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  1. Will zinc help me?

    Forums Other acne treatments 2 replies

    I have changed my diet (removed dairy and gluten), i drink plenty of water everyday, started taking enteragam for my ibs, exercise regularly, and i soon hope to start evening primrose oil for hormonal balance. I wash with a mild cleanser and use apple cider vinegar as a toner. Would zinc benefit my acne? If it helps, I had an eating disorder in the past that may have messed with hormones and or vitamin levels. Thanks.
  2. NEED HELP AND ADVICE

    Forums Hormonal acne 2 replies

    Hi, I really need some help and advice on how I can clear up my acne. I’ve always had acne since purberty and it got worse over the years. I’ve already gone to numerous dermatologists to get it treated so it has subsided from severe to moderate acne. The last dermatologist told me I’ve tried everything. Well, that was helpful... I just want clear skin or at least as clear as I could go get. I really have bad acne especially during my period and most of them are retained in my chin, jaw and lower cheek area so I know it’s hormonal (doctor said the same thing). I have oily/combo skin and have rosacea as well so it can be sensitive. I’m very religious with skincare products and only use safe acne prone friendly skincare products. Oral Pills I’ve tried: Accutane (which helped the most, but i already finished the treatment plan) Birth Control pills Minocycline Spiro (on and off, worked to some effect but it disrupted by menstual cycle too much) Topicals I’ve tried: Clindamycin Aczone Retin-A (tried different %) combo of Retin A, Zinc and Azelaic Acid Epiduo (works the most but still does not clear me up, hurts my skin like hell too, leaves red patchy marks) Vitamins/Supplements I’ve tried: Vitamin A Zinc Probiotics Vitex Vitamin B Complex Hum clear skin I’m at a point where I’m really tempted to go back to birth control pills again but I’m afraid of messing with my hormones and undergoing the initial breakouts and side effects. I also think that this could just be a temporary solution. Any thoughts on this? I also heard that DIM but me another solution? Does this really work? Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  3. I have been using Tretinoin microsphere gel 0.1% and Minocycline 100mg (twice a day) for a couple of months now and I was on the acneeinstein.com website and the suggestion of taking zinc/Vitamin D3 pills was suggested. I wanted to ask and see if it was ok that I take these pills along with the medications that have been prescribed to me? thanks in advance.
  4. Hi. I have been suffering with acne for about two months now... derm said it’s hormonal. I’ve been taking zinc, vit a, D3, and calcium. So far it’s been helping. I’m thinking of supplementing magnesium as well. Decided to try and figure out my trigger and I think it was all internal because the vitamins did help. I was originally getting deep cysts on my jawline but only on my right cheek (so weird) but now I get small bumps all over my right cheek which is better than cysts. However I struggle with picking and irs making everything so complicated because I pick and then it takes forever to heal I’m working on it.... i guess im just looking for support from other people who are suffering from acne because to be honest I feel so alone most of the time. I get these waves of anxiety that results in me standing in front of the mirror for 20 minutes picking and over analyzing my face. Im newly married so it’s even more stressful because I get so self conscious around my husband even though he try’s to support and comfort me.... acne is rough... it’s definitely taking a toll on my mental health. I find myself checking the mirror every 5 min hoping something got better....tonight I picked at my face and now it’s all red and irritated so I iced it and put vasalin.... guess I’ll see if it helps in the morning. some new things I’ve been trying -calamine lotion as a spot treatment -BP as a spot testament -zinc oxide (dipper rash cream) if anyone is interested in any updates on my skin. Feel free to ask. *hope to and it cleared soon!!
