Natural Remedies for Cysts

A cyst is a non-cancerous pocket of tissue that is full of fluid, puss or sometimes scar tissue or other material. They are quite common and appear almost anywhere. There are many different types of cysts all caused by different things, but most skin related cysts can be avoided through careful hygiene. If you have problems with cysts or a cyst develops that you find concerning, seek medical care as some skin cysts can be warning signs of skin cancer.

 

What type of cyst do I have?

  • Skin Cysts – slow growing, painless, and smooth to the touch, they are common and can appear anywhere as the result of an infection, clogged oil gland, or foreign body.
  • Cherry Angioma – small, bright red growth often found on the trunk of the body in people over the age of 40.
  • Dermatofibromas – Small, round and red-brown most often found on arms and legs, these feel like hard lumps in the skin. They can be tender or itchy but also painless.
  • Epidermoid – also known as Sebaceous cysts, are formed from hair follicles and are often found on the genitals, back and chest.
  • Folliculitis – inflammation of the hair follicles, these cysts appear like pimples with a hair in the middle and may itch.
  • Keratoacanthoma – a low-grade skin cancer, these thick growths with a central plug are seen most often in those over the age of 60.
  • Keratosis Pilaris – small, rough bumps on the skin that are unsightly but harmless and painless.
  • Lipomas – small, harmless soft tissue tumors with a soft, rubbery consistency that appear on the trunk, shoulders and neck.
  • Neurofibromas – soft and fleshy growths that begin as benign tumors but can become malignant.

 

How can I prevent cysts?

  • Reduce your stress – stress alters the state of the immune system and can cause cysts.
  • Avoid refined sugars – too much refined sugar can cause inflammation which leads to cysts.
  • Get sleep – the body will be able to process problems better if it is well-rested.
  • Keep clean – if you find you’re prone to cysts, be sure to wash the area thoroughly with a mild soap.

 

How can I treat cysts?

  • Moist heat, like a warm, damp cloth, over the cyst can help encourage draining.
  • Tea tree oil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Aloe vera can kill bacteria and fight off pain, plus it helps to improve natural healing.
  • Try a paste of sandalwood and rose water. Apply for 30 minutes to increase healing and soothe irritation.
  • Try a paste of turmeric and mint. Apply for 20 minutes to cool and soothe the skin.
  • Apply calendula or poke root cream to the cyst to help fight inflammation and infection.
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