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How Do I Get Oily Skin?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 06, 2013 at 9:35 PM

My skin's been especially dry this year and I thought I wasn't getting enough fat in my diet, so for the past week I've been eating a lot of salmon, avocados, nuts, egg yolks etc. with only partial results. Last night I ate a half pound of bacon right before bed and still woke up with dry skin. It's been a bit better since I added this stuff but not where I want it to be. I'd like my face to be a fire hazard.

I stopped putting soap on my face a while back but I'm to the point where I'm just not going to get it wet in the shower at all for a few days and see what happens.

I've gone through all the possible vitamin/mineral insufficiencies and my body temp is in the 98s with no signs of fatigue etc. so I don't think it's thyroid related.

So...any suggestions? I'm going to keep these things in high amounts in my diet for now...will that just do it over time?

Thanks.

Edit: BTW, I've been wetting and then lightly drying any dry areas and applying olive oil to them just to keep the skin from getting damaged but it's not actually improving it. Seems like sebum production is just lacking.

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on March 08, 2013
at 10:31 PM

I should have the omega 3s covered with egg yolks and fish and the E covered with nuts, eggs yolks and avocados.

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on March 08, 2013
at 10:23 PM

You may need Omega 3's with vitamin E. In order for the skin and body to utilize the oil efficiently, it must have a good amount of vitamin E. I use Camelina oil that i buy from Seed oil company. They make a sunkissed body oil from the Camelina that is awesome. Google it!

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on March 08, 2013
at 09:41 PM

At this point, though, I'm almost certain the whole thing is an imbalance of A:D. Will update thread as soon as I resolve it.

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on March 08, 2013
at 09:40 PM

My fat intake when this started to occur was quite low - 20% or so. If I just eat by my default tastes, I end up around that amount. I really have to fatten up my meals consciously if I want it to be higher and I find it to be less palatable as a result. I was gonna eat bacon every day to address this and after the first pound over a couple days, I just couldn't take any more. I do agree now about the olive oil, actually. I didn't put it on yesterday and even though it's more dry, it's less irritated.

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on March 08, 2013
at 02:31 AM

Wanted to add that I also initially avoided all sources of O6, and I think that is hard on skin too. It's obviously worth avoiding industrial seed oils, but I think getting some O6 from more natural sources is important.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on March 08, 2013
at 02:29 AM

When I first went paleo, I cut out most dairy and ate VLC. Had a number of problems. After 6 months, added back in aged cheeses, yogurt, cream. I now eat a paleo/primal diet, 95% home cooked foods (eggs, pastured meats, veggies, cheeses, bone broth, potato & rice, lots of fruit, about 30% carb & 18-20% protein). I take 3 of the CLO+ butter caps in winter & I've stopped taking other Vit D. In the summer, I take the butter caps & up my liver consumption a bit for the Vit A. I do eat liver pate even in the winter, so we're opposites -- I worry sometimes that I get too much Vit A.

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on March 07, 2013
at 08:21 PM

You know, I wonder if I might have a vitamin D induced vitamin A insufficiency. I never had KP before I started taking it. Looks like it's time to load up on it and see what happens.

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on March 07, 2013
at 08:01 PM

What kinds of foods were/are you eating?

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(39821)

on March 07, 2013
at 05:06 PM

Not really this time of year, no.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 07, 2013
at 01:32 PM

You may want to check your D3 blood level, too, since it is a hormone precursor.

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on March 07, 2013
at 07:18 AM

I think olive oil might be better since it contains a lot of squalene like sebum itself.

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on March 07, 2013
at 06:42 AM

Pecan, I use CO on my face and my skin is still dry. I also know people who have used CO and the CO actually dried their skin out. CO sucks as a moisturizer.

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on March 07, 2013
at 04:37 AM

I don't use soap on my face, ever. I rinse it with water and then use oil once or twice a week. Try rubbing some oil in, then covering it with plastic. Yes, that sounds weird, but I get very dry between my eyes, and it helps. Poke holes in the plastic to breath (I probably don't have to clarify that). :/ And be careful, it can be surprising to see you like that for others. Try about 20 minutes once or twice a week.

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on March 07, 2013
at 04:16 AM

Oh ok. Well if your avator pic is any indication of what the weather is like where you are, that is probably the issue. I have keratosis pilaris (KP) too, but during the winter even the areas that aren't afflicted with it get dry and rough. Once spring comes around it improves and by summer it's nice and smooth (except the KP areas).