  5. I started developing severe cystic acne when I was 20. They were huge red cysts with three heads each that would grow on both cheeks (almost symmetrically), and wouldn't stop being inflamed for two weeks at a time. It was ugly and really painful, and they left marks that would not go away for atleast three months and scars that are still on my cheeks. As I went from acne-free to covered in horrible red acne and scars on my face I became depressed and lost five kgs. I also started to *lose my hair* and had *dry flaky skin on my palms and face*. The skin on my palms would peel off and my hair would fall in clumps. I noticed a decrease in the *quality of hair, which became extremely dry, frizzy and lost its overall shape and texture*. I felt like I had a different person's hair on my head. I went to several doctor's who could not help me, and I got hormone and thyroid tests done which did not tell me anything. After studying my acne and symptoms over a year I self-diagnosed myself with hypothyroidism. Self-diagnosis can be dangerous, but sometimes it's about reading your body's signals. As I took measures to deal with hypothyroidism, my acne went away and I have been cyst-free for six months now. Here is what helped and what didn't: What did not help: Cutting carbs : Helped with weight-loss but acne kept coming Drinking lemon water in the morning: Good habit but cysts continued Burdock Root: did not take full dose and suffered from horrible purging breakouts over jawline on both sides of my face Green Tea: Helped with overall health and skin but cysts continued Vitamin A and D :Helped with overall skin but did not do anything for cystic acne What really helped: Calming myself down: stressing about my cysts made them worse Makeup and concealer: You can always conceal redness; it took me a while to discover this and I have been at peace since then, cysts or no ALOE VERA: This gel is magic and will speed up scar healing so much, and make your skin glowy. Tip: Keep it on overnight, on full face. Zinc: I started taking 15mg of zinc daily because it can support your thyroid. This was the key to being cyst-free. It might not work for everyone, but my hair and skin only returned to normal once I began to take zinc. Don't take too much! [I take 15mg Zinc Gluconate daily from Holland and Barrett. I've been taking one every day for a year now with no side-effects. No nausea or hair loss; my hair is almost too thick right now.] Selenium: I eat one brazil nut everyday. I have not had a single cyst or even big pimple since. It can really support your thyroid. Try it! It's magic. From my experience, zinc is not enough, but in combination with selenium I have almost zero acne issues. Magnesium: I swam in the ocean for a week, and when my skin and hair drastically improved, that's when I suspected I might have thyroid issues. I don't know whether it is the magnesium or zinc or whatever mineral that is present in sea water that did it, but it changed my skin health soooo drastically (just a week!) that it was insane. So try magnesium sprays, tablets, or a swim in the ocean! It's depressing to deal with acne but try and listen to your body. Don't go gluten and dairy free without ruling out hormonal or thyroid and other endocrine issues. Two years ago I was in a horrible place, and was constantly sad about my skin. Today it's something I think about maybe once a month, and only if I can see my scars. Otherwise I can get away without washing my face, eating like crap, being stressed, getting no sleep, having sex, etc. without it showing on my skin! It's only because I know my body needs certain nutrients. If you have any of these symptoms, try what I did! I hope I help someone.
  6. So I've been using Jojoba oil, zinc oxide and benzoyl peroxide for the past week. Zinc with benzoyl does not seem like a good idea since my skin got super dry after I washed it. I've got cystic acne on me cheeks, I believe its from touching/pillow but the oil production hasn't decreased yet and zinc is working like a charm(not sure if it's good in the long-run tho). Has anybody else tried doing this? How can I modify this routine to get more results? btw going to stop using bp and see if anything changes.
  7. WEEK 11 (2.5 MONTHS): - I stopped posting for a while because midterms started coming up and I got very busy. I think I may be posting less frequently though as i don't see me having any skin epiphanies anytime soon lol - I have currently a few spots (active) and a lot of healing ones on my cheek (those honeslty kind of come and go and I swear it's due to not washing my makeup brushes frequently enough) - I have not had any super inflammed or itchy/painful hormonal spots around my mouth anymore & I can say with confidence that I am absolutely certain it is becasuse of the zinc! I plan to continue to take zinc from now on. I am convinced that it has had a positive impact on my skin and acne issues Here are some pictures from tonight:
  8. I want to start taking zinc pills. I have there are many types taken by people here -chelate , gluconate etc. which is recommended most? also at what dose? i am 17 year old male 130lbs
  9. Zinc tablets

