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  1. So last 2 years I've been trying diets like Keto, Vegan. Not eating dairy, grains, sweets (which helped a little). Started looking for cure in supplements. I've just started taking vitamin D3 8000ui and it works amazing- I still have red face but no cystic acne! And I'm wondering if anyone who tried D3 and then stopped taking it, had great experience and acne didn't come back? I tried lowering dose to 4000ui but got small cysts So I'm still thinking about accutane.... > Male, 21 If you want pics of my face while on D3, just let me know!

  2. Take vitamin D and K to begin with, that will help rebalance your retinoids. Anxiety is probably one of the main causes, as Accutane completely messes up your stress and sex hormones, so right now your body probably feels a tonne of stress. People who take such a limited dose recover much better, and one of my friends took 80mg for 15 months and he is good now, though it knocked him around for a fair bit.

    One of the ironic things about accutane is it makes your body react poorly to stress, then creates a fuckton of it.

    My full recovery advise is:
    "Buy creatine, fish oil, coq10, zinc, multivitamins and a decent protein powder, take the recommended dosages for all of these, and try to meditate for 20 minutes a day"(if its early days take some k2 and vitD as well, that will get your retinoids in check post tane)


    Anyway, even if you are a random healthy male the things I've recommended would only improve your health, all would probs be available if you went to your local discount chemist 
  3. Hi everyone, I am facing a acne problem from my teenage. I have consulted 3 to 4 doctors and followed the procedures but it is not curing. Some say acne will fade when age goes forward. I am 26 now and it is still there. I don't know what to do now . I have attached my picture of my acne. Also the acne in the picture is somewhat reduced but it is increasing and reducing day by day. Can anyone please help me with this? Thanks
  4. Hello all. I've been suffering from very severe acne problems for over 2 decades now, and I'm very desperate. I've tried pretty much everything, including 4 stints of Accutane which worked, but each time I stopped it my acne and oil came back and each time I took it I had some horrific side effects. What I haven't tried yet though is Vitamin B5, and I'd really appreciate it if you can help me and answer these questions: For those who used B5 to successfully treat acne, what vitamins and supplements did you use it in conjunction with, what doses of the B5 and these supplements did you take, and what brands of these supplements did you use? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I should go for a timed/sustained release B5 right? I'm looking to start taking B5 as soon as possible. If there's anything else I should know or any pointers you can give me before I start, please tell me. Again, thanks a bunch for the help. I appreciate it dearly.
  5. Hi all. On the product reviews page, there are some very high reviews for Vitamin E, but these are mainly for topical application. Some people have had breakouts with topical vitamin E due to possibly clogging pores, which I think has scared some people away from trying oral Vitamin E despite some very good reviews within the topical reviews. There has been a lot of speculation that Vitamin E orally could increase all-risk mortality. I've had a good look into it and it appears that these findings are often sketchy but also many studies finding that Vitamin E doesn't affect mortality rates at all. So it's common knowledge that Vitamin E is a very important antioxidant for skin and its main route to the skin is through secretion via the sebaceous gland. We also have squalene in sebum, and we don't want to form the highly damaging squalene peroxide (Vitamin E can prevent this conversion). The more sebum we have (which is largely genetically and hormonally controlled) the more Vitamin E we need to stabilise the squalene. So it makes sense that oral Vitamin E, in the natural form at a reasonably low dose (400IU a day) should help with stabilising these sebum lipids. Secondly studies have shown that along with low levels of serum retinol and zinc, Vitamin E in serum is low. Thoughts?
