Hemangiomas – some additional information!

Hello Doctor Irwin, I love your site and have followed your recommendations on many occasions with great success, so thanks for doing it!!! I have a question regarding little red spots on my skin. My PCP told me they are called cherry angiomas. For as long as I can remember I have always had a few of them on my body, but now I am close to 40 and I have been getting more and more of them all over. The ones that bother me the most are on my neck and on my face which I have been covering up with a concealer. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them or at least reduce the bright red color of them? I have been trying to exfoliate with 10% glycolic acid, but I don't think I am seeing any improvement. Also, will I keep getting them for the rest of my life? Is there anything I can do to prevent them? I am extremely diligent about sunscreen, but I am not sure if this is what causes them. THANK YOU!!!

Oops – missed the last part.   So you’re right, the glycolic will do nothing.   Hemangiomas are more common in women and are, at least partially, related to fact that we have estrogen.  Most women have some of these and they do tend to accumulate over a lifetime.  Most women will get fewer after menopause due to lower estrogen levels.    Dr. I

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