How to Get Rid of Cystic Acne

How to Get Rid of Cystic Acne With CBD?

Curious how to get rid of cystic acne with CBD use? What about using CBD for sebaceous cysts? You’re going to love this article!

Have you ever experienced going to sleep with a nice, clear face and then getting up with swollen zits on your face? Not the best surprise, is it? Certainly, the situation is somewhat worrying and quite annoying. And if it’s cystic acne that never comes to a head, the struggle is real! The first thing that comes to mind is, “How can I get rid of this as quickly as possible?” This article contains all you need to know about treating cystic acne, or sebaceous cysts with CBD.

Once zits appear, it usually takes more time than we want for them to go away. The Mayo Clinic has declared cystic acne as a more serious form of acne that sprouts its roots deep below the skin. Cystic acne can be super sore and results in significant, red, swelling and constant pain that surrounds the area.

What causes cystic acne is important to know. The main reasons for cystic acne are excessive sebum secretion, production of bacteria into the pores, and dead skin cells clogging the pores. Cystic acne, to some extent, looks like boils and is typically extremely painful if touched. Furthermore, this type of acne usually occurs on the face, neck, shoulders, back, and arms. Cystic acne is usually the form of acne that leaves little divots in the skin than result in severe scarring (read more on getting rid of acne scars here).

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Cystic acne is more common in people with oily skin and is usually found in teens, women, and older adults with hormonal imbalances. If you think you may be suffering from cystic acne, you need to consult a dermatologist for the best possible advice and treatment. New Phase Blends has a product called ‘glow’ that can treat skin issues like this, but nothing compares to having a one-on-one consult with a dermatologist. Prescription medications may be necessary. At New Phase Blends, we create products to help people not need to rely on prescription drugs, however, there is nothing wrong with taken them as needed. Some people require them, and some do not – there is nothing wrong with that!

For your best defense against cystic acne or sebaceous cysts, we have compiled a list of a few home remedies to help clear your skin up as quickly and safely as possible. These remedies can ease the condition of the skin and diminish the severity of your skin troubles.

So, let’s get started!

How To Identify Cystic Acne or Sebaceous Cysts

It is very important to identify the type of acne you may have in order to best develop a plan to clear your skin.

Cystic Acne

Cystic acne is the most severe form of acne that can result in extreme pain and redness. Unlike other acne types that remain on the top of the skin surface, cystic acne resembles the boils, and roots deeper below the skin.

Redness, large pus-filled cysts, large white bumps, or being painful to the touch are few other identifiable cystic acne symptoms. The area on our bodies that are more likely to develop cystic acne include the face, chest, neck, back, arms, shoulders, and even armpits. At the same time, the face is the most noticeable area with cystic acne. Most people can manage cystic acne on their back and shoulders, but having it on your face is embarrassing and depressing.

Sebaceous Cysts

Cysts, generally speaking, are simply spots in the body (typically swollen in appearance) that may have a liquid or gel-like substance inside of them. Sebaceous cysts are more likely to be found on the skin of the neck, face, or upper body. They aren’t necessarily dangerous, and they grow quite slow when compared to other forms of cysts. While not life-threatening, you should be sure to have them checked on periodically. Some people prefer to have them removed, some people prefer to leave them alone – it all depends on the size, location, and severity of the sebaceous cyst.

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Over the Counter Remedies to Get Rid of Cystic Acne

The following home-based remedies are generally safe to treat cystic acne, however, before trying these remedies, consult with your dermatologist. They will offer you medical advice that we cannot otherwise offer on this website. Also, please remember that CBD products are not approved by the FDA as a dietary supplement, yet. The statements or products contained on this website are not meant to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any form of disease or skin conditions.

Now, let’s find out how to get rid of cystic acne.

CBD Oil & CBD Products for Cystic Acne or Sebaceous Cysts

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is getting hype and becoming famous for its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. CBD has been found as the best natural source for treating acne and other skin problems more naturally. However, CBD alone isn’t the best approach to treating cystic acne or sebaceous cysts. While CBD may, in fact, aid in reducing inflammation and swelling that is often associated with breakouts, it cannot clean your pores out.

New Phase Blends developed a product called ‘glow’ that utilizes a 1% salicylic acid base, in addition to tea tree oil and CBD-rich hemp extract. All of these together help trigger a powerful two-staged acne fighting product when applied directly to the skin. You can learn more about ‘glow’ by clicking here, or the picture below.

