Oh gosh.Â I just made a revelation while researching on the topic of sebaceous cysts treatment.Â TheÂ small yellowish dome-shaped lump orÂ bump that grew on my vagina area when I was a teen was actually a sebaceous cyst!Â I never got to find out what it was though I’ve long gotten rid of it.Â I only found out because IÂ wanted toÂ write aboutÂ this as my husband just had aÂ 1 cm sebaceous cyst removed fromÂ the left side of his faceÂ nearÂ his ear via excision biopsis.
What are sebaceous cysts?
According to the medical encyclopedia, a sebaceous cyst, also known as epidermal cystÂ is a closed sac of cellsÂ created under the skin into which a protein called keratin is secreted. These cysts are often the result of swollen hair follicles or skin trauma and are formed when the release of sebum, a medium-thick fluid produced by sebaceous glands in the skin, is blocked. They are harmless, painless, slow-growing small bumps or lumps that move freely under the skin.Â And sebaceous cysts are usually found on the face, neck and trunk, but can occur anywhere on the body and even in the vaginal area or other parts of the genitalia of both women and men. In addition, acne could be a precursor to the growth of theseÂ sebaceous cysts.
Diagnose your sebaceous cystÂ as early as possible
Actually, the sebaceous cyst on my husband’s face must have been growing for about ten years because I remember squeezing at it like a pimple and being intrigued thatÂ there is always a supply of theÂ stringy, cheesy, foul-smelling materialÂ oozing from it.Â Â Over the years, it grew to a sizeable lump and he was so irritated byÂ the look of it that he decided to have it surgically removedÂ earlier this week.Â Â I’m writing this because even though it’s benign,Â I realized that it is important to diagnose a sebaceous cyst in the early stage so that you can at least try to prevent it from permanently blocking the sebaceous gland and subsequentlyÂ growing larger and then having to remove it surgically, which would inevitably mean leaving a scar!
Ways to possibly prevent sebaceous cysts
According to info from the University of Iillinois Medical Center, besides hormones,Â sebaceous cysts could be causedÂ by increased production of sebum and even bacteria.Â Hence,Â it is important to wash your face at least twice daily, avoid greasy makeup productsÂ andÂ opt for cosmetics which will not clog pores.Â Also avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun, excessive heat or greasy surroundings.Â Â In addition, I believe a diet that doesn’t encourage the excessive production of sebum may help too.
Ways to treat and remove sebaceous cysts
While these cysts may occasionally become infected and form painful abscesses, sebaceous cysts usually don’t require medical attention asÂ they can either disappear on their own or stay the same size without causing any problems. Those who are keen to prevent it from getting worst or possibly get rid of it may wish to try some of these home remedies which I’ve come across.
One is essential oils which have been said to be able to help detoxify the skin and possibly help with the sebum secretion because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (source).Â Â Another home treatment recommended is toÂ press a hot, damp wash cloth against the cyst over a period of time toÂ try to liquify and drain the waxy sebum. You’ll also find that there are some products claiming to help with the cure of these sebaceous cysts though I have no idea how well they work.
However, if the cysts become infected or grow to a bothersome size, health care providers can remove them or prescribe treatment with steroids or antibiotics.
How I removed my sebaceous cystsÂ on my vaginal area
Oh, and how did I remove that sebaceous cyst on my vaginal area many years ago?Â Nope, I didn’t see any doctor because I was too shy about it.Â I remember applying some oilment on it for some weeks and I kept trying to squeeze it out everyday for a very long while.Â Then one day, I must have used enough might and it just popped out!Â It was painful alright but I was so glad I got rid of it.Â In fact, I have forgotten all about it until now.
* Okay, I know I’m using a rather irrelevant picture here but no way amÂ I’m going toÂ put up a picture of sebaceous cysts.Â You can do a search on it online but let me warn you, some of those pictures are awfully gruesome!