  6. Hi! I have created this post to share my experience with Epiduo for anyone who is currently undergoing treatment or is thinking about starting on Epiduo! Before I begin, let me tell you a bit about myself. My acne history: I am a 19 year old female who has extremely oily skin. Acne for me started a few months after I turned 16. As the years progressed, my acne exacerbated from mild to moderate. I had tried many OTC products to help initially, however none sufficed. My acne is cystic, I have scarring lesions and extremely congested skin. However, my acne is ONLY on my cheeks, the skin surrounding my cheeks are extremely healthy and not congested at all. My acne journey (pre-epiduo): As we all know, having acne can have us googling and researching all kinds of things to discover what causes our acne, what triggers break outs and what changes we can make to eliminate it. Through research I had discovered that my high glycemic diet (lots of processed food and sugars which raised my glucose levels) were a reason for my aggravated acne and causing breakouts. So I began a new diet of low GI foods and cut out all processed foods as humanly possible. My break outs were less severe however my acne still remained. My skin was still severely clogged and congested my break outs still persisted. The only thing really that changing my diet did was lower inflammation of my acne. The second thing I tried doing was the whole "natural" regime. I quit chemicals and all facial cleansers on my skin for six months. I used honey, cinnamon, yoghurt, tumeric and basically any home remedies my hands could find. This was also during my change of diet, and once again nothing had changed. The only positive of the home remedies were lightening of acne scarring as most of my home made remedies had lemon. However, my cystic acne remained. My Epiduo Diagnosis: After two years of trial and error, my skin cleared up 30% over the two years. Despite me being less stressed a bout the state of my skin, my skin was still extremely congested and clogged pores were evident. I had blackheads and multiple closed comedones. My dermatologist diagnosed me with moderate cystic acne with scarring. My Epiduo Regime: So as per my dermatologists request, I picked up Cetaphil in the GENTLE formulation, despite having oily skin I did not pick up the oily skin formulation as my dermatologist said my skin was going to take a beating. I also use Neutrogena combination skin moisturiser (was using it before my epiduo regime and it has never broken me out). My routine is very simple, the first week of using epiduo I used it twice a week. Removed make up with micellar cleanser, used cetaphil, used epiduo on my face for twenty minutes and then applied moisturiser. Using epiduo sparingly is crucial and infrequnetly within the first month of using it is the most important thing to preserving your skin and not shocking the skin. After the first month I began using it three times, then four times then eventually seven days a week. My first week of using epiduo for seven days a week resulted in extreme flaking, sensitive and inflamed skin and yes - a purge. I am going to insert pictures within my next post and continue my story if you guys are interested...
  7. I read this post which is now archived and wanted to follow up on it – http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/286190-saved-by-niacinamidenicotinamide/ Has anyone else tried this? I can't see much about niacinamide on this site, it's not listed in the reviews/supplements section. This is strange considering it's used in a large number of skin products and there's lots of buzz: “Niacinamide (also known as nicotinamide) is a compound derived from niacin (vitamin B3) (Surjana 2011). It has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory action within the skin. In a randomized, controlled clinical trial of 65 subjects, 5% nicotinamide performed comparably to 2% clindamycin (both as topical formulations) in reducing acne severity scores (Shahmoradi 2013). As a dietary supplement of 600 mg one to four times daily (in combination with azelaic acid, copper, folic acid, pyridoxine, and zinc), it reduced symptoms by over 80% after 8 weeks of treatment in a clinical trial of 235 subjects. This was an open-label trial in which the nicotinamide supplement was compared to the existing acne medication of the subjects. Nicotinamide succeeded in significantly reducing acne lesion counts and improving appearance as reported by the subjects (Shalita 2012). In a Japanese double-blind, placebo-controlled trial examining sebum production, fifty subjects received a topical 2% nicotinamide moisturizer daily and fifty subjects received a placebo. After two weeks of treatment, sebum production of the nicotinamide group was reduced