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Sebaceous adenoma

Sebaceous hyperplasia; Hyperplasia - sebaceous; Adenoma - sebaceous

A sebaceous adenoma is a noncancerous tumor of an oil-producing gland in the skin.

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A sebaceous adenoma is a small bump. There is most often only one, and it is usually found on the face, scalp, belly, back, or chest. It may be a sign of a serious internal disease.

If you have several small bumps of the sebaceous glands, this is called sebaceous hyperplasia. Such bumps are harmless in most cases, and often found on the face. They are not a sign of serious disease. They are more common with age. They may be treated if you do not like how they look.

References

Calonje E, Brenn T, Lazar AJ, Billings SD. Tumors and related lesions of the sebaceous glands. In: Calonje E, Brenn T, Lazar AJ, Billings SD, eds. McKee's Pathology of the Skin. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 32.

Dinulos JGH. Cutaneous manifestations of internal disease. In: Dinulos JGH, ed. Habif's Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide in Diagnosis and Therapy. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 26.

James WD, Elston DM, Treat JR, Rosenbach MA, Neuhaus IM. Epidermal nevi, neoplasms, and cysts. In: James WD, Elston DM, Treat JR, Rosenbach MA, Neuhaus IM, eds. Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 29.

  • Sebaceous adenoma - illustration

    Sebaceous adenomas are small, yellow bumps containing sweat glands which are usually found on the face.

    Sebaceous adenoma

    illustration

  • Hair follicle sebaceous gland - illustration

    Each pore on the surface of the skin is an opening to a canal called a follicle. The follicle also contains a hair and an oil gland (sebaceous gland). The oil gland helps remove old skin cells, keeps the skin lubricated, and prevents drying of tissues.

    Hair follicle sebaceous gland

    illustration

  • Sebaceous adenoma - illustration

    Sebaceous adenomas are small, yellow bumps containing sweat glands which are usually found on the face.

    Sebaceous adenoma

    illustration

  • Hair follicle sebaceous gland - illustration

    Each pore on the surface of the skin is an opening to a canal called a follicle. The follicle also contains a hair and an oil gland (sebaceous gland). The oil gland helps remove old skin cells, keeps the skin lubricated, and prevents drying of tissues.

    Hair follicle sebaceous gland

    illustration


Review Date: 10/10/2020

Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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