It's been a while. My last post on this website was 6 years ago.
I stopped visiting after I found a skincare regimen that mostly worked for me. My issues were oily skin, pustules, and sebaceous filaments. Most of this was clustered right on my nose, which caused many years of embarrassment and self-consciousness for me. I was fortunate that my acne was mild/moderate, but it was still gross looking.
Nowadays, my skin is still as oily as ever. I suspect that will never change, but the di
Below is a list of ingredients, along with relevant studies or anecdotes, that are indicated to help reduce sebum production, either directly or indirectly. I posted this on the Oily Skin forum, but I want it here too so that it has a greater chance of helping anyone else who is also searching for an oily skin cure. My next blog post talks about a new experiment I'm doing involving products that contain a number of these ingredients.
If you suffer from oily skin and are desperate for a cure,
I tend not to post about new products or regimens until after I've gotten results from them, but I'm hoping that posting this will help me stick to my newest regimen.
I'm about to start using 6 new products on the right side of my nose for 2 months to see if they reduce the amount of sebum that my skin produces. I did a similar experiment with peppermint oil last year, which yielded some noteworthy results:
The products I'm using contain a number of ingredients that are purported to eit
Although my blog is devoted chiefly to oily skin and acne, I also deal with seborrheic dermatitis and I like to provide periodic updates regarding my progress on that front as well, in case my experience can help someone else suffering from seb derm.
One month ago I started washing the seb derm areas of my face with a sulfur soap called Coral KAVI. It contains salicylic acid and sulfur. While I have used salicylic acid products in the past with no success, I had never used a sulfur soap unti
Today is the end of my diet experiment. It has been 37 days since I started and I'm sad to say that I haven't noticed any change in my oil output.
To recap, I eliminated all grains, all dairy, almost all processed food, artificial sugar, and peanut butter. I was also shooting for low fat and moderate carbs. My diet literally consisted of almost the same things every day: two smoothies (sunflower butter, banana, blueberries, spinach), various fruit throughout the day, and either a stir-fry wi
A quick update on the various experiments I have been trying.
It's been almost a month since I started my elimination diet as described in my previous blog post. I haven't noticed any lasting improvement in oil production, but I will probably continue the diet for at least another two weeks beyond the one-month mark. One point of interest is that 5 days ago on Monday, my oil production slowed down by a remarkable amount, probably by about 50% if I were to take a guess. The strange thing was
Last week I started a new diet to try and combat my oily skin from the inside out. It's a Paleo-ish diet in which I abstain from dairy, grains (wheat, oats, etc.), processed sugar, and basically any processed food. I have also cut peanut butter out of my diet, which used to be one of my main sources of calories (I'm using sunflower seed butter instead and much less of it). Aside from the peanut butter, I have not cut any other legumes out of my diet, which is one of the ways in which my diet dev
I try to make individual blog posts for each experiment and successful remedy that I try, so I wanted to make a brief post about this. I have been dealing with scalp dandruff on and off for a long time. I don't know whether or not it's related to my seborrheic dermatitis, but I suspect it might be. Recently, for the past several months, my dandruff has been particularly stubborn and hasn't responded to my Head and Shoulders shampoos. As an experiment, I tried going two weeks without shampoo, whi
Just to follow up on my post from yesterday, my terrible seb derm acne breakout is starting to clear up. It was looking really bad yesterday. I don't think I've ever had an acne breakout quite like that before. I was getting so desperate for a remedy that I considered buying a traditional acne product from the store, which would have been the first time I had done that in years. I ended up deciding to hold off on the acne creams and give my current arsenal of products one more shot. This was a d
I started using raw honey masks and moisturizing with coconut oil a few days ago, and my skin is in really bad shape right now. My jawline is just covered in acne. And this is right after a previous breakout healed up completely. I started to notice irritation two days ago as my facial hair was growing out. Unfortunately, by the time I shaved last night, there were already numerous pustules in my beard. This resulted in possibly the most painful shave I've ever had to endure. I've simply never h
I don't think I've ever talked about it before on this site, but in addition to extremely oily skin I also suffer from seborrheic dermatitis. When I grow facial hair, I get terrible flaking, and sometimes red rashes and pustules. I also get some flakes in my eyebrows, and I have dandruff on my scalp (not sure yet if that's related).
I didn't really start to notice my flaking problem until last year, at which point I did some research and self-diagnosed myself with seb
I believe I've mentioned this product before, but I want to make a blog post specifically for Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch. It's one of the best products I've personally used for covering up oily skin. It's not amazing, but it works better than just about any other mattifying product I've used. I still get some shininess breaking through after a couple of hours, but it's better than nothing.
However I did discover that this stuff works particularly well when combined with Milk of
As promised in my previous entry, I bought some magnesium citrate today after reading that it had comparable oil-absorbing effects to Milk of Magnesia without the annoying white, chalky appearance. I applied the magnesium citrate to just the right side of my nose for easier comparison and left it on for 3 hours.
