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Suggest treatment for overactive sebaceous glands on face in a patient with Seborrheic Dermatitis

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Dr. Kakkar S.


Practicing since :2002

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Posted on Thu, 20 Sep 2018 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: Two years ago I was diagnosed with Seborrheic Dermatitis. This includes symptoms on face and scalp. I was instructed to use Vanicream Z-Bar soap and AVAR daily until symptoms are reduced. The symptoms did reduce However, my face is constantly oily. I wash it 3 times per day but the oiliness persists. Is there any treatment for this particular symptom?
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 2 hours later
Brief Answer:

Oral Isotretinoin.

Detailed Answer:


I am Dr. Kakkar (Dermatologist and Venereologist). I have noted your concern.

Oral Isotretinoin in a low dose is the drug of choice for seborrhea - overactive sebaceous glands. It acts by reducing the size and activity of sebaceous glands by 90%.

Hope I have answered your query.

Dr. Kakkar S., Dermatologist
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