Last Modified on May 28, 2014
Natural treatment options offer relief and treatment for cystic acne, considered the most severe form of acne. Cystic acne is characterized by inflamed breakouts that result in cysts formed under or on the skin. This type of acne is often extremely painful and causes significant emotional distress in affected individuals.
What is Cystic Acne?
Also called nodulocystic acne, cystic acne is defined as deep, inflamed breakouts on the skin that involve the formation of cysts. Cysts typically feel like soft, fluid-filled lumps beneath the skin’s surface and are considered the most serious type of acne blemish. The condition is genetic and is contributed to by overactive oil glands, excess dead skin cells and overproduction of acne-causing bacteria.
Natural Remedies for Nodulocystic Acne
Natural treatments for cystic acne involve those that reduce inflammation and naturally treat bacterial formations in the skin. Turmeric, vitamin C and apple cider vinegar are among the most effective treatments for cystic acne; however, dietary and lifestyle changes as well as other herbal remedies are also effective. These treatment options can be applied individually or in tandem with other natural treatments to achieve the most effective results.
Turmeric is a warm, peppery spice used as a home remedy to treat a number of health conditions including cystic acne. The spice contains curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound, which naturally relieves inflammation. Curcumin also helps break down cysts in the body working to eliminate acne at its root.
Vitamin C is a vital nutrient involved in necessary growth and development. The vitamin is also an active antioxidant that functions to remove toxins and buildup from the skin and body. Vitamin C also functions to repair damaged cells and heal wounds while minimizing the appearance of scars.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most widely used alternative remedies and can be used as both a topical treatment and an oral dose. As such, apple cider vinegar functions to both cleanse the skin and balance the body to treat acne. Apple cider vinegar also delivers a number of nutrients to the body to promote healthy skin development.
Cystic acne is often quite painful and can cause significant damage. Natural treatment options function internally and externally to safely heal acne and prevent further breakouts.
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Table of Contents
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric, Honey
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Vitamins
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Vitamins, Turmeric
- Coconut Oil
- Dietary Changes
- Dietary Suggestions
- Eat Lettuce, Eliminate Corn
- Eliminate Dairy
- Exercise, Diet, Water
- High Fiber Diet, Homeopathy
- Honey and Cinnamon
- Infared, 125 Watt Clear Lightbulb
- Lava Soap
- Lavender Oil
- Manuka Honey
- New Diet, Saw Palmetto, Spearmint Tea
- Oregano Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Red Raspberry Leaf
- Remedies Needed
- Saw Palmetto
- Supplements, Acupuncture, Probiotics
- Supplements, Yogurt
- Tea Trea Oil, Aloe Vera
- Tea Tree Oil
- Urine Therapy
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin C (Commercial)
12/28/2011: Kimberly from Rancho Cucamonga, California: "Hello, Yes a change in the body's ph balance will help. I am a Licensed Esthetician. I must say that I am not a doctor and it is not in my scope to medically treat and so on... I learned about all of this through my son having a very severe and embarrassing skin ailment. We went to doctors and tried pills, creams, etc. The only thing that worked and it worked fast too was anitioxant alkaline water. We used the 2.5 ph water directly on his shin and he dranklots of the 9.5 water to cleanse and detoxify the acidic environment inside which was causuing the exterior problem. I would love to share more information about this. It really worked!"Replies
05/07/2013: Marc from Chandler, Arizona replies: "Hi, I was wondering about the alkalizing treatment you did for your son and his acne. I think it might be beneficial for me."
