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What are skin cysts?

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Skin cysts or epidermoid cysts are non-cancerous, closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus, or other material.

Cysts are common on the skin and can appear anywhere. They feel like large peas under the surface of the skin. Cysts can develop as a result of infection, clogging of sebaceous glands (oil glands), or around foreign bodies, such as earrings.

From: Cysts, Lumps, Bumps, and Your Skin WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Dermatology. 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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American Academy of Dermatology. 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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