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  1. Some of guys use this topic as chat and write sometimes completety useless thoughts. Many informations was mentioned dozens time. Whats why we have so many trash pages. Please write only significant revelations, tests and improvements during/after treatment.
  2. Now there's lots of different ingredients that can help fade acne scars and pigmentation but this post will be mostly about Vitamin C (my favorite) or more precisely one awesome Vitamin C product. I'll also explain why Vitamin C together with Vitamin E is even better~ So I'll start off with some info on Vitamin C and Vitamin E Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is important to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength, helps create scar tissue and ligaments, and aids in skin repair. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and slows the rate of free-radical damage to collagen that can contribute to dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin and can help prevent premature aging of your skin and damage to your DNA. The Journal of Investigative Dermatology reported in February 2005 that people who take in the long term reduced their sunburns from exposure to UVB radiation. Further, researchers saw a reduction of factors linked to DNA damage within skin cells Drunk elephant C-Firma Day Serum (The awesome product) As stated above -ascorbic (or -ascorbyl) will be somewhat related to vitamin c. Among these L-ascorbic acid is the gold star and most commonly used (so you'll find it in a lot of skin care products). Packaging really does matter when it comes to storing Vitamin C so if it comes in a clear bottle, do not buy it. If it comes in a droplet form just use it as fast as you can. The ideal packaging is just an airless very airtight packaging, which this product has. The packaging has no uv light penetratible, no oxygen contact, you just twist it up to pump out the product. (See picture) The key ingredients to why I recommend this product L-Ascorbic Acid 15% Vitamin E 1% Ferulic acid Chronocyclin Pumpkin Ferment Pomegranate Extract Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer -Potent Antioxidant Complex (L-Ascorbic Acid, Ferulic Acid and Vitamin E): Works to firm and brighten the look and feel of skin while defending against the signs of photo-aging, pollution, and other environmental stressors. -Chronocyclin: Transforms into vitamin D, optimizing skin for a more youthful-looking complexion. -Pumpkin Ferment And Pomegranate Extract: Work together to enzymatically dissolve dead surface skin cells, minimizing the appearance of pores and brighten up your skin. -Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer: Delivers excellent hydration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while promoting firmness. Makes your skin really radiant and luminous, helps fade acne scars ✨Amazing product✨ (Now, if you don't wanna try this product and will instead look for other Vitamin C products try keeping this in mind; Vitamin C is supposed to be effective from 10% all the way up to 30% and for L-Ascorbic Acid to be effective it needs to be in the ph range 2 - 3.5 that's why you kinda feel that tingling sensation because it is a acidic. Clear bottle, do not buy it. If it comes in a droplet form just use it as fast as you can. The ideal packaging is just an airless very airtight packaging.) My english isn't very good soooo.... hopefully it makes sense:) I'm not sure I posted this on the right place but oh well( ̄∇ ̄)
  3. Hello! Tomorrow I have been on the regimen for a week and today I started seeing some improvement! I was wondering if I can use a moisturiser with vitamin E on top of the dried BP? I have read something about antioxidants and benzoyl peroxide together neutralises each other. Also, these are the products I use that I find work for me and are easily available in Sweden: Day cream (vitamin E): Apoteket Återfuktande ansiktsgel, ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Betaine, Steareth-2, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Steareth-21, Dicaprylyl Ether, Silica, Butylene Glycol, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Oleanolic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Jojoba Esters, Tocopherol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin. Night cream (glycolic acid): Apoteket Djupintensiv Nattcreme, ingredients: Aqua, Canola Oil, Glycerin, Steareth-2, Shorea Stenoptera Seed Butter, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Steareth-21, Cetearyl Alcohol, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana Bark/Twig Extract, Sodium Lactate, Tapioca Starch, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Butylene Glycol, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Oleanolic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter Extract, Carbomer, Tocopherol, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Allantoin, Citric Acid Face wash: Apoteket Djuprengörande ansiktstvätt, ingredients: Aqua, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmitate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Parfum, Glycolic Acid. Treatment: Basiron AC Gel 5% (benzoyl peroxide) Do you have any input on my choice of products? Are the ingredients OK? Thanks!
  4. Really hoping to find an answer here, not sure if this is the correct section though. I have the issue that when im takin Vitamin E, i notice especially my forehead becoming very smooth aswell as other problematic sections BUT together with that i also get painful bumps even in less affected areas? Right now i got a bump at the very middle of my neck around where the spine bump is, not even at the start of my scalp/hair. I'm so lost, is my vitamin e not the best? Can a too high dose cause this bad sideeffect? It is the D Vitamin E not D1/synthetic, unless they lied but then id probably only have bad and no good results. Also i heard the more oily you are you should take a bit more but if i do that my skin instead gets a bit more oily i feel like..
