Sticky skin is a condition that affects millions of Americans, causing them to feel itchy, uncomfortable and embarrassed. The skin may become dry and scaly, but the main symptom is a feeling of stickiness that can be hard to describe.
Sticky skin occurs when the body produces too much sebum — a naturally occurring oil secreted by the sebaceous glands in the skin to lubricate and protect it. Sebum keeps your skin moisturized and supple. But if you produce too much of this oily substance, it can leave your skin feeling sticky and greasy.
It’s important to determine what causes your sticky skin so you can treat your condition more effectively. Some people have sticky skin because of an underlying health condition or medication side effect, whereas others may have no underlying cause at all. Treatments for sticky skin vary depending on the cause of this condition.
Last modified: November 20, 2022