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  1. Hello everyone! This is my very first post here (though I have been lurking a bit to gain confidence), I am almost 1 month into accutane treatment and am really happy with how it is going thus far. The question I am hoping one of you might be able to help me answer is in regards to sunscreen. I am a competitive swimmer who spends 2-4 hours every day in the pool in sunny Santa Barbara, California. Obviously, I have become a little manic about caring for my skin in terms of sun protection and have found that it works best for me to layer on two different types of waterproof sunscreens, both of which contain titanium dioxide and zinc. My problem arises when I try to remove these thick layers of sunscreen post swim... Prior to accutane I would simply exfoliate them off with apricot scrub but now my skin is much too sensitive for that. Can anyone recommend a gentle way to go about doing this?? Sorry for the long post and I really appreciate any advice!
  2. I'm told Estrogen is the big problem for adult ladies with hormonal acne. Its the high estrogen that messes with our zinc values and causes inflammation also. Anyone has sucess with the natural cream you get from a pharmacy or vitamin store?
  3. I was just wondering what supplements everyone took with their dosage, what was safe to take and didn't stop the tablets from working? I was thinking of starting to take zinc supplements and maybe omega 3 or fish oils? It's all for the acne and to maybe help scarring? I just wanted to hear from you guys as most of what I read contradicted itself? Thanks x
  4. First of all I have read many of the success stories and many of the great ones involve a shift away from carbs in any form, to a more ketogenic diet. But heres my situation, and my problem. I've been eating primal for probably 3 years. My problem, in my opinion, is coming from too much fat(i sometimes eat coconut oil with a spoon.) Or too much fruit(some days i will eat 10 bananas.) It is also possible that there is something i am allergic to. So what im asking is if I should cut down on the fat, and do a primal low fat high-carb diet(something like Kativan Islanders) or cut out the fruit and go high fat (like i've seen quite a few success stories about on many forums.) I find the evidence compelling for both, and I also am going to switch to lower GI fruit, regardless of which direction I go. Cutting out bananas, switching to apples, berries, pears. My main decision is: Should I get my calories from meat or low GI carbs. Also I suffer acne in the T-zones. It is the oily skin type of acne, and it has contributed to dandruff and very oily hair. I believe if i can control the oil I can defeat the acne. My supplements I will be starting are : Lactoferrin 300mg, zinc 30mg, vitamin b5 100mg, acetyl-l-carnitine 200mg
  5. list all oral supplements that are supposed to improve your skin, like zinc, fish oil, acv, b5, acidophilus (not drugs like accutane). i'm going to start taking all of them ray kurzweil style to see if it does anything.
  6. jonathan.camp

    how bad are my scars?

    Hey guys my name is jon, im 20, been dealing with acne since 15. Took roaccutane in july 10 and endend in feb '11.. its was great while i was in the drug, it really cleared my acne but left me with this horrible redmarks and scars .. just want to know what you guys recommend to do about them..i know i have to wait several months to take action whit my skin because the roaccutane.. my actual regimen is cetaphil cleanser and cicaplast gel, 30 fps gel sunblock, take 50 mg of zinc, lots of water, exercise, and eat healthy food..i plant to use aloe vera straight form the plant to heal my redmarks next week so..what you opnion about my scars and what do you recomend to do about them in the future? to see the pic add ( http:// ) dont know exactly how to upload pics and if i post the complete link they dont show img18.imageshack.us/i/82614130.jpg img847.imageshack.us/i/cimg4018.jpg img847.imageshack.us/i/cimg4015.jpg img846.imageshack.us/i/cimg4025.jpg any responses would be welcome thank u to all PD excuse me for my bad english
  7. Here's my whole story, If you don't want to read all this just scroll down toward the bottom for my regimen. I'm just looking for some personalized advice to make my regimen more efficient. I'm going to include every detail I can provide into this post so that nothing is overlooked, and I can receive the maximum amount of input from you guys to finally beat this thing, since you are on this website I'm sure you can understand that way of thinking, so I apologize if it's a bit lengthy. MY STORYOK, so I've been struggling with acne since I was 14, for 7 years or so now. I have moderately oily skin, and a moderately fair skin tone, I've never had acne anywhere else except for my face, and it is now mostly centralized around the sides of my lips/chin, and there's a little left on my right upper cheek(but seems to be clearing