[YEA] 06/04/2013: Coloradopnutbutrcup from Aurora, Colorado, Usa: "Hi everyone, I found this site approx 4 weeks ago and I'd just learned from a co-worker the various benefits of ACV. The key however was buying a brand that had the "mother" in it as it's unfiltered. I had the chicken pox at age 20 and cystic acne took up residence on my face on and off for the last 20 years. It's hormonal plain and simple. After tons of otc products and optioning against accutane and spiralactone, finally at age 40, I can honestly say I found my cure and ACV works. After reading this site and copying the recipe routine posted by 05/12/2009: Sandra D from Greenwood, IN I began the ACV treatment on my cystic acne and began to see immediate results and now 4 weeks later I'm testifying (with tears in eyes) that it worked. The ACV balances internal PH, aids in digestion and gave my skin a healthy glow. Without let up, I drink 2 tbspns of ACV in 8 ounces of water first thing in the morning and either after lunch or before bed. I don't add honey as I don't mind the bitter taste. I wash my face in the morning with either CeraVe or Dove, and use a cotton swab with the ACV as a toner. Personally, I don't think the smell goes away much but after I put on my Mederma (for scars) and Palmer's Cocoa Butter Fade cream, then Aveeno moisturizer (LOL) I don't smell anything. I'm a flight attendant and facing customers with cystic acne plays on your self esteem big time. Well get this, 4 days ago I didn't wear any make up except lip gloss and got compliments from co-workers familiar with my skin ailments. Thank you all for sharing and thank you for this site. I've also started making a baking soda & water paste to exfoliate my face 2 - 3 times a week which absords oil, and make a mask of mango pulp, fresh lemon juice and water and leave on for 1 hour, then rinse with warm water. My skin in smooth, 90% blemish free 95% acne free. I'm elated."
10/28/2012: Lowstomachacid from NY, NY: "I just have to tell all of you who are seeing results from ACV, this may be because you have low stomach acid and the ACV is helping you digest fats better so they're not ending up in your blood stream and then your skin. I just began taking HCL supplements and my face is starting to get better. It's not great but finally it's starting to look better. A few years ago I had stomach problems and took Nexium and then had a huge acne outbreak. It wasn't until I googled and googled that I found out that low stomach acid causes acne. I just went off the birth-control pill and I'm finding myself with awful cystic acne all over my chin, cheeks, forehead even above my eyes! And they all hurt. It's been rough. I know the problem is internal and I know I have other symptoms of low stomach acid so I just started this new regimen of a pill with each meal. Using ACV was on the list of other options to use if you have low stomach acid so that may be your problem as well if taking it orally is helping to clear up your face. I'm going to increase my dosage of HCL and also start using the ACV as a toner. Hope this works!"
06/03/2012: Anon from Detroit, Mi - Michigan: "i read a post that said to use _____ Apple Cider Vinegar as a toner.. I just have one question... Is it suppose to tingle? Sometimes it even stings a little. Ive been battling cystic acne ever since high school but its gotten worse over the years. Tried ever otc product that exists and nothing works so im trying something different this time around... I wash my face with nubian queen black soap... And apply the acv... I then moisturize with ambi acne cream... So ive only been doin this for a couple days now... ill le you know my results soon."
10/10/2011: Debbie from St Pete Beach, Florida: "I am 51 years old and fought cystic acne for years. I was on accutane four seperate times over 20 years. Each time it worked for about 5 years and then the acne would return. My face is now acne free but for the first time in my life I am getting cysts on my chest.
Here's the double whammy... I think I am getting these cyst on my chest because of my nightly hot flashes. My chest is covered with sweat and the acne flourishes despite prescription topical treatments. The only way I get rid of most of these bumps is to go to the dermatologist and have them injected with steroids.
So, after looking at this website, I see that ACV is mentioned to stop hotflashes and cure cystic acne. I am running to the store now to get some. I will report back in a few weeks. Perhaps, I can kill two problems with one remedy!!!"Replies
[YEA] 02/12/2012: Deltagirl from Portsmouth, Usa replies: "have been struggling with Cystic Acne for a couple of years now-and nothing has been working. It has been horrible. A few weeks ago I had three start to form on my chin - I felt the painful tenderness that precludes cystic acne. At the same time I was starting to catch a cold, so began to take my regular "shot" routine of organic Apple Cider Vinegar to ward off the bug. I noticed about an hour or so later that the pain in my chin had subsided, so decided to google for any link with ACV and cystic acne and found this site.
Have started drinking ACV regularly since finding this site and so far it appears to be working! (fingers crossed! ). I am totally ecstatic and hope that it continues! I bought the store's supply of ACV! Lol."
