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."
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.