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Cystic Acne – What Is It And How To Cure It?

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Cystic Acne – What Is It And How To Cure It? November 22, 2017

Acne is a menace. And if it gets worse and becomes cystic acne, even more so. The breakouts are massive and painful and make you look like a zombie. They are clearly a nightmare!

If you have cystic acne, it’s time to cure it. If not, you must take care not to let it attack you.

How do you do all of this, though? Just sit back and read on. We are going to tell you all about cystic acne and ways to solve the problem.

What Is Cystic Acne?

Why do you get a pimple? When the pores on your skin get clogged with dead skin cells, oil or dust, pimples are formed. Bacteria also can get into the pores and cause the skin to swell and become red.

When this infection goes deep into your skin, causing bumps of pus to form all over, it is called cystic acne (1). Cystic acne infects your skin and results in inflammation.

The cystic bump itches and hurts. If a cystic bump bursts, the infection spreads further, leading to more breakouts. Cystic acne occurs mainly on the face, but it can even affect the neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms.

It is a problem that can linger on for years if not treated in time. It affects large parts of your skin and leaves permanent scars behind.

Usually, people tend to develop cystic acne in their teens or early 20s. But, at times, it can even occur in somebody as young as 10 or as old as 50. Cystic acne is a common problem among men, but women get it too.

It is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of cystic acne. Certain hormones like androgens could be a reason. In men, the levels of androgen increase in their teenage years, leading to skin changes and cystic acne.

Whereas, in women, cystic acne could occur because of menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, and/or polycystic ovary syndrome.

Even genetics play a crucial part in causing cystic acne. If your parents suffered from it, it is quite likely that you will suffer from it too.

For whichever reason it occurs, cystic acne is problematic and needs immediate attention and care. Find some of the best natural ways to cure cystic acne below.

Ways To Get Rid Of Cystic Acne

  1. Tea Tree Oil
  2. Baking Soda
  3. Benzoyl Peroxide
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. Coconut Oil
  6. Salicylic Acid
  7. Epsom Salt
  8. Neem Oil
  9. Witch Hazel
  10. Birth Control Pills

1. Tea Tree Oil

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You Will Need
  • Tea tree oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Jojoba oil OR Coconut oil
What You Need To Do
  1. Blend tea tree oil with lavender oil.
  2. Apply 2-3 drops of the blend on the problem areas. If your skin is extra sensitive, it is best to add coconut or jojoba oil to the blend.
How Often?

Once a day for a week.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties that help in killing the bacteria causing the cystic acne (2). It is also anti-inflammatory and helps reduce the swelling and the pain.

Caution

Avoid stepping out into the sun after you use tea tree oil to treat acne as the UV rays might cause irritation and redness. Also, apply diluted tea tree oil on a small area of your skin and check for any reactions before using it.

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2. Baking Soda

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • Water
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix baking soda and water to form a paste.
  2. Apply the paste to the affected areas and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  3. After it dries, wash it off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  4. Follow up with a moisturizer.
How Often?

Once or twice a week.

Why This Works

Apart from helping you bake scrumptious cakes, baking soda can come to your rescue in dealing with cystic acne. It removes excess oil from the face and also kills the bacteria causing the infection with its antibacterial properties (3).

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3. Benzoyl Peroxide

You Will Need

Face wash containing benzoyl peroxide

What You Need To Do

Wash your face with the face wash to keep cystic acne away.

How Often?

Twice a day.

Why This Works

Benzoyl peroxide helps to unblock the pores, reduces inflammation, and kills the bacteria responsible for cystic acne (4).

Caution

Benzoyl peroxide is drying and can irritate the skin. So, be careful if you have dry skin and do a patch test before using it.

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4. Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need
  • Raw apple cider vinegar
  • Cotton buds
  • Water
What You Need To Do
  1. Take a cotton bud and dip it in raw apple cider vinegar. If you think raw apple cider vinegar is too strong for you, dilute it with water.
  2. Dab it gently on your cystic acne.
  3. You can also add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and sip it throughout the day like a tonic.
How Often?

