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  1. Hi! I've read many posts about success with megadosing vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), however I rather not risk the side effects. I have mild acne with extremely oily skin (to the point where I can fill up 4-5 oil blotting sheets every hour or so), so I wanted to try taking Pantethine as a way of combatting the oil. I read that Pantethine is much more effective in comparison to Pantothenic Acid and that 300mg Pantethine is approximtely equivalent to 3g of Pantothenic Acid, however I'm not sure if this is entirely true. Has anybody had success with taking low-dose Pantethine (I'm thinking 600mg/day) in conjunction with Acetyl-L Carnitine (500mg/day?)? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I'm also taking 50mg Zinc, 10,000 IU Vitamin A, 400 IU Vitamin E, and 1000g Vitamin C per day.
  2. Hi, I am a 30 year old and suffering from severe-moderate cystic acne from last 10 years. It is so embarrassing and heartbreaking to have acne at this age. I have tried EVERYTHING, if I said everything, I meant EVERYTHING. I tried all home remedies, antibiotics, OCM, Accutane, Spirolactane, Acne.org, proactive, Peter roth, Clinique 3 step solution and many other solutions available in market, BP, salycylic, Glycolic, clindamycin, Azalaic acid, Nicotinamide and other topical treatment. I have tried natural options too, homemade cleaner, No washing, ACV, clay masks, Oils such as Castor oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, hempseed oil, argon oil, grapeseed oil, tea tree oil, lavender, manuka oil, and many more. The only thing which worked was Accutane (in end of 2011)and I was clear for about 1.5 years and started to getting acne in 2013. Now I am on Vitamin B5 regimen (3 g of Vit B5, l-carnitine 250mg, Multivitamin), starting on 25th Feb 18. I know people suggest for mega dosing but my skin is already dry-combination and my body is already severely dry (and Keratosis pilaris) and have dandruff problem. So, I dont want to aggravate my other problems. Because of this, I have added L-carnitine Its been 2 weeks, first week was ok and from last 4-5 days I am getting painful zits.I have to see if B5 is working, still breaking out pretty much every day. I think this is initial breakout, I have to give some time to B5. Will wait to this dose for 1 full month i.e till 28th March. If nothing is helping then I book the appointment on 29th March for 2nd round of Accutane. I am Praying. I will update next week. Please reply if You have experienced any purging before getting any results. I need motivation.
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  4. Hello, Long-time reader, first-time commenter here. Today marks the 10 year anniversary of when I began mega-dosing on vitamn B5. I had bad acne from ages 13-20. Tried pretty much everything, and nothing worked, until this ended my struggle once and for all. I decided to create a post on here in hopes of finding others who have been long time (5+ years) B5 megadosers, in order to create a guide where we can effectively help answer questions for fellow users as well as those who are thinking of trying this out. I have been looking, but haven't found, anyone else on the web who has been doing this for as long as I have, and I'm shocked to find so little accurate information out there on the topic. Hopefully this can remedy that. My past decade: -I've taken 20 pills (500mg each) a day, for a total of 10g/day. I take 5 pills when I wake up, then 5 more every 4-5 hours, with my last dose coming right before bed -I have pretty much flawless skin, and I eat whatever I want and very rarely wash my face -I still have all of my hair (no small feat for a 30 year old male!) -I get my liver and kidney function checked every couple of years (most recently last week), and everything is normal -I periodically stop taking the pills, as a test, and within days my skin starts to get more and more oily and the pimples start coming back In the back of my mind, I do still worry about the effects of taking all these pills every day. So far, I'm perfectly healthy, but maybe I'm just lucky. I have acid reflux, and that's my only health issue. Has anyone had any issues with long-term use of this regimen? Any other success stories? It should be known that I'm not at all an expert on health and acne in general. I'm basically the ultimate guinea pig! But I feel that I'm in a great position to help others, and as a long-time reader and fellow acne sufferer, quite frankly it's overdue. Thanks for reading. JJF
  5. hey, I have tried pantothenic acid for several months before, and I saw never an improvement in my sebum production, but I took only 2 grams a day, 1 gram in the moring and 1 gram at night. Now I realise that it didn't work because I took only 2 grams a day, and that is much too less! So, I thought to try it again, but now I take 5 grams a day. I do this for about a week now but there is sometihing strange! The first day after i took 5 grams, that day i produced only a bit of sebum, it was a wonder for me, and it felt soooo good not to have such oily skin in the evening, it was like a miracle, but I wondered how this can work so fast! but anyway, the days after that day, my skin was just as oily as before :(, but yesterday, the same thing happened again, my skin was again not oily, but today it is like before!! rrrrrrrrr, what is happening? Thank you! XX
  6. I have niacin 500mg, but when I use it i feel rarely some flush, I want more flushing, what is wrong? BTW, if you use it, how long does it take for pantothenic acid for it work and how much do you need to take daily?