significantly in comparison to the placebo group (Draelos 2006). A separate randomized, double-blind multicenter trial compared a 4% nicotinamide emulsion to a 1% clindamycin formulation, both applied daily as topical formulations. The nicotinamide formulation was found to be superior in terms of safety, tolerability, and efficacy (Morganti 2011).” Source I'm trying 3g (6x500g) orally a day. Day 2 so far. The only negative side effect is very mild asthma/hayfever type wheezyness (I was asthmatic as a kid), but it's also known to be a mood enhancer and I'm feeling that effect already I'm interested in using it topically, does anyone have tips on making their own topical solution? I was thinking of adding it to the jojoba oil I use daily as a moisturiser, I could open up some of the gelatin capsules and mix in the powder. I'm a 38 y/o male, white with greasy skin. My acne is mostly small pustules in my nose, hair + beard area so it's like folliculitis. I have already found success with B5/Pantothenic Acid, Zinc Gluconate and Fish Oil (Vitamin D3+A) capsules, which dry my skin out and minimise breakout. I was on Lycmecycline antibiotics for way too long, it was only semi-effective. Also trying barberry root and taking acidophilus probiotic capsules atm. My dad jokes that my room is like an apothecary because of all the pills, lol But imo systemic > topical
  8. Hey everyone... So, although I have been on the regimen for almost a year and have seen amazing improvement, I am still disappointed in the presence of my scarring and occasional new zits. When I get a pimple, it is one of those deep painful ones that cause a large raised bump and sometimes don't even come to a head. In the past I've made the mistake of digging for it to dry and get it out, but I obviously know how wrong that was and am now left with some scars. I was recently reading about the impact of holistic medicine on acne and the success stories that have emerged from the use of Vitamin A, E, Zinc, and Borage Seed Oil. I am very interested in investing in some of these vitamins if it will make a difference, however I'm unsure which ones to take, and when it becomes too much. Anyone with some history in this matter, I would greatly appreciate your reply. I am not naive enough to believe a vitamin can cure all my problems and transform my skin overnight into a vision of Kardashian-like perfection, but at this point ANYTHING is a help. Hope to hear from someone......anyone.........please
  9. Hey everyone... So, although I have been on the regimen for almost a year and have seen amazing improvement, I am still disappointed in the presence of my scarring and occasional new zits. When I get a pimple, it is one of those deep painful ones that cause a large raised bump and sometimes don't even come to a head. In the past I've made the mistake of digging for it to dry and get it out, but I obviously know how wrong that was and am now left with some scars. I was recently reading about the impact of holistic medicine on acne and the success stories that have emerged from the use of Vitamin A, E, Zinc, and Borage Seed Oil. I am very interested in investing in some of these vitamins if it will make a difference, however I'm unsure which ones to take, and when it becomes too much. Anyone with some history in this matter, I would greatly appreciate your reply. I am not naive enough to believe a vitamin can cure all my problems and transform my skin overnight into a vision Kardashian-like perfection, but at this point ANYTHING is a help. Hope to hear from someone......anyone.........please
  10. Ok lets just get straight down to business. I've had acne for not even a year and it has already amounted to this. Cystic acne started developing within 5 months of me getting acne and they haven't stopped since. I currently have 15 cysts on my face and I cannot touch my face without a pinch or throb of pain. Started Roaccutane (or accutane) 11 days ago and would like to share some photos with you guys to show you my progress throughout the 6-9 month course. I'm currently on 10mg for 1 month then bumping to 20mg. I am currently experiencing an initial breakout (or flare) like reaction and my lips are starting to dry up. This photo here ^ is well before I started accutane and was when I decided to do something about my acne. This is my first day on minocycline ^ , it had no effect - in fact (not the drugs fault) it got worse. I was getting acne on my jaw line I was so disappointed and made me so anxious to start accutane and get rid of this awful acne. So I did it's been 11 days, here is my week 1 progress photo(s). Please stay tuned for the weeks to come! Week 2 has arrived here are the photos for my second week of accutane, dry lips, dry eyes and very itchy legs. xD I don't know why but yeah.
