Acne is a condition that establishes itself when hair follicles and sebaceous glands jointly release an oily compound called sebum. Dead skin cells and extreme sebum production obstructs the hair follicles and results in an irritable skin imperfection known as cystic acne. Unless you have a severe case of cystic acne, for which you will need to seek advice from a skin specialist, you can attempt any of the following simple yet effective home treatments to cure your cystic acne. With that said, here are some of the best home remedies for cystic acne I can confidently recommend:
In the mornings, I often wash my face with manuka honey. Manuka honey helps in eliminating the bacteria that triggers cystic acne. Apply raw honey over a clean face with your fingers and massage for a couple of minutes. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and thereafter wash it off.
Mango helps to clear the pores and make your skin healthy, soft and radiant. Extract the juice of a ripe mango and add a little water to it. Use this mix as a mask on your face. After 15 to 20 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water and feel the difference. Repeat daily or at least on alternate days.
Mix 2 teaspoon of honey with 2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder to form a paste. Use the paste over your face, during the night prior to going to bed. Wash it off in the morning with lukewarm water.
Tomatoes are rich in Vitamins K, A and C and are likewise known to have anti-oxidant properties. Slice a tomato and put the pieces over the afflicted locations. You can also make a paste by grinding a couple of tomatoes, and thereafter use the paste on your face.
5. Potato Mask
Potatoes are known to reduce the inflammation and pull out excess oil from the face. In order to prepare a potato mask, strain the juice of a potato and apply it over the face using cotton balls. Leave it on for 20 minutes or so, and then wash off with lukewarm water. It has no side effects, and for that reason, it can be used on an everyday basis.
6. Olive Oil
Olive oil when used in conjunction with lemon can eliminate acne from its root. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil and 1/8 teaspoon of lemon juice. Add a pinch of salt and use the mix on your face as a mask. Let it stay in position for a couple of minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Some of you might be thinking that using coconut oil on your skin will make it break out. At one point in time, I too was terrified with the thought of putting coconut oil on my skin. Well, I later realized that I was depriving my skin of everything it needed to recover from acne. I was actually punishing my skin for having acne and that was certainly backfiring on me.
Why use coconut oil for the treatment of cystic acne?
The antifungal and antibacterial properties of coconut oil that work wonders for your body can do the same for your skin as well. It is gentle compared to most of the antibacterial agents and yet it is surprisingly effective. In addition, due to the presence of short and medium-chained fatty acids, coconut oil is easily absorbed into the skin. Therefore, your skin will not be greasy after application.
8. Orange and Tangerine Peel
Tangerines and oranges are rich in Vitamin C. Dry the peels of the fruits for a couple of days, until all the water content is evaporated, and after that grind them into a powder. Mix 1 tablespoon of this powder with honey or water in equivalent amount and use it over your face as a mask. Leave it in position for 15 minutes, and thereafter clean with lukewarm water.
9. Chilli Pepper
Dry some chili pepper and grind them to form a powder. Mix 2 teaspoon of chilli powder with 2 teaspoon of water and use the mix on your face.
10. Banana Peel
Banana peel is a great anti-oxidant that helps to improve cell development. After having a banana (which benefits you, specifically if you have to deal with irregular bowels), rub the peel on your face in a round movement. Leave it on for half an hour and then clean your face. At all costs, avoid using warm water to clean your face. Using lukewarm water is all right; however, cool water is the best for acne vulnerable skin.
Many of the beauty products available in the market use papaya extracts, as it is a natural treatment for acne vulnerable skin. In order to make a papaya mask, cut half a papaya into cubes. Mash the cubes and use the pulp straight on your face as a mask.
12. Sugar Scrub
Sugar is a natural exfoliator that opens up the clogged pores of the skin. In order to make a scrub, mix 2 cups each of brown and white sugar, 1/2 cup of olive oil, 10 tablespoons of vanilla extract and 4 tablespoons of sea salt. Use the needed quantity of paste on your face and store the rest for future use.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural antibiotic that helps to keep the pH level of your skin well balanced. Mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar with 3 tablespoons of water and store the mix in the refrigerator. Apply this mix over the face every time you wash your face.
Apple cider vinegar toner
Mix 2/3 parts of alcohol free witch hazel and 1/3 parts of raw apple cider vinegar. Spray your face with this mixture.
14. Almond Powder
Almond powder is exceptionally helpful for getting rid of cystic acne. Mix almond powder and rosewater to form a paste and use over the afflicted locations. Let it sit for 15 minutes, and then clean your face.
Rough texture of strawberries and the presence of high amounts of salicylic acid make it useful as a scrub. It can help open the clogged up pores. Mash 3 big strawberries and add 2 drops of honey to it. Blend well and use this mix as a scrub. Wash your face after 20 minutes with cold water.
Mash the pulp of half an avocado and contribute to it a couple of drops of honey. Mix well and use on the face. Keep it in position for 20 minutes and thereafter wash it off with lukewarm water.
The lactic acid in yogurt restores the natural tone of the skin and helps to remove the dead skin cells. In addition, it offers relief in itchiness caused due to cystic acne.
Mix few drops of honey, 1 tablespoon of milk and 2 tablespoons of yogurt. Apply this mix over your face and let it stay in position for 20 minutes. Thereafter, wash your face with water and pat it dry.
