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Treatment For Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Treatment For Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Recognizing Sebaceous Hyperplasia
This skin condition develops mostly on the face and shows up as small, yellowish growths.  The medical name for this condition is Sebaceous Hyperplasia and is the term used meaning enlarged glands which are seen on the forehead and cheek. The age group of people mostly affected by this condition is middle-aged through the elderly.  Another type of this same condition is called Fordyce and this causes tiny yellow dots in groups or sheets on the lips, inside the mouth and at times on the genital skin. 

Tiny donuts are a common description for this condition because if you look closely there is a central indentation.  Over time the number of these ‘donut’ type lesions will increase.

The lesions of the Sebaceous Hyperplasia are extremely similar to basal cell carcinoma.  The basal cell carcinomas do tend to bleed easily and so do Sebaceous Hyperplasia lesions.

How Do You Contract Sebaceous Hyperplasia?
The exact causes are really not known but it is known that the condition does tend to run in families.  Unfortunately, Sebaceous Hyperplasia is a contagious condition.  The oil producing glands (sebaceous glands) are on the face and this condition is an overgrowth of the glands that is associated with exposure to the sun and different androgen hormones.

How Does Sebaceous Hyperplasia Appear On The Skin?
Most often this condition appears on the face of an individual as yellowish or yellowish white raised papules with an indentation in the center. The papules are elevations on the skin that do not contain pus. These are found in clusters ranging from 2 to 10mm in size.

Suggested Treatment for Sebaceous Hyperplasia
Because this is a harmless condition there is no need for treatment.  The lesions can be removed by laser vaporization, diathermy or light cautery.  The glands can be treated effectively with numerous cosmetic type procedures even including minor surgery, liquid nitrogen freezing and ultimately laser therapy.

If the condition is extreme there is a drug named Accutane which will reverse Sebaceous Hyperplasia.  This treatment is however expensive but powerful and you will develop new lesions once the medication is topped unless tretinoin cream is used on a regular basis.


In: General Health,Skin & Hair Problems, Posted 6 years ago

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