Benign Sebaceous Hyperplasia

August 19, 2013

Sebaceous hyperplasia are commonly mistaken for basal cell carcinoma. These small papules with a yellowish hue and central dell is typical of the former, for which no treatment is required.

A 42-year-old woman sought medical attention because of the appearance of “bumps on the face.” Both of her parents had a history of non-melanoma skin cancer, and the patient was sure that she had the same problem.

Key point: This pair of small papules with a yellowish hue and central dell is typical for benign sebaceous hyperplasia. This phenomenon occurs earlier in life and on a background of oily skin.  

Treatment: No treatment is required. Cosmetic benefit is derived from light electrodesiccation with a fine epilating needle.

Note: Sebaceous hyperplasia are commonly mistaken for basal cell carcinoma. A biopsy may be required to distinguish the two conditions.