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Posted on: December 15, 2017 at 5:18 pm
Last updated: June 20, 2018 at 10:19 am

Beautiful, glowing skin is something that we all strive for. So, when we find a raised bump on our skin it’s only natural to freak out a little. But, don’t worry, the bump may just be a sebaceous cyst, which is an eyesore but won’t necessarily cause you any harm. While most sebaceous cysts go away on their own, there are ways that you can make this unattractive bump diminish so that you can continue to put your best face forward.

The Causes and Symptoms of Sebaceous Cysts

A sebaceous cyst, also known as an epidermoid cyst, are noncancerous small bumps that develop beneath the skin. They can be found anywhere on the body but are most common on the face, neck, and trunk[1].

The surface of your skin is made up of thin layers of cells that your body continuously sheds. Sebaceous cysts form when these cells move deeper into your skin and multiply, instead of shedding. The skin cells form the walls of the cyst and they secrete the protein keratin, a yellow substance, into the center. Your skin may be prompted to do this by a damaged hair follicle or oil gland[1].

Anyone can develop a sebaceous cyst, but there are some factors that may make you more susceptible:

  • Puberty
  • Rare Genetic Disorder
  • Injury to the Skin

Symptoms

  • A small, round bump under the skin, usually around the face, neck, or trunk
  • A tiny blackhead plugging the central opening of the cyst
  • A thick, yellow, smelly material that sometimes drains from the cyst
  • Redness, swelling, and tenderness of the area

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For the most part, sebaceous cysts don’t require treatment and will go away on their own. However, if you identify with one or more of the following, then you should seek the guidance of a doctor:

  1. The cyst grows rapidly (and reaches a diameter of five centimeters[2])
  2. It ruptures or becomes painful or infected
  3. It occurs in a spot that is easily irritated
  4. It’s in an unusual location, such as a finger or toe

Treatment Options

Injection

This method involved injecting the cyst with medicine that will help to reduce swelling and inflammation. While this method has been known to work initially, there is a chance of the cyst recurring.

Drainage

In this method, a doctor will cut a small hole in the cyst and drain out its contents. This is a fairly quick procedure, but cysts have been known to recur after the treatment[1]. Never try to drain the cyst on your own because it can cause infection. 

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Surgery

Another option is complete removal of the cyst through surgery. This method usually prevents the cyst from recurring[2], but you will have to make another trip to the doctor for a checkup and to get the stitches removed.

Natural Solution

As mentioned before, most cysts will go away on their own, and treatment is not often needed. However, you can try some home remedies to relieve the swelling and inflammation, and diminish the cyst in the meantime.  

The Natural Solution to Healing a Sebaceous Cyst

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Hot Compress

Hot compresses will break down any inflammation and promote lymphatic waste removal. You can easily make this at home with ingredients in your pantry. Follow the steps in this video to make your own hot compress:

Tea Tree Oil

This essential oil is commonly used for treating skin-related ailments because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You can apply tea tree oil to the cyst, but be sure to dilute it with water or a carrier oil first. The general recommendation is 1 part tea tree oil to 9 parts water[3]. You can apply this combination to the cyst using a clean cloth 3-4 times per day to reduce swelling.

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When purchasing essential oils it’s recommended to buy 100% pure essential oils instead of synthetic oils, as they are an inferior product and may have harsh chemicals added to them[3].

Antibiotic Herbs

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Antibiotic herbs, such as garlic, Goldenseal, Olive leaf, and Barberry are known for their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects, and they will help to reduce the risk of infection, improve immunity, and stimulate lymphatic flow. Also, nutrients, such as Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, Selenium and Vitamin A will increase your antioxidant status[3]. Incorporating these into your diet will help to make your body strong, reduce inflammation, and help your sebaceous cyst to disappear faster.

Developing a sebaceous cyst isn’t the end of the world. With these natural remedies and some patience, your skin will be back to its beautiful self in no time.

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