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Common lumps and bumps on and under the

skin: what are they?


As we age, the smooth skin of childhood gives way to all sorts of mysterious lumps and bumps.
In a high-UV environment like Australia, we need to be very alert to the possibility of skin
cancers. But most of the skin lumps we develop will be benign. Here are some of the most
common, and how to tell them apart.

Moles

Moles, or naevi, are the most common skin lesions. They are formed by a cluster of melanocytes,
the skin’s pigment-producing cells. They can be brown, black, pink, the same colour as the
surrounding skin, or even blue if the melanocytes are clustered deep in the dermal (inner) layer
of the skin. Most moles are flat but they can also be raised.

While some people have moles at birth, they usually begin to appear during childhood and keep
developing through to your 40s, when they start to slowly disappear again. The number of moles
you have is partly controlled by genetics, but is also influenced by your environment. Lots of sun
exposure leads to more moles, and so can using certain medications, such as those that suppress
your immune system.

Moles themselves are harmless, but around 25% of melanomas arise in an existing mole. Many
more look like moles in their early stages.

It’s a good idea to get any new or changing mole checked by a doctor, who will usually examine
the mole with a dermoscope, a hand-held microscope that uses polarised light to see just under
the skin surface. If the lesion is asymmetrical, multi-coloured or has other signs of melanoma,
the doctor will excise it for further testing.
A dermoscope helps your doctor see if your mole has hidden melanoma signs, or if it’s nothing to worry
about. UQ

Having many moles is the strongest predictor of a high melanoma risk, so people with many
moles are often advised to have regular skin checks with a dermatologist. For the rest of us, self-
examinations are recommended.

Seborrhoeic keratoses

Seborrhoeic keratoses, sometimes inelegantly called senile warts or barnacles, are another
common benign skin lesion. These are considered part of the normal skin ageing process.

These wart-like growths can begin to appear in your 30s and 40s. By the age of 60 around 90%
of people will have at least one seborrhoeic keratosis. They can erupt suddenly after a sunburn or
a bout of dermatitis, or gradually appear for no discernible reason.
If many itchy seborrhoeic keratoses erupt suddenly, it is occasionally a sign of an internal cancer.
Very rarely, basal or squamous cell carcinomas arise within a pre-existing seborrhoeic keratosis.
Seborrhoeic keratoses themselves are harmless, but can be prolific – some people have hundreds
– and they increase in number as the years go by.

Some people develop lots of seborrhoeic keratoses, both big


and small. UQ

Seborrhoeic keratoses can be flat or raised, and often look as though they’ve been glued onto the
skin instead of growing out of it. Their colour ranges from pale yellow to black. They can be
waxy, warty or scaly, and anywhere between 1mm and several centimetres across.

Those that are dark and large can look alarming, but when seen under a dermoscope they usually
have a characteristic brain-like or banksia-like appearance and are easily distinguished from skin
cancers. If in doubt, your doctor will take a biopsy to investigate further, since a melanoma can
occasionally simulate a seborrhoeic keratosis.

Seborrhoeic keratoses can be annoying if they snag on clothes or get in the way of your razor,
and some people find them unsightly. In these cases they can be removed by freezing, cutting
them off, burning, laser surgery, chemical peels or excision with scalpel or scissors.
This lesion looks alarming at first glance, but under a dermoscope it’s obvious by the banksia-like
appearance that it’s a benign seborrhoeic keratosis. UQ

Cysts

A cyst is a round lesion made of a capsule filled with keratin (the structural material that makes
up the outer layer of our skin), sebum (the oil from our skin), fluid or pus-like material. Firm or
squishy to the touch, they are totally benign. At least 20% of adults will have a cyst of some sort
in their life.

Sometimes cysts form when injured skin gets tucked in to form a pocket and the maturing and
dying skin cells build up inside it. Other cysts are formed when epidermal cells, normally found
on the surface of the skin, proliferate in the deeper dermis and fill up in a similar way.

Some cysts form when a hair follicle, sweat duct or mucous gland becomes blocked and fluid
builds up behind the blockage. Ganglion cysts form when fluid from nearby joints leaks into a
capsule under the skin. Several genes can make you more susceptible to forming cysts of various
sorts.
An inflamed epidermal inclusion cyst. Steven Fruitsmaak/Wikimedia Commons

The material inside a cyst can range from watery to soft-cheese-like, and can be odourless or
smelly. A central pore may be visible on the cyst, but beware of trying to pop and drain the cyst
yourself – it can become infected if you don’t clean it adequately.

