There have been many noble explorations and qestis throughout human history.
Christopher Columbus’ search for the new world.
Ponce de Leon’s search for the Fountain of Youth.
And of course my search for the world’s most effective acne supplement.
This search me has taken me all over the world, from the depths of the Peruvian jungles, to the steppes of Mongolia. Okay, not really. Most of my search has conciststed of scouring the internet for information about acne, but little results have been yielded for the past decade.
Accutane has probably been the most effective drug I’ve used to treat acne. Unfortunraly, Accutane is not something you can everyday for the rest of your life. Accutane is a substance that can only be used uner doctor supervision for a short period of time (3-6 months). If only there were a way to mimic the effects of Accutane by finding a substance that naturally exists that is similar to Accutane.
We can start by looking at what looking at what Accutane is, a retinoid.
What the heck is a retinoid?
I’m no science whiz, but Accutane is essentially a synthetic retinoid which mimics high levels of Vitamin A. And thus, Cod Liver Oil is brought into the picture.
What’s So Great about Vitamin A?
One of the effects of Vitamin A is the proliferation of new skin cells to replace damaged skin by encouraging the maturation of cells in the epidermis.
Ahem. Let’s put that in layman’s terms: Our skin is always being shed, although it’s not as pronounced as some animals like snakes. We lose some skin cells, but then they’re replaced by new ones. This is the ideal case, but sometimes our skin cells won’t budge, so we can use Vitamin A to get things going.
Have you ever heard of Retin-A?
It’s a retinoid like Accutane, but instead of taking it orally, it’s a cream you rub on your face. It’s known to cause red, flaky skin because it’s causing the body to strip off the top layer, but over time a rejuvenated layer of skin is brought up.
Taking Vitamin A orally has similar effects as Retin-A, it just happens beneath the suface.
So can’t I just take Vitamin A pills?
Perhaps, yet I have a strong disdain for synthetic vitamins. The reason for my disdain is that after years of taking Vitamin D pills daily (5,000 IU), I learned that only a small percentage is actually absorbed into the body. In other words, it’s bologna.
When we get our vitamins from a substance that’s naturally existing like food, those nutrients are absorbed much better by the body. That’s why I recommend getting these nutrients from food, or minimially processed supplments like Cod Liver Oil.
Speaking of Vitamin D, Cod Liver Oil contains that as well.
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin (many call it a hormone). It’s so important that our bodies manufacture it by being in the sun. (Need more detail).
How much should I take a day?
Directions should be on your bottle. My Carlson’s CLO says take 1 tsp. a day.
When should I take it?
Again, directions should be on your bottle. Carlson’s CLO says at meal time.
Can’t you overdose on Vitamin-A?
Yes, as Vitamin-A is fst soluble there’s only so much your body can tolerate. With that said, I think vitamin toicity is extremely overexaggerated. I’m not going to say to chug the whole bottle, in fact, there’s really no need to take more than 1-2 servings daily. If you stick to that, there shouldn’t be a possibility of any sort to overdose.
I heard you need to take Fermented Cod liver Oil?
I’ve heard that too. I use Carlson’s CLO which is not fermented and I’ve seen amazing success. As they say, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”
Plus, the only fermented brand of CLO atound is Green pastures which is quite pricey.
How soon can I expect to see results?
Within two to three days I saw amazin results, seriously. I can’t guarantee the same thing for you, but if you feel that you may have a vitamin-A deficienycy, expect results shortly.
Maybe you don’t have a deficiency, and this won’t work at all. I can’t tell you what will 100% work for you, only what has worked for me, and I’m telling you that Cod Liver Oil is the single best supplement I’ve ever taken to help treat acne.
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