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How much do you know about sebaceous cysts?

Sebaceous cysts, also called epidermoid cysts, are a soft mass that forms under the skin due to inflammation of a hair follicle. This sac is filled with dead skin cells and sebum, which is an oily secretion from the sebaceous glands.

The cause of sebaceous cysts is definitely and may be a genetic factor.

Amir Hoshang Ehsani, a dermatologist and hair specialist and a member of the faculty of the University of Medical Sciences, regarding the treatment of sebaceous cysts, acknowledged: This cyst usually occurs in the head and face area, where the sebaceous glands are located, next to hair follicles.

“The cause of sebaceous cysts is definitely not known and may be a genetic factor,” he said.

Noting that these lumps are completely harmless, the expert added: “Its prevalence is equal in men and women and it mostly occurs in the second and third decades (20-40).”

“These cysts may become an infection that can be treated with antibiotics and surgery, but in general, the treatment for patients with sebaceous cysts is surgery,” he said.

Ehsani said in the end: Sebaceous cyst is created through an additional growth of one of the hair follicle units under a closed space in which a closed substance called creatine is secreted.

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