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  1. 10/19 Update

    Blogs Progress for clear skin

    Dropped old Omega-3 fish oil supplements, started Nature Made Super B-Complex with Vitamin C on 10/17. Take one tablet a day with food. Benefits include helping to support the immune system and contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system through aiding of cellular energy production and antioxidant support.Waiting for the order of 5-HTP supplements and EltaMD sunscreen for face to arrive in the mail (then I can start using my topical acne products on my face before school without putting myself in harm of the sun's UV rays. It causes my cheeks to form rough bumps, which I noticed the week after last summer, when I actually went outside for longer than 30 minutes, 6 hours to be exact, since that's how long I spend at school. Well...minus the time spent in class. I have 3 minute breaks between class periods, and I have six classes with an included half hour lunch break. So 51 minutes, that's approximately 1 hour. Yikes.)Have been eating mostly unprocessed, healthy meals for the past three days. Although, too much meat...Sleeping schedule is still messed up. Yesterday I ate my breakfast at half past 3 in the morning and then took a nap for 3 hours, then went to school. My stomach felt really uneasy during school, and I was exhausted. I could feel my eyelids swelling and a general lack of energy throughout the day. :/
  2. On February 7th, I have a Dermatology appointment made to be put back on Roaccutane! But! I was on it last year for 4 months and it got rid of all of my acne for 5 months straight! Not one spot had come up, then in October last year, I started having quite bad break outs and I was trying all the different over the counter remedies and nothing seemed to work! I phoned my Doctor's to refer me over to Dermatology and they had it sorted by December 15th. Around this time however, I had started to take a high dosage of Vitamin B5 tablets as I had heard they help reduce oil production and it tightens your pores. RESULT! It works! But the cost is inconvenient as I am tight for money (£10 for 100 tablets - That lasts me 5 days!) and I have to take 20x 500mg tablets a day to keep them away. I'm worried that if I go to this appointment and the dermatologist sees that my skin is clear that she won't put me back on Roaccutane, so I don't know whether I should stop taking the B5 for now and let my skin break out how it usually would be not on the Vitamins and go like that? Or carry on taking them and risk not being put back on it! I don't know what to do!? (
  3. 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.
  4. Oily Skin Help, B5 & Coenzyme

