Small Bumps on the Face? Cholesterol Bumps?

Many of us have small lumps or bumps on our faces, and we often hear them referred to as "cholesterol deposits."

But did you know that not all of them are caused by cholesterol?

  • Xanthelasma (cholesterol deposits)

Xanthelasma is a skin condition caused by the deposition of cholesterol on the skin's surface. This yellowish layer often occurs on the eyelids and has a size of approximately 1cm.

It is caused by various factors, such as liver disease, high lipid levels, and others.

  • Syringoma (cholesterol bumps)

Although often referred to as cholesterol bumps, syringoma is a condition where the eccrine sweat glands in the dermis (deeper layer of the skin) enlarge. They appear as yellowish bumps and commonly occur around the eyes and upper cheekbones. They have a size of approximately 1-3mm.


  • Sebaceous hyperplasia

Sebaceous hyperplasia is the enlargement of sebaceous glands (oil glands). It commonly occurs in middle-aged or older individuals. They can appear as individual or grouped bumps and often occur in areas with many oil glands, such as the nose, forehead, and chin.


  • Papular scars

Papular scars are acne scars. They appear as small bumps that cause an uneven skin texture. They are skin-colored and usually occur on the chin and nose. They have a size of approximately 3-4mm.


  • Milia

Milia are bumps or cysts in the deeper layers of the skin that contain keratin (skin protein). These small, white, pearl-like bumps commonly appear on areas such as the cheeks, around the eyes, and forehead. They have a size of approximately 1-2mm.



Although the causes of these skin conditions are different, the treatment approaches are somewhat similar.

There are no creams or cosmetic products that can remove these bumps or cholesterol deposits.

Procedures such as surgical treatment or laser can be performed to treat them. At Dr. Diana Clinic, our doctors will examine the skin condition before designing a treatment plan to remove and prevent their recurrence.

For any inquiries, please contact us for further clarification.



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