  5. Hi, so my skin in general is somewhat oily already but not smooth and areas where i may have scratched (i know shame on me) did not heal well. When i tried Vitamin E they did heal better, my skin is feeling more smooth but im getting some angry red spots but they are in the usual areas where stuff is already going on and they also heal kind of quicker than before. Is this some kind of purging effect getting all the stuff out, should i stick with Vitamin E? Or am i really producing way too much sebum now. (For reference, its not that much that my skin turns into a mirror because of oil)
  6. I broke out again of course after I got rid of most of the dark spots on my face 6 months ago... so I'm back trying to eliminate my marks before I go back to school in August using palmers skin success fade cream and a vitamin e cream... hope you guys stick around through my journey. takes 2 weeks to see great results by a month I'm halfway clear and by 2 my skin is back even. First picture is me 6 months go the 2nd and 3rd is expected right now
  7. Hi there I have recently just started using a new face mask recipe and have been seeing results, so I thought I would share! It's super hydrating, I have combination skin and it has not made my skin greasy in the slightest. My skin has been really dehydrated, this has really helped moisturize the deeper layers of my skin, it's made a huge difference for me. It is also FULL of vitamins! There is: Vitamin E, which boosts collagen production, full of antioxidants and aids skin in healing quickly. Vitamin C which is brightening, free radical fighting, produces collagen synthesis improving skin texture Vitamin B Complex which is super hydrating, and anti-inflammatory Vitamin K which evens out discolouration in skin and smooths wrinkles, and helps heal wounds Zinc which aids in new tissue growth, skin healing, repair work of wounds, and prevention of inflammation I have been using the mask for a little over a week every night and have seen really great results Here is my skin a week ago, as you can see it was fairly inflamed, particularly that one bastard Here is my skin today The inflammation has seriously gone down ma friends. I know it's not the craziest difference in the world, but it has only been a week mind you. I should also mention that I have not gained any new spots from the mask, it seems to be doing a pretty decent job of preventing them but I do think it's more of a healing mask. Ok so the recipe is as follows: * 1/2 cup plain yogurt * 1/3 cup rolled oats * 1 large capsule of vitamin E (400 IU) broken in mixture * 1/2 avocado * Juice of 1/2 lemon * 1/4 cucumber * Aloe vera Now, I don't think the proportions are do or die, you can definitely tweak them to your liking. Also, not every single ingredient is necessary for it to be an incredible mask, though I would recommend you at least add the greek yogurt, avocado, lemon and cucumber. I find the aloe vera extremely helpful too, just make sure you're getting pure aloe vera, I recommend the brand Lily of the Desert, it's super cheap too. Also, in terms of smell, it is definitely over powered by the greek yogurt, I don't mind but I'm sure some people would. You can add a few drops of essential oil to combat this, I use lavender oil as it is super good for skin too, as it is antiseptic and antifungal. Along with this I have been doing a liver detox, using supplements from Unda. If anyone is interested in that I can go into more detail, I find it has been helping a lot so far but it is a regime that is personalized to me Hopefully this has been helpful to someone!
  8. Hello Everyone. Won't keep this too formal, but like many of you I tried Accutane, had a few minor side-effects while i was on it, like dry lips and skin, blood noses, dry eyes, soreness after sport, etc. Then when I discontinued Accutane, some of these effects left, but were replaced with other far more insidious side effects. In no particular order these included: -Erectile Dysfunction -Depression -Fatigue -Joint Pain and more injuries -Low Testosterone These are just the core ones. If you have these, it goes on to affect every other aspect of your life, like you become less social, and feel anxiety in social situations. It also means you no longer enjoy things you used to enjoy doing, like sports, especially seeing you’re feeling sore from it and can’t seem to gain strength anyway due to low T, or see the point in studying to do well in University because you don’t know what you want to do anymore, and struggle to picture a future where you are happy and fulfilled. You don’t want to get into a relationship and you don’t feel like you deserve one, especially because you don’t know whether you could physically perform in one, etc, etc. The fact that you don’t see an end in sight to these maladies is what makes the situation seem more hopeless, more despairing, and it is why many people commit suicide, especially in a society that insists in “all in your head” or ”you’re imagining it” “X, Y and Z had it as well and they are fine, so just get over it”. Because on the outside you look the same, people disregard it, and it is only because of the people that lost hope and ended it the only way they knew how that this issue has been acknowledged by the world, but it is still far from accepted. Anyway, luckily a lot of this bullshit for many of you should be over soon (approx 3-6 months) I have come to the conclusion that the long term side effects of Accutane is due to brain damage. The downside to this conclusion is that brain damage can’t be 100% cured. The good news is that the difference between a poorly managed TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), and a well managed TBI are like black and white, and if managed well you will be VERY close to 100%, but poorly managed and you will feel… maybe very similar to how you feel now. The best news is it is never too late to start managing your brain health These are the symptoms of a TBI Fatigue or lethargy Irritability Depression Anxiety Difficulty falling asleep Feeling “slowed down” Feeling “in a fog” or “dazed” Difficulty concentrating Difficulty remembering becoming fatigued easily; disordered sleep; Headache; Loss