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on March 07, 2013
at 03:59 AM

I don't use soap on my face, ever. I rinse it with water and then use oil once or twice a week. Try rubbing some oil in, then covering it wiplastic. Yes, that sounds weird, but I get very dry between my eyes, and it helps. Poke holes in the plastic to breath (I probably don't have to clarify that). :/ And be careful, it can be surprising to see you like that for others. Try about 20 minutes once or twice a week.

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on March 07, 2013
at 03:07 AM

You all may be right about the hormones. I wasn't aware until today that testosterone and DHT heavily influence sebum output. The high fat diets are probably acting largely indirectly. I'll turn some dials to increase my testosterone and see what happens.

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on March 07, 2013
at 02:58 AM

It's mostly my face that is troubling. My hands aren't currently dry but they would be if I didn't coat them in oil after I wash them.

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on March 07, 2013
at 02:08 AM

Is that your main problem area or are your hands, face, etc. dry too?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 07, 2013
at 01:48 AM

Could be. Since some aspects of oils skin are hormonal & fats are constituents of the steroid hormones, it makes sense that it could take a few months.

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on March 07, 2013
at 01:34 AM

Yeah a bit on my upper arms.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on March 07, 2013
at 01:33 AM

Do you have keratosis pilaris?

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on March 07, 2013
at 01:30 AM

Hmm, maybe I've been expecting an unrealistic time frame.

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on March 07, 2013
at 12:20 AM

Lol, i was gonna comment on no need to wash your hair but thought I'd refrain :)

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on March 06, 2013
at 11:07 PM

I drink plenty of water, so I don't think that's gonna help.

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on March 06, 2013
at 11:07 PM

Whoa whoa, what are you implying?!? The rest of my skin stays fine even if I use soap on it, but my face is really dry. I think I'll just shower from the neck down. Not like my hair is gonna look bad as a result.

6864d23c49952605b2a97d6256af804d

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on March 06, 2013
at 10:59 PM

So I guess drinking lots of water might help? If lack of hydration is the problem, then does it mean that oil works because water can't escape the skin as readily? If that's the case, does it matter what kind of oil is used?

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on March 06, 2013
at 10:41 PM

I leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Comes off easily with warm water.

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(39821)

on March 06, 2013
at 10:35 PM

Never considered putting honey on my face. How long do you keep it on?

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(39821)

on March 06, 2013
at 10:34 PM

Just rough and flaky. It could be some kind of fungus or something. It's pretty dank here(literally, not colloquially) .

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on March 06, 2013
at 10:32 PM

I'm mildly allergic to coconut; I'm pretty sure it would get worse. I do blast the heat, Jan, so that could be part of it.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on March 06, 2013
at 10:24 PM

Decrease indoor temperature, to something like 13-15c. It made a huge difference to my skin. i noticed this when i had to move to a place where i cant get it cooler than 23c. The air is seriously too dry, it even bothers my nose.

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on March 06, 2013
at 10:11 PM

Use coconut oil on your face overnight. You will wake up with your skin feeling soft and supple.

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1963db946ae415764d9044222fbf4c5b

on March 08, 2013
at 09:23 PM

Some interesting comments on this thread http://paleohacks.com/questions/151568/is-there-a-minimum-requirement-of-omega-6-fatty-acids including "in those who have gone grain-free and are also avoiding other seeds and nuts I commonly see digestive and skin disorders consistent with omega-6 fatty acid deficiency." and "Both omega-3 and 6 fatty acids are essential to health. Omega-6 gets demonized because most people eat way too much of them. Deficiency in some omega-6 fatty acids can lead to skin problems, such as dry skin."

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7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

on March 08, 2013
at 09:31 PM

Maybe you're eating too much fat? Too much pufas? Not enough carbs?

I know a lot of people here think fats are the greatest thing in the world, but I am firmly back in the carb camp, despite still eating a fair amount of fat

My skin was driest when very stressed and messing around with it too much; I even stopped using olive oil and just left it alone, now it seems better

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(39821)

on March 08, 2013
at 10:31 PM

I should have the omega 3s covered with egg yolks and fish and the E covered with nuts, eggs yolks and avocados.

C0ddf5f88d3d0cfab0c5d875b0eae9ec

(91)

on March 08, 2013
at 10:23 PM

You may need Omega 3's with vitamin E. In order for the skin and body to utilize the oil efficiently, it must have a good amount of vitamin E. I use Camelina oil that i buy from Seed oil company. They make a sunkissed body oil from the Camelina that is awesome. Google it!

