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I was told 2 years ago that the things on my face that I feared may be cancer was sebaceous hyperplasia, my derm recommended fotofacials but they are $$$$. I am getting irritated by them and they seem to be multiplying, anyone have another solution? I am doing glycolic peels at home and use Tazorac for acne/wrinkles. I am hoping after more peels that might help???
jocofl wrote:I was told 2 years ago that the things on my face that I feared may be cancer was sebaceous hyperplasia, my derm recommended fotofacials but they are $$$$. I am getting irritated by them and they seem to be multiplying, anyone have another solution? I am doing glycolic peels at home and use Tazorac for acne/wrinkles. I am hoping after more peels that might help??? jocofl
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I had my U & L bleph in July 05 and I remember you from the bleph board, as you had your bleph right around mine. Anyway, I too, have sebaceous hyperlasia and it too is getting worse. It drives me nuts. I also use tazorac and it doesn't seem to affect the sebaceous hyperplasia. But I use it for acne. What I did find, by accident , that helps these bumps is the Olay brand of dermabrasion kit. It comes with a jar of yellow scrub and a small bottle of lotion that is put over the scrub. It makes your face warm. It seems to make the bumps smaller when used on a regular basis. They seem to come right back if I go too long with out doing the scrub. Hope this helps.
I had a couple of IPL treatments and they didn't do anything for these things. I actually was not impressed with what the IPL did for me, I have olive skin and was trying to reduce some discolorations, which it did do somewhat, but my skin reacted badly overall even at the lowest setting. One benefit was that a few hairs on my upper lip and chin decided not to grow anymore which was good. According to what I have heard, laser is a bad idea for an olive skinned person too so I'm not sure what would work in my case.
I had forgotten about this post and never checked back (and no email notifications as usual)-thank you all for the input - i am thinking keeping bangs on my forehead is about the only solution!! By the way, are those afflicted with these odd bumps quite oily? I still am at 51 and thought menopause would alleviate it, not by much if at all! I think that is the culprit! Yes trning 50 I was first here on the bleph board, seems so long ago, and some nights i feel them getting heavy again, just a bit but I am aware...another one in 10 years???I had a heck of a time with eyelashes not curling right and leaning over/falling downwards - best thing is the Cover Girl mascara that Queen Latifah sp? advertises, just curl first and then only 1 coat of that purple tubed mascara - 2 makes them heavy and droopy. Until recently i thought my lashes would look weird forever!
Believe it or not, I just had the bumps that I had on the outer portion of my eyes from the U bleph, cut out in Dec. They seem to be healing nicely. Sometimes, my scars are still pink tho--from the original bleph!
Anyway, yes I am oily in spots and dry in others. Menopause did not seem to stop the oiliness, which I guess I wouldn't mind I f it meant I did't break out or have wrinkles! The other thing that I have found that seems to help is called Visibly Firm by l'oreal. It seems to help the bumps as well. I have used a lot of expensive things, and honestly some of these less expensive products work just as well if not better.
Wanted to add the my lashes on the other hand, seem longer, tho straighter. I like Lancome's mascara that starts with an H. It is supposed to curl as you apply it. On the less expensive side, I just bought Maybeline's new one that says it makes the lashes thicker or volumized 7X. It does seem to work.
I also did a vitalize peel last Thurs. and I'm not sure which product did it, but currently I have probably 80% less bumps than I did before.
Gee, is this what my derm has been calling "clogged oil glands?"
I get these awful looking things that I've always described as flattened, under the skin whitehead looking things--maybe a slightly yellowish tint to them. They are irregular in shape. I do know it is not milia. They cannot be expressed, so I stopped trying that years ago.
As frightening as this sounds, my derm has always just sort of scraped them off with a scalpel. He injects the area with a numbing agent, then basically flecks them of with the scalpel. Sometimes he will take off 15 at a time. They do bleed, sort of like scratching a mosiquito bite will cause it to bleed for a few seconds--some do lightly seep blood for a minute or so. It leaves a scab for about 5-6 days and then they heal just fine, never a scar and I've been having this done since the early 90's. I prefer the scabbed look for a few days over those nasty looking white things.
They do keep coming back, usually not in the EXACT same spot, but in another area close by. I go to have them removed a couple of times a year. My doc charges less than $100 to remove them, total. One session=$100.
Anyway, there is a way to "get rid" of them at least temporarily if the thought of doing this does not scare you to death. It's is not really awfully painful, the shot to deaden the area (especially forehead) is the worst part. I will say, he does not remove them from an area with thin skin but those areas don't usually have problem anyway.
Edited: I did do the IPL afterall. If you have fair skin, you're a great candidate. Darker skins and olive skins arent the greatest candidate for it. It was minimally painful. Numbing creme was used prior to treatment. It's great for rosacea, brownspots or any other hyperpigmentation.
I just found these entries about sh. I have them and just hate them. I have several big ones that drive me nuts. So far I have tried vbeam laser and aramis laser with no results. Has anyone tried the Fraxel laser for them?
Regarding having them scraped. What kind of a scar does that leave?
Is is scraped or like an electric needle? Thanks for any help.
It does not leave a hint of a scar on me. I don't know the technique he uses, but whatever it is I have no scars from him removing the SH's that way. I'm going to go back in a few weeks and have some more removed. I've been having this done off and on since the early 90's with no bad results (thank goodness).
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