How To Get Rid Of Cysts


Folliculitis is an inflammatory and usually infectious condition. It can form when a hair grows into the skin and a pseudocyst forms near it.

What’s Causing This Cyst?

A cyst is a small pocket of tissue filled with air, fluid or other substances. Cyst maybe caused by genetics, inflammation, infection or other issues. They are usually benign but may need treatment if complications arise.

A cyst is a sac-like pocket of membranous tissue that contains fluid, air, or other substances. Cysts can grow almost anywhere in your body or under your skin.

There are many types of cysts. Most cysts are benign, or noncancerous.

Whether a cyst needs treatment depends on a number of factors, including:

  • the type of cyst
  • the location of the cyst
  • if the cyst is causing pain or discomfort
  • whether the cyst is inflamed or infected

If you’re not sure if you have a skin condition, you can take a picture and send it to an online dermatologist.

Cysts can vary in appearance depending on their type and location. Here are 11 types of cysts.

Warning: Graphic images ahead.

Epidermoid cyst

close-up of an epidermoid cyst on the back of the neck

  • An epidermoid cyst is a small, slow growing, benign cyst most commonly found on the face, head, neck, back, or genitals.
  • It’s usually caused by a buildup of keratin under the skin.
  • It looks like a skin-colored, tan, or yellowish bump filled with thick material.
  • It may become swollen, red, or painful if it’s inflamed or infected.

Sebaceous cyst

close-up of a sebaceous cyst behind the left ear

  • A sebaceous cyst is found on the face, neck, or torso.
  • It’s usually caused by trauma or damage to the sebaceous glands, such as from cuts or surgical wounds.
  • A large cyst may cause pressure and pain.
  • It’s noncancerous and very slow growing.

Breast cyst

ultrasound image of a breast cyst

  • Most breast lumps (such as cysts) are noncancerous, but there are many possible causes for a lump in your breast.
  • Instead of performing a breast self-exam, it’s important to be familiar with how your breasts typically feel so you’re aware of changes. This way, you’re more likely to notice changes right away.
  • You should make an appointment to see a healthcare professional if:
    • you discover a new lump
    • an area of your breast is noticeably different than the rest
    • a lump changes or grows larger
    • you notice unexpected discharge from the nipple
    • you have an inverted nipple, and it wasn’t always inverted

    Ganglion cyst

    close-up of a ganglion cyst on the top of the right wrist

    • A ganglion cyst is a round, gel-filled lump of tissue that usually appears along tendons or joints, especially in the hands, wrists, ankles, and feet.
    • Fluid accumulation can occur due to injury, trauma, or overuse, but often the cause is unknown.
    • A ganglion cyst is common, harmless, and doesn’t cause pain or problems unless it grows and puts pressure on other structures.

    Pilonidal cyst

    close-up of a pilonidal cyst in the cleft of the buttocks

    • A pilonidal cyst is a common skin condition that forms in the cleft at the top of the buttocks. It typically occurs after puberty.
    • It’s believed to be caused by a combination of changing hormones, hair growth, and friction from clothes or from spending a long time sitting.
    • It consists of a small hole or tunnel in the skin that may become infected and fill with fluid or pus.
    • Signs of an infection include:
      • pain when sitting or standing
      • red or sore skin around the area
      • pus or blood draining from the abscess, causing a foul odor
      • swelling of the cyst
      • hair protruding from the lesion

      Ovarian cyst

      close-up of an ovarian cyst

      • Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop on one or both of the ovaries.
      • They may develop as a normal part of the reproductive cycle or be pathologic.
      • They may be asymptomatic or painful.
      • Symptoms include:
        • abdominal bloating or swelling
        • painful bowel movements
        • pelvic pain before or during the menstrual cycle
        • painful intercourse
        • pain in the lower back or thighs
        • breast tenderness
        • nausea
        • vomiting

        Baker’s (popliteal) cyst

        mri image of a baker’s cyst

        • A Baker’s cyst is a fluid-filled swelling that causes a lump at the back of the knee.
        • This condition is due to a problem that affects the knee joint, such as arthritis, inflammation from repetitive stress, or a cartilage injury.
        • Symptoms include:
          • mild to severe pain
          • tightness
          • limited range of motion
          • swelling behind the knee
          • bruising on the knee and calf
          • rupturing of the cyst

          Pilar cyst

          close-up of a pilar cyst on the scalp

          • A pilar cyst is a noncancerous, skin-colored, round bump that develops under the surface of the skin. It’s usually located on the scalp.
          • This type of cyst is caused by protein buildup in a hair follicle.
          • It’s painless, firm, smooth, and slow growing.

