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  1. Whoa, it's databased. Question: using the alternative lazy-man's no-skylight method you outlined at the bottom of your post, can you still have sugar / carbs / dairy and not break out, or do you find you need skylight to avoid malabsorption of those things, and thus avoid acne? Or is carb malabsorption tied to digestive upset rather than acne? And the acne is caused by the carbs competing w/ absorption of protein/tryptophan or something? And have you really been sitting outside all day a
  2. Bueller? It's a shame we don't have more people trying this experiment. Understandable, but still. It would be awesome to have some data on this besides just databased's experiences. (No, I can't try it either. Impossible.)
  3. For those unfamiliar, databased was a member here a few years back. Over the course of a few months, he developed a pretty interesting method of keeping his skin clear. Basic outline, as I understand it: Spend most of your day outside, getting light from the sky into your naked eyes (no glasses / contacts of any kind, no sitting behind window glass, no blocking UVA). Note that this isn't about getting sunlight on your skin, but rather about getting skylight into your retinas, in order to keep t
  4. So, databased's idea about getting skylight into his eyes all boiled down to one goal: a big melatonin surge that helps produce zinc superoxide dismutase to combat superoxide anions in keratinocytes. I looked it up, and keratinocytes are found in the upper layer of skin, the epidermis. I have cystic acne that's probably caused by sebaceous glands getting plugged. I looked that up too, and those are apparently in the dermis, below the keratinocyte-populated epidermis. As far as I can tell, the de
  5. A month later: I've been taking 4,000 IU of D3 daily, but I also changed a whole lot of other things: stopped using Tazorac (which made my skin insanely greasy, making me look sweaty--like I'd just spent half an hour on a treadmill. Stopping Taz cut lots of the grease right off the bat) got back on Dan's regimen, following it to a T Other supplements: 60 mg of zinc picolinate daily, 500 mg Magnesium daily, popping a handful of baby carrots for the vitamin A, sporadic Niacinamide pills (plan
  6. goodz19, interesting. Maybe I'll give that a shot at some point as a spot treatment. Back to the Taz ... a general question for everyone: So, I stopped using the Taz about 5 days ago, but I'm still getting new zits from that IB (or whatever it was), and the large-ish papules that are already here don't seem to want to fade. I started using BP on my face pretty much the day after I stopped Taz, but should I leave my skin alone for a while instead, give it another week or two to normalize, or
  7. So, has anyone figured out any constants among the people that the D3 has worked for? I first read about it in Green Gables' huge hormonal acne thread on here, and after making my way to this thread after finishing that one, I'm thinking about trying D3 first and putting off the strong anti-androgen stuff (Saw Palmetto, etc) until later, in case D3 doesn't work. I actually started myself on the paleo diet a couple years back, and it's helped my cystic acne a fair bit, but lately I've gotten
  8. Thanks for the replies. Interesting that you guys think this is the IB. Hmm. I would really have liked to be put on an antibiotic if I'd known this is what would happen. These scarring cysts are exactly what I went to a derm to get rid of, not get more of all at the same time. So I'm hearing that if I stick to Taz my skin will clear up but stay greasy (even though it didn't really clear much in the months before the breakout)? Or that I could try another Retinoid like Differin? I'm not sure
  9. Some background: I'm 30 and have very oily skin. Since I was 15, I've had big cysts that scab and leave permanent depressed scars. I've usually only had one big cyst at a time, though, and they usually happen a few months apart. I don't get a whole lot of inflammatory acne besides that. I get the occasional pustule and papule, but they're not terrible. I dunno if this makes me an outlier -- big standalone half-inch long-lasting scabby cysts, but not much other acne? Is that weird? I haven't seen
  10. I think you might have misunderstood the BP / acne info you read about. I'm no expert, but I think you'd want the oil to get to the surface of the skin, rather than getting trapped inside clogged pores, since that can definitely increase your risk for acne. Acne has three contributing factors which combine to bring it about. 1. Sebum (oil) production: The sebaceous glands inside hair follicles release oil, which travels up the follicle and out onto the skin. 2. Abnormal skin cell shedding: In
  11. Bump. So I've been using the Oil-Free Acne Wash (followed by moisturizer) for a few days now, once in the morning and once at night, and I think my skin is starting to look a little smoother (fewer comedones, less skin buildup). But, and maybe I'm just imagining this, it looks WAY greasier. WTF. Is my skin overcompensating for the lost oil or something? Maybe I'll switch over to doing BP in the morning and Oil-Free Acne Wash at night. Also, should I have posted this in the OTC forum?
  12. I've got big, clogged pores. I already use Dan's BP, and although I've heard that BP can help clear pores, I haven't seen much of a difference over the years. I've decided I want to give some gentle exfoliation a try, and I want to start experimenting with salicylic acid. The problem is, I'm completely confused by the options available. The most common form of salicylic acid (SA) I see available is as a cleanser. The thing is, I've gotten used to using BP as a lotion, and applying it to the ent