Usually the only way to get rid of a cyst permanently is to surgically remove its encapsulating
wall. If it is only drained of fluid, it will just fill up again.

Fortunately, a dermatologist can usually remove a cyst in a short procedure with a little local
anaesthetic. This is demonstrated in the weirdly popular videos of Dr Pimple Popper (which, by
the way, you might not want to watch at lunch).

Haemangiomas

Haemangiomas are another benign, usually painless skin lesion, formed from an excessive
growth of blood vessels in the skin. They are usually firm lumps and can present as cherry
angiomas, venous lakes or spider angiomas. Depending on how deep in the skin they are, they
can be red, purple or even deep blue.
The author’s collection of cherry angiomas. Glen Wimberley/UQ

Cherry angiomas are round or oval, sharply defined, bright red bumps, usually less than half a
centimetre wide. If found on the lip, they are called venous lakes.

Spider angiomas also have a tiny central red lump, but with red lines (capillaries) wriggling
outwards like the legs of a spider. They usually appear on the face and upper body.

If many spider angiomas suddenly appear, it can be a sign of high oestrogen or poor liver
function, but, as a rule, isolated spider angiomas are not a cause for worry.

Rarely, angiomas mimic amelanotic (non-pigmented) nodular melanomas. These need to be


excised for further testing.

The rest don’t require treatment except for cosmetic reasons. In that case, the angioma can be
frozen with liquid nitrogen, burnt off with electrosurgery, or treated with lasers.

Dermatofibromas

Dermatofibromas are firm small nodules, which are sometimes itchy and might be mistaken for
an insect bite. In fact, most probably they also evolve from some types of insect bites.

They are usually 1cm across or smaller, seem to be in the surface layer of the skin and, if you
pinch one, a dimple will appear in it. On pale skin, they range from pink to light brown, and on
darker skin from dark brown to black, and can be paler in the middle.

Dermatofibroma. Glen Wimberley/UQ


They are caused by a benign proliferation of fibroblast cells (the main cells in connective tissue),
perhaps in response to a mild skin injury, but it’s not clear why this happens. The immune
system seems to keep them in check, as several new dermatofibromas can appear when a
person’s immune system is suppressed.

Like seborrhoeic keratoses, dermatofibromas are harmless but can be annoying. In this case, they
are removed by simple surgical excision. If they are ulcerated, have recently become bigger or
are unusually coloured, your doctor will excise them to check they aren’t melanomas or basal
cell carcinomas.

Lipoma

Lipomas are not, strictly speaking, a skin lesion at all. Often appearing similar to cysts, lipomas
are actually slow-growing tumours of fat cells surrounded by a fibrous capsule. They don’t
actually grow in the skin, but in the subcutaneous layer underneath.

Two large lipomas on the back. James Heilman, MD

Like cysts, they are very common and not malignant. Many people with lipomas have a family
history of lipomas, so there’s probably a genetic cause. Some lipomas might arise after a blunt
injury to the site, but the mechanism causing that is not well understood.

The egg or dome-shaped lipoma usually feels rubbery and moves around easily under the skin.
This makes them easy to diagnose clinically, though doctors sometimes use a deep skin biopsy to
be sure.

Most lipomas are not painful to touch, but they can grow as big as 10cm across and restrict
movement of nearby muscles or joints. If that’s the case, or you are bothered by its appearance,
lipoma can be treated by surgically removing the whole tumour, liposuction to drain the inside,
or simple squeeze technique, where a doctor makes a small incision in the skin and squeezes out
the fat tissue.

When to get it checked

Any lump, bump or lesion on your skin is worth showing to a doctor if it’s worrying you, but
there are some red flags that should prompt you to make the appointment sooner rather than
later.

A newly appeared mole or an existing mole that starts growing or changing colour should be
checked. If the lesion bleeds very easily – at a touch – get it looked at as soon as possible.
Painful lumps are another sign all is not right.

7 Home Remedies for Cysts: Do They Work?


What is a cyst?

Cysts are hard lumps filled with various substances that form in the body. There are many
different types.

The most common types are epidermoid cysts, which grow right under the skin.

Doctors or surgeons may help you remove these types of cysts. This is the only reliable way to
remove one completely.

