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About jsmithson

  • Birthday 06/12/1974

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    Chlorophyll PDT all the way baby!


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  1. I've never heard of salt being helpful for acne or oily skin. I would definitely not add salt to the diet because over the longer term it can raise your blood pressure and cause strokes! Most people should be reducing salt intake rather than raising it.
  2. Cherry picking hixhikari's reply, I would agree about the importance of HA (hyaluronic acid). I've had tremendous success hydration wise making my own HA mix with water. The best moisturizer I've ever used by far. Sadly there's simply no safe way to fix oily skin. Isotretinoin is the only treatment that works but it has nasty side effects (at least for me). It's a chemotherapy drug after all!
  3. Sadly no commercial moisturizer has ever worked for me. The best moisturizer I have ever used by far is the one I am now making myself: hyaluronic acid powder and water. When you mix the powder into water it makes a super thick water - it has the viscosity of honey. You can get the powder from Amazon for about 10 bucks and it should last you at least 6 months. I make a batch every 2 weeks and keep it in the fridge. This stuff is really magic hydration wise for my super oily skin!
  4. I notice that the trial finished in April but no results have been posted by the company. I'm very interested to see what happened!
  5. Wow, what a dynamite study! A good guy who used to come here said there was evidence for a constant sebum excretion rate. I don't remember the studies myself. This guy even performed a study on himself to test the theory! I can say of myself, my skin just keeps getting more oily as time goes by. So it seems to me to be a constant sebum rate. But what if the feedback mechanism to stop sebum production doesn't work in my skin because my sebum is not viscous enough? Another study I saw said t
  6. Have you tried benzoyl peroxide?
  7. Wow so here I am 4 years later responding to the thread I started! It's amazing news that this drug has finally made some progress clinical trial wise. I actually wrote this one off since nothing happened for so long. I suppose the outcome they're looking for will be an improvement in acne since that's where the dollars are - us poor oilies are probably not a big enough market to justify the insane clinical trial expense.
  8. If you have oily skin your water barrier is probably not working properly so you get dry skin. I'm not sure if the oily skin is a cause of TEWL or a symptom of some other problem which also causes TEWL? My dermatologist told me that Tretinoin - which I see you have also used - causes dry skin. If you're very oily then reducing the oil will probably improve the quality of your skin. Topical tretinoin won't reduce oil. If you're female you could try some anti androgens (check other threads
  9. 1. I use "cetaphil daily advance ultra hydrating lotion". It seems to work OK and doesn't break me out. Problem is I get a film of oil mixed in with the moisturizer after 2 hours so it looks crap but at least I get _some_ moisturizing! 2. I use a cheap, non branded sunblock from my local supermarket (aldi) containing 7% octyl methoxycinnamate, 6% zinc oxide and 1% 4-methylbenzylidene camphor. That's a hell of a mouthful I know! But what I can say is that it works really well as a sun block and
  10. I don't think hormones are automatically the reason most people have oily skin. The sebaceous gland has so many different receptors it's insane! Have a look at pubmed paper PMC2835895. I've seen papers that relate to many of the receptors on the sebaceous gland. While most of the experiments I read about were performed in the lab - so you can't automatically assume they work on a person - there has been success in reduce sebaceous oil production in many different ways. Unfortunately very few e
  11. Interesting that you are a new user since a few days ago, and that you seem to overwhelmingly refer in glowing terms to a single product. I am way behind the times on this one. Doing a search on Amazon shows that there are many devices on the market that are based on this technology: Verilux Clearwave, Clear Rayz, Tria blue light system, BrightTherapy trident, acne 415 blue light therapy, Tanda Zap, etc. There are so many! They all seem to be based on the same science. Doing a pubmed search sh
  12. Yo! It's jsmithson, back with yet another interesting topic! I came across a new science study about a Korean light therapy device in the British Journal of Dermatology: "The clinical and histological effect of home-use, combination blue-red LED phototherapy for mild to moderate acne vulgaris in Korean patients: a double blind, randomized controlled trial" You gotta pay to read it so I'll summarise it for you here. They tested a device from Ceragem Medisys called the MP 200. It's a comb
  13. At least until the conservatives privatise the NHS...
  14. http://www.cosmopharmaceuticals.com/activities/pipeline/cb.aspx I've been keeping an eye on this product for some time now. It's a topical oil reducer. If you live in USA you have a chance to get into the clinical trial which have recently started: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01631474?term=cb-03-01&rank=1 Of course I live in Melbourne, Australia so it's off limits for me!
  15. This is something that has taken me a long time for me to realise: the ambient temperature affects my skin's oil production. I've noticed that when I'm in a warm / hot environment for a long period (1 hour or longer), my skin produces more oil than normal. Conversely when I'm in a cold environment my skin produces less oil than normal. This is obvious in 2 respects: the first is that I can actually see the change in oil on the skin surface after a period of time; the second is that my skin