Home Remedies for Sebaceous Cyst

Sebaceous cysts are a relatively common problem which can occur on the face or body. 

Cysts form when epidermal skin cells move deeper into our skin and multiply instead of falling off, due to a damaged hair follicle from the oil gland in the skin. These cells form the walls of the cyst, housing a protein, known as keratin, which looks like a thick, yellow substance.

Home Remedies for Sebaceous Cyst

As the NHS is now quite restrictive about the care provided for such issues, considering them to be largely a ‘cosmetic’ problem, many people do research the options for treating the issue at home. This is especially tempting if the cyst is relatively minor, not painful or causing other problems by being ‘in the way’.

Natural health protagonists suggest a number of options for sebaceous cysts:

  • Apple cider vinegar – is said to kill bacteria, remove excess dirt and dissolve dead skin cells
  • Tea tree oil – has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so can help with infection
  • Aloe vera – can help to relieve inflammation or irritation
  • Castor oil – helps reduce inflammation and itching
  • Epsom salt – can be used in a warm bath to help draw infection out of cysts

However, these are not medically approved solutions. They may cause local skin irritation and certainly may be ineffective.

Cyst Removal Surgery

For many cysts, surgical treatment is likely to be the most effective option.

This is a treatment offered by Dr Ross Perry at Cosmedics Skin Clinics. He and a team of doctors and surgeons use careful surgical techniques to remove the sebaceous cyst completely. The cyst ‘sac’ is removed entirely so that it cannot recur.

Cyst Removal

Common sebaceous cysts may not be approved for removal on the NHS, as they could be classed as a cosmetic issue. This is increasingly an issue as NHS cut backs mean that the threshold for treatment is raised.

Private cyst removal is available with organisations such as Skin Surgery Laser Clinic who have a selection of clinics based in London and Bristol. Skin lesions are removed using the latest surgical techniques for minimal scarring; with trained doctors and surgeons. The lack of waiting lists is a real advantage and if the doctor and patient agree, many cysts can be removed in the consultation without need for booking a separate appointment for treatment.

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.