Medium avatar

(39821)

on March 08, 2013
at 09:41 PM

At this point, though, I'm almost certain the whole thing is an imbalance of A:D. Will update thread as soon as I resolve it.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on March 08, 2013
at 09:40 PM

My fat intake when this started to occur was quite low - 20% or so. If I just eat by my default tastes, I end up around that amount. I really have to fatten up my meals consciously if I want it to be higher and I find it to be less palatable as a result. I was gonna eat bacon every day to address this and after the first pound over a couple days, I just couldn't take any more. I do agree now about the olive oil, actually. I didn't put it on yesterday and even though it's more dry, it's less irritated.

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2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

on March 07, 2013
at 08:15 PM

caratenoids (they are the fat in your skin that keep it from absorbing a shit ton of moisture and drying out) dry brushing instead of showering, water water water with proper electrolytes, so more like fatty broth fatty chicken foot grass fed marrow broth=seaweed! lay off the carbs, yes even carrots and sweet potatoes, lay off the nuts! eat raw dairy, dairy will make you greasy as all get. load up on mackerel or omega 3 supplements. dont use any soaps, shower twice a week, dont use hot water. get out and get sweaty in the sun, dont wash this off! let you skin balance its own ph and start healing.

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on March 07, 2013
at 08:05 PM

It is winter related- I know because I get pretty dry during the winter, and my hands have recently been horrible enough for me to put almond oil on them regularly. It is also water related. I can't drink enough of the stuff, and I can't get the water to stay in my body long enough.
Nothing gets my face all oily like taking MCT oil. It must take a short cut and go straight for the pores.

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on March 07, 2013
at 07:52 PM

Really surprised nobody else has mentioned carbs or calcium, which I find the two biggest predictors, for me, of dry skin -- in other words, VLC and/or calcium deficiency really dries out my skin.

Avocado is a big help though, and so are the fermented cod liver oil + butter caps from Green Pastures.

My keratosis pilaris and mild eczema went away after about a year of paleo.

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(39821)

on March 07, 2013
at 08:21 PM

You know, I wonder if I might have a vitamin D induced vitamin A insufficiency. I never had KP before I started taking it. Looks like it's time to load up on it and see what happens.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on March 08, 2013
at 02:29 AM

When I first went paleo, I cut out most dairy and ate VLC. Had a number of problems. After 6 months, added back in aged cheeses, yogurt, cream. I now eat a paleo/primal diet, 95% home cooked foods (eggs, pastured meats, veggies, cheeses, bone broth, potato & rice, lots of fruit, about 30% carb & 18-20% protein). I take 3 of the CLO+ butter caps in winter & I've stopped taking other Vit D. In the summer, I take the butter caps & up my liver consumption a bit for the Vit A. I do eat liver pate even in the winter, so we're opposites -- I worry sometimes that I get too much Vit A.

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(39821)

on March 07, 2013
at 08:01 PM

What kinds of foods were/are you eating?

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on March 08, 2013
at 02:31 AM

Wanted to add that I also initially avoided all sources of O6, and I think that is hard on skin too. It's obviously worth avoiding industrial seed oils, but I think getting some O6 from more natural sources is important.

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936235d66c729f133b855d7ff8996a90

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on March 07, 2013
at 06:47 AM

You could try liver or cod liver oil or bone broth. I noticed an improvement in my dry legs and upper arm kp. I added them in at the same time. They have like megadoses of random nutrients.

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7d7b74d8f3f3f2c8ad3799103feed4ca

on March 07, 2013
at 06:23 AM

Lavender balances oils in skin. If someone is dry it will increase the oiliness, if they are oily it will lower it.

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47f122f79d7c90df40b26a8e4480fb8a

on March 07, 2013
at 03:15 AM

Avoid hot showers and all commercial cosmetics, I only ever put pure coconut, lavender or jojoba oil on my skin. This goes for shaving as well, use cold water and jojoba oil (rub it in for 30 seconds to soften your beard first).

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on March 07, 2013
at 01:16 AM

whats the climate like where you sleep? adding fats will only help to a certain extent because its up to your hormones after that.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 07, 2013
at 12:42 AM

Took me about 6 months after starting Primal until I could stop using moisturizer. (and I don't use soap on my face anymore, either.) Worked even in the high desert of Santa Fe.

