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  1. I'm just like you, Vit. D is not noticeably helpful but a few hours of sun a day really reduces my overall acne. "Human skin naturally produces fumaric acid when exposed to sunlight." quote from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fumaric_acid Fumaric acid is used to treat psoriaris and acne topically and orally: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17456929 UV light (sun exposure) also produces retinoic acid from Vitamin A. Notice how Accutane is a derivative of Vitamin A. Also some people have s
  2. Works very well but with smelly consequences...

    I tried this method of taking raw garlic internally. It was pretty tough to get down at first, I settled on juicing a few cloves, mixing with water and then throwing it back into my mouth quickly to avoid the burn. There was a definite improvement in my skin, a huge improvement actually, it seems that garlic has antibacterial properties due to its sulfur-containing compounds. Garlic may boost Glutathione levels as well. Its absolutely necessary to crush, juice or at least chop up the garlic befo
  3. This system is a scam and a joke.

    Nothing about this product line is revolutionary or innovative in anyway. It is the basic benzoyl peroxide & salicylic acid combination that can be bought from any brand or store. Maybe this works for some, but for me it didn't prevent a single active acne spot from emerging, it only harshly scrubbed away at my skin leaving it more red than before. I think I may have scarred worse just from using Proactive. I have had much more success in lowering my sugar intake, eating more vegetables, exe
  4. Best topical I have ever used

    I highly recommend using this as a topical. Many people may suggest using this internally for its benefits but I doubt it will have an effect on your skin that way. This is because it is high in Omega 6 fats which are inflammatory in EXCESS. Also the conversion rate of ALA to EPA & DHA (Omega 3 fats) in most people is really really low, around 4%. However, I have read that some people with acne have a specific, regional skin deficiency in Linoleic Acid (Omega 6 in hemp) but not an overall bo
  5. Won't work without L-Cysteine & Vitamin C

    Everytime I start taking B5 again, my acne worsens at first, that is until I add the the supplement L-Cysteine. Then it magically improves by 90%! L-Cysteine is an essential sulfur-containing amino acid which Vitamin B5 actually depletes. This is counterproductive towards fixing acne because Cysteine is the rate-limiting nutrient needed to produce Glutathione. Look up "low glutathione and acne" and start reading. Glutathione one of the body's master antioxidants and necessary for proper skin he
  6. I have to respectfully disagree. I am able to reduce my acne by 95% with supplements along with some diet tweaks, consistent exercise, and moderate sun exposure. I think it's better to say that MOST supplements do not work. If you research deeper into this topic you'll find that with every isolated nutrient, vitamin, compound, etc, comes a list of co-nutrients that it depletes if taken alone. The difficulty in finding success with supplements is compounded by the fact that there is little regula
  7. Ok there are a few routes your can take, together or seperatley. You can try cutting out all high glycemic food sources so the bread & grain, which can be replaced with nutrient dense carb sources like sweet potatoes, butternutsquash, black beans, carrots, beetroot etc. Although your diet seems close to spectacular . Are you consuming "vegetable" oil at all? (sunflower, safflower, soybean, canola, palm). You may not be aware of how much you are ingesting on business trips. Are you ex
  8. Try looking into Soil Based Probiotics or Native Bacteria. I've been told that the lacto- bacteria that we use in Probiotics and yogurt help us digest dairy products but thats where the list ends. Some people believe that we have coexisted for millions of years with thousands of strains of bacteria and that broad spectrum antibiotics can reduce the diversity of our gut flora. Certain strains of beneficial bacteria (not found in Kefir or Greek Yogurt or grocery store probiotics) actually produce
  9. What does your diet look like? I find that usually Omega 3's from Fish Oil only help when you reduce your dietary intake of Omega 6's. Foods high in Omega 6's (or Linoleic Acid) are baked goods, mayonaisse, margarine, salad dressing, nuts, fast food, fried food, microwavable/prepared food, vegetable oil, canola oil, safflower, sunflower oil. Omega 6's are pro-inflammatory (a necessary mechanism in the body) but too much causes chronic inflammation. Omega 3's are anti-inflammatory. However, since
  10. wow your writing is horrendous. Treating your acne is never as simple as taking 2 or 3 supplements and expecting to be 100% clear. I cannot stress enough how much diet changes and consistent exercise are necessary before any sort of success with a supplement. I had no success myself with supplements until I figured out that any sources of soy, flax, and vegetable oil broke me out and contributed 50% to my situation. You need to do more personal research on these vitamins and supplements befo
  11. I won't detail my full acne history here and save that for another thread. I started using myo-Inositol from a health food store, and my skin cleared quickly and dramatically. It cleared on my back, my face, and my chest, even most of my blackheads were gone. At the time I was using many other supplements, I was exercising and adhering to my personal acne diet (no soy, low sugar, emphasize vegetables, etc) so I was unsure of how much Inositol really contributed to the improvement. One by one
  12. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We are lacking/have too much of/have a mutation in the CYP26AI enzyme/gene in involved in the metabolism of retinoic acid in our skin?? And UV involvement in stimulating retinoic acid production could be one way many people's skin clears when they get more sun exposure ------------------------------
  13. chicken fed soy based feed have higher tissue concentrations of arachidonic acid (and their eggs too), much higher in fact. Arachidonic Acid is a type of Omega-6 that is more inflammatory than Linoleic Acid, which is the more common Omega-6 fat. I also break out from excessive chicken and excessive egg intake. I can eat it occasionally without a problem though. It would be unwise to consume chicken as your only meat, go with grass fed beef or wild salmon.
  14. I completely forgot about b5. There are so many factors that I have since pinpointed so its hard to look far back and know what was or wasnt breaking me out. Maybe I will investigate the B5 & L-Carnitine combo again, but I'm trying to focus on a deeper, root cause.
  15. I just wanted to write out my new theory here in case anyone is interested. This is totally half baked though. A little pretext first: I found that I became clearer when supplementing with an animal sourced Vitamin A & D (without soybean oil) & eating a sweet potato or some carrots daily, and was getting a decent amount of natural sun exposure as well as going to a tanning salon twice a week. My purpose wasn't to get tan but to stimulate Retinoic acid and its metabolites in the skin. Alt