  11. So i have started a new regimen which seems to be working in reducing my acne (which is mostly just clogged pores) i am not going to tell you what i am using (and taking) until i am sure that it is actually these things for sure that are helping. My original post mentioned that i was trialing Vitamin D however that really wasn't working out so i stopped taking it. If my current regimen keeps working i will post back within a few days so stay tuned. I have taken before and after pics of my new regimen.. i have posted it as a comment so scroll down this page and it should be there.. My original post: I was a acne.org user a few years ago with the same problem i am posting today. However in 2014 i somehow cured myself and i honestly do not know how! I remember i cured myself so good that no matter what i put on my skin i never got a single pimple or clogged pore or anything. I wasn't even using any fancy products. Well i dont know why and i dont know how but for the past 2 months the same skin issues started again. I didn't change anything with my products either. The only thing i remember was that i took a monthly Vitamin D regularly and also probiotics. I stopped both those medications because i literally got lazy and forgot to take them plus i was broke lol! my skincare routine usually just consisted of washing my face with the Benzac Daily Facial Liquid Cleanser (with a brush). So basically without going into too much detail the reason why i am starting this topic is to trial a Vitamin D3 and see if it makes any difference with my skin. This time though i am not going to buy a monthly Vitamin D3 i am just going to get the over the counter Vitamin D3. I will also start on my probiotics again. I am posting my before photos to this post and then report back possibly after a week with results. so stay tuned
  12. Hi, I'm having mixed feeling about the ginko biloba supplement. I felt like it helped me the first couple days and suddenly I get multiple cysts. Has anyone tried this with a similar or different experience? Thanks
  13. Hi All, I am 31 years old and have been suffering from Adult Acne for the last year- ever since I went off of my birth control pill and had a Copper IUD put in. When I was on BC my skin was effortlessly perfect for years, and since then I almost always have 3-4 spots including cysts that take forever to heal. I've tried mandelic acid peels and tee tree oil, both of which worked in the beginning and then stopped. I am getting married in 6 months and desperately want to stop this acne. I am going to try a low-carb/low-glycemic diet and the B5 vitamins for a month, and if it doesn't work, I am going back on the pill or blasting my body with antibiotics the months before the wedding, even though I know those results are always only temporary. New Plan: 2x daily mild face wash 5% Niacinamide (B3) serum 2x/week mandalic acid peels Less than 50 g of Carbs/day, all low glycemic 30 mg zinc 2.5 g Pantothenic Acid, spread out over 3x/day 900 g L-Carnitin, spread out over 3x/day Vitamin B-Komplex (no Biotin) Probiotic I would love to be able to give the routine more time, but I know it will take a few months for my body to adjust to the BC and for that to help my acne. I dislike being on BC, but if I knew how difficult it would be to get rid of adult acne I probably would have stayed on it. I thought if I just had a good morning/evening routine and used chemical peels 2x a week I would be fine- what a joke! It seems nothing I've done so far could stop this acne. So hopefully the big diet change and B vitamins do.