I eat a lot of cheese and butter (and cook in lard)--don't know if that makes any difference.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 07, 2013
at 01:48 AM

Could be. Since some aspects of oils skin are hormonal & fats are constituents of the steroid hormones, it makes sense that it could take a few months.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on March 07, 2013
at 01:32 PM

You may want to check your D3 blood level, too, since it is a hormone precursor.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on March 07, 2013
at 03:07 AM

You all may be right about the hormones. I wasn't aware until today that testosterone and DHT heavily influence sebum output. The high fat diets are probably acting largely indirectly. I'll turn some dials to increase my testosterone and see what happens.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on March 07, 2013
at 01:30 AM

Hmm, maybe I've been expecting an unrealistic time frame.

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on March 07, 2013
at 12:16 AM

i would try something topical like this ..and maybe do the opposite rather than increase your fat intake try to decrease it ..just to see what happens.

http://www.badgerbalm.com/p-459-nutmeg-shea-every-day-moisturizer.aspx

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on March 06, 2013
at 10:49 PM

Use a humidifier. Or if you live in a small space, keep your bathtub full all the time. Also try to limit your frequency of showers. Might be hard if you're the fragrant type, though :)

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on March 07, 2013
at 12:20 AM

Lol, i was gonna comment on no need to wash your hair but thought I'd refrain :)

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(39821)

on March 06, 2013
at 11:07 PM

Whoa whoa, what are you implying?!? The rest of my skin stays fine even if I use soap on it, but my face is really dry. I think I'll just shower from the neck down. Not like my hair is gonna look bad as a result.

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on March 06, 2013
at 10:17 PM

I don't think oil in your diet with mean your skin will get oily. Hydration and hormones are more responsible for skin type. Also, other things, like fungus, can affect your skin. The fats are good for you, though.

Is your skin cracking and bleeding? Or is it just flaky and rough? I think applying oil to your skin is a good idea, and you might want to experiment around with different oils and combinations. I use a mix of castor oil and oilive oil to clean my face.

Can you go see a dermatologist? They might be able to diagnose your skin problem. If it's hormonal, they might be able to help.

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on March 07, 2013
at 04:37 AM

I don't use soap on my face, ever. I rinse it with water and then use oil once or twice a week. Try rubbing some oil in, then covering it with plastic. Yes, that sounds weird, but I get very dry between my eyes, and it helps. Poke holes in the plastic to breath (I probably don't have to clarify that). :/ And be careful, it can be surprising to see you like that for others. Try about 20 minutes once or twice a week.

6864d23c49952605b2a97d6256af804d

(726)

on March 06, 2013
at 10:59 PM

So I guess drinking lots of water might help? If lack of hydration is the problem, then does it mean that oil works because water can't escape the skin as readily? If that's the case, does it matter what kind of oil is used?

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(39821)

on March 06, 2013
at 11:07 PM

I drink plenty of water, so I don't think that's gonna help.

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

(7370)

on March 07, 2013
at 03:59 AM

I don't use soap on my face, ever. I rinse it with water and then use oil once or twice a week. Try rubbing some oil in, then covering it wiplastic. Yes, that sounds weird, but I get very dry between my eyes, and it helps. Poke holes in the plastic to breath (I probably don't have to clarify that). :/ And be careful, it can be surprising to see you like that for others. Try about 20 minutes once or twice a week.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on March 06, 2013
at 10:34 PM

Just rough and flaky. It could be some kind of fungus or something. It's pretty dank here(literally, not colloquially) .

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on March 06, 2013
at 10:15 PM

I'm just gonna ramble some things off the top of my head: Coconut or avocado oil; yogurt mask; don't use hot water; get a humidifier?

What I personally do is put a raw honey mask once or twice a week (OMG SO AMAZING) and almost every night I put a little bit of moisturizer on my face (OMG NOT PALEO but most of their products are 95% natural and don't use mineral oil, silicones, parabens, synthetic dyes, phthalates, alcohol, wheat, fragrance, etc.) from Korres.

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(39821)

on March 06, 2013
at 10:35 PM

Never considered putting honey on my face. How long do you keep it on?

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(10663)

on March 06, 2013
at 10:41 PM

I leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Comes off easily with warm water.

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C0ddf5f88d3d0cfab0c5d875b0eae9ec

on March 08, 2013
at 10:24 PM

Sunkissed Camelina Body oil. Silky smooth skin, not greasy. Natural Vitamin E.

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on March 07, 2013
at 10:20 AM

Do you ever sweat?

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on March 07, 2013
at 05:06 PM

Not really this time of year, no.

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on March 07, 2013
at 08:34 AM

I guess you should try omega 3 oil with pounds dry skin cream..

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