Understanding Sebaceous Hyperplasia
While acne is more common among teens, adults are not exempt form experiencing skin growths similar to acne. Among the elderly, the condition may be more commonly known as sebaceous hyperplasia.
Among some people, sebaceous hyperplasia may be mistaken for acne. It is also possible that the condition itself may include acne eruptions as one of its symptoms. Sebaceous hyperplasia however is considered a distinct condition. It is more properly regarded as an inflammation of the sebaceous glands themselves. The enlargement results in the breakout of soft papules that are yellow in color and may be found as clusters or as single growths. The growths typically form on the forehead, nose and cheeks. They may however, also be found around the mouth and on the eyelids, back, chest and neck.
There is no need to panic if you have sebaceous hyperplasia. It is not a dangerous condition nor will it progress to a more serious condition. It is also not contagious. In most cases, it is simply regarded as a cosmetic problem. Even so, the appearance of papules can be very disturbing for some individuals. Nobody wants to be stared at because of these unsightly growths. In case the condition may already lead to a significantly decreased self-esteem, one may consult a dermatologist for the removal of the papules.
Causes of Sebaceous Hyperplasia
The exact causes of sebaceous hyperplasia are not known. One theory suggests though that it may have something to do with hormone levels. Older individuals tend to experience a decrease in androgen levels which may lead to the occurrence of this condition. This is the reason why they tend to be more common in older people. There is also some evidence that the condition may be hereditary. If one of your family members has had the condition, there is a possibility that you could have it too at some point in your life.
Treatment of Sebaceous Hyperplasia
Sebaceous hyperplasia does not have to be treated. If you do opt to have it treated however, there are a couple of options available. One of the least invasive treatment options is to use specially formulated cream recommended by a dermatologist. Topical treatments for this condition are different from that used for acne.
More aggressive treatment options may also be considered. Sebaceous hyperplasia may be removed through cauterization, surgical excision or laser treatment. One other option is cryosurgery. This involves the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze the papules. They frozen papules will eventually slough off on their own after some time, revealing healed skin underneath.
There is no stopping you form considering treatment for sebaceous hyperplasia. Like any other condition though, it is often best to consider less invasive treatment options first. If minimally invasive procedures have to be considered, you should carefully discuss your options with your doctor. A major risk with treatment is scarring. You might be better off waiting for the papules to disappear rather than risk getting scarred. You just have to remember not to touch the papules to avoid irritation and the need for serious treatment.