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What Are The Causes Of Extremely Oily Skin At Middle Age
Hi, I have got an oily skin and I can't get off the black heads from my nose. Is there anyway I can reduce the oilyness and the blackheads? Thanks
Blackheads: Don't scrub! It just injures the skin and increases the risk of infection. Your hormones are to blame for the only skin and I don't think you want to attempt changing that. A salicylic gel or base is probably the most helpful but apply sparingly at night, starting with a couple of times per week, increasing nightly. Use a very gentle cleanser specifically for the face (not for oily skin). ...Read more
Consider this: Diet can aggravate acne, but it doesn't cause oily skin [source: webmd]. Oily skin is hereditary -- you can change your diet or change your lifestyle, but if your mom or dad has oily skin, chances are you will, too. However, if your oily skin comes and goes, it may have less to do with genes and more to do with hormonal shifts in your body. ...Read more
Oily skin through last year. 28 and very suddenly dry and aging. Always looked young for my age. Something feels off about how sudden and dry this is.
I have oily skin and shower like 2 times a week and I have spots on my back is this a cause of not showering enough?
Cannot diagnose this: Identification of the spots requires an exam. Suggest you shower every day and see what happens. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Acne: Don't wash your face with body soap. Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc. ...Read more
Whether you are a male or female, acne usually begins in puberty secondary to hormonal changes in the body. (newborns can get acne from maternal hormones that pass through the placenta). The hormones cause an increase in oil production which traps bacteria and gives rise to acne.
Foods also high in glycemic content (sugar) can increase acne. Avoid such foods in your diet. ...Read more
Not the issue: The key is that you remember that acne is a non-lifestyle-related, non-hygiene-related disease, only marginally and unpredictably related to diet, and that you'll do much better staying on top of managing it than asking 'why' -- usually the latter question never gets answered. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. ...Read more
Many factors: There are several causes for acne: 1.The skin turns over slower, causing pores to plug up, 2. Increased bacteria on the skin. 3. Increased hormones 4. Heredity. I would get evaluated by a dermatologist to determine your best treatment options. It is not caused by dirt or foods in most cases. I would try an over the counter benzoyl peroxide, one I like is panoxyl 10% bar soap in the meantime. ...Read more
No easy answer: Exactly why one person gets acne and the next person doesn't is unanswerable at this time. What I do know is that washing oil off your skin won't touch your acne. It's unrelated to diet, hygiene or lifestyle. You can manage your acne; if topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add something that will work. ...Read more
Can taking a probiotic cause one to get oily skin? I think that happened after I took probiotics I'm drink and pill form.
Coincidence?: Probiotics won't do anything like this. It's probably just a coincidence. Check with your doctor if you remain concerned about it. ...Read more
How can I sooty dry skin on face? Had overactive throid and oily skin not have really dry skin and can't put makeup cause its so dry. Help!
Check with your doc: That is what a dermatologist is trained for. Get a professional. ...Read more
I did not have oily skin growing up but it started coming out in my teens around 16 does that mean is hormone related and it will go away as I age?
YES!: Yes, the products you use on your hair can cause breakout on your forehead especially if they are oily products. Discontinue using these products. ...Read more
Is it true that oil-free moisturizer causes the skin to produce more oil for someone with combination and oily skin (or anyone for that matter)?
Not likely: The moisturizer mostly stays on the skin surface and its major function is to slow down the evaporation of water from your skin. Usually the body oil serves this function but the oil is washed off by bathing. If you have an oily skin, you should avoid using oil on the skin but oil-free moisturizer would not cause you to produce more oil. ...Read more
What skincare product can I use that can treat acne, blemishes, oily skin & premature aging for someone in their early 20s?
Retinoic acid: You could probably benefit from a topical retinoic acid derivative. If this doesn't clear you, your personal physician may have a rx to add. ...Read more
How to treat acne naturally with simple easy items? I'm a teenager and have oily skin. What age will I stop having acne?
Many options: Acne during teen years is not uncommon. Usually when you reach young adult years the acne calms down. Remember washing your face daily is very important. If you can afford an over the counter acne soap that may be helpful. Also around the house items include diluted Apple Cider Vinegar as well as Egg Whites. ...Read more
Now a days whenever I get an acne it leaves a scar. I don't pop them or touch them. I have an extremely oily skin. Why this is happening? Age 24
Manage it: Touching or even popping the lesions isn't the cause of scarring, or of new lesions. You are a grown woman now and you owe it to yourself to manage your acne like an adult. It's not related to lifestyle or anything else. Start topical benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid and get with your personal physician who may add something, perhaps spironolactone. Best wishes. ...Read more
Does zyprexa (olanzapine) cause acne? I get more oily skin after taking it. Maybe from increased fat storage?
Acne possibly worse: It is my understanding that zyprexa can cause significant adverse effects on glucose metabolism. There is a significant risk for metabolic syndrome that includes significant weight gain and with that potentially a greater risk of acne. Recommend discussing the use of Abilify (aripiprazole) or another alternative with prescriber. ...Read more
Why did my burn from teatree oil on my cheek heal nicely but the one from my forehead isn't healing fast cause of my oily skin : (?
Need more time: Give it more time - months rather than weeks. The oily forehead is not a factor. Just the depth of the burn - the oil may not have been uniform in both locations ...Read more
I have oily skin type. Can I use unrefined shea butter to moisturize my skin? Does it clog my pores and cause acne?
Can I use Betnovate-N for dark spots caused by heat boils or acne or pimples and I am having a oily skin?
DARK SPOTS, ETC: WHAT, YOUNG LADY, IS THE QUESTION?Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes and yes: It will irritate your skin but will clear mild acne in about two weeks if you apply it aggressively. It's the best first choice for treatment. If you are not clear in two weeks, get with your physician. Acne is a serious, chronic non-lifestyle-related disease that is often a major personal and professional liability, and that can always be managed. Best wishes. ...Read more