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  1. Joe Zit - I appreciate what you're trying to say this time round, but unfortunately I will have to selfishly decline. It's upsetting enough that I'm back here again, and I have no interest in becoming a research subject nor writing a thesis about something that I have a vested interest in purely because it brings me down. I got the vibe that you thought I was some anti-masturbation freak, and just want to rectify that I am not - I think it is great, and if not for the resultant acne flare ups,
  2. I came here for some support and advice, not an argument. I cannot believe some people. I have been in the acne game for long enough to work out what sets off acne in my body. If you don't agree then that is a product of your own delusion. I am not saying masturbation is bad, and I'm not telling people not to do it - it actually sucks to be me because I get acne as a result of doing something that is natural, normal, and feels great. Wake up and realise that not everything is certain, not ever
  3. I'm returning here after a long time... unfortunately with the same problem, under new circumstances. Cystic acne. I actually spent a couple of years keeping things relatively well under control (uni life meant plenty of sleep, 10 - 11 hours even if I went to bed well past midnight). I ran the regimen for a couple of years at first, and then managed to keep things under control without a heavy need for BP. I have a feeling it stopped working after that unfortunately, perhaps my skin got used to
  4. I made the lifestyle changes fairly soon after starting the regimen. I mean honestly, it's difficult to do that stuff religiously and still live a normal life - so my advice is just try to do it MOST of the time. At the start it might seem like you're working hard but eventually you realise you just have to work smart. Try to stay out of direct sunlight where possible, try to get as much sleep as you can, try not to stay out late (drinking etc) too often... and same with junk food. If you make
  5. Just dropping in here (I haven't posted in a while) to say thanks, and for those with acne, keep at it. One thing I noticed when I was posting here was that no one came back and said "okay, I'm good now" so I was pretty worried how my acne would go in the long term. Well, I had moderate cystic acne (have had it for a long time, but it was horrible at the start of this year)... but thanks to this site I have been relatively clear for the last few months. I currently have 0 active pimples. I foll
  6. I've had nothing but bad experiences with sunscreen so I've chosen to avoid it completely. Might sound bad, but I take steps to limit sun exposure as much as possible (go out only at night where possible, use sunglasses and sun-shades when in my car as well as my hands to stop sun hitting my face directly, etc). I have darker skin so am probably not as sensitive to the sun to begin with, but yeah - I got sick of breaking out due to SPF products long ago, my current regimen avoids it and I'm see
  7. I use it on my eyebrow area twice daily and so far no bleaching (I've black hair too). I'm using PanOxyl Acnegel BP 2.5, and have honestly noticed it doesn't bleach much at all very easily, some people on here have big whines about clothes etc... I'm not very careful (often wipe my fingers on my clothes after doing the regimen) and nothing really seems to get affected. One towel has been getting bleached (probably lousy dye) but that's the only thing I've noticed it happening to, in 3+ years of
  8. What about depletion of zinc? Does anyone know how many mg worth is lost in a load (on average). Personally I have noticed a link between excessive masturbation and increase in acne - I am not sure if it's due to resultant hormonal changes, dehydration, or zinc (and/or other mineral) depletion. But I think you'd be blind to write off the possibility of a connection.
  9. Your log is a good self control motivator if nothing else. To keep my acne under control I've had to do a lot of what you've listed on top of the DKR (unfortunately without that, I'm covered in acne). It's so hard to get the right amount of sleep, relax, avoid fatty foods, say no to chocolate, etc... but boy is it worth it when you do. Good luck with it!
  10. sunday

    Vitamin A

    Can someone knowledgeable on the subject explain the difference between artificial and natural sources of vitamin A in relation to the terms "used as necessary"? If natural sources, ie. beta carotene (carrots, pumpkin, etc) are stored in the body and only converted to vitamin A as needed, does this mean that eating more doesn't actually force your body to use more? Seems a little pointless to increase natural vitamin A consumption if usage doesn't go up as well. And in comparison, are artifici
  11. Unfortunately my skin is only clear when I'm following the regimen (plus everything else I mentioned) religiously. If I slip up on just one aspect (eg. lose sleep, eat fatty foods) for a day or two, I break out. If I stopped doing everything I do my acne would probably classify as moderate to severe (w/2-4 cysts at a given time) and leave me a viable accutane candidate. Speaking to my doctor/derm won't achieve anything... I'm not sure if they're the same everywhere or not, but solving the acne
  12. So I have cystic acne. I've been following the DKR regimen almost religiously, taking supplements of a, c, omg3, zinc... and following a strict diet of fish / rice / vitamin-a rich vegetables (carrot/pumpkin only). Drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day, trying to sleep well (hard!), stopped intake of caffeine and alcohol entirely. When I do all that, my face is clear, occasionally crystal clear. I still get the occasional cyst (usually big and angry) but apart from that... clearer than I've e
  13. I saw pretty well complete results within a month. 1st week = initial breakout started 2nd week = problem areas clearing, other areas breaking out 3rd week = other breakouts resolving, problem areas clear 4th week = pretty well clear I've been watching my diet plus taking supplements (zinc, omega3, c, a) and if I slip up on any aspects (including following the DKR religiously) then I will have new pimples forming. Losing sleep, excessive stress, perspiration, irritation (helmet use, what have
  14. Yep BP, just the usual 2.5%. I've had it get rid of even the biggest cysts (usually takes 2-4 days depending on size), you just have to be patient and gentle. Do the regimen as usual, and just use a little extra on the cystic areas. Make sure you allow it to absorb completely by massaging it in, but you don't want to irritate it so you have to be super gentle (barely pushing on it). So basically time is the main factor. Apart from that, you can spot treat it once (again gently, and just with