    Forums Other acne treatments 1 reply

    Hi, has anybody tried zinc tablets? I started taking them about 2 weeks ago and stopped after a week as I was breaking out. And it's been about 6 days since I took any and I'm still having a bad breakout from them. Anyone had had anything similar? How long did the breakout last? Thanks
  10. Zinc Blog 5/6 (WEEK 6/7)

    Blogs 30mg Zinc Trial 2 comments

    WEEK 6/7 (I skipped a week): - I finally overcame the majority of that awful hormonal breakout, for the most part && most importantly no spotting/bleeding issues (sorry tmi) - now that I'm in week 7, I can say that I am overall happy with how zinc has been helping me out with my skin - the primary improvements are seen in the reduction of hormonal acne around my mouth area which is AMAZING because that's what bothered me the most - I currently have a few minor cysts on the sides of my face (jawline/under chin) but nothing that seriously bothers me (shown in pics) - I feel as though my hormones are maybe even a little more stabilized and I'm not as moody/grumpy (which isn't a whole lot to begin with but still) - skin/hair seem more or less the same as far as oiliness goes, maybe the slightest reduction in it, but nothing to write home about - I am going to continue this blog until I finish the bottle and then I feel as though I will be able to provide my final thoughts on zinc 30mg (specifically optzinc) and its effects on my acne - as it stands right now, I think I want to continue taking it, even if it doesn't overall provide massive changes, it's enough to keep me on it! **provided some pictures from tonight, but they are from my iphone so less quality.. **sometimes I wonder if this blog is even helping anyone out there, I see that it gets some views but this is way less interaction than when I posted my Accutane blog years ago.. *sigh* hopefully I'm helping someone make a decision on whether or not to try zinc
  11. Zinc Blog 4 (WEEK 5)

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    WEEK 5: - last week I took my zinc pill at 1pm, literally right around the time I take my birth control pill and I started to bleed the next day and for many days after, barely stopped yesterday actually, I also broke out - It's finally getting better, it wasn't super terrible but it was a bad breakout generally - don't really have much more to update, I feel like next week will show more improvement overall, so here are some pictures:
  12. Zinc Blog 3 (WEEK 4)

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    WEEK 4: - I am pleased to update that my skin has continued to improve into week 4 on zinc - I still breakout, still somewhat frequent (but a little less frequent than before) but when I do breakout, they are so minor and tiny; hardly ANY at all are inflamed/cystic - I have really seen a reduction in the acne around my mouth/jawline which is amazing - as far as oiliness goes, I feel that my skin is back to the norm for me, which was combo skin; mildly oily t-zone and dry cheeks - I don't think I mentioned this in my previous posts but when I started to take zinc initially, it seemed as though I saw an increase in oil production, which was really noticeable in my hair/scalp (it made it difficult to wash and it felt like straw--which you would think was a sign of dry hair) and as of now in week 4, it's better but still my hair isn't as manageable as before - I have been monitoring the bleeding issue (sorry for the TMI) and I have still been noticing um brown discharge but no actual blood, haven't attempted sex though yet.. **P.S. kind of random but taking zinc isn't doing anything to help me ward off colds/flus/other viruses.. I have gotten sick 2x now within a month since being on zinc! I thought it was supposed to help strengthen our immune system! Anyways, lets see how the picture updates came out:
  13. Not sure if anyone else has experienced this, but I have been told by two different doctors that I have Seborrheic Dermatitis, specifically on my chin and chin only. I am a 22 year old male, I live in Colorado where the weather is dry with low/no humidity. This condition has lasted for about 6 years. I grew up believing it was acne, and therefore treated my chin as acne. The truth is, my SD causes pimples on my chin. My SD could have been caused by the climate I live in, the food I eat, the treatment of harsh benzoyl peroxide products, oral antibiotics, genetics, some factor I don't know of, or all of the above. My face will either produce surplus sebum levels leading to a breakout or dry, tight, flaky skin which also leads to breakouts. I have removed sodium lauryl sulfate products, and this has helped. Ketoconazole has SLS in it, which helps with my SD, but still causes breakouts. I have also tried taking it orally. My current routine is T/Sal Therapeutic Neutrogena Shampoo at night sometimes followed by Aczone. In the morning, I only use sea salt with water. Currently take a strong probiotic, turmeric pill, and zinc. I have tried many other supplements and tropical creams and nothing appears to work. I do believe what I eat affects SD as well. Looked into taking Accutane, have not decided if it is worth it or not. Thoughts?
  14. Zinc Blog 2 (WEEK 3)

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    WEEK 3: - the breakouts that popped up on my chin/jawline area have definitely calmed down a lot (sooo happy) - I think I notice slightly oilier skin since being on zinc, but during week 3 now, it seems less noticeable and probably closer to what my skin was normally at (combination skin, but not overly oily t-zone) - the breakouts are much less inflammed, itchy, and painful - I notice a somewhat steady/usual occurrance of spots on my face though, in the usual places (hairline, forehead, around mouth, etc.)--so I haven't noticed a decrease in occurrances of spots at all - not sure if this is relevant but during sex yesterday I noticed I started to bleed, which used to happen on vitamin d3 (I think it affected my hormones, once I stopped taking it, it stopped entirely).. I hope it was just because I wasn't really "ready" for it, and not because zinc is affecting my hormones similarly, had some minor spotting today as well that I'm sure is related to yesterday I have to be honest with you guys, the breakout was getting so bad in the beginning/middle of week 3 that I really considered quitting, but it seems it might have possibly been an "initial breakout" and hopefully things keep getting better from here on out Posting some pics from tonight after washing up: **P.S. if you guys are curious as to the discoloration of my skin, they kind of look like really uneven freckles, that's due to excessive sun exposure and sun damage from when I was on Accutane for so many years.. even with sun protection, that accumulated over the years.
  15. Zinc Blog 1 (WEEKS 1 & 2)

