41 Home Remedies for Treating Cystic Acne

Red itchy spots are a nightmare for any teenager. These spots appear mostly on the face and are really embarrassing. So what are these horrible looking dots? The answer is acne. Acne is a skin condition that develops when sebaceous glands (oil secreting glands) and hair follicles join together and secrete an oily substance known as sebum. Dead skin cells and excessive sebum block the hair follicles and result in inflamed blemishes known as cystic acne. The first signs of acne begin to appear between the ages of 14 to 19, as this is the age when hormonal changes begin to take place, especially in girls because of menstrual cycle. Other causes of acne include – diet, infections, genetic and psychological. The symptoms to look out for are oily skin, black and whiteheads, cysts, papules, scarring of the skin and crusting of the skin. Unless you have a severe case of acne, in which you will have to consult a dermatologist, you can try any of the following home and herbal remedies to cure your cystic acne.

Home Remedies for Cystic Acne

1. Detoxification

Our body is a heaven for toxins and so we need to remove them to keep our skin looking fresh and healthy. Toxins cause hormonal imbalance in our bodies which results into cystic acne. To remove toxins, you need to get your body ready by changing your diet. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water to wash out the toxins and take supplements such as omega-3 which is good for keeping your hormones under control.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a natural antibiotic which helps keep the pH level of your skin balanced. Mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 2 tablespoons of water and place it in the refrigerator. Apply this mix to the face after every wash.

3. Honey Mask

Honey helps in killing and reducing the skin bacteria that cause acne. Apply raw honey on clean face with your fingers and massage for a few minutes. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off.

4. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a natural antioxidant that helps in keeping the skin clean and free from bacteria. Its acidic nature helps in exfoliation of dead skin cells and unclogs the pores. Apply lemon juice on clean face using a cotton ball, leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning. You can incorporate lemon juice into your daily cleansing routine, however, if it makes your skin dry, you should use it only once or twice in a week.

5. Blue Tansy Oil

This oil is very effective on cystic acne. Mix one drop of blue tansy oil to any essential oil and apply on the affected area only. Keep it for a few minutes and then rinse off with cold water.

6. Turmeric

Turmeric is commonly found in every kitchen in India, it’s impossible to make an Indian meal without this spice. It is known for its anti-bacterial properties around the world. Add ½ a teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of warm water and drink it on an empty stomach every day to fade away cystic acne.

7. Egg Whites

Egg whites are known as healing agents. Using your fingers, gently apply the egg white on your face and leave it on for a few minutes. Rinse it off and wash your face with a face wash.

8. Steam

Take a steam bath two times a week or on every alternate day. It will help clear the pores and keep your face free from oil.

9. Toothpaste

The fluoride in toothpaste will help dry the pores and kill the bacteria that cause acne. It is best to use gel toothpaste such as close-up. Apply the paste to the affected area and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with cold water and pat dry.

10. Aspirin Mask

Crush a few aspirin to make powder, add water to make a thin paste and apply on the affected areas. After 15 minutes, wash your face with warm water and pat dry. While using aspirin, you must keep in mind that aspirin in any form is dangerous, as the body absorbs it very easily. Therefore, use this method as a last resort for prevention of acne.

11. Salty Compress

Salt provides relief from pain caused by inflammation. Mix 1 cup water and ½ teaspoon salt. Soak a small piece of cloth in the liquid and apply on the affected area. Leave the compress on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water.

12. Corn Starch

Make a thick paste by combining corn starch with water. Once you get the perfect uniformity, apply the mixture on your face using your fingers. Let it stay for half an hour and then rinse it off with cold water. Apply this mask at least 3 times a day, for a week and you will notice the difference on your skin.

13. Mango

Mangoes helps open up the pores and by doing so, they make your skin glowing and feel soft. To make a mango mask, take a ripe mango and extract its juices. Add a little water and apply the mask on your face. After 15 to 20 minutes, rinse it off with warm water and feel the difference. Repeat daily, if possible or on alternate days.

14. Potato Mask

Potatoes are rich in vitamins that reduce inflammation and redness. They also pull out all the excess oil from the pores. To make a potato mask, peel a few potatoes and blend them in a blender. Strain the juice and apply it on the face using a cotton ball. Leave it on for 20 minutes or so, and then rinse off with water. It has no side-effects and can, therefore, be used on a daily basis.

15. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in Vitamins K, A and C and are also known to possess antioxidants. Slice a tomato and place the slices on the affected area. You can also make a paste by grinding a few tomatoes, and then apply the paste on your face.

