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Excess Sebum, Oily Skin

Excessively oily skin is an extremely common issue affecting around 85% of women and all men in the UK.

What is Sebum For?

skin anatomy

Dr John Tanqueray explains that sebum in itself has no beneficial function within the skin. Its purpose for animals is to condition the fur/hair. However, for humans, this is not a necessary function.

“It has now been shown fairly conclusively that sebum has no function in our skin now that we’re no longer hairy, furry apes; and in fact contributes to a range of skin problems.”

Over-oily skin can look and feel unpleasant. The shiny skin appearance can be difficult to manage and makeup tends not to last well, becoming patchy or streaky. What’s more, sebum acts as an inflammatory component both on and in the skin, creating a host of potential issues, which can include:

  1. Acne
  2. Acne Scarring
  3. Rosacea
  4. Pigmentation
  5. Ageing

Oily Skin Treatments

There are effective treatments available which can manage and control the over-production of sebum in order to keep the skin healthier, avoiding the potential for inflammation and risk of associated conditions.

Mulberry House Clinic in Northamptonshire offer a range of treatments that address the underlying problems of blocked pores, excessive oiliness, and inflammation / infection, whilst at the same time improving the overall texture and resilience of your skin.

Acne Treatments to Consider:


Sebum, Oil and Sebaceous Glands – Skin Treatment Doctor Explains