          Mucous cyst

          close-up of a mucous cyst on the inside of the lower lip

          • A mucous cyst is a fluid-filled swelling that occurs on the lip or the mouth.
          • It develops when the mouth’s salivary glands become plugged with mucus.
          • It’s commonly caused by trauma to the oral cavity, such as lip biting, piercings, and salivary gland disruption.
          • Mucous cysts are small, soft nodules that are pinkish or bluish.

          Branchial cleft cyst

          large branchial cleft cyst on the right side of the neck of a man

          • A branchial cleft cyst is a type of developmental irregularity in which a lump develops on one or both sides of the neck or below the collarbone.
          • It occurs during embryonic development when tissues in the neck and collarbone, or branchial cleft, develop differently.
          • In most cases, a branchial cleft cyst isn’t dangerous. However, it may cause skin irritation, skin infection, or — in very rare adult cases — cancer.
          • Symptoms in children include:
            • a dimple, lump, or skin tag on the neck, upper shoulder, or slightly below the collarbone
            • fluid draining from the neck

            Perineural (Tarlov) cyst

            mri image of perineural cysts on the spine

            • A perineural cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms on the spine.
            • Causes are unknown, but it may result from back trauma. Types of trauma associated with this cyst include falls, injuries, and heavy exertion.
            • Symptoms are rare. In these cases, it may cause pain in the lower back, buttocks, or legs.

            A pseudocyst shares some of the characteristics of a cyst, but the bump doesn’t have its own lining. Here are three types of pseudocysts.

            Folliculitis (ingrown hair cyst)

            close-up of an ingrown hair cyst

            • Folliculitis describes a category of skin conditions that cause inflammation in a hair follicle and are usually infectious.
            • Ingrown hair cysts are a type of folliculitis. They start off as hairs that grow down or sideways instead of out, becoming ingrown.
            • Folliculitis is common among people who shave, wax, or use other methods to remove hair.
            • Folliculitis appears as pimple-like bumps under the skin that may be red, white, or yellow, with or without a central visible hair.
            • Bumps that appear near an ingrown hair are more likely to be pseudofolliculitis barbae (razor bumps) than ingrown hair cysts.
            • Ingrown hair cysts may become infected and appear red, warm, and tender to the touch.


            close-up of a right eye with a chalazion on the lower eyelid

            • A chalazion is a small, usually painless lump or swelling on your upper or lower eyelid.
            • It’s caused by a blocked meibomian gland. The meibomian gland is a type of oil gland.
            • It may be red, swollen, and painful if an infection is present.

            Cystic acne

            close-up of cystic acne bumps on the right cheek of a young man

            • Cystic acne is the most severe type of acne, and it develops when bumps form deep underneath your skin.
            • It can result from a combination of hormone changes, bacteria, oil, and dry skin cells that get trapped in your pores.
            • Cystic acne may occur on the face, chest, neck, back, and arms. Large, painful, pus-filled bumps and nodules may form, rupture, and leave scars. They may appear red or skin-colored, depending on your skin tone.

            A cyst can appear as a bump on your skin. It may also feel like a small lump if it’s growing just under your skin.

            Some cysts grow deep inside your body where you can’t feel them. However, they may cause or be related to other symptoms.

            For example, ovarian cysts, such as those that result from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), may cause problems with ovarian and reproductive function. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD), which causes cysts to form in the kidney, can adversely affect kidney function.

            Cysts usually grow slowly and have a smooth surface. They can be tiny or very large.

