Ingrown hairs and acne are the most common cause of cysts. Both conditions can lead to pore infection, the beginning stage of cyst development. Cysts can develop and worsen when the skin inside of it keeps reproducing but is trapped, eventually causing an infection. Sebaceous cysts are the most common type, and consists of a “balloon” under the skin with a small opening near the surface. However, when the skin lining the cyst continues to produce skin cells, they are not naturally shed by the body as they normally would, and these cells build up inside the cyst. The cyst can also burst, making the area more painful and inflamed.
When a cyst bursts, it can reform and become a combination of scar tissue and smaller cysts. You should not wait for a cyst to heal on its own, especially after it has ruptured. A cyst is much easier to manage before it ruptures, and can be easily removed by a dermatologist. Once it is infected, your treatment options will involve a more complex procedure.
Cysts can be painful and should be treated by a skilled dermatologist. If you have a hard lump under your skin that stays in place, or later becomes painful and inflamed, it’s important to get it treated sooner rather than later by our highly-skilled team of skin doctors. Our dermatologists have years of experience and use the most effective procedures. We focus on compassionate patient care, and use the latest surgical techniques to make your experience comfortable and stress-free. Schedule an appointment with our office to seek treatment for a skin cyst.