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Wheat, grains, glycemic load...

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. I suspect the recent breakouts may be a result of that. I'm still in the process of retooling my diet as I'm trying to figure out exactly what foods these diet changes leave available to me. Right now my daily diet consists of peanut butter (lots of it), vegetables, fruit, meat, almond milk, whey protein, Cheerios, and eggs. If anyone has suggestions for this diet change or recommendations for further diet changes, please let me know. I'm totally open to ideas.

Jofo

Jofo

11/01/2010

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11/17/2010

 

Sulfur Soap Helping Seborrheic Dermatitis

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 until this experiment. My main symptoms of seb derm are flaking, redness, and occasionally pustules, with flaking being the most annoyingly unmanageable symptom. So far, Coral KAVI soap has made a significant difference in the amount of flakes on my face. My seb derm typically shows up in my beard, and whenever my beard used to grow out, I could rub flakes out of it for literally 5 minutes straight. It would just keep snowing down (sorry, I know that's gross lol). When I rub my beard now, next to nothing comes out. I mean seriously next to nothing. I used to get hundreds if not thousands of little flakes, and now I get... maybe ten? I don't know. It's seriously negligible. I wash my face with the soap twice a day in lukewarm water and then apply my CeraVe moisturizer. I'm just hoping that the results stick. I've heard of certain treatments improving people's seb derm only to gradually stop working after a few months of use. But I'm happy at the moment.

Jofo

Jofo

05/21/2013

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10/31/2014

 

Stopping saw palmetto and olive oil moisturizer

On September 10, I started taking 450mg of saw palmetto twice a day to help tone down the sebum production on my nose. After doing some research, I discovered that the ingredient in saw palmetto alleged to help with sebum production, beta sitosterol, can be bought as its own standalone supplement in a form that's far more potent than saw palmetto. So two days ago, after 3 weeks of use, I stopped taking saw palmetto and am preparing to purchase my next anti-sebum supplement. Right now it's a toss-up between beta sitosterol, boswellia, borage oil, and evening primrose oil. I still have to do more research on all of these supplements. If anyone has information or experience with any of these supplements I would love to hear it. My experiment with olive oil as a moisturizer is also coming to an end. Everything seemed to be going okay at first, but then a few days ago I noticed several tiny red bumps popping up on my cheeks. Keep in mind I never get cheek acne except for the occasional blemish every once in a blue moon. The skin texture in that area also seems to be getting rougher. I'm noticing lots of skin-colored bumps, like clogged pores I guess? Although I have noticed these in the past, they seem more prominent and numerous now. It's possible that the extra attention on my face has caused me to start noticing things I hadn't before and it's all in my head, but I feel pretty confident that it's the olive oil. I'm going to switch to grapeseed oil as my in-shower moisturizer since it has a less nefarious reputation for clogging pores, and I've got a big bottle of it that's just sitting in my closet.

Jofo

Jofo

10/04/2010

 

Skin Acitves T-Zone Serum

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. Here is the full list of ingredients: Water, Lactobacillus/kelp ferment filtrate, Porphyridium extract, Laminaria japonica extract, Arthrospira extract., azeloyl glycine, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) from green tea, niacinamide, nobiletin, propylene glycol (and) diazolidinyl urea (and) methylparaben (and) propylparaben.

Jofo

Jofo

01/24/2011

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02/03/2011

 

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic Dermatitis 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 seborrheic dermatitis. It was only after this diagnosis that I realized I had probably been dealing with seb derm long before it was apparent to me. Looking back, I recalled occasionally noticing some light flakes in my beard, and a few occasions where big patches of yellow-ish flakes were showing up on my recently shaved face. I always wrote it off as typical dry skin and tried to remedy the problem by slathering moisturizer on my face, which temporarily improved the appearance but obviously didn't solve the underlying issue. So now it's just another problem to solve in my list skin conditions (I also have eczema and possibly rosacea). I thought it might be helpful to others if I posted about my ongoing battle with seb derm, so I will periodically provide updates on my progress. What I Have Tried The first thing I tried was medicated shampoo. I've gone through shampoos containing salicylic acid, ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione, coal tar, and selenium sulfide. None of them helped. The only thing I've tried so far that seemed to make any difference was apple cider vinegar, but oddly enough the effect only lasted for a few days. A couple of months ago, I started applying undiluted ACV to my face after my showers. Within literally a day or two, there was an immediate improvement in my skin. Whereas previously I could rub flakes out of my beard for 5 minutes straight, I now had almost zero flakes. Unfortunately this only lasted for a few days and I could never replicate that success. What I'm Trying Now I just received the Noble 2% Zinc Pyrithione bar soap. Even though my pyrithione zinc shampoo didn't help, I've heard good things about this bar so I'm giving it a shot. I am also applying tea tree oil once a day, moisturizing with coconut oil, and using bentonite clay masks every 2-3 days. The only product I feel like I can comment on at this point is the bentonite clay, which seems to have a calming effect on my rash and acne breakouts. I'm also going to be starting raw honey masks in a couple of days. As far as diet goes, I'm a bit of a health nut so I try to limit the amount of junk food I eat anyway, but for the sake of experimentation I'm being even more strict with myself. I'm trying to avoid processed, pre-packaged food as much as possible. I'm also severely restricting the amount of grains I eat, and I'm trying to make fresh vegetable juice 4-5 times per week. I'll probably update on my progress in a couple of weeks.

