What is Sebaceous Hyperplasia?

March 5, 2019

What is Sebaceous Hyperplasia?

Small, yellowish, or white greasy bumps often found on the forehead and cheeks of middle-aged or older patients are called sebaceous hyperplasia. Though they are often mistaken for pimples and cannot be popped. Sebaceous hyperplasia is caused by enlarged oil glands on the face. Each bump usually has a tiny indent in the middle, and may also have small blood vessels on top. They are not a health concern, but some patients seek treatment to correct their appearance. Because of their small, pearly yellow bumps, sebaceous hyperplasia can sometimes be misdiagnosed as basal cell carcinoma (a form of skin cancer), so it’s best to consult with your dermatologist.


It is not always necessary to remove sebaceous hyperplasia, but several treatment options are available:

  • Topical retinoids: Retinoids, derived from Vitamin A, come in a cream form that may be applied daily to help. They help by shrinking glands in the skin and may decrease oiliness. Retinoids are not a permanent fix and it may take quite a long time to see results.
  • Electrosurgery: Electrosurgery involves a small electric needle that removes the oil found inside the gland. This treatment is initially very effective but can be traumatic to the skin.
  • Laser therapy: Certain lasers may also be used to “melt” away from the enlarged oil gland.
  • Isotretinoin (Accutane): Isotretinoin is an oral vitamin A derivative. Unfortunately, it has a number of possible risk factors, and once the medication is stopped, the spot typically returns.

About U.S. Dermatology Partners Brodie Lane

At U.S. Dermatology Partners Brodie Lane, formerly Evans Dermatology, our team of medical experts provides the very latest in dermatology care for the entire family, along with state-of-the-art treatment for skin diseases. As the leading treatment center of psoriasis in Central Texas and the largest dermatology practice serving South Austin, Texas we focus on caring for your medical needs including acne, psoriasis, eczema, and skin cancer, while also providing high-quality cosmetic services. Our patients enjoy compassionate and efficient care in our comfortable offices.

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