Eyebrow Cyst

Eyebrow cysts are smooth, non-infected fluid-filled masses under the skin’s surface. These cysts are common and painless unless bacterial growth develops leading to an abscess.

What is an Eyebrow Cyst?

Eyebrow cysts are lumps or masses under the skin. Medically, eyebrow cysts are referred to as dermoid cysts. Our skin has tiny glands that secrete sebum (oil). The buildup of fluid happens when the gland fluids can’t be secreted through the normal process of elimination. The cyst rarely gets infected, unless we intervene. Most of us have a natural tendency to squeeze the cyst discharging the oil out of the pore’s top. Squeezing can cause further blockage, triggering inflammation or an infection.

One common type of eyebrow cyst is a sebaceous cyst. These types of cyst have no age or population distinction. They can pop up randomly.

Eyebrow cyst characteristics:

  • Small round bumps under the skin
  • Redness, swelling or tenderness in the area
  • Thick yellow pus

Symptoms of Eyebrow Cysts

Symptoms vary from person to person. Individuals suffering from skin conditions are prone to triggering these cysts. The pea-sized bump can harden, causing it to become tender and painful to the touch.

Acne vulgaris is known to cause cysts on the eyebrow. The accumulation of dead skin blocks the pores and prompts the development of raised skin at the base of the eyebrow hair.

Removing the cyst is not an emergency event. If any of these conditions exist, they could be infected and you will need to see a doctor.

  • Painful or inflamed
  • Changes in color and size
  • Bleeding or itching

Eyebrow cysts (Dermoid) are common in young children. The cause can be hair, sweat or oil glands or fatty tissue trapped in the skin. Sometimes they are present at birth.

What Causes an Eyebrow Cyst?

The condition occurs more frequently with individuals using facial and hair removal products to shape the eyebrows. Waxing or threading methods to remove the eyebrow hairs can increase the risks for eyebrow cysts. Both beauty treatments have been known to clog the pores triggering the formation of a cyst.

Other causes initiating an eyebrow cyst are related to personal health conditions, lifestyle choices and hygiene habits.

  • Skin allergies – facial products causing inflammation or eczema reactions.
  • Folliculitis – inflammation of the hair follicles caused by blockage or damage by plucking.
  • Sebaceous cyst – blockage caused by the sebaceous glands.
  • Infections – ingrown hairs, skin puncture and piercings.

How to Treat Eyebrow Cysts

Treating eyebrow cysts depends on the severity of the condition. Your doctor is able to determine which methods work best for treating inflammation, infection, swelling or ruptures. The decision is based on your own health status. Some cysts will clear on their own within a week or two. If your cyst does not disappear on its own, you need to see a doctor.

Self-removal of facial cysts is now recommended. The chances of infection, bleeding or other complications will increase.

Removing an eyebrow cyst is a minor surgery and the procedure and recovery are brief. Your doctor will make a small incision on the top or the side of the cyst, allowing the fluid to drain. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection during recovery. Instructions for care include directions for washing the area, the use of facial products or services and limited sun exposure.

Methods of Treatment

  • Injection of cortisone medication to shrink the cyst
  • Topical antibacterial creams or lotions
  • Laser (cosmetic procedure)
  • Cryotherapy (freezing) destroys the skin cells

Home Remedies

There are several home remedies on the market. Most are safe and convenient to relieve some of the symptoms. Before you experiment – talk with your doctor. You need to understand how to use these remedies and the side effects known to occur in this disorder. Remember the skin around the eyes is thinner than other parts of the body. As such, the area is more sensitive to medicinal ingredients. These remedies are not alternatives to medicine.

Storage and Handling

Best health practices are good habits in the home when it comes to home care and medications. Medications are used to restore and sustain our health, left unmonitored even the simplest form can cause harm.

• Keep all medicines out of reach of children, elderly adults, and animals.
• Store medications in a cool, dry place away from direct heat or light.
• Discard outdated or unused portions properly.

Frequently asked questions

1. Are eyebrow cysts contagious?

No. Eyebrow cysts are not contagious.

2. Do I need to see a doctor?

If you notice changes in the size or the cyst becomes inflamed with pain – it’s time to see the doctor. Left untreated the condition can worsen and lead to serious bacterial growth.

3. What causes the eyebrow cyst to change in size?

The changes may be related to your own health history. Once the doctor examines the condition, they may suggest removal procedures under local anesthesia.

4. Are eyebrow cysts cancerous?

Normally, an eyebrow cyst is caused by clogged pores and not cancerous. But there is a skin disorder called melanoma. It’s a malignant tumor. Talking with your doctor will help to diagnose the condition.

5. I have skin allergies, am I more susceptible to getting eyebrow cysts?

You might be more prone to an eruption. If you’ve experienced a series of these cysts, you may want to see the doctor. Talking with your doctor and discussing your personal routines may help to determine the root cause of the ailment. This is your health and our bodies respond to irritants in different ways.

6. How do I treat an eyebrow cyst until I get to the doctor?

You can use moist heat. Apply it to the area for 10-15 minutes. The heat helps to dilate the blood vessels around the eyebrow increasing the circulation. Improved circulation allows our defense systems to quickly get nutrients to the area. Even if you feel better after the hot compress – be sure to see the doctor.

7. How common is eyebrow cysts?

Eyebrow cysts are less common than the other cyst forms. An eyebrow cyst is not a life-threatening issue. It's not a normal skin feature either. There could be a more serious condition associated with the illness.