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  1. Hello. First of all, don't get too excited if you're in a similar situation to me and were hoping this post would hold the fix for long-term (Ro)accutane damage. I just wanted to express my situation and see if anyone can help. I'm bored of reading depressing no-way-out answers and I refuse to give up and stop trying to fix myself. I'm also not inviting those who say the side effects aren't caused by this drug - I am 100% sure, and have read enough posts from others to know that Accutane isn't simply 'out' of your system after a month. I've read several theories into why things like IBS, Erectile Dysfunction and knee problems can occur months or years after stopping treatment. I'm talking about the liver storing the high-levels of Vitamin A, Accutane staying in the colon, and even something - which if it's true means only bad news - to do with DNA change and 'Telomere' shortening, which means a slow but sure decrease in health(This has been written by Nathan Carr, who you may of heard of). But I'm not writing to find out which of these theories, if any, is true. I want to see if anyone can actually give good advice on supplements/diet, or whatever else, to repair damage from this poison. Below, I will list the details of when I took this drug and what side effects I have + how I cope with life. One last thing - Anyone saying that these side effects are rare, i.e 1%, forget it. 1% reported. Since taking this drug, my life has been limited and difficult. I'm not in that 1% statistic because I haven't reported it directly to the manufacturer. I expect the figure is a lot higher. As I said, side effects can come on AFTER taking this, so people could be ignorant to the cause. However, I know better, and after watching my health drop dramatically while/after taking Accutane, I can firmly say it's the cause. Let's begin ... Basics: I'm 21 at the end of this month. It's now 5 years since I touched Ro-accutane (Ro-accutane is just the British name for it). I took it from December 2005 - May 2006. I was meant to finish in June, but stopped due to feeling very depressed/suicidal (because of the drug). My problems are below... - Dry Eyes (Severe) - E.D/ Low Libido (Started last year and has gone on consistently since) - Hair-loss (Including eyebrows, facial hair 'gaps' and body hair) - Slow Healing (Shaving is a pain now - No, it's not my technique) - Lack of sebum (oil) - Brain Fog/ Memory problems - Somewhat minor - Anxiety (mainly because of the other side effects - i.e. dry eyes causing me to feel embarassed about eye contact) - Excessive hair (Not related to head, but my beard grows high up on cheeks and even on the outside of my nose) - I believe I look older than I should due to lack of oil - Joint/Muscle problems - Aches/ Slow recovery - Excessive sweating.. Terrible if I go running at the gym, for example. - Dry mouth - Nosebleeds more than I should - Fatigue - Overall depression and confusion (*Rhetorical question* Is this a direct symptom or am I like it because of all the other side-effects stressing me out?) That's what I can think of for now. Of course, I wasn't told about half of these being a possibly problem and I was told any side-effects will be temporary. I was 15, so I had no reason not to trust the Doc's word. I've tried lots of different supplements (a lot of which I still take just incase they are helping/slowing down the problems) including Omega 3, Biotin, B-Complex, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Collagen, Hyaluronic acid, Aloe Vera Juice, MSM, Colostrum, Garlic, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Acetyl L-Cysteine, Milk Thistle, Dandelion Root, Quercetin, Tumeric. So, yeah, I've tried a lot of things. The Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root are recent additions because despite having my liver test results come back as positive, I've heard your liver can still not be functioning correctly and people are given liver tests monthly while taking this drug for a reason, right? I'm starting to eat better foods as this sh*t taught me that Natural is the way to go. I still binge on cakes and that occasionally - Mainly for comfort. I'm average weight and height, but want to cut out processed foods to support my body. I don't want to make this EXTREMELY long, so I'll cut it short. I'm currently seeing a Homeopathy about these problems. And Yes, I know "Science says it's boll*cks", and I don't understand how it's supposed to work, but sometimes you have to think outside the box and give things a go. I don't have high hopes for things getting better these days, but I'm not giving up. There is so much more I could say, but let me know your thoughts. I don't want to hear negative and hopeless responses. What HAS helped you? Acne.org seems to be the biggest place to speak about this, but we NEED the word out, so the 'experts' can do the research instead of hoping for someone else to fix us. Thanks for reading, Indy.
  2. So I've been seeing everywhere that eating carrots or drinking carrot juice can help cure acne especially forehead acne does anyone else know if this works
  3. 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 cured. The upside 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. 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
  4. 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.
