Pimples are painful, embarrassing, and tricky to deal with. And acne is the worst. It’s very common, affecting 50 million Americans each year.1
Cystic acne is especially complicated. These breakouts happen under the skin, forming hard and painful cysts.2 Hiding them is practically impossible. You can take medication like Accutane or antibiotics. However, there’s a high risk of side effects. It’s easier – and cheaper – to treat it at home.
Wondering how? Check out these five natural ways to cure cystic acne.
Cystic acne is a type of inflammation. To fix it, apply an ice pack. It’ll reduce swelling and numb pain – two common traits of a cystic pimple.
Do it safely by wrapping an ice cube in a paper towel or cloth. The barrier should be thin, but very clean. Gently rub it over a pimple for 5 minutes. Repeat as
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree essential oil is a popular acne remedy. It has anti-bacterial properties, so it’ll prevent infection and kill bacteria. The oil is also anti-inflammatory, making it perfect for cystic acne.4
But tea tree oil is very strong. Allergic reactions and dermatitis are common.5 To prevent irritation, always dilute it first. Five drops in one tablespoon of a carrier oil should do
For a gentle remedy, try honey. It will fight cystic acne by suppressing inflammation. Honey is also antibacterial, so it’ll kill acne-causing germs. No wonder it’s been used as a wound dressing for thousands of years!6
With clean hands, apply honey onto your skin. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse off. Do this once a day until your skin clears up. It’s a good preventative treatment, too. For extra benefits, mix in tea tree oil. All you need is a few drops.
4. Fish Oil
Fish oil is known for its omega-3 fatty acids. Typically, it’s linked to a happy and healthy heart. But it can help your skin, too. Omega-3 has anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s
Of course, fish is the best source of fish oil. Fatty fish like salmon, halibut, tuna, sardines, herring, and mackerel are delicious sources.8 You can also take fish oil supplements.
A steam treatment is great for your skin. It’s a standard natural remedy that can be done at home. The best part? It doesn’t cost a dime. Steaming will open up your pores and boost circulation. The technique can even relax stressed out, inflamed skin. Plus, with more open pores, your skin will have an easier time absorbing masks and creams.
To do an at-home facial, boil a pot of water. Turn off the heat and drape a clean towel over your head. Position
Whatever you do, don’t pick at cystic acne. It’ll just worsen the problem. Before using these at-home treatments, always wash your hands.
|↑1||Acne. American Academy of Dermatology.|
|↑3||Healthy Skin Acne Tips. Advanced Skin Care Solution.|
|↑4, ↑5||Pazyar, Nader, Reza Yaghoobi, Nooshin Bagherani, and Afshin Kazerouni. “A review of applications of tea tree oil in dermatology.” International journal of dermatology 52, no. 7 (2013): 784-790.|
|↑6||Molan, Peter C., and Tanya Rhodes. “Honey: a biologic wound dressing.” (2015): 141-151.|
|↑7||Khayef, Golandam, Julia Young, Bonny Burns-Whitmore, and Thomas Spalding. “Effects of fish oil supplementation on inflammatory acne.” Lipids in health and disease 11, no. 1 (2012): 165.|
|↑8||Omega-3 fatty acids. University of Maryland Medical Center.|