Sebaceous Hyperplasia Treatment in Fort Myers, FL
Hyperplasia refers to increased cell production in normal tissue, which may lead to the enlargement of affected organs. When the sebaceous glands are affected, it is referred to as sebaceous hyperplasia. These microscopic glands, usually attached to hair follicles, secrete an oily substance called sebum to lubricate and waterproof our skin and hair. When affected by hyperplasia, the normally-microscopic sebaceous glands enlarge and become visible on the forehead and cheeks. Sebaceous hyperplasia is typically associated with aging and, as such, is common in the middle-aged and elderly (and particularly in those who are fair skinned).
While not posing a threat to your health, the facial papules (small bumps) formed by sebaceous hyperplasia can be a source of embarrassment for those afflicted by the condition and warrant meeting with a healthcare provider who can discuss possible cosmetic remedies. These papules may sometimes be confused for basal cell carcinomas (hence why it is important to seek the guidance of a healthcare provider who can determine what the root of your skin's condition).
To schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider in Fort Myers that specializes in sebaceous hyperplasia treatment, call (239) 425-2900 or contact Dr. Doreen DeStefano online.
Sebaceous Hyperplasia Causes
The exact cause of sebaceous hyperplasia isn't fully determined as of yet. Many specialists believe genetics play a role, though the precise gene involved in sebaceous hyperplasia has not yet been identified. Some factors that are believed to be involved in sebaceous hyperplasia include weak immune function, aging, sun exposure (especially overexposure which leads to sun damaged skin) as well as hormonal imbalance.
Sebaceous Hyperplasia Symptoms
The hallmark sign of sebaceous hyperplasia are small skin-colored or yellow papules, up to 3 millimeters in diameter, which can often look like acne. These papules will appear most commonly on the face—particularly the forehead, cheeks and nose—due to its higher concentration of sebaceous glands. Sebaceous hyperplasia symptoms also sometimes include papules which may appear on the chest, genitals, upper arms and areola of your nipples. The lesions presented in sebaceous hyperplasia are typically soft to the touch, though they may become irritated if shaved over or scratched.
Sebaceous Hyperplasia Treatment
Sebaceous hyperplasia is a benign condition which doesn't require treatment; however, many people will seek treatment for cosmetic reasons or if sebaceous hyperplasia papules become irritated. You should always consult a healthcare provider who can recommend treatment that works best for your skin. Your healthcare provider may recommend products which contain salicylic acid which can reduce the bumps on your skin through a number of ways, including penetrating your skin's oil buildup, increasing cell turnover by exfoliating the surface of the skin as well as inside the pore to unclog the bumps, and reducing inflammation. Medications such as Retinoid or Accutane may be prescribed to reduce the size of the lesions by helping regulate cell growth.
As a home remedy for sebaceous hyperplasia, apple cider vinegar has been reported to improve the affected skin by dissolving overgrowths; mixing apple cider vinegar with peppermint oil for a reliable tonic seems to fight off these overgrowths and can be applied with a cotton ball that has been soaked in the solution and then dabbed onto the bumps on your face.
Alternatively, sebaceous hyperplasia removal may be an option recommended by your healthcare provider if other methods prove unsuccessful. Methods to remove your sebaceous hyperplasia papules include cryotherapy, a procedure in which liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the papules, after which they are removed. Photodynamic therapy may be recommended in which the skin is pre-treated with a special gel that reacts with light; this option often requires several office visits for optimal results. Another option is using an electric needle to target the bumps, which break down and ooze, forming a scab which falls off days to a week later.
It's important to meet with your healthcare provider to discuss sebaceous hyperplasia and what treatment option is best for your particular condition. Schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider in Fort Myers that specializes in sebaceous hyperplasia treatment. Call (239) 425-2900 or contact Dr. Doreen DeStefano online.
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