Damn Acne !!!!!!


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I am very prone to acne and I still want to inject Testosterone.
What are the best remedies to clear it up a bit and make the cycle more comfortable ???

From what I learned on the web: B-5 Panthenol, Tea Tree Oil,....

Any suggestions?

Thank You
thank you,...

Well when I tan it's like the oil on my face is boiling,...!!!!
And it only makes it worse,...

Also I have bought some B-5 once,....the first day I took 8 of them and after a few days and I didn't see any difference,....(I wasn't on gear that time) How long does it take to work?

In Belgium this stuff costs 14 EUROS ( ca 14 us dollars) 500Mg B-5 So If have to increase the dossage I am gonna be broke soon

Any other suggestion?
The Journal of Family Practice • January 2003 • Vol. 52, No. 1

Management of acne

David C. Liao, MD, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton; Irvine, California
Precise classification methods are used to define acne according to type (comedonal, papulo-pustular, or nodular) and severity. The relative effectiveness of several topical and systemic agents has been established in clinical trials, making possible an algorithm of specific treatment decisions based on acne classification.

Key Points

Select medication based on the type and severity of a patient’s acne, as well as the patient’s skin type: creams, lotions, or ointments for dry skin; solutions or gels for oily skin.
Choose topical therapy whenever possible to minimize side effects.
Allow 6 to 8 weeks for most treatments to work before deciding to try another regimen or add other agents.
The surest route to success in treating acne vulgaris follows 3 steps. First, establish the type and severity of acne. Second, select medication appropriate for the patient’s condition and skin type. In general, patients with oily skin benefit from solutions or gels, while those with dry skin do better with creams, lotions, or ointments.1 Third, educate the patient about the disease, the different types of medications and their side effects, and expectations for improvement that are realistic. Realistic expectations should enhance compliance and lead to the successful resolution of a debilitating disease.

Types and Severity of Acne
There are 3 types of acne: comedonal, papulo-pustular, and nodular Table 1, all of which result from a multifactorial pathophysiologic process in the pilosebaceous unit: (1) sebum production, (2) follicular hyperkeratinization, (3) proliferation and colonization by Propionibacterium acnes, and (4) the release of inflammatory mediators.2 The resulting lesions include noninflammatory open (blackheads) and closed (whiteheads) comedones, as well as inflammatory papules, pustules, and nodules.

Acne severity is rated according to the Combined Acne Severity Classification that classifies acne into mild, moderate, and severe, based on the number and type of lesions Table 2.3 Determining acne type and severity serves as a guide to treatment Table 3.

Treatment Options
A variety of medications are available for the treatment of acne vulgaris. Note that most treatment regimens should be used for at least 6 to 8 weeks to judge their effectiveness before considering alternative treatments or adding other agents. Figure 1, an algorithmic guide to the treatment of acne, represents the author’s assessment of the current literature. Alternative approaches may be appropriate after discussing options with individual patients. Table 4summarizes the strength of evidence for acne interventions and how each compares with other treatments for the same type of acne.

Topical Agents

Salicylic acid, found in a number over-the-counter cleansers, has both anti-inflammatory and mild comedolytic effects. It can be used as initial therapy for mild acne or as an adjunctive agent in a broader therapeutic regimen. In a placebo-controlled study of 114 patients, 2% salicylic acid lotion demonstrated a statistically significant improvement from baseline at 12 weeks (SOR: B).4 No side effect data were provided.

Tea tree oil comes from the Australian tree Melaleuca alternifolia and has had success anecdotally in treating various skin conditions. In a single-blind trial of 124 patients, 5% tea tree oil gel was compared with 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion in the treatment of mild-to-moderate acne. Both agents significantly reduced the number of inflammatory lesions and comedones (SOR: B).5 However, benzoyl peroxide was statistically superior to tea tree oil in reducing inflammatory lesions and had a faster onset of action. Encouragingly, patients treated with tea tree oil experienced fewer side effects.

