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SuperOxide Dismutase

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SuperOxide Dismutase is a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.

"Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) is an enzyme that repairs cells and reduces the damage done to them by superoxide, the most common free radical in the body. SOD is found in both the dermis and the epidermis, and is key to the production of healthy fibroblasts (skin-building cells). "

Also acne sufferers have been noted to have lower SOD levels.

It's not yet clear if SOD supplements are even effective, but SOD relies on Zinc, Copper, and Manganese to be effective. Increasing Omega 3 fatty acids increase the SOD levels in your body.

Please, use Retin-A. It has nearly eliminated my acne and continues to lighten my red marks.

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A member, going by databased if I remember right, has focused all his efforts on boosting zinc superoxide dismutase. He has decided this is the one true cause and path to a cure. He focuses on the circadian and melatonin cycles and spends all day long in extremely brightly lit space or outdoors, then total darkness at night. Because apparently any period of dim light exposure in the day such as normal indoor lighting or artificial light at night muddies up the whole seratonin/melatonin cycle of production and you won't have the necessary surge of melatonin at night. Anyway with this habit, he claims to be able to eat whatever he wants, and he wants to eat like a 4 year old i.e. McDonalds burgers and coca cola.

He has very long threads on this and used to visit here pretty often, usually to tell us how a large apple has just as much fructose as a glass of coke. I have links to some of his posts in the Good Things thread under sleep and blood sugar and possibly elsewhere.

Anyway, the circadian cycle is very important and light exposure does affect carb/fructose metabolism, etc. I just don't believe in the one true cause/cure because there are so many factors that lead up to the formation of a pimple and any one or combo can be your biggest factor or can be adjusted to result in clear skin.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!

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SOD can also be found on wheatgrass so that is something that you may drink, considering is a health food is has all the proper balance of cofactors and nutrients to make useful for the body.

AM/PM Skin Care Routine

Facial Wash - Raw and Organic Honey or Andalou Naturals Clarifying Facial Wash

Toner - Witch Hazel extract or Andalou Naturals Clarifying Toner

Moisturizer - Sunflower Oil

Twice a week Aztec Bentonite Clay Mask


Zinc Gluconate or Chelated Zinc (Solgar) - 22/25 mg twice a day

Chromium Polynicotinate GTF - 200mcg - twice a day - helps with weight loss and insulin sensitivity

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