Those suffering often try home remedies for cystic acne before seeking the advice of a dermatologist or health care provider. There can be several reasons why someone would choose a cystic acne home remedy over visiting a doctor or specialist. Sometimes a person simply does not have the money to pay for prescription medication as this can be quite costly. Others may not want to take prescription medications for a variety of reasons. Some may prefer natural methods of healing as opposed to taking drugs. There are various home remedies for acne available to select and some may find that using several methods is the best approach.
Cystic acne may affect the chest, back, and face and vary in severity. Home remedies for cystic acne have the advantage of not harming the skin and do not have side effects, as some other methods may have. One of the most popular cystic acne home remedies is apple cider vinegar.
Those with acne may find that drinking two tablespoons of unfiltered, apple cider vinegar mixed in 1 cup of water at least three times a day is an effective method. Others may choose to apply apple cider vinegar directly to the skin. This is accomplished by applying a mixture of one part apple cider vinegar to three to four parts water and then applying the mixture directly to the skin. It is believed that the apple cider vinegar effectively kills the presence of bacteria on the skin, as well as being absorbed inside the pores to eradicate bacteria at the follicle level. Apple cider vinegar is also believed to help balance PH levels bringing the skin into healthy balance.
Another popular home remedy is tea tree oil. Originally, from Australia, tea tree oil is natural astringent and antibacterial oil. Many sufferers of cystic acne apply tea tree oil in the same manner as when they apply apple cider vinegar directly to outbreaks.
In addition to home remedies that are applied topically, some choose to make dietary changes in hopes of reducing and preventing cystic acne outbreaks. Several studies have shown a link between dairy products and acne, and for some, this has meant eliminating dairy products from the diet. Many acne sufferers have reported fewer symptoms after eliminating dairy products; however, it is imperative to ensure that calcium is regularly added to the diet in other forms.
Aloe Vera is another substance that is often applied to the skin or taken internally in the form of juice for the treatment of cystic acne. Aloe Vera is safe and can be applied to large areas, ensuring those with face, chest, or back acne can use a safe, and effective treatment.
Garlic is a widely used remedy that is ingested to help strengthen the immune system and prevent acne flare-ups. Garlic may be added to food, or taken in pill form.
Nutrition is an important aspect of a healthy body and immune system and this includes vitamins and minerals. Those trying to cure cystic acne or who want to lessen the chance of future outbreaks may find that there is great benefit in taking a vitamin and mineral supplement daily.
Other herbs often taken to help treat acne include fenugreek, orange peel, lemon, thyme, burdock, lavender oil, and green tea.
Home remedies are an excellent way to treat acne in a safe, healthy, and effective manner.