Little bumps on the forehead – what are these and what can i do?

I have little bumps under the skin on my forehead the dermatologist told me there is nothing that can be done to remove them, if he were to remove I would have an indentation where the tiny lumps are. I am very careful with the products I use all products recommended by the dermatologist. Glycolic cleanser,a tretenoid cream. Can anything be done?

Did your dermatologist tell you the name of these … his diagnosis??  If they were sebaceous hyperplasia (enlarged oil glands), then they can be treated.  He’s correct in saying that these shouldn’t be cut out because it would leave a scar or an indent.

However, they can be flattened safely which removes the “bump” but not the oil gland itself.  One way to do this is to use a “hyfercator” (electric pen) , a tiny currette and a comedone extractor.  It must be done by a board certified dermatologist who can make sure the healing process goes well.  Especially, if there aren’t too many, this will often work well.   It generally lasts one-two years but understand that you will get new ones and the old ones will slowly grow back so, if you go this route, it’s not maintenance free.   INSURANCE WILL USUALLY NOT COVER THIS –  it’s cosmetic.

Warning though!!!!  This takes about a week to heal and you will look red and crusty on all the treated spots during that week!!   Spots will stay red for a few weeks after that usually but can be covered with makeup at that point.  Also, absolutely no sun or much outdoor time for 3-4 weeks after.

Hope this helps ……it’s not a perfect option but it’s an option.  I’d be happy to discuss with your dermatologist if he wants to call my office.

Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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