Deep, Red and Large: Natural Ways to Heal Cystic Acne

turmeric for cystic acne

Like all forms of acne, cystic acne also develops as a result of skin pores blocked by either dead skin cells or bacteria accumulation, usually due to a digestive system imbalance. However, unlike its kin, the blockage is much deeper, meaning that the condition can manifest itself as both inflamed pustules, or seemingly invisible bumps underneath the skin. Whatever the case, here are some widely used natural remedies for cystic acne.

1- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

This all-purpose natural remedy with its antibacterial and exfoliating properties is the common go-to option for cystic acne treatment; provided that it is organic and unfiltered-identifiable via floating brownish strands. Simply apply a cotton ball doused in ACV over the affected area(s), wait 10-15 minutes, wash with warm water, and pat dry. Repeat twice daily until the breakout is reduced. Sensitive-skinned individuals may choose to dilute ACV with warm water before applying. For thorough internal cleansing, drink a twice daily mixture of 1 teaspoon ACV and ½ teaspoon honey in warm water.

2- Turmeric

To take advantage of the strong anti-inflammatory properties of this common kitchen ingredient, apply a paste of 1-2 teaspoons turmeric powder and water over acne spots once daily and rinse with warm water after 1 hour.

You can also multiply its acne-clearing benefits by applying a thrice daily mixture of 1 tablespoon turmeric and coconut oil each after cleansing the affected area and washing with cold water 10 minutes post-application. Note that pregnant and breastfeeding women, and people with gallbladder issues or diabetes should avoid this remedy.

3- Indian Lilac (Neem)

This common herb not only reduces pain and inflammation, and eliminates toxic chemicals and bacteria accumulated in the body due to its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. You can either apply a paste of ground neem leaves over the affected area and rinse with warm water after allowing it to dry or rub a cotton ball wetted by a few drops of neem oil and wash with warm water after 10 minutes twice daily until the acne fades.

4- Natural Honey (Without Artificial Additives)

Honey kills acne-causing bacteria and heals cystic acne scars and wounds, while also moisturizing the skin. Simply apply daily for a week over the affected area on its own, or mix 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder into a ½ teaspoon of honey, apply the paste and rinse with warm water after 10 minutes.

5- Aspirin

Along with relieving other bodily pains, a thin paste of 1-2 crushed aspirin tablets and 1 teaspoon of lukewarm water applied daily and rinsed after 15 minutes post-application greatly reduces acne-caused pain and inflammation. Moreover, aspirin also acts as a gentle exfoliant by removing dirt, oil, and dead skin cells.

6- Steam

Both a treatment and preventative measure, exposing affected skin to steam from hot water for 10 minutes thrice a week can aid in instant acne-reduction by opening blocked skin pores and releasing the accumulated dirt and dead skin cells.

For individual cysts, firmly rub ice-cubes over the affected area. This constricts blood vessels and freezes skin pores, hence reducing inflammation and removing the accumulated dirt and oil.

7- Potatoes

Along with being anti-inflammatory, potatoes also accelerate healing by absorbing impurities such as dirt and oil from the skin. Blend a few peeled potatoes to a paste, apply over acne-affected areas, wash with warm water after 10 minutes, and repeat twice a day until the acne is reduced. Make sure to apply moisturizing cream post-rinse as potatoes tend to dry out the skin.

8- Diet

Improving your diet can be one of the best natural remedies for cystic acne. However, it’s difficult to carry out. You might face this difficulty, but if you are facing frequent cystic acne, try excluding some foods while including some helpful foods. Let’s talk about these.

One thing you should exclude from your diet is dairy products. According to experts, milk-based products are often difficult for the digestive system to process. If we consume excessive amounts of dairy, it will result in the body pushing it out as cystic acne. These are bumps on the face which are painful.

Start removing cheese, yogurt, and any other products that contain milk. Go easy by removing one thing at a time. Follow up after a few weeks and see if your condition improves or not.

Another diet change you should make is restricting your sugary and processed foods intake. These foods contribute to swellings in your body. Therefore, they can also be behind your inflamed, hard spots. Doctors have found that sugar and starch do cause cystic acne. In short, stay healthy to fight your acne.

Remember to regularly cleanse and moisturize your skin, and avoid excessive washing of the affected skin, as well as popping or touching the cysts to reduce risk of inflammation and further spreading. However, you should always consult with your doctor before trying out any of these natural remedies for cystic acne. You can book an appointment with a top Dermatologist in Multan, Karachi and Islamabad through

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