up there for good now that I no longer sleep on my stomach), and a rather low amount of scarring. It wasn't that bad until my 3rd-4th year in, when I was 18, even then I was only using proactive or topical treatments because I had almost no knowledge of the reasons WHY I was getting acne, or what caused it other than "oily skin", I then went from proactive, to the "exposed skincare" topical regimen, and that worked much better, and now my skin is very tolerant to benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid since I've used so much of it over the years, and it still didn't do enough. BUT........when I turned 19 I finally found all these resources on the web to help me and gained the know-how to face my acne on all fronts, after everything I've learned now, I believe I have most of the nuts and bolts of what "causes acne" down(unbalanced hormones, improper liver function, bad nutrition/diet, impeded ability to shed skin cells, too many toxins in the bloodstream that your liver can't properly filter,etc. 'If there are more that I don't know of, or corrections you'd like me to make in this post please include them in your responses for future reader's knowledge.') SO...now I'm going for a more natural/holistic regimen, because I do not want to interfere with my skin's natural way of operating, and try to restore it to it's proper functioning, without acne. Note: I've never visited a dermatologist, as I believe that most of them don't know half the stuff I've learned on the web, and will just throw antibiotics and prescriptions at you, I could be wrong, but I've had some great improvements with my skin on my own, and if I keep struggling with acne in the years to come, I will pony up the dough and see a dermatologist, I HAVE seen my doctor about my acne though, and around 6 months ago he prescribed me Minocin(antibiotic) for me, I was on that for around 3 months, and it really did help a little, but I was convinced it wasn't the healthiest thing for my digestive tract. SO I want a more natural approach, as I believe that your skin can be a reflection of your overall internal health, and may be a pre-cursor that there's something wrong internally. Like I said... before I learned all of the causes of my oily acne-prone skin, I knew nothing except for those 'topical treatments'.(Which never did enough.) And during all of this, I always had a terrible diet, my whole life I always ate lots of candy, lots of sugar, soda, and sooo much junk food. I am now 21 and have experimented with very many different products and techniques to tackle this thing, It took a long time for me to change my habits to better my skin, but I now have the willpower to do anything to beat this thing, and try anything, and have made some major gains to lessen the severity of my acne. For instance, I now drink LOTS of water(3 quarts a day 'This may sound excessive, but I also do strenuous exercise 30-45 min a day, 6 days a week to weed out toxins') to keep my cells hydrated and help my liver and kidneys to filter toxins out of my blood, I've taught myself to sleep on my back, so my face never touches the pillowcase, I no longer eat dairy, bread, sugar/high fructose corn syrup(I only use 'Stevia' as a sweetener', and rarely use that) and I try not to eat any processed food, I also do not use benzoyl peroxide/salicylic acid anymore. So, with all that said, I'll tell you my CURRENT regimen. Right now my skin has never been clearer, and I'm just looking for advice to continue this streak, I'm sure I have room for improvements, and have made mistakes. MY SKINCARE REGIMEN/HABITS Vitamins/Supplements: Note: (I'm new to this site and my links aren't working properly yet.) Now Foods Probiotic-10 25 Billion - 50 Vcaps (Priobiotic- Digestive health, using to add extra kick to my current detox - One pill, twice a day bewtween meals) www.nowfoods.com/Products/ProductsbyCategory/Category/076853.htm?cat=Digestive%20Support Now Foods Probiotic Defense 1 Billion - 90 Vcaps (Same as above, will start taking after finished with thos 50 pills) www.nowfoods.com/Products/ProductsbyCategory/Category/M081883.htm?cat=Digestive%20Support Now Foods Easy Cleanse (15 day Natural Detox, currently in the 8th day and have seen great improvements) www.nowfoods.com/Products/ProductsbyCategory/Category/M103419.htm?cat=Detox%20Support Now Foods Liver Detoxifier & Regenerator (Detox- One pill, Three times a day, once with every meal) www.nowfoods.com/Products/ProductsbyCategory/Category/M102280.htm?cat=Detox%20Support Nature's Secret 5 Day Fast and Cleanse (Detox- Will start this after I'm done with the 'Easy Cleanse') www.naturessecret.com/5-day-fasting-cleanse.asp Now Foods Psyllium Husk 500mg (Fiber- 3 pills with meal, twice a day) www.nowfoods.com/Products/ProductsbyCategory/Category/M003458.htm?cat=Fiber%20Supplements Now Foods Maca 750mg (Hormone Balance and hormone gland health - Two pills after breakfast) www.nowfoods.com/Products/ProductsbyCategory/Category/074866.htm?cat=Herbs%20%26%20Mushrooms