Oily Skin or Greasy Skin

Oily skin is a common concern. All skin types produce sebum or oil, which is controlled by the sebaceous glands in the dermis.

When the sebaceous glands are over-active, the high production of sebum causes it to rise through the follicular pores and onto the surface of the skin.

The Problem with Oily Skin

The over production of sebum or oil often leaves the skin looking shiny and greasy rather than healthy and vibrant.

Sebum is a light yellow, oily substance is secreted by sebaceous glands which cover most of our body. It is great for retaining moisture in the skin, however, if this becomes excessive the skin can become ‘oily’ and more prone to skin problems such as acne.

Over production of sebum can be provoked by a number of factors  including:

  • Physical and emotional stress
  • Over washing and scrubbing of the skin
  • Using overly harsh soaps and face washes


Related Treatments

Many over the counter products formulated to help with oily skin don’t contain the right ingredients to penetrate deep enough to help address the problem. Obagi Medical Products have both a Nu- Derm and Obagi C System specifically formulated for normal to oily skin, helping to transform the appearance of the skin and oil production

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