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    Hello there, this is my first blog where I report my improvements using Zinc to treat my persistent, painful acne. Lets get the basics out of the way real quick: - I'm 25, female - currently taking Zinc (as Zinc methionine) 30 mg (OptiZinc by Source Naturals) which also contains Copper (as Copper Sebacate) 288 mcg - also currently taking a women's multivitamin that also contains 15mg of Zinc (as Zinc Oxide) (2+ years) and Yaz birth control pill (8+ years) - I avoid dairy (not lactose intolerant, just prefer to not ingest it) and don't eat much red meat - acne is primarily found around my lips/mouth/chin area and more recently right under my chin near my neck (inflamed, itchy, whiteheads, cysts, sore/painful) - been taking the OptiZinc for 2 weeks and a day now WEEK 1: - after a week, there is much less acne overall and less inflammed acne - all inflammed pre-existing acne has gone down - a few new pimples have formed (whiteheads) but not too many WEEK 2: - heavily increased hormonal acne around mouth/chin area - very inflammed, very painful and itchy - most spots are coming to a white head or are a cyst - feeling a little discouraged but I will continue taking these pills for AT LEAST 12 weeks since I hear that is usually a good amount of time to see whether or not things are actually improving or not (I wonder if this is an "initial breakout" like on Accutane.. I hope so **I added a photo from week 1, and later tonight I'll add a photo from today for week 2, sorry for the "deer in the headlights" look I have going on
  16. Hello everyone, I am 22yo female half black and half white. I suffered from acne since I was 13yo : extremely oily skin, black and white heads, occasionnal big painful zits as well as some cystic acne. I live in Paris France, where it's cloudy and cold most of the time. I'm inside an office all day. I wash my face and body with Dudu Osun, African black soap. I use Dudu Osun on my face to remove make up, then I cleanse it with jeunesse global luminesce cleanser. I've been keeping this cleaning routine for more than a year with the black soap, and I added the luminesce cleanser to my routine 3 months ago. I recommend both products to keep your acne in check and have a healthier skin, but it won't cure you. I started taking vit D3 when I realized that my skin stopped breaking out entierely when I exposed myself for long hours in the blazing sun (in vacay). I did some research on Google, fell upon this forum and tried it out (I tried a lot of different treatments before so I thought why not). A week ago I started taking vitamin D3 daily in very high dosage (10,000-40,000 IU), plus zinc supplements (one pill of 22mg per day). The vitamin D3 I take is Ortho D3 1000 IU. The zinc is from Solgar. My skin transformed in one week ; it's tight, glowing, soft... like when I was a kid. It's a miracle for me who battled acne for 9 years. Even the tiniest black heads of my nose disappeared. My skin is exactly like baby skin now. MORE THAN THAT : I have energy like never before ! I thought my dark circles were part of my face but they are entirely gone now. I stopped needing to sleep 8 to 10 hours to be able to wake up in the morning. I jump out of bed after 6 hours ! My anxiety also disappeared, my sleep is waaaayy deeper and my concentration is at the max.... I thought I was a lazy negative and depressed person (especially the winter) naturally but not at all ! As well, my digestion has drastically improved : I used to suffer from constipation (I could not go for 3 days and more !), and now my stomach is flat all the time, I have movements every day and sometimes twice. I can now eat cheese and other dairy products without being sick immediatly after. When I became a teen, my skin (face and body) got paler and is somewhat yellowish when I'm not tan. Now my skin is smooth and light brown everywhere and my scars (also face and body) are disappearing so much faster. My body temperature is higher (no more shivering and blue nails when it's less than 20°C !). I stopped having acne of my back. In one week ! Finally, I'm way more social and outgoing. I feel very very good in my skin and just generally happy. I'm feeling lifted of a very heavy weight I didn't know I was carrying. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Now, my problem : I know my daily dose of vit D3 is way too high. I feel like I'm addicted to the amazing results I'm witnessing so I want more, and the more I take the better I feel. It's working so fast and so well, but I'm scared to give myself health problems. At the same time, I don't want to stop or lower the dose because I would rather die than comeback to where I was (now that I know how good I can feel !) Also, I read that vit D3 without vit K2 is very bad because the calcium doesn't know where to go. I want to avoid going to the doctors and dermatologists. I don't know if they have been lying to me to sell me all those useless "cures" or if they were just dumb as ****. I can't believe I suffered all these years when the cure was so simple and cheap ! I can't trust them at all anymore. Here are my questions : - What is the safest highest dose of vit D3 I can take per day ? - Should I start supplementing in vit K2 or the food I'm eating enough to supplement me naturally ? (Now that I can, I eat cheese daily + kimchi + about 4 eggs a week but I can up that no problem). If yes, would you recommend the solgar vit K2 and in which quantities ? - Do you think I've already created myself some health problems due to my high doses ? How could I reverse it ? Thank you very much for reading and I can't wait to read aswers !
  17. Multivitamins for acne