16. Cinnamon

Mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder with 1 teaspoon of honey and apply the paste on your face, at night before you hit the hay. Wash it off in the morning.

17. Orange and Tangerine Peel

Oranges and tangerines are rich in Vitamin C. Dry the peels of the fruits for a few days, until all the moisture has evaporated, and then grind them into a powder. Mix 1 tablespoon of the powder with honey or water in equal quantity and apply on the face. Leave it for 15 minutes, and then wash your face with warm water.

18. Olive Oil

Olive oil mixed with lemon juice can remove acne from the root. Add 1/8 teaspoon of lemon juice to ¼ teaspoon of olive oil. Add a pinch of salt and apply on the face. Let it stay for a few minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.

19. Banana Peel

Banana peel is a good antioxidant that helps boost cell growth. After having a banana (which is good for you, especially if you suffer from constipation), rub the peel on your face in a circular motion. Leave it on, for half an hour and then wash your face.

20. Cold Water

Avoid using hot water to wash your face. Warm water is okay but chilled water is the best for acne prone skin.

21. Chilli Pepper

Dry some chili pepper in sun and grind them to make a powder. Mix 1 teaspoon of chilli powder with 1 teaspoon of water and apply the mixture on your face.

22. Papaya

Many beauty products use papaya extracts, as it is a natural cure for acne prone skin. It helps remove all the dead skin cells and prevents formation of pus. To make a papaya mask, take half a papaya and cut it into cubes. Mash it and apply the pulp directly on your face. After 15 to 20 minutes, rinse off.

23. Sugar Scrub

Sugar acts as an exfoliator and helps open up the pores. Make a scrub at home by mixing 1½ cups each of white and brown sugar, add ½ cup of olive oil, 3 tablespoons of sea salt and one vanilla bean or 10 tablespoons of vanilla extract. Apply the required amount of paste on your face. You can store the rest for later use. It is advisable to use one spoon of scrub every day.

24. Almond Powder

Almond powder is extremely good for removing black heads. Mix almond powder and rosewater to make a paste and apply onto the affected area. Let it sit for 15 minutes, and then wash your face.

25. Strawberries

Strawberries are good for scrubbing as they have a rough texture and a high concentration of salicylic acid. It helps open up the pores. In a bowl, mash 3 strawberries and add 2 drops of honey to this. Mix well and apply on the face. Wash your face after 20 minutes with cold water.

26. Avocado

Mash the pulp of half an avocado and add to it a few drops of honey. Mix well and apply on the face. Keep it for 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water.

27. Yogurt

Yogurt has lactic acid which helps remove dead skin cells and restores the skin to its natural tone. It aids reduce itchiness caused by cystic acne. Mix 2 tablespoons of yogurt, 1 tablespoon of milk and a few drops of honey. Mix well and apply on the face; let it sit for 20 minutes. Wash your face with water and pat it dry.

28. Alum

Alum acts as an antiseptic and prevents cystic acne and black heads from forming. Gently rub a piece of alum on the skin infected with acne. Rinse after a few minutes with cold water and pat it dry.

29. Ice

Believe it or not, but ice actually heals acne. Take a few ice cubes and swaddle them in a cloth. Gently rub it on your face until your face feels cold and insensitive. For areas that have more infection, hold the ice cubes there for 5 to 10 minutes. It will decrease the redness and inflammation.

30. Sandalwood Mask

Mix 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder with a little rosewater or normal tap water and a few drops of glycerin. Mix properly so that no lumps remain. Apply this mask on a clean face every day and leave it on for 20 minutes or until it dries. Wash it off with cold water and repeat before going to bed.

31. Fuller’s Earth Mask

Fuller’s earth has high volumes of magnesium chloride, which is very effective in reducing blemishes and acne. It removes the dead skin cells making your skin smooth. People who have oily skin can benefit a lot from Fuller’s Earth, as it is good at absorbing oil from the skin. To make a mask, take some Fuller’s Earth in a bowl, and add to it a few drops of rose-water. Mix well and apply on the face. Allow the mask to dry completely, and then rinse with cold water. If you do not have rose-water, you can use normal tap water as well. For those who have dry skin, add a few drops of milk. You can use this mask everyday because it has no side-effects.

Herbal Remedies for Cystic Acne

32. Calendula Flowers

Calendula is an herbal antiseptic which cures the symptoms associated with cystic acne. Dry the flowers and use them as a tea, but do not drink. Instead, wash your face with it.