Jofo

Jofo

03/18/2013

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03/19/2013

 

Scalp Dandruff Gone With Coal Tar Shampoo

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, which only made the flaking worse. A few days ago I decided to try the coal tar shampoo that I had been using on my face (unsuccessfully), and after two or three days my dandruff almost completely disappeared. So the coal tar shampoo worked where two different types of Head and Shoulders shampoos failed. For reference, I just used a generic store brand shampoo.

Jofo

Jofo

03/23/2013

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03/24/2013

 

Plans for January

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. - Boswellia. I'm waiting for some boswellia supplements to arrive in the mail. The pills are 250mg each and I'll be taking 4 of them per day. This is the post that inspired me: " first day I took Boswellia, I noticed an almost immediate - within 2 to 3 hours - reduction of sebum production." - http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/rosac...t/message/66491 I bought the NOW brand which is different from the brand he used, Nature's Herbs. I've read that some boswellia supplements don't contain legitimate amounts of boswellic acids. I think NOW Foods is a trustworthy brand, but if I don't see results then I'll try the brand that guy used. - Peppermint oil with purified water. It didn't hit me until several days ago that every person who saw results with peppermint oil was mixing it with water, whereas I've been mixing it with avocado oil. We'll see whether or not this really makes a difference when I start applying a mixture of peppermint oil and purified water to the left side of my nose tomorrow. - I've cut way down on my consumption of wheat and grains. The amount of wheat in my diet is marginal. Most days I eat only one slice of bread along with my eggs. Some days I don't eat any wheat period. - 1 week without peanut butter. I eat tons of peanut butter. 12 tablespoons every day to be exact. Someone on the boards said he stopped eating nuts and saw a reduction in oil in less than a week. I'm doubtful that my oil problem is caused by peanut butter, but it's worth a shot. I want to do this experiment as soon as possible but I first need to figure out what foods I can substitute for the peanut butter in order to maintain my caloric intake (I'm on a weight gain regimen). - Stopped drinking white tea. I was diligently drinking white tea (a more potent form of green tea) until I came across indications that green tea may in fact contribute to oily skin. I'm giving it a break for a while. - Last week, Lac Hydrin-Five moisturizer took CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion's place as my official moisturizer. It contains lactic acid which I'm hoping will take care of my dry, wrinkly skin problem. I'm not expecting this to make a difference in my oil production, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.

Jofo

Jofo

01/04/2011

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01/09/2011

 

Peppermint oil - Day 1

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 with topical anti-androgens, considering how desperate some people are to find a cure for their oily skin. So in light of the scant first-hand testimonials, I thought I would take it upon myself to give these treatments a test run. First up is peppermint oil. My mixture is composed of peppermint oil, avocado oil, and water. It's hard to find consistent advice on the best ratio of peppermint oil to water or carrier oil, but I shoot for about 1:10. My mixing method is a little messy since all I do is put all of the oils and water onto a plate and mix them together with my fingers, so it's difficult to say what the exact ratio of the dilution is by the time it touches my skin. For the purpose of this experiment, I am applying the peppermint oil only to the left side of my nose. This way I can compare that part of my nose to the rest of my nose and see if there is a difference, plus any potential side effects will be isolated to that one area. As a side note, I also just bought some green tea extract that I plan on using on the other side of my nose later this week, so I'll be testing out 2 topical anti-androgens simultaneously. I'm using the NOW brand of peppermint oil with the NOW brand of avocado oil. I'll try to take pictures along the way for comparison. STUDY Peppermint oil's application as an anti-sebum treatment was discovered in a 2004 study from Japan, where several topical treatments were tested for their anti-androgenic effects. Licorice was actually found to be the most effective, but there seems to be some apprehension surrounding licorice on the internet. I don't know the exact side effects of topical licorice, but I figured I'd play it safe and go with the next best thing. http://bit.ly/enXzEJ "Potential activity of herbal extracts on sebum secretion was studied. Among the herbal extracts tested, polyol-soluble licorice extract P-U (product name) derived from Glycyrrhiza inflata showed the most potent testosterone 5 .ALPHA.-reductase inhibition, androgen receptor binding inhibition and antimicrobial activities, which are closely related to sebum secretion. In addition to the findings on polyol-soluble licorice extract P-U, clove extract and peppermint extract showed testosterone 5 .ALPHA.-reductase inhibition, arnica extract and rose fruit extract showed androgen receptor binding inhibition, alpinia speciosa root extract and scutellaria root extract showed estrogen receptor agonists, and sophora root extract showed antimicrobial activity. (author abst.)" SUCCESS STORIES There is an Acne.org thread from 2007 called "peppermint oil reduces sebum" that contains multiple reports of success with peppermint oil: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/peppermin...se-t179657.html marcg: "Well to put it succinctly, I diluted peppermint essential oil with distilled water 1:5, shake just prior to application (as invariably they will separate somewhat) and rub a few drops into my skin after showering. This is done twice daily. It has been a week now, and there is a marked decrease in sebum secretion. only the slightest trace of oil can be seen after 12 hours or so." kidchicago: "My experience is that dilution of less than 10 to 1 water to oil is too irritating - it has caused flare ups. At the same time, this has definitely decreased the oiliness of my skin." mervinjminky: "i'm trying peppermint oil (mentha piperita) mixed with purified water (1:20) since a week now and it decreases my sebum excretion in a quite impressive way." just another 1: "Ok, I have been using the pure peppermint oil mixed 1 to 15 ( 1 part peppermint oil to 15 parts water) twice a day for a total of approx. 15 hours a day for about 1 week now. I can say that it has helped reduce my oil output." ponyboy: "this shit def work like magic. i have used for 2 days and has completely cleared me up. nothing has ever worked for me except tane. this is amazing." Jërëmÿn: "I've been using it for a few years. I think it works wonderfully. Might be a bit harsh around the eyes, but other than that, it really helps regulate my sebum." http://www.hairlosstalk.com/interact/viewt...9484bbfff4814fc michael barry: "I KNOW that stuff is anti-andrognenic. Ive seen it on my own face big time" chore boy: "I've been using peppermint during my shampooing for the last month or so and have noticed that it signifigantly retards sebum secretion on my scalp and face"

