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Oily Skin: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

The condition of oily skin occurs when there is an accumulation of excess oil on the skin, especially the face. This happens when the hyperactive sebaceous glands lead to an overproduction of the oil. Although a particular amount of oil is necessary to maintain skin moisture, too much of oil production could lead to a perpetual state of greasiness and lead to uneasiness and also give rise to pimples, acne and blackheads due to clogging of pores.

Sebaceous glands secrete sebum, an oily substance that does the work of lubricating the skin. This lubrication prevents chances of drying or irritation. When your body is in the process of exercise, sweat is produced and oil secretes along with it. When the oil production is running normal then it can eliminate the dirt, dead skin cells and other pollutants from the skin. However, if there is an overproduction then the excess oil stays on the skin clogging the pores and making the skin look shiny and greasy.

The main factors of oily skin are hereditary, hormone levels, unhealthy diet comprising of an excess of caffeine and fats, stress and excessive use of cosmetic products. Puberty and pregnancy also wreck havoc with your hormone levels which could give rise to oily skin. There are a few ways that you can decipher if you have oily skin; these are- presence of blackheads and breakouts, if your skin is greasy all the time and if your makeup ceases to exist for more than a few minutes.

How is the treatment done?

Oily skin can be treated at home with the help of a few remedies and skin care routines. The skin care routine will require you to regularly cleanse, tone and moisturize the skin. Wash your face at least two-three times a day with a gentle, oil-based cleanser and hot water, especially in the morning and at night before going to bed to clear out the impurities. Next, tone your skin with a gentle, alcohol free toner in order to eliminate the extra oils.

Lastly, end with a light, non-oily, water-based moisturizer that is not comedogenic in nature, meaning it won’t lead to clogging of your pores.

For people with oily skin, scrubbing is absolutely necessary to remove the excess build-up of oil, dirt, dead skin cells and bacteria. Exfoliate your skin at least two to three times a week. People with oily skin should make it a point to apply a SPF to protect the skin from the harsh rays of the sun and prevent any chances of pimple development. Keep your skin clean and free from impurities, round the clock. However, take caution not to cleanse your face more than three times a day, as over-cleansing can remove all the oil leading the skin to manufacture more oil to make up for the loss. When buying skin care products try to look for ones that contain ingredients such as salicyclic acid, beta hydroxyl acid, glycolic acid or benzyl peroxide.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Anyone suffering from oily skin problems should consider doing this skin care regime regularly to prevent breakout of pimples, acne and any other skin infection.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

People with extremely sensitive skin or those suffering from any dermatological skin conditions are not eligible. These people should consult with their dermatologist and try to use special medicated skin care products.

Are there any side effects?

Not caring for your skin in the right way or using the wrong products, products that do not compliment your skin type can lead to skin breakouts such pimples, acne and cause life-long blemishes.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Always use a sunscreen when going out. Caring for your skin not only lies at the external level but also internally. Your diet plays a huge role in your skin as well as overall health. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water and fresh fruit juice throughout the course of the day. Have foods that are high in protein but low in salt, sugar Avoid fatty items such as pork or fried, oil, greasy items. Try to incorporate a lot of green leafy veggies and food that are high in vitamins because the slightest vitamin deficiency can lead to oily skin.

How long does it take to recover?

There is no particular time frame for treatment and healing as this is a continuous process; the skin care regime needs to be carried out daily in order to keep the excess oil production in control.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The cost of face washes, scrubs and moisturizers vary from Rs. 50 to roughly about Rs. 3000 in India, depending upon the brand name.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The skin care routine for oil control needs to be carried out every day. It is not a one-time treatment session.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

If you are not in favour of using cosmetic or medicated products then you can opt for certain home remedies as well as an alternative. These are natural and are equally effective. Applying a mixture of egg whites and lemon helps to tighten up the pores. Also, lemon is antibacterial and absorbs excess oil. Aloe vera gel is used by many people with oily skin as it has soothing properties. Tomatoes naturally contain salicyclic acid therefore, absorbs additional oil. Tomatoes also aide in the process of unclogging pores.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am 18 years old and male I have oily skin and pits on my face and also small small pimple .i am suffering from this from last 2 or 3 years. I have use clindamycin gel but some it work and when I stoop use that issue is come.

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I'm 22 year old the summer I get oily t zone and rest of the face is normal. Sometimes pimple pops up here and winter there is no such problem because my skin gets dry. So should I use a salicylic acid containing face wash for summer or a gentle one? Will it dry out my skin? Or an aha 6% cream will be better exfoliator for my skin type rather than bha?

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I am 24 years old male have been suffering from the problem of pimple for 2 years specially in summers as I have an oily skin. Can I use khade products like neem tea tree face pack and face wash + aloe vera gel to cure it. I have moderate pimple.

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Hi lybrate-user, if you have oily skin, then aloe vera face wash is not appropriate for you. Washing face frequently with oil controlling face wash would help you. Drink 4 litres of water, all fruits and vegetables. And most importantly avoid junk...

Hie i'm a 38 years old mom of 4. I have an uneven skin tone, with big pores an oily skin and dark sports. I have been using biluma and retacnyl for a month now. I would like to know if its safe to undergo a vampire peel procedure or I must stop using the creams for some time before the procedure?

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Hi. For uneven skin tone, I suggest go for superficial peels first then consider carbon peel (which is actually a laser treatment) before vampire facial.

I have oily skin. I have had pimples and breakouts. But after meeting a derma, he gave me some oral med and topical meds such as clear gel cream nd cetaphil gentle cleanser. I have been using it since july. My pimples hv reduced bt my hyperpigmentation is not going. Please suggest some gel based creams as well as moisturiser for my skin.

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