05/13/2013: Valerie from New York replies: "I just went to the vitamin store and bought Turmeric caps and a gallon of ACV. I am 51 years old and NEVER had to deal with acne much less this painful cystic acne until I started menopause about 3 years ago! I have been put on birth control pills, numerous topical prescription creams, lotions and oral pills all with no resolution to the problem! I have had it! I work with the public as a Medical Assiatant by day and group exercise instructor by night! I am so self conscious of this and SICK and tired of gobbing on makeup to cover the cysts and redness caused by them! I hope the turmeric and ACV works!"
05/13/2013: Hopefully replies: "Have you tried moisturing with coconut oil (anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial) and cutting out milk (dairy may cause acne cycts)? Best Wishes!"
07/27/2011: Devra from Jamaica, Ny: "Stay away from foods that don't work with you. I suffered with cysts acne for 20 years and had to cut out rice, peas some bean and grains. It is true that apple cider vinigar is a miracle, it balances the oil of the skin and also gives a healthy shine all over."
[YEA] 05/12/2009: Sandra D from Greenwood, IN: "I am a 43 yr old woman. About ten years ago I started suffering from terrible cystic acne. I am taking testosterone blocker and minocycline. Nothing worked. I also use Duac gel which is an antibiotic and peroxide. Still nothing worked. Tryed thousands of combinations of medications and home remedies. Yesterday I read this blog on apple cider vinegar....thought what the heck. I will try it. I took 2 tablespoons in a glass of water and dabbed some on the exsisting cysts. Then that evening did the same thing only using the cider as a toner.
Today my acne is almost completely clear. Why, I do not know. But be assurred this is no joke. My dermatologist is going to freak out. I am very active in the gym etc. Now I can go in and strut my stuff with confidence.
My regime is:
Morning: Wash face with Oil free cleanser
use apple cider vinegar as a toner with cotton swab
(smell will go away in a second) drink 2 tablespoons in an 8 oz glass of water
afternoon 1-2 tablespoons in a glass of water)
night: Wash face with Oil free cleanser
use apple cider vinegar as a toner with cotton swab
(smell will go away in a second) drink 2 tablespoons in an 8 oz glass of water
Kroger or walmart vinegar works great.....
So for $3.49 I cured my acne or at laest kept it at bay I was spending
$99.00 month minocycline
$68 month aldactone
$70 month duac gel
$20-60 month on every over the counter thing I could find and thought would help
You may contact me if you need advice etc.
Happy in the Sun
Sandra D Grnwd, In"
02/12/2010: Marty from San Antonio, Tx replies: "does it have to be a certain type of ACV? raw? thank you in advance."
02/27/2011: Janet from Kerr, Tx replies: "Beware of minocycline... Its is linked to drug induced lupus which can attack the skin. We had three miserable years with my teenage daughter. We are still have outbreaks but nothing like we had."
03/10/2011: Sjc from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "Thank you so much for this post as well. I just purchased some ACV for acid reflux and now can use it for these painful bumps as well. One has just started developing on my face last night. I'm so glad to finally find this website with these natural and very inexpensive remedies. Thank you."
[YEA] 05/04/2011: Meli from Las Cruces, Nm replies: "I am so thrilled I came across this site. I've used everything from antiobiotics, prescribed creams, even Accutane, which worked for a while but was hell to go through the treatment. I found this a few days ago & started using the ACV as a toner twice a day, and my skin immediately started showing improvement. I'm going to try adding ACV to a homemade body wash and face scrub too!"
06/17/2011: Asianmom from Austin, Tx replies: "Hello, my 16 years old son has really bad cystic acne. We spent so much money taking him to dermatologists and nothing except Acutane helped. Since he plays Tennis every day for 4 hours a day after school, after the first round of Acutane which worked wonderful on him, his cystic acne came back. His dermatologist would not want to put him on Acutane again because his exposure to the sun. So he is only taking an antibiotic right now and use Cetaphil as his cleanser. The antibiotic does not help. He is still breaking out like crazy. I tried the apple cider vinegar toner on him (twice a day) for a week now and I have not noticed any improvement. How long does it take to see the result? He would not want to take apple cider vinegar didulted with any thing. He tried one and spitted it out because he couldn't take the taste of it, even with fruit juice. Does anyone has any tip that can help him to combat his cyst acne problem? Thanks so much for all your help."