            Most cysts aren’t painful. They usually don’t cause problems unless they’re:

            • infected
            • very large
            • impinging on a nerve or blood vessel
            • growing in a sensitive area
            • affecting the function of an organ

            Cysts and pseudocysts form for different reasons. They can be caused by:

            • infections
            • inherited diseases
            • genetics
            • chronic inflammation
            • blockages in ducts

            The exact cause depends on the type of cyst or pseudocyst.

            There are hundreds of different types of cysts and pseudocysts. They can grow almost anywhere in your body.

            Some cysts occur as part of another condition, such as PCOS or PKD. Some of the more common types of cysts and pseudocysts include the following:

            Epidermoid cyst

            These are small, benign bumps filled with the protein keratin. If you have trauma around a hair follicle within the skin, an epidermoid cyst may occur.

            If part of the top layer of your skin, called the epidermis, grows deeper instead of moving outward toward the surface to eventually be shed off, an epidermoid cyst will have a chance to form.

            In rare cases, epidermoid cysts can be caused by an inherited condition called Gardner’s syndrome.

            Sebaceous cyst

            Sebaceous cysts fill with sebum and are less common than epidermoid cysts. They often form within sebaceous glands, which are part of the skin and hair follicles.

            Sebaceous glands make oil for your skin and hair. Ruptured or blocked sebaceous glands can lead to sebaceous cysts.

            Breast cyst

            Benign cysts can develop in your breasts when fluid collects near your breast glands. They can cause pain or tenderness in the affected area.

            They commonly occur in female breast tissue in those in their 30s and 40s.

            Ganglion cyst

            These benign cysts usually form near the joint areas of your wrist or hand. However, they can also develop in your feet or ankle areas. The reason they form isn’t known.

            Ganglion cysts tend to occur along a tendon sheath near a joint. They’re more common in women than in men.

            Pilonidal cyst

            Pilonidal cysts form near the top part of the buttocks. They’re usually filled with skin debris, body oils, hair, and other matter.

            They occur more often in men than in women. They can develop when loose hairs become embedded in your skin.

            Chronic infections in these cysts might increase your risk of a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. If you have these chronic infections, learn the symptoms of skin cancer so it can be treated early.

            Ovarian cyst

            Ovarian cysts often form when the follicle that normally releases an egg doesn’t open. This causes fluid to build up and form a cyst.

            Another common type of ovarian cyst occurs after the follicle releases the egg and improperly recloses and collects fluid.

            Ovarian cysts occur most often in those of menstrual age. They’re usually found during pelvic exams.

            Ovarian cysts are associated with an increased risk of cancer when they occur after menopause.

            Baker’s (popliteal) cyst

            A Baker’s cyst, also known as a popliteal cyst, is a fluid-filled cyst that forms at the back of the knee.

            These cysts are usually caused by problems with the knee, such as injury or arthritis. Mobility can be limited and painful with a Baker’s cyst.

            Physical therapy, fluid draining, and medication can all be used to help treat a Baker’s cyst.

            Pilar cyst

            Pilar cysts are skin-colored, benign lumps that form on the skin’s surface. They’re not cancerous, but they can grow to a size that can be uncomfortable.

            Removal is typically not necessary, but they can be removed for cosmetic purposes.

            Mucous cyst

            A mucous cyst is a fluid-filled lump that forms on the lip or around the mouth when the salivary glands become plugged with mucus. The most common causes of mucous cysts include:

            • lip or cheek biting
            • lip piercings
            • rupture of the salivary gland
            • improper dental hygiene

            Mucous cysts will often go away on their own. However, if you have recurring or frequent mucous cysts, you may need medical treatment.

            Branchial cleft cyst

            Branchial cleft cysts are a type of developmental irregularity that causes a lump on an infant’s neck or below the collarbone. This cyst can look like a large skin tag.

            Healthcare professionals usually recommend surgical removal to prevent future infection.

            Perineural (Tarlov) cyst

            A perineural cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms on the spine.

            Most people won’t have symptoms, so they won’t need treatment. If you do have symptoms, draining the fluid can help to relieve them.


            Chalazia are benign pseudocysts that occur on your eyelids when the duct of the meibomian gland, an oil gland, is blocked.

            These pseudocysts can cause tenderness, blurred vision, and painful swelling. If they get too big, they can cause vision problems.