of libido, erectile dysfunction; vertigo or dizziness; irritability or aggression on little or no provocation; anxiety, depression, or affective instability; changes in personality (eg, social or sexual inappropriateness); or apathy or lack of spontaneity. If these sound familiar, that not a bad thing. If you found out you are short sighted and needed to wear glasses, then it means now you can wear glasses, so you no longer need to suffer the symptoms of your blindness. Same thing here. You are currently dealing with the symptoms the best you can. However, now knowing what the actual issue is you can treat it the way science has shown it should be treated. The best measurable way to recover from a TBI is to improve neuroplasticity. This has been shown in many other animals as well as humans, and is now becoming a prominent way to treat many mental illnesses. The most conventional way is through “Mindfulness Meditation”, which is a form of meditation where you get comfortable and try to think of nothing for 10-30 minutes a day. This has been shown to promote Neurogenesis/Neuroplasticity1 and this has been shown to help people with suicidality, PTSD, anxiety, addiction and depression, as well as chronic pain, insomnia, and hypertension. The way I’m treating myself is through the nutrition approach. It has been shown that creatine, fish oil, (unheated) extra virgin olive oil, vitamin d, zinc, magnesium, glutamine, taurine all also promote neuroplasticity. The Ketogenic Diet also helps promote Neuroplasticity, and many people who go on that diet who struggle with libido problems and are on antidepressants recover over the months and years they are on that diet. I have been doing these things for the last 5 months, and ahve noticed a great improvement in both my mental and physical health. I'm in a bit of a rush but wanted to get all this out there, so be forgiving of any and all poor formatting. Also challenge this and use what I've found to build up your own theories, and if you agree feel free to find other things we could be doing to promote neuroplasticity and improve our recoveries! Best of luck everyone 1(when looking up your own research on the topic these terms are virtually interchangeable, the ways to measure it are changes in brain metabolism and hippocampul growth) Interesting studies + exerts http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2716748/ "Beneficial changes in the brain energy profile have been observed in subjects who are on a ketogenic diet (28). This is a significant observation because cerebral hypometabolism is a characteristic feature of those who suffer from depression or mania" Exert from a study on meditation https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2719544/ (Decreased stress and hypertension have been related to decreased autonomic arousal or reactivity,95–97 a possible means, along with positive emotions, reduced oxidative damage,98,99 and enhanced immune functioning,100 by which meditation may preserve cognition101 and reduce age-related allostatic stress and neuronal loss, thereby promoting brain longevity, plasticity, and learning) Nutritional treatment for acute and chronic traumatic brain injury patients. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24844176/?i=6&from=/24605947/related "omega 3 fats, vitamin D, N-Acetylcysteine, branched chain amino acids, zinc, alpha-lipoic acid, magnesium, taurine, coenzyme Q10, and many phytonutrients" http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3705194/ Mindfulness Meditation can stimulate hippocampal brain cell growth. A smaller hippocampus is correlated with a poorer recovery from TBIs, in the case of war veterans suffering PTSD at least. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/11079535/ Study supporting Creatine consumption as one of the top supplements for recovering from a TBI, and this one supports Taurine use as well. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/27156064/ Sources (For my mindblowing hypothesis) Functional brain imaging alterations in acne patients treated with isotretinoin. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15863802 Traumatic brain injury: a disease process, not an event. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20504161 Ketogenic Diet research article (contains research on how keto diet resets brain metabolism after TBI and how it is neuroprotective) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK209323/?report=classic Will add more stuff to OP over time, and reformat it as well
  9. What is the suggested dosage for over the counter L-lysine to help keep acne under control ? What is the suggested dosage for Vitamin E taken orally to help control acne ? Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks !
  10. I've had acne since I was 11yo. Currently I am 27yo. Only lately I've started actually dealing with acne. I bought a different brand of Omega 3 capsules a couple of months ago. I started having these huge cysts on my neck and face. In the end I came to the conclusion that it was the Vitamin E that the company adds to their product. The reason why it does that is because it is synthetic. Natural Vitamin E does not do that. So when I stopped taking them, I stopped having the cysts. I wanted to throw these capsules out, but my mother said that I am crazy for throwing out money. So she took them and started taking them. When I asked her how did it go. She said that she started having these red marks on her face and that she eventually threw the capsules out. I wanted to share this with you. The only other confirmed thing that gives me acne is milk.
  11. Hi everyone , i have a new regimen for my not so bad acne (4/5 pimples around my chin , hormonal.. im a men , 22 years). firt of all , sory for my baddd english. in the past i took accutane , but you now , the acne is here again!! im try with BP , SA , antibiotics (a lot) , accutane , topical antibiotics , and a lot of other topicals. i NEVER try with vitamins or something like that , and well y try it now. my regimen is.. vitamin C - 1000mg vitamin A - 10000iu vitamin E - 450 iu zinc - 50mg vitamin b6 - 20mg what do you think? you will put or quit something?? thx!!
