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Jofo

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  1. My nose has been extremely oily for years. 6 months ago I started experimenting with topical peppermint oil after reading the experiences of some users on this forum and a few others. For those 6 months, I applied diluted peppermint oil to the left side of my nose once a day every day. I applied it to only the left side so I could compare oil output between the two sides of my nose. I should note that I started taking low-dose Accutane several months ago to curb my oil production, but occasion
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    Ingredients For Reducing Sebum

    Below is a list of ingredients, along with relevant studies or anecdotes, that are indicated to help reduce sebum production, either directly or indirectly. I posted this on the Oily Skin forum, but I want it here too so that it has a greater chance of helping anyone else who is also searching for an oily skin cure. My next blog post talks about a new experiment I'm doing involving products that contain a number of these ingredients. If you suffer from oily skin and are desperate for a cure,
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    Life After Isotretinoin

    As you can tell, I pretty much abandoned this blog in 2011 after I started taking low-dose isotretinoin. There is a thread on the Accutane logs board chronicling my progress, but long story short, the isotretinoin made my oil disappear almost completely while I was on it. I took it from August 2011 to December 2012, and I relished my oil-free skin that entire time. I dropped the medication in December because I wasn't able to acquire any more, but it was a good run. So now I'm back where I s
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    Diet Experiment Over

    Today is the end of my diet experiment. It has been 37 days since I started and I'm sad to say that I haven't noticed any change in my oil output. To recap, I eliminated all grains, all dairy, almost all processed food, artificial sugar, and peanut butter. I was also shooting for low fat and moderate carbs. My diet literally consisted of almost the same things every day: two smoothies (sunflower butter, banana, blueberries, spinach), various fruit throughout the day, and either a stir-fry wi
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    New Experiment For Oily Skin

    A while ago I developed a dark spot in the center of my nose. I'm not sure if "blackhead" is technically the right term for it. It was dark gray, bigger than a pore, hard, and felt like it was growing under the skin. It was so hard and deep that I couldn't pop it, so I resorted to chemical exfoliators like AHA and BHA, hoping they would gradually shed the skin until the spot disappeared. This thing sat on my nose for over year not budging at all. It was so stubborn that I figured the only thin
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    New Experiment For Oily Skin

    I tend not to post about new products or regimens until after I've gotten results from them, but I'm hoping that posting this will help me stick to my newest regimen. I'm about to start using 6 new products on the right side of my nose for 2 months to see if they reduce the amount of sebum that my skin produces. I did a similar experiment with peppermint oil last year, which yielded some noteworthy results: The products I'm using contain a number of ingredients that are purported to eit
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    Questions For Fredthebelgian About Vit A

    If you have severe acne then I don't know if a low dose will be enough, but most people who do it see a reduction in oil that is just as drastic as taking a large dose. It was effective enough for me that I'm planning on doing it again. I have to say though that the idea of having to take isotretinoin for the rest of my life is really depressing, but I just don't know what else to do. I've considered looking into a diode laser treatment since in the long run it's probably cheaper than paying
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    Questions For Fredthebelgian About Vit A

    Jofo, I know as one point you were taking low dose accutane for your oily skin. What made you stop using that? Mainly a combination of cost and side effects. The side effects I experienced with isotretinoin were increased fatigue, facial flushing, and lower back pain. But those weren't too bad and I'd take them over the vitamin A headaches any day. The isotretinoin is still the only thing I've tried for oily skin that worked like magic. I'm planning on giving it another go in the future
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    Questions For Fredthebelgian About Vit A

    I've been taking vitamin A pretty consistently for several months now and it has made no dent in my oil production. I think it may be helping to keep my skin clear of acne, though. So I'm going to stop taking it. Not only are the results negligible, but I've also been getting some really irritating side effects. The worst is terrible headaches every morning, which is a common side effect of vitamin A. Another side effect I've been experiencing, which I've never seen linked to vitamin A, is p
  10. Just to follow up on my post from yesterday, my terrible seb derm acne breakout is starting to clear up. It was looking really bad yesterday. I don't think I've ever had an acne breakout quite like that before. I was getting so desperate for a remedy that I considered buying a traditional acne product from the store, which would have been the first time I had done that in years. I ended up deciding to hold off on the acne creams and give my current arsenal of products one more shot. This was a d
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    New anti sebum drug: MTC896

