The sebaceous hyperplasia enlarges the sebaceous glands which cause small bumps to appear on the skin, these bumps may be embarrassing, some people may wish to reduce their appearance or get rid of them completely.


Sebaceous glands secrete an oily substance called sebum, it gets trapped inside the gland, causing it to swell and form a bump under the skin. This sebum protects the skin from the outside environment. But, too much sebum can contribute to several problems like acne, oily skin, or oily scalp.


Several fair-skinned people older than 40 are more likely to develop the condition, especially when their skin has frequently been exposed to the sun. Also, the people with suppressed immune systems or those taking the immunosuppressant medication cyclosporine may have a higher risk of developing sebaceous hyperplasia. Muir-Torre syndrome a rare genetic disorder can also cause sebaceous hyperplasia.


People with this syndrome should take special care, and have sebaceous hyperplasia properly diagnosed, as it may indicate a tumor.



It is difficult to distinguish the sebaceous hyperplasia from acne The main symptom is the appearance of small, shiny bumps under the skin with a slight indentation in the center and a white or yellow outer edge.



Your dermatologist will often visually diagnose sebaceous hyperplasia. However, sometimes it is difficult to differentiate between this and a serious condition (such as basal cell carcinoma).



A few sessions or applications of any of the following method are often required for full removal:

  • Facial Peels - A salicylic acid facial peel may cause irritation, redness, and sensitivity which can aggravate sebaceous hyperplasia if a person does not receive proper aftercare.

  • Laser therapy - Your dermatologist may recommend removing the trapped sebum from the gland using a laser.

  • Surgery - If the sebaceous hyperplasia becomes severe, your doctor may consider surgically removing the bumps. This treatment will prevent them from returning, but it can cause scarring and is usually considered as a last resort.


There are many more treatments to treat sebaceous hyperplasia condition, to know more talk to a VCare skin care expert today!