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by Christine GlasgowOctober 12, 2016

There are a number of different skin conditions that fall under the label of acne but the one that tends to be the bane of many a teenager’s existence – although adults are far from immune to it – is cystic acne. Cystic acne is the proper name for those red, inflamed pimples that often sit just underneath the skin. And boy are they a nuisance.


What is Cystic Acne Anyway?

Like whiteheads and blackheads cystic acne is caused when pores become clogged with excess oil, dead skin and other debris. The difference is that the pore becomes inflamed as well, leading to the pore actually rupturing, allowing all of the nasty goop it has been containing to seep into the surrounding tissue. The body, in an attempt to contain the situation, then forms a cyst to ‘plug the leak’. Sounds very gross we know, but in some ways it’s actually saving your skin.


What Causes Cystic Acne?

Many people, both male and female, are simply, unfortunately, genetically predisposed to cystic acne. So, if your Mom or Dad were rather pimply youths the chances are that you will be too. However hormones in both sexes play a part too, the reason why cystic acne is so common in teenagers and tends to show up just before their period in women.

And then there is stress. Although it used to be thought that a link did not exist between excessive stress and acne recent studies have seemed to demonstrate otherwise.


The Unique Challenges Posed By Cystic Acne

Cystic acne is particularly tricky to treat for a number of different reasons:

Cystic acne pimples tend to remain under the skin. As they rarely form a proper head they are almost impossible to pop.

If you don’t treat cystic acne it may heal on its own slowly but leave behind a scar. On the other hand, if you treat it the wrong way the damage is likely to be even worse.

It usually really hurts to touch, making dealing with it, and especially treating it, is a painful, unpleasant ordeal.

The major cause of cystic acne is actually genetic in nature, so preventing it can be almost impossible for some.

None of this is very encouraging is it? However, before you think of giving up and learning to live with the pain while spending hours on YouTube looking for pimple concealing makeup tricks the good news is that you can get rid of cystic acne, you just need to know how.


3 Easy but Powerful Cystic Acne Treatments

1. Over the counter Solutions

If you head to your local drug store you should be able to find a number of relatively cheap treatments that can help in the fight against cystic acne. These include gentle face washes that contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide acne spot treatments. The only problem with these is that although they can be effective they are also very drying, something that is not helpful at all, especially if you have sensitive skin.


2.1. Homemade Acne Fighting Face Wash

If you do want to avoid over drying your skin – which believe us you do – then this homemade acne fighting face wash is something that can be used several times a day to remove the dead skin cells and excess oils that can clog pores without being harsh in any way.

This face wash can work wonders in your battle to get rid of acne for a number of reasons. The castile soap provides the gentle cleansing power but is completely free of chemicals, colorings and perfumes. The chamomile tea is soothing and antioxidant packed, which will help reduce inflammation. The vitamin E smoothes skin and helps prevent scarring and the lavender oil calms redness and well, smells fantastic.


  • ¼ cup liquid castile soap (it’s that old fashioned looking liquid soap. Find it at the grocery store or online)
  • ¼ cup brewed chamomile tea
  • 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil (you’ll find it in the baking aisle at the grocery store)
  • 8 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Contents of one Vitamin E capsule
  • Lidded plastic bottle (for storage)


  • Combine the soap and (cooled) tea in a bowl.
  • Stir well and then add the remaining ingredients one by one, stirring gently all the time.
  • Decant the mixture into the bottle and
  • Then use the face wash as you would any other, preferably at least twice a day.


2.2. The Honey Cinnamon Nutmeg Mask

This rather festive sounding combination of everyday ingredients does a lot more than smell amazing (which it does) Honey, cinnamon and nutmeg all boast some rather potent acne fighting powers so in combination they become something of the superhero of acne masks.

When combined the spices enhance honey’s natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties and can calm and begin to heal a nasty cystic acne flare up without drying out the skin in the way that topical over the counter medications often can.


  • Raw honey (1 tablespoon)
  • Cinnamon (1 pinch)
  • Nutmeg (1 pinch)


  • Mix all 3 ingredients in a small bowl and
  • Stir to form a smooth paste.
  • Apply the mixture to the affected areas and leave in place for 10-15 minutes or until dry.
  • Then rinse the affected area with lukewarm water.
  • Pat dry your skin and apply your moisturizer

The cinnamon may produce a slight warming feeling, but that is, in fact, quite normal.


3. Lifestyle Changes to Get Rid of Cystic Acne

Contrary to popular rumor eating chocolate does not cause cystic acne and neither does basic dirt. But there are some basic lifestyle changes that you can make that will help get rid of cystic acne.

3.1. Drink Up – Your water that is. There are actually 101 – or more – good reasons that you should take that eight glasses of water a day recommendation and one of them is clearer skin. Water is the best way to flush the body of all kinds of toxins and bacteria and the water will help hydrate your skin from the inside too.

3.2. Take Your Vitamins – Just like drinking you water there are a lot of reasons to take a good multivitamin and helping clear your skin is one of them. B vitamins are particularly helpful as is Vitamin C, so make sure that the supplement you choose contains plenty of them.

3.3. Don’t Pick – The temptation to pick and poke pimples can be very strong, especially if you are getting frustrated with one that just seems to be lingering too long. This, however, is something you must never do. Picking at cystic acne is likely to break the cyst that is stopping the acne from spreading, making things much worse, and it’s likely that even when it does heal the picked at pimple will leave a deep, often pitted scar that can look even worse than the zit ever did.

Cystic acne is no fun, we know that. And it’s not easy to live with. Trying some of the acne treatments and tweaks we’ve listed here should help though. Give them a try; you’ve really got nothing to lose except those annoying pimples. And don’t forget to let us know how they worked out for you.

Christine Glasgow
Canadian girl addicted to beauty and fashion. I'm a Blogger, Entrepreneur and web influencer 👑 I mostly talk about anything related to skin care and beauty. I created this site to share science-based information on skin conditions, treatments and skin care.
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