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You asked, so I’m answering with a few fab DIY treatments for cystic acne.
What is Cystic Acne?
There are varying levels of acne and cystic acne is one of the most severe. Like other forms, cystic acne forms from a result of excess oil, hormonal changes and is sometimes induced by certain drugs, like steroids.
If you’ve ever had cystic acne then you know it is unlike any others. This ain’t no walk in the park. It is red, excessive and more importantly, painful.
The Problem with Traditional Treatment
Many doctors prescribe medical treatments, such as Accutane, antibiotics or even the good ol’ birth control pill to help heal cystic acne. The problem with traditional treatment for cystic acne is that they rarely offer long term results.
Basically, these options dry out your skin and kill both your good and bad bacteria; or worse, manipulate your hormones. While it appears to help in the beginning, it can actually make things worse in the long run.
The best way to describe how these common treatments work is that they are similar to a cold medicine. When you pop cold medication, it is merely masking the symptoms to provide temporary relief from a sore throat or raging cough. It isn’t actually healing you. This is the same with acne medications.
As a firm believer in the healing power of natural remedies, I believe that even cystic acne can be healed for the long run with a few quick and dirty DIY’s.
Natural Treatments for Cystic Acne
There are a few simple and cheap DIYs you can whip up in your kitchen on the regular to help permanently heal your acne.
As a little prologue to these remedies, I want to stress how important it is to supplement these remedies with a healthy diet. What you put in your body can directly affect your skin.
There are a whole host of foods that reduce inflammation naturally and will further help kick cystic acne’s butt for you.
Now, the good stuff!
Honey & Cinnamon
To help reduce the inflammation and burning from your acne, throw together:
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 1 egg whipped egg white
Mix it all together and then apply to a freshly cleaned face. Allow this acne face mask to soak in for 5-10 minutes.
Why this works: Honey is full of moisturizing properties and is also a natural antibacterial agent. It will gently battle bad acne bacteria, while the cinnamon helps reduce inflammation. Egg whites are full of protein that gives your skin back the nutrients it needs to improve cellular regeneration and tighten your pores.
Potatoes are great. They helped the Irish survive a famine and now they’re going to help you with your acne.
All you need is a few freshly cut slices of potato and a blender. Puree your potato and apply the paste to your face. Let it dry completely before washing off.
The juice from potatoes helps reduce redness and swelling without sucking the life out of your skin.
Salt & Soda
One of the best treatments for cystic acne is to regularly exfoliate. Exfoliation helps your skin generate new, healthy cells while gently sloughing away the dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria that may be clogging your pores. To heal and renew mix together:
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- enough water to make it a paste
Lightly rub this paste all over your face and let it sit for 15 minutes. Afterwards, rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry. Do this 3 times a week for best results.
Supplementing a healthy diet with one of these natural treatment for cystic acne will really make a difference. Long term results will take time, but will far outweigh the benefits of traditional treatments.
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