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Summary Of The Solutions Proven To Work For Oily Skin

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My skin is not extremely oily, it becomes moderately oily 4-5 hours after showering, but that still bothers me as I see other people don't have that problem.

Is that your only problem?

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Now that my skin is completely clear, yes.

Lucky bastard! Have you tried Vit. B5? Or milk of magnesia? Or Paula's Choice Mattifying serum? Because the latter 2 can keep you matte for a long time, especially if you only get oily 4 or 5 hours after you shower!

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It's topical, it just won't work, just as effective as washing your face. Something has to be done from the inside of your body if you can to get rid of oily skin. Plus the only topical oils that work for oily skin are oils like lavender or peppermint are estrogenic so not suitable for men.

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High doses of vitamin A are far from safe. I don't think it should be on the list. Vitamin A accumulates in the body over time with supplementation, excess gets stored in your liver, you can't excrete it that easily, thus you suffer from vitamin A toxicity, or Hypervitaminosis A.

Early symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, loss of coordination, eye problems such as blurred vision, angular stomatitis and dry skin.

Later stages include liver malfuntion, hair losss, intracranial hypertension [pressure on the brain], reduced bone mineral density, skin discolouration, osteoporosis and at this stage, unless you stop consuming vitamin A altogether, death is a possibility. Liver failure is almost certain. At the very least, you will become severely ill.

If you eat liver on a regular basis, never take vitamin A supplements. Don't exceed 10,000 IU per day [this is for adults, anyone under 18 should take even less]

However, taking betacarotene is safe, even in large doses[a precursor for vitamin A] as your liver won't convert the excess into Vitamin A.

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I've just undergone gynecomastia surgery so I think I'm gonna stick with the vitamin A. It's my choice yes: compromizing my liver to have a normal social life, it isn't doing anything right now so I'm not sure I will continue.

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How about a probiotic in a high dose (10 bill to 30 bill)? It's been proven to reduce sebum content and inflammation. I've been using one for awhile and can attest to this. My skin used to be very oily and I'd get cysts and since I've been taking one daily I'm experiencing dry skin and haven't had a cyst since.

What type or brand of probiotics?

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I’ve compiled a list for my own research regarding topicals that may help reduce sebum, and I decided that I may as well post it here since it might be helpful to others.

I’m about to start using a combination of two shampoos and a cream that contain a number of these ingredients, and I will of course make a thread if I see a reduction in my sebum. If anyone else is feeling adventurous, please consider trying some of these topicals for yourself. The only way we will ever 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:

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“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.freepatentsonline.com/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.nih.gov/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.nih.gov/pmc/articles/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://vipadenievolos.ru/files/research/ketokonazole/Ketoconazole_Shampoo_Study.pdf

“The sebum excretion rate is reduced with ketoconazole (-6.54%)”

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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.nih.gov/pmc/articles/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

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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.”

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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.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1473-2165.2007.00306.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.nih.gov/pmc/articles/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.freepatentsonline.com/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.hairlosstalk.com/interact/showthread.php/35233-cedarwood-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.nih.gov/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 at baseline to 68-81 mu g/cm 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 at baseline to 117-124 mu g/cm at week 12”

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/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"

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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.”

 

“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.nih.gov/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.nih.gov/pubmed/23563562

Zinc

“Zinc displays 'in vitro' some antiandrogen activity through an inhibition of the 5 alpha-reductase activity”

http://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.nih.gov/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.”

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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.

Oral: Curcumin, resveratrol, magnesium, lithium.

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I'll tell you what I've tried that has NOT worked.

I'm 28 now.

When I was 19, I tried high doses of B5, didn't work and it made me very lethargic and tired all the time - wasn't worth it.

Then I was 22 I went on Accutane. I never had severe acne, but I had persistent moderate acne where I've tried every topical prescription, natural topicals, antibiotics, etc..nothing. Accutane was awesome and the only thing that helped my oil (I wouldn't recommend going on it to treat oil though, it's a serious prescription) While I still get pimples here and there, if it were to ever come back as it used to, I would take Accutane again; however, this is not an easy recommendation for most people.

Saw Palmetto, just took this last week, and I got the worst rash all over my neck and chest from this. Went off it immediately, it was the only new thing in my diet and I gave it to my boyfriend and it didn't affect him. Sometimes I think Accutane has ruined my health, but hard to tell, just feel like I'm sensitive to supplements now and my eyes are always dry ( I did qualify and had LASIK for my eyes 2 years after accutane )

I've also tried spearmint tea everyday for 8 months, it did absolutely nothing. I eat healthy and drink hot water with lemon every morning before I have my first morning. I also drink green tea everyday.

