If skin cysts are always affecting you and they just cannot seem to go away, you may be wondering what you can do in order to eliminate them. A cyst is simply a pocket of tissue that is filled with fluid and it can develop anywhere on your body. When it forms on the skin, it normally feels like a small pea underneath the skin. Even though the cysts are not cancerous, they can cause aggravating symptoms. Fortunately, many cysts just disappear on their own, and they are treatable in most cases.
There are different types of cysts, and the causes of cysts also vary. For instance, there are cherry angioma cysts, which are small, bright red growths that are less than a quarter of an inch in diameter, and they can be as small as pinprick. Even though the cause of cherry angiomas is not known, they usually affect people that are 40 years and above. They do not necessarily require treatment, but they can be removed in case they cause irritation or start bleeding.
There are also dermatofibromas, which are round, reddish-brown cysts that are formed in the areas that have scar tissue. These ones feel like a hard lump underneath the skin and can range in color. Even though they do not cause any symptoms, some of them can be very painful, itchy or tender. The good thing is that they can be removed.
Epidermoid cysts are also very common. Also referred to as sebaceous cysts, the epidermoid cysts form when a hair follicle is clogged with an oily substance referred to as sebum, which helps to lubricate as well as moisturize both the hair and skin. They mostly occur on the back, chest or genitals.