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I have sebum plugged in my pores around my t-zone. Is there any way to purge them effectively and without harming my skin?

I have sebum plugged in my pores around my t-zone. Is there any way to purge them effectively and without harming my skin?

See below: Please consult this site for home remedies. You may need to try more than one treatment to see what suits you. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-home-treatment ...Read more

Sebum (Definition)

The semifluid secretion of the sebaceous glands, consisting chiefly of fat, ...Read more


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I get very hard sebum plugs on my scalp after washing hair. Scalp also bevomes painful. There's not much flaking. Is it seb dermatitis?

I get very hard sebum plugs on my scalp after washing hair. Scalp also bevomes painful. There's not much flaking. Is it seb dermatitis?

Possibly: Try an anti-seb shampoo and if this FAILS see yoour PCP Primary Care Provider who may wish to refer you to a DERMATOLOGIST for a definitive diagnosis! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Have sebum plugs that clog pores on chin, caused by excess testosterone = excess sebum. Appears dry and dehydrated, but not. How to treat it?

Have sebum plugs that clog pores on chin, caused by excess testosterone = excess sebum. Appears dry and dehydrated, but not. How to treat it?

Excess?: You're a 22 year old male, this is likely normal. However, younger patients need to dry the skin, whereas older patients tend to need to moisturize. Proactiv is a possible treatment, but you may need to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Do carrots decrease sebum?

Myth: Since carrots contain carotene which the body has the ability to make into vitamin A, and very high doses of vitamin A or its relatives (famously isotretinoin) cause loss of the sebaceous glands, there's a "pop" idea that eating carrots suppresses sebum production. You can't make carotene into vitamin A fast enough to get toxic / high levels from doing it. ...Read more

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Is sebum contagious in anyway?

No: Sebum, the oily substance secreted by sebaceous glands, is in no way an infectious substance. We all make it. If that is truly what you are describing then i feel comfortable saying not to worry. ...Read more

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How can I reduce sebum buildup in pores?

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). ...Read more

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How to increase sebum in skin to help dry skin?

How to increase sebum in skin to help dry skin?

Won't work.: Studies have shown no correlation between sebum levels and the presence or severity of dry skin. Like any oil, sebum can mask the scaliness of dry skin without producing any actual change in the condition; but increasing sebum levels will not make dry skin go away. Use a good emollient lotion, applied right after bathing while skin is still moist. ...Read more