Sebaceous hyperplasia is a common, benign condition of sebaceous glands in middle-aged to older adults. Lesions can be single or multiple and present as slightly white, flesh- or yellow-colored, soft, small papules on the face, particularly the nose, cheeks and forehead.
Signs and SymptomsSebaceous
hyperplasia occasionally also occurs on the chest, areola
, mouth or vulva
. They often have a central indentation.
Treatment and Prevention
The cause is unknown and tends to run in families. While no treatment is necessary, they can be treated by:
- Tretinoin cream or gel used daily will reverse the condition slowly overtime and also help keep the condition from worsening.
- Accutane will reverse sebaceous hyperplasia, but new lesions will develop after stopping the medication unless you also use tretinoin cream regularly.
- TCA chemical peels will also reverse sebaceous hyperplasia, but new lesions will occur slowly after treatment.
- They can be destroyed with electrocautery or laser.
hyperplasia are benign, with no known potential for malignant