Treating sebaceous cysts on the cheek bone
Sebaceous cysts are bumps that develop under the surface of the skin, especially the skin in neck, trunk and the face. They are not usually dangerous, but large cysts especially in the face can become infected and requires immediate treatment immediately.
Sebaceous cyst develops caused by blockage of the sebaceous gland by a protein called keratin. Sometimes, they can form in any areas of the body except the feet and soles of the palm.
Symptoms of sebaceous cyst
- A non-painful bump that forms beneath the skin
- Soreness of the skin
- Redness and swelling of the affected area
- A foul smelling cheesy substance that develops in the cysts
- The cysts develop ¼ to nearly 2 inches in diameter
- The cysts can be moved around using the fingertips
- White or yellowish substance that drains out of the cysts
- Oil or sebaceous glands becomes blocked
- Swollen follicles of hair
- Increased production of sebum on the skin
- Skin trauma
- Excessive production of testosterone
- Exposure to sun
- Waxing and shaving
- Having a history of acne have a high risk of developing sebaceous cysts
- Apply a warm compress on the sebaceous cysts for fast drainage of pus. Warm a towel to 37-40 C and apply on the area for at least 10-30 minutes at 3-4 times every day until the cysts becomes dry. The warmth dilates the blood vessels and improves local tissue perfusion or passage of fluid through the circulatory or lymphatic system to a tissue or organ. It also lessens the pain and inflammation.
- Keep the affected areas clean by thoroughly washing the skin under running water and using a non-irritating antimicrobial soap. Pat dry the skin using a towel and covers using sterile gauze. Make sure the gauze is dry all the time. Apply an over-the-counter antiseptic on the affected area at least once every day when the dressing becomes wet or soiled until the skin forms a healing crust.
- Avoid applying cosmetics and other skin care products on the affected area to prevent further damage and worsen the condition.
- Avoid popping the cysts to prevent further damage and cause permanent scarring. Let the cysts dry up naturally. If the cysts accidentally burst, wash the affected area thoroughly using antimicrobial soap under running water.
- Apply the prescribed anti-fungal creams to lessen severe pain and cover the area with a bandage to lessen the itchiness and inflammation.
- In a bathtub filled with warm water, mix a tablespoon of Epsom salts. Mix until salt is totally dissolved. Take a bath with this water.