Sebaceous cysts, or epidermoid cysts, are usually more annoying than dangerous. The small lumps contain protein and sebum (oil), and tend to pop up on the face, scalp or back. They’re caused by ingrown hairs or skin trauma. They’re not a major health threat unless they become infected, which can cause redness, swelling and pain. Some home treatments may be enough to handle uninfected cysts.


Increase your intake of Vitamin A and B. Garlic is a food that contains a lot of Vitamin B. Pregnant women should avoid taking too much of either vitamin.

Take 500 mg of Black Currant Oil orally per day or 2 or 3 tbsp. of flaxseed oil.

Apply a topical cream to the cysts once per day. Ideally you should apply this at night and allow it to soak in overnight. The creams, such as Calendula and Poke Root, can reduce the inflammation and the risk of infection.

Clean the area and apply an essential oil directly to the cysts a few times a day. Some essential oils are fennel, lemon, burdook root, milk thistle and juniper.