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  1. Here is a free online Free Acne Book that discusses the relationship between diet and the skin. It uses scientific references that are based on human biochemistry and scientific studies. They have nothing to sell or want to make money, so it is a pretty straight up thang. What kind of school project?
  2. Did any of those sites/methods/e-books cite any scientific references to back its claim? Here is a site that uses scientific references that uses human biochemistry to come to its theory on how diet is related to acne. There is nothing to buy, no money to spend, just science to build facts on. Good Luck.
  3. Interesting studies and thanks for posting them. The thing that goes against this theory is that when acne patients take Accutane or some topical drying agent and their skin becomes dryer and flakier. This is because the sebum production has decreased, as well as other factors. That to me is somewhat contradicting to Kligman's research.
  4. If it plays any role at all, it must be an insignificant one. I have previously posted a study which found that sebum levels weren't correlated with either the occurrence or the severity level of dry skin. Bryan Were they acne patients? I would like to read that study, if you could tell me which thread it is in, I'll look through it. I would still think that sebum/oil does play a protective role in preventing dehydration of the outer skin level. What is your take on the "sebum=
  5. Here is a free book about diet and acne.
  6. The saltwater can dry your skin. Same with chlorine. I don't see why that means we have to go back and live in the sea? What would we eat?
  7. Nonetheless, lipids play a protective role in moisture balance and in preventing dehydration. Sebum is lipid, so it must play somewhat of a role. Interesting. Couldn't applying oil be considered somewhat of an occlusive, since it prevents dehydration? BP plays a role in diminishing the lipid barrier. Thus the at least shows a relationship that BP reduces the lipid barrier and is at least some proof that sebum could play a role in maintaining proper moisture balance vi
  8. I will read those threads. Thanks. Another point to consider is when people take topicals, accutane or other drying agents, they notice their sebum levels decrease and that they notice their skin is dryer/flakier. Doesn't that at least show some sebum=protection from dehydration? When taking accutane, the sebum canals have decreased production thus increasing the dryness of the skin. That does mean something about sebum and skin hydration...
  9. My point is that acne treatment topicals do indeed peel the skin, thus indirectly increasing the skin cell turnover rate. From this study: From this study: From this study about Benzoyl Peroxide: From this study: From this study: They used a humectant, which is substance that attracts water, to compensate for the drying effects of BP. From this study: From this study: From this study: Well detailed and scientific article on moi
  10. These studies are about the effects of HRT and ageing. From this study: From this study: Please do. I searched for him on PubMed, but I didn't find the specific studies that propose this "sebum=useless" theory.
  11. Did you read the book? There is nothing to buy, only a diet to try.
  12. The nose is one of the most common places to get blackheads. Blackheads are sebum that has oxidized, thus turning black. Happens, because the sebum moves slow enough that it can be oxidized. Sebum goes through pores, as it is the only way out. I've seen blackheads on foreheads as well, as is everybody is different. There is a reason for sebum. For further scientific proof, read this. It is a theory, but yet has more proof behind it than the hyperkeratosis theory. Tell me what you thi
  13. Your pores certainly do get clogged from the outer layer of your skin. In people with acne the outer layer of your epidermis (stratum corneum) fails to shed correctly, your body also creates new layers of skin sometimes 5 - 10 times faster than the average person without acne. This condition is known as retention hyperkeritosis. This collection of dead skin, and the metabolic biproducts of sebum eating P. acnes leaves behind is what clogs your pores. I would posit that the hyperatosis is
  14. I agree that the epidermal lipids do protect the skin! But you seem to think that sebum is pointless, which isn't true. You don't comment on the fact that sebum protects against dehydration. The blackheads comment was to illustrate the fact that sebum reaches the surface of the skin. Her thread was mostly about the role linoleate and sebum and how a lack of linoleate plays a role in comedones. I guess the next question is "what are we debating about?"