On the other hand, you can also try home remedies for your epidermoid cyst. These may help
shrink it, reduce its appearance, or alleviate discomfort.

A precautionary note

Before discussing home remedies, it’s important to go over a few important details:

 You should never try to remove or pop a cyst at home. This increases chances of infection.
Popping also doesn’t guarantee a cyst will go away permanently.
 None of the remedies in this article are known or proven to remove cysts completely. However,
science suggests they may help in indirect ways.
 Even if they’re not yet proven to work, trying these remedies poses few risks if used correctly.

Remember: If your cyst isn’t causing you problems, you don’t necessarily always need to
remove it.
If it bothers you aesthetically, gets infected, causes pain, or grows rapidly in size, then talk with
your doctor.

1. Hot compress

Simple heat is the most recommended and effective home measure for draining or shrinking
cysts.

Here’s how it works: Heat may reduce the thickness of liquid in the cyst. In the case of liquid-
filled epidermoid cysts, this may help fluid drain quicker into the lymphatic system. This system
helps maintain fluid balance in the body and plays a role in protection against infection.

Keep in mind

Though this remedy is widely recommended by doctors and reputable sources, there are still no
studies testing or showing that it’s effective. There’s also no research supporting the science for
how it works.

As well, it doesn’t permanently remove cysts — only a professional healthcare provider can do
that. Although this method isn’t guaranteed to drain or reduce the appearance of a cyst, it may be
worth a try.

To use

1. Heat clean water to a warm or hot temperature, not boiling.


2. Wait for the water to cool to a tolerable, but hot, temperature for skin contact.
3. Dampen a clean cloth with the water and apply to the cyst for 20 to 30 minutes.
4. Repeat a few times each day.

2. 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.
Keep in mind

Overall, 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.

To use

1. Dilute tea tree essential oil in clean, warm, or hot water. Dilution ratio is two to three drops per
1 ounce of water.
2. 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.

Find tea tree essential oil online here.

3. 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.

Keep in mind

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.

To use

1. Mix equal parts water with apple cider vinegar.


2. 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.

Buy apple cider vinegar online.

4. Aloe vera

Research shows that aloe vera has confirmed anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
Both may help with pain and irritation in cysts.

Aloe vera may also help reduce appearance or get rid of certain cysts caused by bacteria or other
pathogens.

Keep in mind

In studies, aloe vera hasn’t been shown to reliably remove, drain, or reduce the appearance of
cysts. It could be helpful for discomfort and pain, though more research is needed to fully
support this.

To use

Following label directions, apply a pure aloe vera gel, cream, or lotion directly to an irritated or
painful cyst as often as needed.

Only source aloe products from reputable and trustworthy companies.

Find aloe vera products here.

5. Castor oil

Oil from the castor plant (Ricinis communis) may help cysts in the same vein as apple cider
vinegar or tea tree.

Research shows castor oil is antimicrobial. It’s notably effective at killing bacteria that live in the
skin, which can cause acne and cysts.

Keep in mind

Castor oil isn’t a proven cure for cysts, nor is it shown to reduce their appearance. It’s also
unlikely to help all types of cysts, only the types caused by bacteria — though there is no
guarantee they help with those types either.
To use

Make sure to source a 100 percent pure castor oil product. Only purchase products from
trustworthy companies with good reputations.

1. Put one drop of castor oil on your finger and apply to the cyst.
2. Apply more if needed, as often as needed. A few times each day is recommended.

Avoid ingesting castor oil, which is toxic when consumed internally.

See castor oil products for sale here.

6. Witch hazel

Witch hazel is a common topical wash for acne. Research indicates it may help acne due to
astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.

These properties could also benefit epidermoid cysts. It’s possible that witch hazel’s astringent
tannins may help shrink them, while anti-inflammatory effects could ease pain.

Keep in mind

There are still no direct studies showing that witch hazel can treat cysts. It’s unlikely that it helps
to remove them, though it may ease discomfort.

To use

1. Dab a cotton ball with witch hazel.


2. Apply to the cyst area.
3. Repeat a few times per day or as often as you would like.

People with sensitive skin may have reactions to witch hazel, but this can be avoided by diluting
witch hazel with water.

Look no further: You can purchase witch hazel here.

7. Honey

Some recommend honey for management of cysts, though research on this is scarce. A review of
recent studies indicates it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, however.

