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Why so oily??????????????

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I don't know how or why or what happened, but about a year ago my skin changed. I went from having normal skin to supremely oily in a matter of two months. At first I noticed that my pores looked bigger than normal. But I didn't pay it much attention. Then I started to get zits more often than usual. I had the occaissional zit once in awhile but now I was getting them every week. Then I noticed that my face had this horrible sheen to it and was all oily. I would wash it off and it would be oily again in an hour. I started using oil blot papers every few hours. After about 4 months I began developing these huge zits... I guess it is cystic acne. PAINFUL.

WHAT HAPPENED TO MY BEAUTIFUL SKIN? What causes your skin to suddenly change? Did this ever happen to anyone else? Please someone tell me what is going on. I want my old skin back.

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Possibly a hormonal shift? How old are you? I know my skin majorly changed last year (at age 36)- not quite as extreme as what you are describing, but my skin definitely got oilier, and I started getting clogged pores on my forehead and nose, which I never had before. Prior to last year, i would just get the occasional zit or two on my chin around my period, and that didn't even happen every month.

I'm guessing mine was partly a hormonal shift, stress, and partly due to environement and diet (moved to a more humid climate, and added made some changes to my diet that I think hurt my skin).

Have you had a lot of stress or made any big changes in lifestyle, diet? Any new medications or vitamin suppliments?

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Hi! Yup, I can completely relate. I went through my teen years with oily, problem skin and as I entered adulthood it turned more into combination skin. Then a few years ago my skin became almost too dry and I only got the occasional pimple. I thought I was done with acne. I was around 28 at the time (I'm 32 now) and I had stopped taking birth control pills (Yasmin). I certainly wasn't complain about the dryness of my skin because I had virtually no pimples. Then gradually my face started getting oily and I've been having trouble with pimples ever since. I HATE IT!!! :cry: I get those under the skin pimples on my chin and cheeks all the time (cystic?) and they take forever to go away. I get brown spots every time from my pimples (I am bi-racial and have light brown skin). I want desperately to get back to how my skin was before. I started taking Nature's Cure herbal pills and have yet to notice a difference. I think I'll give it one more month before I give up. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I can relate to your experience.

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Hi,

Thanks for your quick responses. It is nice to know that I am not the only one who has experienced this. To answer your questions willow569, I am going to be 32 in a few weeks. Ugh, not looking forward to another birthday. I have no idea about the hormonal thing, but my stress isn't so bad anymore. I live in Japan and work as a teacher. It is horrible standing up there in front of all these people who you think are analyzing your face. The bad thing is I teach kids to adults. The teenagers with faces full of pimples I can relate to. However when I see my adult Japanese students with their perfect complexion, it makes me want to hide.

lil ricki I know what you mean about the cystic acne thing if that is what it is. I have two on my chin right now that have been there for 2 months. The redness is the size of a quarter.

What do I do to keep the oil and zits at bay? Help. :cry:

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HI,

Yeah, I know the feeling exactly - it seemed like my skin just suddenly became cystic over about 2 weeks. So weird that I am actually half convinced I have some sort of allergy, even tho my face screams acne!! What did your doctor say??? Did you get any tests or anything done,, I got a blood test, but the results aren't back yet.

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HI,

Yeah, I know the feeling exactly - it seemed like my skin just suddenly became cystic over about 2 weeks. So weird that I am actually half convinced I have some sort of allergy, even tho my face screams acne!! What did your doctor say??? Did you get any tests or anything done,, I got a blood test, but the results aren't back yet.

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I would amagine some sort of change in hormones. I always turn into an oil slick right around ovulation but mostly on my forehead and chin..then I ovulate and go back to being as dry as the Saraha. I'm sorry I don't have a regimen that would help with that specific problem since my oilyness is very short lived monthly - have you tried going through the regimin logs for someone's who sounds similar to yours? (problem with oily skin I mean.)

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This is very interesting--sudden onslaught of serious oil. I need to stay tuned to this.

I've got ridiculously oily skin and have had it as far back as I can remember since I first started getting acne, 14 years old or so. Am now 35.

Have you recently starting taking fish oils or flax seed oils? A while back when I was drinking a tablespoon of flaxseed oil (which was totally disgusting IMO) I could swear it was going straight out the pores in my face. But it's always super hard to get a handle on cause and effect.

