Pilonidal cysts must be kept clean at all times. Not doing so can put you in a heap of hurt — even more than it hurts now!
Pilonidal cysts are prone to infection if not kept well maintained. Make sure you do all you can to keep your cyst and the area around it free from bacteria or viruses.
Did you know your skin has about 100,000 bacteria per square centimeter? Ten percent of human dry weight is attributed to bacteria.
Aside from taking the usual shower, try to find time during the middle of the day to clean and care for your pilonidal cyst.
Use a mild antibacterial soap and clean the area as often as you can (just make sure not to apply too much pressure to the cyst while doing this). Especially clean the area every night before going to bed. The cleaner your cyst is, the faster it will heal.
Does it have to be an antibacterial soap?
Not necessarily. You could use regular soap if you wish. It’s just good to have that added bacteria fighting element antibacterial soaps offer.
Regular household soaps or cleansers do not kill germs — rather, they suspend (or lift) them off the skin surface, allowing the microscopic critters to be rinsed down the drain.
Antimicrobial or antibacterial soap, does actually kill bacteria and other microorganisms, and can sometimes inhibit their future growth.
Whats the difference between antiseptic, antimicrobial and antibacterial?
Antibacterial is a word we’ve recently started using, when talking about soaps that kill bacteria… probably because everyone knows what bacteria is, and this will sell more soap.
Antiseptic means “against infection”. Antiseptics are usually topical – something you put on the outside of your body.
Antimicrobial soaps are capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms. These words are essentially interchangeable.
Which soap should I get?
Steer clear of antbacterial soaps that contain triclosan, which is also used as a pesticide.
Triclosan can potentially cause the development of “super germs,” or antibiotic-resistance bacteria, creating a genetic mutation. These types of bacteria could then proliferate, eventually making it more difficult for you to treat your pilonidal infection.
Also, besides being linked to cancer and the subject of a lawsuit for causing cancer, triclosan has the following negative side effects reported:
- Abnormalities with the endocrine system, particularly with thyroid hormone signaling
- Weakening of the immune system
- Birth defects
- Uncontrolled cell growth
- Unhealthy weight loss
Here’s a list of antibacterial soaps that contain triclosan:
- Dial® Liquid Soap
- Softsoap® Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap
- Tea Tree Therapy® Liquid Soap
- Provon® Soap
- Clearasil® Daily Face Wash
- Dermatologica® Skin Purifying Wipes
- Clean & Clear® Foaming Facial Cleanser
- DermaKleen® Antibacterial Lotion Soap
- Naturade Aloe Vera 80® Antibacterial Soap
- CVS® Antibacterial Soap
- pHisoderm® Antibacterial Skin Cleanser
To be sure, stick to the recommendations on this site.
I personally would also stay away from any antibacterial creams or lotions if you’re going to be applying any medication or other form of treatment topically to your cyst. The cream and lotion mixes with the topical treatment and could alter its effectiveness.
It’s best to just use regular bar soap so it can wash off clean with water.
Try antibacterial wipes for on the go protection
It can be difficult to wash your pilonidal cyst regularly due to its out of reach location. Instead, use antibacterial wipes. These wipes kill 99.9% of the bacteria and germs that cause infection.
Keep some of these wipes handy in your house, car or at work. Every so often, pull one of them out and give your pilonidal cyst a good wipe. It’s fast, convenient and effective.
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NOTE: The products below DO NOT contain triclosan. They’re some of the few that don’t.