  14. I have been a long time acne sufferer and have done a ridiculous amount of research and self tests to see what might permanently cure my acne. You could call it a Borderline obsession when it comes to looking for ways to cure my acne. Anyways, Largely I feel like a proper diet and a healthy ratio of omega fatty acids are what it largely takes to maintain mostly good skin. You may or may not be aware of Leo from clear skin coach but that was the first step I took to permanently healthy skin. Granted I'm always skeptical of those types of sites but he laid out a program that is very rigorous and shows that their is no single magic cure that can cure your acne. You have to do months of hard work to fix your internal problems and while some of his methods are a bit much and his recommendations for supplements can really add up in price, his principles are what should be followed. Anyways, I'm not trying to sell you guys on his program I'm just saying nothing can replace healthy living and following strict guidelines if you are unfortunate enough to suffer from adult acne like myself. It takes hard work. Antibiotics are simply a band aid that only make the problems worse in the long run. It amazes me how little dermatologist know when it comes to the overall harmful effects the pills they're pushing on their acne suffering patients. Trust me, it causes way more problems in the long run including worse acne returning. For a couple of years, I have dealt with 85-90% clear skin which is huge considering where I was before. What seemed to bring on pimples though still was intense lifting (mainly affected my body only), ejaculation, and large amounts of certain foods that trigger breakouts for me. Granted, the last one is within my control but the other two are things I can't willingly give up about 3 months ago, I got my blood work back from a check up that said I was low in vitamin d3 (I live in MN) and I noticed I felt like I was suffering from seasonal depression so I went on a mega dose regime of 50,000 IU of vitamin d3 a day and 5,000 IU of vitamin k2 (used to counterbalance the effects of large amounts of vitamin D3). Now I know after reading that you all think I'm crazy for going on such a crazy high dosage and how unsafe that is and blah blah blah... I have done a ton of research over it and the claims of vitamin D3 overdosing have been FAR exaggerated. Some studies have people taking as high as 1,000,000 IUs a day with no side effects whatsoever. I know many of you will disagree with me and that's fine. I am not sharing this post to start a debate but to let you all know what worked for me. When I first started the high dosage, I had no intention on helping my acne. However, even though I didn't attribute it to the vitamin d3 at the time, my acne had dramatically cleared up and for the first time in forever, I did not notice one new pimple forming, even though I was doing all 3 things that trigger breakouts for me more than ever. I at the time thought it was because I had stopped using sucralose which later proved not to be a factor. After using all of my vitamin d3, I stopped and started breaking out again. Still, I hadn't connected the pieces yet. A month and a half later, we went to Sanibel Island for a week where it was sunny everyday. After just a few days in the sun, all of my acne faded away and no new ones where showing (I had noticed this on vacations past but didn't think vitamin d3 could be the cause). This caused me to ponder why these effects happened whenever I was in the sun and than I had an aha moment. When I was taking large doses of vitamin D3, my acne was nearly non existent. I started back up again when I got home from vacation but this time taking doses of 30000 IU for D3 and 3000IU for k2. Almost immediately I noticed changes in my skin and very rarely do I have a new pimple show up now. I even feel like I can get away with being a little lazy with my eating and still be just fine. I have done a little digging online and have found a few other people who have noticed similar results with also some articles that shed some interesting theories why acne seems to be cleared from taking vitamin d3. I would encourage you all to do the same and do some digging on your own. Again, I am not looking to get into an argument and get attacked by others saying how what I'm doing is dangerous. I understand that initially it can appear dangerous. However, I have done my thorough research and feel quite confident and safe with what I am doing. If you would like to try but are worried about starting with such a high dose, I would suggest beginning with 5,000 IUs of D3 a day along with 1000 IUs of K2 and seeing how that works. If you do decide to give this a try, I would appreciate hearing from you how it goes. It only took a few days for me to notice results so after a week of trying this out, I would love to hear how it worked for you all!!
