Many people suffer from acne at one time or another, many during their adolescent years or even as adults. Whenever acne shows up, it’s no fun. Cystic Acne is among the most severe forms of this skin condition, characterized by the large red cysts that appear on the skin. To find the best cystic acne treatment it is important to understand what causes the outbreaks and how diet, living conditions and your gender and age figure in to the picture.
Some of the factors that lead to this skin condition are stress, overactive skin oil glands, fluctuations in hormones, the accumulation of dead skin cells and diet. Given the many different factors that can lead to acne, the cystic acne treatment that is most effective will be one that addresses each of these conditions as they apply to you, if not all of them.
Acne develops as a result of the skin pores becoming clogged with dead skin cells, oils or other materials. Bacteria build up and the body’s immune response causes inflammation with redness, swelling and pain. Cystic pustules are characterized by red, large (5 mm diameter) lumps that are often painful and unsightly.
Cystic Acne Treatment
A common approach to curing this acne is to start with home remedies and work your way up if necessary to medicines or treatments recommended by your doctor or dermatologist.
Below are several home based cystic acne treatment options that you can try…
Apple Cider Vinegar
Drink a Mix of 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar with 8-10 oz. twice per day.
After washing face with a neutral pH soap, dab apple cider vinegar on affected areas and allow to dry. Do this once each morning and evening. It is the anti-bacterial properties of apple cider vinegar which, as an cystic acne treatment, have helped many control the outbreaks.
The anti-bacterial properties of turmeric have also been known to help reduce the appearance of acne. Try this cystic acne treatment by mixing the following ingredients below and drink before bedtime.
1 tsp Turmeric
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1 c Hot Water
1 tsp Honey (to taste)
2-3 tbsp milk (to taste)
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil contains an ingredient called terpinen that has antimicrobial properties. Applying a 5% solution to acne lesions has been a popular cystic acne treatment and has helped many with a reduction of inflamed and non-inflamed acne.
There are a variety of over-the-counter products you can try for your cystic acne treatment. Their effectiveness will depend on the severity of the acne and how well your body reacts to the medications. Many of these contain Benzoyl Peroxide as the active ingredient. Before starting any over-the-counter cystic acne treatment be sure to read all the information and possible side effects associated with the over-the-counter medications.
For more severe cases, a dermatologist can prescribe antibiotics or other medications available only through prescription. Often these medications will have side effects that you will want to be aware of before starting them. Be sure to have your doctor or dermatologist explain all known side effects before starting any prescribed medical cystic acne treatment.