Sebaceous hyperplasia is skin-speak for a benign bump on the skin, which forms over time due to over-reactive sebaceous glands. The condition is commonly seen in adults of middle age or older. These hard and hard-to-remove bumps can pop up as a single bump or as a cluster and manifest as yellowish, soft, small papules anywhere on the face. They are most commonly found on the nose, cheeks, and forehead. Sebaceous hyperplasia is often mistaken for acne or milia but they are different. “I thought it was just a blackhead that wouldn’t go away,” says the 39-year-old male patient in the video below. Despite using oil-free skin care products and a scrub with salicylic acid (a popular exfoliant) regularly, the bump remained for “a couple of years.” Such is often the case with sebaceous hyperplasia – they are stubborn little suckers!
In this video, our go-to dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett further explains what sebaceous hyperplasia is and uses an electric needle to remove it from the man’s forehead, in a mere five seconds. Healing time was one full week, as the spot eventually flaked off, leaving no trace of scarring or discolouration behind.
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