Last Modified on Feb 13, 2014
Sebaceous hyperplasia is a fairly common and frustrating skin condition that can be treated effectively using natural methods. Essential oils as well as natural facial tonics diminish the appearance of the growths commonly associated with the condition. Regular cleansing of the skin with these treatments also prevents recurrence.
What is Sebaceous Hyperplasia?
A non-cancerous overgrowth of the normal oil glands in the skin, sebaceous hyperplasia manifests as skin-colored or yellowish growths that have a central opening or pore. The condition is typically painless and does not itch but is a noticeable growth on the skin. The cause of the condition is considered hereditary.
Natural Treatments for Enlarged Oil Glands
The overgrowth of the oil glands can be effectively treated using a variety of natural means. Essential oils, including peppermint and lemon, are appropriate skin treatments that alleviate the condition. Likewise, apple cider vinegar can also be used to eradicate sebaceous hyperplasia and other skin conditions.
Peppermint essential oil is an effective antibacterial agent as well as an anti-inflammatory. A highly concentrated compound, peppermint oil penetrates the skin and works to loosen the underlying oil associated with gland overgrowth. As it removes the excess oil, it also reduces the appearance of enlarged glands by minimizing inflammation.
Lemon oil serves as a potent antiseptic, astringent and moisturizer. Applied to an affected area, lemon oil naturally cleanses the skin eliminating any underlying infection as well as balancing the natural oil in the skin to limit overproduction. It also functions to soothe inflammation and stimulate lymphatic flow, assisting in treatment of sebaceous hyperplasia.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is also an effective tonic for treating the condition. The acidity of the vinegar penetrates the skin and naturally dissolves cysts or bumps associated with the condition. Apple cider vinegar also balances the pH of the skin minimizing overgrowth of the oil glands.
Sebaceous hyperplasia is a benign overgrowth of the oil glands in the skin. While the ailment is considered mainly cosmetic, it can be a frustrating and even embarrassing condition for affected individuals. Natural remedies offer effective treatment for the condition with minimal recovery time.
[YEA] 08/10/2012: Denise74 from Richmond, Va - Usa: "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!!!"
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."Replies
[YEA] 04/27/2011: Mary from Argentina, Buenos Aires replies: "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."
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"
Peppermint Essential Oil
[YEA] 04/16/2012: Laura C. from Phoenix, Az: "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!"
12/30/2009: Kathleen from Chicago, Illinois: "Re: sebaceous hyperplasia/facial oil bumps.. 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."