– Embarrassed or Even Annoyed at how oily skin and hair can make you look sweaty, dirty, and even tired in photos?
– Sick and Tired of Wasting Money on Expensive skin "care" products that just DON’T Work
– Applying countless creams and lotions on your face for it to only cause MORE breakouts, and even flaky skin
– Plain and simply Fed Up with the amount of maintenance your skin requires to stay oil-free and clean Let me just say that "You Are NOT Alone!"
If any of this sounds like YOU then YOU are not alone. There are thousands of people out there that go through the same agony day in and day out.
That’s not the worst of it though, it’s all the misleading information that we see advertised everyday that’s the real problem. We’ve all tried different products to reduce oily skin with no results, but the beautiful model on the TV always seems to have "perfect" skin.
And it’s not just the false claims, but what about the price tags of these "magic" cures that never work, so when you look for something next time there is almost always going to be a new cream or lotion in it’s place.
I’ve suffered from oily skin and oily hair since my very early teen years, I’ve been teased to the point of tears and spent hundreds on products that don’t work…
In my early teen years, oily skin was never a problem for me. I really didn’t pay much attention to how my skin or hair looked back then. As long as my hair was silky smooth, I was happy and content.
I became more self conscious about my physical appearance as more and more pimples started to surface on my face. It was all completely new to me, my skin was also visibly red and looked irritated ALL the time. Not only that, but I also noticed the amount of "shine" on my skin became more apparent. My skin and my hair became increasingly oily. It really wasn’t a pleasant sight to see, and it’s a terrible feeling to feel dirty in your own skin. I would constantly look into mirrors to check up on my skin throughout the day only to feel disgusted at myself even more. It was a bad habit of mine and I eventually avoided mirrors completely because all they ever seemed to do was put me down and ruin my day.
I tried countless products for my skin, and I still feel bad that my parents had to spend hundreds of dollars on me. One of the first few products I remember trying was Clearasil™ and Clearasil™ Ultra, and they both failed to work and only seemed to further aggravate my skin. And then I tried almost every other product I could find on the pharmacy shelves until I eventually resorted to buying "miracle" herbal creams and lotions off eBay.
After what seemed like years of trying so many different skin products, I finally decided to bring it up with my doctor to see if he could help me. He prescribed me an antibiotic (Minocycline) along with a topical antibiotic (Clindamycin). And when that also failed to work for me, he then referred me to a dermatologist.
The dermatologist prescribed me Accutane, which is considered the "last resort" for acne sufferers. I took it over a period of 6 months. It cleared up my acne and my skin was pretty much free from excess oil. Many nights I even stayed up really late and surprisingly found my skin to be just fine and only slightly oily. I thought that was the end of my skin problems, but a few months later I started to notice that the oil was coming back and my hair would also get really oily in the morning. I didn’t mind this at first because my skin was still clear from acne, but THAT also started to come back in full force in mere months after the oil started to reappear. I have also developed Claustrophobia and social anxiety, which I honestly believe was caused by Accutane as other members on Acne.org’s messageboards have reported similar side effects and even chronic depression and suicidal thoughts. Have a look at this study on Accutane’s potential damaging effect on the brain http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15863802?dopt=Abstract
This phobia is something I am STILL dealing with up until this day, though it is definitely not as bad as it was 3 years ago. I live my life quite normally, but I still have panic attacks every now and then, so I still haven’t completely overcome this condition of mine.
But back to the story.. a little over a year after I got off Accutane, my acne eventually starting slowly clearing up on its own. It may have very well been the end of puberty for me, but I was still left with oily, greasy skin that I just couldn’t stand having to deal with every single day. As embarrassing as it is, below is an actual picture I took (at night) to see how many oil blotting sheets I could fill up with excess oil from my face in one go. I’m going to apologize in advance if you find it disturbing..
Some people say oily skin is a blessing, but I personally think it’s a curse and I really didn’t want to live and deal with oily, greasy skin for the rest of my life. I needed a permanent solution, and this time I told myself I was going to find it on my own. No expensive dermatologist, no doctor.. just me, my local library, Google, and trial and error..
I still can recall touching my skin three years ago and feeling… Read more…