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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.


Thanks for the update, I will always be your oily buddy on here until we find a solution, keep strong.The nizoral and revivogen didn't work for me btw after 2 weeks of usage consistently. Now I have been reading the nutrition section and vitamins section, checkout this: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Finally-1...ne-t194561.html and this: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/absolutel...ta-t251812.htmlI have a lot of vitamins now and still some to come, right now I am having:morning at 7:vitamin d3 2,400 iufish oil - 5mlvitamin evitamin colive oil 30mlmultivtitaminB complexnight at nine:zinc gluc 50mgniacinolive oil 30mlfish - 5mland I will hopefully be on this soon:morning at 7:pantheninevitamin avitamin d3fish oil - 5mlvitamin evitamin colive oil 30mlmultivtitaminB complexnight at nine:zincmagnesiumchromiumniacinvitamin b6olive oil 30mlfish - 5ml It is a lot but none are an overdose and I am pretty sure I have seen a reduction in oil on my nose and the oil feels thicker and as if it isn't thin and leeking out my pores, I will make a thread about it if it works but just in case I am fooling myself I won't make it until I sure.

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Nice to know that someone else is actively searching for a solution.That's good news about your change in oil. Do you feel like it's any one supplement in particular? For the past several months I've actually been taking every supplement that you're taking, minus the multivitamin and B-complex. B-complex is the one supplement I've always wanted to try but never did because I can't swallow that huge pill. I'm familiar with NdnRomeo's thread. I've read and re-read his post multiple times and tried most of his recommendations. I haven't seen that other thread before though so I'll be sure to look it over tonight. And as a quick update: no discernible change in my oil production. The first day I took Boswellia my nose seemed to stay dry much longer than usual, but then after that it was back to normal. I'm not sure if that was my mind playing tricks on me or what. I've been feeling especially hopeless about this problem recently and now I'm seriously considering trying an ultra-low dose of Accutane:http://www.acne.org/messageboard/ultra-dos...ne-t165509.htmlStudy: http://www.promusclemag.com/forum/t55867-l...e-research.htmlApparently it's possible for some people to take Accutane at a fraction of the normal dosage and still see results, presumably without the severe side-effects.

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