POOR DIGESTIVE HEALTH!!! The average american eats soo much meat and carbs and eats in 1 year on average the amount of fiber their body needs in 1 month. bread is not fiber, not in the amounts you need so dont say "i eat my fiber" you dont. The cure is not in your food intake, but in your digestive tract and your BM's. after 1 week taking fiber you will be able to see everytime you #2 that you were not healthy in your digestion. the foods you eat DO NOT CAUSE ACNE, unless you have a reaction to them. I know for some people sugar can cause acne because of candida. there are many food allergies out there, many of them can cause acne, but those are more rare. But, its safe to say almost everybody has poor digestion. There is tons of info to read about that, but here are the two items that taken every day WILL cure your adult acne, and probably for that matter all acne. the first is a quality fiber, not physillium. Try the NOW brand Fiber 3 that has omega 3's in it, the second step and most important is PROBIOTICS. I have tried 3 different types the one that i like is a pill from the NOW brand called GR8-dophillous. you keep it in the fridge after opening to keep its potency but if you need to travel it still works not cooled. i normally take the amount i need and put them in a different bottle for the trip. Here is my new daily regimen. I wake up walk to the fridge get out 1 probiotic pill, mix up a cup of fiber and use the fiber drink to swallow the pill. fiber makes your body need water so i drink 1 more glass 2 if you can take it. You need to drink room temp water because cold water is hard on your stomach and the probiotic pill. then i wash my face. right after dinner i take my supplements, a couple hours after eating dinner when my stomach is empty i take 1 more probiotic pill with a glass of water and wash my face and go to bed. that is it. i suggest you take the supplements as well because they have worked great for me. the fiber is about 12 dollars per month, the probiotics are about 7 per month. dermify is 30 per bottle but lasts over 3 months per bottle when it says a 1 month supply. all my other supplements cost around 7 dollars a month from walmart. they are more expensive but have 3-5 month supplys. overall my acne...wait i dont have acne any longer, face care is...$36. give or take, it is cheaper then that now because i have found places to get supplements in larger quantities which make them very cheap. it is more like 30 bucks. and if you dont need the zinc or vitamin b, or feel that omega'3 in fish oil isnt needed (google it, you need it) it will be closer to 23-25. that is cheap in comparison to most regimens. On my gym days i wash my face three times. I have used the crappy gym soap on my face, axe body wash on my face, a towel for almost a week, bad smelly well water, and none of it has given me breakouts. all these little things i thought caused my acne were all bogus, i had great skin, i just had to find it. I had to share this information. Google probiotics and fiber cure for acne, or probiotics cure for acne. i think they are trying to hide this from us. it is a known fact, but yet how many of us know this? I have 2 friends i started on this regimen. both acne free in less then 3 weeks. one had very mild acne, the other had cystic acne and horrible body acne. worked for both. go forth, fix your digestive problems and feel better, get way more energy, and wake up every morning as i still do, walk to the mirror, and smile like you just had the best sex of your life because there is not one $#%#$%^'ing pimple on your sexy little face.
  12. hey guys! so i recently ordered some zinc supplements from amazon, and the type i bought is good 'n natural's zinc for acne: high potency formula.reading the supplement facts on the back, it says that one serving size of the zinc is 50mg (achieved by taking two 25mg pills). the type of zinc used in these particular pills is zinc gluconate. QUESTIONS: i was wondering how i should actually take the two pills... should i just start taking one 25mg pill at night after dinner for several days and then incorporate the second 25mg pill in the morning after breakfast? or can i just take the two pills at once after dinner? i'd just like to know if HOW i take them will make a difference. on a side note, this particular brand of zinc pills also contains vitamin B-6. taking two pills would bring the B-6 amount to 20mg. i've read in multiple forums and articles that some B-6 can be helpful for acne, while higher amounts can actually have the opposite effect and can cause more acne. so is 20mg of B-6 a day considered to be high? also, if anyone needs or wants to know, i am an 18 year old girl who has dealt with acne since i was around 11 or 12. i have mild to moderate acne (with combination skin), which fluctuates throughout the month, but my skin is never actually clear. i use neutrogena's acne stress control daily scrub before i use clinique's 3 step system for combination/oily skin (i only use the face wash and moisturizer from clinique though; i use neutrogena's acne stress control toner as a substitute for clinique's toner). i'm hoping that this skin regimen combined with these zinc pills will be beneficial for my skin and that they'll help get my skin clear and as always, any replies are greatly appreciated! thanks in advance!