Alum functions as a disinfectant and helps you to stop cystic acne from forming. Carefully rub a piece of alum on the acne infected skin. Wash after a couple of minutes with cold water and pat it dry.
19. Blue Tansy Oil
This oil is highly reliable when it comes to obtaining quick relief from cystic acne. Mix one drop of blue tansy oil to any essential oil and use on the afflicted location using a cotton tissue. Keep it in position for a couple of minutes and afterwards rinse with cold water.
Ice can greatly help in reducing the acne. Swaddle a few ice cubes in a cloth and gently rub them over the afflicted locations until your face feels insensitive and cold. If the infection is severe, hold the ice cubes in position for 5 to 10 minutes. This will significantly reduce the inflammation and redness.
21. Sandalwood Mask
Mix 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder with a small amount of rosewater or clean tap water and add a couple of drops of glycerin. Apply this mask over a clean face and leave it in position for 30 minutes or until it dries. Wash it off with cold water.
22. Body Detoxification
Our body is prone to being contaminated by the toxins and so we need to get rid of them to keep our skin looking fresh and healthy. Toxins trigger hormonal imbalance in our bodies, which ultimately results into cystic acne. In order to detoxify your body, you need to first get your body ready by changing your diet. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water is enough to keep your hormones balanced.
23. Lemon Juice
Apply lemon juice over clean face using a cotton bud, leave it in position overnight and clean it off in the morning. You can also consider adding lemon to your daily cleansing routine, nevertheless, if it makes your skin dry; do not use it for more than two times in a week.
Turmeric can easily be found in most of the kitchens. In fact, in some countries, it is difficult to make any dish without the use of this spice. Turmeric is also known for its anti-bacterial properties all over the world. Add 1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of lukewarm water and consume it on an empty stomach every day for a quick relief in conditions like cystic acne.
25. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is often promoted as an antimicrobial solution that has bactericidal action. A 5 percent solution of tea tree oil is perfect for the treatment of cystic acne.
26. Egg Whites
Egg whites have been used as healing agents from centuries. Using your fingers, carefully massage the egg white on your face and leave it on for a couple of minutes. Thereafter, wash it off and clean your face with a face wash.
Take a steam bath 2 times a week or on every alternate day. Steam bath helps in clearing out the pores and keeps your face free from bacteria carrying oil.
28. Tooth paste
Use the toothpaste over the afflicted locations and leave it on for 15 minutes. Thereafter, wash it off with cold water and pat dry. The fluoride content in the toothpaste will dry the pores and kill the bacteria.
29. Aspirin Mask
Crush a few tablets of aspirin to make powder and add a little amount of water to make a paste. Apply on the impacted locations. After 15 minutes, clean your face with lukewarm water and pat dry. Remember, aspirin might be unsuitable for many individuals and it is quickly absorbed in the body. Therefore, consult your doctor before using this home remedy.
30. Salty Compress
Soak a little piece of soft cloth in the mix of 1 cup of water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Drench the excess water and apply this cloth over the impacted locations. Leave it in position for 15 minutes. Thereafter, wash it off with cold water.
31. Corn Starch
Make a thick paste by mixing corn starch and water. As soon as you get the best uniformity, use this mix on your face using your fingers. Let it stay for 15 minutes and then rinse it off. Following this procedure three times in a day for a week will clear the cystic acne.
32. Fuller’s Earth Mask
High amounts of magnesium chloride in fuller’s earth make it effective for conditions like cystic acne. Individuals that have oily skin can benefit greatly as Fuller’s Earth absorbs all the excess oil present on the skin.
In order to make a fuller’s earth mask, take fuller’s earth in a bowl and add few drops of rosewater. Blend well and use this mix as a mask. After the mask is dried out, wash it off with cold water. In case you do not have access to rosewater, you can use normal tap water. Those that have sensitive skin can add a little amount of milk to the mixture. I recommend that you use this mask every day, as there are no side effects.
Few Pros And Cons Of Using Home Remedies For Cystic Acne
- Since the major ingredients in all the home remedies for cystic acne are natural, they are less costly compared to other modes of treatment.
- While some home remedies are known to cause minor side effects, they never cause the manifestation of a new disease. With artificial treatments, there is a high likelihood of the manifestation of a new disease in your otherwise healthy body.
- Home remedies can often manage your psyche and allow you to stay away from problems like stress, depression and negativism.
- Home remedies never cause a dependency
- When carrying out a treatment using home remedies, you need to be a lot more patient compared to other modes of treatment. It is often not possible to achieve instant results from the use of home remedies.
- Since different bodies react differently to the home remedies, it is sometimes difficult to recognize a treatment that works for all.
- Pregnant and nursing women must not take home remedies without prior consultation with their doctor. Over dosage of some of the ingredients might trigger extreme drop of blood pressure.
Acne comes from within the body. Therefore, the best way to clear cystic acne is to make changes in your diet. For inflammatory acne, avoid consuming spicy foods. For those that have oily skin, you need to stay away from fried and fatty foods. Consume different varieties of foods, with lots of vegetables, fruits and lean protein.
I have been successful in managing my cystic acne by using the self-care techniques mentioned above. I avoided using greasy skin care products and staying out in the sun for a prolonged period of time. If you have acne scars, you can also try to use some of the natural products for acne scars that have worked well for me.