            Cystic acne

            Cystic acne results from a combination of bacteria, oil, and dead skin clogging the pores. It’s the most severe type of acne, but it usually improves with age.

            Cystic acne can look like large, pus-filled boils on the skin. It can also be painful to the touch.

            If you believe you may have cystic acne, your dermatologist can prescribe medications to help treat it.

            Folliculitis (ingrown hair cyst)

            Folliculitis is an inflammatory and usually infectious condition. It can form when a hair grows into the skin and a pseudocyst forms near it.

            These pseudocysts are often seen in people who use hair removal methods like shaving or waxing. Ingrown hair cysts are an example of folliculitis.

            While ingrown hair cysts are possible, if you have bumps that appear near ingrown hairs, there’s a good chance that they’re actually razor bumps instead.

            Razor bumps are also known as pseudofolliculitis barbae, which is a type of pseudofolliculitis. Unlike folliculitis, pseudofolliculitis isn’t usually infectious.

            Most of the time, medical care isn’t needed to treat folliculitis or razor bumps. However, see a healthcare professional if you suspect the ingrown hair cyst or razor bump is infected.

            Schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional if your cyst becomes very painful or inflamed. This could be a sign of a rupture or an infection.

            They should check your cyst even if it isn’t causing any pain or other problems. Differences in these growths can be a symptom of cancer. A healthcare professional may want to remove a tissue sample for testing.

            You should never try to squeeze or pop a cyst or pseudocyst yourself. This can lead to infection.

            In some cases, they improve on their own. Putting a warm compress on a cyst can speed up the healing process by helping it drain.

            In other cases, medical care is required.

            Medical care

            Common methods of medical treatment for cysts include a healthcare professional:

            • using a needle to drain fluids and other matter from the cyst
            • giving you medications, such as a corticosteroid injection, to reduce inflammation in the cyst
            • performing surgical removal of the cyst, which may be done if draining doesn’t work or if you have an internal cyst that’s hard to reach and requires treatment

            If you’re concerned about your cyst and don’t have an established relationship with a healthcare professional, you can view doctors in your area through the Healthline FindCare tool.

            Benign cysts and pseudocysts usually don’t cause long-term problems. Sometimes they even go away on their own.

            Cysts can refill after being drained. If you have a cyst that continues to refill, you may want to consider having it surgically removed.

            If you have cancerous cysts, your healthcare professional will discuss treatment with you. The outlook will vary depending on the type of cancer involved.

            Most types of cysts and pseudocysts can’t be prevented. However, there are a few exceptions.

            Those prone to ovarian cysts may be able to prevent new cysts from forming by using hormonal contraceptives.

            You can prevent pilonidal cysts from forming by keeping the skin in the affected area clean and dry. Getting up every so often instead of sitting for a long time can also help prevent these cysts.

            Cleaning your eyelid near the eyelash line with a gentle cleanser can help keep the oil ducts from becoming blocked. This may help prevent chalazia.

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            How to Get Rid of a Cyst Fast, Overnight and Naturally at Home without Surgery

            Get rid of cysts at Home

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            Looking for effective ways of how to get rid of cysts? Just like acne, cysts are unsightly and may be painful. Most cysts will usually go away alone and do not require any treatment. For those unsightly fluid bumps, here is more on how to get rid of a cyst, fast naturally at home.

            How to Get Rid of a Cyst

            A sebaceous cyst is the bump that usually develops below the skin. They are also known as keratin cyst or the epidermoid cyst. They normally develop and disappear by themselves. Sebaceous cysts normally emerge due to the blockage of the sebaceous gland by a protein that is known as keratin. They may also be as a result of a swollen hair follicle.

            Forehead Cyst

            Sebaceous cysts may have a very pungent smell and have a yellow clear oily liquid. Cysts may occur in any part of the body other than the palms and soles of the feet. They commonly appear on the head, face and the breasts. They may be very small or even large in size. It is important to note that sebaceous cysts are not harmful and are non-cancerous.

            Cysts are not appealing. They drain out the foul-smelling cheesy liquid. Popping or squeezing cysts pose a risk of infection. It can also be very painful. Instead of popping or even squeezing of the sebaceous cyst, you may try some of the effective home remedies discussed below.

