Home remedies for cystic acne may be helpful for you if you have deep and often painful pimples forming cysts below the skin. This type of acne is not easy to treat and it is often best to see a doctor for medication. However, many acne medical treatments can have side effects. If you want to avoid these, you may prefer to look for home remedies for cystic acne.
One of the problems with cystic acne is that it is much more likely to leave scars than the white and black headed pimples of acne vulgaris or common acne. While acne vulgaris is most often found on the face, chest and back, cystic acne can produce boils in the armpit and groin areas as well as the buttocks and lower back. Some people may have more than one type of acne.
First, let’s be clear that popping cystic acne pimples does not work. You cannot get rid of the infection this way, and you will often push it deeper. The result is a pimple that lasts longer with a much greater risk of scarring and some very ugly red skin while it heals.
Cystic acne almost always has a hormonal cause, beginning around the time of puberty when the body begins to produce large quantities of sex hormones. In most cases it will gradually improve in adulthood. But that is not much comfort if you are suffering from it right now. So let’s look at some of the home remedies for cystic acne that you may want to try.
The first thing to look at if you want to improve your cystic acne the natural way is diet. One of the foods that appears to worsen all types of acne is cow’s milk and its products, e.g. cheese, cream, etc. Several studies have shown a link between dairy products and acne. This may be because of the hormones that are fed to cows to keep them producing milk. If you cannot bear to give up dairy products, at least switch to organic.
Second, it could be helpful to cut out sugar plus other foods with a high glycemic load. High glycemic foods are those with any kind of added sugars including high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and any other ingredients ending -ose. White bread, white rice and other refined grain products also carry a high glycemic load, and so does fruit juice. Whole fruit has a lower glycemic load than juice, because the fiber in whole fruit means that the natural sugars are not absorbed so quickly.
Vitamins C and E may help by boosting the immune system, helping it fight against infection, reducing scarring, and improving the general health of the skin. Zinc can also be effective against acne but be careful with this because it is dangerous to have too much zinc. Take a zinc deficiency test and only supplement if you have a deficiency.
Aloe vera gel and tea tree oil are natural antiseptics that can help pimples to heal. Choose a natural acne remedy and follow the directions carefully.
Please keep in mind that the effectiveness of natural remedies can be very different for different people. Some people may have side effects and some medical conditions can make natural remedies ineffective or even dangerous. If you give up dairy products, for example, you need to make sure that you are getting enough calcium in other ways. Therefore, you should take medical advice before trying any of these home remedies for cystic acne in case there may be contraindications in your situation.