    Forums Oily skin 6 replies

    Hey, So I'm a 17 year old guy with tan skin. I live in Canada, with humid summers and dry winters (which is now). I usually have more oil production during the winter months. I've tried many different cleansers and moisturizers. I'm currently using Cetaphil gentle cleanser and Complex 15 moisturizer with Clindoyxl as a topical spot treatment. As well Im taking 4.5 grams of D'pantothenic Acid daily, 1.5 grams three times through out the day. This seems to help, I don't get as much cystic acne when I take it but I'm still producing lots of oil and still getting acne just not as bad or as frequent. I eat healthy, no fast food, and eat mostly vegetables and meat, and limit my self to sugar and dairy as I am lactose intolerant. As well cut out alcohol consumption and no drugs. I've tried antibiotic's but I went off them because I didn't want to be on antibiotics as it was unhealthy and I already didn't have a healthy digestive system. Right now I'm happy with my cleanser and moisturizer and topical creams. I want to stay on D.Pantothenic Acid, but I would really like to cut down on the amount of pills that I'm taking. So I've been hearing talk about taking D'Pantothenic Acid (vit b5) with a coenzyme called cysteine I believe? I'm wondering what this will do to help with vitamin B5, in order to reduce the amount of pills and ultimentley help with my skin. As well what are the pros and cons to taking a B-complex instead of just D'pantothenic Acid, I'm very interested to learn about this coenzyme and B-complex. What i've seen on the web is that, people were still getting results at taking 500mg of D'Pantothenic Acid and 250 mg of Cysteine three times a day. Any information will help, Cheers!
  5. hey guys! so i recently ordered some zinc supplements from amazon, and the type i bought is good 'n natural's zinc for acne: high potency formula.reading the supplement facts on the back, it says that one serving size of the zinc is 50mg (achieved by taking two 25mg pills). the type of zinc used in these particular pills is zinc gluconate. QUESTIONS: i was wondering how i should actually take the two pills... should i just start taking one 25mg pill at night after dinner for several days and then incorporate the second 25mg pill in the morning after breakfast? or can i just take the two pills at once after dinner? i'd just like to know if HOW i take them will make a difference. on a side note, this particular brand of zinc pills also contains vitamin B-6. taking two pills would bring the B-6 amount to 20mg. i've read in multiple forums and articles that some B-6 can be helpful for acne, while higher amounts can actually have the opposite effect and can cause more acne. so is 20mg of B-6 a day considered to be high? also, if anyone needs or wants to know, i am an 18 year old girl who has dealt with acne since i was around 11 or 12. i have mild to moderate acne (with combination skin), which fluctuates throughout the month, but my skin is never actually clear. i use neutrogena's acne stress control daily scrub before i use clinique's 3 step system for combination/oily skin (i only use the face wash and moisturizer from clinique though; i use neutrogena's acne stress control toner as a substitute for clinique's toner). i'm hoping that this skin regimen combined with these zinc pills will be beneficial for my skin and that they'll help get my skin clear and as always, any replies are greatly appreciated! thanks in advance!
  6. So here's my situation: I'm 24, out in the professional world, and having adult acne is nothing short of a nightmare. I have very sensitive skin, which often appears red and inflamed at the onset of any blemish. I get painful cystic bumps and my skin always looks and feels very oily and greasy. I have been researching and considering Accutane for the past 6 months but presently deal with dry eyes - made drier from LASIK surgery one year ago - and so I have been hesitant to proceed. In the meantime I have been considering similar but realistic solutions. Right now I'm currently on 115 mg of Solodyn, which helps with the cystic acne but by no means has been a cure. Along with that, I take Nicomide (an expensive prescription Vitamin B and Zinc supplement), which, so far in the course of a month, seems to have only provided minimal relief. Finally, I've recently begun taking Pantethine (the active ingredient in Vitamin B5) (450 mg, twice daily) but my skin is still very oily. I've read about L-Carnitine and how it's suppose to enhance the effects of Pantethine and so I am considering that as well. This is all very frustrating, very overwhelming, and I just want a solution - not researching and experimenting well into my late 20s. Anyway can anyone provide any insight? Has anything helped? Has anyone ever considered realistic alternatives to Accutane that have worked? Any help would be well appreciated. I am a 24 year old male.
  7. Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)

    Forums Diet & holistic health 1,797 replies

    DO NOT TAKE B5. B5 CAUSES MASSIVE HAIRLOSS. Regime: 1. Nizoral Shampoo every other day, leave in hair 10 minutes. 2. Propecia .05 everyday. Obtain Propecia from doctor and dissolve 1 pill in 20mL of 75% proof alcohol (ex: bacardi 151). Take 1ml via dropper everyday. You will see results in 3-4 months. *Girls can NOT take propecia. example of someone helped "I'm also 24 and about 5 years ago I started taking massive doses of B5 for my skin...But within three months, I'd seen not only a massive drop in the speed and thickness of hair growth...but I was shedding upwards of 50 hairs per day. My dermatologist suggested I get on Propecia, and I did. I discontinued the RetinA and B5 supplements shortly thereafter, as I was worried more about my hair then my face. My hair continued to shed for the next 3-4 months, until I had hit NW2, with hair that was thinner and a darker blonde. At that point, the shedding stopped and hasn't occurred since, but I have not experienced much (if any) regrowth." ~KenF
  8. Reaction To Food