Jofo

Jofo

11/30/2010

 

Peppermint oil - 1 month update

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 truth is that I'm in pretty much the same situation as when I posted those first pictures. I honestly can't tell if there has been an improvement or not. Sometimes I blot my nose and the oil appears to be lighter on the left side. But then sometimes I blot my nose and the oil distribution appears to be about even between the two sides. December 22 after 3 hours: http://i51.tinypic.com/21m7vr5.jpg December 27 after about 2 hours: http://i55.tinypic.com/3346ghw.jpg You can thank my crappy camera for the inconsistent image quality. Using these for comparison with my other pictures is slightly complicated because I don't remember how long my oil had been building up when I snapped those original pictures. So this turned out to be a pretty big disappointment. One positive thing that came out of this experiment is the discovery that peppermint oil seems to do a respectable job of cleaning up my skin. The left side of my nose looks a little better than the rest of my nose. Breakouts and clogged pores seem to be much more rare on the left side of my nose, the pores look cleaner, and the general texture of the skin looks smoother (a nice benefit since I'm dealing with rough skin right now). If you saw just the left side of my face you would think I had normal skin, barring the oil. I can't say with 100% certainty that this is an effect of the peppermint oil, but it's convinced me to start applying peppermint oil to my entire nose, replacing tea tree oil as my go-to acne treatment. I'll update with a general progress report later on, and obviously if I do end up noticing a reduction in oil then I will make a post about it. And if you are considering trying peppermint oil yourself, by all means do it. Just because it hasn't worked for me doesn't mean it won't work for you. Heck, it's even possible that I just didn't get a good brand of peppermint oil, or that the avocado oil I used somehow interfered with the process. Who knows. Next plan of action So now it's time to decide which topical treatment to experiment with next. Right now I've got my eye on Nizoral shampoo, Panoxyl 10%, Nobiletin, Niacinamide, and Spironolactone. I'm open to suggestions if anybody has some. I'm sick of having oily skin and I feel like experimenting with a bunch of products is my only real option right now. On the supplement side of things, I've decided to buy Boswellia after coming across a few isolated success stories on the internet. I'm also going to buy some spearmint tea which is supposedly anti-androgenic. Oh, and I'm quitting the topical EGCg extract. It just doesn't seem to be making any difference whatsoever, except possibly causing minor breakouts. I've switched over to taking it orally. 400mg twice a day. Hopefully that will give me better results, though I worry about the caffeine (inflammatory).

Jofo

Jofo

12/29/2010

 

Olive oil as in-shower moisturizer

As of yesterday I experimented with olive oil as an in-shower moisturizer for one full week. I only used it once at night while in the shower. Each night I would spend about 2 minutes massaging the olive oil onto my wet face, being careful to avoid my problematic nose. Then I would rinse off most of the olive oil while still trying to leave some remaining on my skin. Normally when I get out of the shower, the skin on my cheeks begins to dry up and feel tight, even if I apply a creamy moisturizer. The first couple of nights experimenting with olive oil, I experienced the same effect, but perhaps to a slightly lesser degree. I decided to try washing off less of the olive oil, and since I started doing that I haven't encountered that post-shower tightness. No need for moisturizer. The downside is that my skin looks a bit shiny, but it's right before bed so I don't mind. My skin doesn't seem to be reacting to the oil. I haven't noticed any new acne blemishes since I started. I was originally planning to try this for one week, but seeing as how my skin is handling it well so far, I'm going to continue indefinitely and see what happens.

Jofo

Jofo

09/24/2010

 

No dairy for a month - Day 1

Today marks the beginning of a 30-day experiment to completely eliminate dairy from my diet. I've been itching to get started on this experiment all week. I just had to finish up the last of the milk in my fridge. I had been introduced to the concept of abstaining from dairy a long time ago on the Acne.org boards, but it wasn't until recently that I had reached my breaking point and accepted the fact that this may be one of my best options. That's typically how it goes for me. I see a regimen or treatment on the Acne.org forum that sounds crazy, then several months later I get so desperate that I start trying it myself. The main purpose of this diet change is to curb the excessive oil production on my nose, rather than to specifically prevent acne (although that would be a nice fringe benefit). Recently I've been reading lots of information on the link between dairy, hormones, and sebum production. The theory is that dairy stimulates the creation of DHT, a hormone supposedly responsible for triggering the sebaceous glands into producing oil. As it happens, I drink a lot of milk. As part of a bodybuilding diet designed to gain weight, I have been drinking half a gallon of whole milk every day for the past several months. Even though my oily skin predicament started prior to the heavy milk drinking, I still have hope that there is some connection. At the very least, my oil problem seems to be worse now than it used to be. My milk alternative of choice is Almond Breeze. I picked some up at the store today for the first time and it's not half bad. The taste is totally tolerable. As a side note, I've also been taking 900mg of Saw Palmetto every day for the past two weeks in an effort to reduce the sebum on my nose. So if I do start noticing reduced oil production in the coming weeks, there is a slim possibility that it's due to the Saw Palmetto. That would be doubtful since I have yet to see any effects from the supplement, but I just thought I'd mention it for the sake of accuracy. I'll try to post a progress report at the 2-week mark, October 10, and then another one on October 26 when the experiment comes to a close.