Another thing I've noticed is that if I start using a glycolic acid cleanser, or even a moisturizer w/ glycolic acid, it seems like before long that stuff does what it is supposed to do, i.e., strip off a few layers of dead skin. Well, what seems to happen is that since those layers of dead skin are no longer around, they no longer help absorb the oil. Thus, the oil appears to have dramatically increased, when in reality it probably stayed the same, it just that there is less dead skin to absorb it.

Also, to the extent the glycolic acid (or other exfoliator) opens the pores up a bit, then I figure the oil flow is less obstructed, and thus it flows onto the face more easily.

I know when my skin is super flakey and dry, it seems a lot less oily. I believe that is because all that dead skin is soaking up the oil. If you have ever used jojoba oil and applied it to flaky skin, then, if your skin is like mine, those flakes will absorb the oil and the flakes will appear to disappear. But they're still there, just super soaked in oil.

Lastly, have you done anything dramatic w/ your diet? The rumor is lots of sugar equals high insulin in you system equals more oil (since the insulin apparently sets of a chain reaction which ends up stimulating whatever it is that stimulates your oil glands, or something like that.)

I used to always seem to get monstrous cysts. Since I have screwed around w/ the Paleo diet, basically trying to avoid any refined sugar, no dairy and no grains, I don't get those monsters anymore. I'm also taking fish oils and zinc. Those monsters were a part of my life for many many years and only just recently, since the dietary changes, do I not get those anymore. Those were brutal, usually in the middle of my forhead where it look like I had a tumor. =(

I used to eat almost 100% processed foods (like an idiot), power bars, etc.

I still have uber oily skin and millions of clogged pores but virtually no inflamatory acne. I've been using bp twice a day, but it was drying me out so much that I'm experimenting w/ putting jojoba under the bp at night and just jobba on my beard area (I'm a dude, ;)) and just bp on the rest of my face in the morning.

OH well, I hope you figure this out and pass on the info. I might find some answers in your solution as well....

Good luck!

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Maybe I should give you some other interesting background to my story that I think is related, however the doctors don't believe so.

Last year around January I started getting this pain in my left side. It was a constant boring pain. Like cramps that never go away. I suffered through it for 2 months before I went to see a doctor. I live in Japan and I don't speak Japanese, so going to doctors and dermatologists is horrible.

Anyway, I lost 10kg in a month and *sorry to get graphic here*, my stool was always really smelly, soft and sticky. (steorrhea -sp?).

The doctor I went to diagnosed me with chronic pancreatitis, which means that my pancreas doesn't produce enzymes. He gave me pain killers and enzymes. The weird thing was, the pain went away but I couldn't gain weight. Nothing helped my stools. In August I went to see a different doctor. He put me through a bunch of horrible tests, CT, ultrasound, EUS (horrible camera down the throat). His conclusion was it was not pancreatitis. He said my spleen was swollen to twice the normal size, however nothing else seems to be wrong internally. He had no explanation for my stool or blood levels.

Now for my blood tests. My cholesterol is very low (124 when the safe range is 130 to 200). My albumin and iron are low as well. I had blood in my urine and my urine ph was 8.5.

I am now on my 4th doctor and he does nothing except weigh me once a month and ask if I have any pain. He accuses me of not eating. I have started taking pictures of my dinner and so on to show him. Here is a sample of my diet:

Breakfast - 2 slices toast, cereal bar, 1 cup of yogurt, banana, strawberries, tea and OJ

Lunch - 2 cups of rice, a pork chop, cereal bar, protein shake, small salad and popcorn

Dinner - a whole pizza and a large salad and sometimes a donut

Yet I gain NO weight.

NOW - at the same time that these internal problems began, my skin began to change. It suddenly became oily and I started getting horrible cystic acne. Now I have body acne.

Neither the dermatologists nor internal medicine doctors believe there is a correlation. I however believe there is a major correlation.

First of all, the skin is the bodies largest organ. It can release the bad toxins in your system through the pores in your skin.

I think my body rejects fat. Instead of using fat, it get secreted through my skin. But I don't know if this is medically possible.

I am seeing my internal medicine doctor tomorrow, but he is so bloody useless. In Japan, the doctors are treated as Gods and I am so tired of this.