    Forums Diet & holistic health 6 replies

    I don't know how to start this so here it goes. Right to the chase. Everytime I eat (90% of the time) I get this weird reaction. Be it yogurt and an apple. Be it pasta with tomato sauce. Be it chicken with vegetables. The reaction I get is this. My skin gets itchy. My face gets inflamed (you can tell because my lips get big and red). My butterfly rash that never goes away gets worse. Basically my entire face gets more red and SUPER uncomfortable. I am a pretty anxious individual and after I eat I always get pretty bad anxiety. My mouth also always becomes dry after I eat. I FREAKEN HATE EATING NOW. I dread eating every meal because I know that I will be uncomfortable for the next hour. I don't have lupus. My bilirubin is slightly raised. I have taken large doses of Vitamin A and vitamin B5 in the past. It has been 3-4 years since I ever supplemented with anything consistently. I also took minocyclin when I was younger FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR. Can someone, for the love of GOD, please tell me what the F is going on. I've tried describing my symptoms to doctors and they think im crazy. THIS NEEDS TO END. And realize that I eat all organic, home made (for the most part), food. I ate horrendously up until I was 15-16. The last 3-4 years I have been eating a very healthy diet. I've had blood work done numerous times and all my levels are "normal" besides the bilirubin thing. My thyroid and liver levels are good. I had abdominal ultrasound done and nothing abnormal there. I know there are MANY other tests I should probably get done, but it's hard to do without looking like a goddamn maniac. I nearly got an endoscopy but I did not have insurance at the time so I had to abort that. It would probably make a lot of sense for me to get an allergy test?
  9. I've been taking 16g of vitamin b5 for 25 days now and I've seen minimal to no results. I take 4g 4 times a day. Is there something I'm doing wrong?
  10. my GP phoned today and said my vitamin b12 and folate (folic acid) was a little low on my last regular blood check and she would like for me to have another blood test... I was wondering can you take supplements for b12 and folic acid whilst on accutane?? About 2 weeks I had a blood test to see if i was okay to go on accutane (liver function, cholesterol) and this came out okay. From what i have read, you must not take supplements containing vit A....Also on the day of your blood test to check your cholesterol and other liver measures do you still take your accutane tablets on that day? Thanks
  11. Vitamin B5 Hair Loss

