The top layer of your skin or the epidermis is made up of thin protective layer of cells that the body naturally sheds. Usually, sebaceous cysts form when the surface cells move deeper into your skin and multiply instead of shed. This often occurs in areas where there are small hair follicles and larger sebaceous glands like your genitals, upper back, neck, and face. The walls of the sebaceous cyst will form when cells multiply and secrete keratin into the interior. The good news is you can get rid of sebaceous cyst through the following tips.
Tip #1: Establish factors that cause it.
There are several factors that contribute to the abnormal production of cells. Impaired sebaceous gland is one good example and so are hair follicle damage, genetic factors, and birth defect. Sizes may also differ from a few millimeters to five centimeters in diameter. The cyst is round, yellow or white lumps with freely moving sacs. When squeezed or pricked, thick, cheesy and foul smelling material usually drains from the cyst. If the cyst is not painful, the doctors will recommend leaving the cyst alone.
Tip #2: Try corticosteroids
This treatment is used if you have an inflamed sebaceous cyst but one that is not infected. Your doctor will inject it using corticosteroids to reduce the inflammation.
Tip #3: Try clinical lancing
In here, the doctor will make a small incision in the cyst and drain its contents. This procedure is quick and easy but the cyst will most likely occur after the treatment.
Tip #4: Use carbon dioxide laser
This is a surgical procedure that removes sebaceous cyst but is one that leaves a scar. It vaporizes the cyst with a carbon dioxide laser to minimize scarring though.
Tip #5: Opt for minimal excision
This procedure is like a laser treatment with minimal excision that reduces the risk of scar formation. The doctor makes a small incision in the cyst and drains its contents. This removes the whole cyst through incision. This kind of treatment only leaves a small wound that is left to heal.
Tip #6: Try total excision
This procedure is said to have 100% accuracy if the cyst can be extracted in one piece. If the cyst is removed, the cyst will not grow in the same place anymore but may occur in nearby areas. This procedure causes the skin to scar. The doctor will apply a local anesthesia to the affected area first. He will open the cyst using a scalpel making a single cut down to the lump or an oval cut on both sides of the cyst. If the cyst is small, a lancet is usually used. The doctor now squeezes the cheesy contents made of sebum, keratin and dead skin cells. The incision is disinfected and wound is stitched back together.
Tip #7: Personal hygiene is important.
Maintaining a personal hygiene may help reduce your risk in developing sebaceous cyst. If you want to get rid of your cyst, always follow the doctor’s advice to prevent infection. Never squeeze or try to puncture a lump because this could bring further damage to your skin like infection and profuse bleeding.
There are options to get rid of skin cysts like the sebaceous cyst. You can always ask your doctor for these options but never forget to start the treatment from within, that is, through personal hygiene.