            Sebaceous cysts are normally benign growths and you don’t require to treat them. The need to treat them arises when they grow to unsightly uncomfortable sizes. Sometimes it becomes important to get the cysts treated when they become very painful or infected.

            It is important to note that these remedies usually help with sebaceous cysts that have already become infected. A normal sebaceous cyst will usually subside naturally. As long as it does not causes you any harm, just let it be.

            What to do in case of Infected Cysts

            Infected sebaceous cysts need medical attention. Symptoms that the cyst is infected may include the increase in body temperature in the body where you have the cyst, red streaks that are within the cyst and leakage of the very foul smelling fluid from it.

            Doctors normally recommend application of warmth to the infected cysts. Sometimes they prescribe antibiotics. Surgery is usually the final treatment that is recommended for the cysts by the doctors.

            Here are the remedies to help you get rid of non-infected and infected sebaceous cysts. This also gives much focus upon application of natural ingredients that contains anti-bacterial properties and any such other properties that reduce the swelling and all other discomforts caused by infections of cysts. You may already have some of these ingredients at home If not, they can be bought from most good stockists of essential oils or direct from Amazon.

            1. How to get rid of a Cyst using Tea Tree Oil

            Tea tree oil is a beneficial oil that has anti-inflammatory and also anti-bacterial properties that are helpful in healing of various health problems, like the acne, headache, cold, toenail fungus, etc. It is very useful for the sebaceous cyst also.

            For the treatment of the sebaceous cyst, use some tea tree oil directly on it. It works as a protecting layer for the cyst and can fight against the infection of the bacteria. It can also reduce the reoccurrence of the sebaceous cyst.

            Tea Tree Oil for Forehead Cysts

            When you suffer from over production of the sebum, you then get clogged pores that in turn lead to cystic acne. These severe cystic acne can get infected to form the cysts. Tea tree oil can assist to reduce the occurrence of the cysts.

            Tea tree oil is a well-known anti-microbial agent that can have excellent anti-inflammatory as well as anti-bacterial effects. Although there is no scientific support about the oil being effective in treating of the sebaceous cysts, you can use it for the infected cysts for its anti-bacterial properties.

            You can apply diluted tea tree oil also. For this, you should mix tea tree oil and a carrier oil or the water in about 1:8 ratio. Use it directly on the cyst, at least three times a day.

            2. How to get rid of a Cyst using Aloe Vera

            This is one of the natural remedies that is used for sebaceous cyst. It has pain-relieving as well as healing properties. You need to apply aloe vera gel directly on the cyst. A cool feeling can be experienced when the aloe vera gel is used on the irritating cyst.

            For removal of the impurities from the body, drink aloe vera juice on a regular basis.

            Aloe vera has now been widely known as not only a skin-care herb but as a remedy that is good for the overall health. The anti-bacterial as well as the pain relieving properties of the aloe vera come to play when you want to get rid of the discomforts that is caused by the cysts.

            How to get rid of a cyst using aloe vera

            This is due to the several phenolic compounds that are present in the aloe vera gel. Aloe vera is also known for its ability to speed up the process of wound healing.

            • Aloe Vera leaf is cut in half using a knife.
            • The gel is then applied directly on the affected area. There is absolutely no need to rinse unless you are very uncomfortable with it.
            • You can also choose to brew the drink and take it to help cleanse your insides.

            3. How to get rid of a Cyst using Castor Oil

            Castor oil, when used for the sebaceous cysts, indicates very effective results. It does not only heal the inflamed cyst, but also helps to reduce itching. All you need to do is to soak the clean cloth in the castor oil and then place it directly on the infected cyst.

            Now, place a hot water bag on the cloth that is placed on cyst and then compress for about half an hour. The heat of the water and the castor oil will assist in curing of the cyst easily by shrinking it. When the sebaceous cyst appears on the face or the back, you might try this method.

            Use Castor Oil to get rid of Cysts

            Note that it should never be consumed internally.

            Castor oil may effectively counter the inflammation as well as the itching. This oil contains a chemical known as the ricin that provides it with the ant-bacterial properties. Even if the cyst is not infected, there seems to be no harm in use of the castor oil on it.

