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on 7/2/2015 9:36:00 AM
More reviews by Lapperman
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I'm reviewing Evening Primrose Oil as a supplement taken daily.I read good things about hormonal acne and primrose oil online so I decided to give it a go. I am currently on birth control pills (orsythia) to help with my acne, but I still had monthly breakouts around my period. My dermatologist prescribed me spironolactone to help with this, but I never saw much of a difference and I had to get my blood drawn every 6 months for it, so I discontinued. So I picked up primrose oil supplements at my local CVS and took one capsule daily (1000mg), and didn't see much of a difference. After a week I saw that you could take up to 2000mg a day, so I upped my dosage and saw AMAZING results! Literally the next day half of my hormonal breakout on my cheek was gone. While I'm still not 100% clear, this is definitely helping with my hormonal acne, and it's been helping my PMS symptoms as an added bonus!
on 5/4/2015 12:15:00 PM
More reviews by Londonlady88
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
Hi there! I starting using evening primrose oil to treat my acne around two months ago. I read lots of reviews online and all in all they were very positive. So briefly my skin history- I am 26 years old, female. I started to get spots in my teens, around 14 years old. My skin was inflamed with cystic acne. I was recommended topical treatments from the doctor. These worked for a short time but my skin got used to the ingredients. I was put on the contraceptive pill- dianette. I had appointments with a dermatologist who recommend roaccacitine. After reading the side effects I decided not to take this medicine. I struggled by over the next few years just taking dianette- probably for much longer than is recommended. Over the years my skin has improved but it's never as clear as I would like. I have some scaring and always around 4/5 spots. I am currently on a regular contraceptive pill as I couldn't continue taking dianette anymore due to the associated health risks. I started working for one of the Estée launder companies two years ago. Finally- I thought! I'll be able to buy all the skin care I need at a discount. There are some great products out there. To list a few- Clinique anti blemish range.Aveda outer peace foaming wash and blemish pads. Estée Lauder enlighten serum. However I always knew my blemishes were due to internal hormone imbalance- not a poor skin care routine. So I did some research online to discover EPO. I brought some capsuals containing EPO and vitamin E. These are the boots (UK) own brand. I orally take two 500mg capsuals a day in the morning. Then at night after cleansing my skin I apply the oil from one 500mg capsule to my skin ( I just cut the capsual open so the oil stays fresh). I apply a moisturiser on top ( anti ageing one from Clinique). I sleep with this on and wash my face again in the morning. Do not wear the oil during the day as your make up will slide off! Skin application is only suitable for night time...The results- Amazing!!!!! By applying EPO to my skin-A more even in tone with zero redness. My pores feel tighter. Radiance. I have had barely any spots (if I have then they have been tiny and come right to the surface. A quick squeeze and they gone the next day.)Feels soft and hydrated. I have received comments from people saying I have good skin!! This is a comment I never thought I would hear :D Oral consumption-Less to no spots before and during my period. Less spots around my jawline and chin. I would highly recommend this cheep and effective treatment!!!
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 3/24/2015 9:55:00 AM
More reviews by Charlotta800
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Black, Straight, Medium
Reviewing this as a topical skincare product. I have very complicated skin and it drives me crazy, especially in the winter. It's dry, sensitive, prone to redness and acne with pores that clog at the drop of a hat. I literally have to look at a conventional moisturiser and my pores start clogging. I had some success with jojoba oil in the past but it ended up triggering mild but annoying seborrheic dermatitis around my nose and eyes. I read about the different levels of oleic acid and linoleic acid in oils and how that effects different skin types and chose EPO because of the high linoleic acid content and inoffensive smell. So glad I did. My skin is looking and feeling amazing, the dryness has totally vanished, the redness that I thought might be the start of roseacea is gone, it's plumper, clearer and best of all stubborn clogged pores that wouldn't clear even with extractions and glycolic peels are disappearing. I bought a high quality, organic 100% EPO in a bottle with a dropper, I love how light it is and it goes onto my skin really smoothly. As it's still winter I'm currently using it to remove my make up and as a moisturiser, really happy with the results.