Now Foods Zinc Gluconate 50mg (Skin Health- One pill after breakfast) www.nowfoods.com/Products/ProductsbyCategory/Category/M003582.htm?cat=Minerals Now Foods MSM 1500mg (Skin Health- One pill, twice a day after a meal) www.nowfoods.com/Products/ProductsbyCategory/Category/M003553.htm?cat=Joint%20Structural%20Support Now Foods Super Omega 3-6-9 1200mg (Skin/digestive health hormone balance - One pill twice a day with meal) www.nowfoods.com/Products/ProductsbyCategory/Category/M011529.htm?cat=Nutritional%20Oils Now Foods Super Primrose 1300mg (Hormone balance - One pill, twice a day after a meal) www.nowfoods.com/Products/ProductsbyCategory/Category/M002991.htm?cat=Nutritional%20Oils Now Foods Special One Multi-Vitamin with Green Superfoods (Nutrition- One pill once a day after breakfast) www.nowfoods.com/Products/ProductsbyCategory/Category/M002873.htm?cat=Vitamins Topical Treatments(All organic and natural, except shave gel): Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shave Gel (I shave after the shower every other day, as I find every day is too irritating for my neck) www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002FIZK6O NoW Foods Tea Tree Oil (Natural Alternative to benzoyl peroxide, I've added about 1tsp of this to my cleanser and exfoliator, and directly to my skin as a 'spot treatment' when needed) www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ELP5KA Bian Laboratories 'GRAPEFRUIT POPPY SEED MICRODERM POLISHER' (Exfoliator, use in the morning during shower, and at night 'Tea Tree Oil added') www.bianorganics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=405 Bian Laboratories 'LEMON & BASIL FOAMING ACNE CLEANSER' (Cleanser used after shaving in morning, and a night after exfoliator 'Tea Tree Oil added') www.bianorganics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8&products_id=375 Bian Laboratories 'LAVENDER TONER' (Used after cleanser, morning and night) www.bianorganics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=293 Bian Laboratories 'LEMON & BASIL MOISTURIZER' (Used after Toner, morning and night) www.bianorganics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=233:047c38ea89ae1387306ae1f598493e4b NoW Foods Jojoba Oil Pure (Apply 3-4 drops to face and neck after moisturizer) www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009NBCXC Habits and Diet Day 1-6 of each week. Shortly after I wake up I wash my face with only water, and a very small amount of cleanser, I then eat a banana/orange/apple. Then I workout for 30-45 minutes, shower(exfoliate during shower), shave after shower(every other day), then cleanse, tone, and moisturize from those topical treatments listed above. After that I eat whole grain oatmeal with 4 strawberries and a banana, and perhaps some raisins, all mixed in, along side with decaffeinated green tea, I then take all my vitamins and supplements as listed above. I don't eat dairy, bread, or sugar, and only drink water or 100% juice, and try not to eat any processed food, I love fruit so I eat a lot of that, and I'm sure I would like many vegetables, but don't eat very many because I don't know what's good, so I need some more help in this part of my diet, specifically for dinner. For lunch I will either have just a piece or two of fruit, maybe a can of some sort of soup with chicken(chicken is the only meat I eat nowadays, and will only eat it grilled), or a iceberg salad with carrots, apples, kidney/black beans, and perhaps some ranch dressing. and basically do the same for dinner. I think the majority of the advice I need is on my diet, I know little to nothing about which foods trigger my acne, if any at all, regardless, I still try to eat healthier, and am willing to make major changes to my diet if necessary. At night before bed I exfoliate, cleanse, and moisturize. You may think I'm exfoliating too much, but this is a gentle exfoliator and my skin is never irritated from this. Day 7 of each week This is my rest day, I rest from exercising and don't take any vitamins, but still take the maca, probiotic, 'liver detoxifier and regenerator', and psyllium husk(fiber). Everything else as far as diet and facial cleansing is the same I am currently doing the 'Easy Cleanse', which is a 15 day detox that is just naturally helps your body cleanse itself by boosting your immune system with nutrients/herbs, after I'm done with that I'm going to use the 5 day fast and cleanse. So that's everything, please give any tips/advice about improvements I can make, or mistakes I may be making. UPDATE: 6/4 Going to start taking Niacin 500mg when it arrives, starting with a small dose and working my way up. www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00068SJ40
