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how can i reduce sebum buildup in pores?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Topical retinoids: The topical retinoids (such as retin-a) are usually effective in reducing sebum. All require a prescription. If that doesn't work, some dermatologists will prescribe very low doses of an oral retinoid (such as accutane).
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Keep it clean: Keeping your face clean and not oily is the key. http://www.webmd.com/beauty/skin-glow-13/minimize-pores
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
With all respect, no. Washing is a short-term solution, as it says in the reference that you linked, but it is not the "key".
Sep 18, 2016

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