Strong Treatments for Oily Skin

Try one of these standout products if your face sports a constant slick.

  • Sarah Smith
  • Prescription topicals: Retinoids, such as Retin-A, unclog pores and dry up surplus oil, says Robert Brodell, a professor of dermatology at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy, in Rootstown, Ohio.
  • Light and laser therapies: Dusa Blu-U and CoolTouch treatments shrink pores and reduce oil production in three to five sessions, says Tucson dermatologist Jody Comstock. (Cost: $150 to $500 each.)
  • Birth-control pills: A low-dose pill decreases skin’s oil production.