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Common Minor Skin Problems (2)

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Besides warts, seborrheic keratosis, syringoma, and closed comedones, there are many other skin problems that people need to know and address.

“Seborrheic hyperplasia” is caused by normal sebaceous gland proliferation and often occurs on the face, appearing as yellow papules with central depression. Since it is usually widely distributed, it is not easy to detect, and scarring may occur after removal.

“Trichilemmoma” is a benign solitary skin tumor that commonly occurs on the nose and cheeks. Its diagnosis is challenging and may be misdiagnosed as other skin diseases such as closed comedones. Some patients want to remove them because they are usually in a noticeable location.

“Syringoma” is often confused with closed comedones, and many patients cannot distinguish between the two. Syringoma is a benign tumor caused by small sweat gland ducts inside the skin, commonly found on the face, especially the eyelids, neck, forehead, and chest. With a diameter of one to five microns, it can grow for several decades and can merge with adjacent syringoma to become even larger. Since there are no symptoms such as scars, pain, or discomfort, patients often do not seek medical attention until they become large and bothersome.

“Angioma” are red granules that form due to skin aging or poor healing after skin injury. They usually do not require treatment, but there may be more bleeding if they are scratched, and because they are bright red and very noticeable, patients often choose to remove them.

All of the above skin problems are common but are often overlooked. When problems accumulate, they become more difficult to deal with. For example, if warts are not treated, they can spread to the neck and body, making them more challenging to remove completely. Removing syringoma when they are smaller yields better results, as scarring is less likely to occur. Seborrheic keratosis can also grow into large patches, making it easier to remove when it is smaller. Seeking medical attention early is important, as these minor flaws can become more complicated when they become more noticeable.