Do this twice a day.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar balances the pH of the skin. It also has antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that can help treat cystic acne (5), (6).

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5. Coconut Oil

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons of pure virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
What You Need To Do
  1. Take some pure virgin coconut oil, dab it on the affected areas and leave it on. If you have oily skin, rinse it off after some time. Otherwise, you can leave it on overnight for best results.
  2. You can also use a cinnamon-honey-coconut oil moisturizer. Mix honey, virgin coconut oil, and cinnamon powder until you obtain a thick cream-like consistency. Apply it to your face as a day or night cream or both.
How Often?

Once every day until the cystic acne starts to fade.

Why This Works

Coconut oil is a savior. It clears the pores and keeps the moisture in the skin intact (7). It also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that eliminate the bacteria causing the cystic acne (8).

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6. Salicylic Acid

You Will Need

Salicylic acid cleanser

What You Need To Do

Wash your face with the salicylic acid cleanser.

How Often?

Do this twice a day.

Why This Works

Cystic acne is deep-rooted and tough to get rid of. Salicylic acid prevents the sloughing of skin cells, which prevents the dead skin cells from sticking to each other and clogging the pores (9).

Caution

If you have dry skin, it is best to use a salicylic acid cleanser only on the affected areas. Use a regular cleanser for the rest of your face.

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7. Epsom Salt

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • Warm water
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix the Epsom salt and baking soda with warm water and make a paste.
  2. Apply it to the affected areas and let it dry.
  3. Wash it off with warm water.
How Often?

Do this every alternate day.

Why This Works

Epsom salt absorbs excess oil and eliminates the acne-causing bacteria from the skin (10). It has anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing the pain and swelling caused by the infection (11).

Caution

The paste can dry the skin, so this remedy works best for oily to combination skin.

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8. Neem Oil

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You Will Need
  • Neem oil
  • Cotton pads
What You Need To Do
  1. Clean your face and apply neem oil with a cotton pad on the cystic acne in a circular motion.
  2. Leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning.
How Often?

Do this two to three times a day.

Why This Works

Neem oil is the best remedy for cystic acne. It not only kills the bacteria that cause cystic acne but also reduces inflammation and redness with its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties (12).

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9. Witch Hazel

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You Will Need
  • Witch hazel
  • Cotton ball
What You Need To Do
  1. Wash your face and using a clean cotton ball, apply witch hazel on the affected areas.
  2. Leave it on.
How Often?

Use it twice or thrice every day as a toner after you wash your face.

Why This Works

Witch hazel is tough on cystic acne and gentle on the skin. It tightens the pores and soothes them, which reduces cystic inflammation (13). It also softens damaged skin and heals and moisturizes it.

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10. Birth Control Pills

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You Will Need

Birth control pills that contain estrogen

What You Need To Do

Take birth control pills as prescribed by your doctor.

Why This Works

Some birth control pills regulate the hormone levels in women and help in controlling cystic acne (14). Birth control pills that contain progesterone and estrogen lead to less amount of androgen in the body. With less androgen in the body, less sebum is secreted, leading to lesser breakouts on the skin.

Caution

Take birth control pills only if you need to use them as contraceptives. Avoid pills that contain only progesterone as they can cause severe cystic acne. These pills also have a few side effects such as weight gain, blood clots, and nausea. Hence, they must be used strictly under medical supervision.

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Cystic acne can take a toll on your personality and confidence. Do not allow it to put you down. We understand that it is a difficult problem to deal with, but you must not give up. Try the remedies mentioned above and let us know in the comments section below if they have worked for you.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Does cystic acne pop?

Yes, it does, and you must avoid squeezing it as that spreads the infection.

Will cystic acne go away on its own?

No, cystic acne does not go away on its own. You need to follow the necessary precautions and treatment to get rid of it.

What foods do I eat and not eat while suffering from cystic acne?

Avoid milk, sugar, junk food, and foods with a high glycemic index. Consume flaxseeds, fruits, vegetables, and grains.

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