Jofo

Jofo

09/26/2010

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10/02/2013

 

No dairy - 2 week update

Well, here's my 2-week progress report like I promised. For the past two weeks I have completely avoided dairy, with the exception of a few accidental slip-ups where I didn't realize the food had dairy in it. I'm sure those things were too small to make a difference, though. One of them was a roll, for example, that I found out contained a small amount of butter. Unfortunately, my nose is still as oily as ever. I wasn't expecting immediate results, but I was hoping to see some improvement after two weeks. Nevertheless, I'm going to press forward for the remainder of the 30 days. In fact, I may continue even longer. A comment on my previous dairy post brought to my attention the fact that some experts think it can take up to 6 months to start seeing results from a dairy-free regimen. I don't know if I can go 6 whole months, but I'm willing to shoot for a few more months just to see what happens. Just once in my life I have to perform this experiment thoroughly before I make any conclusions one way or another, and then I can finally erase any doubts about whether or not my oily skin is actually connected to dairy. I'm looking forward to the end of this experiment. Not eating dairy is really hard because it's in almost everything I used to eat, and many of my favorite foods contain some kind of dairy.

Jofo

Jofo

10/10/2010

 

No dairy - 2 month update

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 things are giving me results. Oh, and not eating dairy really sucks. I've lost 10 pounds in the past two months. I'll make a post soon giving a rundown of my current regimen listing all of the supplements I'm taking and all of the diet changes I've made, as well as my plans for what I'm going to be trying out next.

Jofo

Jofo

11/28/2010

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11/28/2010

 

No dairy - 1 month update

One month ago, on September 26, I gave up all dairy in an effort to reduce the oil production on my nose. I said I would post a progress report when the month was up, so here it is. Technically I'm a day late with this post but I was busy all day and couldn't get around to it until right now at 4:00am. Sad to say that I have seen no perceivable difference in the sebum output on my nose since instituting this diet change. I haven't seen a noticeable reduction in acne either. In fact, roughly a week after dropping the dairy, my nose experienced a long string of consecutive breakouts and abnormally clogged pores like I hadn't seen in months. I'm not saying it was definitely the result of cutting out dairy. To be fair there were a couple of small regimen changes I made around the same time, so it's hard to pinpoint the exact cause. Though it did make me wonder if the breakouts were triggered by a lack of vitamin D, which wasn't a problem when I used to drink profuse amounts of milk. I just started popping vitamin D supplements to take care of that. Anyway, I'm going to keep up the no dairy thing for a few more months before I make any conclusions.

Jofo

Jofo

10/27/2010

 

Niacin

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 bought Nature's Way Niacin 100mg (nicotinic acid). Niacin supplements come in flush and non-flush forms. The Nature's Way brand is the flush version, which I opted for because I've heard that long-term use of the non-flush form can cause liver damage. The flush took a while to set in. 30 minutes after swallowing the capsule, I was beginning to wonder if I was even going to have a flush. Then all of the sudden I felt a mild pins-and-needles feeling all over my body, similar to the feeling you get when your foot falls asleep. Certain spots flared up a little bit, like my arms. All in all it wasn't bad. I'm starting off with one capsule a day and I'll gradually ramp it up to 500mg or so.

Jofo

Jofo

11/10/2010

 