  12. So after a disastrous recent run-in with my now-sworn-enemy, Biotin, months of skin-clearing progress went down the drain in a matter of 3 days. My entire face, neck, and chest were covered with oily, plugged pores, comedones, black heads, cysts...you name it. I was back to square one. After getting back on track immediately with a a full metal jacket megadose of Magnesium, Vitamin D3, Lysine, and 2 nightly sulfur masks, just about all of the active acne was gone in 2 days. However, I was left with SEVERELY shedding reptile skin. It was pretty disgusting, and no amount of exfoliation or moisturizing could make a dent in it. It literally looked like I'd smeared Elmer's glue all over my face and let it dry. Blech. So I did something I haven't attempted in years, which was taking straight-out-of-the-capsule Vitamin E oil to my whole face. I tried this once when I was a teenager and broke out something horrid for weeks, so I've since never gone anywhere near the stuff, topically. But this time, I tried something I didn't do the last time. Epsom Salt Scrub! Here's what I did: 1) Smeared a whole capsule full of Vitamin E oil all over my whole face, and rubbed it DEEP into my skin. Some of the really stubborn scaly stuff started rubbing off almost immediately. I rubbed it into every nook and cranny of my face. Then I let it sit there for about five minutes. I couldn't risk leaving it on any longer than that. 2) I soaked a washcloth in HOT water and draped it over my face until it started to cool. Then I re-wet it with more hot water and went to work scrubbing at all the oily dead skin, which was coming right off with a vigorous sloughing. 3) When I'd made sure I had lifted up everything (it was pretty much an entire layer of skin), my face was raw and red and 2-3 zits were uncovered on my cheekbone that I hadn't even felt underneath all the rough skin. 4) I thought about washing it off with soap but instead decided I didn't want to risk drying my face anymore, so instead I dipped my wet hands into my big bag of epsom salts and lifted out a small handful, which I rubbed between my palms and then rubbed onto my face. It burned like a MOTHERFUCKER for 10-15 seconds. Like, literally, felt like my face was on fire. But it subsided pretty quick, and when it did, I *very gently* rubbed it around my wet face everywhere I'd oiled and scrubbed. 5) I washed the salts off with coolish water and then splashed my face 2-3 times with very cold water. 6) Skin was still very pink and red in areas where I'd scrubbed hard. I put fresh aloe vera on the very raw spots and just used my Clinique Visible Difference moisturizer over everything else. Face was no longer burning or raw feeling. 7) I dabbed a tiny bit of 10% sulfur ointment JUST over the newly uncovered zits and left it on for only 15-20 minutes before washing it off with cool water. Reapplied aloe vera over those spots. Within 45-minutes to an hour, my face has already started to return to normalcy. I was sure the spots where I had to remove the most dead skin would be dry and tight and rash-red, but they just look normal and healthy and only very slightly pink. The pores look very clean and fresh. The new zits are already starting to go down thanks to the sulfur. So, if anyone else is experiencing that horrible alligator face that nothing else will touch, I recommend giving this method a try. It's pretty much the only mega-exfoliation I've tried that's actually given me the results I was hoping for (as opposed to something that feels similar to a draino-facial immediately after).
  13. Hey everyone! So it's been quite a while since I've been on here. Well I just took my last accutane pill tonight (5 months) and all I can say is that this has changed my life! My face is not perfect, but I have no problem confidence-wise. I would recommend it to anyone, as the worst side effect I had was probably the occasional back pain (since all of the glands dry up, your back isn't as flexible, so for example lying down caused some discomfort for the first 20 seconds but then went away). However, now that I'm off, I'm already starting to panic. I am very afraid that my face will become oily again. I can almost handle the minor acne (I broke out only a week ago - it's bound to happen when I'm not on the medicine) but the thought of my face not being dry anymore just makes me sad. I don't want to go back to rubbing my nose and feeling all the oil. Now I know it will not be as bad as before, but with time eventually the sebaceous glands will go back to full size, correct? I mean I am now an 18 year old boy.. at what point do my hormones naturally calm down? I ask because I leave for college in about 2-3 months, and that would be just dreadful to start off with my face being all oily and full of acne again. Like I said, I might be worrying for nothing and these fantastic results will stick. But for some reason, my anxiety is causing me to overthink it. Especially since my mom refuses to let me go on it while I'm in college... By the way, if you have a negative story please don't post it... I feel bad for saying that but basically everything I read on post-accutane here has been problematic and has only been making my anxiety worse. However if you feel like it's essential, then go ahead. Thank you everyone for your help! If anyone is on accutane or will be and has any questions, feel free to ask! God bless
  14. Supplements

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    So on top of using natural skin care products for my acne, I have also been taking supplements. According to posts on AcneEinstein, people with acne have lower levels of zinc. They also are more prone to oxidative damage to the sebum, which causes acne. So, approximately 15 days ago I started taking a zinc, antioxidant and vitamin E supplement on top of my daily "multivitamins". Its too early to notice any changes yet. I'm not expecting to see miracles after only 15 days. Even if they don't help my acne, they certainly help with other things, like preventing heart disease. So it doesn't hurt to try is basically what I'm trying to say lol.
