If you’ve grown up with oily or combination skin, you already know of the best ways to take care of your skin. However, something you may not know is that you’re more susceptible to a condition called sebaceous hyperplasia. Sebaceous hyperplasia is a skin condition which can happen to anyone but happens more often to those with fair and particularly oily skin.
The condition itself is harmless but bears a striking resemblance to certain kinds of skin cancer. This resemblance often causes people to run to their doctors in fear, only to realize they have a simple skin condition.
The Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England knows the difference between sebaceous hyperplasia and cancer and is ready to help. If you’re noticing odd bumps on your skin, call our Portland or Waterville offices for a consultation today.
What is Sebaceous Hyperplasia?
This condition looks like small bumps that usually appear on the cheeks, temples and forehead. They are caused by an overgrowth of the oil glands on the face, which is why they occur most often in people who have oily skin. Although it’s worth mentioning that we have oil glands over our entire body. Therefore, sebaceous hyperplasia can happen in other areas of the body as well. Once the oil glands are overgrown, they become clogged and damaged. They harden and turn into a bump which resembles a zit. Although the condition resembles traditional acne, it doesn’t go away nearly as easily.
Sebaceous hyperplasia is not painful, isn’t contagious, and other than appearing in clusters, it doesn’t spread. The biggest downfall when it comes to this condition is its resemblance to cancer.
Is Sebaceous Hyperplasia Cancer?
Absolutely not! Although it bears a striking resemblance to basal cell carcinoma, this condition is nothing more than a cosmetic annoyance. Although, due its resemblance, if you notice the condition starting to form, it’s important to have your skin checked out right away.
Who Can Get This Condition?
Sebaceous hyperplasia can happen to anyone, but it’s most often seen in people over 40 who have oily skin. The condition is genetic as well, if a member of someone’s family had sebaceous hyperplasia in the past, there’s a chance for future generations to have it in the future.
What is Treatment Like?
Since sebaceous hyperplasia is a naturally occurring skin condition, like acne, there is no cure for it, just ways to manage the condition. The first step is to maintain your skin’s overall health. Wearing sunscreen, using non-oily moisturizers and keeping the skin free from dirt and contaminants goes a long way to keeping the skin healthy. If these at-home treatments aren’t working, a member of our medical team will recommend some additional treatments:
- Facial Peel: Using a light chemical peel will burn off the excess oil and clear up the skin. We’ll usually involve salicylic acid or trichloroacetic acid.
- IPL or Phototherapy: Using beams of concentrated light, this kind of therapy penetrates the skin and damages the oil production at its source
- Electric Needling: This treatment focuses on the areas where the sebaceous hyperplasia is worst and causes the condition to scab and fall off
Where Can I Get Started
If clusters of annoying bumps on your face are getting you down, contact the Cosmetic Enhancement of New England’s Waterville or Portland office for your initial consultation today.