Sebaceous Cysts are also known as Vulvar Cysts, Pilar Cysts, or Epidermoid Cysts. The Sebaceous Cyst is a combination of sebum oil and skin proteins that are growths of the skin.
Most commonly these cysts appear as a swelling on the scalp or back or even the face. A whitehead is a very tiny form of the sebaceous cyst. These are not something that will hurt unless they become infected.
If infection does become a problem, there will probably be some redness and swelling of the area and it will become sensitive when touched. Even though a benign cyst, Sebaceous may be the place of a chronic bacterial infection. When this happens an abscess could form.
What to Look For With a Sebaceous Cyst
Commonly, look for a redness or tenderness or increased heat in the skin. A grayish-white, cheesy and foul-smelling material could drain from the cyst. Usually the area is not tender but a small lump beneath the skin will form. The Sebaceous cyst is usually irritated by clothing that rubs on the area or by shaving and may become bright red in color and swollen. If it becomes infected it will be painful.
How to Avoid a Sebaceous Cyst
Under the surface of the skin there are tiny glands that make something called sebum. This oil makes the skin smooth. When the channel or (gland duct) gets blocked then the sebum continues to be made under the skin. There is now no place for this to go so it builds up in the blocked pore and forms a cyst. What forms in the cyst is like a paste. Usually teens are subject to this because of a combination of their hormones, sebum and bacteria.
While going through puberty, the teen’s glands produce an excess of sebum. If their skin is prone to acne then the sebum and dead skin cells will clog the hair follicles and form something called comedones or clogged pores in the skin. If this breaks through the skin the result is a pimple or pustule. Now, if this pimple is released deep enough into the skin the result will be a Sebaceous cyst.
The Proper Way to Remove an Infected Sebaceous Cyst
To sooth and heal the infection, apply pure Aloe Vera gel and this will help in the removal of the Sebaceous Cyst. Also Milk thistle will aid the liver in cleansing the blood. You can apply warm compresses several times a day to the infected area. If, however, a cyst becomes infected, a good way to treat this is by using an antibiotic and then having the cyst surgically removed. The easiest cure may just be daily showers or baths with an antibacterial soap. Using hot water when washing your skin will help dissolve the skin oil.