In April, we discussed the different skin irregularities that could occur. (Check out April’s post if you want more information on Milia and Skin Tags.) This month, we are going to add more to the list so you are well informed and protected against skin irregularities. Please keep in mind that having skin irregularities is normal. However, you should always talk to your esthetician about any concerns.
- Seborrheic Keratosis
According to Mayo Clinic, “Seborrheic keratosis usually appears as a brown, black or light tan growth on the face, chest, shoulders or back. The growth has a waxy, scaly, slightly elevated appearance. Seborrheic keratoses don’t become cancerous and aren’t thought to be related to sun exposure”. You’re generally more likely to develop seborrheic keratoses if you’re over age 50. You’re also more likely to have them if you have a family history of the condition. It’s important to note that seborrheic keratosis is painless, but may become irritated when rubbing on clothing. Many people like to have their seborrheic keratosis removed for cosmetic reasons.
- Sebaceous Hyperplasia
We have tiny glands underneath the surface of the skin called sebaceous glands. Their job is to create sebum, or oil, for the skin to keep it lubricated and healthy. In sebaceous hyperplasia, there is an overabundance of sebocytes, the special cells that make up the sebaceous glands (hyperplasia means “over formation”). These cells create an enlargement of the sebaceous gland, causing it to grow to several times larger than its normal size. Instead of being a tiny gland under the skin’s surface, it’s large enough to create a bump easily seen on the skin. It’s important to note that sebaceous hyperplasia is not acne! The key to identifying sebaceous hyperplasia is the depressed or pitted area in the center of the bump. Similar to seborrheic keratosis, you should only get rid of sebaceous hyperplasia for cosmetic reasons; it should not be painful.
Do you have skin irregularities including milia, seborrheic keratosis, skin tags, or sebaceous hyperplasia? Bellagena Spa can help! We use High Frequency for cosmetic treatments. Our Skin Sheek Machine is a high-frequency device used to treat minor skin irregularities, usually in one treatment. You can get immediate results within seconds with minor to no discomfort and no downtime! Better yet, this treatment is at a fraction of the cost of comparable treatments! Talk with your Bellagena esthetician today for a consultation!