  7. Hello, I literally just created an account because I am somewhat excited to begin a personal log for Vitamin B5. About me: I am a 19 year old Asian male who has experienced acne of all types since the age of 11. My journey has involved the usual drug store acne washes, Proactiv, Finacea, Retin-A cream, Minocycline, Doxycycline. Many of these are effective but not permanent for me so if you would like me to describe my experience for any of them then feel free to let me know. I was supposed to go on Accutane but because of a small history of depression, I'm advised against it. However, I refuse to let this terrible terrible skin disease bring me down anymore. I am in the beginning phase of this Vitamin B5 megadose routine and I have high hopes. My acne is definitely hormonal and genetic. My mother has a long history of acne and still has it with many many marks on her face. My father has clear skin which has blessed my two siblings. About my skin: I describe my skin as moderate cystic acne and easily scarring. Not sensitive at all though. right now I have a very oily skin type with small bumps of clogged pores on forehead. I only have cysts on my cheeks and jawline. For some reason, my left side has been extremely clear for several months but my right side refuses to calm down with CLUSTERS on my jawline. For my face as a whole, I have quite some discoloration on my nose, cheeks, and chin. The scars on my cheeks are not going anywhere anytime soon :(. About the risks: I have researched extensively and am well aware of the health risks that come with megadosing Vitamin B5 which includes bowel problems, hair loss, and the imbalance of Vitamin B complex. I'm sure a handful of us agree that acne hits us not just physically, but mentally too. My self-confidence is usually at a low because I am afraid of people staring at my skin. I've been told that my acne doesn't affect my attractiveness. But I find that so hard to believe because I can't even brush my teeth with the lights on. If you're acne were as bad as mine, you would know that I would lose a limb to be happy with myself. With that said, I will be taking cautious measures and not just popping pills like no tomorrow. My arsenal: 500mg Vitamin B5 capsules (Pantothenic Acid) (Varies) 50 mg Zinc tablets (1 a day!) 100% Aloe Vera Gel from bottle and PLANT (as much as possible) Vie Naturelle Acne Dietary Supplement: that contains Vitamin A, C, D3, E, B1, B2, B6, Biotin, and other stuff (taken with Vitamin B5) Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Cleanser (morning and night) St Ives. Blemish Control Apricot Scrub (2x a week) Water! After breakfast, I eat one zinc tablet for the day (eat with food or suffer a stomachache),1 gram of Vitamin B5 (2 capsules), and one acne dietary supplement. The dietary supplement can be any multivitamin or Vitamin B complex so you aren't depleted and imbalanced. I'm currently aiming for 5g in 4 sittings for the first week. The Dietary supplement is recommended for 3 times a day so on the 4th sitting I have 4 Vitamin B capsules. Every night I apply aloe vera onto my face to help reduce redness and inflammation. I don't use it to treat my acne, it's to help with my scars and post-acne pigmentation. Also, I drink so much water and added much more fruit and greens into my diet. Day 1: This is where I began taking the pills. Is this considered day 0 or 1? I did not take a before picture because I didn't think it would work in one day!! Day 2: The next morning, my clusters of acne on my jawline were calmed down with only one big one still active. Also, there were cheek cysts that were flat and taking forever to fully heal began to shrink in half. I could wash my face without being pain from the