6 Unique Ways To Treat Sebaceous Cyst

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A sebaceous cyst is also known as keratin or epidermoid cyst which is a bump that usually occurs under the skin. The sebaceous cyst is not at all harmful and is the result of a swollen hair follicle. These cysts are filled with a yellow oily liquid which contains a pungent smell. The cyst can appear on any parts of the body such as head, back, breast, face, etc.

Ways to Treat Sebaceous Cyst

You can try these really 6 simple ways for sebaceous cyst treatment instead of popping or squeezing it! Squeezing and popping the sebaceous cyst can be painful and can also increase the chances of infection!

Lets, take a look at these unique ways of treating sebaceous cyst!

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is widely known as antibacterial and contains anti-inflammatory properties. This essential oil is also used in treating other skin related problems such as acne and warts. The Tea tree oil will not only clear the infection, but will also reduce the swelling. All you need to do is apply the tea tree oil on the cysts and leave it for a few hours. You need to repeat this process at least 2-3 times in a day!

Aloe Vera

People have been using Aloe vera as the best remedy to treat skin conditions with burns, frostbite, psoriasis, and cold sores and many more! Aloe vera can also help you in treating sebaceous cyst! Simply cut the leaves and extract gel from them. Then apply the gel directly to the cysts and leave it for a few hours. Do this twice in a day and soon the cysts will start disappearing slowing.


The simplest but weird trick in treating cysts is using a potato! Yes, you heard it right! A raw potato can treat the cysts as it contains glycoalkaloids which is an anti-inflammatory property.

Just grate the potato and squeeze out the juice. Apply it on the affected areas for overnight. You need to repeat it every night until the cyst heals. You can even place a slice of potato on the cyst and cover it with a washcloth.


Turmeric has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal uses. Simply, make a thick paste using turmeric powder and water. After that, apply this paste on the sebaceous cyst and let it dry and wash it away after an hour. You need to repeat this process twice a day and curcumin contained in the turmeric will help you with skin inflammation and infection.

Turmeric also helps in purifying blood and works on the clogged skin which leads to developing cysts.

Coconut Oil

Another simplest trick is using the coconut oil as the lauric acid present in the oil contains antimicrobial properties which helps in healing cyst. You need to apply the oil directly on the cyst and leave it. You need to repeat this process for every few hours until the cyst starts disappearing.


Garlic is known to provide various health benefits, from combating cold and cough to lowering blood pressure and healing sebaceous cyst! All you need to do is peel 2-3 garlic cloves and grind them with water to make a thick paste. After that, apply it to the affected area and cover it using a bandage for 15 to 20 minutes. Then rinse it with water and repeat this process 3-4 times a day. Garlic will kill all the microbes in bacterial, fungal or viral infections!

Wrapping Up

If the methods mentioned above doesn’t work then you can visit a doctor to treat your sebaceous cyst. However, there are a bunch of other tricks like using hydrogen peroxide, grapefruit seed extract, potassium iodine, and epsom salt which can be used in treating sebaceous cyst!

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