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Oily Skin in the Philippines

Postby Will N. Dowd » Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:29 am

Just wondering if anyone else here has oily skin and if so how did it behave in the heat, sunlight and humidity of the Philippines. I have had extremely oily skin since I was 15, the benefit being I look young because my skin is never dry, but the disadvantage being my skin breaks out and I get a lot of blackheads and whiteheads. I take these Canadian pills to control it and while they do work very well, it is still not perfect.

http://www.genuinehealth.com/skin-beaut ... r-men.html

Does anyone have oily skin here and if they do, did it get better or worse in the tropics? I thought it might be better for oily skin to be in a humid climate because it will sweat a lot and get rid of dirt and oil on the skin, and if you sweat a lot your skin might not produce as much oil as in a cold dry climate where it is always trying to moisturize itself. I've lived in Greece before where it was very hot, but it was a dry heat, and my skin got better.

Any thoughts, opinions, experiences?
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Re: Oily Skin in the Philippines

Postby Rock » Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:07 am

Will N. Dowd wrote:Just wondering if anyone else here has oily skin and if so how did it behave in the heat, sunlight and humidity of the Philippines. I have had extremely oily skin since I was 15, the benefit being I look young because my skin is never dry, but the disadvantage being my skin breaks out and I get a lot of blackheads and whiteheads. I take these Canadian pills to control it and while they do work very well, it is still not perfect.

http://www.genuinehealth.com/skin-beaut ... r-men.html

Does anyone have oily skin here and if they do, did it get better or worse in the tropics? I thought it might be better for oily skin to be in a humid climate because it will sweat a lot and get rid of dirt and oil on the skin, and if you sweat a lot your skin might not produce as much oil as in a cold dry climate where it is always trying to moisturize itself. I've lived in Greece before where it was very hot, but it was a dry heat, and my skin got better.

Any thoughts, opinions, experiences?


Moist and hot tropical climates found in the lowlands of Phils can wreak havoc on skin. The oil glands you talk about may be good in dry climates but in the tropics, they will kick-in to overdrive and your pores will expand. Over the longer term, they will continue to grow and it will age your appearance. Big pores and pock-marks all over the face do not look good.

I believe the most powerful drug readily available (in some countries) to combat overactive oil glands (and acne) is accutane or roaccutane. But this drug can have some dangerous potential side-effects. The best way to avoid these is to take it in very small doses (around 10 mg very 2 days) for a couple months and if this is not effective enough, bump it up to 20 for another month or two. The doses which cause problems are usually at least 50 mg or above daily.

If you have skin problems in Phils and decide to use this med, find a trusted dermatologist to monitor you through it. The drug is very controlled in USA but is readily available in some Asian countries. I'm not sure about Phils though. Again, make sure not to go it alone, do it under guidance of a qualified skin doctor.
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Postby momopi » Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:21 am

Go to a Kiehls store near you and have a chat with their store consultants:
http://www.kiehls.com/

Their product is expensive so use sparingly.
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Postby ladislav » Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:22 am

When I was in Thailand I could tell Filipinos from Thais because their skin was oilier than that of Thais. Filipinos consume lots of fats, fatty everything. You will be in good company. Plus it will make you look younger.
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Postby Rock » Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:53 am

momopi wrote:Go to a Kiehls store near you and have a chat with their store consultants:
http://www.kiehls.com/

Their product is expensive so use sparingly.


Acne, oil, and big pores are very challenging. I wouldn't waste my money on this stuff or most anything else from a retailer. There are so many famous and popular products which promise big (wrinkle reduction, smaller pores, etc.) but deliver nothing more than a placebo effect. Retail has a lot of good products for moisturizing and sun block/protection. If you want anything more than that, don't waste your money, look elsewhere.

For oil and pore problems, you need to go prescription strength. And even among most prescribed products, the fail rate (little to no improvement) is probably over 85% with a few exceptions including:

1. Topical retin A (0.05% building up to 0.1%), possibly combined with equal amount of hydroquinone (another prescription product) to improve absorption and effectiveness. If skin cannot tolerate this, then revert to retinoids which are a slower moving and gentler substitute. These products will help reduce acne, even out tone, and shrink some pores, and help a bit with oil. It will take a few months for all the benefits to show and there will be an initial period where you skin gets worse.

2. Accutane/roaccutane/coaccutane: This shit is powerful. You can find several blogs of people with pizza faces who cleared-up almost perfectly in just a few months time on doses of around 50 mg per day for 2-3 months. It builds up cumulatively so you don't take it forever. People with more subtle problems (mild acne, rosacea, large T-zone pores) can get the needed benefits - oil reduction/pore shrinkage and elimination of redness - with much more modest and safe doses, say around 10-20 mg every other day for a couple of months.

Find a good derm and consult about these and other potential solutions. Don't waste your time at cosmetics counters unless your trying to meet attractive women.
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Postby Rock » Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:06 am

ladislav wrote:When I was in Thailand I could tell Filipinos from Thais because their skin was oilier than that of Thais. Filipinos consume lots of fats, fatty everything. You will be in good company. Plus it will make you look younger.


The relationship between oily skin and youthful appearance is a bit complicated. Sure, overly dry and thin skin wrinkles badly at a relatively young age. But people with major pore and oil problems can also look older than their years. I've seen 20 somethings who had serious facial oil issues end up with skin so bad that it looked it had acid damage - very uneven with pockmarks, huge pores and oil. And less damaged skin with a lot of big pores can look aged even without any wrinkles. There's a fine balance between enough oil and too much oil.

From what I observed during my brief visits in Phils, many people there don't age well at all. Of course the strong sun compounds the problem. Late 20s/early 30s Filipinos/Filipinas seemed to have more facial skin damage than a lot of 40 somethings I've seen in urban China. The contrast is even more striking when made against urban Taiwan or Japan. And these days, a lot of Thais (even some poor ones) cover or protect themselves in some way when out during the daytime. So they probably look better now than when you were there in the 90s.
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