  8. Hi, any feedback on the following (to those who have tried it?) 1. Parasitic cleanse 2. Vitamin D 3. Seabuckthorn oil 4. Zinc + Chromium So, I've done much of my research, and it seems that these 3 "solutions" seem to have the most potential. I'm currently contemplating to just get ahead with Accutane, but I am fearful of the negative side effects, and have been down the holistic route previously. What I've tried previously: 1. Raw Food Diet (9 months NO cheating) - Lost so much weight... and developed all sorts of deficiencies... 2. Regular Diet but NO salt & oil, only STEAM method of cook - Did not eat out at all... still broke out even though my skin got ALOT better (15 months) 3. Whole Food MultiVit - helps but does not stop acne... 4. Zinc - tried it for awhile... no results? 5. B5 - Does not work for me and the dosage is ridiculous... 6. Spiro - Broke me out, but I'm sure it works... but it just seems temporal and I don't want to be on a drug for life?! 7. Alpha Lipoic 8. Candida Cleanse - Gave me some results, but it just doesn't seem sustainable? I MIGHT try this again... someone had success with purely anti-candida supplements and he ate everything... gonna try to track down this user and contact him 9. Liver Cleanse 10. Parasite Cleanse - currently on this... 11. HCL 12. Pygeum 13. Saw Palmetto 14. Basically EVERYTHING I've tried - All brands of topical / LASER. 15. Paula's choice - Helped to fade red marks really quickly I must say.. 16. BP - Does not work 17. Antibiotics made my acne worst. Please contribute to this list if you can!! Your feedback is very much appreciated.
  9. I'm 17 years old and I have suffered from moderate acne since I was about 12-13. I've tried alot of things (not Accutane though), until recently I tried taking 50 mg of Zinc a day and voila! 95% of my face acne is gone, just the occasional pimple on my chin or on my cheek (like 1 or 2 a week max, it used to be 3-4 a day). My regimen is the following: 25 mg Zinc with breakfast and 25 mg with Lunch I wash my face with a Dead Sea soap in the morning and at night (contains Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Dead Sea Mineral Salts, Olive Oil, Moisture, Fragrance). And I also apply Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask daily (ingredients: Dead Sea Natural Mud, Aloe Vera Extract, Honey, Olive Oil, Preservatives, Fragrance) and I use Clindamycin Topical Gel (been using it for a year and something, improved my face a bit so I kept using it even after mostly clearing up with Zinc, just in case) Diet: About 4 liters of water a day Cutting out dairy (occasionally eat cheese though) Green tea 3 times a day Anyway this cleared me up pretty well although there is still some reaaallyy mild acne. I still have lots of red marks and some scarring from having the acne, and a Facial Care expert (?) told me to get Avene Cleanance Anti-shine regulating lotion, as it would help alot with the redness and the oiliness of my face. So I got it. Should I stop using the Mud mask/Clindamycin/anything ? What would you recommend I should change, and what would you recommend my regimen should be! Please help as this acne thing has been bugging me for years and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now that it's clearing up, help me with the last bit Oh and I forgot to mention, body acne is still persistent with me even with taking Zinc, but I noticed tanning and being topless in the sun really helps with it so I'm just going to wait till beach-season and hope it clears up then, would you guys recommend that ? Sorry for the long long post haha
  10. guy1


    Hi Guys, I am going to purchase a 1.5mm dermastamp. I wasn't sure how often to use it. I get differing opinions. On this site, some posts say wait 6 weeks for collagen to settle down. Scientica say you can use it every week, or more if done lightly. WHite lotus says every week. Also which brand do you recommend. I was leaning towards scientica. Also should I be worried about UV exposure, I don't go in the Sun much, but was thinking I should use Sudocrem (zinc oxide) to block UV and help soothe the skin, never used it before, so not sure. Also everyone has different opinions of using serums after rolling, to help the skin regenerate, copper peptites, vit C. I don't want to apply unnecessary stuff on my skin which may lead to breakouts, can I go without and just use my eucerin dermopurifyer moisteriser. Thanks
  11. hello guys today i bought this Bioderma Foaming Gel and it says it`s Non-comedogenic but then i get curious and read the ingredients and it was these ... WATER (AQUA), SODIUM COCOAMPHOACETATE, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, PEG-200 HYDROGENATED GLYCERYL PALMATE, PEG-40 GLYCERYL COCOATE, DISODIUM EDTA, CITRIC ACID, ZINC SULFATE, SODIUM COCETH SULFATE, PEG-7 GLYCERYL COCOATE, COPPER SULFATE, GINKGO BILOBA EXTRACT, SODIUM CHLORIDE, XYLITOL, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, MANNITOL, RHAMNOSE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM METHYLPARABEN, SODIUM PROPYLPARABEN, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM) there are ingredients that have been said that they may cause acne (ex: the one i highlighted) is this product SAFE to use ??? Thanks !!
