Sebaceous Hyperplasia

This condition is the result of an overproduction of sebum by your sebaceous glands.

What is Sebaceous Hyperplasia?

Our sebaceous glands release an oily substance called sebum that coats, moisturizes, and protects our skin, but an overproduction of sebum can lead to many issues including acne, oily skin, an oily scalp, or sebaceous hyperplasia. Sebaceous hyperplasia occurs when the sebaceous glands become enlarged with trapped sebum, creating small, shiny bumps on the skin, usually on the forehead and nose. While these bumps are harmless, many patients choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.

Symptoms of Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Sebaceous hyperplasia presents as tiny bumps on the skin, often many at a time. Usually located on the face, but also appearing on other areas of the body, these bumps may be hard or soft, have a white or yellow surface, and appear to be indented in the middle. Most common in middle-aged or older patients, those with a family history of the condition, or patients with fair skin and/or excess sun exposure, sebaceous hyperplasia is harmless and painless, but the bumps it causes can be bothersome.

Sebaceous hyperplasia is very difficult to get rid of, but fortunately it’s not impossible. In order to treat the condition the sebaceous glands must be removed, which may require more than one treatment session at Skin Science Dermatology. A thorough consultation with Dr. Geeta Yadav, a highly skilled dermatologist, will determine the sebaceous hyperplasia treatment best suited to your unique condition.

Sebaceous Hyperplasia Treatment Options

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Following application of a local or topical anesthetic, electrocautery uses light electrical current to heat the skin and destroy the sebaceous hyperplasia. Because this procedure only affects the outermost layers of the skin, the treatment typically does not leave a scar. Depending on your condition, 1-3 treatments may be required.

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