    Forums Diet & holistic health 37 replies

    Two months ago I stopped taking Vitamin B5 due to hair loss. My hair is still falling out in tremendous amounts but I am now starting to notice a bunch of new hairs growing in. I check my scalp regularly & each day I'm noticing more and more new hairs. I'm hoping this is a good thing but the hair falling out has not stopped yet. Anyone suffering from hair loss due to B5 please let me know if this has also happened to you.
  12. I started using ACV topical about 3 weeks ago. About 2 weeks ago, I started taking 1 tablespoon, 2x a day internally. I do believe it is working to clear up my face (I had a hysterectomy a year ago and since then have had adult acne that I never had before). However, a week ago I developed horrible chapped lips. It is almost like they are sunburned. They hurt a lot. I have been putting jojoba oil on them along with a natural lip balm I have been using for about 6 months. A few times it feels like they are getting better (they start to peel a bit) only to wake up the next morning feeling painful and burning. Everything I have seen online says ACV is actually good for chapped lips so I am not sure it is the ACV causing the issue. I actually think it is more likely a new multivitamin I started a few days prior to waking up to chapped lips. They contained 417% of the daily allowance of vitamin B12. After looking online, it appears that some people react to too much vitamin B12 and/or the source. I stopped taking them about 5 days ago but my lips are still painful (I am not taking any multivitamins right now - just vitex, vitamine e and calcium/magnesium/zinc). Could the ACV internally be causing my painful lips? Or is it more likely the new multivitamins and it is just taking a while for the B12 to get out of my system and/or my lips to recover. Thanks for any help! I want to keep up the ACV both internally and topically as I am seeing an improvement (regardless of the nasty taste - mixed with apple juice it is much better but there is just so much sugar in apple juice).
  13. Sooo... Well, I've got acne. I'm 18 years old Male and it has become much worse in the recent few months (since about September, it has really started to bother me) with a slight improvement within the last couple or so weeks. I used to have light acne ever since I was about 14 (I'm putting that down to puberty but since I'm 18, I'm starting to worry. What if I'm past puberty and I've still got acne?!) but back then it was normal and while it did bother me, it was nowhere near as bad as it is now. I'll break the post down into sections since I'll assume its going to be quite a hefty read for those that bother. I definitely have a sensitive skin since lots of products can either really dry out my face or just make it turn red/rashy. Where is it and what is it like? Well, generally it is the worst (by far) around the chin and you could even say the jaw line. I also get it at a much smaller extent on my forehead and neck but the chin is the part that worries be the most. I've also got blackheads around on my nose and especially on the sides but once again, I can get that sorted once I get rid of the chin acne (however, if I can combine the chin treatment with treating the nose too then all the better). Overall (apart from nose), the acne mostly consists of either pustules or whiteheads (red spot with a white head) and in very rare cases, I have gotten a larger spot that was like a little mountain without a visible head (but as I said, these are very rare and I've only ever had them a handful of times). The way that my acne works is that it's always different. I mean, I rarely get spots in the same place, usually they're just random and they come and go as they please. Typically it's about 3 - 10 pustules/whiteheads on my chin and maybe a couple elsewhere (but this can change drastically). What have I tried so far? Well, my current regime (on and off but I tend to stick with this when I see that the "new" thing I've tried isn't working) is washing face with Bulldog Original Face Wash (its super gentle, has no fragrance or alcohol and brilliant ingredients.) and then moisturise with Bulldog Original Moisturiser (again, super gentle. Has no fragnance, no alcohol, brilliant ingredients and moisturises like a beast). I do this twice a day (morning, wash face before shower, moisturise face before leaving house. evening, before bed I wash my face and then moisturise once it has dried). Beside this I also take Zinc Picolinate 50mg (after breakfast) and Cod Liver Oil 1000g (at the same as the Zinc). I also used to take Vitamin B Complex and Calcium when I started taking these supplements (~ a month ago, maybe a bit more) but I cut out the Vitamin B because I thought that it might be the reason that I felt so sleepy and the Calcium because I thought that it might interfere with the Zinc. Occasionally (no more than 2 - 3 times a week), I scrub my face with Bulldog Original Face Scrub (as you can see, I like the brand. Again, scrubs pretty damn well and has no harmful ingredients). Here's a list of the things that I've tried so far: Zinc Picolinate 50mg - I read many posts regarding Zinc as the only supplement that works and I thought I might as well give it a go. After lots of pain in the arse getting it (within the UK, it's impossible to get it at the high street so I ended up getting it from Amazon), I went for Zinc Picolinate (since there are at least 5 different types, I couldn't decide myself and ended up searching for an answer. Some dodgy link said that Picolinate is absorbed the best so I just trusted that). It has been about a month since and I can't see any improvement whatsoever. I realise that it might not be enough time to go ahead and write it off but I doubt it's going to be some miracle cure and it doesn't mean I'll stop taking it either way (got plenty of pills left). Stuff from Murad - When my acne first started to become worse (as I said, around September), I went ahead and bought some kit from Murad that contained all that was in the Acne complex kit but was named differently. I hadn't read any reviews on Acne.org (even though I wish I had) so I wasn't aware about how this might or might not work. Turns out that it just made everything a lot worse. I followed the instructions with the 4 piece regime and after about 4 days, I woke up with a tomato red face that was almost like a rash. I of course, stopped using it straight away and the red face went away after about a week. Haven't touched that stuff since and I doubt that I'll ever will. Lots of high street scrubs, washes, moisturisers - Over all these years of having acne, I've tried a pretty big range of washes, scrubs, moisturisers. All the stuff was aimed for "acne-prone skin" (or some similar, marketing bullshit). Garnier, Oxy, Clean'n'Clear, Clearasil and others are just some of the names that I've tried and as far as my memory serves, nothing has been revolutionary enough to make a visible difference so I've kind of given up on that frontier. Tea tree oil - Years ago, my mother bought me a bottle of tea tree oil, claiming that it's really good for getting rid of spots and I just kind of ignored her. Recently, I found it again and after reading a bit on here, I realised that I might as well try it. It was 100% pure tea tree oil and my method was to pour a couple of drops in my moisturiser before I put it on (I put on couple of drops onto each handful of moisturiser rather than inside the tub). I done this until it ran out (about 3 weeks if I remember correctly) and while it felt and smelled nice, it has no real impact so once again, I gave up on that. Sleeping - This one is really odd but hear me out. For the last few months (might even go back all the way to September but not 100% sure on that), I've been sleeping during the day. The reason for this is that I often go to bed quite late and so I feel awful in college or work. Once I get home, I just get in the bed and sleep a couple hours. The reason that I even considered that this might be the problem is because I never washed my face if before I went to sleep so all that grime that had been building up till 6pm was just on my face when I went napping. I can't talk about results here since only a couple of days ago, I decided to stop napping altogether to see whether that changes anything Benzoyl Peroxide - Arguably one of the most common acne treatments. I heard about the success stories and wanted to try this right away. I read about different products that contain benzoyl peroxide, and even though PanOxyl 2.5% was the most popular, half the stories were success, the other half were horror. So, I looked around and decided to go for the Oxy On-The-Spot since this was by many, regarded as a more gentle method compared to PanOxyl. Tried using it for about a month until the tiny tub ran out and unfortunately, had no results apart from stained pillow cases and towels. Maybe I ought to try BP again but I'm afraid because of all the horror stories. I feel that I've forgotten something but I'll make sure to add anything if I do remember. What do I want? In a nutshell - to get rid of my acne. I know that it's nowhere near that simple but I require a few pointers in what to try next. I recently began looking at different types of face washes again (notably, the Sebamed Anti-bacterial Foam) but once again, a part of me feels that it's just another waste of money, no matter how many people praise it while the other half disagrees and wants to believe the marketing. Well, I guess that's it. I don't know what else to add but feel free to ask me questions or provide advice. Everything will be appreciated.
  14. 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
  15. I found my ACNE CURE!!!!

