My nose has been extremely oily for years. 6 months ago I started experimenting with topical peppermint oil after reading the experiences of some users on this forum and a few others. For those 6 months, I applied diluted peppermint oil to the left side of my nose once a day every day. I applied it to only the left side so I could compare oil output between the two sides of my nose.
I should note that I started taking low-dose Accutane several months ago to curb my oil production, but occasionally I run into a snag where I don't have access to my Accutane pills and my oiliness starts to re-emerge. It's during these relapse periods when I can use blotting sheets to test the amount of oil on my nose.
And now, 6 months after I first started applying peppermint oil, the left side of my nose consistently produces less oil than the right side of my nose. I would estimate the oil production has been cut in half. Actually, I'm not sure if it's less oil or if my skin is producing oil at a slower rate, but either way it's an improvement. Here is a picture of a blotting sheet comparing the difference: http://i.minus.com/ibth0t5l1rppm9.jpg
It's not the greatest quality picture but you should be able to tell a difference between the oil on the two sides of the sheet. I'll try to get better pictures later.
When I first started researching the use of peppermint oil for sebum reduction, I kept asking myself, "Why aren't more people trying this?" It appeared to have a high success rate. I've even seen people claim to get results in a matter of weeks. Here is one thread about it from 2007: http://www.acne.org/...-reduces-sebum/
I'm making this thread to encourage other oily people to experiment with peppermint oil. I would love to get other people experimenting and compile all the results here in one thread. Peppermint oil could prove to be an actual solution to oily skin for a lot of people.
It's not a big hassle. I just made it a part of my daily routine. I dip a finger into the solution and gently massage it into my skin once a day. Takes a grand total of 30-60 seconds every day.
Now I know some of you might scoff at the 6-month timeframe, click the Back button on your browser, and continue searching for that magical quick fix to your grotesquely oily skin. Let me save you some time: the only quick fixes are Accutane, B5 megadoses, and maybe diet changes. And those first two have a whole bunch of potential side-effects that go along with them, not to mention an Accutane prescription is really difficult to obtain unless you have a serious case of acne. No, peppermint oil is not a quick fix, but it could be a long-term solution.
For reference, I bought the NOW brand of peppermint oil. I'm sure other brands will work fine too, but NOW is what I use. If you guys are struggling with oily skin and are desperately looking for a solution that doesn't involve dangerous drugs, you should really give peppermint oil a try for a few months. Just do it on the side as you look for other remedies. That's what I did. I hardly even thought about it. I just put the oil on my nose every day and checked up on my progress every month or so. Don't get eager for results.
I'm not usually one to evangelize about a product, but I have seen the results with my own eyes and I firmly believe peppermint oil is well worth testing out for oily skinned people. It may be one of the only real remedies available to us. As for me, I'm going to continue using peppermint oil and see if my oil output decreases even further.
It's been over a year and a half since I made this thread, and I want to say that the disparity in oil production between the left and right sides of my nose is still apparent. I also want to add that, in addition to reduced oil production, the general appearance of the left side of my nose is better than the rest of my nose. Blackheads are smaller, pores are smaller, and the right side of my nose has this rough skin texture that's hard to describe, which the left side does not have anymore. It's not a miracle worker but peppermint oil is still the only product that has given me visible results for this stuff.
What my oil distribution used to look like before peppermint oil:
Edited by Jofo, 08 November 2013 - 03:10 PM.