How can a dermatologist help treat oily skin?
Dermatologists at the Acne Specialist Clinics will find an effective solution to both oily skin and blackheads. Our success rate is over 99%!
Depending on the severity of oil production, different treatments are available.
Creams for oily skin
A tailored programme using prescription creams and washes may improve excessive oil production. Specialists use a cream containing Vitamin A. Vitamin A or retinoids target the oil glands, reducing the size and oil production over time. Creams are best used in mild cases of oily skin. We endorse the use of Cetaphil cleanser for oily skin as a daily cleanser and moisturiser.
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Hormonal treatments for oily skin
As oil production is related to hormones, in particular male hormones called androgens, the use of anti-hormonal medications can be successful in women who suffer for excessively oily skin. Specialists recommend the use of the pill such as Yaz, Yasmin, Estelle, Diane 35, or Juliette. We occasionally prescribe other medications such as Spironolactone or Cyperterone Acetate in higher concentrations to treat both oily skin as well as female hormonal acne.
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Vitamin A tablets for oil production
Vitamin A (Roaccutane or Oratane) can provide an excellent method of treating oily skin and blackheads. This tablet markedly decreases oil production within days. Unlike Roaccutane treatment for acne, patients with excessive oil production only need to take an ultra low dosing- in many cases one or two capsules per week! This tablet is a Dermatologist only regulated prescription drug.
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Chemical Peels for oily skin
Glycolic acid peels using gentle fruit acids or AHAs may reduce the look of oily skin and remove blackheads. AHAs refresh the skin’s surface, and evens outs texture. Specialsits often combine chemical peels with other treatments for optimal results.
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Omnilux - Red and Blue light treatment for oily skin
Omnilux treatment using either red or blue light can be used to treat acne or oily skin. We do not recommend this as sole therapy as the effects are temporary. Specialists always combine OMNILUX with other treatments such as photodynamic therapy or creams. This gives a better cure rate than acne light phototherapy alone.
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