  15. Growing up I had very severe cystic acne. I would get huge pimpels on my face and back. About 3 years ago I went to a dermatologist and was put on amoxicillin. This antibiotic killed the bacteria that caused acne, thus while on it I didn't expeirence any breakouts, and my skin was finally able to heal. Recently my new dermatologist was looking to take me off amoxicillin, but the problem I kept running into was my acne would start to return within a week of being off amoxicillin. In my mind there was only 1 of 2 ways to be completely acne free - Constantly have an antibiotic in my body that would actively kill the acne causing bacteria, or create an environment in my body in which acne couldn't thrive. I tried doing the latter through taking vitamins. I tried vitamin d, e, a, zinc by themselves, but none of them ever kept my acne away. Because the vitamins by themselves weren't working I decided to try Alive Multivitamin. I read somewhere that vitamins work together or something, that the body uses them in various ways, and was thinking that even though i was taking e or a specifically for acne, maybe my body needed more than just these. I started taking Alive about 2 months ago and haven't had a single breakout yet. My acne hasn't returned, and I haven't had a single pill of amoxicillin. I am also taking 30,000 IU of Vitamin A daily with my 3 Alive pills as well. So, this is what's worked for me. I would suggest that anyone who has acne or is on an antibiotic and is looking to get off of it, to try a multi vitamin like Alive because your acne could be related to a major vitamin deficiency. Feel free to ask any questions, or let me know how Alive is working for you. I get mine from IHerb: http://www.iherb.com/Nature-s-Way-Alive-Whole-Food-Energizer-Multi-Vitamin-Max-Potency-No-Iron-Added-180-Tablets/4120 - SuperGao
  16. 3 Foods Journey

    Forums Diet & holistic health 19 replies

    Changed "The Truth" to a journey, since I'm discontinuing it. Summary Basically, I had cystic acne, but finally cleared my skin by eating only eggs and oatmeal for like 2 weeks after getting results back from a skin prick test. Here are those results: Now, these results weren't very accurate and didn't test for enough foods. But oats and carrots and wheat were spot on. Mediator Release Test Now, I didn't get it yet! I'm saving money so I can order it from Florida for $495 U.S. I have, however, found foods I don't react to. And the rules for the MRT test state and avoidance of bad foods for 3 months eliminates the moderate level intolerance foods, and 6 months eliminates the majorly reactive foods. There are some topics about the mediator release test on acne.org. Just search it if you want to. 3 months: moderate food intolerances should disappear 6 months: Major food intolerances should disappear Before Mediator Release Test diet March 31, 2015 April 1, 2015 day 1: I am eating only wheat, carrots, oats, and apples. (Water is the drink) Have small cystic acne on temples that I think I got from cabbage. Waiting for that to clear so I will be mostly clear. I also have a stupid bump/scar on my nose that started out as a cyst in August 2014, but has been this bump/scar since December 2014. If anyone knows anything about nose scars/bumps, please share. day 2: Ate my last apple in the fridge today. Got a beginner pimple on my left cheek near my eye. Apples are known to cause acne on my cheeks, but usually nothing too serious. I'm debating kicking apples out, now. Might try a replacement... day 3: Taking out Apples. When I woke up, the pimple from that apple had deflated. But a scab came off near my mouth, so now I have a medium sized pink pigmentation near my mouth (I know, fuckin disgusting). Might have work monday, and don't wanna see my family on easter, anyway, so it might look better by then. My temple acne is almost gone on both sides. Just one scab on each side. Hopefully those won't give me any grief next week. Wheat, Carrots, and Oats only for right now. day 4: Woke up, pooped, and saw pellets. I've been suffering from chronic constipation, but eating better has made my poops better. Well, since switching to this 3 food diet, my poop has come out in pellets which is a sign of constipation. This definitely isn't good for me, but it's clearing my skin so I'll hold out until I get this test. I think if I eat more oats, my poop will be better. Try to fix this with ctr+shit+8! day 5: Feeling like my instestines are getting scraped to shreds. TreatAcne put a link in her comment on here where I found out grains have defensive chemicals that cause holes in the intestines. I am realizing that this diet may be more detrimental to my goal than I thought. I've sheilded myself in my room because of these scars. This caused me to over eat, which is bad. I'mma replace some meals by snacking on carrots and homemade carrot sauce. Thanks TreatAcne and alternitivista. - mark users blue