  5. So I am a male, 27 years old, 118 lbs, and i am in pretty healthy and in fit shape... but I have extremely oily skin. Years ago I did three trials of accutane (6 months each, and the last trial i was taking i think 80mg of it and i was about 115 lbs), but the accutane worked only temporarily. So now 5 years later I decided to try taking vitamin A pills, the kind from cod liver oil, 25,000 IU each pill. I started taking a few pills daily in mid december, then I upped it to 8 pills daily the next month, then to 16 pills the next month (thats 400,000 IU Vitamin A daily). I was hoping I would see better results in reducting the sebum on my face, so I took even more. I upped the dosage to 550,000 IU daily and was on it at that dosage for about 6 weeks. So just a recap: the toxic level of vitamin A is 50,000 IU daily and I was taking much more than that for 4 months!! Then I started getting symptoms (now take into account that I cant be 100% certain that these symptoms came from the vitamin A toxicity but I am pretty sure it was because I wasnt taking any other drugs or supplements or doing anything different. = My symptoms included: - dry/fragile skin, very chapped lips, and dry nose (I expected these symptoms) - really bad back pain (I went to the doctor was prescribed a muscle relaxant and a pain killer which helped) - weak and achy muscles and joints - tendinitis in my elbows - really bad ingrown toenails with paronychia and I went to a foot specialist for minor surgery - one day I all of a sudden experienced a super painful neck sprain where I couldnt turn my head and I had to call out of work to see a doctor and was prescribed another muscle relaxer, a pain killer, and got a shot in the butt to relieve the pain. - then when I thought things were getting better I noticed that my hair was falling out! and I am not just talking about the hair on my head. I lost almost all my eyebrow hairs, lost all my pubic hair, totally lost my mustache and thinned out other facial hair areas, and the hair on my head has now been falling out for 5 weeks, luckily my hair was super thick or I'd probably be nearly bald now! = I had my blood taken and the results werent that bad but a few things we off like my iron and red blood cell counts being just a little low and my alkaline phosphatase being high. = My eyebrows are slowly coming back (I have been brushing a little powder makeup on them) and my mustache is growing to almost how it was before. My pubic hair still wont grow at all and my head still shows no signs of regrowing any little hairs and its still falling out in the shower. It has been about 7 weeks since I stopped taking vitamin A pills... Of course I regret it and cant believe I did something so stupid. And my face is just as oily as it was before so it definitely wasnt worth it! = I wish that I had read about an experience like mine before thinking that I finally found a solution to decreasing sebum production but now I just hope that people will read this and be convinced to not take toxic levels of Vitamin A.
  6. Hello: I'm kind of new here, so bare with me. But I'm an African American female with oily, moderate acne, skin. I've been trying to figure out what would be the best foundation/powder combo for me?? Currently, I've been using Physician's Formula mineral powder by itself. No foundation or concealer. But, of course, that isn't enough coverage for my acne and dark spots. I've been considering Joppa Minerals, but I'm not sure if their coverage would be enough without foundation or concealer. I was at the store, getting ready to buy Iman second-to-none stick foundation, but was hesistant because I've heard that cream foundation is bad for oily skin. So, I am a little unsure, but her makeup, from the ingredients I ready have jojoba, vitamin A and E, so I thought that was pretty good. But what would be best, a foundation/powder combo or just a powder?? And what brands would you suggest?? I'm a little bit lighter than Iman herself.
