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Effective Ways To Control Sebum

Oily skin is the result of excessive production of sebum from sebaceous glands on face, neck, chest and back; and this is mainly because of hormones and genetic factors. The excessive production, commonly,persists beyond adolescent and people at all ages can find themselves with oily, clogged-pore skin that may cause acne. Fortunately, nowadays, there’re plenty of ways to solve this problem, control sebum and clear oily skin, no matter what the results are.

Things you will need

  • Mild cleanser
  • Moisturizer
  • Facial mask
  • Topical treatment
  • Primer


  1. To clear excess oil as well as dirt and bacteria on your skin, wash your face and other oily areas twice a day with mild cleanser that contains salicylic or glycolic acid. Apply cleanser or mild acne cream formulated for the body on other oily areas like back or chest in the shower. Then, after toweling off, apply a mild moisturizer (with SPF for daytime) on your skin, which can help control sebum and reduce oil production. For best results, look for moisturizers that are formulated only for oily or combination skin.

Wash your face and other oily areas twice a day with mild cleanser that contains salicylic or glycolic acid.

  1. Apply facial mask (which made from clay or mud) twice a week. Remember to follow the instructions and rinse your face with a towel gently. These masks are very effective in temporarily by absorbing sebum from pores and leave you a clean and healthy face in hours.
  2. If these above treatments don’t work, then try an over-the-counter treatment. For example, using topical acne treatment containing alcohol like astringent or toner to dry the skin surface and temporarily absorb oil on skin. Apply to your skin twice after cleansing in the morning and before bed. You should also try a shine-control primer before applying makeup to create an oil-absorbent layer between skin and makeup. This will help bring you a smooth-looking face.

If these above methods don’t work, then try an over-the-counter treatment

  1. If these over-the-counter treatments still not work, you should see a dermatologist. Based on your detail situation, he can prescribe a facial cleanser, topical treatment or long-term oral medications like Differin, Retin A or Accutane. For best results, follow these treatments daily or weekly and don’t forget to see the dermatologist if there’re problems during medical treatment.

Tips and Warnings

Nowadays, there’re plenty of ways to control sebum and clear oily skin.

  • You may need two separate cleansers to control sebum, depending on the season. It’s better to use extra-gentle cleanser in autumn and winter, during which time skin tends to be drier; deep-cleaning cleanser in hot condition to be against the combination between sweat and oil.
  • Do not wash your face too many times, no matter how mild your cleansers are, as this may cause skin irritations, essential oil stripping and drying. Stick to the routine to clean your face twice a day unless instructed by dermatologist