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What are these little bumps that appear on the skin, and how do you get rid of them?

These little bumps often look similar to a pimple, however they don’t go away on there own and acne treatments are not going to get rid of them. Clients will often ask me to “extract” these little bumps, thinking that they are acne comedones. They are actually Sebaceous Hyperplasia and they can not be extracted, however they can be treated.

What is Sebaceous Hyperplasia?

Sebaceous hyperplasia is a skin disorder of the sebaceous (oil) glands, basically it is an enlarged oil gland. The sebaceous gland can over grow. When the sebaceous gland becomes enlarged it protrudes to the surface of the skin and is visible as a as soft, small papule, that is depressed in the center.

The exact cause is unclear, however it is commonly seen on people with oily skin and there also appears to be a hormonal link. Genetics, sun exposure, aging, and acne are also believed to be a factor in the development of Sebaceous Hyperplasia. Only a doctor can diagnose skin lesions, if you suspect you have a sebaceous hyperplasia it is a good idea to see a dermatologist. Basal cell carcinoma and sebaceous hyperplasia can look similar, so a proper diagnosis is needed.

Skin Cancer – Basal Cell Carcinoma

Non harmful – Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Treatment For Sebaceous Hyperplasia

It is not medicaly necassary to treat Sebaceous Hyperplasia, however many people choose to remove them for cosmetic reasons. It is important to remember that even after treating the sebaceous hyperplasia, there is a good chance it will grow back. You may want to consider treatments that produce results and are also cost effective, as you will likely need to repeat them at some point in the future.

There are several treatments that can be used to treat or remove sebaceous hyperplasia including: TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid), laser treatments, (PDT) photodynamic therapy with Levulan, cryotherapy, cauterization and electro desiccation with a hyfracator. Using a topical tretinoin (Retin-A), can also be useful, although it will not remove the lesion. Isotretinoin (Accutane) is also used to treat sebaceous hyperplasia. In some cases minor surgery may be recommended to remove the “bumps”.

After removing the lesion, I like to use Levulan, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) to help control sebaceous hyperplasia, because it shrinks the oil gland.

My preference is to first remove the “bumps” that are on the surface of the skin, and then follow up with products or treatments that are designed to shrink the oil gland, to help prevent it from growing back. If you have several, I recommend to start by treating one first, as a test to see how you respond. There is a possibility of hyper-pigmentation or hypo-pigmentation, those with darker skin are at greater risk for these complications.

If you have Sebaceous Hyperplasia that you would like treated, you can schedule a consultation with an Esthetician at
Paradise Valley Skin Klinic. 480 421-1701

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Read MoreJune 11, 2011 2:08 pm - Posted by Kristy

We are all about having sun kissed skin with out getting sun damage.

I have tried many sunless tanners, and although they have come a long way since the 80’s, many still leave a lot to be desired. I usually look for a sunless tanner that has an instant bronzer and a nice fragrance. A bronze tinted, sunless tanner will give you the satisfaction of instant color and help achieve even application. The chemicals used to create a sunless tan do have an unpleasant odor and can also make skin dry. This is why it is ideal to look for a product that has an added fragrance and a moisturizer. Tantasia is a new self tanner, by Jane Iredale and it meets all of my personal criteria. We (Stephanie & Kristy) both love this product, it works great for people with very fair skin (like Kristy) that need to build up color and those with skin that already has a nice color (like Stephanie) and would just like to add a little extra color and a get a beautiful glow.

A moisturizing, natural bronzer and self-tanner for face and body.
• Bronzer provides instant, healthy-looking color.
• Builds a gradual, natural looking tan within three days, for optimum control and customization.
• Fresh citrus fragrance.
• Streak-free formula.
• Sensitivity tested for use on face and body.
• Provides natural hydration to the skin.

Application for Face:
• Squeeze a dime-sized amount onto your finger.
• Touch the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin with the finger to distribute product.
• Using sweeping motions, start at the center of the face and blend outwards until you’re pleased with the coverage.
• Wash hands thoroughly.
• Apply daily until a golden tan has been achieved.

Application for Body:
• Squeeze an amount the size of a quarter in the palm of hand.
• Rub hands together two to three times to distribute the product across palms.
• Smooth on one section at a time until product is absorbed using long, back-and-forth strokes.
• Repeat the steps above until the desired coverage is reached.
• Wash hands thoroughly.
• Apply daily until a golden tan has been achieved.

• To minimize the chance of transfer to clothing, allow 15-20 minutes before getting dressed.
• The Blending Brush may be used to blend Tantasia.
• Use frequently to maintain color.

Glowing Reviews

Jane Iredale new self-tanner, Tantasia has been getting rave reviews! As seen in Allure Magazine, Fitness Magazine and Whole Living.

You can get Tantasia and other Jane Iredale products at Paradise Valley Skin Klinic, Shapiro Plastic Surgery.
5410 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste F-100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
480 421.1701

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Read MoreJune 7, 2011 7:17 pm - Posted by Stephanie

The Clarisonic cleansing brush has been a long time favorite among skin care profesionals, so it is no surprise that the Clarisonic Opal is a new favorite. The Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System helps you get the most out of your skin care products and improve the skin around your eyes.

A palm-sized sonic infusion device, the Opal is specially designed to help build skin’s resilience over time and prevent future damage around the eyes. By gently tapping the skin around your eye at 125 sonic movements per second, the Opal dispenses a specially formulated Anti-Aging Sea Serum, maximizing absorption in a way that’s not possible with your finger alone.

A blue dye was added to the eye serum to show the enhanced absorption with the Clarisonic Opal.

For me the biggest selling point is that your products will penetrate better when you use them with the Opal, and when you invest in the best skin care products you want to get all you can from them. The Opal Sonic comes with an Anti-Aging Sea Serum, but I also use it with other serums. I find it also works well with Skin Ceutical’s Hydrating B5 Gel and Obagi Elastiderm Eye Treatment Gel. I think I will also like try it with Skin Medica’s TNS Recovery Complex. I don’t limit my Opal use to around the eyes, I find it works great on the lip line too.

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Read MoreJune 6, 2011 9:35 pm - Posted by Kristy