New Experiment For Oily Skin

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 either directly reduce sebum production or inhibit the production of DHT, which binds to the sebaceous glands and causes them to produce oil. Fortunately the topic of sebum reduction is a big deal in hair loss communities, so there are a lot of hair loss shampoos with ingredients that reduce sebum. See my previous blog post for a list of key ingredients that have the potential to reduce sebum: I have said this multiple times, but if you suffer from oily skin and are seeking a cure, please consider experimenting with (purportedly) sebum-reducing products like I am. The quickest way to find a solution for oily skin is to experiment for ourselves and see what actually works. Here are the products I will be using, with their key ingredients in bold: Pura d'or Hair Loss Prevention: Premium Organic Shampoo Purified water, sodium cocoyl isethionate (derived from coconut), cocamidopropyl betaine (derived from coconut), tea tree oil, argan oil, DHT blocker (proprietary herbal blend), black seed (kanoji) oil, amla oil, nettle extract, biotin, saw palmetto, cedarwood oil, rosemary oil, sage extract, he shou wu (fo-ti), hibiscus oil, pygeum extract, pumpkin seed oil, green tea extract, zinc, soy isoflavones, beta sitosterols, aloe vera, niacin, vitamin E, B-vitamin complex, phenoxyethanol (mild preservative), grapefruit seed extract (natural preservative), lactic acid (naturally occurring in yogurt) & dead sea salt. Swanson Tea Tree Oil Shampoo Purified (deionized) water, lauryl glucoside, decyl glucoside, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf gel, vegetable glycerin, phenoxyethanol, tea tree oil, Arnica montana flower extract, hydrolyzed wheat protein, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, Echinacea purpurea (coneflower) root extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, Solanum lycopersicum (tomato) fruit extract, d-panthenol (vitamin B-5), sodium chloride, citric acid, xanthan gum, Origanum vulgare (oregano) leaf extract, Thymus vulgaris (thyme) leaf extract, Cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon) bark extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract, Citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel extract, Mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract, Hydrastis canadensis (goldenseal) root extract, Olea europaea (olive) leaf extract Sibu Beauty, Sea Buckthorn Clarifying Toner Water, SD alcohol 40-B, glycerin, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, inulin polyglyceryl-10 laurate, hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn) fruit extract, hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn) oil, algae extract, artemisia vulgaris extract, allantoin, chlorella vulgaris extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, laminaria digitata extract, leucojum aestivum bulb extract, hordeum distichon (barley) extract, phellodendron amurense bark extract, salicornia herbacea extract, santalum album (sandalwood) extract, caprylic/capric triglycerides, phospholipids, xanthan gum, phenethyl alcohol, benzoic acid, orange and lemon essential oils, ethylhexylglycerin, phytic acid. Madre Labs, Camellia Care, EGCG Green Tea Skin Cream Water, coco-caprylate, cetearyl olivate, glycerin, sorbitan olivate, EGCg from camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, rosa canina (rose hips) fruit extract, resveratrol, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel extract, sodium hyaluronate, tocopheryl acetate, caffeine, citrus medica limonum (peel) extract, lecithin, dimethicone, xanthan gum, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, tetrasodium EDTA, propyl gallate, sodium hydroxide, phenoxyethanol, capryly glycol, sorbic acid. Nature's Answer Saw Palmetto Berry Water, glycerin,serenoa repens, 12-15% certified organic alcohol Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Night Crème Water, Glycerin, Panthenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Octyldodecanol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Squalane, Tapioca Starch, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Myristyl Myristate, Butylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloydimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin. I'll give these products at least 2 months to work their magic, and if I don't see any results then I'm going to switch to using Nizoral 2% shampoo, which contains ketoconazole.

Jofo

Jofo

08/26/2013

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09/25/2016

 

New blog

I've decided to make a blog following my ongoing battle with acne and oily skin. My hope is that having a blog will persuade me to be more diligent with my acne experiments and regimens. First off, a little bit of personal history to paint a picture of my situation: I don't have severe acne. Even during the worst breakouts, my acne would have probably been categorized as a "moderate" case. In fact, most of my face enjoys being acne-free most days. I hardly ever get breakouts on my cheeks, forehead, or jaw like many acne sufferers. But my nose. Good god... my nose. Pustules, clogged pores, dry skin, wrinkles, excessive oil. It's like I have the nose of another person. Even if it was "moderate" acne, it was still extremely unsightly and gross enough to receive stares from every person I talked to. Recently I have had success in keeping my acne mostly under control. My breakouts are way less frequent and way less severe when they occur. So I should really count myself lucky considering there are many people out there who have acne that is far more severe than my own. An oily nose is one of my big problems right now. With the exception of my brow, the rest of my face suffers from mild dryness. So I have to walk around with bone dry cheeks and forehead and an extremely shiny nose. Definitely the sort of thing that gets looks from people. Over the years I've tried a number of acne products. I've no doubt spent hundreds of dollars over the years just on acne-related products. Yet no matter what I did, my pores would always get clogged, which would lead to pustules. About 2 years ago I discovered the wonders of squeezing out my pores. I would take a tissue and with two fingers I would squeeze either side of a pore and watch as solid white buildup would come squiggling out. It was gross, but incredibly gratifying at the same time because I could actually see my pores emptying out. While it wasn't a complete solution, this technique contributed greatly to reducing acne. So I'm going along squeezing the heck out of my skin every night, going to bed feeling satisfied that I've found a pretty sweet remedy to my acne problem. Then around June of last year I suddenly came to a horrifying realization: I was ruining my skin. My nose was completely dry and parched, and I had developed what seemed to be permanent wrinkles. It was as if I had weakened the elasticity in my skin and now it was just sitting loosely on my nose. All the pressure from squeezing pores and the overly drying acne treatments had really done a number on my nose. I was so focused on treating the acne that I neglected the overall health of my skin. To top it all off, my nose had become extremely oily. How I it took me so long to notice all this, I do not know. But that's what happened and now I have to deal with it, and not a day goes by that I don't regret being so harsh with my skin. 2 months ago I started on a new regimen focused on restoring my skin back to health and trying to be as gentle with it as possible. With any luck my skin will eventually repair itself and go back to normal. It will probably take months, if not years, but at this point I have no other choice. My current regimen: Basis cleanser in the morning Jojoba oil and Complex 15 Face Cream Tea tree oil mixed with jojoba oil Benzoyl peroxide as a spot treatment Repeat in the evening except don't apply tea tree oil In addition to this facial regimen, I have also modified my daily diet to be more skin friendly. I completely stay away from junk food (e.g., pizza, ice cream, cookies, etc.) and eat as few simple carbs as possible (e.g., white pasta, white bread). I also drink a green smoothie every day that consists of water, a banana, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, spinach, and kale. I also eat a handful of broccoli and about one cup of baby carrots. I drink 3 cups of decaf green tea, 2-4 tablespoons of olive oil, and my supplements include zinc, magnesium, fish oil, and Vitamin E. The results of this diet are not dramatic, but I have noticed a definite reduction in the frequency and severity of acne in the last month or so. Whether that's a result of my diet or my ever-changing regimen, I can't be sure, but I am inclined to believe it's the diet. Now for the main reason I started this blog. I want to record the details of my experiments and test runs with different products, treatments, and regimens. Currently I'm trying out 3 new things: 1. Saw Plametto to reduce sebum production on my nose (oily skin). 2. Olive oil as an in-shower moisturizer on the non-nose areas of my face. 3. Brewer's yeast for general acne. Some experiments I'm planning to try in the near future: 1. No dairy (for oily skin and acne) 2. Peppermint tea (reported to reduce oil production) 3. Evening Primose Oil (for oily skin) 4. Wash face with just water in the morning. So my current goal is threefold: stop the acne, stop the excessive oil production, and repair my dry and wrinkly skin. The key is to find the right balance of treatments that addresses all three of those problems. I don't know how helpful my blog will be to anyone else. It's more something I'm doing for myself, but if someone is able to take away any useful advice or ideas from my posts then that's great.