Physically I have no pain, but why don't I gain weight? Why did my skin turn bad when all of this internal stuff happened? Why don't they believe there could be a correlation? Why can't I find a good doctor? Most of all, why can't I get rid of all this acne? I am so frustrated and upset and tired.

Thanks for listening.

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is it stress related? how long have you been living in japan?

for women, apparently, the teen years and then early 30's are another major hormonal shift. I had a pretty bad breakout last summer from july and it lasted a good few months or more. Not cystic acne but just pimples along my jawline and chin, more so then I had had in years. before then i would usually break out around my period, when I ovulated and when I flew on a plane.

anyway, it has now calmed down, i still get a couple of zits, maybe 3-4 depending a month due to hormone stuff, but nothing too major.

What has helped me, at least what I believe has helped me is...I drink 2-4 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar every day. I put it with water and then add some juice to help it go down. it's been about 3 months and i'm used to it and i notice that if i skip a day or two that i'll get a little pimple here or there.

Usually i would get the worst breakout once a year at the end of august, early september, i thinkit was a build up of the humidity and hot weather over the summer and then the shifting into a new season that would do it, but then would last about a month and then I'd go back to normal (normal for me is the hormonal/period pimples)

it's the red marks eft over by a pimple that's annoying. they take years if not never to heal dependng on where the zit first appeared on my face.

anyway, you could try the ACV thing but i dont have stomach issues so not sure if that would help...There's a huge thread about ACV in the holistic area.

I also stopped using BP, I now use tea tree oil for spot treatments and a glycolic lotion (morning and night that i leave on from anywhere to a few minutes to an hour) those two things and the acv seem to help me the most right now.

I'm not on any medications and haven't been on the birth control in like 5 years and haven't used antibiotics for acne in like 10 years.

I don't know what can help you, but maybe too many lotions and medical pills and the like is making it worse rather than helping.

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Sheriko, it seems like something is off interally for you. I defintely agree that your acne and health problems are related! It also seems like your doctors are clueless. I know it is stressful to find new doctors, but your health is important. Can you keep us updated?

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Well, I went to the internal medicine doctor again yesterday and showed him what I eat (photos). He said that it is just my metabolism. Some people can't gain weight. (I am 180cm and 59kg - this is definately underweight) He said that I am perfectly fine and not to worry about what my blood tests say and so on. He laughed at me when I said that my body must reject fat and I think I am secreting fat through my pores which is causing my acne. Then he stopped laughing when I handed him a journal article to support what I said. He couldn't understand the medical journal. If you are curious about this, check out the acne research forum http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php?showtopic=145839

I told him to keep the medical journal print out and study it. Needless to say I have quit that doctor.

I am done with the doctors in this country.

I have lived here for 3 years and in 8 more months I am going back to Canada where I will finally be able to see my family doctor who may not be a specialist, but who will try like hell to get to the bottom of what is wrong.

At least my dermatologist is trying to help. God I hate doctors.

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You have to attack acne where it starts, with your diet. For me, diet was the cause and solution. Topical medications fight the symptoms. Start by eliminating trans fats and eating more fruits and vegetables. Once you start cleaning up the inside of your body, by eating properly, the outside of your body (your skin) will be get cleaned up too. I started a website to document my problem and solution.

http://www.fredstown.com/acne.html

You might find it helpful to read my story. Just remember to eat an all natural/organic diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Stay away from processed foods. Use mild, all natural cleansers and don't pick at your face. Get lots of sleep and enough water for your body weight. Remember, clean body = clean skin. While you're waiting for your skin to clear, remind yourself that acne is a challenge that you will overcome soon. Once you're rid of it, tell all your friends how you did it. That's what I'm doing. God Bless.

http://www.fredstown.com/acne.html

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Sheriko, i think ive got the same problem as you jus read my part of the story last month tht is in march i visited my dermatologist she prescribed me a gel based cream contanining adapalene + clindamycin phosphate gel i hardly applied this cream for 4 nites continously next morning i see a monster in the mirror my face had become extremely oily, shiny, itchy and red on my nose, cheeks and chin currently ive got so many pimples on my face then usual bfore i hardly used to get 1 or 2 pimples im so depressed tht its been over a mnth now ive not stepped out of the house i think im gettin mad day by day jus seein my face gettin worse everyday i sometimes feel like jus ending my life. i used have so beautiful skin a mnth back my doctor screwed me up i feel like killing my dermatologist.

