A sebaceous cyst is a benign tumor-like accumulation of the fatty secretion from a sebaceous gland. It occurs most commonly on the face, scalp, and back. The sebaceous glands are in the dermis, the second layer of the skin, and they produce sebum, a greasy lubricating substance that helps to keep skin soft and elastic and to prevent penetration by microorganisms. They have separate pores to the outer skin, or they may open into hair follicles. When there is an obstruction of a sebaceous gland outlet, the sebum it secretes builds up and a retention cyst known as sebaceous skin cysts will result. These cysts usually grow until removed.
A cyst that fills with dry sebum or a sebum-like material is called milium. These milky white nodules frequently appear on the eyelids and other parts of the upper face, and sometimes on the scrotum. Though most cysts are harmless, they occasionally may become malignant or infected, or interfere with function of a gland. Therefore, sebaceous cysts should be excised but only by a physician. Here are tips on how to treat sebaceous skin cysts.
Tip #1: Rely on a surgical excision.
This is a trouble-free method used to totally eradicate the sac as well as its substances. A complete excision surgical procedure is required to get rid of the whole cyst so as to avoid its reappearance. Home remedy may be used, but it cannot eradicate the cyst, it can only alleviate the symptoms connected to it.
Tip #2: Use an old school technique.
What is this all about? You may ask. You simply have to daub warm, moist wash cloths on the bump for about 20-30 minutes daily at least three to four times.
Tip #3: You can go to a dermatologist for injection.
A dermatologist can inject your inflamed sebaceous skin cysts by using a corticosteroid medicine to lessen the irritation. Corticosteroid injection is only good for a cyst that is not infected.
Tip #4: Use carbon dioxide laser.
This technique can help reduce scarring by vaporizing the cyst on your face as well as on the other sensitive parts.
Tip #5: Stay away from excessive exposure to the sun.
Too much sun exposure can aggravate the condition because as you perspire, excess sebum will also develop and trigger the condition further.
Tip #6: Take note of things to avoid.
Keep away from using skin care products that contain oil to prevent further appearance of sebaceous skin cyst. Make it a point not to squeeze the cyst by yourself to avoid further scarring and contamination. Keep away from scratching, draining, opening, or puncturing the lump to prevent further complications.
Tip #7: Know what you should use to treat the problem.
Use antibacterial soap in cleansing the lumps and its neighboring skin to further sanitize it. Use heating pad, hot water and antibiotics. If you want to self-treat the condition you can use heating pad, hot water and antibiotics, but make sure that you already discussed the matter with your doctor prior to deciding to cure the condition by yourself.
The heating pad should be filled with hot water or if you do not have one, you can use washcloth by dipping it in extremely hot water before putting it on the cyst for about 15 minutes. You can do this process two times a day. A heating pad is much preferable to use in this technique because it can retain the heat for quite some time.
These are tips you can rely on when you want to treat sebaceous skin cysts. You can always consult the process with experts if in case you are afraid to take the risk of doing the procedure on your own.