What Are Cysts And How You Can Treat Them

November 12th, 2014 | Skin care

Contributed by: Daniel Clark

Cysts are mostly non-cancerous, closed pockets of tissue that are filled with fluid, pus, or other material. Cysts are common on the skin, but can appear anywhere. Cysts can develop because of infection, clogging of sebaceous glands or around foreign bodies, such as earrings.

Cysts usually do not cause pain unless they rupture or become infected or inflamed. Some cysts may need to be drained to relieve symptoms. That involves piercing the cyst with a scalpel and draining it. Some inflamed cysts can be treated with an injection of cortisone medication to cause it to shrink. Cysts that do not respond to other treatments or reoccur can be removed surgically if they cause troublesome symptoms.

Epidermoid cysts are noncancerous small bumps beneath the skin. Epidermoid cysts can appear anywhere on the skin, but are most common on the face, neck and trunk. Slow growing and often painless, epidermoid cysts rarely cause problems or need treatment. However, you may choose to have a cyst removed by a doctor if its appearance bothers you or if it’s painful, ruptured or infected.


Another type of cyst is sebaceous cyst. Sebaceous cyst, when emerges on skin, looks very ugly. They drain out foul-smelling cheesy liquid. When a person suffers with sebaceous cyst, he/she experiences various symptoms, which are as follows:

  • Redness of skin
  • Soreness of skin
  • Infected area becomes warm
  • Foul smelling cheesy material develops in cysts
  • Non-painful bump arises beneath the skin

Sebaceous cysts treatment is essential is such case. They also need to be tested if they are malignant or benign by doing biopsy. For benign type which occur as part of a medical condition (such as fibrocystic breast disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, and similar conditions), the treatment is not usually directed towards it. Rather, the predominant medical condition is addressed through proper medication. Some people choose to use natural treatments to reduce the condition. Here are some popular ones.

Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is one of the beneficial oils with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. For the treatment of sebaceous cyst, apply some tea tree oil directly on it. It will work as a protecting layer for the cyst and will fight against infecting bacteria. It will also reduce the reoccurrence of sebaceous cyst.

Aloe vera
Aloe vera is also one of the natural remedies for sebaceous cyst. It possesses pain-relieving and healing properties.

Castor oil
Castor oil, when used for sebaceous cysts, shows effective results. It not only heals the inflamed cyst, but also reduces itching. All you are required to do is to soak a piece of clean cloth in castor oil and place it directly on the infected cyst. Now, place a hot water bag on the cloth placed on cyst and compress for half an hour.

Lugol’s iodine
Lugol’s iodine, commonly available at various grocery stores, has been proven an effective cure for sebaceous cyst. Apply this solution on the infected area with the help of a cotton bud.

Witch hazel
The astringent properties of witch hazel help in healing sebaceous cyst easily. Apply a very little quantity of witch hazel gel or cream on the infecting cyst. Let it soak into your skin. Within a couple of days, the size of the cyst will be reduced.

Hot compress
Hot compression facilitates draining out pus or thick liquid from cyst.

Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver is actually 99% pure silver. Colloidal silver is an antibiotic herb, which reduces inflammation. It helps in stimulating lymphatic flow and stop infection. Colloidal silver is also known for improving the immune system and is effective for healing sebaceous cyst.


Author bio
Daniel is a dermatologist and conducted many successful sebaceous cysts treatment. He likes to write articles on various scientific topics and here he is giving information about cysts and methods to treat them.

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