  7. Hey quick intro, i promised myself and some other people that when i found the real cure of acne i was gonna release it to help as many people as i can. I was fed up and done with all the products i have tried, even lemons, coconut oil, olive oil, aztec clay mask and all those natural things seemed to help but i would still break out, also i had the most clean diet you can imagine, only veggies and avocados but i would still break out! Why? I now have the answer - my skin was out of balance so no matter how hard i tried internally i would never clear my acne fully. I am now on day 25 of this regimen and i can tell you this i have not got 1 breakout since the day i started this regimen! My results: My skin is clear, the hyperpigmentation has got away 80% and keeps improving. I feel much better and i have alot of energy! My skintone has now been restored and it looks perfectly normal like when i was 12 I can pretty much eat all of the things i thought was giving me acne before (still eat very clean for max improvment) Other results: Dead skin on my face (goes away by time and is an overrated problem) Blotch easy if i eat spicy foods or if the temperatur is too hot! Kind of dry tight feeling in the beginning but gets better for every day. How to do the extreme caveman regimen: Stop washing your face: I am 100% sure all people in the world are born with a skin that is supposed to treat itself. After this regimen i dont even doubt it. When you keep washing your face 2-3 times a day using all kinds of shit chemicals or other things that cause irritation your skins "acid mantle" dont work and all the natural oils that are supposed to fight the bad bacteria keeps getting washed away. Simply your skin needs a break! Stop washing your hair - have you ever heard of those famous actors who dont wash their hair? After 25 days of not washing my hair i understand why. Notice that i was using an organic shampoo which SHOULD be one of the best naturals out there, but i had dandruff and i noticed that everytime i used it i would break out on my forehead. After 2 weeks the dandruff went away and i noticed today that my hair kind of healed itself and cleanse itself, in the beginning it was kind of oily looking but now it looks perfectly normal and i actully like it alot. Eat like a caveman: I always had a pretty clean diet that was very similar to paleo diet. All you have to do is eat like a caveman, google paleo diet and start eating like that from tommorrow. Some things i recommend you dont eat are: fruits, dried fruits and hazelnuts, peanuts. Don't masturbate: Yes stop masturbating, it definately is not a root cause of acne but it contributes if you still get acne! Let your body have a break and if you can't do this, try at least 1 mounth! For how long time? and what should you do after? Since i am on day 25 and not havent finished it yet its a hard question to ask, but what i do know is that i cleared my acne forever and thats why we are all here right? I cleared it in 25 days. I want to try this regimen for to more mounths before starting washing my face again. WHY!!?! because i got inspired by TheLoveVitamin and she had the best results on mounth 3 so why not continue? http://www.thelovevitamin.com/3819/caveman-regimen-3-month-update/ After you have done this, try wash your face with cold water every 3rd day. That is my plan and when i come to the part where i'm going to wash my face again i will update this thread. Thanks for reading i hope this will inspire you and cure your acne like it cured mine! And when you notice you can eat bad foods again, remember that a clean diet makes your skin heal faster
  8. So I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place... After trying every OTC treatment and home remedy, diet and food elimination, vitamin/mineral supplementation, along with a couple prescribed antibiotics, creams, and prescription grade face washes, I still have mild acne. The last thing I tried before coming to terms with going back to my Dermatologist was Vitamin A (specifically a natural sourced gel capsule derived from Fish Liver Oil - NOT Retinol, etc.). I took 2 pills a day at 25,000 IU for 4 days straight days and stopped because I felt strange things occurring relating to toxicity. But the weird thing was (and it may all just be a fluke) I went from having 36 white heads last week down to a 3 this morning and I've been off Vitamin A for several days now and it's still working (I guess it's still in my system). Although I've had this happen with Vitamin B5 before and just got a more severe breakout the following week. I've also had the worst food I've had in a long time, along with introducing coffee and dairy back into my life these last few days and I still haven't had a breakout! But my problem is, do I keep taking Vitamin A (in a lower dose or go with Cod Liver Oil instead), or do I still go to my Dermatologist and try the final solution that is more permanent, yet with possible severe side-effects? My trepidation comes from the fact that you cannot take Vitamin A while on or before Accutane (because the medication is a synthetic derivative of the more potent vitamin) and that if I continue to take Vitamin A, my blood tests would easily show it and in a week from now when I find out it isn't doing the trick and I get a massive breakout again and need to visit my Dermatologist for Accutane, he'll tell me I can't start it until the Vitamin A gets out of my system - which could be months. They're both evils in their own rights, but I'm really stuck here... Any ideas of how to move forward?
  9. Guys. Im looking for people to join me who feel strongly and passionately about the experience you have had with roaccutane. I was prescribed roaccutane on the NHS in Scotland in January 2014. I was on it for 6 months. Ever since I have finished. I've had depression, anxiety, dry thinning and brittle hair, constant dry lips, but the worst of all I have had severe severe IBS I literally couldn't work for 6 months because I go to the toilet about 15 times a day! Please guys. I really really want to find out about others experiences and maybe move forward with a lawsuit against the drug company. I totally understand that for so many people this drug has been amazing but unfortunately there is a huge amount of people that claim this has effectively ruined their lives. I being one of them really really want people to come forward because I genuinely feel like we deserve something wether it's compensation or an apology. I feel we deserve something, for so long I felt like I was going crazy but I'm not even 21 and what I've been through in the past 2 years it's like I've been completely robbed of my youth. I genuinely feel like a 40 year old. Please get in touch with me! X
  10. I've browsed all the hot topics of this forum and not much seems to really work to treat oily skin. So far I've only seen those solutions work : - (low dose) Accutane - High Doses of Vitamin A (Animal Form) [under the supervision of a qualified doctor] - Vitamin B5 Megadoses (10 g a day) - 500 mg Vitamin B5 combined with 500 mg carnitine - Topical green tea - Milk of magnesia (cosmetic effect) - 1450 nm Diode Laser - Hormonal treatments (only for females) - Spironolactone (safe for females only) - Peppermint oil (safe for females only) - (Probiotics?) - (More Fiber in Diet?) Could someone add what I didn't mention, that really, and I insist really work for oily skin?
