HEALTH & BEAUTY


Counsultion

Oily skin, enlarged pores and acne

by Dr. Yuri Okabe & Dr. René du Cloo
Tokyo Skin Clinic

 

If you hate your shiny nose, be aware that frequent washing is no solution to the problem. Nor is using oil-absorbing sheets or "aburatorigami". Oil production is subject to homeostasis so the thinner the oil layer on the skin surface, the larger the amount of oil secreted. Your constant efforts to remove oil may irritate the skin and even make oiliness worse. Medical intervention is necessary to improve the oily skin your genetics and hormones are responsible for. You do not have to learn to live with it, but you should seek professional help rather than try to deal with it yourself. It is also good to know that oil production always decreases with age. Dry skin being a typical problem in old age, you are better off later if you have oily skin while young.

 

There are topical and oral medications which reduce oil production. They are basically treatments for acne, a skin condition largely based on oil overproduction. Well-known acne medications like benzoyl peroxide and isotretinoin are very effective in drying the skin, but their other effects and side effects make them less suitable for just treating oily skin. Topical ibuprofen and oral pregnanediol are alternatives only available in Japan. They are "milder" and worth considering. If you are a girl and need birth control, the contraceptive pill is also something to try.

An uncosmetic consequence of oily skin is enlarged pores. Pores filled with oil dilate under a constant pressure. Reducing oil production is usually insufficient to minimize pores. Glycolic acid can serve this purpose by penetrating deep into pores and emptying them efficiently. Its pore-tightening effect is further enhanced by increased collagen production around the pores. It is used as a topical medication or as a peeling agent for a chemical peel, an in-office procedure.

Acne is a common complication of the oily skin problem. Chronic acne is a full-fledged skin disorder and requires a systematic medical approach. It is a frequently encountered misconeption that lifestyle changes including diet can cure acne. Acne is largely sustained by inappropriate skin care and self remedies, so the best you can do is to leave your skin alone. The mainstay of treatment has been and will always be medication.

Before starting acne treatment  
After three months  
 After six months
at the end of treatment
 

From the authors' book "Skin Trouble"


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"Skin Trouble”
  Written by Dr. Yuri Okabe and Dr. René du Cloo
『Skin Trouble  ス・キ・ン・ト・ラ・ブ・ル』
  著者 岡部夕里 ルネ・デュ・クロー (東京スキンクリニック)

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All dermatological problems and cosmetic skin surgery. Acne experts. Outpatient procedures offered: laser treatment, chemical peels, Botox/hyaluronic acid injection, liposuction/-recycle, sclerotherapy, eyelid surgery, etc. STD checks & gynecological exams available. EU-licenced multi-lingual doctors, also qualified to provide occupational medicine and health checkup services. Consultation by appointment.

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Mon*, Wed & Fri: 2:00pm~7:00pm (open irregularly)
Tue, Thu and Sat: 9:00~2:00pm
Please check our web calendar for closed days.

telephone :
03-3585-0282 (English line) or 3585-0272
http://www.tokyo-skin-clinic.com/


Dr Okabe

Before becoming an M.D., she graduated from the French department of Tokyo University for Foreign studies, obtained her master's degree in general linguistics at the University of Amsterdam and worked as a researcher for the Dutch government. Ex-president of the Japanese Association for Cosmetic Surgeons. Honorary member of the Korean Society of Aesthetic Surgery, honorary member of the World Society for Anti-Aging Medicine, member of the Japanese and Royal Dutch Medical Associations, the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, etc.

Dr.rena

Besides being a cosmetic surgeon/dermatologist, he is also a specialist in sports medicine approved by the Japanese Medical Association. Editor of the Journal of the Japanese Society for Aesthetico-Medical Technology. Honorary member of the World Society for Anti-Aging medicine, member of the Japanese Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, member of the Japanese society of Ningen Dock, member of the Japanese and Royal Dutch Medical Associations, etc.

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2 - 4 - 9 2F, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
The clinic is on the second floor of a building, facing Roppongi Dori Avenue.

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4-min. walk from Roppongi Station
(Hibiya Line / Oedo Line) Exit 6

4-min. walk from Roppongi 1-chome Station (Nanboku Line) Exit 1

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