  17. Water Diet And Suppliments?

    Forums Diet & holistic health 6 replies

    Hi guys ,I'm Lima and i'm also New to this community ,m 16 and suffering from ance i use to have clear skin before than most of my friends but it looks like ance has taken its revenge on me.. . Lately i've been read about water fast and i also wanted to try that to see any improvements im not sure how long i have to do this(i have been thinking maybe 3-4days) and also i take Vitamin c pills along with some other antioxidant pills every am and pm , will taken that affect my water fast by any change?Thanks
  18. Ivebeen taking vitamin A, D, E, for about 2 weeks now. I included zinc about a week ago. I originally started with a low dosage of vitamin A, however, I increased the dosage to about 200,000iu (retinyl palimate). My softgels are in 10,000iu but I see some that are 2,000iu? My acne began clearing when I had only vitamin A and D. However, since increasing the dosage my face has broken out. It might be because of the 100mg zinc temporarily included, but I'm really not sure. What gives? My face was doing fine and clearing up nicely until this. It could also be due to my football helmet. Should I decrease vitamin A dosage to 5,000iu-10,000iu? Is this just an initial breakout? Too confused right now
  19. Hi guys and girls, I'm after some help and advice. I'm 22, and I've always struggled with my acne. I'd say to started when i was 16'ish. It's really knocked my confidence, and I don't even think i have any now (boo-hoo, haha!). About 2 years ago i stumbled across African Black Soap on the internet, I immediately ordered a bottle after reading how it does wonders for your skin and acne. Safe to say it did do wonders for my skin, I felt it dried my acne out, then i would moisturise to get moisture back into my skin. It was all good until a year later'ish when i just got sick and tired of the same old routine. I couldn't wash my face with the soap without my skin feeling ridiculously tight, I couldn't even smile! Within 5 minutes of getting out the shower I was literally plastering Cetaphils's Hydrating lotion all over my face. And I was still getting acne, which was probably from the dryness of my skin and the fact that my skin wasn't producing natural oil, just the moisture that i was putting on it. Even thought this had cleared up most of my acne, this still really affected me mentally, ''What would i do when i get a girlfriend? i can't spend 20 minutes in front of her mirror doing this, this isn't wasn't men are supposed to do'' those kind of thought, which is kinda the truth. I've ALWAYS wanted to be able to wash and clean my face, without my skin feeling ridiculously dry, so i decided to try out CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser. I was sceptical at first incase this would cause me to break out bad, but WOW! this is the feeling i've been looking for LOL! No tightness LOL!, my skin felt clean, but still hydrated. Anyways, my skin did clear up a bit, I started using CeraVe's PM lotion which again, did wonders, It wasn't thick like Cetaphil's lotion, it didn't sit on top of the skin like Cetaphil, it soaked right in. I've also been using Neutrogena's Visibly Even moisturiser, which has SPF 30 in it. This is supposed to even out your skin tone, which really does work! The products i'm currently using are: Morning - CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser - Neutrogena Visibly Even Moisturiser Night Time - CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser - CeraVe's PM lotion I also exfoliate either once or twice a week with ''St Ives Sensitive Apricot Scrub''. What I'm struggling with at the minute is vitamin supplements. I've always taken: 500mg of ''Bio-Nutrition Vitamin C + 15mg Zinc'' Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil About month ago i decided to try new supplements, so i got: Higher Nature Vitamin D Solgar Vitamin C 1000mg Pantothenic Acid Vitamin B-5 Vitamin A Vitamin E So, I started taking Vitamin D, wasn't exactly sure what i should notice a difference in, but all is well. However, I took Pantothenic Acid for 3 days and I broke out like mad! All over my cheeks, which never happens! So i stopped taking that, after 3 days and went back to what i usually take. Yesterday I started with the higher dose of Vitamin C 1000mg and It made me feel weird, I guess its my body getting used to it, but i can't really explain the feeling, bit of a headache. My question is, What supplements should i take, to help cure my acne? I'm sorry for the long message, lol. I've just been needing advice for a long time now.
  20. I have read several post of people clearing there acne using various methods diet vitamins ect ect, the post dont specify whether there acne was Genetic , Hormonal or just intolerance to certain foods. Is the treatment the same as far as vitamins and diet for both types? My son is 20 yrs old and has had acne since he was 17, his father had acne so I am assuming its Genetic. Has anyone cleared there Genetic acne with vitamins and diets or is accutane the only option?