inflammation. Some things I should add is that my stool has softened a lot and my lips are extra chap. Also, two new pimples showed up that were already surfaced as whiteheads(usually they're underground and red!) and were so easy to drain in the shower. Day 3: That one big jawline pimple has flattened and isn't very painful either. My right side is dramatically less bumpy and can almost compare to my left side. One new pimple on the top left corner of forehead but that's okay. The two new pimples are gone from day 2 but left some marks my fault probably. Lips are not chap because I apply Vaseline lip therapy. Stool is..embarrassingly soft. I have to pee a lot because I drink so much water and sometimes it's extra yellow from the pills. Oil production has not been affected. I don't want to say its from my face cleanser or aloe vera. Goals: Reduced redness on cheeks from scars and hyper pigmentation, Reduced dark discoloration marks on chin and jawline. More even skin tone overall. Sorry this was long. It would suck if nobody read this but i'm doing this for me! Wish me luck!!
  8. OILY skin must go!

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    Many ppl say their oily, and yes they may have a little shine. Unfortunatly I wake up with olive-oil face. 5min after washing my face its shiny. By 1 hour you can cover 2 oil-sheets. By 2 hours you can probably fry some chips... by the afternoon its a complete joke. A side effect of all of this oil is the complete lack of any exfoliation, not even with chemicals, the skin is stuck together like glue. Resulting in, angry red clumped rough skin that shines and ppl think Im sweating and am years older than I am. But, my Super oily skin has rare occassions of dry skin spells when my exercise regime is off the chart, when my diet is as clean as can be possible, and when i drink 3-4 litres of filtered water a day etc.. extreme measures of a super cleansed system just to have a drop in skin-oil from super-oily to just oily/nearly normal for a day or 2, this I hope you agree is crazy and a world apart from the majority of ppl who do absolutly nothing to have normal levels of skin oil. Our good fats and bad and its quantity fluctuate with our hormones and diet/exercise. Now, there is a sweet spot , and from what I have researched/been told by others, and experimented I believe fish oils help us to have more good fats and less triglycerides, B5 upregulates the bad fats, and a dht inhibitor like sawpalmetto turns down the power on the overactive dht. I have used b5 with success in the past but dropped it after it stopped working. I believe now that the b5 stopped working due to changes in my diet/exercise which completly dampened the b5's effect to upregulate, however with high-dose fish oil to attack the problem at a different side, and the sawpalmetto to turn down the fire entirely. This regime in theory should cut oil to the core from every angle.As i said, b5 worked amazingly while it worked. Then I had to come off it and re-cycle it several times to get it to have the same effect, I recall complete changes in my diet/exercise and work/relationship stresses going on also during these times. So I now believe b5 was overwhelmed to do its job (as well as it could by itself). I have now started sawpalmetto a month ago and can see slight improvements, but nothing anywhere near to what I want. B5 and highstrength omega3's from fish-oils have been ordered and I will run the whole regime once they arrive. I wan't sustained dryskin for the long term, without the need to run like a Zebra on a treadmill for an hour a day and all the rest of it. I hope this regime can accompish my goal... A multivitamin is also a daily standard, so I will keep that in the protocol.
