Sebaceous cysts are abscesses located under the skin, which most commonly occur behind the ears, on the neck or back. Cysts are generally harmless, but they are unsightly and can lead to discomfort if they become infected.
Sometimes they go away by themselves, but many sufferers pop them or get them surgically removed (ouch!). However, there are actually much gentler methods that can alleviate these sometimes painful sores. Here you’ll learn how you can make cysts naturally and painlessly disappear or indeed prevent their occurrence in the first place.
1Keep the affected area clean: One simple measure to prevent cysts is good hygiene for areas where you are prone to develop cysts, mainly behind the ears, back and neck. Make sure you select skin care products that don’t leave your skin too greasy. If a cyst has already developed, you should use antibacterial soap.
2A strong immune system: A strong immune system helps enormously, preventing all sorts of minor ailments and infections. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and generally good hygiene all offer a solid defensive base.
3Heat: Placing a warm hot water bottle or heat pad on a cyst can reduce inflammation. The heat promotes blood flow and speeds up the healing process.
4Tea-tree oil: Tea-tree oil is an excellent essential oil with anti-inflammatory properties and will provide warmth at the same time. Simply rub the oil on the affected area twice daily and you should soon notice an improvement. You can find the oil in most drug stores or here.
5Aloe Vera: The aloe plant is already well-known for its healing properties. It also relieves pain and is anti-inflammatory and soothing. Just apply a small amount of gel or cream to the cyst, preferably directly after heat treatment.
6A healthy lifestyle: One can’t emphasize often enough: A healthy lifestyle helps maintain your skin and bodily defences enormously. The couch-potato lifestyle makes both you and your immune system weak, whereas fresh air and exercise relieve stress and help you to stay healthy.
7Avoid refined sugar: Processed foods and an unhealthy diet are not only bad for the waistline, they also make your skin greasy. Oil buildup can cause pores or hair follicles to get blocked, which is an ideal environment for cysts to form. If you’re prone to cysts or other skin problems, limiting processed foods and refined sugar in your diet should help.
8Sleep: You’ll be happy to hear that our final tip is extremely enjoyable. Your immune system—the ultimate barrier against cysts—strengthens and regenerates itself while you are asleep. Therefore, try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Your body will thank you and your stress levels will also markedly improve.