    Forums Diet & holistic health 2 replies

    Hi, so I've recently made an account here after reading a LOT of reviews and experiences on taking zinc for acne. I was like "perfect, gonna give it a try". I have very light acne on my face after months of trying to heal it due to a stress breakout with their respective scars and bad acne on my back that is leaving red scars behind. So I decided to buy zinc tablets but I couldn't find them ANYWHERE where I live. I decided to settle for a multivitamin cause it was all I could find, I wanted to know if any of you ever had a bad experience with them. The tablets have vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, E, copper and zinc. The other option was an effervescent tablet with zinc, vitamin A and E I think. So im really hoping for your opinion on this.
  18. From the album Kat Sanchez

    A delicious Green Smoothie recipe I drink every morning for good/clear skin. It's one of the easiest ways to get all those skin-friendly minerals and vitamins we need like zinc, selenium and vitamin c, to maintain healthy skin. Hope you give it a try!
  19. Natural way to treat adult cystic acne

    Forums Adult acne 3 replies

    Hi all, I have been using the experience of those on acne.org during my journey and now that I have seen some noticeable results, I thought I should share it with you. Little background about me: 27-year-old female, acne during my teenage years, went on Accutane when I was 17 and acne was gone, mild acne came back during my early 20s but nothing too bad, moderate-severe acne started when I was 25, went on antibiotics for 9 months, I was clear for 6 months but after 6 months it came back even worse. I have tried topical antibiotics, retinoids, salicylic acid, and BP with no improvement. After doing so much research, I decided to the following step by step and saw little improvements with each step: - Eat a strict paleo diet for 1 month, after that, still follow a gluten-free, dairy-free, and alcohol-free diet - Eat more healthy fats (I use cold-pressed coconut oil and olive oil) - Take probiotics (pills and fermented food) - Take digestive enzymes for one month (This made the most difference in my skin) - Take zinc supplements - Take cod liver oil - Take ginger + turmeric tea once a day - Take vitamin D supplements (This made my skin to go from okay to very good!) - Take MRT food sensitivity test and avoid foods that I am sensitive to I started taking these steps in January 2017 and now it is June 2017. I have 2-3 breakouts during my ovulation week and 1-2 breakouts before my period. They are much smaller and less painful that the ones I used to get 6 months ago. Now that I am mostly clear, I am totally fine with drinking a glass of wine once a week or having a cake during a birthday. However, I try to stick to an anti-inflammatory diet as much as I can. Here is my current regiment: - First thing in the morning, take one teaspoon of cod liver oil - At noon, take 44mg of zinc - In the afternoon, take 2200IU vitamin D - Before going to bed, take a potent probiotic As for face wash, I use Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser (I never thought I could use a facewash as gentle as this one!). Two times a week, I exfoliate my face with my Clarisonic. I want to emphasize that if you do intense workouts, you need to be extra careful with your diet because your body needs a lot of nutrients to recover (I can tell you my workout story and how it affected my acne). Also, I would suggest taking blood tests before taking any vitamin or mineral supplements. I was both zinc and vitamin deficient. My nutritionist has been super helpful during this journey. I would highly recommend seeing one if your insurance covers it or if you can afford it.
  20. After dealing with acne and hormonal cystic acne since I was 13 as a female it was extremely hard. I'd get made fun of if I didn't wear foundation or even if I did. Always felt as if people were staring at me and I did for so long gave me horrible anxiety and took a toll on my social life. Over the next 5 years I've tried every regimen I could get my hands on. Every scrub and mask and treatments. Nothing ever worked. Just recently I decided to try zinc after doing a lot of research. I also added fish oil because I heard good things as well. For the first month it was as if my acne was getting worse. But now after 2 months my face is cleared up for the most part! I still have a few tiny pimples here and there but nothing compared to what I'm used to and the best part, no cysts! If you have severe hormonal cystic acne you should give it a shot. Now I just do a basic clean and clear face wash morning and night and take my vitamins at night and every morning my face seems get more clear. Now I just have to deal with these horrible acne scars. If someone has a good method for that I'd love to hear it!
  21. During my many years struggling with mild cystic acne and after seeing many different Dermatologists, who put me on many different medications (including Accutane), I discovered that I must be the one to resolve my acne. If I was ever going to manage my acne, I must be proactive and study my skin in order to understand my acne disease process. So I began reading all I could about the skin and what role it plays with the body. Then I systematically examined my skin, trying to figure out what was causing my acne. The most important thing I found out is that skin is an excretory organ, helping manage the bodily wastes and toxins, like the digestive system and lymphatic system. As a result, I modified my life and it had a profound impact on my acne. Here's what I did-- Regular bowel movements, everyday or every other day. If I was constipated I'd have a cup of Smoothmove Herbal tea. Worked way better than laxatives and stool softeners. Sweat a few times a week--I hate exercising, so I only run until I get a good sweat going to clear my pores (about 10 min), then I stop. Strictly limit alcohol (not eliminate). Plain Vodka with soda water is that only thing that wont break me out. No dairy, it has added hormones--I use unsweetened coconut milk instead. Eat healthy--Limit (not eliminate) fried and processed foods. Eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies. Strictly limit artificial sugar (not eliminate). This was the hardest for me, because I love sweets--but I love clear skin more. So if I need something sweet I either have a piece of fruit or a bowl of bran cereal with some blueberries or raspberries. Drink lots of water and Green Tea. Also, hot water with lemon too. One over-the-counter Zinc tablet every other day. Have a generalized skin care routine with a non-alcohol toner. In the AM I use First Aid Beauty Cleanser $20, Seaweed Cleansing Lotion Toner $15, and Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer $40. In the PM I use Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser with 3.5% benzoyl peroxide $10, Seaweed Cleaning Lotion toner, Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer, and a generic salicylic acid moisturizer over the Clinique moisturizer. Every three days in the PM, I use The Body Shop's Tea Tree Clay Mask to deep clean my pores, which replaces the Neutrogena Cleanser (I don't want to overdo it and irritate my skin). The makeup that works best for me and doesn't break me out is Clinique's Superprimer $27 with Beyond Perfecting Foundation $27. No setting sprays, bronzer, setting powder, etc. The less on my face the better. I use damp disposable makeup wedges, not a Beauty Blender or a brush. To remove my makeup, I use Clinique's makeup wipes $15, which I find are gentler on my skin than other brands. What I really want to express is that diet and exercise really impacted my mild cystic acne. It was the game changer. My skin care routine has pretty much stayed the same prior to my lifestyle modification. Once I started to do everything on the list my skin cleared up within 2 weeks and I haven't had any new cysts. I occasionally get a white head, but its gone after 2 days, unlike the cysts which would last for 2 weeks. Staying true to everything on the list is still difficult, but having clear skin makes it sooooo worth it. I hope this helps. Now, you must decide to what lengths would you go for clear skin? Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor and my experience shouldn't replace what your doctor said. I also never said my acne was "cured" only "resolved". I still get the occasional small zit. I'm only sharing what worked for me and it might be different for you.
  22. So far so good!

