What is a Sebaceous Cyst?
A cyst is a noncancerous lump under the skin. They are often located on the face, trunk or in places where the body gets hot, such as armpits, and are quite common. Sebaceous cysts, sometimes known as epidermal cysts, take time to develop, contain liquid or semi-liquid and are rarely painful unless they become infected.
They are caused as a result of a blocked duct from sebaceous glands, which are situated at the base of hair follicles. Producing sebum, an oil that moisturizes and protects our skin, when the duct becomes blocked by an ingrown hair, bacteria or a skin condition, such as acne, a cyst forms. The inside of the cyst walls secrete keratin, a soft substance that forms our skin layers, and it is this substance that fills the cyst.
Sebaceous Cyst Treatment – Home Remedies for Sebaceous Cysts
In many cases, a hot compress can encourage the cyst to heal. Use a cotton pad soaked in water that is as hot as you can bear, and hold it against the cyst for five minutes a couple of times a day. You may find that initially the cyst starts to look redder or bursts, but this is just the process of healing. If it does burst, apply a little antiseptic cream to the area, and it will soon heal.
Another popular remedy is Tea Tree Essential Oil.
Possessing antimicrobial properties, tea tree oil can destroy bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other pathogens, and is very effective at dealing with sebaceous cysts.
Dilute a few drops of tea tree oil in half a cup of hot water, and using a clean cloth or cotton pad, apply it directly to the cyst two or three times a day. You should notice an improvement within a couple of days. Avoid using undiluted tea tree oil as it is very astringent when applied neat on the skin.
If you are concerned, or the cyst does not clear up after a couple of weeks, make an appointment to see your doctor.