            How to Use Castor Oil for Sebaceous Cyst

            You need:

            • Castor oil
            • A clean piece of cloth
            • Hot compress

            Do this:

            1. Get a clean cloth
            2. Soak it in castor oil
            3. Now place it on the cyst
            4. On top of the clean cloth piece, place the hot compress
            5. Hold it there for about 5 minutes, maximum for half an hour

            Or just rub some of the castor oil gently over the cyst few times a day.

            4. How to get rid of a Cyst using Witch Hazel

            The astringent properties of the witch hazel assist it in healing sebaceous cyst very easily. The barks and leaves of the witch hazel are rich in tannins that remove extra oils from the skin and assist to tighten the pores.

            1. You may have to use a very little quantity of witch hazel gel or cream on the infecting cyst
            2. Let it soak into the skin
            3. You will notice that the size of the cyst reduce in 3-5 days

            The extract of the witch hazel herb contains the reputation of being excellent astringent. Both the barks as well as the leaves of the witch hazel are a good source of tannins. Tannins are a known remedy for the excessive oil producing glands. They tighten the pores of the skin and have the secretion of oil so that an individual don’t get acne and the cysts.

            5. How to get rid of a Cyst using Lugol’s Iodine

            Lugol’s iodine, which is commonly found at various grocery stores, has been proven to be very effective cure for the sebaceous cyst.

            1. Use the solution on the infected area with the assistance of a cotton bud
            2. For better results, apply the solution at least twice or thrice a day

            Note to keep the clothes away from the solution as they might easily get stained.

            6. How to get rid of a Cyst using Apple Cider Vinegar

            Apple cider vinegar is a very useful remedy for the treatment of the infected cyst completely at home. To do away with the pus from the inflamed cyst

            1. Cover the cyst with a clean piece of cloth soaked in natural vinegar
            2. After 3 or 4 days, get rid of the bandage
            3. A hard layer will then develop on the cyst
            4. As you do away the hard layer, pus oozes out
            5. Clean the pus and use a new bandage on it
            6. After about 3 days, remove the bandage to have a new skin

            7. Black Blood Root Drawing Salve

            Black blood root salve is a perfect natural product that pulls toxins direct to the surface of the skin. It contains no side-effects. Use some drawing salve on the affected region and then cover it using a clean bandage. After about two days, get rid the bandage. The cyst will then disappear completely.

            8. Hot Compress

            Hot compress is very useful for a lot of health issues, including the sebaceous cyst. If you require to cure the sebaceous cyst, practice the hot compress method. This remedy normally facilitates draining out pus or the thick liquid from cyst.

            Be sure that you use a medium hot compress on the cyst. Too much heat can generate more infecting bacteria.

            Moist heat that applied to sebaceous cysts speeds up the draining and even the healing process. Heat dilates the blood vessels and then improves the transportation of the nutrients to the affected area so that the damaged skin heals much faster. It also assists to improve blood circulation in the spot. The increased blood flow here then washes out any toxins that may be causing the inflammation.

            What you need:

            • A clean towel
            • Warm water


            1. Soak a towel in the warm water
            2. Take it out and then wring out the excess water that is in it
            3. Apply the warm towel to the cyst for about 20 minutes. Don’t do it more than 25 minutes at a stretch
            4. Repeat about 4 times a day

            9. How to get rid of a Cyst using Potassium Iodide

            One of the very simple ways that you can use to treat sebaceous cyst is to apply potassium iodide on it. It is a simple and an infection-free remedy. Use some potassium iodide on the sebaceous cyst, about 3 times a day. It will then gradually cure the cysts.

            10. Dandelion and Viola

            Dandelion and viola assist in fighting off the bacteria that causes cysts. It assists in removal of the toxins from the body. For treating of the sebaceous cyst;

            1. Take exactly one bag of dandelion and the viola herbs mix
            2. Boil it in about 5 cups of water
            3. After boiling, simmer it for 30 minutes
            4. Drink the solution, multiple times a day
            5. For better results, drink the herbal solution for 14 days

            You can also wash the infected cyst by the herbal solution.