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    I've had bad acne my whole life and kept it at bay with the pill for most of my 20s but since starting a family it has all returned with a vengeance. I generally have large cystic bumps around chin, nose and forehead. These will quite often form a white head. I never ever have clear skin. Recently I decided to shake up my approach and made some major but inexpensive changes which seems to be working! My chin and nose have been clear for weeks. My forehead has had a weird breakout but that seems to be going away. My routine is: Bio Zinc vitamin daily Remove make up with micellar water. GENTLE cleanser, I use Cetaphil. Apple cider vinegar toner, with pad. Azelaic acid on all the usual spots to prevent. Calming moisturizer, I use Avene Recovery Cream. Weekly mask of Dr Lewinns puressence purifying mask (discontinued) which has kaolin clay and black walnut extract. For breakouts and whiteheads: Under surface: Mario Badesco buffering lotion and sulphur based drying mask Whiteheads: Mario Badesco drying lotion. I'm a bit sensitive to chilli and red wine so have been limiting my intake of those. It's been about a month and I'm almost totally clear!! Touch wood. Will update if any changes. Posting here because of all the help I've received from reading others posts in the past.
  23. Recently took vitamin A 10000 iu vitamin e 400 iu vitamin d3 2000 iu and zinc pciolmnate 50 mg and skin got clear no new pimples but had to stop because my stomach got inflamamted and was worried too many pills a day, well me thinking it was the zinc alone doing the job because i had previously taken vit a and e and nothing but i have new pimples today after stop taking eveyrhting else but the zinc, so now i am back on the vit d 2000 iu and we will see if that was the cure for me in a couple of days hopewfully this goes well guys something was makng my acne better out of all of those .
  24. End of month 2