  13. Hey, So I'm a 17 year old guy with tan skin. I live in Canada, with humid summers and dry winters (which is now). I usually have more oil production during the winter months. I've tried many different cleansers and moisturizers. I'm currently using Cetaphil gentle cleanser and Complex 15 moisturizer with Clindoyxl as a topical spot treatment. As well Im taking 4.5 grams of D'pantothenic Acid daily, 1.5 grams three times through out the day. This seems to help, I don't get as much cystic acne when I take it but I'm still producing lots of oil and still getting acne just not as bad or as frequent. I eat healthy, no fast food, and eat mostly vegetables and meat, and limit my self to sugar and dairy as I am lactose intolerant. As well cut out alcohol consumption and no drugs. I've tried antibiotic's but I went off them because I didn't want to be on antibiotics as it was unhealthy and I already didn't have a healthy digestive system. Right now I'm happy with my cleanser and moisturizer and topical creams. I want to stay on D.Pantothenic Acid, but I would really like to cut down on the amount of pills that I'm taking. So I've been hearing talk about taking D'Pantothenic Acid (vit b5) with a coenzyme called cysteine I believe? I'm wondering what this will do to help with vitamin B5, in order to reduce the amount of pills and ultimentley help with my skin. As well what are the pros and cons to taking a B-complex instead of just D'pantothenic Acid, I'm very interested to learn about this coenzyme and B-complex. What i've seen on the web is that, people were still getting results at taking 500mg of D'Pantothenic Acid and 250 mg of Cysteine three times a day. Any information will help, Cheers!
  14. On February 7th, I have a Dermatology appointment made to be put back on Roaccutane! But! I was on it last year for 4 months and it got rid of all of my acne for 5 months straight! Not one spot had come up, then in October last year, I started having quite bad break outs and I was trying all the different over the counter remedies and nothing seemed to work! I phoned my Doctor's to refer me over to Dermatology and they had it sorted by December 15th. Around this time however, I had started to take a high dosage of Vitamin B5 tablets as I had heard they help reduce oil production and it tightens your pores. RESULT! It works! But the cost is inconvenient as I am tight for money (£10 for 100 tablets - That lasts me 5 days!) and I have to take 20x 500mg tablets a day to keep them away. I'm worried that if I go to this appointment and the dermatologist sees that my skin is clear that she won't put me back on Roaccutane, so I don't know whether I should stop taking the B5 for now and let my skin break out how it usually would be not on the Vitamins and go like that? Or carry on taking them and risk not being put back on it! I don't know what to do!? (
  15. Reaction To Food

    I don't know how to start this so here it goes. Right to the chase. Everytime I eat (90% of the time) I get this weird reaction. Be it yogurt and an apple. Be it pasta with tomato sauce. Be it chicken with vegetables. The reaction I get is this. My skin gets itchy. My face gets inflamed (you can tell because my lips get big and red). My butterfly rash that never goes away gets worse. Basically my entire face gets more red and SUPER uncomfortable. I am a pretty anxious individual and after I eat I always get pretty bad anxiety. My mouth also always becomes dry after I eat. I FREAKEN HATE EATING NOW. I dread eating every meal because I know that I will be uncomfortable for the next hour. I don't have lupus. My bilirubin is slightly raised. I have taken large doses of Vitamin A and vitamin B5 in the past. It has been 3-4 years since I ever supplemented with anything consistently. I also took minocyclin when I was younger FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR. Can someone, for the love of GOD, please tell me what the F is going on. I've tried describing my symptoms to doctors and they think im crazy. THIS NEEDS TO END. And realize that I eat all organic, home made (for the most part), food. I ate horrendously up until I was 15-16. The last 3-4 years I have been eating a very healthy diet. I've had blood work done numerous times and all my levels are "normal" besides the bilirubin thing. My thyroid and liver levels are good. I had abdominal ultrasound done and nothing abnormal there. I know there are MANY other tests I should probably get done, but it's hard to do without looking like a goddamn maniac. I nearly got an endoscopy but I did not have insurance at the time so I had to abort that. It would probably make a lot of sense for me to get an allergy test?
