Linoleic Acid + Exfoliation To Get Rid Of Blocked Pores (Closed Comedones)?
Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:20 AM
Posted 29 May 2012 - 03:49 PM
I'll probably also try some topically through the 'oil cleanse' method or simply rubbing some on at night.
Whether or not it helps the plugs that are already formed, I'm hoping it might at least help in preventing the formation of new ones and the worsening of existing ones. I've become somewhat of an expert at extracting them with minimal damage/redness so if I could soon see a day where I can truly say 'no new ones are forming', then I'd be plenty satisfied.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 08:15 AM
Posted 20 June 2012 - 06:58 PM
"- Evening Primrose Oil: Oleic Acid - 7.0%, Linoleic Acid - 74.2%. Very good for people with very oily and clogging-prone skin types."
Edited by Wangod, 20 June 2012 - 07:30 PM.
Posted 21 June 2012 - 10:10 AM
@wangod i'm using hemp oil (the number choice from that post) but it doesnt seem to be working....
Posted 21 June 2012 - 01:13 PM
It must take a loooooong time to alter the sebum in our pores to becoming less deficient in linoleic acid.. because I surely did not notice any sign of my sebum changing. I tried for a month. I would try clearing out my pores as much as possible.. and then letting the oil get deep into my pores so that future sebum would not come out thick and become hard, but they did..the pores were still clogging, there was no reduction in sebum and I could not understand why.
Hemp oil being much greater in linoleic acid, I had hoped someone got positive results but it looks like no one did. I kind of knew it would not work.. It just doesn't make sense how a topical application is supposed to normalize the way our unnaturally sticky and hard sebum is produced... I don't get it.
Edited by SuperMachii, 12 July 2012 - 03:18 PM.
Posted 21 June 2012 - 02:06 PM
ive only been using it 2 weeks, so i reckon i should give it a fair go. i need to find something to use with it to remove the sebum, but have no idea what to use
Posted 08 July 2012 - 07:21 PM
Posted 24 July 2012 - 05:53 AM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:25 PM
I know no one has been on this thread for a while...but I thought I would add my two cents.
I had actually come across this linoleic acid (LA) discussion by mistake. I am a 2-3 days per week tazorac .05% gel user, which I started about 6 months ago to deal with blackheads and closed comedos (my log is here: http://www.acne.org/...og-with-advice/).
Anyway, my skin was super super dry from the winter and the tazorac gel. I was so desperate for something to deal with the dryness. I had always used evening primrose oil topically some nights for extra moisture, but it just wasn't cutting it. It hurt to wash my face. I was breaking out from the irritation and the dead skin was causing more blockages. I stumbled upon the 'oil cleansing method' and I have been trying it out for the past two weeks using only 100% organic cold-pressed sweet almond oil along with a blend of gogi seed oil, rosehip oil, jojoba oil, and tamura oil ("True Roots Organics Skin Lovers Oil") and my skin completely recovered. The first week I dislodged a lot of blackheads and was pretty impressed - of course there was some irritation as they came out, but now my skin is looking fantastic. I think it 100% a result of using oil.
Just so we are clear, the oil cleansing method is:
1. Select a good oil (a lot of sites say olive mixed with castor, but I think that is a terrible idea as olive can block pores and castor is very very drying and irritating for some people). I prefer almond (must be kept in fridge), but many people use jojoba, hemp, or grapeseed.
2. Rub a quarter size amount all over your face in gentle circular motions - do a gentle face massage. I do this for 3-5 minutes.
*Toward the last minute I usually add a single drop of tea tree oil.
3. Run a clean washcloth under hot tap water, drape on your face to steam for 30 seconds - rinse and repeat.
4. Use the washcloth to wipe the excess oil off.
5. I then pat on a few drops of the face oil, wait until it absorbs and pat on a bit of cetaphil cream.
I use this once a day at night. This is the BEST makeup remover I have ever found. Through out all those chemicals and just use natural oils, they work way better, are cheaper, and less irritating. I found out about the whole LA benefit part when I was googling to make sure almond oil wouldn't make my skin way worse and when I was trying to find a method to care for my very sensitive, blackhead/whitehead prone skin.
The benefits also include the face massage, which gets the circulation going and can improve marks over time (and is relaxing). Almond oil has a lot of natural vitamin e and has repaired pigmentation from my random bursts of breakouts this winter.
In the morning I just wipe with a cotton ball and vichy micellar water. I will use some face oil during the day too.
My skin is smooth smooth smooth - no dryness - and I can continue to use tazorac without being a peeling disaster.
I will report back after a full 6 weeks to make sure I don't break out. But I am thinking treating skin gently is the way to go. "alternavista" has done some great posts on LA also.
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