  11. Eating Liver for Acne

    So, I just wanted to chime in and say that I've had great results with adding in food-based forms of retinol (vitamin a) into my diet. I'm 29, have had acne since I was 12. Essentially, cutting out cow dairy in all its forms has been the most impactful for my skin and acne situation. I can eat sheep and goats' cheeses and yogurts with generally no noticeable issues. In addition to eliminating hair and skincare products that were aggravating my acne, the more red, raised spots don't appear if I follow these key preventative measures. However, I still have really bumpy, congested skin. On my forehead, I have quite a lot of milia (those small round and white balls that live under the skin) as well as large pores that like to fill up with crap. Since 2015-ish I've also had a chicken skin-thing going on my neck - bumpy skin that hadn't been there previously. So, January 2017 rolls around - I start to think back to the brief times that I truly had clear (or almost clear) skin. One time was in college which coincided with taking a Costco fish oil supplement (I believe it was a mix of different fish oils). I also started to read about the benefits (and precautions) of taking cod liver oil and vitamin a in general. I started taking Norwegian Naturals liquid cod liver oil, 2 teaspoons a day. The appearance of my skin improved, and some lingering back acne went away. I also decided to cautiously start eating beef liver, about 100-150 g cooked in one meal, twice a week. Shortly after adding the liver into my diet (which was about one month after starting the CLO), a lot of the milia on my forehead began to push out. There was also a purge of hard bumps that had been under my chin and around my mouth area. One longtime milia/hardened pocket of crap on my forehead, dear old frenemy, also came out. The chicken skin on my neck disappeared. I understand that vitamin a toxicity, or merely taking too much, is a real issue. But, given my skin condition, my armchair health investigations have led me to believe that I have problems with keratinization and cell turnover, which seems to be the case for many acne sufferers. These vitamin a-rich foods appear to have a positive effect on my skin. Side note: I also see an esthetician who manually extracts my acne and clogged pores. This does wonders, too. I'm interested in seeing in a month how much my skin will be in need of extraction.
  12. Has anyone tried Vitamin A?

    Hey everyone! I've been dealing with moderate acne for about 8 months since quitting the birth control pill. I've tried A LOT of over the counter and prescription medications/treatments to try to get my skin clear again. I've come across a lot of information about taking vitamin A to treat acne. Has anyone had any success? I understand that because vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, it is possible to take too much... And over time you can develop liver damage. So I'm making sure to be extremely careful while approaching this. Just hoping someone has some input Thanks so much!
  13. So I'm currently on month 2 and started getting constipated. Why exactly I don't know but its certainly the drug. I'm on 40 mg daily. Is constipation a serious side effect? My poop used to come out easily and was healthy looking (gross I know, sorry). But now, it takes me forever and when it comes out its just a bit and has a very loose consistency. Nothing is coming out as of lately. Do I have to stop the medication? Is it a bad sign? So far I had basically 0 side effects except dry lips and a bloody nose. Everything concerning my bowel scares me though. If I get Crohns disease, I will literally die. Scared shitless (haha) right now and need some help from you guys! Thanks in advance!
  14. Hello! I was wondering, is it okay to take accutane and use a face product that contains vitamin A? I know you aren't supposed to consume more vitamin A than what's in your dosage of accutane, but is it okay to use vitamin A topically? Thanks for your help and information you can provide!
  15. So after a recommendation from a friend I'm trying vitamin A for my acne, I know that an overdose can kill you so I've been quite careful and am having 5000 iu twice a day. first question: is that a safe amount? And is it enough? I started maybe two or three weeks ago I'm not really sure and saw no effect to begin with, now I am having gross huge yellow pustules among the usual bumps. And more than the norm of those too. Is this my skin purging? I mean there was a day in there where I wore heavy make-up which is something my work often calls for its possible that's what I'm seeing but I did clean my face thoroughly after. so yes those are my questions I'm hopeful someone can help?thanks
  16. 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
  17. Vitamin A=Accutane?

    I recently had an epiphany. lmao. Because Accutane is a synthetic form of Vitamin A, why not use the bloody real form? Vitamin A Capsules! I bought a bottle of Vitamin A pills yesterday and each have, 10,000 IU and i eat two a day along with two Septra pills. I don't see any improvement from septra so i thought, why not add some Vitamin A which is supposed to help with acne. I was just wondering, how much Vitamin A is equivalent to Accutane, if possible? Thanks duddes. P.S one capsule has 10,000 IU. So how many capsules do you think..
