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  1. Has anyone megadosed this vitamin? I would say my acne is mild. I have taken about 1 gram for the past 2 days with no change to my oily skin. anyone megdosed? any reccomendations ? thanks.
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  3. Hello, Long-time reader, first-time commenter here. Today marks the 10 year anniversary of when I began mega-dosing on vitamn B5. I had bad acne from ages 13-20. Tried pretty much everything, and nothing worked, until this ended my struggle once and for all. I decided to create a post on here in hopes of finding others who have been long time (5+ years) B5 megadosers, in order to create a guide where we can effectively help answer questions for fellow users as well as those who are thinking of trying this out. I have been looking, but haven't found, anyone else on the web who has been doing this for as long as I have, and I'm shocked to find so little accurate information out there on the topic. Hopefully this can remedy that. My past decade: -I've taken 20 pills (500mg each) a day, for a total of 10g/day. I take 5 pills when I wake up, then 5 more every 4-5 hours, with my last dose coming right before bed -I have pretty much flawless skin, and I eat whatever I want and very rarely wash my face -I still have all of my hair (no small feat for a 30 year old male!) -I get my liver and kidney function checked every couple of years (most recently last week), and everything is normal -I periodically stop taking the pills, as a test, and within days my skin starts to get more and more oily and the pimples start coming back In the back of my mind, I do still worry about the effects of taking all these pills every day. So far, I'm perfectly healthy, but maybe I'm just lucky. I have acid reflux, and that's my only health issue. Has anyone had any issues with long-term use of this regimen? Any other success stories? It should be known that I'm not at all an expert on health and acne in general. I'm basically the ultimate guinea pig! But I feel that I'm in a great position to help others, and as a long-time reader and fellow acne sufferer, quite frankly it's overdue. Thanks for reading. JJF
  4. hey, I have tried pantothenic acid for several months before, and I saw never an improvement in my sebum production, but I took only 2 grams a day, 1 gram in the moring and 1 gram at night. Now I realise that it didn't work because I took only 2 grams a day, and that is much too less! So, I thought to try it again, but now I take 5 grams a day. I do this for about a week now but there is sometihing strange! The first day after i took 5 grams, that day i produced only a bit of sebum, it was a wonder for me, and it felt soooo good not to have such oily skin in the evening, it was like a miracle, but I wondered how this can work so fast! but anyway, the days after that day, my skin was just as oily as before :(, but yesterday, the same thing happened again, my skin was again not oily, but today it is like before!! rrrrrrrrr, what is happening? Thank you! XX
  5. Hey, I am a seventeen year old boy, I have acne, but have that kinda under control, but have such oily skin. Now I have several optitions to reduce my sebum, I list them below: - Pantothenic acid, B5 / oxidises the sebum in the skin - Vitamin D(3) / I really dont know how this reduces sebum - Vitamin A / I also don't know exactly how this can reduce sebum - Accutane / shrinks the oil glands permanently - Saw palmetto, green tea extract (oral) / Lowering androgen levels - Green tea extract (topical) / Lowering androgen levels Now I am a bit confused, because I dont know wich ones I should chose, and maybe more than one at the same time? well, every type of supplement has his own things, B5, D3, and A works in the whole body, but doesn't affect the dead skin cells and bacteria, the things that lowers the androgens does those three things, they let your skin produce less sebum, horny layer is less and less bacteria, but if I take that internally, then I will not grow very well because I am still in puberty, that's why I thought about topical green tea, but than I don't affect my scalp, back and chest, sooo, please help!! ow, and also the vitamins help always reduce sebum, regardless what causes it, but androgen blockers only reduces it when it's caused by hormones, for example, maybe my overproduction of sebum is for 70% because to many androgens, and for 30% because food allergies. I have tried pantothenic acid tho, a few months, every day I would say 1500mg, but it didn't work very well, actually i dont saw any improvement, maybe this time I will see differences, I honestly can't believe that that pantothenic acid did'nt anything! help, please! BTW, I don't want accutane! for several reasons! I don't have that severe acne for accutane and it's just the sebum, and I don't want to fall even deeper in depression
  6. I have been taking B5 pantothenic acid for just about a month now, starting from about 2g to now 10g a day. I have read about the possible side effect of megadosing on B5, i.e. hair thinning and hair loss. I am not sure if I am just paranoid but I feel like my hair is thinning. But this seems impossible since hair grows at an average rate of about 0.5 inch per month, so that accounts for only about 1/6 or 1/7 of my total hair volume. It seems unlikely that it would be noticeable at all. Also I haven't noticed any substantial hair loss. Should I stop taking B5 entirely until I make sure my hair isn't thinning, or should I just go to a lower dose?
