Cysts are soft to firm swellings which appear just under the skin, they are often yellow or white and may have a small dark area through which you can squeeze out pus. They contain a discharge which can stretch the cyst wall which in some cases can rupture and cause infection under the skin. Cysts are common and harmless and may disappear without any treatment but can become infected causing them to be tender and sore.
It can be hard to tell whether a lump which has appeared on the skin is a cyst or something else which may need treating. If you have any lump form on the skin it is important to get it checked by a doctor to get it properly diagnosed.
Types of Cysts
These are the most common types of cyst and are particularly seen in people with acne, so are most common in young adults. They are found on the face, neck, chest, shoulders or skin around the genitals.
These are formed around hair follicles so are often found on the scalp. They run in families and most commonly affect middle age women.
These are cysts found on the eyelids.
If the cyst is small and not causing any problems, you may choose not to have it removed. Placing a warm flannel against the cyst can help it to heal and reduce any inflammation. It is important not to pop the cyst yourself as this can lead to infection. Some cysts are not only unsightly but can also get very inflamed and result in scarring.
Cysts can be excised, or be injected with steroids or removed using a specialised laser technique with very low risk of scarring. If you would like your cyst removed, please get in touch and treatment options can be discussed with you.
Why choose Everything Skin Clinic?
At Everything Skin Clinic™, we have a team of highly trained Consultant dermatologists, who have completed specialist training in Dermatology and are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council. All our consultants hold substantive contracts with the best Dermatology centres in leading NHS hospitals. Therefore, you can be certain of the highest quality private care.
We offer a range of treatments and can offer one, or a combination of treatments to achieve the best results. Unlike many other clinics, we can offer diagnosis and treatment all under one roof by expert consultant dermatologist, so you know you’ll be in safe hands.