11 Home Remedies for Cystic Acne

By Aniela M / October 14, 2016

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If you've ever suffered from cystic acne, you KNOW how painful and embarrassing it can be. Cystic acne is basically the same as regular acne but times 1000. It can linger on for months, even years. It's extremely painful, a lot bigger, a lot redder, and just overall very unpleasant. If you've tried over the counter medicines to treat cystic acne and that hasn't worked, there ARE other ways you can try as well. These home remedies for cystic acne come highly recommended from people who have had cystic acne, including myself.

How Does Cystic Acne Form?

In short, acne causing bacteria gets under the skin and forms large, often painful bumps. These under the skin lesions cause skin inflammation, which can last for months or years if not treated. A cystic pimple is something to take seriously, as this type of acne is unlike regular breakouts. Below we've compiled 11 of the best home remedies for cystic acne. Before trying any of these home remedies, we do suggest you consult your dermatologist

Cystic Acne Home Remedy Recipes

#1. Ice

ice-cubes

Ice works great when trying to reduce the size of your cystic acne, or any pimple for that matter! Although this wasn't completely eliminate it, it WILL reduce the size. The best thing to do is apply ice immediately to the acne when you see it. Drop a couple of ice cubes in a sealable bag, and hold it against the affected area for 10-15 minutes. You should notice a big difference in the swelling.

#2. Apple Cider Vinegar

acv

ACV is great for ALL skin ailments, but especially for acne-prone skin. ACV works as a natural astringent and toner that balances your skin's pH levels. Basically, if used on a regular basis, it will restore your skin's natural pH balance, which is one of the things that causes cystic acne in the first place. Mix equal parts AVC with equal parts water and apply all over face with a cotton ball. Leave it on overnight, and repeat the process every night before bed. Make sure you wash your face first!

#3. Egg Whites

egg-whites

Egg whites have been used for thousands of years in the treatment of cystic acne. They basically have the ability to pull out grease and oil from your pores…which is what you need. Simply separate the egg white from an egg, whisk it a bit, and apply directly to your face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes until it tightens, and rinse off with warm water. Repeat 2-3 times a week. The egg white will not only remove dirt, impurities, grease, and oil, but will also tighten and shrink pores, and smooth out imperfections.

#4. Lemons

lemon

Lemons have a very high acidic content and as such are an integral part of treating cystic acne. Lemon juice will reduce the size, eliminate redness, and erase scars due to its bleaching properties. Mix 1 part pure, organic lemon juice with 1 part water and apply to affected area daily using a cotton ball. Bonus: lemon juice also helps to reduce the appearance of acne scars!

#5. Honey

Honeycombs with spoon

Honey has amazing anti-bacterial properties, and is very often used in treating cystic acne breakouts. Make a honey paste by combining 1 part lemon juice with 1 part honey and apply to affected area. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off. You can apply this quick mask to your cystic acne every other day. If you have sensitive or dry skin, leave out the lemon juice and only use honey.

#6. Aspirin

aspirin paste

An at home aspirin mask can reduce inflammation, remove dead skin cells and calm pain. Aspirin is a close cousin to salicylic acid and so it works really well in a pinch! To make an aspirin spot treatment, crush up an aspirin really well and mix it with a little bit of water to form a paste. Apply directly to the cyst and leave on until dried. Remove with warm water and pat dry. Use once a day until the bump subsides. Check out other ways to use aspirin in your beauty regimen!

#7. Hydrocortisone Cream

Neutrogena on the spot acne treatment

An over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can do wonders for cystic acne! We recommend Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment, which is a triple threat. It contains hydrocortisone, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid. These three ingredients target the cystic pimple directly by removing bacteria, reducing inflammation, and get rid of excess oil. Apply the cream every night and you should see results within a few days!

#8. Retinoid Cream

Differin Acne Gel

Another over-the-counter treatment is a retinoid cream. We recommend Differin Acne Gel Treatment, which is a powerful retinoid that can help with inflammation and bacteria. It also helps to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells.

#9. Tea Tree Oil

tea tree essential oil

Tea tree oil has been used for a long time to treat acne and this is because it has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Tea tree oil, when applied on a regular basis reduces inflammation, unclogs pores, and can reduce the size of a painful bump.

#10. Turmeric

lemon turmeric mask

Turmeric is an all powerful powder that's not just used in the culinary world. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory. It also contains antiseptic properties, and it's a quick and cheap cystic pimple remedy. To make, mix turmeric and water to form a thick paste. Apply all over face or only to affected areas and leave on for 45 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry. Use once or twice a week every day. Check out our favorite turmeric face masks!

