What can I take to help reduce my acne besides antibiotics?
- 09-14-2009, 01:11 PM
What can I take to help reduce my acne besides antibiotics?
I suffer from acne, I've been on Accutane 3 times. My acne is much better, but not cured. I have topicals, but I do not want to take antibiotics, because I always have bad side effects with them. Last time I took an antibiotic I had joint pain and reoccurring heart burn. I was wondering if there were any vitamins I could take to help. I don't take a multi, because of the fillers and my sensitivity to free glutamic acid, but I was thinking about getting vitamins in bulk powder but haven't got around to it. Someone told me Aloe Vera juice may help.
- 09-14-2009, 02:05 PM
A lot of guys take pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) while on cycles of Anabolics to reduce acne.
There are documented studies on this if you care to look for them. The usual dose for acne treatment is very high though, 10-20 grams per day, so a high-dosed supplement is required.
Please check it out for yourself rather than taking this as advice. Though no toxicity has been established for B5 even at high levels, I'm not a doc, so you may want to do some good research and talk to a doc first.
You can check it out in wiki, pubmed.org and others for more info. Good luck with it, mate!
- 09-14-2009, 03:24 PM
before you try megadosing B5, try a couple things that are less extreme. I found that good old fish oil helps greatly with controlling the oil levels on your face and eventually that helps prevent acne. Just a couple a day probably wont make a difference, I take about 4g's with every large meal, so 12-15g's a day. I guarantee if you take that amount for a month or so, you will start seeing a difference in how oily your face is.
Always get a good dose of antioxidants, they help greatly. 25000 IU of beta carotene, 1000 IU of E, and most importantly 2-10 grams of C daily. Get your E liquid and your C in powdered form. Vitamin C goes a long way toward good skin health, its also responsible for it's elasticity and normal collagen levels.
Gallon + water a day is very key, helps wash away toxins. Try to wash your pillow cases and towels once a week at least, you want clean sleeping gear not oily.
Ditch your regular shampoos/soaps. They have SLS sodium lauryl sulfate which is a harsh industrial detergent. This aggravates your skin and dries it out to extreme levels, which in turn forces your face to make even more oil. Traditional moisturizers are also loaded with chemicals and don't help as well as they could. Same goes for your regular acne medicine, benzoyl peroxide can easily dry your skin and irritate it.
Instead, go the natural route. At any vitamin shoppe or online you can get Dr. Bronner's oil based soaps. These are made entirely from oils (teatree, coconut, hemp) and they clean amazingly well without any chemicals or drying. I myself have considered my skin to be dry my whole life until I switched to oil based soaps and now there is nothing dry about my face/body. I use the Dr.Bronners to wash my face, shower with it, and there is also a shaving gel. Make sure to get the new pump bottle soaps, those are easier to use and not as oily as the original version. Since you have sensitive/acne skin get the "Baby unscented" kind.
I talk about this all the time but coconut oil will help so much with acne! Ive gotten at least 3-5 PMs from people who tried it and it helped them. Get a good unrefined organic tub of coconut oil, eat 2-3 tablespoons by cooking w/ it or adding it to tea. Also use this as your only moisturizer. Just a little bit is enough for your whole face for the whole day, it absorbs very quickly and has tons of healing powers. Thats the only lotion you will ever need. Also, some people say the coconut oil has helped them with stretch marks from lifting.
If you got any questions let me know.
09-14-2009, 04:12 PM
Aside from using a good facewash (NOT soap), I personally find that either tea tree or lavender oil clears up any blemishes within a day.
Eviscerate also works at clearing up acne within a day.
Also, 5-10g of Vitamin B5 can help control acne; but it takes ~3 months for these effects.
09-14-2009, 04:57 PM
09-14-2009, 05:16 PM
In terms of price, coconut is probably a little better of a deal. At vitamin shoppe for example, you can get a jar of unrefined coconut for around $10. If you use that to only mosturize it will last you for a long time. Eating it, you obviously go through a whole lot more. Vitamin C in powder you can get for around the same $, maybe little cheaper for the bigger can, but it goes pretty quickly if you take it with meals. So your temporary solution until you get some more ca$h is to get a jar of coconut and use it to moisturize face/hands/behind ears, throughout the day. Before you go to sleep wash with bronners, then apply a small amount of coconut to your face. Right after getting out of the shower apply a good amount to face/behind ears. It will look a little shiny but it absorbs super fast and feels great.
