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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Advice Corner. What do I do with a cystic pimple?

A cyst is a bump that can appear on the face, neck, back, underarms, etc. It forms underneath your skin and can hurt and be red and inflamed. It may have a smooth surface and be different sizes. There are many different kinds of cysts, but I believe you are referring to a...
sebaceous cyst. It is basically a sac below the skin that fills with fluid like oil. It can be white in color or it can be the same color as your skin. You will want to pop or touch it, but please fight the urge! If you mess with it, it may cause infection and could cause a dark spot so be careful. The most important thing is to not touch or pop it.

So, what do you do?  If you can, go to your dermatologist. Once you're there, he will most likely drain out the fluid by doing a small incision or if it's bigger, they may want to completely remove. Don't worry, it's a small procedure. He/she may even prescribe you with an antibiotic to knock it out!

Home Regimen: First if it hurts and is inflamed, put some ice in a towel and hold on the cyst 15 seconds on, 15 seconds off for 2 minutes. You can do this throughout the day, use the ice until the redness begins to go away, and the swelling goes down. Second, you need to assess your skin type and start a skincare routine. If you're more oily all over, you will need to get into a cleanser and treatment that has all three ingredients like salicylic acid (gets rid of oil), hydrogen peroxide (gets rid of bacteria), and sulfur (brings out and decongests skin). Don't forget a oil-free moisturizer. Although you're oily, it is always necessary to hydrate your skin. If you are more combination/normal in skin type, A great sulfur based mask up to three times a week on the congested area will really help to speed the process of removal. The overall key to getting rid of a cyst takes patience and consistency. The bad news is it will take as little as one week all the way to three weeks to get rid of. Of course, you can get rid of it faster by going to the dermatologist.

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