Adult Acne or Hyperplasia?
“Whenever I hear the word ‘Breakout,’ I associate it with acne.” Watching TV today, we could almost believe there is an acne epidemic.
Remember, everyone gets occasional pimples or monthly breakouts. Unless diagnosed by a physician as acne, you most likely have what’s called problem skin. Acne is a chronic skin disease, if you have real acne, you will know it. Acne and problem skin does not need to be treated by the same harsh acne drugs.
How many of us remember being that awkward teen with braces and pimples? So sure were we, that if we could survive until adulthood, with its clear skin, all our dreams would fall into place. Some of us are still waiting. Or to our horror, as our age climbs, those pesky little spots return. However, what we think is adult acne can actually be a condition known as Sebaceous Hyperplasia and how you are treating it can be making it worse.
Sebaceous Hyperplasia is an abnormality of the sebaceous glands, resulting from hormonal changes that cause a decrease in androgen and a build-up of sebocytes. Sebocytes are the cells that form our sebaceous glands and produce oil. The overabundance of these cells causes the oil gland to become engorged, resulting in benign tumor-like cysts. It is mostly seen in mid-aged, usually fair complexed people. It can affect the face, neck, chest, and back areas.
The problem comes when people mistake these lesions for acne blemishes. Although in some cases, a little bit of oil may be extracted from them, they usually are characterized as small blemishes that are closed with a dimple in the center. When they are treated aggressively, they can become worse, or it can damage the surrounding glands to produce more of these bumps. Because it is a condition of the gland, not the pore, in order to truly rid the skin of them, the gland itself must be completely destroyed. This is only done in a medical setting, as skincare professionals can only analyze the skin. It is a medical provider that will have to diagnose.
So, what can we do to try to prevent the onset and/or manage Sebaceous Hyperplasia? Along with the gentle treatment of the skin and UV protections, using a medicated face wash, such as LEROSETT® Botanical Acne Cleanser with salicylic acid, is a great place to begin. Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA’s) have a keratolytic action that cleanses the surface of the skin and works deep down in the pore to unclog impactions and remove dead cells.
GUNILLA® Brighten and Renew cream with 10% AHA will help to exfoliate dead skin cells and resurface the skin while the GHG™ organic aloe soothes and calms the skin.