Sebaceous cysts are common, but they are not cancerous. They are nothing more than an abnormality located under the skin where too much liquid forms. The face, the neck, and the torso are the most common locations of a sebaceous cyst, and they can be uncomfortable if they’re left too long without treatment.
What causes sebaceous cysts?
A sebaceous cyst can occur anytime and anywhere without warning. It might grow slowly, and you might not notice it until it’s formed significantly. It looks a lot like a pimple that forms beneath the skin without ever breaking through. If it forms on your face or neck, you might even assume that’s all it is. Unlike a pimple, however, this cyst will not subside after a few days. If you're unsure what you're dealing with, you can always call your doctor and schedule an exam to see what the problem is.
The cyst forms when the gland’s passage is blocked. The sebaceous gland works to produce natural oils for the hair and skin. It’s healthy, it’s necessary, and everyone has these glands. If the exit area of the gland is blocked, the oil can build up in the gland and cause the cyst to form. The liquid continues to build, but it has nowhere to go. A blockage is not the only cause of these cysts. If the gland is damaged, the cysts can also appear.
If you notice a cyst like this growing anywhere on your body, you want to have it treated before it has time to get any bigger. Your doctor can perform a physical exam to diagnose it, offer treatment, or you can try your own remedies to remove the cyst.
Home Remedy Options for Sebaceous Cysts
A sebaceous cyst home remedy could work for you, but you do need to choose the remedy that works best. Squeezing a cyst like this causes too much pain, and it can increase the risk of infection inside the gland. It’s better to try these remedies that don’t involve popping it but rather treating it from the outside.
Tea Tree Oil – You can apply a few drops of tea tree oil directly to a sebaceous cyst to help heal it. The oil must be applied three times a day until it’s healed. It’s an anti-bacterial property, too, which means you’re going to see it work faster and better than other remedies.
Hot Compress – It’s perhaps the most natural way to remove a sebaceous cyst from your life, but you cannot have your water too hot on your compress. It must be hot, but not boiling. If it’s too hot, it could encourage bacterial growth that will make the cyst worse. Apply the hot compress to the area regularly. Push it down as if you’re smashing it. It causes the cyst, over time, to open up and drain.
Apple Cider Vinegar – This is the home remedy you might want to try last because it’s a noticeable remedy. It involves placing apple cider vinegar directly on the cyst and covering it with a bandage. The bandage must stay tightly on the cyst for three to four days to help the cyst form a hard layer on top. Once the hard layer is formed, you must pry it off. The cyst then oozes out all the oil from inside as the gland is no longer blocked. To prevent infection from getting into the open wound, put a bandage back on the cyst for another three or four days until it is healed and gone.
Aloe Vera – Aloe is a natural remedy for many things, but you want to be sure you’re using this in its natural form rather than the kind that’s made and sold. Pick a piece directly from an aloe plant, and apply it to the cyst several times a day until the cyst heals. Depending on how advanced it is, the treatment might take a little longer than you thought.
Medical Treatment of a Sebaceous Cyst
This type of cyst is not a medical problem for you, but it is a cosmetic problem. Your doctor might encourage you to do it yourself at home or ask you if you want them to remove it using one or more of the many options available. There are a few you might try.
Your doctor can simply extract the cyst using a small surgical procedure. The problem with this method is it typically involves a lasting scar. A minimal excision could leave a smaller scar, but it typically causes the cyst to return more than once.
If you want a more invasive treatment, your doctor might offer you a chance to go through laser therapy with a biopsy extraction. This involves using a laser to cut a hole in the cyst and drain it. The cyst is left to drain for about a month before the doctor goes back into the cyst to remove its outer walls. It’s more time-consuming and invasive.
Before you take it upon yourself to remove a sebaceous cyst, do yourself a favor and speak to your doctor about it. If you choose to remove it yourself, your doctor might have some advice for you. An antibacterial medication can help you prevent the area from becoming infected if you handle the problem yourself. He or she might also prescribe you this medication if they handle the removal process. Home remedies are not frowned upon for a cyst of this nature. Do your research to find out what home remedy might work for you, what you feel most comfortable with, and what you think it requires.