  7. I have niacin 500mg, but when I use it i feel rarely some flush, I want more flushing, what is wrong? BTW, if you use it, how long does it take for pantothenic acid for it work and how much do you need to take daily?
  8. Hello! I'm planning on taking B-50 + Pantothenic Acid (1000mg) + Full Spectrum Mineral Caps (calcium, iodine, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, Molybdenum - all small to average doses combined in one pill) + L-Lysine (500mg) daily. So the question is - is that safe to take together? My idea behind it is that I am taking B-50 and Pantothenic Acid to fight acne plus the minerals because zinc, magnesium, copper etc in small doses also help acne to go away (and I believe they help skin/hair/nail condition too) and l-lysine helps the guts to digest all of that smoothly and more efficiently. Am I correct in these assumptions and is that ok to take all the mentioned supplements together? Thanks in advance, Kristiana
  9. Completely Clear After 20+ Years

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    OK, I just have to post again. I shared my story on Winged Serpent's page: "Clear after 26 years". But I just want to say this works. After struggling with horrible acne for 20+ years, I am clear! Here's what I am doing. 500 mg sustained release Pantothenic Acid 2x a day 500 mg L-Carnitine once a day with Pantothenic acid ( with a meal) try to reduce sugar intake lots of water Juice DAILY Always sweet potato with someting else like cucumber, celery, beet, etc. I use a mild cleaner - but nothing moisturizing, because I have oily skin. Also use Stridex pads just because it helps the appearance of my skin. But read Winged Serpent's page - it works!!
  10. So in december i started taking vitamin b5 10 g per day. My acne has improved a lot BUT. Since 1 month after taking the vitamin b5 i started to se facial flushing and redness in my face. In the beginning it came and went away. But now it is worse than ever and have been this for around 2-3 months. My face is very hot almost all the time and i have very visible redness on all my face except the forehead and over my lip. I never had this before and i think its the vitamins that does this. What do you guys think can it be a side effect or something else? The sun makes it a lot worse.
  11. Hello - Just a quick study on b5 & the potential (but anecdotally supported) side effect of hair loss. For those of you who have taken b5, at any doseage, in order to combat acne: -What was your doseage/frequency/length of treatment? -Did you experience hair loss/thinning? -Were you taking any other supplements/medications during/shortly before or after your b5 treatment? -Specifically, were you taking something to combat potential hair loss or other side effects, or some other acne medication (antibiotic, other supplement, accutane, etc.)? Please provide doseage/frequency. If you have experienced hair loss: -At what point in b5 treatment did you notice hair loss? -How long did/have the hair loss symptoms persist(ed)? -Upon noticing hair loss, did you stop taking b5 immediately? -Did anything change which has lessened/stopped hair loss symptoms? -- This is by no means a comprehensive list of relevant questions concerning b5 + hair loss. Other factors, such as age, gender, and familial history of hair loss, may play an important role. Feel free to add any information as seems appropriate.
  12. Has anyone ever used Sodium Hyaluronate (to be specific a serum that contains Sodium Hyaluronate that you use for moisturizer) and what's your feedback? Ever since I used a moisturizer for the first time in my life a few weeks ago (my skin is naturally very oily), I started developing whiteheads on my right chin only (other parts are much much better). So my dermatologist changed the moisturizer into a serum which contains 3 ingredients: aqua, sodium hyaluronate and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). I looked all over the internet and everyone says these are very good and non-comedogenic ingredients. However after using this serum for over a week, I still see some whiteheads and I even feel it's clogging my pores and I feel a bit greasy. At the same time it doesn't seem to be hydrating enough. So I'm wondering if I should stop using this, or this is normal as an initial reaction and should just continue using it? Also do you guys have any recommendation for non-comedogenic moisturizer which is light, aqua-based and good for oily skin people? Thanks so much !!!