            11. Clay Tablet

            Sebaceous cyst, stomach ache, etc. are some of the problems that may arise because of improper digestion. To clear up the impurities from the digestive system, a person should take clay tablets. You can have a positive result after having the clay tablets. After a few days, the cyst then shrinks and disappears easily, without the infection.

            12. How to get rid of a Cyst using Bee Pollen

            Bee pollen then acts as a natural blood purifier. It is very effective against the skin problems, like an acne, sebaceous cysts, etc. For healing cysts, you are needed to consume the bee pollen that consists of bee propolis, pollen, and royal jelly.

            You can also consume bee pollen tablets or pills, which shrink the cysts and cure them easily.

            13. Colloidal Silver

            This is 99% pure silver. An antibiotic herb that reduces inflammation. It assists in stimulating of the lymphatic flow and then stop infection. Colloidal silver is also known for improving of the immune system and is very effective for healing sebaceous cyst.

            14. How to get rid of a Cyst using Anti-Fungal Creams

            Anti-fungal creams also work great on the severe and the painful cysts. To cure sebaceous cysts, use some of the anti-fungal cream directly on the infected area and then cover it using a clean piece of cloth or a bandage, if relevant. It helps in reducing of the inflammation and itching.

            15. Turmeric

            This herbal remedy is an awesome alternative to treat cyst. For improving of the digestion and purifying of the blood, you are needed to intake half teaspoon of the turmeric powder in one cup of the warm milk. To get better results, consume turmeric added milk for 7 days.

            16. How to get rid of a Cyst using Epsom Salt

            To draw out the infection, Epsom salt is an effective remedy. To cure the sebaceous cysts, you have to add some of the Epsom salt in the bathing water. Now, take a bath with the water. It will fight against the infecting bacteria, thus treating sebaceous cyst.

            17. How to get rid of a Cyst using Honey

            Honey is a known wound dresser. For the treatment of the sebaceous cyst, you are required to prepare a poultice. Put the wheatgrass or even a plantain in the blender and then blend it. Add some honey in the paste and then mix it well.

            Now, apply it on the cyst and then cover it using a clean cloth. Leave it overnight. You will then notice positive results.

            It seems that people are only aware that honey is all natural and can be a great alternative to the sugar to sweeten some of the food items. Aside from this fact, honey can also be applied to assist fight cystic acne. Honey is normally considered to be a natural antiseptic and can also help exfoliate the skin perfectly well.

            • Use the honey on the affected part of the skin.
            • Leave the honey and then wait for it to dry in about 30 minutes.
            • Rinse using warm water.

            18. Red Clover for Sebaceous Cyst

            Red clover is a very popular herb among several herbalists who basically use it as a natural “blood purifier.” Most of the alternative medicine systems also believe that toxins that are found in the blood are the main cause behind most of the illnesses and the skin diseases are no exception.

            Researchers are now underway to find out the suitability of the red clover in treating of even cancer. Red clover is used for treatment of acne, psoriasis, and other skin diseases including the cyst as it is believed to make the body get rid of toxic build up that give rise to cysts as well as the tumors.

            The components of the red clover like phytoestrogenic isoflavones are said to make the herb an excellent natural remedies for the skin and other medical conditions.

            19. How to get rid of a Cyst using Baking Soda

            A lot of people are not aware that aside from being a perfect alternative to the toothpaste, baking soda has a lot of antiseptic properties that might help get rid of the cystic acne. Aside from this, the baking soda might also be used so as to get rid of the harmful bacteria that can be found on the skin.

            • Use a tablespoon of baking soda and then mix it in with a little bit of water.
            • Add some of the sea salt on the baking soda and some water mixture.
            • Place the mixture on the affected area and leave on the skin for about half an hour.
            • Rinse off using lukewarm water afterwards.