06/17/2011: Blkmanchgo from Chicago, Il replies: "Hi asian mom, Whenever I see anyone with with custic acne I like to recommend they try the yogic water technique. What you do is first thing in the morning you drink 8 glasses of pure water, then you do simple yoga stretches and breathing. It worked for me although I have a few other skin complaints. It's actually harder then it sounds he might have to build up to 8 cups so maybe start off with six. Some people even dissolve sea salt on their tongue after every cup but I guess thats optional. I know it sounds weird and he's sixteen but try it for two weeks and let us know."
06/19/2011: Linda from Alpharetta, Ga replies: "You might try ACV in form of capsules. You can also make the salad dressing with ACV instead of normal vinegar. Avoid mustard! It increases chances of break outs. Baking soda would be helpful as well, but it does not taste great either."
08/02/2011: Rachael from Watertown, Ny replies: "How long do you think until results are visible?"
12/19/2011: Christa from Huntsville, Tx replies: "Sandra, thanks for the regimen breakdown. It helped alot. Had to find a stronger mixer than just water, but once I did, me and the ACV became friends. So happy to have found this site! Thx again!"
03/18/2013: Aimee J from Centerville, Oh replies: "For the people who have used the ACV internally and externally... How long until you start to see results?"
[YEA] 04/10/2009: Ann from Seattle, USA: "When I was a teenager, I had terrible cystic acne. No medications helped me, but eventually I "outgrew" it. Now that I am perimenopausal (age 51) I seem to be getting it again. In desperation, I tried birth control pills. It helped with the acne, but the side effects were miserable. I quit the Pill a month ago. Last week I could feel the beginnings of a deep pimple on my chin (it wasn't terribly visible yet, but I could certainly feel it). I applied ACV with a cotton swab for two days mornings and evenings. It's gone! Before, there'd been nothing to do but wait for a deep lesion to surface and evetually go away (a long, painful and unattractive process!) Never has anything worked as well or as quickly as the humble ACV!"Replies
04/11/2009: Ann from NY, NY replies: "Hi Ann in Seattle. I too have been having issues with cystic acne in my chin. How did you apply the ACV and did you rinse it off? thanks in advance for your reply."
04/12/2009: Ann from Seattle, US replies: "Hello, Ann in NY. All I did was saturate the end of a cotton swab with ACV and apply it to the lesion in the morning and again in the evening (after washing my face). In the morning, I just allowed the ACV to dry before applying moisturizer and makeup. That's it! I hope it works for you, too!"
10/03/2011: Anonymous from New York, Ny replies: "Hi there! I've been reading that many people just use Apple Cider Vinegar as toner and follow with moisturizer. My question is, do you follow with any anti-acne cream? (ie. I'm currently using the Acne-Free kit) Thanks so much for your help!"
[YEA] 09/04/2007: Jessica from Lady's Island, SC: "I have been suffering from cystic breakouts and chronic constipation most of my adult life. These issues seem to only have intensified with age. Mind you, I eat an organic, almost-vegetarian diet and am always sure to get my minimum fiber intake. Before ACV, I was lucky if I had a bowel movement every other day and always felt "backed up" and suffered from terrible gas! My face would suddenly erupt in cystic acne lesions that took weeks to heal. After spending literally thousands of dollars on products in an attempt to rid myself of both conditions, I am now able to throw out more than half of the things in my medicine cabinet. I take 2 tbs. ACV morning and night, straight-- I don't even mind the taste. I also apply it topically to my face every morn-- seems to brighten my complexion and tone my pores. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to consider dilluting it, as it is pretty strong. My skin has never been better and I am completely "regular" now-I only wish I had tried this sooner and imagine the years of suffering I could have saved myself. If something ails you, try it-- it certainly can't hurt!"Replies
09/08/2010: Aya from Atlanta, Ga replies: "I am suffering from the same things you have mentioned in this post. I started to form cystic acne after traveling and my bowel movements became irregular. I have been like this for the past 4 months now. Did your gassiness issue go away as well? What did you do to become "regular"?"