  18. Hi all, I know people are posting with amazing cures all the time so I don't want to say that this is going to 'cure' everyone's acne and it is 'the' treatment for everyone. However, I do want to share my results b/c they've been a shock to me. Just for a short background, I've had acne for 10 years tried everything. The only thing that ever worked was Diane 35. However, I react badly to bc pills so I had to quit and my acne came back worse than ever afterwards. I was almost at the point of doing another treatment of accutane when I read somewhere that evening primrose oil can regulate hormones and help with acne. I thought, well since I know that my accutane is related to hormones, I should try this....knowing that I've tried a million supplements before that were supposed to "cure" acne. So three weeks ago I started taking 500mg of evening primrose oil with 15 IU's of vitamin E every day. (I also take a multivitamin and Vitamin A everyday). I figured it's probably not going to work so I start scheduling my appointments to get myself accutane. Three weeks later and I can't believe it. My skin is clearing. Right now I only have 2 active pimples. The rest of my face is clearing (no active acne, just scars slowly fading). I can't believe this. I've tried everything and this thing I decided to just throw in for kicks is actually working. I don't know that this is going to work for everyone since I know my acne is hormone related, but if your acne is related to hormones i would suggest adding this to your supplements. It's great b/c you don't have to change your regiment at all. Good luck to anyone else who tries evening primrose oil.
  19. i am a 41 yr old male and over the last few years have gotten a number sebaceous hyperplasia on the face. I have tried the following with results: -topical retin-a micro (tretinoin gel) 40% decrease in size of papule -topical tazorac 50% decrease " -topical epionce lite lytic lotion 50% decrease " -topical cp serum 10% decrease " -topical cellex-c 5% decreases " -benzoyl peroxide 20% decrease " -light electrocaughtery-not recommeded since approximately 1 out of 4 result in a noticable hole in skin due to unpredictable results. -levulan-decreases papules 75%-100% but result is temporary.lasts couple months.not worth the money and time you spend red and peeling to get final result. -fraxel-reduces papules by 60% but result is temporary not worth money spent -oral isotretinoin aka Accutane at 10mg per day 99%-100% decrease in papule within 14 days**this is the best solution i have found** switch to 10mg once every 2- 3 days. the only frustration is getting a dermatolgists to prescribe isotretinoin. none will suggest isotretinoin unless you ask and beg for it. this is due to the big scare with accutane and risk of suicide. the new mandate in the u.s. by the fda and ipledge does not allow a dermatologist to write a isotretinoin prescription for sebaceous hyperplasia. it is not a covered prescription on health insurance for sebaceous hyperplasia either. my dermatologist told me isotretinoin works great and nothing works better, and that no topical lotion will resolve sebaceous hyperplasia. but he was bound by the rules of ipledge. i had to persuade my derm docter to agree to give me a prescription, then go over the internet and order it myself from a canadian pharmacy. thus paying for it out of my own pocket. isotretinoin miraculously relieved me of sebaceous hyperplasia completely within 14 days. you are supposed to limit your alcohol intake to little or nothing per day due to the taxing affect alcohol has on your liver and the potential toxic vitamin a affect in isotretinoin. i have not been able to find any studies that indicate any negative affects of low dosage 10mg per day of isotretinoin. although with equal success, i changed to 10mg once every 3 days, after the first 2 weeks of daily dosage. i know with higher dosages for severe acne such as 80mg to 150 mg per day can pose some additional risks. in any case no matter what dose, it is suggested to get liver function tests periodically to check if your triglycerides are at the proper level.