            Homeopathic Remedies for Sebaceous Cyst

            Homeopathic remedies are as effective as the natural home remedies. The best part of this homeopathic medications is that they don’t have any of the side-effects. Some of the important homeopathic remedies for the sebaceous cyst are:

            • Baryta carbonica
            • Graphites
            • Silicea
            • Nitric acid
            • Ammonium carbonicum
            • Conium
            • Hepar sulphuris
            • Sabina
            • Kali carbonicum
            • Sulphur
            • Thuja occidentalis

            Preventive Steps

            Though sebaceous cysts are very harmless and also non-cancerous, but it might be prevented. No one ever wishes to see a sebaceous cyst on the body. In order to prevent the sebaceous cyst from getting more severe, go through the easy steps:

            • Use a topical cream to lessen the risk of infection and then inflammation.
            • Try antibiotic herbs that stimulate lymphatic flow and also boost the immune system.
            • To purify the blood, consume natural herbs, dandelion or garlic.
            • Take a nutritious diet that is rich in vitamins.
            • Drink plenty of water so as to drain wastage from the body.
            • Let the cyst drain out much naturally. Don’t scratch or even squeeze it.
            • Wash and clean the surrounding area using an anti-bacterial soap.
            • Visit a doctor if the cyst becomes painful
            • When the sebaceous cyst happens on the breast, consume more fibres. If it grows much larger, consult the doctor immediately.
            • Consume the citrus fruits, whole grains, antioxidant rich vegetables and the fruits and the dark leafy vegetables to get rid of toxins from the body and then strengthen the immune system.

            Dealing with Facial Cysts at initial stages

            Decide if medical intervention is necessary. Facial cysts, medically known as sebaceous cysts, can be very annoying and unsightly but they don’t necessarily need the medical intervention. If the cyst is not very painful, it may be best to leave it alone to avoid the complications having it removed. However, you should ensure to see a doctor if any of the following develop:

            • Facial cysts are usually very small, round lumps just are under the skin. They may be black, reddish or even yellowish, and release foul-smelling discharge. Cysts are normally more painful than other skin conditions, such as the pimples.
            • If the cyst ruptures, they may lead to a potentially dangerous boil-like infection. Prompt treatment and removal is needed.
            • Pain and swelling may be a sign of infection. Ensure to see a doctor to get the cyst extracted and get the proper antibiotics.
            • In very rare cases, a cyst might also lead to skin cancer. During the regular annual doctor’s exam, ask the doctor to look at the cyst and determine if it has a risk for cancer.

            Ask your doctor for an injection. If the cyst is much infected or painful, the doctor might inject the cyst using a medication. While this will not fully get rid of the cyst, it can reduce the redness and swelling. This might make the cyst less noticeable.

            Have the cyst drained.
            If the cyst grows more significantly or even becomes painful and uncomfortable, then you can have it medically extracted. The cyst can be cut open and then drained by the doctor.

            • A small incision will be made on the cyst. The fluid will then gently be drained out. The procedure is fairly quick and usually not painful.
            • The major downside to the method is that cysts normally reoccur after being lanced and drained.

            Surgery to Get Rid of Cysts

            The only way to fully get rid of a cyst is through surgery. Talk to the doctor about undergoing surgery if you want a cyst done away with.

            • Cyst extraction surgery is minor. It does not take long and recovery time is relatively short. However, you may have to return to the doctor’s office after the surgery to get rid of any stitches.
            • Surgery is safer and normally prevents cysts from occurring. However, the cysts do not normally pose a medical threat. Thus it may be difficult to get surgery covered by the insurance.

            Further references;

            1. Home Remedies for Sebaceous Cyst:
            2. How To Get Rid of Cystic Acne With These 5 Simple, Completely Natural Tips That Really, Truly Work:
            3. 10 Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Cystic Acne Fast:
            4. 4 Steps to Getting Rid of a Cystic Pimple, Fast:
            5. 17 Home Remedies for Sebaceous Cyst:
            6. How to Get Rid of a Cyst:


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Alex Koliada, PhD, is a well-known doctor. He is famous for his studies of ageing, genetics and other medical conditions. He works at the Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics NAS of Ukraine. His scientific researches are printed by the most reputable international magazines. Some of his works are: Differences in the gut Firmicutes to Bacteroidetes ratio across age groups in healthy Ukrainian population []; Mating status affects Drosophila lifespan, metabolism and antioxidant system [Science Direct]; Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum Increases Lifespan, Stress Resistance, and Metabolism by Affecting Free Radical Processes in Drosophila [Frontiersin].
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