Sebaceous hyperplasia is the benign enlargement of the sebaceous (oil) gland that results in small bumps resembling a crater with a depressed centre.  These sebaceous hyperplasia bumps can appear white or pale yellow in colour and most commonly develop on the forehead, nose and cheeks. It is unclear why the enlargement occurs, however it appears to develop in people who have oily skin and larger pores and they seem to increasingly appear in midlife 40’s onwards.   

The bumps can be unsightly and people often wonder how or even if they can be removed. Treatment is usually simple, it involves a consultation with an experienced Dermal Clinician who assesses the sebaceous hyperplasia and decides the best course of action;

To remove or reduce the size of the bump, your Dermal Clinician may use one of the following procedures, including:

  1. Fine needle diathermy; electrocautery using a fine electrical probe

This is the preferred method as it precisely penetrates deep into the affected area to eliminate the problem at the cause without invading surrounding normal tissue.


  1. Laser removal; several lasers can be used to treat the lesions

Fractional CO2 and 1540nm resurfacing can be useful in smoothing out the skin texture.

CO2 is often used also

and then on-going application of topical products such a retinoid is recommended.

Sebaceous hyperplasia can be a stubborn and frustrating condition, but smooth, blemish-free skin is possible!