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Home Remedies For Managing Sebaceous Cysts

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Home Remedies For Managing Sebaceous Cysts Hyderabd040-395603080 July 15, 2019

Do you have a painful cyst-like development on a particular area of your body? Are you worried that it might indicate something serious? It could be a sebaceous cyst.

Sebaceous cysts can be a great source of inconvenience and discomfort. While in most cases, these cysts are not a cause for serious concern, sometimes, things may take an ugly turn. This post will answer all your questions and list a few natural ways to manage sebaceous cysts.

What Are Sebaceous Cysts? 

A sebaceous cyst is a bump that is formed just under the surface of your skin. It is usually filled with a yellowish, foul-smelling liquid. These bumps may be painful and may cause swelling.

While a sebaceous cyst may look intimidating, it is not a cause for serious concern and does not cause long-term damage. However, it will lead to some discomfort and inconvenience.

Sebaceous cysts occur in both men and women. However, men are more susceptible as they have relatively more body hair than women. Sebaceous cysts can develop in adolescents as well as in adults.

Let us find out more about how these cysts are caused.

What Causes Sebaceous Cysts? 

Sebaceous cysts are formed due to a blockage in or damage to the sebaceous glands. The cysts usually occur due to trauma to the area around your neck, back, groin, or on your face. The injury may have been a scratch, wound, or acne.

Sebaceous cysts can also be the result of:

  • A follicle that has ruptured
  • A misshapen or damaged sebaceous gland
  • Injury
  • Genetic conditions likeGarner’s syndrome

Sebaceous cysts grow gradually. They may become inflamed or rupture. If this happens, it may pose a risk for infection.

Now that you know what causes these cysts, read on to find out where you are likely to develop them.

Where Do Sebaceous Cysts Mostly Occur?

Sebaceous cysts are usually observed on the face, neck, upper back, around the groin, and upper chest.

How Can I Tell If I Have A Sebaceous Cyst?

The simplest way to tell if you have a sebaceous cyst is the appearance of a small lump under the skin. The lump may or may not be painful.

The area around the cyst may appear red. The cyst is characterized by the presence of yellowish, pus-like fluid with a foul smell.

How Are Sebaceous Cysts Diagnosed? 

The diagnosis typically starts with the doctor taking a look at the cyst. Depending on the size of the cyst, your doctor may also scrape off skin cells to conduct a biopsy.

Usually, a sebaceous cyst can be left unattended if it does not cause much discomfort. But if you decide to seek medical help, below are the options that are available for the removal of sebaceous cysts.

 What Is The Medical Procedure For The Removal Of Sebaceous Cysts?

1. Injection Of The Cyst

In this method, the cyst is injected with a medicine that can help in reducing the inflammation.

2. Incision Of The Cyst And Drainage

Your doctor will make an incision in the cyst that will enable the draining out of the fluid. However, after this procedure, the cyst often reappears.

This process involves the removal of the entire cyst. This surgery is safe and ensures that the cyst does not reappear. If the cyst appears inflamed, the operation will be delayed.

Sebaceous cysts appear out of the blue and go away on their own in most cases without treatment. However, if the cyst is causing discomfort and pain, you may try a few home remedies to deal with it.

 13 Home Remedies To Manage Sebaceous Cysts

1. Warm Compress

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A warm compress can help in soothing inflammation in the affected area(1). This will also help reduce pain.

You Will Need
  • A sterile washcloth
  • A bucket of warm water
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak a sterile washcloth in warm water.
  2. Place the warm cloth on the affected area for a few minutes.
How Often Should You Do This

Repeat until the pain subsides.

2. CastorOil

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Castor oil has antimicrobial properties (2). These properties may prevent the cyst from getting infected.

You Will Need
  • 2-3 drops of castor oil
  • Sterile cotton cloth
  • 2-3 cups of warm water
What You Have To Do
  1. Apply a few drops of castor oil to the affected area.
  2. Massage gently.
  3. Soak the cotton cloth in warm water and place on the cyst for 10-15 minutes.
How Often Should You Do This

Repeat two times daily.

3. Tea Tree Oil

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Research shows that tea tree oil possesses anti-inflammatory properties and antimicrobial properties (3). These properties can soothe the pain and prevent infection in the affected area.

You Will Need
  • 2-3 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon of any carrier oil (olive oil or coconut oil)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix two to three drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of any carrier oil.
  2. Apply the mixture to the affected area.
  3. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off with water
How Often Should You Do This

Repeat two to three times daily, especially if you have a large cyst.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar possesses antimicrobial properties (4). These properties may help in the preventing infection of the sebaceous cyst.

You Will Need
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Dilute apple cider vinegar with water.
  2. Soak a cotton ball in the solution.
  3. Apply the solution to the affected area and leave it on for a few hours.
  4. Rinse the affected area thoroughly with water.
How Often Should You Do This

Repeat two times daily.

5. Turmeric

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Turmeric contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties (5). It can help reduce inflammation and infection around the sebaceous cysts.

