The Prescription And Procedure That Put An End To Excess Oiliness

Oily skin means more than just annoying shine; it plays a part in persistent acne flare-ups, too. But your dermatologist can help you solve slick-skin woes.

Studies have shown that topical retinoids can shrink the oil glands and decrease sebum production when used daily. That's why they're often the first choice when treating oily skin, in the form of prescriptions like Retin-A, Differin or Tazorac.

For excessively oily skin coupled with acne, your dermatologist can perform in-office ALA-photodynamic treatments, which involve the application of a liquid medication called aminolevulinic acid. The ALA, which is selectively absorbed by the oil glands, remains on the skin for an hour. Then, the area is treated with one of several lasers and/or a blue or red light.

The treatment, usually done in a series, can shrink oil glands, improving acne and skin texture.