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  1. Been taking b5 2g a day for two weeks along with l-carnitine 1g. No hair problems whatsoever, but greatly reduced facial oil production. However, after reading this thread, I am going to stop the treatment as I'm terrified of hair loss. Is there currently an optimally recommended method of quitting? Taper off vs cold turkey?
  2. I've been on and off the DKR and other treatments for 10 years. I've followed it perfectly and achieved better clearage, but I did struggle mightily with dryness no matter what moisturizing products I used. Also just got tired of melted bleach oozing off my face every day at the gym, or while walking to school on a hot day. Just the feel too...as a male, I hate there being a thick layer of product on my face all the time. I know all about Dan's recommendations of 2.5% being no less effective. Ho
  3. I respond very well to BP, however I can't stand using it during the day. I'm honestly unsure how anyone even manages to. It ruins all my clothes and makes my face a runny mess when I sweat. So I'm currently only using it at night, then just washing it off in the morning. This method clears like 70% of my acne. I'm curious if using a higher concentration (5%, 10%) for my once daily application might actually achieve better results, or if it would just result in the typical irritation associated
  4. Any other opinions or suggestions? I'd love to hear more.
  5. I shave with the Dr. Bronner's soap using a Gillette disposable razor. I've been trying to shave every other day to give my face a break. Considered just using a beard trimmer too. I drink a lot of water, no green tea though. No soy. Thanks for your suggestions.
  6. So about a year ago I was prescribed Ziana (clindamycin/tretinoin) from my first derm visit. This was after several years of OTC self-medication including several attempts at BP. There's really no point in giving specifics but all of these efforts have always failed. These treatments just ravage my skin over time. They always work for a couple of months, then either stop working, or produce such extreme side effects that I have to discontinue use. At the time I quit Ziana, I was developing s
  7. My skin is so sensitive to any product I use. It seems to get irritated every time I cleanse, but also gets irritated if I go too long without cleansing. I've used tretinoin, clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide, AHAs, BHAs, and nothing has ever gotten it 100% clear. Currently I am fed up with using so many products and am just washing with Cetaphil antibacterial bar, no treatment or moisturizer. I shave using a disposable two-blade razor using lather from the bar (shaving is another double edged sw
  8. My skin is so sensitive to any product I use. It seems to get irritated every time I cleanse, but also gets irritated if I go too long without cleansing. I've used tretinoin, clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide, AHAs, BHAs, and nothing has ever gotten it 100% clear. Currently I am fed up with using so many products and am just washing with Cetaphil antibacterial bar, no treatment or moisturizer. I shave using a disposable two-blade razor using lather from the bar (shaving is another double edged s
  9. What would you recommend? I've only been using the Dr. Bronner's for a few days, but I like it so far.
  10. I'm currently using a DE safety razor (Merkur razor with Derby blades) and just wet shaving in the shower with Dr. Bronner's tea tree soap (for a long time I used Cetaphil antibacterial bar). My skin is so fussy about products that I find this easier than using a separate shaving cream, after shave, etc. I prefer the safety razor to modern razors, which only seem to irritate me even more. I've been noticing about 90% of my acne is on an area in which hair grows, so I've never thought about t
  11. OK, I stand corrected on the testosterone issue. It's just always something I'd heard, but I read pretty extensively on it after seeing your comment, and I guess I can rule that out. My diet is rich in vitamins and minerals. I consume several servings of green veggies per day as well as a multi vitamin pack (with extra A, C, E, calcium and ginseng) and 1g of fish oil per day. I do consume a high-calorie, high-protein diet that includes lots of animal fats, but I also intake a lot of unsatura
  12. This is going to be a fairly in-depth post, as it's my first and I'm really hoping to receive some quality suggestions for good skincare options. I've had persistent mild to moderate inflammatory acne for almost ten years now (I'm 25) and have controlled it to varying degrees of success over time. I followed Dan's regimen for about two years and saw a significant reduction in acne, but my skin really took a beating from the BP and was constantly red, dry and irritated. About a year ago I
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