  15. Day 168---Redness Ftw

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    PROGRESS Two weeks ago (Day 154) I reported that the left side of my face was very clear while the right side was still "catching up". I have not had any [major] pimples on the left side of my face since writing that. The right side of my face has since had a pretty ugly breakout 1-2 big-sized pimples that are still healing.. One of them is a real eye sore, right in the middle of my cheek. It's in the middle of drying out right now. For once though, I don't even care. It doesn't bother me. I keep having the urge to squeeze it but I haven't! I'm a popper/picker so this has been a real challenge for me. Although it's a huge nasty thing, it will be almost gone by the weekend (today is Wednesday) and it's THE ONLY PIMPLE ON MY WHOLE FACE!!!! I'm feeling so hopeful lately. I just really, REALLY want to be clear for my wedding (in 6 months). SIDE EFFECTS Okay, so I've become an absolute freaking professional at combatting dryness! My whole adult life I've been constantly blotting oil and trying to "mattify" my skin. It's a nice break to be doing the opposite. I have the absolute best routine right now and my skin is serisouly starting to look almost kinda pretty My routine is below... Anyways, aside from my newly glowing skin.. It has also been a little red lately. When I wake up in the morning it's fine. It seems to turn a little red around midday. When I say red I don't mean like a tomato. It's like a lovely blush red. I have always been a foundation & blush girl but lately I've been skipping the blush since I seem to be naturally blushing by lunchtime, lol.. NEW PRODUCTS So I've recently added a scar/pigment lightener. Now that I'm not breaking out for the most part (at least on half my face) I'm starting to attack those ugly hyperpigmentation spots that are left. Nast little things. Secondly, I've added pure 100% Vitamin E oil (the Jason natural brand) to my nightly routine. My face was getting really flaky and the Vitamin E oil has made this go away almost completely. I also figure it can't possibly hurt my scarring. ROUTINE Morning: Clinique Superbalanced Liquid Foundation (just a little--that's it!) Night: Origins Checks & Balances Face Wash (pat dry) Murad Spots/Pigment Lightening Serum (let air dry) First Aid Beauty Ultra Healing Cream (let air dry) Vitamin E Oil (I apply this just as I'm getting into bed. It feels gross but has kept the flakes at bay!)
  16. Hello! I've been on my natural skin care mission for about 4 days now, so I thought I'd share some of my impressions on how it's going so far! I suppose I can't review the vitamins so much right now as I think they take some time to get working in your system, but I have also begun taking Vitamin D3 which after looking online seemed to be another effective acne solution. So as it stands I'm taking the recommended dosage for Vitamin A, E & D3 - though I can't speak for effectiveness right now, I can say I haven't experienced any negative side effects while taking this vitamin combo. Vitamin D3 (sunshine vitamin) can be great for your overall mood (I can vouch for this personally, because I feel amazing when I take Vitamin D3 everyday), and also has been shown to help balance your skin and help get rid of acne (apparently 75% of us are deficient in vitamin D!). If you do start to take vitamin A, or E, remember to take them with food because some vitamins are fat soluble and require there to be some sort of fat, animal or vegetable, in your stomach to be absorbed properly. This is why the label will usually say to take it with a meal, because it's how your body absorbs the vitamin. Vitamin D can be taken with or without food, but you might as well take them all at the same time with a meal to make it easier! Sorry for the vitamin rant! In terms of skincare, weirdly the day after I used the 'honey mask', I found myself breaking out a bit on/around my nose, and a bit on my forehead. I thought that was odd so I decided to play it safe and skip the honey after that - I have no idea if this was because of the honey or the tea tree 'purging' my skin a bit, but I decided to cut the honey to eliminate a factor while I figure things out. The tea tree regime is nice so far, I haven't broken out REALLY bad but as I said above, I have had some minor bumps appear. When I began this whole natural skincare regime, I had a LARGE existing pimple that was driving me nuts, and I happened to start using all the tea tree products right when this was at it's worst. I was surprised that the tea tree oil has really helped speed up the healing and minimize any infection. This wasn't a normal small pimple, which is why I was so pleasantly surprised when after 2-3 days it was practically gone with the use of all tea tree products! Firstly, I only use the tea tree OIL itself at night because as the name implies, it's oily - not a good look for the day time. I don't know if 'less is more' with tea tree, so I've been using two methods to apply the oil at night - 1) after I cleanse and tone, I put on the night treatment and then follow with the tea tree oil on a cotton ball all over my face, 2) after I cleanse and tone, I put on the night treatment and then use a q-tip to apply the tea tree oil to breakouts only. I'll let you know what I find works best but, I've read about people doing one or both of these methods, so I suppose it's a matter of preference and your skin type. OK! That was just little update in case anyone was curious about experimenting with a natural route. I will be sure to update soon and let you all know how the vitamins are working along with the skin care regime. Cheers! C*
