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Does having thick oily skin have any evolutionary benefits?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Oily skin: There are many benefits of having the oily skin, as it helps you in delaying aging. The age spots and wrinkles, occurs very late on the oily skin, and it helps you to look younger, than the others of your age.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
It must...: ...Or it would not have survived the evolution process. More precisely, it probably did impart an evolutionary advantage at some point in the history of homo sapiens. We may have outgrown it, or it may still be protecting us from something yet to be discovered.

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Last updated Apr 14, 2013

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