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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][COLOR=DarkOrchid]Hi [COLOR=Magenta]tata77[/COLOR], I'm here, man. Just been a bit busy lately but I can't ignore a personal call for advice :)

I don't recall you saying before that excessive oil is your problem. I myself used to suffer from it too. When my acne first started I could literally wipe the oil from my forehead after a day at school. I am sure it was a major factor in the cysts I had on my T-zone. You do right to eat such a healthy diet and I am surprised that you still experience excess sebum. However, don't worry, there are other options.

Firstly, have you heard of [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Vitamin B5[/COLOR]? There has been a lot of talk about it on these boards over the last couple of years but not much lately (from what I can tell). B5 is considered as effective as accutane in reducing sebum production. I myself used it for several months and did find it to reduce oil production. However, that alone was insufficient to quash my acne (you know what fixed me in the end).

Also, for me at least, the side effects were quite noticeable. I have naturally dry hair but the B5 made it even more dry and brittle. However, as an asian I would expect that you have softer, smoother, dark hair that shouldn't be as affected as mine. B5 is definitely an option to consider if you want to reduce sebum production. It is certainly a more accesible and safer option than accutane. Do some research and you will understand how it works.

In general, if you don't already you should consider using a toner at either end of the day. Whereas a cleanser removes surface debris that might be blocking the openings of the pores, a toner seeps deeper down to neutralise oil. It should reduce the level of oil that builds up on your face by slightly drying it out. But whatever you do, don't be tempted to dry your face out with anything stronger. Indeed, don't even use a powerful toner (generally described as an astringent), such as witch hazel.

Let us know if these ideas help. If it's stuff you already know, then I will think harder. Just know that you're not alone and you will beat acne![/COLOR][/FONT]
hi everyone..thank you SOOO much for those who responded to my posts..it means so so much..thank you again..Hi Erimus..i remember way back reading about your posts with B5 and the side effects you had with it..however, i will definately do some research on it and highly consider using it. Thanks everyone for letting me know that there is a last resort (accutane). Although I am really trying to go for a natural approach, I know that if I am desperate..i can try accutane (at least a low dosage) to try and control my oil production. For DAFT, I have read your threads about how exercise is crucial for eliminating acne. If you are curious, for basically all my teenage life, (since i entered high school), I work out at least 3 days a week. My exercises consists of some aerobics (running) and anaerobics (weight lifting). I also play lots of volleyball and basketball which is kind of like running and jumping exercises. Although I have read your threads, I have not found any correlation btwn my oil production and how much I exercise, from my own experience. Basically my face is oily every day whatever I do. So for now I will try to research the B5 supplement and invest in a nice toner. As for my facial cleansing routines, I wash twice a day, using St Ive's Apricot Scrub in the morning and Clean&Clear's Deep Action Cream Cleanser at night. I've tried many but for awhile I've just been sticking to these b/c I know changing face washes constantly can cause acne. Hope that answers everyone's questions. Plz feel free to continue replying at this thread. It really makes me feel better and I can learn so much too. Thanks everyone! =]





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