Sebaceous Cyst


What is a Sebaceous Cyst?

A sebaceous cyst is a bump, which develops underneath the skin. They are also termed as keratin cyst or epidermoid cyst. They develop and go away by themselves. Sebaceous cysts emerge due to blockage of sebaceous gland by a protein, named keratin. Sometimes, these sebaceous cysts smell pungent as they contain yellow clear oily liquid. They may occur in any part of our body, except soles of palm and feet. Sebaceous cysts may appear on head, back, breast, face, etc. They can be small or large in size. They are not harmful and are non-cancerous. They emerge as a result of a swollen hair follicle.


Cysts are the non-cancerous cyst on skin. They are caused by several abnormalities in the body. The causes behind sebaceous cyst are:

  • Blockage of oil or sebaceous glands
  • Excessive testosterone production
  • Swollen hair follicles
  • Increased production of sebum on skin
  • Skin trauma
  • Exposure to sun
  • A person, who has a history of acne, can suffer with sebaceous cyst.
  • Waxing and shaving


When a person suffers with sebaceous cyst, he/she experiences various symptoms, which are as follows:

  • Redness of skin
  • Soreness of skin
  • Infected area becomes warm
  • Foul smelling cheesy material develops in cysts
  • Non-painful bump arises beneath the skin
  • Cyst develops in ¼ to nearly 2 inches in diameter

Home Remedies for Sebaceous Cyst

Sebaceous cyst, when emerges on skin, looks very ugly. They drain out foul-smelling cheesy liquid. Instead of popping or squeezing a sebaceous cyst, you can try some effective home remedies, as squeezing a sebaceous cyst may be painful and increase the chances of infection. Let us check out the simple natural remedies to cure a non-painful sebaceous cyst.

1. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is one of the beneficial oils with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which are helpful in healing various health problems, such as acne, headache, cough, cold, toenail fungus, warts, etc. It is useful for sebaceous cyst also. For the treatment of sebaceous cyst, apply some tea tree oil directly on it. It will work as a protecting layer for the cyst and will fight against infecting bacteria. It will also reduce the re occurrence of sebaceous cyst.

You can use diluted tea tree oil also. For this, mix tea tree oil and carrier oil or water in 1:9 ratio. Apply it directly on the cyst, thrice a day.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is also one of the natural remedies for sebaceous cyst. It possesses pain-relieving and healing properties. You are required to apply aloe vera gel directly on sebaceous cyst. A cool feeling will be experienced when aloe vera gel is applied on irritating cyst.

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

3. Castor Oil

Castor oil, when used for sebaceous cysts, shows effective results. It not only heals the inflamed cyst, but also reduces itching. All you are required to do is to soak a piece of clean cloth in castor oil and place it directly on the infected cyst. Now, place a hot water bag on the cloth placed on cyst and compress for half an hour. The heat of water and castor oil will help in curing cyst easily by shrinking it. When sebaceous cyst appears on the face or back, you can try this method.

Note- It should not be consumed internally.

4. Witch Hazel

The astringent properties of witch hazel help in healing sebaceous cyst easily. The barks and leaves of witch hazel are rich in tannins, which remove extra oils from skin and help to tighten pores. For the treatment of sebaceous cyst, you have to apply a very little quantity of witch hazel gel or cream on the infecting cyst. Let it soak into your skin. Within a couple of days, the size of the cyst will get reduced.

5. Lugol’s Iodine

Lugol’s iodine, commonly available at various grocery stores, has been proven to be an effective cure for sebaceous cyst. Apply this solution on the infected area with the help of a cotton bud. For best results, apply this solution twice or thrice a day.

Note- Keep your clothes away from this solution as they can easily get stained.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a useful remedy for treating infected sebaceous cyst completely at home. To remove pus from the inflamed cyst, apply some natural vinegar on cyst and cover it with a piece of cloth or bandage. After 3 or 4 days, remove the bandage. A hard layer will develop on cyst. As you remove the hard layer, pus oozes out. Clean the pus and apply a new bandage on it. After 2-3 days, remove the bandage to experience a new skin.

7. Black Blood Root Drawing Salve

Black blood root salve is a 100% natural product, which pulls toxins to the surface of the skin. It has no side-effects. Apply some drawing salve on the affected region and cover it with a clean bandage. After two days, remove the bandage. The cyst will get disappear completely.

8. Hot Compress

Hot compress is useful for several health issues, including sebaceous cyst. If you want to cure sebaceous cyst, practise hot compress method. Hot compression facilitates draining out pus or thick liquid from cyst.

Note- Be sure that you apply a medium hot compress on cyst. Too much heat will generate more infecting bacteria.

9. Potassium Iodide

One of the simple ways to treat sebaceous cyst is to use potassium iodide on it. It is a simple and infection-free remedy. Apply some potassium iodide on sebaceous cyst, 2-3 times a day. It will gradually cure the cysts.

10. Dandelion and Viola

Dandelion and viola help in fighting against the bacteria causing cysts. It helps in removing toxins from the body. For treating sebaceous cyst, take one bag of dandelion and viola herbs mix. Boil it in four cups of water. After boiling, simmer it for 45 minutes. Drink this solution, multiple times a day. For best results, drink the herbal solution for 8-10 days.

You can also wash infected cyst by this herbal solution.

11. Clay Tablet

Sebaceous cyst, acne, stomach ache, etc. are some of the problems that can arise due to improper digestion. To clear up the impurities from the digestive system, one should take clay tablets. You can experience a positive result after having clay tablets. After a few days, the cyst shrinks and disappears easily, without any infection.

12. Bee Pollen

Bee pollen acts as a natural blood purifier and is effective against skin problems, like acne, sebaceous cysts, etc. For healing cysts, you are required to consume bee pollen, which 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

Colloidal silver is actually 99% pure silver. Colloidal silver is an antibiotic herb, which reduces inflammation. It helps in stimulating lymphatic flow and stop infection. Colloidal silver is also known for improving the immune system and is effective for healing sebaceous cyst.

14. Anti-Fungal Creams

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

15. Turmeric

Turmeric is a good herbal remedy for curing cysts. It is an alternative method to treat cyst. For improving digestion and purifying blood, you are required to intake half teaspoon of turmeric powder in one cup of warm milk. For best results, consume turmeric added milk for 10 days.

16. Epsom Salt

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

17. Honey

Honey is a topical wound dresser. For the treatment of sebaceous cyst, you need to prepare a poultice. Put wheatgrass or plantain in a blender and blend it. Add some honey in the paste and mix it well. Now, apply it directly on the cyst and cover it with a clean cloth. Leave it overnight. You will surely notice positive results.