#11. Hands Off

Lastly, but certainly not least, the most important thing is to NOT touch or pick at the pimple. Whether it's a cystic pimple or just a regular pimple, the worst thing you can do is pick at it. Every time you touch your face, you're spreading even more bacteria. The best thing you can do is just apply any of the remedies above, and leave it be – it WILL subside at one point, but it may take some time.

Looking for even more home remedies for cystic acne? Check out this YouTube video courtesy of Natural Cures. They share a few from our list, but there are also a few other great methods you can try!

Courtesy of Natural Cures

To really see results, use any of the above 11 home remedies for cystic acne. Switch up between the egg white mask and the honey and lemon mask. Use the ice pack every night before bed, and apply the honey and ACV toner on a regular basis. Lastly, use over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams and try never to touch your face. It may take some time, but with a little perseverance and routine, you'll soon start noticing amazing results. And it's all natural too!

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11 Home Remedies for Cystic Acne

Combat cystic acne and regular breakouts with these 11 at home remedies!
Course: Skin Care
Cuisine: Home Remedies
Keyword: acne, cystic acne, home remedies, skin care

Instructions

Ice

  • Ice works great when trying to reduce the size of your cystic acne, or any pimple for that matter! Although this wasn't completely eliminate it, it WILL reduce the size. The best thing to do is apply ice immediately to the acne when you see it. Drop a couple of ice cubes in a sealable bag, and hold it against the affected area for 10-15 minutes. You should notice a big difference in the swelling.

Apple Cider Vinegar

  • ACV is great for ALL skin ailments, but especially for acne-prone skin. ACV works as a natural astringent and toner that balances your skin's pH levels. Basically, if used on a regular basis, it will restore your skin's natural pH balance, which is one of the things that causes cystic acne in the first place. Mix equal parts AVC with equal parts water and apply all over face with a cotton ball. Leave it on overnight, and repeat the process every night before bed. Make sure you wash your face first!

Egg Whites

  • Egg whites have been used for thousands of years in the treatment of cystic acne. They basically have the ability to pull out grease and oil from your pores…which is what you need. Simply separate the egg white from an egg, whisk it a bit, and apply directly to your face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes until it tightens, and rinse off with warm water. Repeat 2-3 times a week. The egg white will not only remove dirt, impurities, grease, and oil, but will also tighten and shrink pores, and smooth out imperfections.

Lemons

  • Lemons have a very high acidic content and as such are an integral part of treating cystic acne. Lemon juice will reduce the size, eliminate redness, and erase scars due to its bleaching properties. Mix 1 part pure, organic lemon juice with 1 part water and apply to affected area daily using a cotton ball.

Honey

  • Honey has amazing anti-bacterial properties, and is very often used in treating cystic acne. Make a honey paste by combining 1 part lemon juice with 1 part honey and apply to affected area. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off. You can apply this quick mask to your cystic acne every other day.

Aspirin

  • An at home aspirin mask can reduce inflammation, remove dead skin cells and calm pain. Aspirin is a close cousin to salicylic acid and so it works really well in a pinch! To make an aspirin spot treatment, crush up an aspirin really well and mix it with a little bit of water to form a paste. Apply directly to the cyst and leave on until dried. Remove with warm water and pat dry. Use once a day until the bump subsides. Check out other ways to use aspirin in your beauty regimen!

Hydrocortisone Creams

  • An over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can do wonders for cystic acne! We recommend Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment, which is a triple threat. It contains hydrocortisone, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid. These three ingredients target the cystic pimple directly by removing bacteria, reducing inflammation, and get rid of excess oil. Apply the cream every night and you should see results within a few days!

Retinoid Creams

  • Another over-the-counter treatment is a retinoid cream. We recommend Differin Acne Gel Treatment, which is a powerful retinoid that can help with inflammation and bacteria. It also helps to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells.

Tea Tree Oil

  • Tea tree oil has been used for a long time to treat acne and this is because it has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Tea tree oil, when applied on a regular basis reduces inflammation, unclogs pores, and can reduce the size of a painful bump.

Turmeric

  • Turmeric is an all powerful powder that's not just used in the culinary world. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory. It also contains antiseptic properties, and it's a quick and cheap cystic pimple remedy. To make, mix turmeric and water to form a thick paste. Apply all over face or only to affected areas and leave on for 45 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry. Use once or twice a week every day. Check out our favorite turmeric face masks!

Hands Off

  • Lastly, but certainly not least, the most important thing is to NOT touch or pick at the pimple. Whether it's a cystic pimple or just a regular pimple, the worst thing you can do is pick at it. Every time you touch your face, you're spreading even more bacteria. The best thing you can do is just apply any of the remedies above, and leave it be – it WILL subside at one point, but it may take some time.

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Norah Lee

Which of these is the best for cystic acne?? I have bad acne around my chin and cheeks, and I’ve used over the counter products but they make my skin super dry, itchy, and flaky.