Cystic acne is a condition that arises from the infection of acne, resulting in red tender bumps that are usually filled with pus. This form of acne is more severe than the typical pimple development, and is largely characterized by red swollen pimples and frequent breakouts.


While the precise cause of cystic acne remains unknown, it is thought that androgens (which are the male hormones) play an integral role in this. In addition to this, these types of breakout are common in teenagers, thanks to the rapid increase of androgens in these years. Consequently, you are more predisposed to cystic acne if you are in your teens.

Some of the places where this form of acne tends to develop include the face, upper arms, back, chest and shoulders. Treatment plans are available when you consult your dermatologist. It is also important to add that while medical attention is key, there are a number of home remedies that you can use to ease the pain and inflammation in the affected bumps. Below are some of the options available for you.


1. Honey:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Honey in a bowl, cotton wool and warm water to rinse.
Difficulty: Easy


Treat your face to the goodness of honey and use this simple natural remedy to get rid of cystic acne. Honey is recommended for the natural treatment of this condition because it has excellent antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help fight off the infection. Additionally, honey is an excellent exfoliator that helps unclog the blocked skin pores, thus allowing the skin to breathe and speeding up the recovery process. All you need for this remedy is raw organic honey and warm water to rinse.


  1. Place the cotton wool in the honey and proceed to dab it on the affected skin.
  2. Do this as gently as you can to avoid aggravating the condition.
  3. Leave the honey on the skin and let it dry for about 20 minutes.
  4. After the 20 minutes have elapsed, rinse the skin with warm water.
  5. Use this remedy every other day to effectively deal with cystic acne.
  6. What’s more, you may add this simply ingredient to your regular skin care routine to reap the benefits of honey on the skin.


2. Egg Whites:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Egg, a bowl, cotton wool and cold water to rinse.
Difficulty: Easy


Egg whites are another common ingredient that can be used for the natural treatment of cystic acne. Egg whites are a reliable remedy because they are laden with proteins that are required for rejuvenating the skin and strengthening it to fight off the infection. Noteworthy is the availability of riboflavin, an integral building block for the skin’s structure. It is also important to mention that egg whites are astringent in nature, which helps with skin elasticity and unclogging of the blocked skin pores. Below is a simple procedure that you can use to prepare the egg whites for topical application.


  1. One of the simplest ways to get the egg white from the egg is to make a small hole at one end of the egg and let the egg whites flow out. The yolk will remain trapped in the shell.
  2. Transfer the egg white to a bowl in which you will soak the cotton wool.
  3. Apply an even layer of the egg whites on the face and/or any other affected parts of the body.
  4. Massage the skin as gently as you can for absorption of the egg’s healing powers.
  5. Let the egg white dry for about 20 minutes. This is often accompanied by a feeling is ‘skin tightening’ on the affected areas.
  6. Once the time is over, rinse the egg whites off using cold water. Avoid using hot water because this will result in cooked eggs that are both unsightly and cumbersome to get rid of.
  7. Use this remedy at least thrice weekly to help get rid of cystic acne.


3. Baking Soda:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of baking soda, warm water, a pinch of sea salt and cotton wool.
Difficulty: Easy


Did you know that baking soda is not just a baking ingredient but one of the most effective home remedies for the natural treatment of cystic acne? That’s right – baking soda is rich in antiseptic properties that come in handy in clearing the infection responsible for the condition. The remedy’s ability to alter and balance the natural pH of the skin makes it ideal for getting rid of the bacteria responsible. Sea salt is added for its antiseptic properties as well as its ability to gently exfoliate the skin. This is an important aspect of the remedy because clogged pores are one of the main reasons why the infection spreads so quickly. Follow the simple set of directions listed below to make use of baking soda.


  1. Prepare a paste by adding a few drops of water to 1 tablespoon of baking soda. It may fizzle for a few minutes, but this eventually stops and you get to proceed with the remedy preparation.
  2. Add a pinch of salt to the baking soda paste and mix well.
  3. Apply this mixture to the face and any other affected parts of the body.
  4. Massage in the remedy for proper absorption.
  5. After half an hour, rinse the paste off using warm water.


4. Fresh Aloe Vera Gel:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Freshly cut Aloe Vera leaf, a sharp knife/blade and cotton wool. Warm water (optional).
Difficulty: Easy


There is a very good reason why Aloe Vera gel is considered Mother Nature’s gift when it comes to treating skin conditions such as cystic acne. For a natural unprocessed remedy that is packed with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, this is one of the easiest ways to eliminate this form of acne. The gel’s soothing properties are also a key reason why it is recommended as it provides relief from the pain while helping to keep the swelling of the bumps minimal. Get a freshly cut Aloe Vera leaf and use the simple directions below to prepare this remedy.