Keep in mind

Regardless of what the current science says, it’s probably not enough to call honey a cyst
treatment or remover. Using it may help with discomfort as well as cysts caused by bacteria.
To use

One method is to create a poultice by mixing honey, preferably raw and all-natural, with other
antimicrobial herbs and ingredients. You then apply the mixture to the cyst and leave it on
overnight.

Alternatively, try this simpler technique:

1. Put a dab of pure honey on the cyst site.


2. Leave the honey on the cyst for a few hours, as a longer amount of time may help it to be more
effective.
3. Wash the honey away, and apply more as often as you would like.

7 Home Remedies for Cysts: Do They Work?


 Precautions
 Hot compress
 Tea tree oil
 Apple cider vinegar
 Aloe vera
 Castor oil
 Witch hazel
 Honey
 Takeaway

What is a cyst?

Cysts are hard lumps filled with various substances that form in the body. There are many
different types.

The most common types are epidermoid cysts, which grow right under the skin.

Doctors or surgeons may help you remove these types of cysts. This is the only reliable way to
remove one completely.

On the other hand, you can also try home remedies for your epidermoid cyst. These may help
shrink it, reduce its appearance, or alleviate discomfort.

A precautionary note

Before discussing home remedies, it’s important to go over a few important details:

 You should never try to remove or pop a cyst at home. This increases chances of infection.
Popping also doesn’t guarantee a cyst will go away permanently.
 None of the remedies in this article are known or proven to remove cysts completely. However,
science suggests they may help in indirect ways.
 Even if they’re not yet proven to work, trying these remedies poses few risks if used correctly.

Remember: If your cyst isn’t causing you problems, you don’t necessarily always need to
remove it.

If it bothers you aesthetically, gets infected, causes pain, or grows rapidly in size, then talk with
your doctor.

1. Hot compress

Simple heat is the most recommended and effective home measure for draining or shrinking
cysts.

Here’s how it works: Heat may reduce the thickness of liquid in the cyst. In the case of liquid-
filled epidermoid cysts, this may help fluid drain quicker into the lymphatic system. This system
helps maintain fluid balance in the body and plays a role in protection against infection.

Keep in mind

Though this remedy is widely recommended by doctors and reputable sources, there are still no
studies testing or showing that it’s effective. There’s also no research supporting the science for
how it works.

As well, it doesn’t permanently remove cysts — only a professional healthcare provider can do
that. Although this method isn’t guaranteed to drain or reduce the appearance of a cyst, it may be
worth a try.

To use

1. Heat clean water to a warm or hot temperature, not boiling.


2. Wait for the water to cool to a tolerable, but hot, temperature for skin contact.
3. Dampen a clean cloth with the water and apply to the cyst for 20 to 30 minutes.
4. Repeat a few times each day.

2. 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.

Keep in mind

Overall, 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.

To use

1. Dilute tea tree essential oil in clean, warm, or hot water. Dilution ratio is two to three drops per
1 ounce of water.
2. 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.

Find tea tree essential oil online here.

3. 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.

Keep in mind

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.
To use

1. Mix equal parts water with apple cider vinegar.


2. 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.

Buy apple cider vinegar online.

4. Aloe vera

Research shows that aloe vera has confirmed anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
Both may help with pain and irritation in cysts.

Aloe vera may also help reduce appearance or get rid of certain cysts caused by bacteria or other
pathogens.

Keep in mind

In studies, aloe vera hasn’t been shown to reliably remove, drain, or reduce the appearance of
cysts. It could be helpful for discomfort and pain, though more research is needed to fully
support this.

To use

Following label directions, apply a pure aloe vera gel, cream, or lotion directly to an irritated or
painful cyst as often as needed.

Only source aloe products from reputable and trustworthy companies.

Find aloe vera products here.

5. Castor oil

Oil from the castor plant (Ricinis communis) may help cysts in the same vein as apple cider
vinegar or tea tree.

Research shows castor oil is antimicrobial. It’s notably effective at killing bacteria that live in the
skin, which can cause acne and cysts.
Keep in mind

Castor oil isn’t a proven cure for cysts, nor is it shown to reduce their appearance. It’s also
unlikely to help all types of cysts, only the types caused by bacteria — though there is no
guarantee they help with those types either.

To use

Make sure to source a 100 percent pure castor oil product. Only purchase products from
trustworthy companies with good reputations.

1. Put one drop of castor oil on your finger and apply to the cyst.
2. Apply more if needed, as often as needed. A few times each day is recommended.

