What is Sebaceous Hyperplasia?
Sebaceous Hyperplasia is a frustrating skin condition of your oil glands that results in benign overgrowths called sebaceous hyperplasia papules. Often associated with rosacea, the actual cause of this overgrowth of your oil glands is still unknown. As Dr. Bailey explains in her original blog post “Dermatologist Tips to Treat Sebaceous Hyperplasia“:
We don’t know why sebaceous hyperplasia happens, but the growths are more likely to occur in people prone to rosacea, especially those with oily skin and large pores. My approach to helping someone in my practice whose skin is a “sebaceous hyperplasia former” is to try to counter these characteristics. I do it with skin care, diet, and procedures.
Dr. Bailey’s Sebaceous Hyperplasia Toolbox
1. Skin Care
- Dr. Bailey’s Facial Redness Relief Kits including a paraben free version (2nd pic)
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Deep Pore Cleansing Products
- Prescription Tretinoin Cream – contact your local physician
- Clarisonic Skin Cleansing Brush System – assist your cleansers to further penetrate your pores
- Prescription Permethrin Cream – contact your local physician
- Benzoyl Peroxide Creams – Over-the-counter method
- Decrease rich foods and increase veggies
- Read Dr. Bailey’s best skin diet tips: “The Best Diet for Healthy Skin in 2012“
3. Skin Procedures
- IPL treatments (Intense Pulse Light – Laser) if you have fair skin – reduce the appearance of papules
- Electrocautery with a low current and fine epilating needle – shrink papules with no scarring or marks
These 3 aspects comprise Dr. Bailey’s Sebaceous Hyperplasia Treatment Toolbox. Although there is no cure for sebaceous hyperplasia, there are several methods to reduce symptoms and maintain relatively clear skin. If you are a sebaceous hyperplasia sufferer, have you found any other helpful methods for your skin? Please share in comments below!
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