Jofo

Jofo

09/24/2010

 

Magnesium Citrate Vs. Milk Of Magnesia For Oily Skin

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 appearance, whereas MoM almost immediately reduces the appearance of shine as soon as it's applied to the skin. I left the magnesium citrate on for 3 hours while being very careful not to rub or blot any oil off my nose. Unfortunately, when it came time to blot the oil off my nose and compare, the right side of the blotting sheet appeared only slightly less oily than the left side. The magnesium citrate reduced my oil by maybe 20%, which is something but not reason enough to keep using the stuff.

Jofo

Jofo

02/02/2013

 

Life After Isotretinoin

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 started. My nose is extremely oily, and I'm trying more experiments to reduce sebum production. I'm happy to say that isotretinoin does seem to have one lasting effect for me even though the oil came back: my acne blemishes are almost non-existent. For years until I started the medication, I dealt with stubborn pustules and sebaceous filaments on my nose. After being off the medication for over a month, I have had almost no recurrence of acne. Granted, this could be related to my relatively clean diet and the regular cardio exercise that I have started doing, but in reality I probably have the isotretinoin to thank for it. I've also noticed that the bare, clean skin on my nose looks less shiny since I stopped the isotretinoin. One of the big surprises once I started isotretinoin was that my nose looked really shiny even when there was no oil on it. I think the medication may have been thinning out my skin somehow, because now my nose is much less reflective (until the oil takes over). Now that my isotretinoin supply has run out and my oil has returned, I'm back to the drawing board. There is really nothing to do except experiment with different products to see if any of them reduce my oily skin. As far as supplements go, I am currently taking 1,500mg of evening primrose oil. For topicals, I am applying saw palmetto, EGCG extract (green tea), and evening primrose oil to the right side of my nose, and I'm putting Nizoral %1 on the right side of my nose for 5 minutes in the shower and washing it off. I'm hoping one of these will have some effect on the sebum. I have also been applying diluted peppermint to my entire nose. For short-term treatments, I'm looking into Milk of Magnesia again. I had a hard time with it in the past because it's very drying and I was suffering from terrible dryness on my nose already, but now my skin has rebounded a lot and I think I can get away with applying it just on important social occasions. I just need to perfect my technique so that it doesn't leave a ghostly white cast on my nose. In fact, tomorrow I'm planning on picking up magnesium citrate, which is purported to have the same oil-absorbing effect as Milk of Magnesia without the white, chalky appearance. It sounds a little too good to be true, but I'm giving it a shot. Going forward, my next big plan is to start juicing vegetables and fruit to greatly increase the amount of nutrition in my diet. I have eliminated lots of unhealthy things from my diet over the years, but I haven't been as good about adding healthy foods. I'm trying to change that now. So that's where I am. I'll try to update fairly regularly in case anyone is interested in my experiments.

Jofo

Jofo

02/01/2013

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05/03/2017

 

Isotretinoin, peppermint oil, and cedarwood oil

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 experimenting with topicals, supplements, and drastic diet changes. And the entire time I've had to deal with the constant embarrassment and self-consciousness associated with bad skin. Those are years of my life that I'm never getting back. Isotretinoin was always something I avoided in the past because of the potentially severe side-effects, but I've reached my breaking point now and I don't care about the side-effects anymore. I need to get my life back. I'm not taking Accutane specifically. I'm taking a generic brand that comes in 10mg pills. I'm starting off with 1 pill every 3 days for the first 12 days, then I will up the dosage to 1 pill every 2 days for at least 2 weeks. At that point I will decide what to do next depending on the results and side effects. As a side project, I am experimenting with topical peppermint oil and cedarwood oil. This will be the third time I've tried peppermint oil. I apply a mixture of peppermint oil and purified water to the left side of my nose, and then a mixture of jojoba oil and cedarwood oil to the right side of my nose. Although I've used peppermint oil before, I never used it for more than a month. This time I'm going to use both the peppermint oil and cedarwood oil for at least 3 months. The reason for using the topical oils is that I want to find a solution to oily skin that doesn't require me to be dependent on isotretinoin for the rest of my life, seeing as how it's such a dangerous drug. The oil-inhibiting effects of peppermint and cedarwood oil are promising, but both treatments require several months to work. I'm hoping the isotretinoin will allow me to enjoy oil-free skin for the time being while I use the topicals to suppress my sebaceous glands in a more permanent manner. If all goes according to plan, a few months from now the topicals will have reduced my oily skin and I can wean myself off of isotretinoin. That's the plan, anyway. We'll see if things really work out that way.

