How to remove or reduce a superficial cyst

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to remove or reduce a superficial cyst

Bumps that have formed under the which don't disappear, are called cysts. Cysts are not harmful, and may disappear on their own. Some may burst and drain on their own, and they can be removed at home by draining them. Cysts are formed from an infection, foreign bodies or clogged oil glands. If your cyst is superficial, you can remove or reduce them by draining them from your own skin. At OneHowTo we do not recommend this practice and recommend you visit the doctor.

You'll need:
  • Needle
  • Towel
  • Soap
  • Dressing
  • hot water
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Steps to follow:

Wash the needle and the area around the bump with warm water and soap. Make sure the needle and the area is clean and dry before proceeding to remove the cyst.


Soak a cloth with warm water and position the fabric so that it is below or near the cyst.


Make a small hole with the clean needle and let the liquid flow out of cyst. Capture all fluids with a clean towel. You may need to press gently on the sides of the bulge to get all the liquid out.


Thoroughly clean the area with soap and warm water. Put a bandage over the top to prevent the cyst from becoming infected.


If your cyst is not superficial, talk to your healthcare provider about your options. Your cyst can be professionally drained, or surgically removed.

How to remove or reduce a superficial cyst - Step 5

To prevent cysts from forming, exfoliate your skin regularly, eat well and start a regular exercise routine.

How to remove or reduce a superficial cyst - Step 6

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • If you are not comfortable doing this on your own, or you want the cyst to reduce in size, consult your doctor.
  • If the lump is continuously growing, or causes a lot of pain, see a doctor immediately.

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