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A 21-year-old member asked:

I have scaly, oily skin on my face. is this acne?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
May be seborrhea: Scaly, oily skin is more likely to be seborrhea than acne. Dandruff is similar to seborrhea.
Dr. James Newman
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
See a Dermatologist: That is not the typical presentation of acne, you could have a condition known as seborrhea or overactive oil production. Acne can occur as a secondary infection. You should have an exam by a dermatologist to make an accurate diagnosis.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Why does oily skin cause acne?

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Dr. Lisa Hogan
General Surgery 35 years experience
Sebum: Your skin produces sebum, which is an oily substance designed to moisturize the skin and hair, keep it waterproof & keep it acidic. Sebum also contains some more waxy & fatty type stuff that can clog the pores. Once sebum is stuck in a pore, skin bacteria can cause infection which leads to inflammation, & that results in the redness, swelling & production of pus we all know and hate as acne.

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