Jofo

Jofo

08/08/2011

 

Ingredients For Reducing Sebum

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, please consider experimenting with products that contain some of these key ingredients. The only way we will find a solution for oily skin is if we experiment. Green tea (camellia sinensis) 60% reduction of sebum after 8 weeks using a formulation containing 3% green tea extract: http://bjbms.org/arc...0-3/mahmood.pdf “Twenty mg of (-)epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in 0.2 ml 70% ethanol was applied to the left forehead twice a day for 6 days (FIG. 25). The L/R ratio decrease from 1.20±0.02 to 0.71±0.04 during this period . . . Clearly EGCG was more effective in reducing the sebum production from forehead than (-)epicatechin.” http://www.freepaten...om/5605929.html “we examined the effects of EGCG, the major polyphenol in green tea, on human SEB-1 sebocytes and in patients with acne. In SEB-1 sebocytes, we found that EGCG reduced sebum” http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/23096708 “Steady and statistically significant reductions in sebum secretions were noted for mono (green tea) and combined treatments (green tea plus lotus) compared to placebo treatment.” http://www.ncbi.nlm....les/PMC3738281/ Ketoconazole (Nizoral) “The sebum casual level appeared to be decreased by KCZ” “A 19.4% decrease in the mean sebaceous gland area was observed in the KCZ group” [Yes, the ketoconazole decreased the actual size of the sebaceous glands.] http://vipadenievolo...ampoo_Study.pdf “The sebum excretion rate is reduced with ketoconazole (-6.54%)” http://www.hairlossh...zoral1study.cfm Sea buckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides) “Concentrated sea buckthorn (H.rhamnoides) fruit extract was entrapped in the inner aqueous phase of w/o emulsion. . . the Formulation showed statistically significant (P < 0.05) effects on skin sebum secretion.” http://www.ncbi.nlm....les/PMC3146084/ Licorice (Glycyrrhiza inflata or glycyrrhiza glabra) Among the herbal extracts tested, polyol-soluble licorice extract P-U (product name) derived from Glycyrrhiza inflata showed the most potent testosterone 5 .ALPHA.-reductase inhibition, androgen receptor binding inhibition and antimicrobial activities, which are closely related to sebum secretion. In addition to the findings on polyol-soluble licorice extract P-U, clove extract and peppermint extract showed testosterone 5 .ALPHA.-reductase inhibition, arnica extract and rose fruit extract showed androgen receptor binding inhibition http://sciencelinks....804A0230063.php Clove Licorice study. Arnica Licorice study. Rose hip/fruit Licorice study. “Effects of rose fruit extract on sebum secretion were evaluated by determining the inhibitory effect on TSR activity and androgen receptor binding. Rose fruit extract showed inhibitory effects on TSR activity and androgen receptor binding.” http://www.personalc...aspx?Story=4113 Peppermint Licorice study. I experimented with peppermint oil and saw results firsthand: Saw palmetto (serenoa repens) Study: " The study participants applied a cream containing saw palmetto extract, sesame seeds, and argan oil twice daily for four weeks. . . a significant reduction of sebum levels was noted—up to 42% in oily spots." http://onlinelibrary...0306.x/abstract “In a study of 34 men and 28 women (18-48 years) topically applied SR [serenoa repens] extract in lotion and shampoo base for three months led to 35% increase in hair density and 67% increase in sebum reduction” http://www.ncbi.nlm....les/PMC2840915/ Sesame seed First saw palmetto study. Argan oil First saw palmetto study. Cedarwood oil "The two extracts- cedarwood and poplar bud extract retained their activity at 0.5%. and effectively reduced the sebum levels." “Cedar wood and elubiol application led to a significantly greater fall in the sebum reading at 6 weeks as compared to 3 weeks” http://www.freepaten.../EP1172087.html Anecdotal “After a couple of weeks, I noticed the chin was "dryer", indicative of less sebum being secreted than the other side . . . I can certainly assert that cedarwood alone helped that side of my chin to make less sebum." http://www.hairlosst...oil-test-notice L-Carnitine “topical in vivo application of a formulation containing 2% L-carnitine for 3 weeks significantly decreased the sebum secretion rate compared to the treatment with vehicle.” http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/22360332 Hydrolyzed wheat and soy protein “Mean sebum readings charts showed Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein and Hydrolyzed Soy Protein exhibiting similar profiles versus Elubiol, with sebum readings decreasing with time, from 124-138 mu g/cm<2> at baseline to 68-81 mu g/cm<2> at week 12.” “a similar trial in Australia on Australian teenagers . . . again showed Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein and Hydrolyzed Soy Protein exhibiting similar profiles to elubiol with sebum readings decreasing from 145-155 mu g/cm<2> at baseline to 117-124 mu g/cm<2> at week 12” http://www.freepaten.../EP1172087.html "We have demonstrated the inhibitory activity of [soy] isoflavone . . . suggesting that genistein and isoflavone would be used as an effective agent for androgenetic acne and for the inhibition of secretion of sebum by modifying androgen conversion" http://ift.confex.com/ift/2004/techprogram/paper_24710.htm Lavender "Transactivation of the MMTV-luciferase reporter plasmid by 0.1 nM DHT was inhibited in a concentration-dependent manner by both lavender oil and tea tree oil" http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa064725#t=article Anecdotal: "About a month-6 weeks ago I started using about 1 drop or less of lavender essential oil in my nightly moisturiser (Neutrogena Essential Moisture) . . . Since I made this change (and I have pretty much kept everything else in my pretty simply routine the same) I have noticed a huge difference- I now don't get shiny skin at all, but it doesn't really feel dry.” http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Lavender-Essential-Oil-O-t227604.html “I noticed that Lavender oil helped reduce the oiliness. But it also dries out your skin if you don't moisturize.” Tea tree oil Lavender study. Seaweed extract (laminaria digitata) “The findings taken together suggest that SOZC can significantly ameliorate symptoms of acne vulgaris, particularly in terms of reducing sebum production and populations of Propionibacterium acnes.” http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/23752036 Green apple rind extract “These results suggest that GAR-E can be applied in cosmetics to reduce facial pore size and sebum secretion.” http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/23563562 Zinc “Zinc displays 'in vitro' some antiandrogen activity through an inhibition of the 5 alpha-reductase activity” ttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8252759 Niacinamide “The results of the Japanese study demonstrated that the SER of the two groups was not significantly different at baseline, but the 2% niacinamide treated group demonstrated significantly lowered SER after 2 and 4 weeks of application. The results were somewhat different in the Caucasian study. After 6 weeks of treatment, the CSL was significantly reduced, but the SER was not significantly reduced.” http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/16766489 Pumpkin seed oil “The oil fraction of pumpkin seed has been shown to inhibit 5 alpha-reductase. The mixture of delta 7-sterols has been shown to inhibit the binding of DHT to androgen receptors.” http://www.web-outpa...hp?Article_Id=5 Other Other ingredients that are purported to have an anti-androgenic or sebum-reducing effect but don’t have studies or significant anecdotal evidence to back them up (that I can find). Topical: Thyme, sage, nettle, rosemary, pygeum, azelaic acid. Oral: Curcumin, resveratrol, magnesium, lithium.