  17. Hello Everyone! If anyone has been reading my blog thus far, you will know I have been on the regime (drugstore version) for about a month. I can honestly say that benzoyl peroxide is a very effective acne/blemish treatment - at a cost. The dryness, roughness and overall uneven skin texture is a trade off for fewer pimples and potentially clear skin. I found that my skin was so rough and uneven that it just didn't look great, even though I had fewer pimples and blemishes. Doing some research on Benzoyl Peroxide you'll find that there has been research done that has led many researchers to believe that benzoyl peroxide is harmful to skin and causes damage by delivering free radicals into the skin. Overall it's not generally recommended as a long term acne solution. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not some naturalist who only uses organic and all-natural products. I believe in using what will work, regardless of if it is natural or not. However, after not being impressed with the effects of benzoyl peroxide on my skin, I've decided to try out a more natural routine...so for anyone curious, I'll be your skincare guinea pig!! I have done LOTS of research into the selection of all products and vitamins listed, though you can conduct your own as well. If all else fails, I will go back to benzoyl peroxide, and try to find a solution to the skin problems which accompany using it. Here is what I will be using: Tea Tree Oil (from The Body Shop...though you can find products containing tea tree oil - or just the oil itself - at any natural store. More specifically I'm using a few products from their Tea Tree oil line up: Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion (Day) Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion (Night) Tea Tree Oil (Night) I live in Canada, so I'm sure the pricing is fairly similar in the US, but for a FULL sized kit containing the all the products I've listed (minus the night lotion), it's $30! I think that's an awesome price for 4 full-sized products. I bought the Night Fade Lotion because I thought it looked good and most products from the Body Shop are reasonably priced. Quick Fact about Tea Tree Oil: it has been said to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide on the skin without the negative impact, though it takes longer to work it's magic, so I guess more patience is needed! I have been using these products only for a day, so I can't comment yet, though I will be updating. Other Products: Honey (organic, raw...not the sugary kind!). I've read online that putting honey on your face for about 20-30 min a day can do wonders for your skin, since honey has excellent antibacterial properties! There are some great reviews on acne.org, in the products review section, so check it out to see what other people think. This is my first night using a honey mask - currently typing with it on! Vitamin A & E. Vitamin A is great for your hair, nails and especially skin and same goes for Vitamin E (it's also present in a lot fo face creams and moisturizers). Recently I've been seeing a lot of people posting about their success clearing skin with just vitamins! Sounds too good to be true, and I suppose everyone is different, but it can't hurt to try! Though every post I read recommended a different set of vitamins, two kept popping up again and again. Both of these vitamins were mentioned in nearly every blog post I've read on the topic, so I decided it was worth giving them a try. A lot of people seem to have success incorporating these two into their routine. Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to give you guys all the info. I will be sure to update whenever I start to notice changes or how my skin reacts - though I am assuming it won't be an overnight change! Feel free to do your own research about the products I've mentioned and see if they might be a good option for your skin as well. Please let me know in the comments if there is any natural product, food, or vitamin that you have found to help clear up your skin - I'd love to know! Likewise if any of these products have worked or not for you, please share your experience. Cheers, C*
  18. I got the pure vitamin e oil, 70,000 I.u planning on putting some on my post acne marks. Will it help? Or will it just clog my pores? Any experience with it? (I've been taking vitamin e tablets too but nothing's happened as of yet!) Thanks
  19. Just thought I'd pass this along. I found it earlier in the week on amazon and noticed some great reviews and figured I'd give it a shot. Its loaded with lots of good, natural ingredients. In just a matter of a few days its already starting to help with some red marks and dryness. I'll continue to use and see what happens, but again just wanted to share... http://www.amazon.com/Manuka-Honey-Oil-Skin-Cream/dp/B001DBC8K0 Ingredients Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Cocos nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Active Manuka Honey, Emulsifying Wax NF, Palm Stearic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin, Simmondsia chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Persea americana (Avocado) Oil, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel), Leptospermum scoparium (Organic Manuka) Essential Oil, Aleurites moluccana (Kukuinut) seed oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Zinc Oxide, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Salix nigra (Organic Black Willowbark) Extract, Mannan, Kunza erichoides (Kanuka) Essential Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Aspalathus linearis (Organic Rooibos Tea), Thyme extract, Siam benzoin resin (Styax benzoin oil), Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid. 74% organic content. No parabens, artificial fragrances or colorants
