Sebaceous Hyperplasia

What is Sebaceous Hyperplasia?

Sebaceous Hyperplasia is a common, non contagious, benign condition. It is inflammation of Sebaceous glands in adults of middle age or older. Lesions can be single or multiple and manifest as yellowish, soft, small papules on the face (particularly nose,  cheeks, and forehead) Electrolysis is a safe, effective quick and affordable method of treating Sebaceous Hyperplasia.


Sebaceous Hyperplasia is a disorder of the Sebaceous gland in which they become enlarged, they may present themselves as milky yellow donut shaped lesions.


There are 2 techniques used to treat Sebaceous Hyperplasia:

  1. A probe is used to scrape away excess skin leaving the lesion to with a slight graze appearance.
  2. A probe is inserted into the Sebaceous Hyperplasia in a vertical fashion drying up the contents.

Slight tingling sensation may be experienced during either procedure.


Following your treatment you may experience:

  • A slight reddening and/or swelling of the skin in the area.
  • Warmth in the area that has been treated.
  • The appearance  of the Sebaceous Hyperplasia may change, it may whiten or flatten before it reduces.
  • The skin may itch as the healing process takes place.
  • A temporary scab or crust will form. On completion of the healing process this will slough off naturally.

Following treatment ensure you follow the aftercare advice to avoid unwanted reactions or infections:

  • Do not touch the treated area and do not, under any circumstances  remove any scabs that may appear.
  • Apply aftercare product regularly, with fresh, clean cotton wool, until the area has completely healed.
  • Aftercare products recommended use is: Sterex Witch Hazel Gel for 24-48 hours, followed by 28 days of the Sterex Aloe Vera Gel. Apply twice a day or as often as required under usual day/night cream. Apres Clear can be substituted for the Witch Hazel Gel and offers additional anti bacterial properties.
  • The treatment area can be washed or cleansed, using a gentle soap free/perfume free cleanser. Gently pat the area dry.
  • Please keep out of UV light as much as possible. Cover up with hats or parasol.
  • Avoid swimming, saunas, steam rooms, facial steaming, facial scrubs, waxing and other beauty treatments until the area has completely healed.
  • Avoid using any possible skin sensitizers or irritants such as perfumes, fake tan products or perfumed body lotions.
  • Should you have any concerns regarding your treatment please contact the Clinic.
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