Anyway, the point is, at least for me, nothing has remotely come close to Accutane, but as I said before, wouldn't recommend it for someone just wanted to control their oil.

As for now, I don't know what to do. I have EXTREMELY oily skin, nobody else in my family does. I thought I had PCOS just to find a reason, but the doctor said I didn't have any such symptoms.

This is just tricky because I've seen lots of older adults still have oily skin, so I don't see mine going away. I've had this since I was 12. Really annoying for me because I feel like it limits what I can do. I don't even want to go camping or stay out for longs periods of time without freshening up.

All in all, there's no one holy grail for oil control that has worked that is healthy.

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How about a probiotic in a high dose (10 bill to 30 bill)? It's been proven to reduce sebum content and inflammation. I've been using one for awhile and can attest to this. My skin used to be very oily and I'd get cysts and since I've been taking one daily I'm experiencing dry skin and haven't had a cyst since.

What brand of probiotics are you taking and what dosage?

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I suffer from very oily skin, my face gets oily 30mins after washing!

The only thing that has worked for me is Accutane. I can't be on it for the rest of my life. Hence I'm on this topic, I wish everyone luck in finding a solution for oily skin. X

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How about a probiotic in a high dose (10 bill to 30 bill)? It's been proven to reduce sebum content and inflammation. I've been using one for awhile and can attest to this. My skin used to be very oily and I'd get cysts and since I've been taking one daily I'm experiencing dry skin and haven't had a cyst since.

What brand of probiotics are you taking and what dosage?

I was using "Now probiotic 25 billion" I would only buy a kind that requires refrigeration if you are going to purchase some.

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Saw palmetto-Took a while, but it helped. I also added fenugreek and stinging nettle. Not a huge difference. Girls-my northern ladyparts got bigger so that was nice. Not by much, just fuller. No complaints about that side effect. :)

Peppermint tea- I don't know if it was drinking a ton of this or cutting out pop, but it helped. I'm back to drinking pop, but only one every other day. I just couldn't hold out any longer. I like bubbles with my dinner. But I'm glad I went a couple months pop free.

Lemon oil- worked like magic for me because it dried my skin out but not in a terrible way. But turns out I'm allergic to several plant and fruit based products. I can eat it, I just can't put it on my face.

The most recent thing I did was simplify what I do to my face. I forced myself to eliminate all unnecessary steps. It was extremely hard but I'm past the adjustment phase. I just asked myself what was imperative to do and i came to the conclusion that I need to 1) clean it and 2) medicate it. No more toners, or masks, or moisturizers. And now I no longer blot. I'm still oily by the end of the day, but it's not nearly as bad as it was. Since I know oily skin comes from within, I believe the reason why this is working for me is because I'm not scraping off every last skin cell anymore. So my face "appears" less oily. I'll still work on finding the internal fix, but for now, I consider this a victory.

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In my experience, only vitamin A from fish oil will work. Be careful with this, and get regular blood tests :).

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Hi, I've been reading these forums for a while, but first time poster.

I got my first blocked pores when I was 10 years old, and it got a lot worse during high school (oily skin, blocked pores, acne on my face and other parts of my body).
When I was 19 I researched what I could do, went to the doctor and asked to be put on Diane 35 (cyproterone acetate), and he also put me on low dose doxycycline tablets, and later topical erythromycin when I'd been on the doxycycline for too long.
By the time I was 22-23, I was able to stop using the erythromycin as my skin was staying clear with just the Diane 35.

Unfortunately recently (now 25) I had to be taken off Diane 35 because I was getting migraines with aura. My skin's oil production has shot through the roof again and I feel like I'm back to where I started years ago. I'm using the erythromycin gel again but it does nothing for the oil production/blocked pores and thus part of my acne.

I would love to find something natural that can help me (even mildly) long term without negative side effects. I've been looking up antiandrogens and found a study and other websites about peppermint/spearmint having antiandrogenic effects. Licorice is another one I've seen mentioned. Has anyone had any positive experiences with either of these or other things that I could try that are relatively cost effective? The reason I'm interested in antiandrogens is because the Diane 35 worked well. I'm looking into spironolactone but I'm not sure how difficult it is to get here.
Thanks very much. Female BTW :)
 

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Abstinence from orgasm is a proven way to cure oily skin.

Get out of this topic. Now. Don't bring this new-age nonsense here.

Here's what abstinence from orgasm has been proven to do: nothing.

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^ Abstinence from orgasm makes you stressed out! and we all know what that does for our skin. Where do people get this idea? It always makes me smirk, but honestly, it's sad to think that girls out there might be finding another reason to feel bad about getting off because of this.

It's not true. So go, release some tension, and forget this myth!

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How do you get probiotics? In the form of yoghurt? I read conflicting articles about it helping...

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