Benzoyl peroxide (BPO) is a potent bactericidal agent with mild keratolytic properties. Several trials have shown the 5% concentration to be consistently superior to placebo at a statistically significant level in the treatment of mild-to-moderate acne, with a 30% decrease in lesion counts (SOR: A).6,7 In addition, two small trials involving 153 patients with mild-to-moderate acne compared the efficacy of different concentrations of topical benzoyl peroxide (2.5% vs 5% and 2.5% vs 10%) used twice daily.8 These trials demonstrated no differences in efficacy among the various preparations based on lesion counts, and there was no dose-response effect (SOR: A). Erythema and scaling occurred with almost identical frequency with the 2.5% and 5% concentrations but more often with the 10% concentration. Thus, the 2.5% and 5% concentrations appear to be preferable based on the balance of risks and benefits.

Topical tretinoin (Renova, Retin-A, Avita) is a comedolytic agent effective as monotherapy for noninflammatory acne. In two randomized controlled trials involving 292 patients of comparable age, use of 0.02% and 0.05% tretinoin strengths showed a statistically significant reduction in comedones and papules with a dose-response effect after at least 4 to 8 weeks of treatment when compared with placebo (SOR: A).9,10 However, there was also a statistically significant increase in erythema and peeling that was maximal after 1 to 3 weeks and decreasing thereafter. In addition, an exacerbation of inflammatory lesions (pustular flare) may occur within 2 to 4 weeks of onset of therapy.11

Adapalene (Differin) is a synthetic naphthoic acid derivative with retinoid activity. Several large, randomized studies have shown that adapalene gel 0.1% and tretinoin concentrations ranging from 0.025% to 0.1% were comparable in reducing total lesion counts by 50% in 4 to 12 weeks (SOR: A).12–14 One trial found that adapalene 0.1% produced a statistically significant reduction greater than that with tretinoin 0.025% in both noninflammatory and inflammatory lesions at 12 weeks (SOR: A).12 Adapalene was also significantly better tolerated than tretinoin, as evidenced by less erythema, scaling, and dryness.12,15 Thus far, there have been no significant studies comparing adapalene to other topical agents such as benzoyl peroxide.

Azelaic acid (Azelex) is a dicarboxylic acid that possesses bacteriostatic properties and is structurally unrelated to any of the conventional acne therapies. In a single-blind trial of 309 patients comparing 20% AZA with 5% benzoyl peroxide and placebo, AZA yielded a significant decrease in papulo-pustular lesion counts by 35% compared with placebo. There was equivalent efficacy between AZA and benzoyl peroxide (SOR: B).16 Patients tolerated AZA better than benzoyl peroxide, with 9% of AZA recipients reporting a burning sensation that subsided after 2 weeks, and 15% of the benzoyl peroxide group reporting local side effects. In another controlled comparison, 20% AZA cream used twice daily for 5 to 6 months was comparable in efficacy to 0.05% tretinoin cream for patients with comedonal acne but statistically more effective in reducing the number of papules (SOR: B).17 Tretinoin caused significantly more erythema and scaling than did AZA.

Tazarotene (Tazorac) is the first of a family of receptor-selective acetylenic retinoids. In a multicenter, randomized controlled trial including 334 patients, tazarotene 0.1% and 0.05%, applied once daily for mild-to-moderate acne significantly reduced noninflammatory acne and total lesion counts when compared with placebo at 4 to 8 weeks (SOR: B).18 The 0.1% gel also significantly reduced inflammatory lesions at 12 weeks. Adverse effects were dose related, ranging from 5% to 13% and included erythema and burning. There are no published trials comparing tazarotene with other retinoids or benzoyl peroxide. Tazarotene is 30% to 70% more expensive than comparable topical agents such as tretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, and antibiotics.

