What a horrendous decision fellas. After having been a long time browser and now recent member of acne.org, I really expected the Administrators to better understand the ailments each board represented. The Oily Skin Forum was a great spot for those of us with clinically oily skin to discuss treatments, research, and tips on how to cope with the issue. Hiding it within the General Acne Discussion forum was a great disservice and slight insult to those that frequent the Oily Skin forums.
There are varying degrees of oily skin. That forum was not for the average person who had some acne and the oily skin that went along with it. It was for those who wash their face and then 1 hour later can literally see the oil coming out of their pores, or those that wake up in the morning with their face looking soaking wet from the accumulated oil production overnight. It is hard to deal with and is nothing like regular teenage oily skin, it is a problem caused by an imbalance or sensitivity to various hormones. It is those people you have slighted.
Products that work on acne will likely make severe oily skin worse, and vice-versa. The experiments I'm doing now using topical DHT conversion inhibitors could have great results for those with severe oily skin, and would do nothing for those with regular acne. As a college student I see everyday the vast differences there are in people with just acne prone skin, and those with actual oily skin. The differences are much too great to lump them both in one forum, let alone generalize it further by placing it in the "General Acne Discussion" section.
And in doing all of this you have significantly reduced probably the single most effective part of this website, its Specificity. Instead of small, individualized forums you are simply creating mega-forums in which there is such a broad range of topics nothing gets accomplished, and posts are answered poorly due to the vast number of people with different skin types trying to answer the same question.
Yes, the Oily Skin Forum did not have the traffic that some of the bigger forums did, but is it worth down grading the quality of your forums simply to make it appear that every forum has lots of daily activity?
Acne.org administrators, I believe you guys dropped the ball on this one.
Edited by CBIOT13, 14 March 2013 - 09:30 AM.