There are many things that can go wrong with our skin such as sebaceous hyperplasia. This is a skin condition that can make the skin look terrible. Sebaceous hyperplasia causes the skin to look greasy and bumpy and can develop in clusters around the face. Open Door Med Spa will share what sebaceous hyperplasia is and how you can prevent and treat this skin condition.

What is Sebaceous Hyperplasia?

Sebaceous glands are attached to each hair follicle that covers the entire body. The sebaceous gland releases sebum onto the surface of the skin. The sebum is a mixture of fat and cell debris that creates a slightly greasy layer on the skin. The right amount of sebum helps to keep the skin flexible and hydrated. Sebaceous Hyperplasia is when the sebaceous glands become enlarged when the sebum becomes trapped. The trapped sebum creates shiny bumps on the skin and most often on the face. Even though the bumps are rather harmless they can make the skin look uneven.

What Does Sebaceous Hyperplasia Look Like & How is it Diagnosed?

Sebaceous hyperplasia looks like yellowish or fleshy colored bumps on the skin. Sebaceous hyperplasia mostly appears on the face around the forehead and nose. Some people often mistake sebaceous hyperplasia for basal cell carcinoma which looks very similar. However, the basal cell carcinoma bumps look more red or pink and tend to be much larger than sebaceous hyperplasia. If there is any confusion, a doctor can perform a biopsy to determine your skin condition.

What Causes Sebaceous Hyperplasia?

Sebaceous hyperplasia is most common in middle aged or older people, and most especially those with fair skin. Sun exposure alongside fair skin is often the perfect recipe for sebaceous hyperplasia to form. Some research suggests that sebaceous hyperplasia may also have a genetic component. If there is a family history of sebaceous hyperplasia, the more prone you are to developing it. Those with Muir-Torre syndrome are also most likely to develop sebaceous hyperplasia. In some rare cases sebaceous hyperplasia can develop into tumors that will require them to be removed. Those at most risk of tumors are those with Muir-Torre syndrome.

How to Treat & Get Rid of Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Even though in most situations Sebaceous Hyperplasia is fairly harmless, many people do not like them for aesthetic reasons. For those who want to improve their smooth and beautiful skin there are ways to treat Sebaceous Hyperplasia. Following are some of the best ways to treat Sebaceous Hyperplasia:
Laser Therapy: One of the most popular methods of treating Sebaceous Hyperplasia is with laser therapy. Laser therapy helps to break down the sedum trapped in the hair follicle and at the same time it can also help to smooth out the skin.
Eletrocauterization: A needle that is electrically charged helps to heat and vaporize the bumps. This method is slightly less popular as it will create a scab and cause redness while the skin heals.
Cryotherapy: This is a method that uses supper cold temperatures to freeze the bumps causing them to fall off. However, electrocauterization too will cause scabs and redness until the skin heals.

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The best way to prevent sebaceous hyperplasia is by washing your face with a cleanser. For fighting sebaceous hyperplasia the best cleanser to use are those that contain salicylic acid or those with low levels of retinol. Additionally, make sure to wear a 30 SPF of higher sun screen when outside. If you suffer from sebaceous hyperplasia and want to treat your skin, contact Open Door Med Spa today.