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Old 03-09-2004, 01:43 AM   #1
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Arrow The idiots guide to B5

Pure and simple.
B5 is a cure for acne, for about 90% of the population.
Pantothenic Acid IS B5. d-calcium pantothenate is B5.
Yes, 1gram of B5 a day IS too low to cure acne.
B5 does not cause hair loss, insomnia, or headaches.
B5 makes your skin less oily.
B5 takes time before you SEE results. (in the mirror)
B5 needs other B vitamins, but not ALL at the same time.
B5 will cause you to break out at first.
B5 is safe.
B5 is not all the same. Some brands are cheap/bad.
Acne can not be cured overnight.
Everyone is different. Your body will react differently.

I have read SO many posts that say basically ĎIíve been taking 2 grams of B5 for 3 weeks and it isnít working!í I hate that. It upsets me. Really, it upsets me.
People need to know how to take B5. This is a very simple plan: If you are just starting on B5, you should really try to get more than 5 grams a day. That should be split up into evenly spaced doses, and taken with water. Biotin (another b vitamin) should be taken with every dose. Once a day take a B complex vitamin at a different time than the B5.
Itís best to take B5 before you eat. 15 minutes before you eat. I have found taking it with food is ok, but I would suggest before a meal.
Chapped Lips? Drink more water.
Multivitamin? Thats your call.
Topical gel? Whatever you want.

Headaches and insomnia are actually caused by malnutrition and not the B5. Hair loss is a chain reaction caused by an insufficient intake of Biotin. Again, take biotin with B5, and you wonít get brittle hair.

The initial breakout period is different for everyone. Most people will get the breakout in a certain area of your body. It will not last. B5 helps your body eliminate toxins. Some of these toxins will be eliminated through your skin in the form of large cysts. This looks bad, but in truth is very good for your body.
Typically after 4 months on a high dose of B5, you can lower the dose to whatever you feel comfortable with. The normal maintenance dose would be from 1to 5 Grams a day.

You will probably have to stick with that maintenance dose for a long time. Sounds like a bummer? Well did you really think that when you tried a new topical gel it would be the last tube you would ever buy? Eventually you will go down to taking 500 mg a day. Or none at all.
Most people do indeed outgrow acne. B5 for the most part is a good solution to people who are fed up with topical gels that donít work for them. With antibiotics that acne grows resistant to. With course after course of Acutane. B5 is many peoples last hope. I get sad when people on boards like this, post ignorant comments about B5 not working. Most of the time it is because of human error, or simply because people didnít know exactly what to do. Sometimes itís due to a cheap brand of B5 that doesnít actually workÖ

When B5 is manufactured. Part of this involves heating the product, and sometimes the B5 is heated too much, or for too long, ruining the whole batch. This is why some brands don't work, while others do.
I use TwinLab currently. I have tried 'NOW' brand, and noticed it did nothing for me. EvolutionX apparently isn't all that great either. AcneMiricle appears to be good, anyone had any luck with them? GNC has gotten mixed reviews. Vitamin Shoppe also looks to be good.
Again:
Biotin. Water. Even Doses. B-complex. Time.

 
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Old 03-09-2004, 06:14 PM   #2
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Re: The idiots guide to B5

you said it dude, im taking twinlab b5 right now, and I'm taking the doses the same, every day, at the same time at 10g's a day, and I have noticed a big improvement. I take the twinlab vitamin b-100 complex during the middle of the day.

I have noticed zero side effects, and I've never been happier in my life, since i've had acne of course...

I hope this thread helps a lot of you who are considering taking b5.
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Old 03-09-2004, 09:08 PM   #3
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I agree that the brand of b5 is crucial. I was listening to a talk show host tonight and he (who used to be a nutrition guru) was talking about vitamin companies and how some of them are INCREDIBLY shady in the quality of their products. I'm currently on Swanson's, but I've heard better things about TwinLabs from people like Grracne. So I will be switching to TwinLabs when i am done w/ Swanson. Plus, i looked on twinlab's website and it's actually the cheapest (price-wise) that i've seen. So I propose that in order to get some sort of uniformity around here among the posters in their test results that everyone use TwinLabs or some other widely approved of brant.