  1. Slice the Aloe Vera leaf in half using the blade in order to allow the gel to ooze out.
  2. Take the cotton wool and use it to scoop the Aloe Vera gel.
  3. Apply a generous amount of the Aloe Vera gel on the affected part of the skin, making sure you dab as gently as you can.
  4. Let the remedy dry on the skin.
  5. You need not rinse it off, but if you need to, use warm water to get rid of the gel.


5. Tea Tree Oil:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Cup of water (warm), 1 tablespoon of tea tree oil and cotton wool.
Difficulty: Easy


Tea tree oil has long been used to treat different skin conditions, among them, cystic acne. Loved for its potent antibacterial properties, the oil is particularly effective in getting rid of the infection while allowing the skin to heal quickly. The most important thing when using this remedy is to make sure that you dilute the oil prior to application as it is extremely powerful and may cause skin irritation if used undiluted. For this remedy, you will need the oil and warm water.


  1. Place a tablespoon of the tea tree oil in a cup containing warm water and stir to mix well.
  2. Soak the cotton wool in the oil mixture and use it to apply the remedy on the affected skin.
  3. Let the remedy remain on the affected skin for about 10 minutes.
  4. Follow this up by rinsing with warm water.
  5. Use this remedy thrice weekly to treat cystic acne and restore your skin’s natural state.


6. Steam Therapy:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: A bowl of boiling hot water and a towel.
Difficulty: Moderate


One of the characteristics of cystic acne is that it features clogged pores which often allow the infection to spread quickly. Clogged pores often accumulate dirt and bacteria, and this enables the condition while creating unsightly marks on the skin. This is why steaming is recommended as a natural home remedy for the treatment of the condition. The main aim of steaming is to encourage the skin pores to open up in order to drain the accumulated dirt and pus. It is important to mention that this remedy requires consistency to be effective. Additionally, it is categorized as moderate difficulty because of the risk of scalding. As such, it is not recommended for those with hampered mobility to avoid injuries.


  1. Prepare a bowl of hot steaming water and set ready.
  2. Place a towel over your head. This serves two main functions: it protects the hair as well as contains the steam to allow the skin pores to open up.
  3. Lower your face so that the skin comes into direct contact with the steam, taking care to avoid scalding.
  4. Take a few minutes off in order to take a breath and repeat step 3 above.
  5. Do this until the water cools down, and for about 10 minutes at a go.
  6. Use this remedy at least thrice weekly to treat cystic acne.


7. Coconut Oil:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1/2 Cup of coconut oil, warm water bath and cotton wool.
Difficulty: Easy


Coconut oil, just like tea tree oil listed above, has immense healing benefits for the skin. Categorized as a good and healthy oil, the presence of lauric acid in coconut oil is one of the reasons it is an effective remedy. Lauric acid is antibacterial in nature and this helps fight off the infection while maintaining the skin’s natural glow. You will need a warm water bath to melt the oil as it is often found in solid state when temperatures are low. This is also helpful because it helps improve oil absorption by the skin.


  1. Place the coconut oil in a bowl and then in the warm bath water to heat it indirectly.
  2. Once the oil has melted and is warm enough, use cotton wool and apply a generous amount of the same on the skin.
  3. Leave the oil on the skin as there is no need to rinse.
  4. Use this remedy severally each week until you notice an improvement on the skin.


8. Clay Mask:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 2 Tablespoons of fuller’s earth, water/jojoba oil/ milk (for oily/dry/combination skin respectively), 1 teaspoon of honey, 2 drops of tea tree oil and a clean washcloth.
Difficulty: Easy


A clay mask prepared using fuller’s earth is one of the best remedies for the management of cystic acne. This is attributed to the masks’ astringent and absorbent properties that not only draw the dirt accumulated in the pores, but also removes toxins and impurities from the skin. This has a very interesting effect on the skin, because it often causes the acne to come to head fast and looks like the condition is worsening, while in essence, this speeds up the healing process. The masks also help with exfoliation and improve blood circulation in the affected skin. Add tea tree oil to this remedy for its healing properties. Water, jojoba oil and milk provide an ideal base depending on your skin type. Below are the simple directions to use for this remedy.


  1. Add your preferred base to the Fuller’s earth and mix well until you get a paste-like texture for easy application.
  2. Once the paste is ready, stir in the honey and tea tree oil and mix once more.
  3. Apply this mixture on the affected skin and let it dry for some 20 minutes.
  4. Soak the washcloth in the warm water and gently remove the mask.
  5. Follow this up by rinsing with warm water.
  6. Apply a skin moisturizer to seal in the effects.
  7. Use this remedy at least four times weekly until the cystic acne is under control.


Other home remedies that you may use for the natural treatment of cystic acne include apple cider vinegar which helps clear the infection, toothpaste which is known to dry out the tender and inflamed spots as well as green tea. Remember, all these home remedies are not a substitute for proper medical attention, especially if the condition does not improve with regular use of the preferred remedies. Consult your dermatologist in case of any doubts.