08/22/2011: Elle from College Park, Ga replies: "Hi Aya, Wow, its so interesting that you said you experienced cystic acne when you began traveling because that was my experience too. I had to go over seas for my job in feb/mar of 09 and since then Ive battled cystic ance. Ive tried everything from all the stuff (antibiotics, duac, acanya, steroid injections, etc) a dermatologist prescribes and holistic methods as well. But I wonder if there's more to this traveling commonality.... Did you travel overseas by chance?"
12/10/2011: Leilani from Boston, Ma replies: "Elle and Aya!! I have had cystic acne since puberty... Its been getting better (im now 21) but still comes around every week or every other week.. And when it hits it hits hard and everywhere :( I have been traveling with my parents overseas since I was pretty much able to walk.... Hawaii, new zealand, australia, europe, carribean islands, I live on marthas vineyard.. Which I guess is overseas.. Mexico and costa rica too! My younger sister has PERFECT skin... Maybe an occasional whitehead... Me, being older have traveled more than her and to certain countries she's never been! I will try googling different search terms that correlate with foreign countries and cystic acne.. Maybe its a bacteria/skin disease one can literally catch from the water out there that the natives are immune to! Who knows... But this is fascinating.... I take ACV internally on occasion, but am going to use it as a toner RIGHT NOW! Thank you all! And also... Does anyone have any good alternatives to A____ tablets? ones without artificial sweeteners? I also have bad constipation... The best thing for me (because laxatives are terrible for you) are stool softeners... Docusate sodium (dulcolax makes the most effective ones) I eat oatmeal every day and occasionally use the leftover on my face! Great for drying up whiteheads and helping draw up the cysts. Maybe ill mix some ACV with plain yogurt and oatmeal! SO GLAD I found this site! I'll be posting more of my remedies while using ones I find here as well!"
08/31/2012: Tappr8 from New York, Ny replies: "Both of those things happened to me after traveling to Costa Rica... I wonder if they're related at all?"
04/20/2013: Dr J from Dallas, Tx replies: "Apple cider vinegar is very beneficial, however I would not recommend taking it straight. It is too acidic and can harm the enamel on your teeth. Be sure to take it diluted."
[YEA] 05/28/2014: Amber from North Carolina: "I suffered with cystic acne for 10 years before I found anything that worked. I tried everything short of oral medications and injections. Turns out what worked for me was in my kitchen cabinets the whole time.
The routine was based on my daily routine, it can be tweaked as needed. Everyone's skin responds differently to different things.
AM: Was face with equal parts apple cider vinegar and hot water. Liberally apply pure aloe.
PM: (Right before showering) Wash face with hot water and an organic oatmeal based facial soap, I use Grandma's Acne Bar. Mix equal parts honey and turmeric, I use a table spoon of each. Apply to face. Then I jump in the shower and let the steam do it's thing while I wash, washing my face last with hot water and a wash cloth. Pat face dry, rinse again with vinegar/water. Liberally apply aloe.
I always started both the am and pm treatments by laying a hot wet washcloth on my face for about 5 minutes. Don't know whether that makes a difference, though.
I seen a reduction in the size and soreness of bumps the first morning after I tried this, the redness persisted for a few weeks. I found that my skin was a little sensitive at the end of the first week just from the vinegar, only slightly though, nothing compared to the painful bumps. I pureed a cucumber and mixed it with a little green tea and left this on my face for about 20 minutes. Made a world of difference.
You may have to adjust the frequency of treatment depending on your skin's sensitivity to vinegar and the soap. Also, turmeric will stain clothes and skin. Supposedly the turmeric stain can be removed from your face with a mild toner but I never leave it on long enough to find out, usually just the 15 minutes or so that I'm in the shower. I would suggest starting the honey and turmeric on a weekend so the stain goes away if it happens. Everyone's skin will absorb the color at different speeds, so just be cautious at first."
