"Sebaceous hyperplasia is a disorder of the sebaceous glands in which they become enlarged.:662 These glands are located within the skin and are responsible for secreting an oily substance named sebum. They are commonly associated with hair follicles but they can be found in hairless regions of the skin as well. Their secretion lubricates the skin, protecting it from drying out or becoming irritated.
Sebaceous hyperplasia generally affects middle-aged to elderly adults. The symptoms of this condition are 1-5 mm papules on the skin, mainly on the forehead, nose and cheeks, and sebarrhoeic facial skin. The papules may be cauliflower-shaped. Acne is also a symptom of this glandular disorder. It differs from the type of acne that affects adolescents and young adults, in that it is more of an abnormally discolored patch that is not cured by topical treatments alone"
[YEA] 04/27/2011: Mary from Argentina, Buenos Aires: "I am using lugols iodine 2% face painting on my sebaceous hyperplasia and acne for several weeks now, my skin looks soooo much better. No side effects. My husband and son like the positive effects on my face. I am getting friends compliments. I hope to help with my updates."Replies
09/03/2013: Michael from Mendoza, Argentina replies: "Mary, Would you or anyone reading this be able to tell me where in Argentina (specifically Mendoza) I may obtain Lugol's Iodine? Thank you, Michael"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/10/2011: Mary from Buenos Aires, Argentina: "I have been using Lugols iodine for a week on sebaceous hyperplasia. Placing drops with dropper directly on this bumps on my face. It burns a little after a few applications. Skin looks a bit burnt at some of the treated lesions. It clears up right away and they really have gone down to a small size. I am cleaning my face with lemon and ACV. It seem to be the only thing that works after trying with several treatments including acutane twice. Hope this works, God Bless."
05/02/2012: Ching from Bensalem, Pa: "I am seeking treatment for sebaceous hyperplasia on my face; I can only travel within the state of Pennsylvania; please get back to me on how to proceed with this mission; thanks."
01/24/2011: Mary from Buenos Aires, Argentina: "Please, I need advice on Sebaceous Hyperplasia. There is really no information on your site or on any other for that matter. Thank you. Mary"
09/08/2010: Freakzilla154l from Philadelphia, Pa, Usa: "Seb Derm or oily skin/white hard balls that come out of hair follicle
Hello, I've had this for few years now. Sometimes my skin will be clear and smooth and others will be oily and dry at the same time with my follicles being bumpy or clogged. Also, I have white balls build up and come out of my follicles. I'm taking B5, vit d and ACV along with my UC meds (lialda and canasa). Any advice or what this is? Is it really Seb Derm? Thanks Ted, can you help?"
11/13/2009: Janjan from Singapore, Singapore, singapore: "Are there any natural remedy to get rid of sebaceous hyperplasia/facial oil bumps besides the cream prescribed by skin specialist?"Replies
12/30/2009: Kathleen from Chicago, Illinois replies: "Hi,
I just removed a very large one from just below the back of my mother's neck on her upper back. I just squeezed. A tip is NOT to use your fingernails, but the sides of your thumbs to minimize breaking the skin and give yourself more leverage. It took three sessions over three days. One characteristic is that the sebum has a strong vinegar smell. I think that is because it is oil that has been there for a long time.
The second tip is to squeeze at the very outer edges, again for maximum leverage.
Finally, you might want to use something like Neosporin to prevent an infection after each session."
12/30/2009: Kathleen from Chicago, Illinois replies: "P.S. It has been my experience that they reoccur, so, I check once or twice a year. When they are very large, they have been developing for years."
04/16/2012: Laura C. from Phoenix, Az replies: "Having recently been diagnosed with sebaceous hyperplasia, I knew the options to treat it were limited and not a guarantee. (Have been in the medical field 25 years) I did some research on my own and found a suggestion for "mint juice". Instead of juicing fresh mint leaves I bought a Peppermint essential oil made from mint leaves. I put it on the few bumps at full strength and then diluted a drop with water and applied it to my entire face am/pm. WOW!!!!!!! It's only been two days and the bumps are HALF their original size! I also put it on a small spider vein on my cheek and noticed a significant reduction in its appearance. (Will try it on the small spider vein on my upper thigh)
Be sure to keep it away from your eyes! Wash your hands thoroughly after applying. You can then use moisturizer or night cream as usual. Hope this helps others!"
07/24/2012: Debra from Soufriere, St. Lucia replies: "I have had sebaceous hyperplasia for a few years now. I am desperately in need of the best way possible to remove it without scarring my face."
08/10/2012: Denise74 from Richmond, Va - Usa replies: "I have had my sebaceous hyperplasia treated with amazing results using the smoothbeam laser. I found a great and talented doc that is know for his laser expertise here in Richmond, VA. So I would recommend finding someone really good with the Smoothbeam laser. They used a substance "ALA" first, before the laser itself, and the ALA enhances the laser treatment. My doctor told me that there is a 60% success rate with it. Well, it's worked great for me. The laser basically destroys the oil gland. Hope that helps! Just got my second treatment yesterday. I couldn't be happier. I literally had dozens of those things on my face. Thank God for lasers!!!"