Topical antibiotics
Topical antibiotics are effective in the treatment of mild-to-moderate inflammatory acne by reducing the population of P acnes in sebaceous follicles and by suppressing chemotaxis.11 Several large randomized controlled trials demonstrated that topical clindamycin 1% and topical erythromycin 2% applied twice daily were consistently superior to placebo in reducing the number of papules and pustules in patients with moderate-to-severe acne (SOR: A).19–23 Erythema and peeling were rare, comparable to that seen with placebo. Moreover, a randomized trial of 102 patients comparing 1% clindamycin with 2% erythromycin demonstrated that both medications significantly reduced the number of papules and comedones with no significant differences between the two (SOR: B).24,25 Furthermore, in two double-blind, randomized trials involving 334 patients, a combination gel containing clindamycin 1% and benzoyl peroxide 5% proved superior to each component alone in reducing inflammatory lesions, and superior to the clindamycin-only gel in reducing noninflammatory lesions (SOR: B).26 Trial data on the combination gel containing erythromycin 3% and benzoyl peroxide 5% are of poor quality; thus the same conclusion cannot be made.

Oral antibiotics
Oral antibiotics are most often used for moderate-to-severe inflammatory acne. They work by suppressing P acnes growth, thereby reducing the production of inflammatory mediators.27 However, as systemic agents, they cause more significant and diverse side effects than do topical agents. Unfortunately there are no head-to-head trials comparing different oral antibiotics, or comparing oral and topical antibiotics.

Erythromycin. In a randomized study of 200 patients with moderate-to-severe acne, erythromycin, 1 g in 2 divided doses daily, significantly reduced the comedone, papule, and pustule count after 8 weeks (SOR: B).28 The side-effect rate was 8%, usually associated with gastrointestinal irritation. Studies have shown that P acnes exhibits greater resistance to erythromycin than to tetracycline.29

Tetracycline/doxycycline/minocycline. Tetracycline and its lipophilic derivatives, doxycycline and minocycline, are the most commonly prescribed oral agents for acne vulgaris. As a class, tetracyclines should not be prescribed for pregnant women or for those younger than 9 years of age, to avoid the risks of tooth discoloration and bone growth retardation in the fetus or child.30 Various double-blinded, randomized controlled trials involving patients with mild-to-moderate acne have shown that tetracycline confers a statistically significant improvement over placebo as early as 6 weeks (SOR: A).31–33 Adverse effects include gastrointestinal upset, vaginal yeast infection, and a theoretical decrease in the efficacy of oral contraceptives.

Doxycycline, 100mg/d, has been shown to significantly reduce inflammatory lesions in a crossover trial of 62 patients (SOR: B).34 Its adverse effect profile is similar to that of tetracycline, though it tends to cause more photosensitivity (4% vs 1%).35

In a recent Cochrane review of 27 studies, minocycline was shown to be an effective treatment for acne, but no randomized controlled trial evidence was found to support the benefits of minocycline in acne resistant to other therapies (SOR: A).36 A recent study demonstrated that minocycline has a greater tendency than tetracycline or doxycycline to cause rare adverse side effects, including serum-sickness-like reactions, drug-induced lupus, and hypersensitivity reactions.35 These factors, in addition to the higher cost, suggest that minocycline should not be a first line antibiotic choice for treating acne.

Oral Contraceptives
Oral contraceptives (OCs) reduce the severity of acne vulgaris by decreasing the amount of circulating androgens.37 In 1997, a triphasic combination OC containing ethinyl estradiol 0.035 mg and increasing doses of norgestimate (0.180 mg, 0.215 mg, and 0.250 mg) was approved by the FDA for the treatment of acne in women. This decision was based on the results of a randomized, double-blind trial involving 257 patients in which the triphasic contraceptive was compared with placebo over 6 months (SOR: A).38 The OC group showed statistically significant improvement greater than that of the placebo group in all types of acne lesions. It also reduced total lesion counts by more than 53% in female subjects at 26 weeks, compared with lesion reductions of about 27% in controls. The principal adverse effect noted in this study was nausea.

