WHAT IS SEBACEOUS HYPERPLASIA?
Sebaceous hyperplasia is the technical name for a benign bump on the skin that forms over time as a result of damage to a pore caused by unknown factors. Randomly, a damaged oil gland (and often more than one) can become enlarged and clogged in a very specifc manner, displaying a soft or firm white or yellowish outer rim typically with a tiny to wide depressed center. The depressed center of these bumps is one of the primary ways you can tell you’re
dealing with sebaceous hyperplasia, and not with something else such as a whitehead (milia, discussed above) or pimple.
It’s not uncommon to have several of these bumps at once, sometimes spaced apart, but they can be clustered, too. Sebaceous hyperplasia is most often seen on the forehead and central part of the face, but can appear anywhere
on the body, especially in areas where the skin has more oil glands.
Cumulative sun damage is considered a co-factor of this condition becaus sunlight further damages skin and oil glands. That’s one more reason to make sure you’re protecting your skin every day with a well-formulated sunscreen! It’s also typically seen in people who have struggled with oily skin and large pores most of their lives, so getting this problem under control sooner rather than later is also important.
Treating sebaceous hyperplasia usually requires a visit to the dermatologist, but now there are products available you can use at home to try and get these unsightly bumps under control—at the very least, you’ll achieve noticeable improvement in skin tone and texture!
A dermatologist has several options for treating sebaceous hyperplasia. Before you consider any of them, however, know that, like many other skin disorders, sebaceous hyperplasia cannot be cured, only controlled. The bump can
be reduced or eliminated, but the aﬀected oil gland likely will produce a new bump if treatment isn’t maintained, and even then it can recur. Therefore, even if you decide to see a dermatologist for treatment, you’ll want to ensure
your at-home skincare routine includes products to keep these bumps at bay, at least to the extent possible from skincare products.
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