Sebaceous Cyst Squeezing | How to Squeeze Sebaceous Cyst Safely

Sebaceous cyst is the result when the sebum produced by sebaceous glands is blocked inside a pore. It is typically harmless but can cause minor discomfort and pain. It could also be unsightly especially if the cyst appears on the face or neck areas. To draw the trapped sebum out, you can do the sebaceous cyst squeeze, but you should do it properly to avoid permanent scarring and prevent the bacteria from spreading and infecting other clean pores.

Proper Squeezing of Sebaceous Cyst

To do proper cyst squeeze, follow these simple steps:

  • Before checking the affected are, make sure that your hands are clean and you have properly washed them with antibacterial soap.
  • Wash the affected area with warm water germicidal or antibacterial soap. The warm water will initially open the pore and soften the hardened oil or sebum inside.
  • After washing the infected area, steam it to make the pores open wider and allow the natural draining of sebum. You can also use hot compress on the area or you can also open the pore naturally by taking a hot bath or warm shower. You need to be sure that your pores are already open before attempting to cyst squeeze them to avoid pain and scarring.
  • Wipe the cyst with a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol.
  • Once the pore of your cyst is open, wrap your two index fingers with a clean tissue paper and press them against the cyst to help the pus find its way out.
  • Check if the cyst is emptied thoroughly then cleanse the area with cotton soaked in hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol.
  • Get an ice cube and apply it on the affected area to close the pore.


  1. Midge said:

    I have tried to squeeze the cyst, and just a little clear liquid comes out. Should I continue applying warm wash cloths on it, I’ve done this for a week. The cyst is on my shoulder and it is one inch in size.

    August 14, 2012
    • PUP said:

      First of all you should consult your doctor to find out if it is a sebaceous cyst or some other swelling. If it is a sebaceous cyst he may advise you to get it removed surgically and he may also give antibiotics if there is an infection. Applying warm application may help to bring out pus and fluid from the cyst. This may give temporary relief as the cyst may heal. Reinfection in the cyst is possible after some time. The best measure is surgical removal of the cyst.

      August 15, 2012
  2. KB said:

    I have sebaceous cyst for the last 5 years. I went to the doctor because it became sore. It took 6 months for the cyst to go away. The following year it again became sore. So I tried to treat it at home. I sat on a warm moist warm towel placed on a heating pad. The soreness was gone but today again it is back and of the size of a pea. I again sat on a moist warm towel with a heated pad for a couple of hours and then squeezed it out. Does squeezing aggravate the cyst? What is the remedy to this problem?

    July 28, 2013
    • PUP said:

      A cyst is a sac filled with thick cheesy substance inside it. It can get infected. The only permanent solution is surgical removal of cyst, or else recurrence is frequent.

      July 31, 2013

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