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Old 03-09-2004, 11:17 PM   #4
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Re: The idiots guide to B5

Hi!
Just wondering how long you people have been taking b5 and if you have ever came off, what were the results?

 
Old 03-10-2004, 01:20 AM   #5
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Re: The idiots guide to B5

DoxyDummy: i have been using B5 for over a year now. About three months ago I went down to 500mg a day just to see what would happen. Naturally my oil production went up and my acne did come back. And so i went back to taking 4 grams a day. I'm clear now. I eat a lot more junk food than I should, drink more coffee than I should, and work in a stressfull inviornment. I would say that B5 is a miricle.

It's important to understand that B5 is not meant to be a cure. People do call it a cure (I sometimes use that word too) however it is a treatment. Most people will outgrow acne, B5 will work for most people until they no longer need it.

I noticed that your name is Doxy dummy. I assume that means you are on the antibiotic Doxycycline. Or were at one point. How did that work for you? For how long? Antibiotics usually start off great. But most will work for a maximum of a year.
I have personally tried Amoxacilin, Augmentin, Clindamycin (oral and topical) Minocycline, and Azithromycin. Want to know something? Azithromycin (zithromax) was the only one that worked for me. For about a month.

Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Grapefruit seed extract, Tee tree oil, Herbs like Yellowdock/Burdock/Red Clover/ext, Zinc, Nature's Cure, Hydrocortizone, Resorcinol/sulfer, Glycolic acid, Niacimide gel, Flax Oil, Ayurevedic herbs, pro biotics.... I have used all of these. And I have given them all a fair chance I think. Some did help. But most only helped After I got the pimple. They didn't do much offense, just defense. I was always playing damage control.
B5 changed that. It took over 3 months due to my life style, but it did make my life less about Dealing with acne, to just forgetting about it. I wash my face with Burt's Bee's soap in the morning, at night I put on a Niacinamide/Pantothenic acid gel at night. Thats it.
Some day soon I think I will get off of B5 all together. Hopefully. Maybe soon. Good luck to you in whatever you choose. We are all diferent.

 
Old 03-10-2004, 08:14 AM   #6
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Re: The idiots guide to B5

i disagree, i believe 1g of B5 is enough, remember your body only absorbs what it needs from this..1g is plentiful enough, hell, even 500 MG would be good, 1g a day, long term would have a great effect on your acne, 10g however, your body would get so used to it, there would just be no effect, B5 doesn't have an initial breakout for everyone, it's different for different p[eople, but generally reports of initial breakouts are very low.
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Old 03-10-2004, 02:41 PM   #7
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Re: The idiots guide to B5

How much does B5 normally cost and where can I get it?

 
Old 03-10-2004, 02:56 PM   #8
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How much does B5 normally cost and where can I get it?
google "twinlabs." should be about 12 bucks for 200 caps, 500 mg

 
Old 03-10-2004, 03:47 PM   #9
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Re: The idiots guide to B5

I disagree with some of the people on this board, I have to say something before people get out of control. I hear some people are taking 20 pills of pantothentic acid, this was after I bought it. Anyway, For the past month I have been taking a gel multivitamin from GNC and 1 500MG pill of pantothentic acid and I have seen a great decrease in oil production and am currently 100% Clear except for 1 pimple, but its almost gone. I think too many pills for your system is bad anyway, I am no doctor but have read before that to many pills can cause health problems and that you don't use all of them anyway it leaves your body. SO just be careful that is all I am saying. I never had a bad breakout after I started my new regimen, just had 1 pimple that went away and now another thats going away I think this is it for the major acne. I had moderate acne for 2 years I am 16 now but I think I finally got it under control. all smiles here

 
Old 03-10-2004, 03:48 PM   #10
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Re: The idiots guide to B5

Vitamin Shoppe brand is also good! I just recently got a bottle of 500 capsules (500 mg) for about 18 dollars! Luckily for me, there just built a new store in my hometown, but you can also order online!
Good Luck!