  12. Ok, so I have been reading this site for years and joined to see if anyone could give me some suggestions. So let me tell you a bit about my skin. I am in my 20s and have lived in a humid climate all of my life, so my skin used to be great and a touch oily. When I moved to Idaho, my skin went crazy! I all of a sudden had dozens of deep cysts embedded in my cheeks along my blush line and serious blackheads in my chin and lots of little bumps all over my forehead. It made me very self conscious. Anyway, I tried all sorts of products from Vichy's Acne line, to Origin's Acne and hydrating line. My skin was very dry after the move and I struggled a lot with keeping it hydrated as most creams felt as if they only stayed on the top of the skin. A few months ago I started taking zinc and evening primrose oil to see if it would help. It helped only slightly, but hey, it is better than nothing! My skin went back to its oily self, but it seems more oily than I remember. Then about a month ago, my mom got some Retin-A micro (purple tube) samples and the dermatologist said I could use them too for my acne. I have been seeing a bit of a difference. Not much. So I wash my face with Cetaphil normal to oily face wash, out on Retin-A and then in fifteen minutes put on DML moisturizer (like cetaphil). So I went to a dermatologist on Monday (08/29/11) and he said to add duac to my routine and do the same thing with the Retin-A in the morning, but swap Duac for the Retin-A. So I wash with Cetaphil like mentioned above and then put on Duac and fifteen minutes later put on DML. It seems pretty good so far. Today things changed though (08/31/11). Not for my face, but I will explain. So I went to a get a facial offered at the same place as my dermatologist and she used a machine that looks like a scraping spatula that sprays water on the face and uses electricity to push bacteria and the nasty junk out of the pores (their alternative to microdermabrasion). The treatment was called DermaSound. After this my face was quite red and sensitive to the rest of the facial. She suggested I drop the Retin-A micro and do the Duac and the facials because the Retin-A would be too much exfoliation for my face and the whole system would dry my face out too much. I was just wondering if anyone out there has done all three, Retin-A Micro (stronger dose), Duac, and this type of facial (DermaSound). My face can usually handle pain and stinging. What do people suggest? Thank you!
  13. MAbound

    What's going on?

    Hi everyone, I could really use your thoughts about what is going on with my skin at the moment. I have been on Dan's regimen for about a year and it has been a miracle solution to my problematic skin. However, over the last few months, I've been having a bit more trouble with it. Until this past March, my skin was just about perfect--I would have a spot here and there when that time of month came around, but barely anything compared to when I started the regimen. Since my new BP arrived in the bottle in the spring, my skin has slowly gone downhill. I am on the lookout constantly for new pimples and the BP seems to have little effect at keeping them at bay. Now, they are small ones that go away after a few days so I am not complaining as much as confused and seeking an explanation. Did I get a bad batch of BP? Has anyone else had this issue with the BP in a bottle? I have thought that perhaps my skin has been worse lately because of the new sunscreen I have been using. I am quite health conscious and ditched my old one because it contained some of the more questionable chemicals. As it only contains zinc oxide and octinoxate, I have considered that I have been reacting to one of those. I therefore tried an experiment this weekend--since I was pretty much house bound, I did not wear any (still did the regular regimen though). No luck--I got a new one surfacing this morning. Maybe I have to wait longer? Has anyone had a reaction to either of these? Or is it hormones? I am due for a visit in the next week or so so maybe it's all due to that? I never break out on my forehead, only my cheeks and chin, so I think that I am mainly suffering from hormonal acne. So can anyone offer any wisdom on what's up with my face? Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to explain everything fully. Thank you for your help!
