Small, yellowish or white greasy bumps often found on the forehead and cheeks of middle aged or older patients are called sebaceous hyperplasia. Though they are often mistaken for pimples and cannot be popped. Sebaceous hyperplasia is caused by enlarged oil glands on the face. Each bump usually has a tiny indent in the middle, and may also have small blood vessels on top. They are not a health concern, but some patients seek treatment to correct their appearance. Because of their small, pearly yellow bumps, sebaceous hyperplasia can sometimes be misdiagnosed as basal cell carcinoma (a form of skin cancer), so it’s best to consult with your dermatologist.
It is not always necessary to remove sebaceous hyperplasia, but several treatment options are available: