3-rx.comCustomer Support
HomeAbout UsFAQContactHelp
News Center
Health Centers
Medical Encyclopedia
Drugs & Medications
Diseases & Conditions
Medical Symptoms
Med. Tests & Exams
Surgery & Procedures
Injuries & Wounds
Diet & Nutrition
Special Topics

\"$alt_text\"');"); } else { echo"\"$alt_text\""; } ?>

You are here : 3-RX.com > Medical Encyclopedia > Medical Symptoms > Oily Skin and Oily Hair
      Category : Health Centers > Skin, Hair, and Nails

Oily Skin and Oily Hair

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

People with oily skin and hair have an oily sheen to their skin or hair, sometimes within minutes of washing.

What is going on in the body?

Androgens, or male hormones, control the production of oil by the sebaceous glands in the skin. Higher relative levels of androgens can make the skin more oily. For example, this can occur during puberty and when taking performance-enhancing steroids. Some people have oilier skin because they have larger numbers of oil glands that produce more oil.

What are the causes and risks of the symptom?

Oily skin and hair are caused by an excess of androgens. The amount of oil in a person's hair and skin varies, depending on:

  • time of year
  • sun and wind
  • temperature and humidity. Skin looks the oiliest in hot, humid weather.


    Next section


    Oily Skin and Oily Hair: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Lynn West, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

    \"$alt_text\"');"); } else { echo"\"$alt_text\""; } ?>

    Home | About Us | FAQ | Contact | Advertising Policy | Privacy Policy | Bookmark Site