Tea tree oil
Essential oil from the tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) may help some cysts, albeit in an indirect way.
Research shows tea tree oil has antimicrobial activity. This means it kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other pathogens.
Some cysts are caused by ingrown hairs. These form when hair follicles don’t grow properly, leading to infection of a sebaceous gland. This creates a pus pocket that may become a cyst, referred to as a sebaceous cyst.
As an antimicrobial, tea tree oil may help kill bacterial infections caused by ingrown hairs. It may decrease the chances of getting a cyst caused by an ingrown hair or reduce its appearance. However, tea tree oil isn’t a proven cyst remedy. There are still no studies to show that it can remove or prevent cysts.
Also, since not all cysts are caused by ingrown hairs, tea tree oil is highly unlikely to help all types of cysts — though trying it is low risk and may help in shrinking the cyst.
How to use
Dilute tea tree essential oil in clean, warm, or hot water. Dilution ratio is two to three drops per 1 ounce of water.
Apply the mixture directly to the cyst several times per day with a clean cloth.
You can also combine tea tree oil applications with the above hot water compress remedy. Simply add essential oil to the hot water in the proper dilution ratio.
Avoid applying undiluted tea tree essential oil directly to the cyst or skin. This may cause discomfort, irritation, or burns. Always dilute this oil before topical use.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another recommended natural remedy. It may help with cysts to a limited extent.
There are no studies showing apple cider vinegar reduces cysts or removes them.
But, like tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar is shown to be antimicrobial. More specifically, the acetic acids in it are antimicrobial, according to one in vitro study. In vitro simply means that the studies were performed in a test tube rather than in a natural environment.
Apple cider vinegar may only be effective for certain kinds of cysts, such as those caused by bacteria or infection, but there is no guarantee. It may still be worth a try since there are very few health risks.
How To use
Mix equal parts water with apple cider vinegar.
Apply this dilution directly to the cyst several times per day.
You can combine apple cider vinegar applications with the hot water compress home remedy. Simply add the apple cider vinegar to the hot water in the proper dilution ratio.
Never apply undiluted apple cider vinegar directly to skin. Acetic acids may cause discomfort, irritation, or burns.
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