 
Old 03-10-2004, 06:25 PM   #11
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i think i may have to take b5 for the rest of my life..or until something else better comes along......my acne is very stubbon and i see other members of my family with acne and theyre in their 40's.....dammit i hate my genes!

im using swansons but i may change to twinlab...it must really be good eh?

 
Old 03-10-2004, 07:09 PM   #12
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This is my first post, but I felt compelled to add to this thread. I agree that B5 is amazing. It essentially cured my acne, though I'm hesitant to ever use the word "cure." It dramatically reduced my oiliness and breakouts. I couldn't believe I was waking up in the morning without that familiar sheen to my face greeting me in the mirror. I started on 8 grams a day, moved down to 5 after a few months, and finally down to 2 g a day. In total I used B5 for about 2 and a half years, with total satisfaction. Well, almost total. It was a drag, and I did get headaches, although I fully admit I didn't hydrate myself well.
But overall, the only downside was that I hated taking so many pills per day and I didn't like paying for so much B5. After stopping B5 after 2.5 yrs (I felt I might have grown out of acne--ha ha--and wanted to test-drive being off of B5) I'd say my acne stayed away for about 6 months, which I was psyched about. But then it returned, to a lesser degree. The oiliness came back to my dismay.
So I tried a new idea: spironolactone, 50 mg/day. So far (3 months in) I'm really happy with it. Anyone else on this?
-jalia

 
Old 03-10-2004, 10:28 PM   #13
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Re: The idiots guide to B5

i'm not going near spiro. I'm a 'dude' ya know

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Originally Posted by jalia
This is my first post, but I felt compelled to add to this thread. I agree that B5 is amazing. It essentially cured my acne, though I'm hesitant to ever use the word "cure." It dramatically reduced my oiliness and breakouts. I couldn't believe I was waking up in the morning without that familiar sheen to my face greeting me in the mirror. I started on 8 grams a day, moved down to 5 after a few months, and finally down to 2 g a day. In total I used B5 for about 2 and a half years, with total satisfaction. Well, almost total. It was a drag, and I did get headaches, although I fully admit I didn't hydrate myself well.
But overall, the only downside was that I hated taking so many pills per day and I didn't like paying for so much B5. After stopping B5 after 2.5 yrs (I felt I might have grown out of acne--ha ha--and wanted to test-drive being off of B5) I'd say my acne stayed away for about 6 months, which I was psyched about. But then it returned, to a lesser degree. The oiliness came back to my dismay.
So I tried a new idea: spironolactone, 50 mg/day. So far (3 months in) I'm really happy with it. Anyone else on this?
-jalia
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Old 03-10-2004, 10:32 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by jalia
This is my first post, but I felt compelled to add to this thread. I agree that B5 is amazing. It essentially cured my acne, though I'm hesitant to ever use the word "cure." It dramatically reduced my oiliness and breakouts. I couldn't believe I was waking up in the morning without that familiar sheen to my face greeting me in the mirror. I started on 8 grams a day, moved down to 5 after a few months, and finally down to 2 g a day. In total I used B5 for about 2 and a half years, with total satisfaction. Well, almost total. It was a drag, and I did get headaches, although I fully admit I didn't hydrate myself well.
But overall, the only downside was that I hated taking so many pills per day and I didn't like paying for so much B5. After stopping B5 after 2.5 yrs (I felt I might have grown out of acne--ha ha--and wanted to test-drive being off of B5) I'd say my acne stayed away for about 6 months, which I was psyched about. But then it returned, to a lesser degree. The oiliness came back to my dismay.
So I tried a new idea: spironolactone, 50 mg/day. So far (3 months in) I'm really happy with it. Anyone else on this?
-jalia
I've been doing b5 for 3 months. Worked o.k., but I keep having the bad breakouts just about a week before the period. Started taking Spiro 2 days ago, I guess I'll do both at the same time and see what happens.

 
Old 05-08-2004, 11:39 PM   #15
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Re: The idiots guide to B5

Bump.

Pantethine will also work for acne, but is more expensive than B5 (pantothenic acid)

 
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