[YEA] 12/19/2011: Christa from Huntsville, Tx: "Thank you to everyone who recommended the ACV or A____ to help with cystic acne. Here is my story. I've been suffering with bad cystic acne for the last 3-4 months and have spent much time trying to figure out what was causing it and how to fix it. I thought it was my Adderall causing it, but when I quit taking it, I was still breaking out, just at a slower rate. I finally based it down to hormonal changes caused by going off of birth control after having been on it for over 8 years, but adderall does seem to severly compound the problem, so for those with cystic acne that are taking that, it's something to think about. I graduated this December and didn't want to go to graduation with this horrible painful acne. I couldn't even get pictures done because of it. I found this site about a week before my graduation and started on a regimen of ACV and A____ to see if I could get the praiseworthy results so many have boasted on this site. I had little faith but it was worth a shot. Like many others have said, when you're desperate and you've tried everything else, you're willing to try just about anything that might have a chance of working. On the site, people seemed to recommend either the ACV or the A____, so I decided to try the two together to see if I could get results fast! After just one night of using the ACV I woke up to better skin. The new huge cyst I had forming had been significantly reduced and the pain was gone, and my face as a whole looked better. My other scars, cysts and acne were reduced, less red, and my skin really did look brighter just as someone else on here had said. I was amazed. I have since continued on my regimen and now my face is almost completely clear. And it's only been a little over a week! Now that's what I call results!
I have been on face medication (spironolactone and bactrim) from my dermatologist for over 10 years for milder acne but it wouldn't phase this new cystic acne I've been dealing with. In fact, I could almost hear the acne laughing at it. No OTC face products worked on it either, which makes since because this type of acne is caused by something inside you, not by surface oils or hygiene related causes. I did talk to my doctor about the ACV and A____ working and she said it works because it is changing the pH of the body. This is because both the ACV and A____ are highly acidic. (In the A____, it is the high amt. Of vitamin C, a. K. A. Ascorbic acid that makes it work). I thought I had discovered something natural I could use during pregnancy but my doc said no, even on the ACV. It's too potent. So much for that idea, but I can still use it until that time comes, and can still use it on my face when pregnant. She said you just can't drink it if pregnant.
I would recommend anybody with cystic acne to try this out. It has worked great for me. Also, a benefit to using both the ACV and A____ together is that the ACV is cheap which saves you from spending so much on the A____, and the A____ tastes better, which saves you from having to drink so much of the ACV. To those of you having trouble downing the ACV, I feel you. I don't recommend diluting it with water as many others have. You guys must have mild mannered taste buds. I tried the water thing, and threw up. I have found that mixing it with Hawaiian Punch (most flavors work), or V8 Splash helps me get it down. They are strong flavored and have a sort of twang alredy which helps mask the ACVs twang. It is truely some gnarly stuff!
Here is my regimen:
Drink 1-2 tbs ACV morning and night
Drink 1 pkg or tablet of A____ in afternoon
Spot treat cysts with straight ACV holding on each one for at least 10 seconds
All over face with a 50/50 water dilution of ACV as a toner
You can also mix it up and do the A____ morning and night and drink the ACV in the afternoon. Just play with it. I would start out being aggressive with it and back off slowly until you get to a maintanence point.
Good luck and I hope this helps!!!"Replies
01/10/2013: Sarah from Nashville, Tn replies: "Hi everyone, I read a lot of posts on here about how ACV and A____ (Vitamin C) tablets help with cystic acne bumps. I have been suffering from cystic acne for a few years now and tried numerous things. Currently I am on antibiotics prescribed by my derm, but no results so far. (It has only been a week. ) I am going to try the ACV and A____ tonight. My question is: I have a huge cyst on my chin right now. It sort of drained a little bit over the past couple of days, but every morning, I wake up and it is still big and red and hurts. It has a partial scab on it from where it drained part-way though. Will the ACV dabbed directly on it still help although it has a partial scab? I am so embarrassed to be out in public. I am 33 years old and hate being around other professionals at work with this crap on my face. Thanks for any feedback! This site is fantastic and I am so happy that I found it!"
