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Oily Skin and Oily Hair

Oily Skin and Oily Hair | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the symptom?

Many times, oily skin and hair cannot be prevented. The condition is often part of puberty and goes away when the person becomes an adult and hormone levels change. Recommended ways to reduce the amount of oil on the skin and hair include the following:

  • shampoo hair daily
  • avoid vigorous or overly frequent hairbrushing
  • wash the face several times a day with a mild soap and water, then pat dry with a towel
  • use premoistened disposable cleansing pads to wipe excess oil from the face when away from home
  • consider using absorbent disposable paper that soaks up excess oil
  • avoid makeup whenever possible
  • wear only water-based, noncomedogenic makeup which doesn't block pores
  • avoid oil-based makeup such as creams
  • remove all makeup before going to bed
  • What are the long-term effects of the symptom?

    There are no serious long-term effects, although oily skin may be associated with acne.

    What are the risks to others?

    Oily skin and hair are not contagious and pose no risk to others.

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    Oily Skin and Oily Hair: Treatment & Monitoring

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

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