When to Expect Oily Skin and Hair

When do their oil glands begin to produce enough oil that oily skin and hair are an issue?

Dr. Greene’s Answer:

As with underarm odor and hair, oily skin and hair typically begins anytime after the 8th birthday in girls and the 9th in boys, though it is often not seen until much later. The age for this varies even more than other parts of growing up. Even though almost all teens will eventually develop at least a pimple or two, as many as 20% of kids will have dry skin and hair throughout puberty. The average age to develop acne is about 12 ½ in girls and almost 14 in boys – but this commonly varies by years in either direction.

May 13, 2008

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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