  16. I've been taking 16g of vitamin b5 for 25 days now and I've seen minimal to no results. I take 4g 4 times a day. Is there something I'm doing wrong?
  17. my GP phoned today and said my vitamin b12 and folate (folic acid) was a little low on my last regular blood check and she would like for me to have another blood test... I was wondering can you take supplements for b12 and folic acid whilst on accutane?? About 2 weeks I had a blood test to see if i was okay to go on accutane (liver function, cholesterol) and this came out okay. From what i have read, you must not take supplements containing vit A....Also on the day of your blood test to check your cholesterol and other liver measures do you still take your accutane tablets on that day? Thanks
  18. Sooo... Well, I've got acne. I'm 18 years old Male and it has become much worse in the recent few months (since about September, it has really started to bother me) with a slight improvement within the last couple or so weeks. I used to have light acne ever since I was about 14 (I'm putting that down to puberty but since I'm 18, I'm starting to worry. What if I'm past puberty and I've still got acne?!) but back then it was normal and while it did bother me, it was nowhere near as bad as it is now. I'll break the post down into sections since I'll assume its going to be quite a hefty read for those that bother. I definitely have a sensitive skin since lots of products can either really dry out my face or just make it turn red/rashy. Where is it and what is it like? Well, generally it is the worst (by far) around the chin and you could even say the jaw line. I also get it at a much smaller extent on my forehead and neck but the chin is the part that worries be the most. I've also got blackheads around on my nose and especially on the sides but once again, I can get that sorted once I get rid of the chin acne (however, if I can combine the chin treatment with treating the nose too then all the better). Overall (apart from nose), the acne mostly consists of either pustules or whiteheads (red spot with a white head) and in very rare cases, I have gotten a larger spot that was like a little mountain without a visible head (but as I said, these are very rare and I've only ever had them a handful of times). The way that my acne works is that it's always different. I mean, I rarely get spots in the same place, usually they're just random and they come and go as they please. Typically it's about 3 - 10 pustules/whiteheads on my chin and maybe a couple elsewhere (but this can change drastically). What have I tried so far? Well, my current regime (on and off but I tend to stick with this when I see that the "new" thing I've tried isn't working) is washing face with Bulldog Original Face Wash (its super gentle, has no fragrance or alcohol and brilliant ingredients.) and then moisturise with Bulldog Original Moisturiser (again, super gentle. Has no fragnance, no alcohol, brilliant ingredients and moisturises like a beast). I do this twice a day (morning, wash face before shower, moisturise face before leaving house. evening, before bed I wash my face and then moisturise once it has dried). Beside this I also take Zinc Picolinate 50mg (after breakfast) and Cod Liver Oil 1000g (at the same as the Zinc). I also used to take Vitamin B Complex and Calcium when I started taking these supplements (~ a month ago, maybe a bit more) but I cut out the Vitamin B because I thought that it might be the reason that I felt so sleepy and the Calcium because I thought that it might interfere with the Zinc. Occasionally (no more than 2 - 3 times a week), I scrub my face with Bulldog Original Face Scrub (as you can see, I like the brand. Again, scrubs pretty damn well and has no harmful ingredients). Here's a list of the things that I've tried so far: Zinc Picolinate 50mg - I read many posts regarding Zinc as the only supplement that works and I thought I might as well give it a go. After lots of pain in the arse getting it (within the UK, it's impossible to get it at the high street so I ended up getting it from Amazon), I went for Zinc Picolinate (since there are at least 5 different types, I couldn't decide myself and ended up searching for an answer. Some dodgy link said that Picolinate is absorbed the best so I just trusted that). It has been about a month since and I can't see any improvement whatsoever. I realise that it might not be enough time to go ahead and write it off but I doubt it's going to be some miracle cure and it doesn't mean I'll stop taking it either way (got plenty of pills left). Stuff from Murad - When my acne first started to become worse (as I said, around September), I went ahead and bought some kit from Murad that contained all that was in the Acne complex kit but was named differently. I hadn't read any reviews on Acne.org (even though I wish I had) so I wasn't aware about how this might or might not work. Turns out that it just made everything a lot worse. I followed the instructions with the 4 piece regime and after about 4 days, I woke up with a tomato red face that was almost like a rash. I of course, stopped using it straight away and the red face went away after about a week. Haven't touched that stuff since and I doubt that I'll ever will. Lots of high street scrubs, washes, moisturisers - Over all these years of having acne, I've tried a pretty big range of washes, scrubs, moisturisers. All the stuff was aimed for "acne-prone skin" (or some similar, marketing bullshit). Garnier, Oxy, Clean'n'Clear, Clearasil and others are just some of the names that I've tried and as far as my memory serves, nothing has been revolutionary enough