Treatments that can make your skin less oily

Topically, there are two types of creams that can help. The first type aims to absorb oil as it is produced; so that, it doesn’t remain shiny and slick on the skin’s surface. These creams are referred to as mattifying creams, and there are many different companies that make them.

The other type of topical cream that can help is prescription tretinoin. Tretinoin is typically prescribed to treat acne and/or wrinkles; however, it has many positive effects on the skin including helping to reduce excess oiliness.

Moving beyond creams, lasers can reduce excess oil production. One of the most effective laser treatments for this purpose is called photodynamic therapy (PDT). This treatment works by applying a solution to the skin that gets absorbed by the oil glands. Once absorbed, we activate this solution using a laser. The activation process partially cripples the oil glands so they produce less sebum.

Lastly, there are two internal medications that reduce oil production. The first is spironolactone. This medicine blocks circulating hormones in the bloodstream from activating the oil glands. Because of it’s anti-testosterone activity, it can only be used in females.

The other pill that reduces sebum is isotretinoin (Accutane). In low doses, this medicine is very effective at controlling excess oil. However, isotretinoin is a complex medication with a host of potentially serious side effects. The choice to take it must be considered thoroughly, and patients need to be monitored while on it.

These treatments outline the basic ways to control excess oiliness. If you suffer from oily skin, one or a combination of these treatments can help you get the improvement you are looking for.

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Lawrence Osman, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and liposuction surgeon in Los Angeles specializing in minimally invasive techniques such as liposuction using local anesthesia.He has offices in the Los Angeles area in both Northridge and Calabasas.Visit www.drosman.com to learn more.

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