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My new regimen includes 4 cups of Tradional Medicinals Spearmint Tea/day. I brew them for a long time in boiling hot water and squeeze the teabag into the tea before drinking, just like the box says to.


I ordered EVERYTHING that I saw written about on these boards.

Effaclar K from La Roche-Posay (Zinc PCA)

Tangerine anti-shine treatement from Sana Fela (Nobiletin)

Garden Botanika clarifying lotion (zinc pca, green tea)

Solvere acne clearing toner (witch hazel, zinc pca, salcylic)

Clearogen (BP 2.5% and Saw Palmetto)

Skin Actives T-Zone and Acne Cream (Nobiletin, zinc pca, green tea, saw palmetto)

First I tried each product to check for irritation and greasyness.

-Solvere acne toner was fairly irritating (stingy) and left my skin sticky and red. Did not like.

-Garden Botanika didn't have a matte finish on me, and so I decided only to use it at night if I do use it.

All the others did not irritate my skin and had a matte finish. I like the way each one of them felt on my skin.

Now: to find out which of any of these work! (Reminder, on my face I have oily skin but NOT acne. I'm testing for effectiveness against oil only.)

I decided to just go for it and use the products by skin actives because they have the most active ingredients in them. So far, I have seen MAJOR reduction of redness/flushing. My skin is pale and not red and ruddy for the first time in my life. Wow. That alone is worth a lot to me.

I may be seeing a slight reduction in oil, but it's too early to tell for sure. I'll only consider these things effective if I get a major and consistent reduction in oil, as measured by how many times a day I need to blot to keep my mineral makeup from sliding off of my face. I've been doing the treatments for about 5 days now.

I also ordered topical spiro 5% (from Dr. Lee's hair loss site) and the Nizoral shampoo to try washing my face with (also has topical anti-androgen.)

I'll keep posting my results. I'm determined to try every option for my oil and to share my results with y'all. I think I'm a good lab rat because I'm older and my skin has been oily for so many years, we can be sure if it gets better it's not due to adolescence ending!

Stay strong my oilies!

So, I just received all the products I ordered.

Ill be drinking 2 cups spearmint tea/day.

These are the active ingredients in the topicals:

Zinc pca

Green tea


Saw Palmetto extract

Will let you know how it goes. I've been doing it all for 2 days so far and I think I see a very slight reduction in oil, but it's too soon to know.

Wish me luck.

Keep in touch if you've found anything at all that works for you that I'm not already trying.

Since PDT was only minorly effective against the oil slick known as my face, I'm checking out some of the weird little products that are supposed to reduce oil topically.

Here are the active ingredients I'm going to investigate topically first:

zinc pca

saw palmetto


Names of products I'm going to try:

La Roche-Posay Effaclar K Acne Treatment Fluid (Zinc pca)

Garden Botanika Moisture Lotion, Clarifying, (zinc pca)

Solvere Acne Clearing Toner (zinc pca)

Clearogen lotion (Saw palmetto)

Sana Fela tangerine anti-shine cream (nobiletin)

I'll try them methodically and post updates on effectiveness.

If none of these work, maybe I'll try some of the sketchy looking products like topical spiro and other hair-loss products that contain chemical dht inhibitors.

This year I tried PDT, photo dynamic therapy. I had 3 rounds of it at Epicenter Medspa in San Francisco. Kelly, the medical esthetician there, is great. I totally recommend her. She was careful to prepare my skin thoroughly for the treatments and give me long incubation times with the Levulan to get the best results.

PDT improved skin texture, pore size, and gave some improvement in my smallest icepick scars. I really love what it did for the over all smoothness of my skin.

My experience with PDT was very much like everyone elses in terms of the pain and downtime. It is extremely painful, expensive, and there is about 5 days of total downtime afterwards.

I have painkillers left over from surgery and took 10mg oxycodone (percocet) and I was still in such bad pain during the light-exposure that I nearly passed out the first time, and had to take a few minutes to turn off the light and breathe in the middle of each treatment. I also took .5mg xanax to keep me calm during the pain. I was using my full pharmaceutical arsenal and still the pain was terrible.

Having a fan on my face under the light and applying topical lidocane 5% which I ordered from Amazon after the treatment were the most helpful things I learned to reduce the pain. It is still pretty damn unbearable though.

Luckily, PDT only hurts the worst during the 10-15 minutes that the blue lights are on. There is pain afterward, but it is bearable and the lido helps.

My results from PDT in terms of oilness:


At the medspa they say that they have never met someone for whom PDT did not reduce oilyness. But my oilyness is extreme. I got minor results from 3 treatments at $600 each. I'm tempted to try 4 treatments or 5 to see if I get anywhere, partly because the texture improvements are so awesome. The fact that I've had so little improvement after 3 treatments is discouraging. I kind of think that if it was going to work I would see more change by this point.

I do have some leftover redness from the treatments. I'm planning to follow up with IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) to reduce the flushing.

I'll let you know how it goes. I might blow another $1200 on pdt just to see if it works. At least I'll have baby smooth skin, even if I'm still oily as hell.

Stay strong, oily friends.


Hello Everyone,

This blog will mainly be about my methodical investigation into non-accutane, non-hormonal treatments for my extremely oily skin.

And I do mean oily. I mean the most oily ever. Trust me.

I'm a 35 year old female, I've had acne and oily skin for 20 years. Not temporary! Very consistent. My skin probs are clearly hereditary. My dad and my brother have the exact same skin type as myself.

I wish I could take acctuane or spiro, but I can't due to other medical issues. I have joint problems and can't take accutane because it dries out joint fluids, which I need for healing from recent surgery on my hip joints. Also, I can't take spiro because it is bad for muscle redevelopment post surgery.

Other than these things, I am generally very healthy. I eat really well, hydrate, take vitamins, don't smoke or drink too much, and my thyroid levels are good.

This means the only options I have are topical. Since it is hard to get information about topical treatments for oily skin, I thought I would share my experience here with y'all in case the time and energy I'm spending could help someone else. Or in case I could meet someone with advice who can help me!

I also have severe (but not cystic) body acne. Just covered with tiny red pimples and pustules all over chest and back if I don't treat the acne. However, my acne is treatable without accutane thanks to antibiotics and bpo from the Regimen. Pimples- no problem. Oil- big problem.

Thanks for reading. Let me know if you have any miracle suggestions.

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