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • A few drops of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder with a few drops of water to make a thick paste.
  2. Apply this paste generously on the sebaceous cyst and wait for it to dry.
  3. You may also mix some turmeric powder in warm milk and consume it before going to bed.
How Often Should You Do This

 Do this two times daily.

6. Garlic

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Why This Works

Garlic, with its antimicrobial properties, may help in significantly reducing the infection around the sebaceous cysts (6).

You Will Need
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 100 mL of olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Peel the cloves of garlic and crush them.
  2. Heat a saucepan and add the crushed garlic along with 100 mL of olive oil.
  3. Heat the oil on medium to low heat for about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Let the oil cool down. Strain it.
  5. Apply this oil to the sebaceous cyst and cover the area with sterile gauze.
  6. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it thoroughly with water.
How Often Should You Do This

Repeat this process three to four times daily.

7. Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and analgesic (7). These properties can reduce the pain in and around the affected area. Lauric acid is the main component of coconut oil that exhibits antimicrobial properties (8). This can help in managing the infection.

You Will Need

A teaspoon of virgin coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply virgin coconut oil on the affected area.
  2. Leave it on the cyst for a few hours.
How Often Should You Do This

Repeat two times daily.

8. Epsom Salt

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Epsom salt is commonly known as magnesium sulfate. The presence of magnesium in the salt can help reduce the inflammation associated with sebaceous cysts (9).

You Will Need
  • Warm water
  • 1-2 cups of Epsom salt
What You Have To Do
  1. Draw a lukewarm bath.
  2. Add one to two cups of Epsom salt to the water.
  3. Soak your body for 15-20 minutes.
How Often Should You Do This

Repeat two times daily for best results.

9. Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera possesses anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties (10). Both these properties can help in reducing the swelling around the sebaceous cyst and prevent further infection.

You Will Need

½ teaspoon of aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do
  1. Slice open the aloe leaf to extract the gel.
  2. Apply aloe vera gel generously on the cyst.
  3. Leave it on for a while before you rinse it off with plain water.
How Often Should You Do This

Repeat two times a day.

10. Witch Hazel

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Witch hazel or hamamelis bark contains anti-inflammatory tannins (11). Hence, it can be used to manage the inflammation around the sebaceous cyst.

You Will Need
  • Witch hazel extracts
  • Sterile cotton ball or Q-tip
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a cotton ball or Q-tip and dab some witch hazel onto it.
  2. Apply onto the sebaceous cyst and leave it to dry.
How Often Should You Do This

Apply this with a sterile cotton ball three to four times daily.

11. Grapefruit Seed Extract

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Grapefruit seed extract has antibacterial activity (12). This can help combat the bacteria triggering infection in the sebaceous cyst.

You Will Need
  • A few drops of grapefruit seed extract
  • Bandage
What You Have To Do
  1. With the help of a dropper, apply a drop of the grapefruit seed extract directly onto the sebaceous cyst.
  2. Wipe off any spills and cover with a sterile bandage.
How Often Should You Do This

You may repeat this two times daily.

12. Frankincense Oil

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Frankincense was used in Chinese medicine for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties (13), (14). It can help in reducing pain around the affected area.

You Will Need
  • 3-4 drops of frankincense oil
  • A teaspoon of olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix three to four drops of frankincense essential oil with a teaspoon of olive oil.
  2. Apply on the affected area and leave it on for a while.
How Often Should You Do This

Repeat three times daily.

13. Potato

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Potatoes are rich in phenolics, fiber, protease inhibitors, and glycoalkaloids, which exhibit anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties (15). Hence, they can help in managing sebaceous cysts,

You Will Need
  • A medium-sized raw potato
  • Washcloth
What You Have To Do
  1. Grate the potato and squeeze it to release the juice.
  2. Apply this juice on the cyst before sleeping and leave it on all night.
  3. Alternatively, you may also place a slice of potato on the cyst and secure it with a sterile washcloth.
How Often Should You Do This

Repeat every night before going to bed.

In most cases, sebaceous cysts cannot be foreseen or predicted. However, you can prevent the recurrence of sebaceous cysts or reduce them to a large extent.

How Can I Prevent Sebaceous Cysts?

To understand what preventive action must be taken, we must understand the causes of sebaceous cysts. Sebaceous cysts are caused by a blockage in the skin that ends up in sebum getting clogged in pores. Therefore, you must always remember to keep your skin clean and make sure that sebum production is regulated.

Go ahead and follow these tips and remedies to manage sebaceous cysts. In case your symptoms do not subside, book an appointment with a dermatologist to seek medical help.

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Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

When should I visit a doctor?

Sometimes, it is possible that even after trying out a few home remedies, there is no improvement in your symptoms. In such cases and cases wherein your symptoms worsen, seek professional medical help at the earliest.

What to do when an infected sebaceous cyst bursts?

If a sebaceous cyst bursts, it can lead to the infection of the cyst. This requires immediate medical attention from your doctor, especially if the wound is deep.

How long will it be before an infected sebaceous cyst is healed?

In most cases, a sebaceous cyst can heal on its own. But if it gets infected, medical intervention is required to contain the infection. If it seems mild, you may employ any one of the remedies mentioned above and manage the symptoms of the cyst at home.

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