to make a visible difference so I've kind of given up on that frontier. Tea tree oil - Years ago, my mother bought me a bottle of tea tree oil, claiming that it's really good for getting rid of spots and I just kind of ignored her. Recently, I found it again and after reading a bit on here, I realised that I might as well try it. It was 100% pure tea tree oil and my method was to pour a couple of drops in my moisturiser before I put it on (I put on couple of drops onto each handful of moisturiser rather than inside the tub). I done this until it ran out (about 3 weeks if I remember correctly) and while it felt and smelled nice, it has no real impact so once again, I gave up on that. Sleeping - This one is really odd but hear me out. For the last few months (might even go back all the way to September but not 100% sure on that), I've been sleeping during the day. The reason for this is that I often go to bed quite late and so I feel awful in college or work. Once I get home, I just get in the bed and sleep a couple hours. The reason that I even considered that this might be the problem is because I never washed my face if before I went to sleep so all that grime that had been building up till 6pm was just on my face when I went napping. I can't talk about results here since only a couple of days ago, I decided to stop napping altogether to see whether that changes anything Benzoyl Peroxide - Arguably one of the most common acne treatments. I heard about the success stories and wanted to try this right away. I read about different products that contain benzoyl peroxide, and even though PanOxyl 2.5% was the most popular, half the stories were success, the other half were horror. So, I looked around and decided to go for the Oxy On-The-Spot since this was by many, regarded as a more gentle method compared to PanOxyl. Tried using it for about a month until the tiny tub ran out and unfortunately, had no results apart from stained pillow cases and towels. Maybe I ought to try BP again but I'm afraid because of all the horror stories. I feel that I've forgotten something but I'll make sure to add anything if I do remember. What do I want? In a nutshell - to get rid of my acne. I know that it's nowhere near that simple but I require a few pointers in what to try next. I recently began looking at different types of face washes again (notably, the Sebamed Anti-bacterial Foam) but once again, a part of me feels that it's just another waste of money, no matter how many people praise it while the other half disagrees and wants to believe the marketing. Well, I guess that's it. I don't know what else to add but feel free to ask me questions or provide advice. Everything will be appreciated.
  19. Hey guys, I have always stayed away from moisturizer just because I've been too afraid of it causing more of a breakout than is necessary! I've just purchased this organic moisturizer (from a skin care brand that specializes on very high range products with no soaps etc in them, the company is called Organi) and was wondering if somebody could help me work out whether it is non-comedonal or not, as it doesnt' say so on the packaging. The ingredients are as follows: Aqua (purified Water), Bladderwrack (seaweed) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract, Tricaprylin (from Palm Oil), Hexadecanol (from Plant Oil), Gylceryl Stearate (from Palm Kernal Wax), Citric Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A), Calendula Officinalis Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Linoleic Acid (Vitamin F), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Glycerin (from Vegetables), Cyclomenthicone (from Sand), Parfum (Essential Oil), Potassium Cetyl Phosphate (from Palm Oil), Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxy Methyl Glycinate (from Proteins), Phenoxyethanol (Nature Identical). If you bothered to read all of that, then thank you! But can anyone let me know whether this would be safe to use on my skin? I most often get either comedonal acne (not quite whiteheads, but something similar) and red, sore pimples, with no head. Any help would be appreciated about the appropriateness of this moisturizer! Thanks, Bill
  20. Your Latest Vitamin B5 Log

    I am a 21 year old Male who has had acne for almost 5 years. I have tried methods such as BP, Liver cleanse, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Anti-Biotics. Nothing has given me good enough results. My acne is mostly on my forehead and around the lips. Recently I broke out surprisingly bad out of no where and decided to take action. After extensive research, I figured to give this Vitamin B5 megadose experiment a try. The main reason I'm doing a log is so other people who are considering trying B5 have a plain and simple example to check out. I will be using TWINLABS PANTOTHENIC ACID B5. (Comes in 500mg pills) I also take a Vitamin B100 Complex in the morning to balance all my B vitamins. I also take 30mg Zinc sometime throughout the day. ----Today is actually day 4.----- My 1st day I took 3 grams. My 2nd day I took 5 grams. My 3rd day I took 5 grams. TODAY I have stepped it up to 7.5 grams (15 pills), I take 5 pills at a time spread throughout the day. The pills aren't hard to swallow, really not a problem at all. Within the first four days I haven't noticed any side effects. My stomach has rumbled after taking the pills with food, but I wouldn't even consider that notable. As for my acne, it's obviously too early to expect much. My bad breakout is appearing to be over and I'm at the healing part now. I will be updating every few days or whenever there is news. I expect to stay at the 7.5 grams dose for now.
