Long before I knew what it was called, I’ve been suffering with sebaceous hyperplasia. I didn’t know what those bumps were on my face. They weren’t pimples, they weren’t warts and they weren’t moles. It was only after seeing the dermatologist last year, and another failed treatment, I learned the condition is called sebaceous hyperplasia.
Update: Second Skin Classic treatment January 2020
Watch the video to see how my skin heals following my second Skin Classic treatment for SH.
The good news is that it’s not dangerous in any way, but having a lot of bumps on your face is frustrating, annoying and often embarrassing. The frustration gets compounded when you seek medical treatment and what is proscribed is more suitable to acne, which this is not.
Sebaceous hyperplasia (SH) is inflammation and multiplication of cells inside the oil glands. The cause is unknown.
You can’t get rid of it by any conventional means—squeezing, freezing with liquid nitrogen, using electrocautery, Retin-A and other exfoliants. I’ve tried it all, except for the electric needle.
With squeezing, you can sometimes get something out but the bump soon returns to its original size.
With liquid nitrogen, it’s hit or miss, expensive and can cause scarring.
Retin-A simply doesn’t work and I believe it’s bad for the skin in the long term.
Then one day I found this interesting video for the Skin Classic machine. I knew this was the answer I’d been searching for.
Watch how Skin Classic gets rid of SH and more
How it works
Skin Classic uses high frequency to heat up the sebum which causes it to instantly come out of the pore. The needle doesn’t actually penetrate the skin. A series of light taps are used around the bump.
That being said, this is not a cure because there is no such thing for SH. You may still have new bumps appear, but the ones you are treated for will not return.
Other skin conditions improved by Skin Classic
Besides SH, these skin irregularities can be successfully treated:
- keratosis pilaris
- broken capillaries
- cherry angiomas
- skin tags
- some hyperpigmentation
What it was like getting the treatment myself
To find a practitioner, I filled out a contact form on the RNfaces website.* They referred me to the OC Spa & Wellness Center in Huntington Beach, CA. There you can either get spot treatment or full face treatment down to the cleavage area. I went for the latter since I had quite a few spots.
*As of October 18, 2018, a list of providers can be found here
Normally they clean the skin, then steam it, followed by microdermabrasion and last, the Skin Classic machine. I didn’t want microdermabrasion so my esthetician skipped that part.
During the treatment there’s a small amount of pain involved, but it’s nothing compared to getting liquid nitrogen. Every time she zapped a spot, I thought “ow, ow” and then it was over. It only lasted about one second. After that, there was no more pain or discomfort all the way through the healing process.
Besides getting rid of the SH, she also did a couple of skin tags, a cherry angioma and a dark hyperpigmented spot.
Right after treatment
Afterwards, my face was a little bit red and irritated looking. The next day scabs started to form and in the following days, they became more and more obvious. I felt like my face was covered with polka dots. I couldn’t really hide it with makeup so I opted to stay at home for the next week.
There was no picking of scabs allowed and I was very careful when I touched my face.
You’re supposed to return in 7 to 10 days to get any spots that might have been missed the first time. Some can get overlooked in places where the bumps are clustered together because the skin starts to get irritated and it’s hard to see what’s been done and what hasn’t.
I went back after seven days but I recommend waiting ten days. Waiting longer is better because at seven days there was still some irritation and a few spots were missed. I will have to go back again one of these days for another treatment.
Ten days after treatment
Ten days later most of the smaller scabs had fallen off. The larger ones took another month to heal.
Evaluating the results of Skin Classic
It took about four to six weeks for my face to completely heal, with the largest spots being the longest to heal. None of the bumps that were treated returned. One deep spot on my forehead left me with a slight indentation which took several months to fill in.
The skin tags and cherry angioma were also gone for good. The dark spot, however, lightened up considerably but did not completely disappear.
One year after my Skin Classic treatment
My skin looks much better than it did a year ago. I’m very happy with the results.
Conclusion: I highly recommend Skin Classic
Finding this solution was a dream come true. I thought I was going to have to live with those awful bumps for the rest of my life. I’m still amazed by how well it worked.
What I can’t understand is why dermatologists are not getting Skin Classic machines to treat SH. Perhaps they have another agenda than providing the best solution for their patients. Just a thought.
For more information and to find a provider in your area, please visit RNfaces.com.
Please note: I have no affiliation with Skin Classic, RNfaces or OC Spa & Wellness. I’m just a customer who’s trying to get the word out to other people suffering with sebaceous hyperplasia.