  20. Linoleic acid is a vital component in normal sebum that does what it is supposed to: Protect the skin. Skin/sebum in people (and other mammals) prone to acne and other skin problems have been found to be deficient in linoleic Acid. Sebum deficient in linoleic acid is hard and sticky and clogs pores. It looks greasy and has fewer protective and anti-inflammatory properties. Key points: Acne and other problem prone skin (in people and animals) are lacking in linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is a component in the ceramides that make skin strong and impermeable and thus less easily ruptured and less sensitive to irritations. This can be changed with topical application. Grape seed and Safflower oil are over 70% linoleic acid. Linoleic Acid inhibits the enzymes that convert Testosterone to DHT. Both types. So it can help with hirsutism, hairloss and acne. Linoleic Acid is anti-inflammatory and protects the skin from UV damage. Linoleic Acid inhibits melatonin and thus fades hyperpigmentation. Linoleic acid is anti-microbial as the P. Acnes blamed for acne. Linoleic acid deficiency causes an increase in interluekin -1a which is a factor inflammatory response. Tretinoin (Retin A & the like) alters the lipid profile improving the linoleic acid composition. Linoleic Acid improves the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPAR) and retinoid X receptor (RXR) situation that regulates sebum production and hyperkeritinization/differenciation (and is what accutane affects) Linoleic acid is involved in the formation of Lamellar granules that produce the enzymes involved in normal exfoliation. They also form the armor that makes your skin strong. Acne prone skin has been found to contain fewer lamellar granules. Ceramide in a deficient skin barrier is lacking a protein called sphingosine. In winter our skin produces less sphingosine which is one reason acne often worsens in winter. Topical application of live cultured yogurt can boost production. Thyroid hormone affects lipid profile. One way that perhaps both hypo and hyperthyroid conditions affect acne. We don't necessarily have a dietary or systemic deficiency in linoleic acid. Just in the sebum and thus a topical application is the best course of action. This tendency is genetic. Examples of skin problems affected by a deficiency in linoleic acid include acne, eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilares, hypersensitivity to allergens, and dry itchy sensitive skin of all types--aka dermatitis. A What To Do About This Post : http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php/topic/314390-acne-prone-skinsebum-deficient-in-linoleic-acid-possible-topical-solution/page__st__120#entry3303681 It also might repel pests like the mites responsible for many skin irritations. And hopefully mosquitos, fleas and ticks for your pets sake. Excerpt from a good paper: ----------------- Nearly all the items in the list of roles played by linoleic acid in sebum above affect acne. i only bolded the ones that most here would recognize as causes of acne i.e. the inflammation. Note: These oils are not stable and should be stored in the refrigerator. Get a small, preferably dark colored bottle to keep a small amount at a time in your medicine cabinet. ------------------------ So, my dog is prone to itchy skin and is extremely sensitive to flea bites. Which attracts more fleas. They like dry, irritated, easily permeated skin. Most healthy animals aren't that bothered by fleas and some don't get fleas. My brother had an indoor/outdoor cat that didn't. And I have a friend with a dog and cat that don't get fleas which is amazing in this climate. So, there's probably something different about these animals. Just like there's something different about we acne prone people that makes the SAD diet leads to acne in us, but not everyone else. I've been looking in to what I could do to improve his skin and have found information on some dogs having a deficient skin barrier because their skin is lacking a ceramide. That lead to me finding info on them lacking linoleic acid, just like acne prone skin. And I discovered there is a topical 'spot on' treatment called Allerderm Spot on Lipid Complex For damaged epidermal barriers that involves putting a blend of lipids in a spot on the dog, usually the neck, where he won't lick it off just like with the spot on flea treatments. That means you must be able to change your lipid profile with topically applied lipids!!!! And you might not necessarily need to apply it directly to your acne prone skin if you don't want to. The way allerderm is not applied to the itchy skin but to some spot where the dog won't lick it off. Since dogs can't have grapes, I'm trying safflower oil instead of my preferred grapeseed for now. The rest of you should try grapeseed. Grapeseed is a little more potentially comodogenic. Here's some of the info and a study on dogs and Allerderm: More info on Allerderms informaton sheet. Explains some of the ways a linoleic deficiency causes many skin conditions. (but i've found more, including acne) : http://www.virbacvet...OCT09.sflb.ashx Dosage for Dogs and cats 6 pipettes of 2 mL each (0.068 oz) for small dogs and cats ≤ 20 lb 6 pipettes of 4 mL each (0.135 oz) for medium and large dogs ≥ 20 lb I've been trying to find the ingredients in the spot on treatment for dogs and cats. So far, all I've found is that it contains ceramides, free fatty acids, and cholesterol without specifying which. I'm pretty sure it includes some omega 3 in addition to the linoleic acid. I've found info on capsules to be taken orally. They have a couple of formulas: Allerderm EFA-Caps Guaranteed Analysis (per capsule): Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) 80 mg, Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) 50 mg, Linoleic Acid (LA) 30 mg, Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) 18 mg, Vitamin A 800 IU, Vitamin D 25 IU, Vitamin E 11 IU Allerderm EFA-Caps Ingredients: Fish oil, borage seed oil and sunflower seed oil (sources of fatty acids), glycerin, purified water, d-alpha tocopherol (source of vitamin E), vitamin A palmitate Allerderm EFA-Z Plus Guaranteed Analysis (per mL): Linoleic Acid 510 mg, Vitamin A 136 IU, Vitamin E 1.9 IU, Zinc 2.1 mg, Pyridoxine HCI 0.10 mg, Biotin 2.0 µg, Inositol 0.38 mg Allerderm EFA-Z Plus Ingredients: Sunflower seed oil, fish oil and borage seed oil (sources of fatty acids), zinc sulfate, natural and artificial flavoring, alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), silica, propylparaben, inositol, pyridoxine HCl, vitamin A palmitate, methylparaben, biotin A pretty good paper: Atopy, pyoderma and the skin: Barrier function and beyond....... About dogs and cats, but there's lots of reference to human skin problems and research and products for humans. http://www.avsg.net/...MuseDVMACVD.pdf There's quite a few citations at the bottom that I haven't looked at yet.