Right away I saw one drawback in magnesium citrate as compared to Milk of Magnesia, which is that it has no mattifying effect. In fact, magnesium citrate itself has a slightly shiny
As you can tell, I pretty much abandoned this blog in 2011 after I started taking low-dose isotretinoin. There is a thread on the Accutane logs board chronicling my progress, but long story short, the isotretinoin made my oil disappear almost completely while I was on it. I took it from August 2011 to December 2012, and I relished my oil-free skin that entire time. I dropped the medication in December because I wasn't able to acquire any more, but it was a good run.
So now I'm back where I s
Wow. It's been over half a year since my last update. It's a major disappointment to say that nothing I have tried so far has reduced my oily skin. At this point I feel like I have exhausted just about every option available to me, except for one: low-dose isotretinoin (more people probably know this as Accutane).
Put simply, I've been putting up with oily skin for too long. I've spent hundreds, probably thousands of dollars on products that got me nowhere. I've wasted years of my life experi
A couple of days ago I started using the T-Zone Serum from Skin Actives. A few of us on the oily skin board are giving it a go right now to see how it works. I had already had my eye on this serum, but then dan52 said it reduced his oily skin and that convinced me to actually buy it. I'm going to try it for at least one month.
The thing that initially drew me to this serum was that it contains the ingredients niacinamide and nobiletin, both of which are said to help reduce oily skin and acne
Just a general update about my recent regimen changes and what I'm going to be experimenting with this month:
- Spearmint tea. I picked up a box of Bigelow Mint Medley (caffeine free) two days ago. Spearmint has anti-androgenic properties and some people, mostly women, have had success in using it to curb oil production. Yes, there is a risk that internal anti-androgens can mess with male hormones, so even if the tea does work then it's still not a viable long-term solution. 2-3 cups a day.
Peppermint oil - 1 month update
No, I didn't forget about my blog. I always like to update when there is something to tell, but lately there just hasn't been much worth telling.
It's been about a month since I began applying peppermint oil to the left side of my nose. I've been doing it once a day at night before bed (the avocado oil mixture leaves me looking too oily for the daytime).
I wish I could say that the peppermint oil has made a huge difference in my sebum production, but the tr
EGCg green tea extract
4 days ago I started applying EGCg green tea extract to the right side of my nose to help slow down oil production. I bought the NOW brand that contains 200mg of EGCg per capsule. I mix the EGCg with a few drops of avocado oil and water. One thing I wasn't counting on is that the EGCg extract is very grainy and doesn't dissolve well. This leads to some scratchiness when I apply the mixture to my skin, but it's tolerable.
Peppermint oil update
My peppermint oil experim
Today is the beginning of my experiment with topical peppermint oil. The peppermint oil is the first test in my new approach of using topical anti-androgens to control sebum production on my excessively oily nose. Trying to solve the problem internally just wasn't getting me anywhere. I tried cutting out dairy, I tried zinc, I tried green tea, I tried fish oil, and I tried borage oil. No difference in my oily skin.
In my online research, I was surprised by the lack of personal experiences wit
It's about that time of the month again. Time for an update on the dairy-free diet.
It's hard to say whether cutting dairy out of my diet has had any noteworthy effect on my skin. My overall skin situation seems to have improved somewhat in the past couple of months. Acne breakouts aren't as bad or as frequent, and the redness that follows a breakout seems to disappear faster. But honestly I'm taking so many supplements and anti-acne foods right now that I can't pinpoint which thing or thing
I stopped taking borage oil and lecithin a few days ago. I had enough left to last me another 3-4 days, but after sticking with it for over a month I figured the last few days wouldn't make a difference.
Unfortunately the borage oil and lecithin had absolutely no perceivable effect on the oiliness of my nose. Still as oily as ever. Right now I'm getting most of my EFAs from hemp oil, which I started on October 27.
So my search for an oily skin solution continues.
I ordered Niacin a few days ago and it arrived in the mail today. I had come across discussions of Niacin on the Acne.org boards in the past, but it wasn't until last week that I noticed people saying it cured their oily skin. Naturally, I was intrigued. It seems like most people who take Niacin see results, sometimes dramatic, with their acne. My acne situation isn't too bad but I do get the occasional breakout, so even if this doesn't help my oily skin it might at least help stave off the acne
I've been reading up on the connection between acne and foods containing wheat, grains, and high glycemic loads. In light of my findings I have decided to temporarily reduce the amount of these things in my diet.
The reason for this adjustment is that I have been getting unusual amounts of breakouts and clogged pores in the past month or so. I'm on a weight-gain regimen, so when I gave up dairy in September I tried to make up for the lost calories in part by eating more bread and sandwiches.