Dr Sandra Lee, aka Dr Pimple Popper always seems to find a large number of videos to cause us to feel disgust and joy at the same time and today’s video does not disappoint. This cyst contains an amazingly large amount of dry pus that you may think will never end but it does. This guy must have lost 5 pounds due to the removal procedure.
Epidermoid cysts, also called sebaceous, keratin, or epithelial cysts, are small, hard lumps that develop under the skin. These cysts are common. They grow slowly. They do not cause other symptoms and are nearly never cancerous. Epidermoid cysts are often found on the face, head, neck, back, or genitals. They can range in size from 1/4 inch to 2 inches across.
They look like a small bump, are tan to yellow in color, and are filled with thick, smelly matter. They do not cause any pain and can usually be ignored.
Epidermoid cysts are usually caused by a buildup of keratin. Keratin is a protein that occurs naturally in skin cells. Cysts develop when the protein is trapped below the skin because of disruption to the skin or to a hair follicle.
These cysts often develop in response to skin trauma, HPV infection, acne, or excessive exposure to the sun. An epidermoid cyst is more likely to develop in people with acne or other skin conditions.
Most epidermoid cysts either stop growing or go away on their own without treatment. Physicians will usually make note of a cyst and monitor it during each checkup to make sure that it has not changed. Since epidermoid cysts are very rarely cancerous, they do not pose a risk. Most are never treated.
Treatment may be required if the cyst becomes red, swollen, painful, changes in size or character, or is infected. In such cases, treatment options include antibiotics and drainage. Sometimes the cyst may need to be surgically removed. It can also be removed for cosmetic reasons.