  20. Acne

    Hey guys, this blog will be about my acne journey. So far I've used Acne Treatmeants, such as Dianette (Prescribed), Duac (Prescribed), Perfectil, Panoxyl and I've even tried drinking more water, taking vitamin-A tablets, and eating healthy. About two 2-years-ago, I was living in Cyprus and I had my face waxed, resulting within two weeks of me getting acne. At the time, I thought it was hormonal and it didn't really bother me.. Until it started to get really bad. Last year, I moved to England and my acne was so bad, it was covering my cheeks and chin. In Febuary 2016, I went to my GP and he prescribed me Duac and Dianette. Duac and Dianette was working well, but at its own pace (Slow). Duac 5% at first was very drying and resulted in my face peeling really bad - applying makeup was pointless. After about 2 months I started to see a huge difference, but I was still getting about about 2 spots a week. Not long after, I went to a local sainburys and purchased Perfectil for hair, skin and nails. Perfectil worked great for my hair and nails, but it resulted in me getting huge white heads. I done some research and apparently a lot of people had the same experience. Perfectil contains Biotin; A lot of people after taking anything that contains biotin, result in acne. I stopped immediately and continued my Duac and Dianette routine everyday. About two months later, my acne was the same, I was still getting two spots every week. Until, my sister advised me to try Panoxyl. I started taking Vitamin A everyday, using Panoxyl 10% every two days and continued Dianette. The the reason why I use Panoxyl every 2-days is because Panoxyl like Duac, contain Benzol Peroxide. Benzol Parozide is very drying and can cause irritation, if not used properly. Side effects to Panoxyl: drying, redness and swelling. Side effects only happen to 1 out of 10 people. Overall, I believe a daily dosage of Vitamin-A, 2-litres of water and Panoxyl is the key to my acne. If you are having acne problems too, my advice would be to try Panoxyl, Vitamin A, drinking more water and trying to eat more fruit. If if you have any questions, ask a question and I'll respond ASAP. :-) I'm also going to start laser hair removal next week, so I'll let you all know about that.
  21. Hey, I've been on isotrex gel ( form of tretinoin) now 4 weeks and i am struggling seeing the positives, can someone reassure me with their experience on this or a similar treatment? I've had flaking and peeling, and a bad initial break out which is depressing me a lot thanks in advance :)
  22. 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.
  23. 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!!
  24. 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.
  25. I went to my doctor today with a printed list of questions about Accutane hair loss. Here they are, with the answers in bold. How does Accutane cause hair loss? What is the cause of TE? Lack of sebum? Damage to the hair follicles (interruption of keratinization)? Hair follicles are not damaged. A change to certain chemical receptors - none related to hair loss - makes them more responsive, and this causes a "shock" to the body. Lack of sebum is also a factor. How long does hypervitaminosis A last? In other words, how long does the excess vitamin A remain in my body? Does eating foods containing vitamin A prolong the hypervitaminosis? 2 months. Eating foods with vitamin A does not make a significant difference. To that point, women are allowed to get pregnant six months after Accutane. Does Accutane decrease the amount of biotin produced by the liver? If so, do biotin supplements help? Possibly. I was advised to take mega-doses (2.5mg) of biotin. She also recommended protein drinks! In general, does Accutane accelerate MPB? Is miniaturization a function of time or of physical cycles? Yes, Accutane can accelerate MPB by prompting the growth of new, crappier hairs after the old, good ones are shed. MPB is a function of time. One does not progress toward MPB with each new cycle, but generally through one's lifespan. In other words, at a specific age. My hairs are fine all over my head, not just on my crown. To what extent does Accutane miniaturize hair follicles? What about "hair abnormalities"? No clear answer. "Hair abnormalities" does not specifically refer to anything. Explain in general the relationship between Accutane hair loss and MPB. By shedding anagen hairs originally destined to remain in the head for 2 to 6 years, one begins growing new hair that is affected by MPB. In other words, by shedding hair through telogen effluvium, one's hair jumps forward to a cycle affected by MPB. How many patients have you seen recover from Accutane hair loss? All of them. She has had only six patients out of hundreds lose hair. In terms of months, what is the shortest and longest amount of time of recovery? Shortest amount of time: 6 months. Longest: 8 months. My scalp is itchy and flaky. Why? Dandruff! Caused by Accutane dryness. She recommended anti-dandruff shampoo. My face has become slightly more oily recently. Does the extra oil indicate the effects of Accutane are wearing off? If so, is this the initial sign of hair recovery? Yes! My nails have pits on their surface. Could this be alopecia areata? No. So: The hair should grow back. Guys with hair loss in pattern areas might be predestined to suffer MPB, but not necessarily. If MPB concerns you, as it does me, Propecia and Rogaine are the treatment options. I urge men to investigate Propecia's side effects: not only impotence, but possible breast enlargement [!] and changes to the shape of one's penis [!!]. My doctor said that none of her many patients on Propecia have suffered these side effects, and that the drug is a really safe one. Yeah. Like Accutane was safe. Hope this helped!