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    This is me 3 days shy of my 2 month mark since the start of Dan's regimen. In fact, these photos are doing my skin justice, because the red marks are far more evident in person. Here's a quick re-cap of my past 2 months. So I began February 9th, 2017 and have done mostly everything exactly as outlined in the regimen's instructional video, and text. I say "mostly" because I did experiment with reducing my BP to only 1.5 pumps for a couple of days during my week 6. I tried this because the full 2 pumps was still making my skin red and flaky (not extreme) and I wanted to experiment, and it ended up leading to a minor breakout, as I somewhat expected. Since then, I have been following the instructions to a T.... mostly. I again say mostly because Acne.org recommends using Neutrogena Clear Face SPF 30, and I am using Neutrogena Clear Face SPF 55. It has been working very well (knock on wood), so I am hoping that it continues, because I obviously need an SPF during these spring / summer months, and due to the fact that I am using one pump of Acne.org Moisturizer mixed with one pump of Acne.org AHA + Glycolic Acid nightly. SO, I currently have maybe 5 active spots, 3 of which have been laying deep under the skin, slowly making their way to the surface. My breakouts have been so mind-blowingly minimized, and my post-inflammatory erythema is fading slowly, but surely. I do have some minor rolling scars (not one exceeding .5 mm in depth) but they have caused the surface of my face to become uneven. I hope that's enough information to draw somewhat of an idea of where my skin is currently sitting. My plans now are to keep following the regimen with precision, and to get my marks and scars on their way out the door. I have been doing some special studies on microneedling. I have my mind set on receiving my first microneedling session for 2 weeks from today. I believe that 2.5 months is a generous amount of time on the regimen to wait until beginning scar revision. I plan on asking the clinic to use 2.5mm needles for the first session, and 1.5mm needles for following sessions, using the "Rejuvapen." I will be taking daily zinc supplements to help my recovery process go smoothly. If results aren't showing after 4-6 treatments, I am going to consider some V-Beam laser treatments for my PIE. I am looking for advice and pointers from those of you who have either been on the regimen, or have had microneedling sessions performed. Mainly from those of you who have had success with these things. I want to know what works, what's the quickest, and what's the most efficient way that I can get back to having beautiful skin. Anything and everything helps. Thanks!
  25. Hello Everyone. Won't keep this too formal, but like many of you I tried Accutane, had a few minor side-effects while i was on it, like dry lips and skin, blood noses, dry eyes, soreness after sport, etc. Then when I discontinued Accutane, some of these effects left, but were replaced with other far more insidious side effects. In no particular order these included: -Erectile Dysfunction -Depression -Fatigue -Joint Pain and more injuries -Low Testosterone These are just the core ones. If you have these, it goes on to affect every other aspect of your life, like you become less social, and feel anxiety in social situations. It also means you no longer enjoy things you used to enjoy doing, like sports, especially seeing you’re feeling sore from it and can’t seem to gain strength anyway due to low T, or see the point in studying to do well in University because you don’t know what you want to do anymore, and struggle to picture a future where you are happy and fulfilled. You don’t want to get into a relationship and you don’t feel like you deserve one, especially because you don’t know whether you could physically perform in one, etc, etc. The fact that you don’t see an end in sight to these maladies is what makes the situation seem more hopeless, more despairing, and it is why many people commit suicide, especially in a society that insists in “all in your head” or ”you’re imagining it” “X, Y and Z had it as well and they are fine, so just get over it”. Because on the outside you look the same, people disregard it, and it is only because of the people that lost hope and ended it the only way they knew how that this issue has been acknowledged by the world, but it is still far from accepted. Anyway, luckily a lot of this bullshit for many of you should be over soon (approx 3-6 months) I have come to the conclusion that the long term side effects of Accutane is due to brain damage. The downside to this conclusion is that brain damage can’t be 100% cured. The good news is that the difference between a poorly managed TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), and a well managed TBI are like black and white, and if managed well you will be VERY close to 100%, but poorly