Last Modified on Feb 12, 2015
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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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!
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Approval Ratings YEA (6) 100% Posted by Coloradopnutbutrcup (Aurora, Colorado, Usa) on 06/04/2013
[YEA] 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.Posted by Lowstomachacid (NY, NY) on 10/28/2012
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!Posted by Anon (Detroit, Mi - Michigan) on 06/03/2012
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.Posted by Debbie (St Pete Beach, Florida) on 10/10/2011
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!!!Replied by Deltagirl