Young mum, 22, says she can ‘hear all the little squelching noises’ as she has ‘four little marble’ cysts squeezed from her scalp in The Bad Skin Clinic
- Chloe, 22, from the UK, has had a lumpy head for as long as she can remember
- She’s got eight lumps, four big ones, but one she says causes all the problems
- Chloe finally gets them removed in tonight’s episode of The Bad Skin Clinic
A young mum has ‘four little marble’ cysts squeezed from her scalp in The Bad Skin Clinic.
Tonight’s episode of the Quest Red show features Chloe, 22, from the UK, who has had a lumpy head for as long as she can remember.
‘I can’t remember them growing, I can’t remember them appearing, they’ve just always been there,’ she explains.
Parting her hair on top of her head, Chloe reveals a cluster of large, bulging lumps along her scalp.
Chloe, 22, from the UK, who has had a lumpy head for as long as she can remember, will appear on tonight’s episode of Quest Red’s The Bad Skin Clinic
Over time, Chloe’s mum Claire has noticed how much the lumps (pictured) have impacted her daughter’s outlook on life
While both an eyesore and a constant source of embarrassment, the lumps (pictured) also cause Chloe a great deal of pain
‘I’ve got eight lumps, four big ones, but I’ve got one that causes all the problems,’ she says, revealing how much the lumps affect her confidence. ‘There’s actually hardly any hair coming out of them, and I’m paranoid about it all the time.’
Over time, Chloe’s mum Claire has noticed how much the lumps have impacted her daughter’s outlook on life.
‘As a young girl she was very bubbly, very outgoing, but it’s definitely knocked her confidence,’ she says.
Looking back, Chloe recalls one particular incident at the hairdressers which sparked a change in her attitude.
‘When I was about 12 I went to the hairdressers and as she was washing my hair, I could feel her go over one of the lumps,’ she reveals. ‘I felt so awkward that I’ve just never been back since.’
Parting her hair on top of her head, Chloe reveals a cluster of large, bulging lumps along her scalp (pictured)
Chloe says she has eight lumps, four big ones,and one that causes all the problems. Pictured, the lumps on her scalp
While both an eyesore and a constant source of embarrassment, the lumps also cause Chloe a great deal of pain.
‘She gets headaches from brushing her hair, when the hairbrush scrapes through them,’ Claire shares.
When Chloe fell pregnant with her daughter Jessy, hormonal changes meant her lumps dramatically increased in size, causing yet more pain and hair loss. Even playing with her daughter causes Chloe problems.
‘Every time she pulls my hair it’s just horrible, because then I get really bad headaches.’
WHAT IS A PILAR CYST?
Pilar cysts are common growths that form around a hair follicle, and are typically found on the scalp.
They form because the cells in the top layer of skin produce keratin, the protein that gives skin its strength and flexibility.
Normally, these cells move up to the surface of the skin as they start to die, so they can be shed.
But sometimes, these cells can move deeper into the skin and multiply, forming a sac – a ‘bag’ filled with fluid.
They secrete keratin into the middle of the sac, which forms a thick, yellow paste. This can ooze out of the cyst if it is burst.
Unlike other types of cysts, pilar growths strongly run in families, and are largely harmless.
They typically affect middle-aged adults, and women more than men.
Enough is enough for Chloe, who decides to book herself in to see Dr Emma Craythorne at her 152 Harley Street clinic to see if she can finally get rid of the lumps and move on with her life.
Talking things over with Chloe, Dr Emma sheds some light on why pregnancy may have exacerbated the lumps.
‘Everything grows in pregnancy because we’re trying to grow a baby, so we release all of these growth hormones and if we do have lumps or bumps it can often make them grow and get bigger as well,’ she explains.
When asked what measures she’s taken to treat the lumps in the past, Chloe bashfully admits that she has even tried popping them herself but to no avail.
‘I just thought I’d try and pop it like a normal spot but nothing ever came out!’ she smirks.
Inspecting Chloe’s head, the professional provides her with a long-awaited diagnosis.
‘I suspect this actually is going to be something called a pilar cyst,’ she says confidently.
Happily for Chloe, Dr Emma is prepared to cut the cysts out there and then.
Starting with the biggest cyst, the expert makes a small incision before squeezing the bump, causing the cyst capsule to pop out of Chloe’s scalp like a little fleshy balloon!
‘One little marble,’ Dr Emma giggles to herself, placing the cyst in a medical tray. Working her way down Chloe’s scalp, each cyst Dr Emma removes comes with its own unique pop!
Cyst number two releases a sticky spurt of pus, which amuses Dr Emma and her team!
‘Love it, it’s sticking its tongue out!’ she says, talking Chloe through each step of the procedure. ‘That was a deflated marble!’
Using punch biopsy for cyst three, Dr Emma can’t hide her satisfaction as she bursts the troublesome cyst.
‘Another little marble,’ she smiles.
Starting with the biggest cyst, the expert makes a small incision before squeezing the bump, causing the cyst capsule to pop out of Chloe’s scalp like a little fleshy balloon. Pictured, the four marble cysts
With just the fourth cyst to go, Dr Emma squeezes around the base of the lump, releasing another slow ooze of pus (pictured)
With just the fourth cyst to go, Dr Emma squeezes around the base of the lump, releasing another slow ooze of pus, much to Nurse Mottie’s delight.
‘It’s kind of like a butterbean,’ she says.
With the procedure finished, Dr Emma presents Chloe with her ‘four lovely little marbles,’ as she puts it.
‘Ah that’s horrible!’ Chloe grimaces. ‘I could hear all the little squelching noises as they popped out, which was really disgusting.’
Fast forward 12 weeks after her procedure, and Chloe feels like a brand new person.
‘My life is really, really different now,’ she says, going on to explain how she can now play with her daughter without the fear of her hair being pulled.
‘With the cysts removed I haven’t got to be worried about anything, I can just be me. I feel like I can be a proper mum to Jessy. It’s just made me a lot more relaxed when playing with her and not having to worry about her pulling my hair or having a migraine.’
And mum Claire admits that she has seen an enormous change in her daughter since she had her pilar cysts removed.
‘Since Chloe saw Dr Emma the change in her is just amazing,’ she beams. ‘She is back to being her normal, bubbly self. Now she can do whatever she wants to do!’
Chloe is also full of praise for Dr Emma and her team. ‘Dr Emma made me feel so comfortable and confident that I feel like I’m more like myself again.’
The brand new series of The Bad Skin Clinic continues tonight at 10pm on Quest Red, available to stream on dplay
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