How to Remove Sebum From Pores

Updated April 17, 2017

No matter how clean you keep your face, oil accumulates on the skin and is an inescapable fact of life. Heredity, hormones and activity determine how hard the sebaceous glands work to produce the oils (sebum) that may or may not end up getting trapped under the skin to eventually emerge as a pimple. There are many over-the-counter treatments for acne as well as home remedies that may work for you.

Wash your face once or twice a day with a mild facial soap. Washing your face more than this will cause the body to produce more oils. Be sure to remove all makeup before going to bed.

Try a mini-facial sauna to open up pores before washing your face. In the shower, apply a very warm towel to your face to cleanse the pores.

Take a shower immediately after exercising or engaging in vigorous activity. Sebum accumulates on all parts of the body, so if you have problems with cysts or boils on your back and underarms, showering more often may resolve the issue.

Try an over-the-counter topical ointment with benzoyl peroxide. This is the strongest treatment you can use before going to a doctor for a prescription. Follow the directions and give it two months to take effect. If you still don't have a handle on the sebum, consider seeing a dermatologist.

Ask your doctor for a prescription for an antibiotic such as Tetracycline. Your doctor may prescribe birth control pills if the condition is hormone-related. In extreme cases, the doctor may prescribe Accutane.

Things You'll Need

  • Facial soap
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Educated on the East Coast (B.A., Duquesne University), Paula Whiteside has been editing for Northern California magazines for the last 20 years, including "NorthBay biz" and "Wine Business Monthly." She's been a contributing writer with Demand Studios since December 2009 and spent 10 years in health care.