Reader’s Questions: My dermatologist keeps having to surgically remove these whiteheads called sebaceous cysts from my face. Is there something other than surgery that can get rid of them?
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright: While I can’t tell you exactly what causes sebaceous cysts, I can tell you what has helped many of my patients eliminate them. These cysts are filled with a semi-solid, semi-liquid, oily (“sebaceous”) material that can be dissolved with SSKI, a saturated solution of , and DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide). Mix an ounce or two of each together. (Initially the mixture will become very warm, but it will cool off in two to three minutes.) Rub a few drops of the SSKI/DMSO mixture vigorously into the sebaceous cyst at least twice daily. Be patient — you usually won’t see any results for several weeks, but if you persist, there’s an excellent chance the sebaceous cyst will disappear over the course of a few months.
This will not work on cysts that are filled with something other than sebaceous material. It also won’t work on lipomas, which are benign tumours made up of solid fats.
SSKI, which is sold by the name “Tri-Quench” (Scientific Botanicals) and DMSO are both available through some natural health food stores.
One caution: Continuous use of SSKI (or iodine) can potentially slow thyroid function in a few sensitive individuals. So, as always, be sure to work with a doctor skilled and knowledgeable in natural and nutritional medicine if you decide to use SSKI against sebaceous cysts.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing