Excess Sebum Production

Sebum is the oily or waxy substance that moisturizes and protects the skin and is produced by the oil-secreting or sebaceous glands. Sebum contains fatty acids, waxes, sugar, and other natural chemicals. Hormonal imbalance or medications, Parkinson's disease, and various other endocrinal conditions can lead to excess sebum production and oily looking skin.

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My back is filled with textured and small bumps. Can you please help?

Query: Hi doctor, My back is filled with small bumps, and it is so concerning. They are very textured, but they are not red. Can you please help?  Read Full »


Dr. Sandhya Narayankutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. The small bumps on your back are due to the clogging of the pores of your skin with excess sebum. This is quite common and is mostly associated with hormonal fluctuations, genetic susceptibility, and external factors like climate and li...  Read Full »

Is there any vitamin supplement that can be used as an alternative to Accutane for treating acne?

Query: Hi doctor, I am on Isotretinoin for around 50 days. My face is now clear and it really improved my skin as I have oily skin. But, I have noticed clay colored stools. I am also having high fever and facing weakness. Now, my veins on hand started to swell. I am also having difficulty in breathing. But...  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should visit your physician as soon as possible. All these can be symptoms of obstructive jaundice. To confirm get your blood tested for complete blood count and liver function test. Also, get a urine routine microscopic test and ultrasound abdomen. Stop oral Isotreti...  Read Full »

Please suggest the best treatment for clogged pores.

Query: Hi doctor, Can dead skin and excessive sebum buildup cause itchy skin? If so then what is the most effective treatment for clogged pores?  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you have excess sebum then you can develop acne or seborrheic dermatitis,which can cause itching.The best way to remove excess of sebum is steaming your face which not only open your closed pores but also reduce the chance of acne and other skin disease.You should do f...  Read Full »

My buttock stinks badly. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32 year old male. My buttock always stinks badly. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com.  Read Full »

Being obese, how to keep my body clean?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 28 years old. I have an issue with keeping my body clean. My body is constantly dirty, in the sense that if I use my fingernails to scrub any part of my body after soaking in water for some time, I always get light or dark greyish gunge under them (more so if I soak in a moisturi...  Read Full »


Dr. Rabia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, overweight and obesity can lead to such problem because our sebaceous glands get bigger and too making more sebum and you feel like being dirty all the time. I will suggest you to first try to decrease your weight within limits. It will be very helpful not only...  Read Full »

Why do I have waxy buildup on the roots of hair?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old female. For the past two years, I have had this waxy buildup only on the roots of my hair. It feels sticky, oily and stiff. None of the shampoo I have tried has fixed it. The problem goes away a couple of days after I dye my roots. I am wondering if there may be a p...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your query and concern. It seems you are having seborrheic capitis. Seborrheic capitis is a papulosquamous disorder involves sebum-rich areas of the body, which is scalp. Intermittent active phases manifesting with burning, scaling and itching and alternating ...  Read Full »

What is the white stuff that is covering the pubic hair?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been getting pubic hair with a white coating under the testicle area. It almost looks like the hair is coated with white conditioner. I have also noticed that the area seems to be sticky when I sweat. I shave the pubic hair off, but it comes right back. I have been checked for STDs...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your query and concern. Please get reviewed with picture for better evaluation and the best possible treatment of your concern. It seems you have excessive sebum secretion from your body. For this you have to clean the area regularly with Syndet soap (Cetaphil...  Read Full »

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