Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Sebaceous hyperplasia is a condition that affects your skin’s sebaceous, or oil, glands. These glands produce oil in the follicle area to protect and lubricate your skin. Overactive sebaceous glands, however, lead to the overproduction of oil, which can enlarge and affect the skin’s pores, creating a white/yellowish bump mostly on your cheeks, forehead and nose. Sebaceous hyperplasia affects any age group, but tends to affect those more in mature age groups. It can happen at any given time, too, based on the damage, activity of the oil glands and the sebum production.

For people who suffer from sebaceous hyperplasia, it’s not easy to deal with these occurrences. It takes quite a bit of maintenance to keep the oil glands under control and from forming the bumps. Removal/extraction is near impossible for sebaceous hyperplasia, unlike whiteheads and blackheads, which come out rather easily. The bumps that form from the oil secretions get trapped and form a nodule -- in individual bumps or a cluster of bumps. These formations are benign and cause no serious health concerns, other than aesthetically being a nuisance. The bumps cannot be treated under an acne regimen, as that won’t control the oil secretion or the formation of the bumps.

Treatment for the removal of sebaceous hyperplasia can vary, from visits to a dermatologist, who may use lasers or electric needles to remove the clogged oil bumps. Even with these aggressive medical treatments, an at-home regimen with appropriate skincare products will help keep the bumps from reforming. Thankfully, there are less-invasive treatments that can be addressed with a licensed esthetician. You can schedule regular visits every six to eight weeks with an esthetician for treatments. Options include appropriate strengths of chemical peels, exfoliation and products to balance the skin's oil production.

Again, an at-home regimen is highly recommended to prevent future outbreaks. Consider using a daily gentle facial wash, an appropriate day moisturizer and a nighttime repairing cream. Look for products with alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs, within their ingredients, as they help increase the skin's cellular-turnover rate. Also look for such ingredients as hyaluronic acid that encourage protection of the skin's water barrier. Skin that’s dehydrated automatically spurs the pores to increase oil production. Keeping skin properly hydrated and balanced will help minimize instances of sebaceous hyperplasia.

Choosing professional-grade skin care products, as well as an appropriate daily regimen and regular treatments at a spa, will greatly improve the condition of your skin and help delay reappearances of sebaceous hyperplasia. It may take a bit of time to address and remove the current bumps. Over time, though, the glands will function on a more normal basis and, hopefully, produce less pore-clogging oil. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for sebaceous hyperplasia, but it can be kept under control.

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