  9. My Acne Story

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    Hi all! I would like to share my newly acquired experience with you based on a couple of supplements. From when I was 15 I started getting acne and thought it was just a puberty thing. I thought it would pass by the time I was 18. I read that if you Live a HEALTHY and FIT lifestyle you wont breakout as much, So from when I was 16 I started eating really healthy and I played sports about 4 times a week ( didnt do anything. from this point on I still workout 4 times a week and eat healthy). The year I turned 19 I started trying out creams and topical treatments and went to the doctor a couple of times . I am currently 23 and have been to the doctor several times: tried doxycycline(worked a bit, but side effects were much worse) Tried spironolactone( Couldn't see any noticeable results and made me very dizzy at higher dosages). Tried ALOT of topical treatments including Vitamin C, Lemon, Snailgel. list goes on and on. Basically all the topical treatments that were supposed to help. So after trying all the topical treatments, I never really believed in that stuff anymore. Acne comes from inside and therefor needs to be treated from the inside. About 3 months ago I started doing more research on supplements. I read that Vitamin b5 did wonders on a lot of people, So I thought lets try that out. Started taking 1.5gr a day combined with L-carnitine, that way you wouldnt have to take such a high dose of vitamin B5. So about 1-2 weeks in, I did not really see any change( I was on vacation at the time) So I thought what the hell, lets try more. I amped the dose up to 3 grams a day, and about 4 days later I noticed that my pores were smaller and had less breakouts! I couldnt believe it!! Finally a supplement that works. (although I was still a little skeptical) day by day I started bringing up the dose and after 2 weeks I was taking 5grams a day Plus 1000mg of L carnitine( altough I don't think the carnitine really contributed). Also the other effects of the VItamin B5 and carnitine were: Thicker/faster growing hair, even helped against dandruff and Fatloss! I didn't have any side effects! However, after about a month, I was still breaking out a little and maintained the red scars. Not like before though! Although I was still determined to find a better solution. Because at the end, I don't want to be taking 10 pills a day. 1: Its really unpractical, imagine going over to friends or having dinner, but in the back of your mind you're thinking about pills. 2: I don't think it can really be beneficial to take a high dose of supplements in the long run, eventhough I wouldnt mind. (anything to get rid of acne right). After Vitamin b5 I took MSM( untill yesterday, took it for about 3 weeks) MSM did not do anything. So after doing more research I found out that Fermented Cod liver oil is supposed to be like the miracle cure for a lot of people. I ordered it about a week ago. And have been taking 1/4tsp first 3 days, after 1/2tsp. Ive read that people saw results after 3-4 days! Well unfortunately... It has not been the case for me. I am actually breaking out more, even on spots that I usually do not break out! I believe that there are two types of people that react differently on FCLO. 1: People who believe that you need the types of vitamins that FCLO provides in your body and that it cleares up acne. 2: People that think it is rancid and actually harmfull, causing more acne. Yep, after experimenting with it, I definitely categorize myself a nmb 2. Not only do I break out more, my sweat really starts smelling dirty. Thats always great, paying 40eu for a supplement and not seeing results. Besides the FCLO I also bought DIM. So I will be taking that starting today! Slowly amping up the dose, probably going to start with 1 Pill a day. contains(250mg DIM) In addition to DIM I am also going to take Vitamin B5 again. 4 caps a day( 1gr per cap) Working on clearing up my acne and my red scars! To Give you a recap of this whole story: For me Living healthy does NOT work. It is really a hormonal issue I believe. Plus Sometimes I eat really unhealthy and do not break out as much as when I do. Topical treatments do NOT work for me! I find it very unpractical aswell, due to the length of time. I am constantly sleeping over at friends houses here and there, I do not have time for all these regimens! FCLO MAKES MY ACNE WORSE. vitamin B5 really helps, to an extent. Starting today going to take DIM and vitamin b5 again. I will keep you guys posted on my results. Does anybody have a good supplement for clearing up scars? Let me know what you think! Constructive feedback is much appreciated
  10. Has anyone ever used Sodium Hyaluronate (to be specific a serum that contains Sodium Hyaluronate that you use for moisturizer) and what's your feedback? Ever since I used a moisturizer for the first time in my life a few weeks ago (my skin is naturally very oily), I started developing whiteheads on my right chin only (other parts are much much better). So my dermatologist changed the moisturizer into a serum which contains 3 ingredients: aqua, sodium hyaluronate and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). I looked all over the internet and everyone says these are very good and non-comedogenic ingredients. However after using this serum for over a week, I still see some whiteheads and I even feel it's clogging my pores and I feel a bit greasy. At the same time it doesn't seem to be hydrating enough. So I'm wondering if I should stop using this, or this is normal as an initial reaction and should just continue using it? Also do you guys have any recommendation for non-comedogenic moisturizer which is light, aqua-based and good for oily skin people? Thanks so much !!!