managed and you will feel… maybe very similar to how you feel now. The best news is it is never too late to start managing your brain health These are the symptoms of a TBI Fatigue or lethargy Irritability Depression Anxiety Difficulty falling asleep Feeling “slowed down” Feeling “in a fog” or “dazed” Difficulty concentrating Difficulty remembering becoming fatigued easily; disordered sleep; Headache; Loss of libido, erectile dysfunction; vertigo or dizziness; irritability or aggression on little or no provocation; anxiety, depression, or affective instability; changes in personality (eg, social or sexual inappropriateness); or apathy or lack of spontaneity. If these sound familiar, that not a bad thing. If you found out you are short sighted and needed to wear glasses, then it means now you can wear glasses, so you no longer need to suffer the symptoms of your blindness. Same thing here. You are currently dealing with the symptoms the best you can. However, now knowing what the actual issue is you can treat it the way science has shown it should be treated. The best measurable way to recover from a TBI is to improve neuroplasticity. This has been shown in many other animals as well as humans, and is now becoming a prominent way to treat many mental illnesses. The most conventional way is through “Mindfulness Meditation”, which is a form of meditation where you get comfortable and try to think of nothing for 10-30 minutes a day. This has been shown to promote Neurogenesis/Neuroplasticity1 and this has been shown to help people with suicidality, PTSD, anxiety, addiction and depression, as well as chronic pain, insomnia, and hypertension. The way I’m treating myself is through the nutrition approach. It has been shown that creatine, fish oil, (unheated) extra virgin olive oil, vitamin d, zinc, magnesium, glutamine, taurine all also promote neuroplasticity. The Ketogenic Diet also helps promote Neuroplasticity, and many people who go on that diet who struggle with libido problems and are on antidepressants recover over the months and years they are on that diet. I have been doing these things for the last 5 months, and ahve noticed a great improvement in both my mental and physical health. I'm in a bit of a rush but wanted to get all this out there, so be forgiving of any and all poor formatting. Also challenge this and use what I've found to build up your own theories, and if you agree feel free to find other things we could be doing to promote neuroplasticity and improve our recoveries! Best of luck everyone 1(when looking up your own research on the topic these terms are virtually interchangeable, the ways to measure it are changes in brain metabolism and hippocampul growth) Interesting studies + exerts http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2716748/ "Beneficial changes in the brain energy profile have been observed in subjects who are on a ketogenic diet (28). This is a significant observation because cerebral hypometabolism is a characteristic feature of those who suffer from depression or mania" Exert from a study on meditation https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2719544/ (Decreased stress and hypertension have been related to decreased autonomic arousal or reactivity,95–97 a possible means, along with positive emotions, reduced oxidative damage,98,99 and enhanced immune functioning,100 by which meditation may preserve cognition101 and reduce age-related allostatic stress and neuronal loss, thereby promoting brain longevity, plasticity, and learning) Nutritional treatment for acute and chronic traumatic brain injury patients. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24844176/?i=6&from=/24605947/related "omega 3 fats, vitamin D, N-Acetylcysteine, branched chain amino acids, zinc, alpha-lipoic acid, magnesium, taurine, coenzyme Q10, and many phytonutrients" http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3705194/ Mindfulness Meditation can stimulate hippocampal brain cell growth. A smaller hippocampus is correlated with a poorer recovery from TBIs, in the case of war veterans suffering PTSD at least. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/11079535/ Study supporting Creatine consumption as one of the top supplements for recovering from a TBI, and this one supports Taurine use as well. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/27156064/ Sources (For my mindblowing hypothesis) Functional brain imaging alterations in acne patients treated with isotretinoin. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15863802 Traumatic brain injury: a disease process, not an event. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20504161 Ketogenic Diet research article (contains research on how keto diet resets brain metabolism after TBI and how it is neuroprotective) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK209323/?report=classic Will add more stuff to OP over time, and reformat it as well