    Awesome, that sounds really promising. How oily was your skin before?
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    New anti sebum drug: MTC896

    That's really cool! I would love to hear how it goes, if you're allowed to talk about your experience.
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    Ingredients For Reducing Sebum

    No unfortunately none of the topicals I tried (besides ppermint oil) had any noticeable effect on sebum output. I'm testing out internal vitamin A now.
  14. Although my blog is devoted chiefly to oily skin and acne, I also deal with seborrheic dermatitis and I like to provide periodic updates regarding my progress on that front as well, in case my experience can help someone else suffering from seb derm. One month ago I started washing the seb derm areas of my face with a sulfur soap called Coral KAVI. It contains salicylic acid and sulfur. While I have used salicylic acid products in the past with no success, I had never used a sulfur soap unti
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    How I Stopped My Oily Skin In 2 Weeks!

    The generic brands weren't prohibitively expensive, but I still wanted to find a cheaper alternative. I've stopped peppermint oil and all other topicals for the time being. I've used so many different products on my skin over the past year that I want to give it a break.
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    How I Stopped My Oily Skin In 2 Weeks!

    What brand of vitamin A did you use? Jofo, I know you used to use Accutane low dose. How come you stopped doing it? I stopped using it because I was worried about the long-term side effects, and it was very expensive. I've been searching for a safer and cheaper alternative because I would rather not be dependent on Accutane for the rest of my life. It did work, though.
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    How I Stopped My Oily Skin In 2 Weeks!

    What brand of vitamin A did you use?
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    What Do You Consider Very Oily Skin?

    I start to see the first beads of oil about 20 minutes after washing my face. By the 3-hour mark, a blotting sheet that I press onto my face will be soaked in oil.
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    Questions For Fredthebelgian About Vit A

    That's the brand that I'm taking (except mine is 10,000 IU per pill), and it's also the exact supplement that FredTheBelgian said he has been using for a couple of years with no side effects. I emailed Now Foods and they said that it is 100% fish oil sourced Vitamin A, not synthetic. So I think it's a pretty safe bet as far as vitamin A supplements go, but if you have any reservations you can of course let me be the guinea pig here and see how my body responds to the supplement before trying it
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    Questions For Fredthebelgian About Vit A

    On July 2 I started taking 1 tsp. of cod liver oil per day, then one week later I decided to add 20,000 IU of Now Foods Vitamin A (the brand that FredTheBelgian uses) to help speed up the process. I haven't seen any changes yet, but back when I was on isotretinoin it took 3 weeks for the sebum-reducing effect to kick in, so I'm going to be patient with this regimen.
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    Questions For Fredthebelgian About Vit A

    Have you had a look at these Vitamin A drops, Jofo? http://www.amazon.com/Vitamin-Drops-Pure-Seeking-Health/dp/B00AA1G9C2/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1404478193&sr=8-5&keywords=vitamin+a The 'Most Helpful Customer Review' explains why he/she thinks this is one of the best types of Vitamin A available and it's quite convincing- just wanted to know your opinion on it? To be honest, I only just started looking into vitamin A a few days ago so I'm not an expert by any means. That par
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    Questions For Fredthebelgian About Vit A

    Yes, I just started taking cod liver oil. There's no way to tell exactly how much vitamin A I'm getting but I'm shooting for at least 20,000 IU. I'll definitely update with my results in the coming months.
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    Questions For Fredthebelgian About Vit A

    Green Pastures stopped listing vitamin content on their labels because it varies from batch to batch, but I did find this snippet from an article on their website: "The final category is the fully cleaned and deodorized product with natural vitamins added back in. This is the so-called high-vitamin cod liver oil, standardized at 2340 IU vitamin A per gram (11,700 IU per teaspoon) and 234 IU vitamin D (1170 IU per teaspoon). This is the type of cod liver oil I imported into the U.S. and sold
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    Questions For Fredthebelgian About Vit A

    Thanks! Yeah that study definitely helped put my own mind at ease. And I should point out that some fish/cod liver oils have the natural vitamins removed and then have synthetic vitamins added back in, which means they could still become toxic at relatively small doses. So to anyone considering a vitamin A megadose, don't assume that a particular supplement has naturally occurring vitamin A just because it's from a fish oil. I believe the Carlson brand, for example, sells cod liver oil that
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