  21. Vitamins For Acne?

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    I am on ortho tri cyclen BCP and it has given me horrible hormonal acne, worse than it was before I started the pill. I am 25, and just NOW getting acne when it has never been a problem before, not even in my teens. I told my doctor after being in the pill for a little over 3 months that it was breaking me out, she agreed and wanted to give me oral antibiotics. Doxycycline to be exact. This is stupid. Antibiotics, as all women on BC know, decrease the effectiveness of birth control as an actual contraceptive. So, why not just stop if I'm going to take antibiotics? I told her I would see a dermatologist instead, and ask for something topical. That happens next week. In the mean time... Has anyone tried using vitamin A, D, E, or Biotin as andietary suppliment to combat acne? I've read many articles online about how these are supposed to be good for your skin, but you have to be careful because too much of any of these can be toxic. I would really like to try giving vitamins a shot, and see what hat does. Has anyone given vitamins+BCP a try? Instead of antibiotic pills.
  22. 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
  23. Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)

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    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
  24. Reaction To Food

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    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?
  25. Acne Is Not Curable, Period

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    I saw this comment made by you AKL, and it strikes a bit of a nerve. And so i'd like to pose a question to you, respectfully. How do you define a cure? Is it a magical pill you take? Does a cure have to rid the problem in a set amount of time to be labeled a cure? Does it have to work for every individual when used in a study? Does it have to come from pharmaceutical drug companies to be labeled a cure? One more question. We are all different correct? I've heard you say this on numerous occasions, so i assume that is still your stance. So if this is true, how would a 'cure' work for every individual in a study? It would have to address every metabolic function that is leading to the formation of acne in the skin. And since everyone is metabolically different, and consumes a wide array of foods, and is exposed to various toxic elements, and may have impaired organ function to begin with...are these not things that must be considered when pondering the idea of a 'cure'? Basically, we have an issue in our world today. Where cures, in many ways, have become synonomous with the idea of miracles. The term 'cure' is used as hope for cancer victims. And most cancer victims are still crossing their fingers and hoping a pill comes out that 'cures' cancer. Yet...thousands of patients were 'cured' by a Dr. Max Gerson in the 30's, that were sent home to die by medical practitioners, by using raw foods/liver flushes/coffee enemas. And to this day, Gerson Clinics are dwarfing the success rates of traditional cancer treatments that use chemo/radiation/surgery. This is happening because Gerson Treatments build up the natural defenses of the body. They don't break them down, which is what chemos do. They are cell toxins. High dose intravenous vitamin C treatments are selectively toxic to cancer cells. All the while boosting the body's immune defenses. If cancer has no 'cure', then why do people heal themselves by using high dose intravenous vitamin C? Why do they 'cure' themselves by using a raw food diet? Why do they 'cure' themselves by using IV injected sodium bicarbonate? Or by simply consuming alkaline water? Or by consuming raw apricot kernels? If they have no signs of the original ailment, were they not 'cured'? All of these methods are addressing an underlying metabolic process that is allowing cancer to exist. Yet, they are not labeled 'cures'. And i have no issue with that. Because i believe the term 'cure' has come to mean something completely different in today's society. Cure is, again, synonomous with 'miracle pill'. In the post that was immediately shut down, in which i took this quote made by you AKL, the OP stated that everyone has different triggers. Are we not infinitely complex beings? So...might the individual 'cure' for someone be infinitely complex? Might it take someone a lifetime to figure out their own 'cure'? So the issue here lies with the terminology. While many factors can universally be associated with contributing to acne, even more varying factors are still in play. This goes for cancer victims as well. One combination may not work for every cancer victim. Which is why they, along with acne sufferers, need to do everything they can nutritionally to stack the deck in their favor. Whether that involves eliminating certain aggravating foods, or incorporating a natural topical solution....the human body is so complex that it could take much trial and error (another term used by the OP) Life habits are equally important here, and can have a huge impact on these issues as well. So i ask again, AKL, how do you define the term 'cure'? As many acne.org users have rid themselves of their original ailment by using various approaches