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Sebaceous Hyperplasia Remedies

Last Modified on Oct 03, 2015

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 Oil

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

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.

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Laser Treatment   1  2   

Posted by Denise74 (Richmond, Va - Usa) on 08/10/2012

[YEA]  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!!!

Replied by Jack
Tx, US

How much did the process cost?
Replied by Nancy
New York, Ny

Hi!!! Saw your message!!! Can you you tell me if treatment left scarring???
Replied by Steven Rivera

[NAY]   I had the laser treatment and every single one they treated came back. The laser didn't work on me.
Replied by Carol

[NAY]   Didnt work for me either. Nor did cautery or dessication. I am sooooooo depressed over these ugly things.

Lugol's Iodine   1  0   

Posted by Mary (Buenos Aires, Argentina) on 04/10/2011

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.

Replied by Mary
Argentina, Buenos Aires

[YEA]   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.
Replied by Michael
Mendoza, Argentina

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   4  0   

Posted by Ellen (Australia) on 11/10/2014

[YEA]  I have Sebaceous Hyperplasia and have been testing 1/2 face w/peppermint oil for about 5 days. I use a cotton swab and place a little dab on each bump. The treated half is noticeably improved. Some bumps have totally gone and others are smaller. It does burn the eyes, so be careful. It is working for me.

Replied by Neal
San Jose

[YEA]   I have been using Pepper Mint oil for 3 days I only have one bump, that I have had for a long time. Tried Liquid Nitrogen which didn't work. I have seen a noticeable difference and am so happy about it. My bump is on the bridge of my nose. I put a drop on a Q tip twice a day and the redness has gone away and the bump has decreased. I would think after another week or two, problem will be solved

Posted by Laura C. (Phoenix, Az) on 04/16/2012

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Jodi
London, UK

[YEA]   I used peppermint oil last night on all the spots and holy crap! If it didn't work. I was amazed! It woke up my entire face and my eyes watered a bit (I have a lot of spots at my temples), but after having lots of lam probe (needle) sessions, this was the cheapest and easiest remedy! I suspect that they will diminish over time by continually using this oil. Thank you!!!!
Replied by Tony

How often should I use the peppermint pure essential oil? It has a pretty stong smell!! I went to the dermatologist about the lumps on my nose and the test came back as Sebaceous Hyerplasia; they gave me retrieve cream and it didn't work. Any help would be appreciated.
Replied by Heather
Lodi, CA

I have had these things for awhile and I keep getting more. I have been treating them with RetinA. I can't see a difference. I am going to try the peppermint oil since I love essential oils.
Replied by Kj
Atlanta, GA

Heather, have you seen a difference since using the peppermint oil? I was just diagnosed today with it.
Replied by Tpaadil
Brooklyn, Ny

I was diagnosed with Sebaceous Hyperplasia last week. The news that it will be a recurring problem was, to say the least, an unwelcome surprise. My question is : How long should one keep the mint oil on the affected area? Does the oil have any adverse affects such as dry skin or anything of that nature? Any info will be greatly appreciated!
Replied by Francie

Hello, thank you for the wonderful information. I am going to try the peppermint oil and see if it helps. Very excited to remove these awful bumps.

I do have another question; how is everyone treating the rest of their oily skin. Mine has gotten so bad that I can't wear cover up because my face gets red and extremely oily. Any advice would be great. Thanks.

Replied by Kathy

Hi everyone... My skin's has always been extremely dry my entire life and I never had acne... I was stunned that the derm told me that I have sebaceous hyperplasia... I came across this forum amongst many and have tried apple cider vinegar and lavender... The lavender was a booboo (even tho it helped) but then I quickly researched and found that it was OK... I just used the peppermint oil today for the first time and we shall see... As others say it is very strong and my eyes watered for about an hour... GL to all...
Replied by Cheryl

I just turned 50 and it sucks! I have just found out that I have Sebaceous Hyperplasia. I also have fordyce spots on my lips.I have always used expensive products on my face so the sh spots are quite small. I believe this disorder showed up because of menopause. I will try the peppermint oil with skincare regime and see if the little spots will go away (I have always been known for my beautiful skin). I am taking this really hard! The doctor also asked me if I had high cholesterol (yes) so I think I will change my diet as well.
Replied by Kcw

I've had these annoying bumps for as long as I can remember. I've had electric needle treatment (forget the name) by a beautician some years ago as she said it was milia. Wrong! I now know it's sebaceous hyperplasia - I recognise the pics I researched.

Ive been using Essential Oils for years so was intrigued to read here re using Peppermint Oil, so I used it last night. Good god it certainly made my eyes water!! My face 'glowed' for about 45 mins then settled. Woke this morning and I'm certain my bumps already look less, plus one particular annoying one has reduced considerably!! Impressed!

Will continue with this and report back. I have read the bumps will return so treatment does need to be ongoing.

By the way ... Frankinsence and Lavendar is fabulous for ageing skin. Used it for the last year and a friend even asked if I'd had 'something done' to my face ... tee-hee :-)

Squeezing Technique   0  1   

Posted by Kathleen (Chicago, Illinois) on 12/30/2009

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.

Replied by Kathleen
Chicago, Illinois

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.
Replied by Lori
Washington, US

I was just told I have this as well. where can I find the things to treat it, at a grocery store?
Replied by Kari

[NAY]   Unfortunately for me none of the above worked, so I will have to look into laser treatment.

Tea Tree Oil   1  0   

Posted by Jan (New Mexico) on 12/22/2014

[YEA]  I have had Sebaceous Hyperplasia for over 15 years. The doctor told me I had to have them removed in the office, but that insurance wouldn't pay for it because it was deemed a "cosmetic" procedure.

For the last three months (due to "cranky" skin), I use tea tree oil - very diluted with water - after I wash my face. I follow up with coconut oil for moisturizer. The unexpected side effect? My sebaceous hyperplasia is gone.

Replied by Ladonna

I have sebaceous hyperplagia, this is Very distressing for me. Will tea tree oil help? And how do I use it? Does it need to be diluted. Please help!
Replied by Mama To Many Donate


Dear Ladonna,

I would try the tea tree essential oil diluted in some extra virgin coconut oil topically once or twice a day. 1-3 drops of tea tree essential oil per teaspoon of coconut oil.

~Mama to Many~

Test for Heavy Metals   0  0   

Posted by Laurac (Phoenix, Az) on 02/11/2015

I posted in the past (4/2012) regarding sebaceous hyperplasia. Since then I discovered from a conversation with one of the nation's leading Naturopathic Physicians, that the CAUSE of sebaceous hyperplasia is from toxic levels of some substance in your body that is trying to come out through your skin. For me, it is high levels of mercury and lead ~mercury from dental fillings and lead from lead paint as a child.

If you don't eliminate the CAUSE the hyperplasia will return. An allopathic physician doesn't deal with this, so make an appt. with a naturopath. Hopes this helps!

Replied by Kro1
Portland, Or

It's curious that you say it's caused by metal toxicity or a build or of something, as I have recently been doing a detox with food-grade diatomaceous earth. A happy side effect (that I wasn't expecting) is that my sebeacious hyperplasia is shrinking fast. I had been using peppermint and lemon essential oils for about 3 months, and still am, and that regimine reduced them by about half, but now I am finding after 6 weeks of using food grade D.E. cleanse that they are even smaller. D.E. is said to absorb and remove metal build-up from the body so I will keep with my program.
Replied by Joan
Augusta, Ga

What is a D.E. cleanse?

EC: DE = Diatomaceous Earth