  14. I've been getting really clear with my skin for a few months now. Its gone from moderate and either cheek covered with spots/redness, to absolutely mild, and then to competely gone in no time. Despite my skin being smooth, glowing, and not full of any 'active acne', I get 2-3 spots in the SAME places (1-2 on forehead, one maybe on cheeks). Ive been washing with just water twice a day, exfoliating once a week, steaming, and using zinc/vitamins a, d, and multivitamins. These have worked to eliminated 90% of my blemishes - BUT NOT the actual round spots themselves. What is the best direct, natural, and cheapest on-the-spot treatment you can recommend? I prefer natural home made remedies to be honest. And preferably something for a single spot mark, not to outbreak a whole area due to sensitivity. Thanks
  15. ok i just started getting acne and im freaking out , im 15 & never had acne before and i have oily skin i think im going to buy zinc for my skin but their un popable -_-
  16. jasmonia25

    amino acid zinc?

    i jsut started taking zinc to help with my acne and i was wondering is amino acid chelated zinc alright?? im taking 22mg twice a day also
  17. I stopped masturbating for about a month. Overall my complexion was healing up and looking better. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) it plateaued and continued to get acne. A lot of of it on my neck and around my mouth and chin/jaw. It wasn't as severe as when masturbating a lot but still not good. I'm underweight. I'm very tall and skinny. So I drink weight gainers. I still had acne way before weight gainers so I never made any sort of connection. I did try to get the highest quality. Anyways since I know sugar is a major cause I stopped that a couple days ago. Still of course I know that wouldn't be enough. Yet it's hard to go paleo without losing weight so I had a huge dilemma. How to eat lots of food like pasta and general food found everywhere and avoid acne. So what I've been researching are ways to digest food better, help the liver, control sugar, and reduce overall body inflammation. I've gotten back to masturbation (yay!) and right now my face should be absolutely horrifying. Instead I seem to be just fine. All I have is a bunch of acne from before healing up. It's only been about 4 days of this but that would normally be enough to break out like crazy. I'm still waiting it out for the final verdict just in case I overlooked something... Here's what I do 1. Apple Cider Vinegar in the morning, before meals, and at night. Probably biggest contributer. 2. Cinnamon - I get organic cinnamon and fill up empty pills and pop one after dinner. 3. Tumeric - Same as cinnamon - Saw a big difference after one night of it. 4. Zinc - Same as cinnamon except I just buy pills of it. 5. Organic Coconut oil - swallow spoon full at night. 6. Only drink water and try to drink a lot of it. 7. Try to eat as best I can but without going nuts and changing everything. There ya go. Seems to battle the food that isn't absolutely pure and the hormonal fluctuations from showing up on my skin and maybe yours too. If anyone has suggestions, I would love to receive them.
  18. my mom's homeopathic doctor has me on 90mg. how much can be absorbed in a sitting?
  19. Hi, sorry to make a whole thread for this but I couldn't find anywhere else to post it. This is my supplement routine, I'm just wondering if I'm doing it properly... taking the correct supplements with and without food, and at the right time between meals, etc. Or if some are better taken in the morning vs. night or vice versa. Let me know if there's anything I could change and why. Wake up, take Chromium GTF (with Vanadium) Drink ACV with distilled water -30 minutes- Eat breakfast/snack -A few hours- Eat lunch, take Opti-L-Zinc -A couple hours- Take Milk Thistle (with Dandelion Powder and Tumeric) -A couple hours- 30 minutes before dinner, take 2 Glucomannan with a glass of distilled water Eat dinner -A couple hours- Drink ACV with distlled water -A couple hours- Take Magnesium Bisglycinate (with Taurine) right before bed Possible things that could be wrong: -Chromium seems to make me sleepy, so maybe I should take it later in the day. Plus it should be taken 2 hours after and before meals, and as I have it now I'm eating sooner than that afterward. -Should I take the Milk Thistle earlier or later in the day? Or should it be taken with food? -Does the Taurine possibly interrupt sleep? It's combined with the Magnesium... Thanks a bunch!
  20. i am curious if It's ok to take zinc 50mg once a day with tetracycline not the same time about 3 hours after? on the last paragraph it says Take any antibiotics 2 hours away from a zinc supplement.
  21. Hello all. I am currently doing the regimen and applying benzoyl peroxide 2.5 % 2x a day. I am also using the olay moisturizer (SPF 15 with zinc oxide, not avobenzone) and i was wondering if spf 15 is usually good enough for sun protection especially since i am applying benzoyl peroxide? I am of indian ethnicity (indian from india, not native american) and my skin is light brown (similar to a latino?). I would also like to add that i am rarely out in the sun (40 minutes to an hour a day? and the lenght of time i usaully stay outside is spread out through the day). Any ideas?