Avoid ingesting castor oil, which is toxic when consumed internally.

See castor oil products for sale here.

6. Witch hazel

Witch hazel is a common topical wash for acne. Research indicates it may help acne due to
astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.

These properties could also benefit epidermoid cysts. It’s possible that witch hazel’s astringent
tannins may help shrink them, while anti-inflammatory effects could ease pain.

Keep in mind

There are still no direct studies showing that witch hazel can treat cysts. It’s unlikely that it helps
to remove them, though it may ease discomfort.

To use

1. Dab a cotton ball with witch hazel.


2. Apply to the cyst area.
3. Repeat a few times per day or as often as you would like.

People with sensitive skin may have reactions to witch hazel, but this can be avoided by diluting
witch hazel with water.

Look no further: You can purchase witch hazel here.

7. Honey

Some recommend honey for management of cysts, though research on this is scarce. A review of
recent studies indicates it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, however.
Keep in mind

Regardless of what the current science says, it’s probably not enough to call honey a cyst
treatment or remover. Using it may help with discomfort as well as cysts caused by bacteria.

To use

One method is to create a poultice by mixing honey, preferably raw and all-natural, with other
antimicrobial herbs and ingredients. You then apply the mixture to the cyst and leave it on
overnight.

Alternatively, try this simpler technique:

1. Put a dab of pure honey on the cyst site.


2. Leave the honey on the cyst for a few hours, as a longer amount of time may help it to be more
effective.
3. Wash the honey away, and apply more as often as you would like.

Find raw, all-natural honey for sale here.

The bottom line

Some home remedies can help with certain aspects of cysts, or specific types. Hot water
compresses are most recommended by reputable sources.

Before using topical natural remedies, do a skin patch test: Apply a small amount to your
forearm, and then wait for 24 hours to see if you have an allergic reaction. Though these are rare,
they could happen.

If a home remedy causes discomfort, irritation, or other unusual symptoms, discontinue use
immediately. Talk to your doctor instead about cyst treatment. Remember that the only proven
way to remove a cyst is to have it done by a healthcare provider.

How to Cure Lipoma Naturally


If you notice a small bump under your skin, it could be a lipoma.
A lipoma is a lump of fatty tissue located just between your skin and the underlying muscle.
The fatty tissue feels rubbery and is usually painless, harmless and noncancerous. Lipomas are
typically small, about 1 to 3 cm in size, and they can be felt underneath the skin.

Lipomas can grow anywhere on the body, but they are more common in the upper back,
shoulders, arms, armpits, buttocks and upper thighs. At times, a lipoma may even develop in
a muscle, an organ or deep within a thigh, shoulder or calf.

The exact cause behind the development of a lipoma is not yet known. However, experts believe
that it can be due to a physical trauma.

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It has also been found that lipomas tend to run in families, so genetic factors can play a role in
their development.

Some genetic conditions like Gardner syndrome, adiposis dolorosa, familial multiple
lipomatosis, Madelung’s disease and Cowden syndrome can cause a person to have one or more
lipomas. Some dietary factors, too, may contribute to lipomas.

Lipomas tend to grow slowly over months or even years. They can develop in people of any age,
but they typically appear in adults between ages 40 and 60. The problem is more common in men
than women.
Although they are quite harmless, lipomas may appear unsightly or cause discomfort. Doctors
often suggest surgery to cut out a lipoma to permanently remove it or steroid injections to shrink
the lipoma but not eliminate it.

As these methods can be expensive, many people prefer a natural solution to the problem. In
fact, there are a few natural, non-invasive ways to get rid of lipomas.

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Here are some of the best ways to get rid of a lipoma naturally.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a simple yet effective treatment for lipomas.

It balances the pH levels in the body, which helps clear the lipoma along with preventing its
recurrence. Also, it helps soften the lump and slowly reduces the size and appearance of it under
the skin.

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Also, it aids digestion and helps flush out toxins and other impurities from within the body.

 For consumption: Drink a glass of water with 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider
vinegar in it, twice daily.
 For topical use: Mix equal amounts of melted beeswax and raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
Use it as an ointment for reducing the size of a lipoma.

2. Turmeric

Another way to cure a lipoma naturally is using turmeric. It contains curcumin, which has anti-
inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties that effectively help shrink the lump.

Turmeric can be used topically as well as internally for lipomas.