  13. Hi, I'm a 20 year old male with moderate to severe cystic acne, mostly on my face and shoulders. Thankfully I usually only have anywhere from 2-4 acne cysts total at a time on my body, but they tend to be very deep and painful and take a long time to heal completely (upwards of a month sometimes). I'm currently trying every treatment I can find as a last-ditch effort before I resort to Accutane, which I am willing to try at this point, as it was recommended by my dermatologist. I'm currently trying out supplementing B5+L-Carnitine, as I've heard it's been very effective in treating some people's cystic acne. I've been taking 500mg of B5 three times daily and 1000mg of L-Carnitine once daily for exactly one week now. Almost immediately, it seemed to decrease the oil on my skin, my cysts began shrinking, and my complexion looked better. Now, a week in, a very large cyst popped up on my chin, a small one is forming just between my eyebrows, and a regular sized one came up on my neck. Could B5 have a "worsening period" similar to Accutane? I know they're very different drugs, but they both ultimately work to treat acne by decreasing sebum production, so I'm hoping this is just a worsening period similar to the one some people experience on Accutane. Does anyone who has been on B5 for a while had this experience? I'm also wondering if the dosage is appropriate. I heard that combining L-Carnitine with B5 allows the B5 to be taken in smaller, safer amounts, yet still be as effective as doses as large as 5-10g. Does it matter that I take the L-Carnitine just once a day, or is it only effective when taken in intervals, at the same time that the B5 is taken? I currently take 1000mg of L-Carnitine once daily in the morning with my first dose of B5. This is probably a lot more info than necessary, but thanks for your help!
  14. I've been reading and it said pantothenic acid is really healthy and good for hormonal acne, which I'm suffering from. It also protects your adrenals. I was taking it for my hormonal acne but stopped after seeing recent reports of bad side effects of this supplement. Note that all these reports were people mega dosing on Pantothenic acid and taking 5-10g. Which is like 5 500 mg pills for 5g. These guys were taking 5-10g for up to 2 years and are going through some really bad permanent side effects, which scared the crap out of me. It's similar to the bad side effects of Accutane. Like Accutane, these users were using so much of one vitamin it was basically toxic to their body, Accutane uses high doses of vitamin A. So maybe the supplement itself isn't causing the effects, but mega dosing is? I feel like its safe to take a vitamin A supplement and 500 mg of Pantothenic acid daily. Also note that people do take this daily for their adrenals so. Thoughts? I really want to be careful with my undeniable body and soul and don't want any permanent side effects.
  15. Hello, i have oily spot prone skin and asking for help if am taking the correct vitamins. In the morning i take vitamin b5 pantothenic acid complex and vitamin d3 with my breakfast. then afternoon time after a meal i take Cod Liver Oil with omega 3. then just before bed i take Zinc. Am i taking theses okay and could i add anymore into my vitamin diet? Thanks
  16. My Acne Challenge

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    ABOUT ME I am a 20 year old female, and my skin has been bad since I was about 11 years old. During my school years I got the standard T zone acne, oily skin, whiteheads, the usual stuff that's associated with puberty and all that jazz. Well now I am 20....and my skin is still oily, and the acne is now on my cheeks and jawline mostly, and I am starting to get fed up, acne is meant to have gone now right?! During my teen years I went on antibiotics, topical solutions from the doctor and Accutane....nothing has been a permanent solution, and the Accutane made my whole body ache to the extent that I had to lay down part way through everyday chores such as making my bed because I ached so badly. Pretty sure that's a sign that this drug is not good for you in any way. My acne has never been severe, but it's enough to make me self conscious and upset, and I have been bullied because of it at school too. I was always told to pop my spots to get rid of them, which has now led to me obsessively picking at my face, which is one of the main reasons my skin gets bad (Look up dermatillomania). If I didn't pick, it would be be a lot better, but not picking still won't solve the oil and spots that would still emerge. I have recently got a lot better at not picking, and my skin is improving, but I am seeking out cognitive behavioral therapy to help me control it better. Anyway, I wanted to start this blog because I am fed up with all the lotions and potions not working and probably making everything worse. So I am about to start an alternative acne regime which I am hoping in conjunction with me not picking will really improve my skin, maybe even cure it. After a lot of research, I really believe that acne is a problem caused by something on the inside, such as poor diet, allergies, and deficiencies in vitamins and minerals. I have been eating a lot healthier and lost weight over the past year which I believe has helped to improve my skin, although I am sure that my diet still does not give me all the nutrients I need to keep my skin clear, and that some aspects of my diet may still be making my face worse. So, after a lot of researching due to me being desperate and depressed over the whole subject, I have decided to religiously take vitamins, wash my face with sea salt, and remove dairy and gluten from my diet. I have spent a lot of money on these vitamins, but if they work, I'd be happy to have