[YEA] 05/26/2009: Cassi2 from Houston, TX: "i have had adult cystic acne for years and have tried everything the doctors have thrown at me. Well I don't know if it was all the ACV or what. I have a drawer ful of prescription and over the counter topicals and also antibiotics that i've tried over the years along with birth control pills. of course none worked completely and all had their drawbacks or side effects. about a week ago i had the biggest, baddest, most painful cyst i've ever had on my chin. i usually get one at a time but not this time - another popped up just under my lip line and another on my jaw line. i was so embarassed and in so much pain. my face was swollen all over the place. so i gave up all my prescription stuff and decided to go all natural.
i started with the all natural organic ACV cocktail three times daily for three days with 2 teaspoons ACV mixed with local dark honey to sweeten to taste and about 8-10 ounces of water and a couple ice cubes. i also took straight acv and soaked a cotton ball in it and held it to each cyst for about 30 seconds to a minute. i did this for three days, twice a day. then i used a ACV toner of 50/50 pure water and ACV and wiped it on my face twice a day for three days. i also cut some fresh aloe vera and would wipe it all over my face at night after all the cleansing. i used my regular cleansers - either pevonia or origins. its taken a week but only the biggest chin cyst is still there a bit but all the redness is totally gone. my face did get a bit dry but i put it into shock mode i am sure - that's why i only did the shocking part for three days and then moved to a maintenance. the skin around the cysts dried up and flaked off and i did have a scab where i was stupid and HAD to pick because i was in so much pain. but there are no scars and no more redness at all. my face looks great already. i am now on a maintenance of the cocktail twice a day, and toner only in the evenings with the aloe as my night time moisturizer. i am using aveeno for a daily moisturizer/sun block which is supposed to help with redness and calm your skin.
i am also taking a good B complex vitamin as that is good for stress and also i take tumeric capsules as they are good for acne and cleansing from the inside also. i haven't changed my diet but that was my next step if this didn't work.
i do hope this helps someone else out there - i really was too uncomfortable and embarassed to even go out and had to pile on the makeup."
07/18/2009: Julia from Houston, TX replies: "I'm really glad that I am not the only one who deals with cystic acne. I don't get the bumps on my face, I get them on my body in the most uncomfortable places like my inner thigh, on my chest or my back. So you can just imagine the discomfort I experience. Right now I am laying with a hot compress on my thigh as I just had a bump come up yesterday. I have gone to the dermatologist back home in Michigan before moving to Houston and he prescribed so many medicines that did not work. My sister told me about Neem Seed Oil that I could get from a store that sold herbal remedies. Since they were out I was told that I could use 100% Tea Tree Oil and that seemed to work on a few bumps, but this bump I have now is making me want to pull my hair out. After reading the posts about the ACV I would like to try it, but I'm a little hesitant to put it on a bump on my inner thigh. I also heard that taking Tumeric helps too. But I really want to get this situation under control because it can put everything on pause for a week due to not being able to move much. Any instruction anyone can give will be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks guys."
04/16/2010: Jgmurphy from Skokie, Il replies: "Don't know if this will help you, but I believe that at least in my case, my cystic acne is related to diet. I almost always get a cyst after an over-indulgence in chocolate, ice cream or some other sweet. Basically I can keep it under control by limiting my diet in these areas. Chocolate, particularly. I have given up ice cream almost altogether.
Once when living in California I went with a friend to Solveng, a small Danish town in the Inland Empire that specializes in (you guessed it) baked goods. Of course I had a bunch of cookies....and the next day, a HUGE cyst in the middle of my cheek! Coincidence? I think not!
I now keep sugar to an absolute minimum. Honey is a safe sweetener because it is antibacterial (i.e. the bacteria that cause infections can feast on sugar but cannot digest honey as the molecules in honey are too big.)
I find that with an existing cyst I do better to leave it be than to try to bring it to a head, since doing that almost always leaves a scar. For me, prevention is better than cures.
Good luck with yours! J"
[YEA] 05/20/2011: Elizabeth from Chicago, Il, Usa replies: "I've gotten those horrible boils/cystic acne on my inner thigh/lower back a few times, and the absolute best remedy I ever found was to put a good amount of liquid echinacea on it, and cover it loosely with a bandaid if it doesn't hurt too much. Keep doing this throughout the day and at night before you go to bed. I thought it was too deep for any medicine to reach it, but within 24 hours, the entire cyst had become a whitehead that was painless to pop. (wow this description is kind of gross, but I know it works!)"
