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What Is Sebaceous Hyperplasia Treatment?

18 June, 2021

Sebaceous hyperplasia is a common and harmless skin condition caused by clogged hair follicles. In some cases, the clogged hair follicles may be because you have too many sebaceous glands, in other cases the glands may be overactive, producing more oil than your skin needs. Although the condition can impact you anywhere on your body, it is most common on facial skin.‌

Even though sebaceous hyperplasia is benign and doesn’t pose any health risks, it may be unsightly, so the appearance on your skin may be concerning. Sebaceous hyperplasia spots are usually two to five centimeters in diameter and may be flesh-colored or slightly yellow. If the spots last too long, they may have a similar appearance to basal cell carcinoma.

Sebaceous Hyperplasia Treatment Options

You have several options if you wish to remove a sebaceous hyperplasia, including over-the-counter and at-home treatments. However, with laser treatment, recovery time and scarring are at a minimum.
  • Retinol. If you want to try an over-the-counter treatment first, look for creams with retinol or vitamin A as an active ingredient. Retinol helps to prevent your pores from getting clogged with too much oil.
  • Warm compress. If buildup is trapped under your skin, a warm compress may help open your pores, allowing the oil to release. This at-home treatment won’t solve the problem completely, but may make the bumps smaller.‌
  • Facial peels. A facial peel may contain chemicals such as salicylic acid. Chemical facial peels can cause irritation, redness, and sensitivity. This can aggravate sebaceous hyperplasia if a person does not receive proper aftercare.
  • Laser therapy. Our in-office experts use a laser to remove the top layer of skin, allowing the sebum oil to release and your skin to clear with no downtime or recovery time necessary.
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