spent a lot more because my skin really does control my life and can ruin my day so easily. VITAMINS I have decided to take Pantothenic Acid, also known as vitamin B5. I will be taking the pill form and intend to start on 1500mg a day, potentially increasing the dosage if I need to (but not too much). Many people have cleared their acne using this vitamin as it helps to control oil production in the skin. I am aware however that high doses can have side effects, and some people have reported hair thinning and hair loss while doing this but usually due to higher doses for long periods of time, so I will just have to be careful and sensible. I am also taking Acetyl L-Carnitine to help my body absorb the B5 better. Vitamin D3 is another vitamin I have decided to take (3 x 400 I.U. tablets a day). This is the vitamin/hormone that our bodies produce when we are exposed to sunlight. I personally have great skin when I go on sunny holidays, it clears up 99 percent. So, I figured it must be something to do with the vitamin D3, as I'm pretty sure I am deficient while at home in the UK as we don't get a lot of sun and I spend a lot on time inside glued to a laptop (joys of being a student). I also wear makeup a lot less on holiday which definitely helps, and I am currently not wearing makeup very often (mostly because I'm in my last year of uni and therefore have no social life) and washing it off as soon as I get home if i do wear it. I am also taking Zinc combined with copper ( 1x 15mg zinc and 0.75mg copper combined tablet), which is important for skin health and has helped some people to reduce their oil production. Along with these vitamins, I will also be taking a general multivitamin like I usually do, as well as an Estroblock type supplement to help control my hormones. I will be spreading my doses throughout the day to avoid getting sick/vitamins competing with each other when they enter my body. SALT GLORIOUS SALT Ok so I love sea salt. I have recently been using this as a rinse/scrub/spray and it really does help my skin to heal up and reduces oil. Again, sunny holidays by the sea do wonders for my skin, so I am hoping that getting enough vitamin D3 and using sea salt on my skin will really help to clear me up like holidays do. It is important that sea salt is used, and not table salt. I have a spray bottle containing water with a generous amount of dissolved sea salt in it with a few drops of tea tree oil. I spray this over my face and shoulders before bed and it really helps reduce the amount of new blemishes in the morning. I do also wash my face in the shower in the morning and before bed at night with a face wash (before spraying the salt). I have used so many different cleansers but I currently like to use Freederm exfoliating wash as it is gentle and doesn't smell like a florist/perfume shop. GLUTEN AND DAIRY My final acne busting tactic is to cut out dairy and gluten form my diet. Gluten, dairy and soy are common food allergies that can cause some people to break out. In some cases people have cured their severe acne by cutting out these food groups. Currently, I do not eat a lot of gluten or dairy products, and no soy, so for me it won't be too hard to change my diet. I eat fat free natural yoghurt and have oats for breakfast, and that's about it so I will be stopping these foods just as an extra bit of help although I personally don't think these are a major contributing factor to my acne, but worth a try. I'm also going to cut down on my sugar intake. I will update this blog over the next few months of trying out this regime to let you all know if it is working and how I am feeling while doing it. I am really hoping this makes a change, because I am fed up and all the medicines have failed me. If this works for for me I hope it could help out others too, so here I go! REGIME (all tablets taken with a meal and water drunk throughout the day) - Week 1-2 Breakfast - 3 x vitamin d3 tablets, 1 x zinc/copper tablet Lunch - Multivitamin Dinner - 3 x B5 tablet, 1 x Acetyl L-Carnitine tablet (Not taking the estroblock yet) REGIME - Week 3 Breakfast - 3 x B5, 1 x Acetyl L-Carnitine, Lunch - Multivitamin, 1 x Zinc/copper, 3 x D3 Dinner - 3 x B5, 1 x Acetyl L-Carnitine, 2 x Estroblock, 1 x Magnesium WEEK ONE So it's been a week of the regime. I must admit I have not been very good at cutting out the dairy and gluten and had a cake binge yesterday (oops). However, there is no doubt that my skin has improved, in less than a week I saw and felt a difference. Oil production has most definitely decreased, which has led to a reduction of new pimples, and even new pimples are less inflamed and noticeable. No real side effects that I have noticed. I did however notice that the mornings after I had eaten junk (had a chocolate binge one evening and a cake binge on another) I had more pimples than the mornings where I had eaten healthy the day before. This could be coincidence or me just relating new pimples to the junk food, but I personally do believe that a healthy diet and avoiding high fat and high sugar foods will help me to reduce/clear my acne. Some of the more visible and red spots on my face were made worse by me picking. WEEK TWO Skin seemed a little more oily again, but I have read that oil does fluctuate a bit at the start of this treatment. I have decided to now take 3000mg of B5 a day and start the Estroblock. Skin overall is better than before, but I have made it look worse than it is by picking at it and therefore will hold off on posting pictures. Have also researched into Magnesium being important for absorbing the other vitamins I am taking, so have bought some Epsom Salts to bath in and will be taking a Magnesium supplement.
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