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Common Minor Skin Problems (1)


Apart from more skin aging related problems like pigmentation, uneven skin texture, and sagging, I also frequently deal with some minor skin issues. However, these minor problems should not be underestimated, as they can accumulate and become major problems.

These minor skin problems are generally benign, and many people confuse different issues since their manifestations are very similar. Therefore, they should be diagnosed and treated by a doctor. The more common and noticeable ones are seborrheic keratosis, warts, closed comedones, seborrheic hyperplasia, syringoma, trichilemmoma, and vascular granules.

I will provide a brief introduction to these issues to give everyone a basic understanding.

“Warts” are caused by human papillomavirus infection, which is generally transmitted through contact between people. After infection, warts can spread to other parts of the body. Warts are usually yellow, brown, or flesh-colored, and their surface can be smooth or rough. They are not painful or itchy. Warts are divided into many types caused by different types of human papillomavirus. Common warts and flat warts are more common on the face. If not treated promptly, warts can multiply and become very large. It is common to see many warts on a patient’s face, numbering in the hundreds, until they seek medical attention. Early treatment can prevent this outcome.

“Seborrheic keratosis,” also known as “senile warts,” is a benign epidermal tumor that is more common in middle-aged and elderly people, especially men. It is caused by excessive epidermal keratinization. Initially, it is light brown, slowly becoming darker, then raised and wart-like in appearance. It can appear on the face, scalp, neck, body, or hands. It can grow very large and in great numbers, significantly affecting appearance. The earlier it is removed, the better the outcome.

“Closed comedones” are clogged sebaceous glands, which cause the accumulation of sebum. They often disappear naturally, but some can grow on the skin for many years. There was once a female patient with numerous closed comedones on her face who thought they would disappear naturally, but they persisted for more than a decade, increasing in size and number, until she sought medical attention. Many people try to solve this problem at home, but they often aggravate it, causing inflammation and suppuration, and need medical treatment. Therefore, I advise everyone to seek professional help when encountering any problems, to avoid making the situation worse.