  21. I will pay any amount of money to get this nastiness off my face. It's making me depressed because I'm very good looking but I am plagued with these sinful red marks. I have no more new acne, just a whole buttload of hyperpigmentation. Would Differin or Vitamin E cream (contains aloe vera gel) or Paula's Choice AHA or BHA exfoliants be the best? Again, if you have any new suggestions, I'll take them into consideration. I'll pay any amount if it's reasonable and the product actually works.
  22. Hi guys, I'm new here and have made a thread over in Regimen forum about my story and plans to get totally clear: http://www.acne.org/...ting-a-regimen/ My problem (which thankfully is mild/moderate) appears to have mostly stabilized now. I'm very concerned with fading what marks I do have and avoiding any long-term marking or scarring. For me spots that appear on the cheeks tend to leave marks that last for ages, and result in little blemishes/discolourment. Fortunately this forum has a wealth of information on this issue and I've tried to synthesize it and narrow down my options. But I'm not sure I fully understand the issue and all the products/treatments available. My question really is, how do I narrow down? How do I find the right product for me? I've found out that the following substances help with spot fade: Hydroquinone Retin A Azeliac Acid Salycic acid Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy Acid Products (BHA, AHA) Jojoba oil Emu oil Manuka Honey products Copper peptides products I'm especially interested in finding a particular product. So by looking at the pinned threads here are some of my options: PureDeming Intense Gel Bio Oil Calendulis Plus cream PEL Super Rich Moisturizer Cetaphil cleansing wash (**though the last two are moisturizer and cleanser?) As you can see this is still quite an extensive list. Before I joined this forum I was going to inquire about Retin A (0.025%), as I have a doctor's appointment coming up. I heard that this was great for spot fade, but reading further it can cause redness/peeling and might not be ideal. I'm also still a bit confused over the difference between and effects of vitamin A and vitamin E on the skin. So how can I make a decision about which specific product to choose? **NOTE I haven't started a 'regimen' yet. I'm curious as to when you would apply a spot fade product? Seeing as Dan's regimen order is cleanse, treat, moisturize, would you apply it last? And, in reference to the last two products on that list, they are cleanser and moisturizer respectively, I take it that some cleansers and moisturizers also aid in spot fade? But should I really be interested in finding a product I use solely for that purpose? Thank you!!
  23. any suggestions for remedies? i've tried vitamin e and bio oil to no avail.
  24. 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
  25. My Accutane Log

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    So, I decided to start out a log of my progress with Accutane. My Backstory -I am a 21 year old male. I have struggled with acne since I was about 14. Before that, I had no problems at all. All throughout high school, I just tried over the counter things, and nothing ever seemed to help. -My senior year is when things got really bad. I started breaking out all over my chin and mouth areas, as well as my cheekbone area. I have no problems with my forehead (Thank God!) -About a year and a half ago, I decided I needed to make a change. I was once a relatively popular guy and then all of a sudden.... I was hideous. These are pictures of me in December 2009. http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n304/th...or1/Before2.jpg http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n304/th...or1/Before3.jpg -So, I finally decided to go see a dermatologist. He prescribed me Clenia for the morning, Epiduo at night, and Doryx. He also told me to avoid dairy. After about a year and a half of that regimen (I only did the Doryx for about a month), it is now July 2011. It worked well for a little while, but it seems that all the acne is coming back. The dermatologist just recently prescribed me Accutane 40mg with an antibiotic, Duricef, to fight the infection until the Accutane starts to work. -Here are some pics of me now. http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n304/th...r1/100_4674.jpg http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n304/th...r1/100_4675.jpg -So, as you can see, that did clear me up quite a bit. But the scarring is something that I have to live with now. I plan on doing a few laser treatments after I am finally cleared up. -Anyways, here goes my log, I hope my story ends up inspirational! Day 3 -Popped my third pill today and I am really experiencing no side effects yet. I can see my face drying out a little bit. But nothing major. I am taking biotin, vitamin E supplements, and fish oil to try to keep my skin as healthy as I can. I use a vitamin E moisturizer as well as a moisturizing toner. -Any suggestions on chapstick? I am just using Nivea chapstick, but I don't think it will work very well.