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You can apply the CBD products topically on the cystic acne to get some relief from the pain and swelling. Plus, CBD topicals such as creams, balms, and lotions are readily available for direct skin application. CBD drops, or CBD tinctures, are also a good product to use to help take the edge off the pain and swelling associated with cystic acne or sebaceous cysts.

Ice Cubes

Ice has soothing effects for swollen and itchy skin. It helps in decreasing swelling, pain, itchiness, and redness on any area of the skin. Ice is often useful in diminishing the severity of cystic acne. Rubbing the ice cube almost three times a day on cystic acne decreases the swelling and relieves the pain.

Aspirin Mask

An aspirin mask can help to reduce the inflammation and pain caused by cystic acne. A few home remedies have suggested using the mixture of crushed aspirin powder and water on cystic acne. The application of this mild, thick paste helps to reduce the severity of cystic acne. 

What, exactly, is an aspirin mask? It’s a thick, pasty-type substance that is made with crushed up aspirin and small amounts of luke-warm water. The water should be warm, at a minimum, to promote opening of the pores. This allows the aspirin mask to penetrate your skin as deeply as possible. Popsugar has a pretty good article on making the best aspirin mask. Check it out here.

This remedy is not for every skin type because few people have a known allergy to salicylates (contained in aspirin products). Direct application of aspirin on the skin can irritate so, please double check with your doctor or dermatologist before trying this.

Balanced Diet

People in favor of natural remedies for cystic acne treatment have suggested keeping a strict check on their diet routine. Dairy and dairy-based items can help develop cystic acne (in some people). To treat the cystic acne, you may need to avoid dairy items, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and butter, for at least three to four weeks to give your skin a bit of relief. 

If there is no new cystic acne eruption, that means dairy could have very well been the cause of your skin trouble. Also, excessive use of sugar, oil, and processed food can trigger cystic acne breakouts. Focus on a healthy diet plan rich in fiber, protein, and vitamins/minerals.

Turmeric Mask

This readily available kitchen item, turmeric, is a natural solution to many skin problems, including getting rid of cystic acne. It is full of anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can help decrease the severity of cystic acne. 

Apply small amounts of turmeric powder mixed with warm water and directly apply it to the cystic acne. Let it penetrate the skin for 45 minutes or so and then rinse it off. Apply this paste two times a day for better results. Take care while applying it directly on the skin as it can irritate sensitive skin. Just like with the aspirin mask, make sure the water is warm to help open the pores. This lets the pores absorb even more of the turmeric.

Vinegar Cleanser

Apple cider vinegar is an excellent natural remedy to get rid of cystic acne. It has anti-bacterial properties that help to remove the bacteria and dead skin cells from the skin.

Some proponents of natural healing remedies have suggested using a diluted white vinegar cleanser two times a day. Be careful when applying a vinegar and water solution, as it can irritate your skin. Also, avoid the direct application of vinegar on the face. A good ratio of vinegar to water is two capfuls of vinegar and three cups of filtered, clean water.

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The daily dose of probiotics encourages both skin health and gut health. Probiotics decrease skin inflammation and can lead to a much more clear and healthy skin. Add a great source of probiotics such as yogurt, kimchi, vegetables, kefir, and other foods containing beneficial bacteria and help regain skin health. There are also probiotics available in pill form. 

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a a natural solution to soothing the skin and also promotes skin health. It contains antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an excellent option for treating and preventing cystic acne. As with any other oil, be careful with potentially getting your skin too oily. Some people are ok with oil-based facial products, some are not. Everyone’s skin is a little bit different and reacts to different products…differently.

What Are The Medical Treatment Options For Cystic Acne?

Home remedies to get rid of cystic acne or sebaceous cysts should be the first choice for safe treatment, however, it tends to be time-consuming. These choices may not be potent enough to treat cystic acne. Remember when I mentioned earlier that some people may end up needing a prescription approach for their skin problems? Some of the medical treatments for severe cystic acne or sebaceous cysts may include:

  • azelaic acid (Azelex)
  • isotretinoin (Accutane)
  • oral antibiotics (tetracycline)
  • dapsone (Aczone)
  • spironolactone (Aldactone)
  • topical retinoids (Retin-A)
  • Light-based therapy (laser or photodynamic)
  • steroid injections into cystic and nodular wounds.

*Consult with your dermatologist before undergoing any medical treatments.

Bottom Line on How to Get Rid of Cystic Acne

Undoubtedly, natural healing options are a good first step to help clear up your skin. Treating cystic acne can sometimes be done with the easy methods mentioned above. Give them a try, and don’t be scared or ashamed to consult a dermatologist for extra help if needed. That’s what they are there for!


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