Jofo

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08/26/2013

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12/26/2017

 

Green tea extract and peppermint oil update

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 experiment has been underway for just over a week now. I have been diligently applying the oil to the left side of my nose twice a day, every day. Now with any new treatment, I try to retain a level head and a certain amount of pessimism. I know many people get over-excited in the first week of a new treatment and they start raving about their miraculous results, only to realize shortly thereafter that the results are not as dramatic as they originally thought. I honestly try to avoid that. I jump into most new products expecting them not to work. With that said, I want to show you something: http://i55.tinypic.com/sg5ueg.png That's a blotting sheet. Well, actually, it's a strip of a paper toilet seat cover that I use to blot the oil off my nose (great alternative to pricey blotting sheets). I placed that sheet onto my nose exactly how it's pictured, as if you were going to pick it up with your hands right now and put it to your face. The red line in the center is where the middle of my nose was. The dark spots are obviously the oil that has been soaked up. The darker the spot, the more oil. As you can see, the oil on the right side is more dense than the left side. I didn't apply uneven pressure. I made sure to press the sheet in hard on both sides to absorb as much oil as possible. It's nothing huge, I know, but I don't recall the difference being this noticeable a week ago. I'm not saying that the peppermint oil is definitely making a difference. I'm still being catuiously optimistic about this experiment, but this at least gives me some hope. I was going to post pictures of my actual nose but my camera can't really capture the oiliness of my skin. Here is another picture without the flash: http://i53.tinypic.com/2i0xhr5.png

Jofo

Jofo

12/08/2010

 

General Update

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 that it only lasted for that one day. I'm still trying to figure out exactly what might have caused that dramatic change. There was one unfortunate side effect to my new diet plan: almost immediately, I started getting much more frequent acne. This came as a surprise because I was eating more nutritious food and less junk food than ever before. Equally surprising was the fact that the acne stopped once I started supplementing with olive oil again a week ago, which I had eliminated from my diet as part of my experiment. I'm not trying to claim that olive oil is a miracle acne cure. I'm just reporting my results. On the topical side of things, I can't remember if I mentioned on this blog that I started using a serum containing green tea extract, nobiletin, and niacinamide at the same time I started my new diet. I have also been washing with 1% Nizoral shampoo. I've been applying both of these twice a day to the right side of my nose, and I have not noticed any changes worth noting as of yet. My new game plan that I started last night is to apply a concoction of anti-androgenic ingredients to the right side of my nose for 1-2 months, in addition to the aforementioned serum. My concoction is composed of lavender oil, cedarwood oil, tea tree oil, and argan oil, all mixed in a base of jojoba oil. As always, if I see any improvement in oily skin from this experiment, I will post about it.

Jofo

Jofo

05/04/2013

 

Diet Experiment Over

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 with chicken and vegetables or scrambled eggs when I didn't have ingredients for the stir-fry. As a result of my limited food options, I naturally consumed fewer calories, so I was simultaneously testing the theory that caloric restriction reduces sebum secretion. My daily caloric intake was about 1300 calories during this experiment, roughly half of what I consume on my normal diet. I've lost nearly 15 pounds in the past 37 days, but I fully intend to gain all of it back. This was definitely the most grueling experiment I have done yet. I was hungry pretty much all the time, and it was especially painful when I was put into situations where I was surrounded by delicious food that I couldn't eat. The experiment seriously felt twice as long as it was. But I stuck with it 100% because that's how badly I want to find a solution for oily skin. In a way I'm a little glad that I didn't see any improvement from this diet experiment, because it means I get to eat what I usually eat without feeling like it may be contributing to oily skin. On the other hand, it means the search for an oily skin cure continues.

Jofo

Jofo

05/15/2013

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01/14/2017

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