    Forums Adult acne 214 replies

    I am currently two months in to perfectly clear skin. I have started to wear hats, eat sugars and dairy again and i go to the gym 4 days a week and sweat my @ss off. None of this effects my skin any longer. If you dont have time to read the whole thing skip to the last parts for what i call my personal "cure" to adult acne. Ive had acne since 14, im 29. I started off with whiteheads, then in at the end of highschool went from not only 3-5 whiteheads every morning to a few deep large cystic type pimples every week. I shave my head and get acne on the top of my head, and i get acne on my chest and sometimes shoulders. I got a great job at 21 and had lots of money to go pay for every and any magical acne cure i saw advertised. Here is a list of products/brands i have tried and will never use on my face again and i believe do not work and the chemicals can and will do damage in time. Skin Id Proactive Murad Stiefel clean and clear Acne.org regimen Ive used others but forgot exactly the names, some were over $200 for 1 month. ohh the dumb things i did for hope. I used proactive the longest because from 23-25 i had hardly any acne and life was good and proactive kinda worked about 85% of the time which i thought was ok. I am now a health nut because i love going to the gym and want to make it count. I was told that there can be an allergy to food during adulthood that causes acne so i stopped dairy because it makes my stomach hurt sometimes now that im older, i stopped sugar, bread, flour, basically started a gluten free diet. i even stopped eating fruits high in sugar. and i love ice cream more then my dog, and i love sugar more then life itself. Here is what i started doing that "helped", which let me to question why when it only "helped" Over the course of 2 years my skin changed badly, any chemicals burned my skin, stuff that before didnt phase it. i knew chemicals were no longer a solution. i would put on the proactive wash and my face looked like i was choking it was soo red. I knew i had to look for something better. I started taking a mulitvitamin, zinc, fish oil and vitamin b complex. The zinc and fish oils did help alot for the quality of my skin over my whole body, and for me the vitamin b seemed to help keep pimples smaller. After not using chemicals i realized i had oily skin, not dry skin which i though i had from the chemicals destroying it. The zinc stopped all oily skin problems with just 1 50mg tablet per day. All these helped but i still had acne. So something else had to be causing it. So here is where the path to my "cure" started. I found Dermify, it helped but was not the cure. It is hands down the best thing i have ever used and its natural/organic. my skin is soo soft, and now that i dont have acne i can touch it, and feel how great it is and not get pimples from touching my face. I was a preteen the last time i could say that, about 15 years..... dermify and those supplements listed cut down my acne, my skin felt better but i still had acne. all of a sudden i started to have less whiteheads and more cystic acne. so i went to nonstop research mode. in my seach for cystic acne i came across many different issues but there was a flashing spot light that is the big #1 problem. So here it is, the leading cause of adult acne, especially adults who use or have used any prescription drugs which i have not......POOR DIGESTIVE HEALTH!!! The average american eats soo much meat and carbs and eats in 1 year on average the amount of fiber their body needs in 1 month. bread is not fiber, not in the amounts you need so dont say "i eat my fiber" you dont. The cure is not in your food intake, but in your digestive tract and your BM's. after 1 week taking fiber you will be able to see everytime you #2 that you were not healthy in your digestion. the foods you eat DO NOT CAUSE ACNE, unless you have a reaction to them. I know for some people sugar can cause acne because of candida. there are many food allergies out there, many of them can cause acne, but those are more rare. But, its safe to say almost everybody has poor digestion. There is tons of info to read about that, but here are the two items that taken every day WILL cure your adult acne, and probably for that matter all acne. the first is a quality fiber, not physillium. Try the NOW brand Fiber 3 that has omega 3's in it, the second step and most important is PROBIOTICS. I have tried 3 different types the one that i like is a pill from the NOW brand called GR8-dophillous. you keep it in the fridge after opening to keep its potency but if you need to travel it still works not cooled. i normally take the amount i need and put them in a different bottle for the trip. Here is my new daily regimen. I wake up walk to the fridge get out 1 probiotic pill, mix up a cup of fiber and use the fiber drink to swallow the pill. fiber makes your body need water so i drink 1 more glass 2 if you can take it. You need to drink room temp water because cold water is hard on your stomach and the probiotic pill. then i wash my face. right after dinner i take my supplements, a couple hours after eating dinner when my stomach is empty i take 1 more probiotic pill with a glass of water and wash my face and go to bed. that is it. i suggest you take the supplements as well because they have worked great for me. the fiber is about 12 dollars per month, the probiotics are about 7 per month. dermify is 30 per bottle but lasts over 3 months per bottle when it says a 1 month supply. all my other supplements cost around 7 dollars a month from walmart. they are more expensive but have 3-5 month supplys. overall my acne...wait i dont have acne any longer, face care is...$36. give or take, it is cheaper then that now because i have found places to get supplements in larger quantities which make them very cheap. it is more like 30 bucks. and if you dont need the zinc or vitamin b, or feel that omega'3 in fish oil isnt needed (google it, you need it) it will be closer to 23-25. that is cheap in comparison to most regimens. On my gym days i wash my face three times. I have used the crappy gym soap on my face, axe body wash on my face, a towel for almost a week, bad smelly well water, and none of it has given me breakouts. all these little things i thought caused my acne were all bogus, i had great skin, i just had to find it. I had to share this information. Google probiotics and fiber cure for acne, or probiotics cure for acne. i think they are trying to hide this from us. it is a known fact, but yet how many of us know this? I have 2 friends i started on this regimen. both acne free in less then 3 weeks. one had very mild acne, the other had cystic acne and horrible body acne. worked for both. go forth, fix your digestive problems and feel better, get way more energy, and wake up every morning as i still do, walk to the mirror, and smile like you just had the best sex of your life because there is not one $#%#$%^'ing pimple on your sexy little face.
  16. So i've had oily skin(especially on my nose) for around 4 years now i am 24. i used to have moderate/severe acne to the extent that i thought about killing myself more than one time . anyway after tons of oral medicine and topical gel like differin and BHA, my skin is now way better than before in terms of acne, but the huge pores and Sebaceous filaments (i will call it blackheads afterwards although its not right) on my nose and sebum problems are still very serious. i still use BHA twice everyday, i gotta say it helps me a lot in preventing and healing acne. now i start to try some supplements since the only way to reduce skin oil and blackheads is from inside. actually blackheads on my nose are the results of too much excreted oil(right?). anyway i started vitamin b5 about 3 weeks ago. i took 2.4g/d for the first week, 5.6g/d for the next 9 days and than up to 10g/d since 3 days ago. now i dont have any obvious reduction in oil production. pretty depressed but i will keep going 10g/d for some weeks. and i also take wyeth vitamin a - zinc. it has 15mg zinc in one pill which i guess is kinda low. any suggestions?
  17. Your Latest Vitamin B5 Log

