How to treat cystic acne?

Cystic acne is a very common kind of skin ailment among those in puberty stage and other adults. While cystic acne is caused due to same reasons as common acne, the symptoms are different. Where symptoms of common acne include pimples followed by redness of skin and inflammation, the symptoms of cystic acne include tender big bumpy pimples and redness of skin. The bumps are caused when the pores of the skin get clogged by oil or dry dead skin. These pimples are often big, painful and full of pus. The breakouts can follow one after another and can be there for years. It is generally caused by bacteria. Cystic acne can also be caused due to any kind of hormonal imbalance. The inflammation can leave the skin patchy red and rough.

Cystic acne can be tough to treat and the treatment has to be taken for years for it to be effective. If the cystic acne remains for long and is bacterial in nature, a dermatologist should be consulted. Cystic acne generally affects the cheeks, jawline, neck region, shoulders and T-zone. While it is tough to quickly treat cystic acne and a dermatologists’ help is a must, we will try some home remedies for effective treatment:


Home remedies to treat acne vulgaris

Turmeric has a high-level anti-inflammatory property that helps you naturally to get relieves inflammation and pain that is caused by cystic acne. Turmeric also acts as a natural antiseptic to fight infections. For performing this remedy, you need to make a thick paste of turmeric with a little amount of water. Apply this turmeric mask on the area of the cystic breakout. Leave it for 45 minutes and then rinsing it off. For observing the better result, you would have to do it twice times in a day.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar works excellent for clearing up cystic acne. Due to its astringent property, it reduces excess oil, pain, and inflammation of your skin and makes your skin pimple free. Apple cider vinegar cleansed your skin and balanced the pH level of your skin. You have to apply apple cider vinegar directly on the acne with the help of a cotton ball and leave it. After 15 minutes, wash it off with clean water.


Toothpaste contains fluoride that can help you to removes the bacteria which cause cystic acne. For doing this toothpaste remedy, you will need to apply a little amount of toothpaste on the affected skin of cysts. For drying it naturally, you have to leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off with clean and cold water. Remember that apply only a small amount of toothpaste and only on the part of cysts acne. Do not use this remedy more than four times a week.


Honey also works as natural solutions and natural moisturizer that makes your skin healthy and young. Honey contains an antiseptic and antiviral property that eliminates the bacteria which cause cysts pimples. Mix the one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of sugar. Apply this on cysts acne before sugar melts. Leave it for 15 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.


Sandalwood is anti-inflammatory in nature and has a cooling effect on cystic acne. Apply sandalwood paste on the affected area for better results. Sandalwood can also be mixed with lemon juice and apply it on the affected area. Sandalwood oil can also be used to treat cystic acne.

Multani mitti

Multani Mitti is anti-inflammatory and cool in nature. Apply the paste onto the affected area to treat the affected spots.

Aloe vera gel

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Aloevera gel is also anti-inflammatory in nature and can help treat cystic acne, which is otherwise difficult to treat. Apply the gel onto the affected region and leave it on for effective results.


Clove is a great ingredient to treat cystic acne with. Paste of cloves can be applied onto the area affected by cystic acne and be left for some time before washing it off. Regular practice of this method will reduce the bumps and redness of the area. Clove oil can also be applied onto the affected area for effective results.

Baking soda

Mix baking soda in some water and apply it onto the affected region. It helps reduce the bumps on the face and the pus.

Tulsi leaves

Boil some tulsi leaves in a cup of water. Let it cool down. Wash your face with this water on a daily basis. Paste of tulsi leaves can also be applied onto the affected region.


Nutmeg powder can be mixed with water and then applied on the affected region. It will help reduce the inflammation of the skin.

Neem leaves

Boil few neem leaves with a cup of water. Let it cool down and wash the affected area with that water on a daily basis. Paste of neem leaves should also be applied on the affected region daily for better results. Neem is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal in nature and will help treat cystic acne in the most effective way.

Flax seeds

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Flax seeds should be consumed with water daily to keep cystic acne at bay. To take the pus out of cystic acne, make a poultice of flax seeds powder and apply it onto the affected region for better results.

Cod liver oil

Consume cod liver oil tablets on a daily basis to keep cystic acne at bay.

Dry ginger powder

Dry ginger powder is anti-inflammatory in nature. Take some dry ginger powder and mix it with some water. Apply the paste onto the affected region to effectively treat cystic acne.

Split red lentil

Make a poultice out of split red lentil and apply it onto the affected region to effectively treat the bumps and pus.


Poultice should be made with onion and be applied onto the affected region. It will help cool down the inflammation and redness and reduce the pus.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is a great ingredient to treat cystic acne. Tea tree oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial in nature. Tea tree oil should be applied onto the affected area on a daily basis for better results.

Lavender oil

Lavender oil is anti-bacterial in nature and is a good ingredient to treat cystic acne with. It can be applied onto the face and be left on a daily basis for effective results.