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A 57-year-old male asked:

What causes sebaceous cysts or how can you keep from getting them.

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 41 years experience
Blocked gland: A sebaceous cyst is a collection of oily fluid that occurs when an oil gland is blocked. Some folks are more prone to them than other and they often appear on the neck, shoulders, and back. Try to avoid skin products that are oily. I would also stay away from transfats and bad oils, which is good for overall health. Saunas and sweating may help a bit although i don't of data.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 58 years experience
Depends: Sebaceous cyst is an old term still used by drs who know little about them. Are they acne cysts? Tricholemmomas? The most common are intradermal inclusion cysts. Can occur almost anywhere, most often scalp, back, buttocks. May be multiple. Strong genetic factor. Not you fault. Easily removed by dermatolopgist or surgeon.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Could use expert help with why i keep getting sebaceous cysts on my head?

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Dr. Elliot Duboys
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
Genetic: Pilar cysts or sebaceous cysts of the head are quite frequent and are caused by an abnormality (yet to be discovered) of the sebaceous/oil glands. Just think - could be worse!
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