    Forums Personal logs 6 replies

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

    Forums Adult acne 6 replies

    Ok first of all i know there are other threads on hormonal acne in general but most of them have fell to the wayside. So i am making another to see if anyone out there has found something, peferably males that have cured there hormonal chin breakouts. I have come across one site that promotes taken a time released Vitamin B5, called Clear5. It says it will stop hormonal acne. You can see it here: http://www.acne-vitamins.com/ This is what i try to research everyday because i suffer so bad from it and i am at my wits end trying to figure out what is wrong with me. Tried dieting, OTC topicals, presripition topicals and antibiotics all to to avail. I keep getting nodular/cystic acne on chin and i just want it to stop already!!!!!! Its so depressing not only cause it looks like crap, but more importantly i cannot figure out why?? My doc just always wants to spit out another prescription and refrains from looking more deeply into it like i am. I keep reading increased oil sebum production is from having a hormonal imbalance therefore causing the acne, and i do have an oily tzone, but my chin does not get oily really like my nose, forehead and cheeks under eyes do. Granted i have very few tiny mild acne bumps on cheeks, but i dont even think about it compared to what i get on chin and near mouth. I just would like more insight and answers on this subject and i am hoping this community can help with this. Maybe feel me in on a connection i do not know about and could help. I am in the military so i cant really go see another doc about it, i am limited to my resources. Please HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  19. Weight Lifting And Acne

