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.