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I was readign about vitamins and came across a section saying that PABA helps treat skin blemishes.Has anyone else know anything abotu this? It also says it helps restore colour 2 grey hair. I always though PABA was bad so I've always stayed clear of it.

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I have also always heard the PABA was bad. Thats why all the products with spf say its a disease or something.

What products out there even contain PABA in the first place??

I don't think its pore-clogging??? I think I have heard that it absorbs UVB rays. So maybe its just bad if you wear it out in the sun???

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PABA is not bad, although there are some people that are allergic to it (you can be allergic to anything) and I believe that's when it's a problem. I take 2g of this stuff daily and no problems. As for blemishes, well maybe it helps with that or maybe it's the folic acid I'm also taking. Oh well since PABA helps the body produce more folic acid and folic acid is supposed to help with hyperpigmentation issues it may indeed be helping after all. Anyway, before I started taking it I wondered why sunscreens would say that yet you'll find PABA in Hair, Skin, & Nail vitamins and I found that the addition of PABA would be of concern, since it's a natural sunscreen, just as a company would want to avoid most or all allergens that are in your medications and vitamins that you take. In general companies try to be sensitive to some people's needs in order to increase their consumer base, although not all foods are definately allergen free (at least they tend to label them) and so my guess is they just want to put people with PABA allergies at ease. It may be also irritating topically in general for some but, remember just because something is irritating topically doesn't mean it's irritating orally and vice versa...unless you are allergic.

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PABA Free - Why is this important?

Is is only important for you to use a PABA free sunscreen if you are allergic to PABA. If you are not allergic to PABA, then it makes no difference whether you use a PABA free sunscreen or not. If you are allergic to PABA and you use a sunscreen containing this ingredient, you will break out with an itchy rash which can be treated. See allergic contact dermatitis.

These are not steps, but stages some people progress through when going from conventional to holistic medicine. Stage 2 is how I became 99%+ Clear, eliminated my dysmennorhea, significantly reduced my sebum & pore size, etc & is my predominant method.

Stage 1 (Treatment):

* (Daily) Isocare Skin Control Cleanser, Dream Products Customized Natural Face Lotion & Coppertone Sport Spray Sunscreen (mixed)

* (Sporadically) spot treat w/ anti-inflammatory (neosporin, hydrocortisone, salicylic acid) or a skin lightener (post-inflammatory pigmentation) to treat stubborn cystic/nodular acne that appears due to unknowingly or knowingly ingesting a food/ingredient that breaks me out (I do my best to avoid these foods). If you cover treated area w/ a bandaid, it makes product more effective.

Stage 2 (Prevention): "cheapest" method ~ Since Aug. 2002

* Follow a Gluten-Free, Trans-Fat Free, Dairy-Free and No Added Sugar diet for my Insulin Resistance/Hyperandrogenism (Silent Chronic Inflammatory Syndrome)

* Avoid ALL types of nuts and the Genus Prunus (almonds, plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries), Bananas, Pineapples, Cottonseed oil, Artificial Sweetners.

Stage 3 (Correction):

* Strengthen/Repair GI - Immune health


* Developing functional foods for those with acne & other special needs (assuming there's a defficiency).

* Developing good & "safe" formulas for various hormonal issues for women. Correction stage may resolve this for some.

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