  21. Hormonal

    Ok first of all i know there are other threads on hormonal acne in general but most of them have fell to the wayside. So i am making another to see if anyone out there has found something, peferably males that have cured there hormonal chin breakouts. I have come across one site that promotes taken a time released Vitamin B5, called Clear5. It says it will stop hormonal acne. You can see it here: http://www.acne-vitamins.com/ This is what i try to research everyday because i suffer so bad from it and i am at my wits end trying to figure out what is wrong with me. Tried dieting, OTC topicals, presripition topicals and antibiotics all to to avail. I keep getting nodular/cystic acne on chin and i just want it to stop already!!!!!! Its so depressing not only cause it looks like crap, but more importantly i cannot figure out why?? My doc just always wants to spit out another prescription and refrains from looking more deeply into it like i am. I keep reading increased oil sebum production is from having a hormonal imbalance therefore causing the acne, and i do have an oily tzone, but my chin does not get oily really like my nose, forehead and cheeks under eyes do. Granted i have very few tiny mild acne bumps on cheeks, but i dont even think about it compared to what i get on chin and near mouth. I just would like more insight and answers on this subject and i am hoping this community can help with this. Maybe feel me in on a connection i do not know about and could help. I am in the military so i cant really go see another doc about it, i am limited to my resources. Please HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  22. My acne gets worse during times of intense weightlifting. I have read that weightlifting causes hormone and testosterone levels to rise. I have also read that weightlifting can cause a vitamin b deficiency which can in turn lead to acne. Do you think either of these are responsible for my increase in acne with weightlifting? What should I do about it if it is related to testosterone/hormones? What about if vitamin b deficiency is to blame? Has anyone else experienced this?
  23. My husband has acne and after doing some research on it, I believe that it is cystic acne. He gets breakouts on his face, chest, back and has alot of scarring. He says that he has had it a long time and has been to several dermatologists (he is 24 now) and they finally told him the only other option was accutane-which for some reason he is not willing to take. His acne seems to clear up a bit and then come back-he has it really bad this week which is what prompted me to start doing some research. He is not very comfortable talking to me about it-I know that it makes him feel ugly, but honestly I just want to help him feel better physically (and mentally)-It doesn't bother me. Anyway, he uses Proactive, which seems to keep the bad breakouts somewhat at bay, but he still always has *some* and he still always has the body acne and he get some pretty painful cysts He is not the kind of guy to do a whole regimen, so washing with Proactiv is all he does. He DOES drink alot of milk, so I am going to talk to him about cutting that out or down. I really don't want to do the mega doses of vitamin B5 and honestly I probably couldnt talk him into taking 20 pills a day anyway! So after reading on this great site, that I found today, I was wondering what suggestions in a nutshell people might recommend. thanks
  24. Hi there, I suffer from moderate acne for years now. I've been on and off my low dose accutane course for the past years. Before I went through 2 full 40mg/day therapies. Last year I had to go off my 10mg/week dose because my right shoulder hurt a lot due to an inflammation. As my acne began to return shortly after, I went on Vitamin B5 and the acne.org regimen. Sadly the regimen didn't work well so after my shoulder got better, I went on accutane again. All my minor whiteheads left moderate scarring and now I have huge pores all over my face which adds a new phenomenon to my story. Please see my pic and tell me what this is, it sure wasn't there before I went on my tane-break.