33. Rosemary Leaves

Crush some rosemary leaves. Put water over them and brew for some time. Strain the tea and let it cool. Use it as a face wash.

34. Indian Lilac

The antibacterial properties of Indian Lilac help kill the bacteria present on the skin and reduce redness around the pimple. Many of the herbal acne products available in the market contain Indian Lilac as an ingredient.

35. Tea Tree Oil Mask

Tea tree oil is very effective for acne prone skin and has no side-effects. To make a mask, add a few drops of tea tree oil to yogurt and apply on the face. Keep it for 30 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

36. Aloe Vera

Take an aloe vera leaf and cut it into half. You will find a sticky gel oozing out from the leaf. Apply this gel to a clean face and leave it for 5 minutes. Wash your face and pat dry. You can also mix natural aloe vera gel with 2 or 3 drops of tea tree oil and apply it as a face mask.

37. Green Tea Wash

Green tea reduces the production of sebum. You can buy a green tea wash from your local chemist or make one at home using green tea leaves. Simply add a few leaves to some boiling water and allow it to steep for a while. Once this water cools down, you can use it as a face wash. Drinking green tea is good for the body as well as the skin.

38. Unrefined Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is good for hydrating the skin. Apply some coconut oil on your face in the morning before you take a bath. Let the skin absorb the oil before you wash it off.

39. Coriander

In a mortar, crush some coriander leaves; add a pinch of turmeric and a little water. Apply this to the face using your fingers.

40. Nutmeg

Make a paste of nutmeg powder and milk (make sure the milk is not boiled). Apply on the infected area. After 20 minutes, wash it off. Use this paste and you will notice the difference.

41. Mint

Crush a few mint leaves and apply onto the infected area. Rinse it off after 20 minutes with cold water. Mint can cure any form of acne. Use this remedy on alternate days.


  • Keep your skin clean. Use a mild soap or face wash, at least twice in a day, to remove all the dirt.
  • If you have an oily scalp, shampoo your hair every day and comb it back to keep it out of your face.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Pat your face dry after every wash.
  • Wash your pillow cover once a week.
  • Swimming is good as the chloride in the water can help dry up the cystic acne on other parts of the body as well.


  • Avoid scrubbing your face every day.
  • Do not squeeze the pimple to remove the pus. Do not scratch or rub the pimples.
  • Avoid wearing tight head accessories.
  • Always take off your make-up before going to bed and avoid using products that are greasy.
  • Do not take oral antibiotics for cystic acne without consulting a dermatologist first.
  • Avoid eating dairy products for 2-3 weeks.
  • Stay stress-less.
  • Refrain from eating oily, spicy and fried food.
  • Abstain from carbonated drinks.
  • After excessive sweating, wipe it.
  • Try not to bask in the sun.


Here are some ways to help stop cystic Acne from starting or decrease breakouts
While topical care can help after Acne has appeared.
I believe it more proactive to stop it as much as possible before it starts.
These suggestions can help stop breakouts from the inside out.
Start with keeping your body hydrated, which means 6 to 8 glasses a day.
A High-Fiber diet is essential in avoiding and clearing up cystic Acne.
Here is a list of some of the many High fiber foods…
Leafy greens, carrots, papaya, pears, watermelon, apricots, and tomatoes
Also, are rich in Vitamin A, which is the powerhouse for antiacne it causes cells to rejuvenate themselves.
The tasty pumpkin seed oil has vitamin A and can be used as a salad dressing or mix in a smoothie.
Tumeric is an Anti-inflammatory
I suggest you mix turmeric with full-fat yogurt or mix in a smoothie.
Brazillian nuts, wheat germ, mushrooms, walnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and vegetable oil, contain Vitamin E and zinc which promote healing.
Flushing out toxins from your body is an essential element of good skincare.
Foods containing vitamin C such as oranges, lemons, guavas, kiwi should be a regular part of your diet.
Coconut, Almond milk, and non-dairy milk are delicious and add extra hormones to your body, which have been known to cause cystic Acne.
Balance blood sugar levels to stop the spread of harmful bacteria from growing which causes Acne
consume more protein like chicken, turkey, grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, and sprouted brown rice.
Consume supplements like pro-biotic rich foods such as kefir, yogurt amasi 50 billion IUs daily to help boost your immune system
Elderberry is an excellent antioxidant

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