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Oily Skin: An Overview

Sakuma T.H. · Maibach H.I.

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University of California, San Francisco, Calif., USA

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Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2012;25:227–235

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Review

Received: July 18, 2011
Accepted: April 20, 2012
Published online: June 20, 2012
Issue release date: August 2012

Number of Print Pages: 9
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 1660-5527 (Print)
eISSN: 1660-5535 (Online)

For additional information: https://www.karger.com/SPP

Abstract

Oily skin (seborrhea) is a common cosmetic problem that occurs when oversized sebaceous glands produce excessive amounts of sebum giving the appearance of shiny and greasy skin. This paper overviews the main concepts of sebaceous gland anatomy and physiology, including the biosynthesis, storage and release of sebum, as well as its relationship to skin hydration and water barrier function. We also address how skin oiliness may vary according to diet, age, gender, ethnicity and hot humid climates. The deeper understanding of this skin type provides the opportunity to better guide patients regarding skin care and also assist in the development of sebosuppressive agents.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Review

Received: July 18, 2011
Accepted: April 20, 2012
Published online: June 20, 2012
Issue release date: August 2012

Number of Print Pages: 9
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 1660-5527 (Print)
eISSN: 1660-5535 (Online)

For additional information: https://www.karger.com/SPP


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