Stop taking hot showers, especially if your water has high levels of chlorine in it (you can usually taste/smell it). Hot water opens up pores and allows a $hit ton of chlorine to get into skin, bloodstream. This irritates skin like no other. Keep a separate towel for face and another for body. Dont rub your face with the towel, pat it dry. Most importantly never ever touch your face with your hands, the amount of oils mixed with dirt from your hands is enough to make anyone break out.
Also, you are still 21 so hormones are still in play. Gradually this will definitely subside.
09-14-2009, 05:17 PM
This is the one I like to use for moisturizing:
for eating, there are a couple other kinds that vit shoppe sells that are a little cheaper but still great for nutrition. I feel like the spectrum is the most light and non greasy brand for putting on your face.
OH! Try spreading some coconut into your hair after washing it, overnight before bed. Do this a few nights and I guarantee the dandruff will start getting better.
09-14-2009, 05:25 PM
09-14-2009, 06:02 PM
hey if the link did not show up, go to vitamin shoppe website and search for coconut oil, then click on Spectrum organic unrefined, with the red label.
09-14-2009, 06:30 PM
09-15-2009, 11:00 AM
I indirectly helped my acne by taking probiotics after taking a long course run of oral antibiotics. I buy the enteric coated acidophilus pearls you can get just about anyway. I know nutraplanet has a good reviewed probiotic on their site as well.
If that doesn't work, try Apple Cider Vinegar (I took 1tbsp. at breakfast/1tbsp. at dinner) and ate a cup or two of spinach a couple times a day. For some reason, this was extremely effective for my acne.
09-15-2009, 11:04 AM
thats great advice right there, Apple Cider Vinegar in organic form contains a full mineral profile. drinking 2-5 tbs of it also helps by detoxing
09-19-2009, 01:53 AM
09-19-2009, 03:34 AM
09-20-2009, 12:16 AM
My dermatologist suggested that I take in a lot of fruits and veggies because they work as anti-oxidants. Aside from that, I was told to drink lots of water. She also prescribed a topical that I use every morning and night. My skin is super clear now, loving it.
09-20-2009, 01:10 AM
09-20-2009, 08:13 AM
I could use some Help. My son is about 1 month in his cycle of Accutane. He is breaking out badly and we understand that this is common before he starts to clear up. We are told that the Accutane is bringing the Acne to the surface. It's is alot worse now than the original problem and knowing that it is going to get better does not help. Is there anything I can get that will heal or better yet prevent the blemishes. I want proven ideas not theories. Anyone experience this breaking out with Accutane? Is there anything I can do to REALLY help my son immediately. Most say we have to just stay the course and go thru it!
09-20-2009, 11:26 AM
As I have had acne problems here are my thoughts:
1) Use "glycolic acid" once a week on your face, its a peel. Do your research, but this REALLY helped for me
2) Visit acne.org and do some reading, its a very good site.
3) Don't depend on Dietary changes having much affect of skin. I think you must principally go down the route of topical products, so go to acne.org and other sites and do your research on these.
Obviously though, it your on accutane though, you probably want to watch what you apply to your face, as your skin will be very dry etc.
09-23-2009, 08:22 AM
09-23-2009, 08:57 AM
09-23-2009, 09:07 AM
tea tree oil after washing will help it does slightly sting but l have had good results on my skin but you must use and wash at least twice a day.
also try this stack from RPN
09-23-2009, 11:32 AM
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09-27-2009, 01:05 PM
09-28-2009, 03:41 PM
since you bought the coconut oil though, look into all it's medicinal properties.
09-30-2009, 12:43 AM
09-30-2009, 07:19 AM
09-30-2009, 11:05 PM
Retinol is you want to go heavy duty, I would want to try to stay little less caustic. Watch you diet too, too many vitamins may actually increase the acne I know for one, excessive magnesium makes me break out horribly. Anyone know of any good ways to get rid of Backne? It is the worst!
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