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About Marietta1

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  1. Actually, I'll post the first intelligent remark...Tinpen, don't be so argumentative and sensitive about comments people make. And, to the others who steep to that level, it's just not necessary. Let's use this site for useful information sharing and try to stay away from calling each other names. We are all adults, right?
  2. I just started my B5 regimen today and wanted to know if I should expect my skin to get worse before it gets better...like Accutane? If so, how long does it last? And, what was the timeline that your skin got worse after you started on B5...a week, two weeks later, etc? Your feedback is appreciated.
  3. Vitamin B5 is also know as Pantothenic Acid...it's part of the B family. It's difficult to actually by B5 alone (outside of a B complex vitamin) at a drugstore on the corner - you would have better luck ordering it online. I just ordered a bunch from Swanson's Vitamins and literally started the regimen today. Can't say how it's working yet but I've got my fingers crossed...
  4. Tolinka, Yes, oily skin contributes to acne. The oil and bacteria can block the sebaceaus glands in the hair follicles and caust white heads, black heads, and cysts. I would recommend a light moisterizer because you don't want your skin to be too dry. Flaky, non-exfoliated skin can also contribute to acne because it blocks the hair follicles, etc. If your skin is kept too dry, it might start to overproduce oil thus causing acne. I know that probably doesn't help much...
  5. Slafavors, It never hurts to ask your gyno to prescribe Spiro. I just had my derm prescribe the pill for me...she only gave me a month's worth but it will get me started and through until my next gyno appointment. I don't think Spiro is a very serious drug (like Accutane) so I don't know why she wouldn't prescribe it. Good luck.
  6. Like you, I have don't have severe cystic acne but every month around "that time of the month" I get cysts (usually on my chin area). My derm asked me on a scale of 1 to 10 how I feel when I get these cysts. My response was a 12...I said I just want to hide in the closet for a week until they leave or are managable. He then suggested Accutane. I think only you can make the decision to go on Accutane, not even your doctor can make it for you (but only recommend it.) You need to make sure
  7. All, Thank you for your comments. Elly, especially to you for the links and added information. I just read one of the articles and then ordered my first bottle of B5...I hope to begin my pill popping in a few days !! I have done a lot of online investigating about cystic acne but it was only when I found the message boards that I was flooded with information. This is where I learned about B5, Spiro, etc. Thank goodness for the message boards! I hope the B5 works for me because I rea
  8. I don't have the answer to your questions but wanted to add my two cents anyhow... I have read here and there that B5 does help reduce the oil production ultimately effecting cystic acne. Regarding acne bacteria, I have a prescription from my derm right now for Doryx and when I look it up on the internet, it says it helps to kill bacteria. You'll find Doryx has several other drug names if you check it out on the internet. Also, I don't recall if Spiro helps for bacteria but I've seen it
  9. Elly, Thank you for the reply. All your comments are helpful and interesting. I have a few questions...You say you are on 8.5g's a day for B5 - I'm not sure I understand this! I've searched Yahoo for B5 and what I find usually are bottles for 250mg 100 pills or 500mg 100 pills. How do you get down to 8.5mg? I haven't actually heard of any B5 side effects but did read somewhere that too much of one B vitamin depletes the other B's... Can you give me advice on where you purchased your
  10. Hello, I am new to this site...just found it tonight. My background: I am considering Accutane but deathly afraid of some of the side effects. I suffer from cystic acne and have been dealing with it for 5 years. I am a 31 year old professional and am tired of these emotional rollercoasters that I ride when a cyst pops up. My husband doesn't understand what I go through and is not supportive of me taking Accutane. I recently decided I'm going to do it. But, I've been searching message boar