Sebaceous Hyperplasia is a condition in which the glands that produce the oils that lubricate and prevent chapping of the skin become enlarged. These enlarged sebaceous glands take on an appearance of acne and can cause facial blemishes and sensitivity. There are few known causes of the enlargement of these glands and the treatment options of these lesions tend to also be few.
Sebaceous Hyperplasia Symptoms
Sebaceous Hyperplasia is condition of the skin in which lesions and bumps appear on and under the skin. These lesions and bumps often take on the appearance of acne, but with some slight differences. These lesions tend to have no uniform size or shape and do not respond to topical cleaners. These lesions are not formed by blocked pores, but rather by the enlarging of the sebaceous glands in the skin from age or immunodeficiency problems. No matter what the cause, these lesions and bumps often have a very noticeable appearance and can undercut one's confidence in his or her appearance and professional air. This can be devastating for the individual who felt that they had left acne behind them only to have it reappear years later.
Sebaceous hyperplasia has several causes. The primary cause is age related. As one ages, the cells in the sebaceous glands also age. This can cause a build up of the cells and a decrease in the amount of oil that they produce. This can cause the glands to increase in size and appearance, causing sebaceous hyperplasia. Another major cause of this condition is immunodeficiency and medications. These factors in the onset of sebaceous hyperplasia have not been well studied and their exact reasons for being related are unknown. It has been noted that those who are undergoing medication to suppress the immune system and those who have immune system deficiencies often experience this condition.
Sebaceous Hyperplasia Treatment
There are no really well known preventions for sebaceous hyperplasia. Things such as washing one's face regularly to help keep the face clear of excess oil and dirt is well known and may help to prevent some of the lesions, but not all of them. Other ideas for preventing this condition include facial peels and light therapy. None of this is going to prevent the Sebaceous Hyperplasia for sure but can be used in a safe manner to some effectiveness. For those who are very conscious of their appearance, this can be a life saving suggestion and a method of relieving the stress that condition such as this can place on the relationship.
Treatment of Sebaceous Hyperplasia is typically the treatment for acne, but with more focus on the dermatological activities that could be persuade. Such procedures used to combat this condition include using lazar and cold therapy to reduce the swelling and open up the pockets of fluid. Other therapies include the use of oral medication, although this has been shown to be effective only for the period that it is taken with Sebaceous Hyperplasia occurring once the medication has been stopped.