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Hello everyone.

I’ve been struggling with subclinical acne (comedones) and oily skin for about 10 years now, which have even led me to serious psychological problems.

Basically I’ve tried everything possible except to Accutane in these 10 years but nothing gave me significant or stable change. 

The texture and oiliness is sometimes worse sometimes better, an okay skin period may last for a week but then comes the hell again.

These changes have nothing to do with my period. I don’t know what’s causing them as I’m trying to avoid everything which might cause breakout and on OC for 5 years.

I’m just so tired.

Could anyone tell me the truth please, would it heal? Or it’s just my destiny.


Current diet: avoiding dairy, vegetarian 

current skincare: AHA peeling once a week, sensitive cleanser and non-comedogenic moisturiser everyday, Benzoyl Peroxide on forehead 

meds: YAZ(oc), all possible supplements, anti depressants

pictures: bad condition day (amount of clogged pores increased, oiliness increased, blackheads visible, pores enlarged)








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Salicylic acid is the best way to go get rid of your sebaceous filaments/blackheads because it is the only acid that is oil soluble. Look for 2 % concentration ( like paula's choice ones), wait 15 min because of ph alteration and then follow generously with hydration. If your moisturiser is comedogenic, it could worsen your problem. Make sure it does not contain vegetable oils, mineral oils and waxes and that it is low in silicones ( generally silicones are not comedogenic by their own but since they act like occlusives and penetration enhencers, it can make other problematic or irritatating ingredients behave even worse). Facetheory m3 supergel is really good for that. Sal acid niacinamide and green tea are one of the few OTC ingredients that have also shown to be effective in sebum reduction. Since your skin can be irritated with sal acid, you may need to cut back benzoyl peroxyde. See how your skin reacts. Also, you can use sal once or twice a day, it depends on your sensitivity. Then, i am sure you know that pure clay masks are really effective. I find gren clay in powder form is best. The key is to apply it in thick layer and not to let it dry. That way, you can use it several times per week. 

Also, adding a very small dose ( very max 30% of the amount recommended per day) of vit a can significantly reduce sebum production. But you have to be very carefull not to overdose. If skin is oily, it CAN also be a cause of too much androgen. I find drinking 2 cups spearmint tea a day to be a very good solution for my oily skin because of its natural yet soft anti androgenic properties. But the best way to go is to have a blood test done before.

Hope this will be helpful. I had also been coping with extremely oily skin and now my skin is not far from normal.

Ps: your skin looks nice though

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Hi Nouchka98. Thank you very much for your reply.

So I have tried everything you’ve mentioned and sadly nothing has cleared up my skin to the condition it was before it started getting greasy. Also nothing helped me not to break out regularly.

I’m in a constant fear that I wake up next day and find myself full of comedones like now. 


I’m on oral contraceptives for several years which should have helped me with reducing androgen levels. However it seems they don’t, as my sebum’s been produced like crazy.


You squeeze out your blackheads and in 2-3 days they’re there again. It’s so frustrating.

I’m already 25 and don’t know till when this hell is gonna continue.


Has anything helped anyone what is not mentioned here?

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