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!!!
New York, Ny
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.
Argentina, Buenos Aires
I have a mild case of sebaceous hyperplasia, which in recent months has gotten a little worse. It's primarily been on the sides if my cheeks and forehead and recently the bumps got larger. I have about 50 of them. I've been panicked over what to do and scheduled an appt for the smooth beam laser. I'm supposed to go and have the laser done tomorrow. However, on Saturday I read a post on this site on peppermint oil and decided to try it. I dabbed it on all of the spots...a slight burning sensation for a few minutes but tolerable. I've been putting it on twice a day and diluted it a little with water and added apple cider vinegar (another amazing skin product for inflammation). Well, I am blown away!! By Sunday morning they reduced by half and now 48 hours later many are barely visible. My ski. Is smooth...wow!! I am so excited!! I'm thinking I'll cancel my laser appt. I have a few stubborn larger bumps but think I'll wait a week to see how they respond. This is an amazing discovery!! I even had several compliments today on how beautiful my skin looks today.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!