For topical use:

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 Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 2 to 3 tablespoons of neem oil or flaxseed oil. Dab the
mixture onto the lipoma. Cover it with a bandage to protect your clothes and linens from yellow
turmeric stains. Do it daily before going to bed and rinse it off the next morning.

For consumption:

 Mix 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder into a glass of warm milk. Drink it twice daily.
 You can also consider taking turmeric supplements, but consult your doctor first for the correct
dosage.

3. Castor Oil

You can use castor oil to treat various benign growths, including lipomas.

The ricinoleic acid in castor oil helps shrink the size of the fatty tissues underneath your skin.
However, this oil works best on small deposits that are new.
1. Soak a cotton ball in cold-pressed, pure castor oil.
2. Apply it on the affected area.
3. Massage for a few minutes, then secure the cotton ball in place with a bandage or tape.
4. Leave it on overnight, and clean the area with warm water the next morning.
5. Repeat this remedy daily until you are satisfied with the result.

4. Garlic

Another good remedy to try is garlic.

Sulfur-containing compounds like adenosine, allicin and paraffinic polysulfides in garlic help
reduce the size of fatty deposits under the skin.
 For topical use: Mix a few drops of garlic oil in some carrier oil like olive or coconut oil. Use it to
massage the affected area for a few minutes. Do this 2 or 3 times a day. You can rinse the oil off
your skin after 1 hour.
 For consumption: Eat 2 or 3 raw garlic cloves on an empty stomach daily in the morning. You
can also take garlic supplements, but only after consulting your doctor.

5. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper has a powerful effect on fatty deposits underneath the skin and helps reduce
their size. It contains a chemical called capsaicin that can help reduce lipomas.
It also increases circulation throughout the body to improve your overall health.

For topical use:

 Use a capsaicin cream to massage the affected area, a few times daily.

For consumption:

 Add fresh, chopped cayenne peppers to stir-fry dishes, soups and stews.
 You can opt to take cayenne supplements, but consult your doctor first.

6. Ginger

Ginger is an herb that can effectively help reduce the size of lipomas. It can also prevent new
lipomas from developing.

In addition, it promotes healthy blood circulation throughout the body.


For topical use:

 Massage the affected area with ginger oil a few times daily. You can leave the oil on your skin
for 30 minutes, then rinse it off.

For consumption:

 Drink 2 or 3 cups of ginger tea daily. To prepare the tea, boil a few slices of fresh ginger root in 1
cup of water. Allow it to steep for 5 minutes. Strain the tea. You can add a little lemon juice and
honey for taste.
 Add ginger to any of your juices, broths or cooked dishes to enjoy its immense health benefits.

7. DMSO

DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) is another very effective natural topical treatment for lipomas.

Available in liquid and gel form, you can use it to reduce the size of lipomas and help them
dissolve completely. It penetrates the skin easily and gives quick results.
1. Apply a 70 percent solution of DMSO on the affected area with a cotton ball.
2. Rub gently to improve its absorption and effectiveness.
3. Use this remedy 2 or 3 times a day for a few days.

Caution: Avoid chemicals on your skin and in clothing when using DMSO, as it can “carry” the
chemicals into your body.

8. Reduce Fat in Your Diet

To reduce the size of a lipoma, it is important to keep a close eye on what you are eating. Eating
high-fat and cholesterol-rich foods will just worsen the problem, since lipomas are fatty tissue
deposits.
 Reduce the amount of fatty or deep-fried foods in your diet.
 Follow a diet low in saturated fats.
 Avoid excessive consumption of carbohydrates and processed sugars.
 Say no to foods that contribute to bad cholesterol, such as red meat, full-fat dairy products, egg
yolks and processed foods.

Additional Tips

 You can apply iodine directly on a lipoma using a cotton swab.


 Drink at least 2 cups of green tea daily to increase your metabolism to burn fat, and possibly
eliminate the lipoma.
 Eat food rich in omega-3 fatty acids to dissolve a lipoma or at least minimize the growth.
 Drink an adequate amount of water throughout the day to flush out toxins from the body.
Lemon water will further help detoxify your body.
 Switch to organic foods as much as possible to reduce the preservatives and additives you
consume.
 Never try to squeeze or irritate a lipoma.
 If you suffer from recurring lipomas, try avoiding soy products, foods with MSG, artificial
sweeteners, dairy products and processed foods.

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