    Forums Diet & holistic health 6 replies

    My acne gets worse during times of intense weightlifting. I have read that weightlifting causes hormone and testosterone levels to rise. I have also read that weightlifting can cause a vitamin b deficiency which can in turn lead to acne. Do you think either of these are responsible for my increase in acne with weightlifting? What should I do about it if it is related to testosterone/hormones? What about if vitamin b deficiency is to blame? Has anyone else experienced this?
  20. Hi there, I suffer from moderate acne for years now. I've been on and off my low dose accutane course for the past years. Before I went through 2 full 40mg/day therapies. Last year I had to go off my 10mg/week dose because my right shoulder hurt a lot due to an inflammation. As my acne began to return shortly after, I went on Vitamin B5 and the acne.org regimen. Sadly the regimen didn't work well so after my shoulder got better, I went on accutane again. All my minor whiteheads left moderate scarring and now I have huge pores all over my face which adds a new phenomenon to my story. Please see my pic and tell me what this is, it sure wasn't there before I went on my tane-break.
  21. Niacin is AMAZING for acne!

    Forums Diet & holistic health 822 replies

    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.
  22. My husband has acne and after doing some research on it, I believe that it is cystic acne. He gets breakouts on his face, chest, back and has alot of scarring. He says that he has had it a long time and has been to several dermatologists (he is 24 now) and they finally told him the only other option was accutane-which for some reason he is not willing to take. His acne seems to clear up a bit and then come back-he has it really bad this week which is what prompted me to start doing some research. He is not very comfortable talking to me about it-I know that it makes him feel ugly, but honestly I just want to help him feel better physically (and mentally)-It doesn't bother me. Anyway, he uses Proactive, which seems to keep the bad breakouts somewhat at bay, but he still always has *some* and he still always has the body acne and he get some pretty painful cysts He is not the kind of guy to do a whole regimen, so washing with Proactiv is all he does. He DOES drink alot of milk, so I am going to talk to him about cutting that out or down. I really don't want to do the mega doses of vitamin B5 and honestly I probably couldnt talk him into taking 20 pills a day anyway! So after reading on this great site, that I found today, I was wondering what suggestions in a nutshell people might recommend. thanks
  23. Hi, I'm starting this thread to inform people on how crappy using large amounts of vitamin b5 for acne is. Seriously, up until a month ago I had always had very very light acne, maybe a small pimple or two, but nothing serious. I was looking around on the internet for better cures since I had tried mostly all the topicals. I came across b5 and decided to try it out. I ordered it in pill form of 500mg capsules in bottles of 200. Well i started taking 10 grams a day and after a week my acne got a little worse, i looked online (actually on vitamin b5 info on this site) and it said your acne might get worse at first but just keep with it because its just pre-existing pimples pushing their way out of your skin. So i kept with it, oh and by the way i had horrible gas and chapped lips, also i was feeling very light headed and tired a lot. After two weeks my acne got worse, and none of the acne would heal either, a few days after the second week, i got sick (for the 4th time this season), which i believe happened because of the B5. And then i got a dam cold sore! i haven't had a cold sore in 3 years! My sickness is still with me and it's been 3 weeks! I have thrown out all my vitamin b5 and am done, it just sucks because my skin went from being 98% clear to about 50% covered in acne, I JUST HATE THIS STUFF! and also I'm hearing your acne gets worse after you stop taking it, so i have that to look forward too! Please it's not even worth the risk, anybody out there considering taking it, don't! I wish there was a company i could sue because if there was i would!
  24. Please Help. My Acne is Back.

    Forums General acne discussion 6 replies

    I have had acne since I was 11 years old. I am now 27. The only time I have had very little acne was in 2007-2008 because I was on Yaz. Yaz gave me horrible migraines to the point where I wasn't able to function and had to make several trips to the hospital. I eventually had to go off of it because I'm in law school and the migraines were contributing to my poor performance in my classes. I've tried so many drugs for my acne and I just don't know what else to try. Yaz seemed to be the only thing to help me. I started taking several types of vitamins like Vitamin A, primrose, Vitamin B to help, but so far my acne seems to be getting worse. I am so frustrated. I have been on accutane twice. Does anyone have any suggestions to help improve my acne? I just feel so depressed with my skin breaking out. Thanks.