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So I haven't responded to this in awhile and thought I would update all of you. I was freakin pissed off at my doctors for not helping me. I went through 4 dermatologists and 4 internal medicine doctors.

Recent events: My skin is still oily. I still have cystic acne and regular acne. Now my hair is thinning and I am getting worried. So I tried to go see an Endo. However I tried my best to get them to understand at the hospital that I wanted to see an Endo. They could not understand my Japanese, nor my dictionary obviously. It made me really angry. Finally I told them I wanted to see a Woman's doctor or Gyn. Hmmm they actually understood that.

Anyway, I told the Gyn what has been going on. They took hormone levels of TSH, FH and total Testosterone. My results came back normal. WHAT? Why? I don't get it. Anyway, they said that some people can have a sensitivity to testosterone, especially if they suddenly lost a lot of weight since estrogen is linked to fat.

Well that clicked in my head. I asked them to help me. The Gyn prescribed birth control to see if that will help. So now I take Marvelon 21. It is now day 4 and so far I only noticed I have a bunch of new zits.

My internal medicine doctors are quacks and obviously don't know anything outside of their field of expertise because even the Gyn admitted that fat is linked to hormones which can cause acne.

Sorry for my rant. Just thought I would update this.

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Someone posted on here in response to one of my posts, about estrogen being linked to fat. I went through a divorce and lost a LOT of weight in a few months, and my skin got bad. I'm on birth control now too. I was on a really bad pill for 2 months that made my acne severe, now I'm on my 2nd month of a different one. I haven't seen much change in the oiliness yet, maybe a little bit. But perhaps the birth control will help level things out for you.

Oh and don't freak out yet. It takes a few months for birth control to work for acne. But if your acne gets really bad very quickly, switch pills. Starting and stopping birth control can cause a flare up at first, but it usually isn't severe. If it is (like it was for me) you need a different pill.

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I may have missed it somewhere, but all i keep seeing is information on when the face produces so much oil. but I want to know why the body finds it necesary to make us so greasy. does it help in any way? I can't imagine it can, since as a greasy person, i feel i am far less attractive than someone who isn't so oily. so it can't be for reproduction. any ideas?

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you need to get your androgens under control, no your skin does not need so much oil, it is producing so much oil because your hormones are forcing it to act that way

saw palmetto

fish oil

green tea

cut out all simple carbs

no soda/juice

it will also make your oil less thick (more watery) so whatever oil is produced can hydrate your skin without clogging the pores

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It really sounds as though you have Celiac Disease - I lost of ton of weight and that's when the oily skin came back for me - it all sounds insanely familiar to me last December. Try cutting out all gluten and see if the stools get better and if you start gaining weight again. As far as the oil, I am still having issues with that - oh, I had the anemia and hair loss as well.......

So I haven't responded to this in awhile and thought I would update all of you. I was freakin pissed off at my doctors for not helping me. I went through 4 dermatologists and 4 internal medicine doctors.

Recent events: My skin is still oily. I still have cystic acne and regular acne. Now my hair is thinning and I am getting worried. So I tried to go see an Endo. However I tried my best to get them to understand at the hospital that I wanted to see an Endo. They could not understand my Japanese, nor my dictionary obviously. It made me really angry. Finally I told them I wanted to see a Woman's doctor or Gyn. Hmmm they actually understood that.

Anyway, I told the Gyn what has been going on. They took hormone levels of TSH, FH and total Testosterone. My results came back normal. WHAT? Why? I don't get it. Anyway, they said that some people can have a sensitivity to testosterone, especially if they suddenly lost a lot of weight since estrogen is linked to fat.

Well that clicked in my head. I asked them to help me. The Gyn prescribed birth control to see if that will help. So now I take Marvelon 21. It is now day 4 and so far I only noticed I have a bunch of new zits.

My internal medicine doctors are quacks and obviously don't know anything outside of their field of expertise because even the Gyn admitted that fat is linked to hormones which can cause acne.

Sorry for my rant. Just thought I would update this.

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Physically I have no pain, but why don't I gain weight? Why did my skin turn bad when all of this internal stuff happened? Why don't they believe there could be a correlation? Why can't I find a good doctor? Most of all, why can't I get rid of all this acne? I am so frustrated and upset and tired.

Thanks for listening.

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