  22. So basically, I've been on Dan's Regimen for about 3 months (check my sig) but I'm still experiencing a few break outs. My skin has definitely improved but i want to take it to a whole new level. I've browsed the forums trying to look for an answer but I have had no luck .... Or im not looking in the right places I've gone out and bought the following Vitamin A 10,000 IU Zinc 50mg and 900mg total omega 3 (EPA 647mg and DHA 253) How many do i take a day? Is there a safe amount? I know i take Zinc once a day Any other vitamins i should look into? How many pills do you guys go through in 1 day? Any help would be appreciated EDIT** I've been reading a lot on B5. Is it recommended with what im soon going to start?
  23. Hello, I once suffered from pretty severe acne. Perhaps between moderate and severe, everyday I would feel self conscious about it and it put me into a significant depression. I recall it consuming my entire life, I would literally hide my face and stray away from people around. Could you believe I would even skip college classes due to a breakout? I would actually see my face in my car mirror and feel disgusted by my appearance and I would just hide in my car until class ended. I just couldn't handle people judging me or even ruminating over my condition. I felt depressed and suicidal at times and it greatly affected me academically. My family members knew how depressed I felt about my skin and my parents would continue to explain to me "There's worse things than acne. You'll eventually grow out of it. Just don't worry about it, don't let it bring you down." but I wouldn't consider their advice and I went as far as possible to rectify my problem. It became an obsession. My friends were aware of how I felt. I would convey how I felt emotionally relative to acne and their responses were similar to my parent's. I tried everything from topical antibiotics, topical retinoids, mega-dose of zinc, niacinamide, and B5. I couldn't find relief and decided to resort to Accutane. It felt like the ultimate solution and I'll most likely experience mild side effects. I went for it with a positive attitude. The drug came with many lists of side effects. There were lists of side effects on the packaging, on a print out in the drug container, and on the pill container. I was very nervous about starting the treatment, I hesitated and when I finally gained the courage I started the treatment. Things seemed to be going smoothly, so I assumed. Some minor stomach related side effects that greatly accrued over time. Of course I experienced dryness and sun sensitivity, but the real side effects came later. I finished my six month course of 80mg of isotretinoin a day and was finally clear! But with a cost. I now suffer from IBD, GERD, Migraines, vision problems, infections, and bone related anomalies. The side effects seemed to get worse every month post treatment! It has been 5 months and I feel horrible. Of course, not everyone experiences bad side effects, but I guess I'm one of the unlucky ones. I just want to stress that, there are worse things than acne. Accutane was my biggest regret, a decision influenced by my insecurity. As time progresses, my health is going down hill. Before Accutane, I could relate to people's emotional distress related to acne. But now, I just wish I could go back and only deal with acne. To everyone who's dealing with severe acne and no Isotretinoin induced problems, I envy you. There are in fact worse things that you could be dealing with. You can at least just lay back with the comfort of knowing you didn't resort to consuming that poison. I personally don't recommend Accutane although I'm sure there are many who disagree with me, those who have had a pleasant experience. You can still enjoy life with acne. I wish I realized that sooner....
  24. Hi, I'm taking the following daily Selenium 200mcg Vitamin E 200 iu Chromium Picolinate 200mcg B complex Thamin 15mg (1000% DV) Ribflavin 10.2mg (600%DV) Niacin 50 (250 % DV) Vitamin B6 5 mg (250% DV) Panthothenic Acid 10mg (100% DV) with Vitamin C 300mg (500% DV) Cod Liver Oil (2-3 capsules) Zinc Picolinate 50 mg and chelated copper every third day Could the massive amounts of B vitamins cause dry skin??? Or maybe it's the summer heat?
  25. So i am looking for any sunscreen that will go along with regimen. Cost doesn't matter or if i have to order it online. I am looking for suggestions. For one that isn't hard to apply meaning it goes on easy and not thick and one that doesn't leave skin flaky or dry looking. I have used equate (generic for the olay complete) ,neutrogena ultra sheer dry touch for sensitive skin and a walgreens brand zinc oxide sunscreen. And although all contain zinc oxide which i like b/c it isn't as irritating as avobenzene, they all make it impossible to apply makeup and make my skin look ashy. I have been really looking at clarins, shisiedo, and dior and others. So any thoughts on sunscreen I can try, that has been successful for you or that you have heard good things about.