07/28/2013: Charlotte from Dfw, Tx replies: "That is untrue about bacteria being unable to feed on honey because of the size of the molecules. When you eat honey, the molecules are broken down by your own body's processes into 2 smaller molecules which are regular forms of sugar (which bacteria *can* feed on).
What you're talking about would only be true if you were using the honey externally, like on your face or a wound, but internally, your body will break up the molecule."
[YEA] 01/31/2008: Jen from Atlanta, Georgia: "I have had severe cystic acne, that caused large black spots all over my face for over 13years i have tried every remedy. I finally found something that is starting to work. I knew it had to be internal so i have tried al sort of cleansers. I went to a consultation to an esthetician who told me i need a bio feed back test which test all your body systems, food alergies along with testing your hormones, stress level and mental stability. If you take your supplements and products you use it will also test those to determine if there helping or if you need to stop using them. I was told I have a bad candida infection of the liver and that until i rid myself of the candida it wont go away no matter what i put on the outside. I believe it came as a result to taking antibiotics which i was given by dermatologist time and time again for acne when i was younger. I also used to drink. If your in Atlanta i know a great specialist who offers the bio feed back test it has done a great help so far and i know it will take time to rid myself of the candida and since i stopped eating anything dairy, with yeast, and sugar i havent had any more cysts on my face or body. If you want to know where to go email me. Blessing to all."Replies
09/08/2010: Emily from Atlanta, Ga replies: "I live in Atlanta right now, and am suffering from cystic acne on my face. I believe it all started when my bowel movements became irregular. Can you please tell me the physcian's name and number so that I can make an appointment? Did your insurance cover it?"
[YEA] 03/12/2014: Activemom from Monmouth County, Nj: "After each pregnancy, cystic acne would appear. I had no idea what it was. It was like a clogged pore and then after five pregnancies, it progressed to huge cysts that would stay for months and they were all over my body. I avoid people and wear long sleeves all summer, as it has even gone down my entire arm. After five years, after the final pregnancy, I finally saw a doctor who diagnosed me with cystic acne. It has been horrible and such a blow to my self esteem. I just hide most of the time. I started taking oral antibiotics, monodox, and an avar cream, sodium based, which helped, but didn't solve my problem. One cyst on my face in particular that just persists and refuses to go away. It is extremely painful and extremely obvious.
Thank you to the man who suggested coconut oil. I cannnot begin to express in words how you have helped me. Within two days, my facial cyst has gone down to where I can see the healing skin and the reduction of the build up of fluid underneath the skin. It was sitting in my pantry all along.....
After insurance costs have changed and the price of medicine has escalated greatly, I decided to research alternative natural remedies and this site is amazing. I will continue to use this as a first resource in remedies for my family."
[YEA] 04/02/2008: Russell from Toronto, Canada: "Used many oils including virgin coconut oil in many of my skin care cosmetic formulations. But thats history. My problem has always been cystic acne. In my late forties and it is without a doubt extrmely debilitating. Large cysts would form on my face and it would take weeks for them to subside leaving a purple mark for many months. After My business mail order business went down the toilet due to 9/11. Nobody trusted the mail. I realized I had a klo of virgin coconut oil left in my refridgerater. Literally stumbled on the idea that VCO would help acne. Skeptical about putting straight oil on oily acne skin. I gave it a shot because one of my best sellers of my cosmetic formulations was an oil based, black head removal cream containg organic jojoba oil, actually it is a remarkable oil for rducing large pores. Bottom line is that cysts or leasins would be reduced within 48 to 72 hours. I was stunned to say the least. For two years I have had almost totaly relief from a lifetime problem. I have just started taking it internally since I realized I have had candida, probably for 35 plus years because of the massive amounts of tetracycline, minocin etc. (unconscionably destructive acne anitibiotics) It truly does smooth and soften the skin. My face looks like the moon, from acne scarring, although my wife says I exaggerate but It makes me look younger for sure and for certain. Don't use refined or fractionated coconut oil on your face it must be unrefined virgin oil. It really is miraculous. Cheers all."