I never had acne as a teenager—just a pimple here and there, but overall I was fortunate to have a clear complexion all throughout middle and high school. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-20’s that shit hit the fan. When I was 24 I started getting huge cysts on my face—painful, red and GIANT.
If you’ve never experienced acne like this before, it’s basically a zit that forms under your skin and then gets infected and inflamed. You can’t pop them, they hurt when you touch them or if you move your face and they typically take two weeks to heal. You might even end up with a nice scar after it’s all gone. Sounds great right?
I’ve been to a couple different dermatologists over the years, tried prescription creams, cut out certain foods, stopped wearing makeup and cysts don’t seem to care. They just keep coming back for more. Some of these things have helped, but there has been no quick fix. Some of the creams that I currently use help to limit the number of cysts I get and also reduces the healing time. It’s also seemed to help my skin in general, so I’m very grateful for that.
There are so many articles on the internet about cystic acne and I’ve discovered that there are many reasons and mysteries on why these occur. Personally, I think my issue lies in a hormone imbalance because I’ve tried pretty much everything else to remedy the issue.
Most articles tell you to wash your face, only use nature lotion, eat right, sleep and drink water. HAHAHA (Sorry) I hope this actually helps some people, but I have a hard time believing that any of this really works. Sure, these are all good tips for your overall health, but I think there can be much deeper issues that can cause horrible cysts.
After dealing with this for almost 10 years, I’ve learned a few things that do help when dealing with cysts. I know how frustrating this can be, and how you can search for treatments until you just want to give up. I get it! Here are a few things to try:
- Retinol creams– these creams help your skin cells turn over faster, increasing the healing time of cysts. Retinol also helps to improve acne scars.
- Benzoyl peroxide– In my experience, this is not a proactive solution but it will help dry out cysts when they occur.
- Tea tree oil– this will dry your skin out, so use with caution. Dilute the tea tree oil with some water and use it on your face. I put mine in a small spray bottle.
- Ice– Put an ice cube on your cyst for 20 minutes twice a day. It will reduce the swelling and the pain.
- Rosehip oil– This oil is great to use as a natural moisturizer. It also helps to lighten up acne scars.
- Acceptance– Easier said than done, but the more stress you put on yourself because you have a giant cyst, the worst it’s going to be—mentally and physically.
If you are already regularly washing your face, taking care of yourself, eating right, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep, there is not much more you can do—or at least nothing that I’ve found yet.
Things got so bad a few months ago, I went back to the dermatologist and was put on 6 months of antibiotics. I’m currently about a third of the way through, and it’s sure working well. I’m skeptical of what’s going to happen once I stop taking it but so far so good!
Do you have any other tips for dealing with cystic acne? Comment below =)
Thanks for reading,