Basically, the title says it all. I have an extremely long and sad story with acne, but most importantly the asinine amount of oil my face produces. I'll keep this as short as possible for attention span purposes. Basically, I'm a 23 year old male, and ever since I hit puberty I have had massive amounts of oil on my skin within 15 minutes of getting out of the shower, sometimes even in less time than that. People constantly ask why I'm sweating, and it absolutely tears my self-confidence to shreds. I have been attempting to remedy this since I was 17 years old, and I have been on literally every single treatment in the book. Doxycycline (did not work for acne or oil) , Minocycline (worked for acne but not oil), Duac, Proactiv, many Clearasil products, Neutrogena regimens, the ance.org regimen (I've lurked these forums for awhile), jojoba oil, and antibiotic creams, and until recently, putting urine on my face twice a day for 30 minutes. Finally, about a year ago, I decided to bite the bullet and take Accutane, and I was partly encouraged by the multitude of success stories I read on these forums. It was heaven for a good 5 weeks or so - I was not producing as much oil (still was producing some), my skin looked great, and I had tons of confidence and didn't have to fight with the mirror every morning. Unfortunately, it caused my brain to start swelling and I had to stop - It gave me post-concussion syndrome that lasted for a good 8 or 9 months and that I still occasionally feel the after-effects of. It was torture. After that, I tried Differin and Tazorac (both retinoid topicals), but both of them made me itchy to the point where I had a huge rash on my face after about a month of using them. So here I am now, back to pissing on my face every morning and night just so I don't get acne at 23 years old, which still does not solve the intense oil problem. My skin produces more oil than anyone I know. It is absolute torture for me to go to work and school everyday and not be able to enjoy life to the fullest extent because of something that's completely out of my control. I live an active lifestyle, working out and studying hard, and no matter what, I'm always held back by this, in every social situation. Please, if anyone has any suggestions for me, surgical or not, I would greatly appreciate them. I will take any and all suggestions at this point.
I've also tried taking Zinc pills, cutting out processed foods (which I'm still doing), and adding more Vitamin A to my diet, none of which are working.
Edit: I also forgot to mention I use Clean and Clear blotting sheets, but I have to use them at least every 2 hours, and it usually takes 4-5 sheets to get my skin to an acceptable point.
Edited by Obii, 01 April 2012 - 06:40 PM.