Although sebaceous hyperplasia doesn’t require treatment, many people request it when the skin condition becomes physically or aesthetically bothersome. Characterized by yellowish, shiny bumps on the face, sebaceous hyperplasia forms when the sebaceous glands (which secrete sebum, an oily substance that moisturizes and protects your skin) become enlarged. Newborns, middle-aged adults, and seniors are most likely to suffer from the condition, and though it is benign, you may wish to explore sebaceous hyperplasia treatment options to improve your appearance, comfort, and self-confidence.
Sebaceous Hyperplasia Treatment
What Is Sebaceous Hyperplasia?
Sebaceous hyperplasia is a common but often frustrating skin condition. Typically painless, rarely bothersome, and most often found on fair-skinned people, it is thought to be a hereditary affliction. If your parents, siblings, or other family members have sebaceous hyperplasia, understand that you may have inherited it as well.
The condition occurs on the face, often emerging on the forehead, temples, and cheeks (areas that tend to get oily). The enlarged oil glands are white, yellow, or skin-colored and contain one dot in the center (a follicular opening). The lesions tend to become more prominent as a person ages, with many people noticing them around ages 40-60. Sometimes the bumps are mistaken for another skin condition, such as basal cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer), so it is best to have them evaluated by a dermatologist before moving forward with any treatments. This is especially important if the lesion has changed, itched, bled, or grown.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Every case is different, so you need to consult with a trained skin care professional to learn about the specific options available to you. However, these are two common possibilities:
Sebaceous hyperplasia can be treated using non-invasive methods. For example, facial peels that contain salicylic acid and topical skin care products can reduce the size and prominence of the lesions. In addition, you may wish to begin using a retinol product. These topical creams and gels help promote healthy skin by controlling the growth of cells, preventing clogged pores, and reducing inflammation. After your treatment, a retinol product can help you maintain your skin’s health and reduce the appearance of sebaceous hyperplasia.
Radio-frequency treatments often prove successful in the removal of sebaceous hyperplasia lesions. For example, at DermaHealth we use an Ellman RF machine to break down and quickly remove the skin abnormalities. Radio waves penetrate the skin to remove or reshape the lesions. The procedure is quick and virtually painless, and scarring and discoloration are unlikely. Although your skin may feel tender or bruised following the treatment, these side effects will fade away.
Please keep in mind that the lesions may recur over time, especially if they are not properly removed. Additionally, we urge you to carefully consider your options before selecting cryotherapy or excision, as these treatments can result in scarring.
Ready to Get Started?
If you would like to reduce the appearance of your sebaceous hyperplasia and you live in or near Springfield, Missouri, contact DermaHealth Laser & Skin Care Clinic. We would be happy to further explain your sebaceous hyperplasia treatment options, including topical products and the Ellman RF device. To learn more, please give us a call at 417-447-7777 or click here to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!