  11. Hello, i have oily spot prone skin and asking for help if am taking the correct vitamins. In the morning i take vitamin b5 pantothenic acid complex and vitamin d3 with my breakfast. then afternoon time after a meal i take Cod Liver Oil with omega 3. then just before bed i take Zinc. Am i taking theses okay and could i add anymore into my vitamin diet? Thanks
  12. Hi all, can anyone offer their honest experiences with vitamin b5? Firstly, has anyone had any success with supplementing 500mg instead of megadosing as im not comfortable with that. I've read a lot of the other forums that mention users supplementing along side l-cartinine or other supplements. Also did it have any effect on you acne or just the oily skin? thanks for your help!
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  25. Hey guys, I don't want to take up 3 paragraphs explaining my background, so I'll make it quick. Longtime acne sufferer. Have tried everything - diet, topical, medicinal, holistic, you name it. Nothing worked. My skin type is super oily with white heads and black heads. Seborrheic Dermatitis. I'm 28. Here's what I've been doing. It's been amazing. Confidence is up, acne is like 95% clear, oil is waaay down: 1. I take a vitamin D & A supplement - once with breakfast & once with dinner. It contains 600 iu vitamin D & 400 iu vitamin A. (Both vitamins are supposed to reduce oil). 2. I take Clear5 twice a day, which is a vitamin B5 / Pantothenic Acid supplement that also contains some other B vitamins. (B5 is supposed to reduce oil). 3. I drink 3-4 cups of a spearmint & peppermint combination tea. (Anti-androgen. Supposed to reduce oil). 4. I have lemons and limes with my tea and in water with meals (Not bottled juice or even organic juice. Actual juice from limes & lemons. This is for the alkaline forming properties. Look up alkaline vs. acidic. It's also great for digestion & cleansing). 5. I'm an absolute freak about my diet. No sugar of any kind. No grains. No nightshades/starchy vegetables (except for carrots). My diet is all vegetables & some meat. The only thing I cheat with is alcohol, and I ain't giving that up anytime soon. 6. Exercise like a maniac. Get ripped. It will help, and it's easier than you think. Just get into a nice routine, and eventually you'll look forward to it. That's pretty much it. Vitamin D & A, Vitamin B5, the mint teas, lemons & limes, diet, and exercise. My oily skin & acne were so bad that I eventually went to a dermatologist and he prescribed me accutane. That prescription has been sitting in my bottom drawer for 6 months because of this routine. It WILL decrease oily skin. You just have to be very disciplined. "Oh, it's Johnny's birthday at work and everyone's eating cake. No thanks." "Oh, we're barbecuing. I'll have 1 hot dog and 1 burger, but with no buns & with mustand not ketchup (which is just sugar)". Temptation is easily manageable. This routine is great for candida too. I know this post is getting pretty long, but here's literally everything & all that I eat tuna salmon brussel sprouts asparagus peas lettuce string beans beans radish cucumber zucchini squash avocado broccoli cauliflower olives carrots celery tomatos on occasion limes/lemons (Tip: On your salads get fresh squeezed lemons and pepper, not that other crap like vinaigrette) extra virgin coconut oil garlic ginger onions Don't use topicals. Those are just irritating your skin and exacerbating your problems. Wash with warm water 2-3 times per day and pat your face down. You'll even out in no time. Good luck. Let me know if you have any questions. -Pete