6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
on 1/6/2015 10:43:00 PM
More reviews by daisyismydog
Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm
This review is for the topical application of the evening primrose oil from Garden of Wisdom. For reference, I have dehydrated-normal acne-prone skin. I originally tried evening primrose oil as I had heard good things about it, but unfortunately I haven't seen any noticeable difference in my skin (good or bad) from using nearly an ounce of this product. I also haven't gotten used to the musty salt smell which is frankly, somewhat reminiscent of urine to me. It's not quite as fast-absorbing as rosehip seed or argan oil, similar in texture to avocado oil. I use oils as a second layer over my regular moisturizer and this is as effective as any other in locking the moisture in. I did try it for makeup removal and it was effective enough but again not any more effective than others. I also read that some people use it for the treatment of eczema, and gave it a shot on some eczema patches. There wasn't any difference (save for what any oil would provide) for me after nearly a week of use. Overall, this is a decent enough reasonably priced oil but it isn't at the top of my list for any of the tasks I use oil for (skin, makeup removal, hair, cuticles) and it has an unpleasant, albeit faint, smell.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 9/7/2014 10:43:00 AM
More reviews by Niila
Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I took the EPO softgel tablets. The first week all went well. I even noticed my complexion was a bit rosier. However, in the second week, a few tiny pimples appeared on my cheeks. This is highly unusual for me. I maybe get 1 pimple per year, and only during menstruation. Never have I gotten many pimples at once, and outside of my menstruation timeframe at that. I discontinued use and the acne went away, along with the rosy coloration. If you can use it without getting pimply - go for it! I wish that were the case for me.
on 8/24/2014 11:33:00 PM
More reviews by DisNicole
Hair: Black, Straight, Fine
Have been taking this in capsule form roughly a month for acne. I thought it was starting to help a bit, because it did give the clear parts of my skin a nice glow, usually it's pretty dull. It also seemed to fix my mild rosacea. I have been giving it time, but now I have a bunch of hyperpigmentation spots under the surface of my skin and it hasn't helped my existing acne at all, it has just given me more, in places I have never had it before. Usually it is only on the sides of my cheeks, now its in front and along the bottom of my jaw. Never in my life have I gotten that, so this isn't the "worse before it gets better" thing, or irritation from something else, it's just worse. (plus it's been over 3 weeks) I know for some people this works, and that as I said, it DID have it's benefits, so yeah, if you are not breakout prone I highly recommend it for healthy skin, but if you are breakout prone it is definitely a risk.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 5/24/2014 8:17:00 AM
More reviews by Greensleeves27
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool
Hair: Red, Straight, Fine
I have thyroid issues with PCOS and because of the PCOS NOTHING has been able to clear my skin. So, I've had bad skin for the past 10 years. 10 years ago my acne was severe, today it's moderate as I'm very healthy but the inflammation was terrible. My face is always a different color from my body.Now: Shockingly.... my skin is now mostly clear after just about a week on evening primrose oil at 3000mg.Like really clear. The skin on my face has that dewy nearly pore-less look. If I could hug a flower...side effects: Only negative side effect has been breast tenderness and seemingly bloating. It does seem to have upset my hormones a bit. However, my mood is great.Yay, little flower!OH, also... I put an inch on in hip measurement in this past week...
on 5/22/2014 9:17:00 AM
More reviews by shereenmohsen
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
I am reviewing evening primrose oil for topical use . as for one of the reviewers advice I used it as face & hair serum. for hair I did not notice a remarkable change on my hairit added a hint of moist that is it. for my face I put 3 times a week before bed it is a light oil & my skin really absorb it quickly & in the morning my skin became soft.but not as bright & hyderated as it is when I use vitamine E oilbut I like it for summer as vitamine E oil is thick for a summer use it work best forwinter
on 5/10/2014 8:57:00 AM
More reviews by cherryme
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium
No no. Gave me deep, painful cysts on my neck. It didn't help with any of the things this oil is so well known for. Not for me.
on 1/19/2014 4:16:00 PM
More reviews by MissHiss
Skin: Dry, Olive, Not Sure
I started taking this oil to see if it helps my facial eczema. I took this oil orally. One tea spoon a day for 6 weeks.The results:- skin was softer and more hydrated- no improvement on acne (though hard to judge since eczema is where the acne is used to be)- no improvement on eczema- unusual increased appetite, followed by weight gain (around 1.5 kg)** I am one of those people who NEVER gains weight. I am now nearly 40 and my weight hasn't changed since I was 16, so this weight gain was highly unusual. Since I stopped the oil 10 days ago my weight has dropped back to normal, so I am sure it was the oil.
5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
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