Sebaceous Cysts

Sebaceous Cysts look like small smooth lumps under the skin surface. They are benign (non-cancerous) and usually cause no harm or problems although they can look unslightly.
A cyst is a sac that is filled with a fluid or semi-fluid material. Cysts develop in various places on the body and two of the most common types of cyst that occur under the skin surface are epidermoid and pilar cysts, which are more known as sebaceous cysts.

  • An epidermoid cyst is a cyst where the cyst sac forms from cells that normally occur on the top layer of the skin (the epidermis).
  • A pilar cyst is a cyst where the cyst sac forms from cells similar to those that are in the bottom of hair follicles (where hairs grow from).

In both cases, the semi-fluid content of the cyst looks a bit like toothpaste. This substance is soggy keratin. Keratin is made by skin cells and is the substance that hairs are made from and the substance that covers the top layer of the skin.

What do these cysts look like and what are their symptoms?

Both epidermoid and pilar cysts are smooth round lumps which you can see and feel just beneath the skin surface. They are very common. Often they are small (pea size) but sometimes they slowly get bigger over many months.

Epidermoid cysts can affect anyone but are most common in young and middle-aged adults. They can appear anywhere on the skin but develop most commonly on the face, neck, chest, and upper back.

Pilar cysts can affect anyone but are most common in middle-aged women. They can appear anywhere on the skin but develop most commonly on the scalp. It is common for several to develop at the same time on the scalp.

How I can help treat Sebaceous Cysts?

I have had specialist advanced electrolysis training to treat this condition and over the years have seen how successful it can be.

I offer all my clients a free, confidential consultation to discuss any worries you may have and also chat through the treatment you will need. Often more than one treatment is needed.

If you would like more information, or would like to book your free consultation at my clinic in Kenilworth, please contact me or call 07827 322 040.

We help clients from all over Warwickshire and the West Midlands with Sebaceous Cysts including Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Warwick and Coventry.