Isotretinoin (Accutane) is an oral retinoid labeled for use in patients with severe, refractory, nodulocystic acne. In a randomized, crossover trial that included 33 patients, isotretinoin significantly decreased the number of nodulocystic lesions by 95% when compared with placebo, with only rare side effects of cheilitis and dermatitis (SOR: B).39 However, other studies suggest that cheilitis is fairly common and its absence may imply noncompliance or malabsorption of the drug.40 In addition, the FDA issued a warning in 1998 regarding possible increased risks in depression, psychosis, suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts, though no conclusive evidence has been found.40 The typical dosage of isotretinoin is 0.5 to 1 mg/kg daily in two divided doses, with a standard cumulative maximum dose of 120 to 150 mg/kg per treatment course.41

In April 2002, Roche Laboratories released the System to Manage Accutane Related Teratogenicity (S.M.A.R.T) program, aimed at preventing pregnant women from receiving isotretinoin.42 Major malformations may occur in 25% to 30% of fetuses exposed to isotretinoin.43 Under this program, female patients must have both a screening and confirmation pregnancy test (urine or serum) prior to receiving a prescription for isotretinoin. In addition, patients must commit to using 2 forms of birth control for at least 1 month prior to initiation of therapy, during therapy, and 1 month after discontinuing isotretinoin. During monthly visits, a pregnancy test must be obtained and no more than a 30-day supply of isotretinoin may be prescribed. Finally, pharmacists will fill prescriptions only if an isotretinoin qualification sticker is affixed, obtained after signing and returning the S.M.A.R.T Letter of Understanding.

In addition to procedural safeguards, it is necessary to monitor lipid levels (hypertriglyceridemia and hypercholesterolemia) and liver enzymes at the start of therapy and at each monthly visit. If elevations occur in these measurements, dosage reduction or drug discontinuation should be considered. Given the intensity of monitoring that is required, some family physicians may wish to refer patients who require Accutane to a dermatologist.

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B-5 takes a few weeks before you will notice anything, I think LawnSaver said he took 10 grams/day until it started to clear, then went with a maintenance dose of 3 or 4 grams/day.
I have always just done 3 grams/day and that worked for me.
I have attached a link to a site in Canada, you can get 90-1000mg tabs for $24 Cdn, you might want to think about ordering some from there and paying International postage to have them shipped.

Well thanks a lot for the education..

Well I have used testosterone in the past and I have done most of the therapies you described , from topical agents to oral Anti-biotics,..
And finally I have learned one thing: USELESS CRAP!!!

1. It cost me too much time ( visiting doctors for prescriptions, going to the pharmacie, applying the crap

2. It cost me a lot of money and it is not worth it.

3. It didn't help me very much

Thanks anyway,
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PharmaBolic said:
Well thanks a lot for the education..

Well I have used testosterone in the past and I have done most of the therapies you described , from topical agents to oral Anti-biotics,..
And finally I have learned one thing: USELESS CRAP!!!

1. It cost me too much time ( visiting doctors for prescriptions, going to the pharmacie, applying the crap

2. It cost me a lot of money and it is not worth it.

3. It didn't help me very much

Thanks anyway,

If you'll be using test I suggest you to use Finasteride with it to reduce DHT which is a very potent androgen and can contribute to acne...

B5 at up to 10 g ED may also help.
Well no doctor wants to subcribe it for me,...I explained them why I need finasteride so bad, but they didn't want to undestand

too bad,...
I am trying to find Finasteride on the black market,..

Also I went to a health store and asked them about B-5
they could deliver me 100tabs for 19EUROS = 19 dollars and if order 6 bottles of them, I can get them for 17 dollars each,..still expensive

I hope it's worth it
Well Thank you StoneColdNTO,...
After one cycle I am sure I'll getting severe acne for at least 5months
So If I begin B-5 therpay I'll need large quantities of them,. and it's not easy to order something over the internet,..
The price is definitely good but +shipping costs and +local customs makes it an expensive joke,...

too bad

Here in Belgium everything is expensive after they decided to use ERUO's

Steroids here are cheap (Germany is nearby, Holland is about 100Km from my home)

In Belgium You'll get Sustanon, Deca 2ml/100mg, Primobolan,.. for 5 dollars each !! (always the real stuff)