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Member Since 26 Nov 2006
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In Topic: Doxycycline

18 February 2015 - 06:38 PM

Have you tried benzoyl peroxide?

In Topic: New anti sebum drug: MTC896

18 February 2015 - 08:53 AM

Wow so here I am 4 years later responding to the thread I started! It's amazing news that this drug has finally made some progress clinical trial wise. I actually wrote this one off since nothing happened for so long. I suppose the outcome they're looking for will be an improvement in acne since that's where the dollars are - us poor oilies are probably not a big enough market to justify the insane clinical trial expense.

In Topic: No Moisturizer Works For My Oily Face

11 August 2014 - 09:49 PM

If you have oily skin your water barrier is probably not working properly so you get dry skin. I'm not sure if the oily skin is a cause of TEWL or a symptom of some other problem which also causes TEWL?


My dermatologist told me that Tretinoin - which I see you have also used - causes dry skin.


If you're very oily then reducing the oil will probably improve the quality of your skin. Topical tretinoin won't reduce oil. If you're female you could try some anti androgens (check other threads). If you're male you might try large doses of vitamin A (check other threads). I'm not a fan of megadosing on vitamins but that's a personal thing!


I'm currently using BP. This is the only thing I put on my skin. The BP I use - which I get from my local chemist - contains a moisturiser in addition to an oil absorber. My skin is reasonably good quality while I use it. Unfortunately it doesn't help with oil production cry.gif. I tried Dan's BP but my skin didn't like it!


I'm about to try chlorophyll PDT at home to address the oil production. If I have success I'll come back here and talk all about it!

In Topic: A New Light Therapy Device For Oil / Acne Improvement

09 January 2013 - 08:27 PM

I purchased the Tanda acne and regenerating light therapy device back in 2008 before it was FDA approved in the US (it is now though),

Interesting that you are a new user since a few days ago, and that you seem to overwhelmingly refer in glowing terms to a single product.

I am way behind the times on this one. Doing a search on Amazon shows that there are many devices on the market that are based on this technology: Verilux Clearwave, Clear Rayz, Tria blue light system, BrightTherapy trident, acne 415 blue light therapy, Tanda Zap, etc. There are so many! They all seem to be based on the same science.

Doing a pubmed search shows that there's scientific evidence going back a decade that this technology is effective. Lots of papers - many use a specific brand and model of device.

Some issues I have with some of the devices above:

1. LED's are super cheap because they're mass produced in huge quantities. So why are all these devices so incredibly expensive?

2. Some of these devices try to force the user to upgrade the LED's while they're still useful. LED's last a very long time. The cynic in me is reminded of the shaving business model - where you make much more money if you can keep selling consumables.

I'm trying to get hold of a standard screw in globe containing high powered LED's direct from a lighting manufacturer. It's much cheaper than the stuff listed above and has a much stronger output.