Cystic acne is the most bothersome type of acne. It is characterized by a lot of redness and inflammation. Cystic acne is caused by overactive oil glands in the skin, too many dead skin cells in the hair follicle, and a bacterium called Propionibacteria acnes. This bacterium causes inflammation, pus formation, and painful cysts. Cystic acne goes deep into the skin layer and can lead to intense scarring.
Due to the nature of cystic acne and its severe effects, it is highly recommended that a dermatologist treat this kind of outbreak, but it is understandable that not all individuals have means for this type of expense; therefore, home treatment for cystic acne breakouts would be the only option.
When going to a dermatologist is not in the budget, extensive research must be done to figure out which home treatment or combination of treatments will work to provide an adequate cure for frequent breakouts. Due to the severe nature of this kind of acne, just one type of treatment may not be sufficient. We will be looking for home remedies that will treat bacteria, promote healing, prevent scarring, and soothe inflammation.
Garlic historically has been used to treat bacteria. Garlic can kill parasites, microbes, bacteria and fungus. It has been known for treating conditions such as viral diarrhea, stomach ulcers caused by bacteria, and athlete’s foot.
Honey can be used to promote healing. A special kind of honey called Manuka honey, obtained from Australia, is made when bees gather nectar from the flowers of the Tea Tree bush. This bush or small tree has been found to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. Those special bacteria fighters in the honey are measured in UMFs (Unique Manuka Factors) and can vary in strength. The honey can be placed on the acne cysts and provide moisture to promote healing while the antibacterial factors keep out infection.
Evening primrose oil can be used to prevent scarring. The oil is obtained from the seeds of the evening primrose plant. The evening primrose produces a fatty acid not found in the human body called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which helps to relieve pain and inflammation.
Benzoyl peroxide, which is the active ingredient in most popular acne preparations, can be purchased in generic form over the counter. It has been proven through the years to be effective in killing P. acnes and can be low in cost.
There you have it, an effective home treatment for cystic acne breakouts consists of a regimen of fresh garlic internally, topical honey treatments, and topical evening primrose oil. It’s the formula for successful clear skin.