Cystic AcneCystic, or nodularcystic, acne is one of the worst types of acne to suffer from because it is often painful, can last for months, and frequently leaves scars. It is understandable to want to seek pharmaceutical treatments for cystic acne, but there are natural cystic acne treatments that work for healing acne, and may in fact work better than what your doctor would prescribe. Acne is an indication that something is not quite in balance with in the body and should serve as a warning to us to straighten things out. The first line of attack should not be to treat the symptoms, which in the process adds more unbalance to our bodies. Instead, a natural cystic acne treatment may clear up acne and also make you healthier in the process. Of course it is fine – and even recommended – to visit a dermatologist to discuss the best treatment options for you. But if you prefer to try natural remedies instead of harsh prescription pills and creams, here is a list of things to try.
1 – The acne and diet connection. This is vital and often over looked. Some deny that diet has an impact on acne, but I can speak from experience that it does. Some foods that may contribute to acne are saturated fats, sugar, dairy products, and starchy foods like white rice and white potatoes.On the other hand, there are some foods that can help prevent acne.You should drink lots of water to help your body and skin cleanse toxins more quickly and flush them out of your body. Try to drink half your body weight in oz each day.This can be a struggle sometimes, and some people may not need this much, but try to at least drink 4 8 ox glasses a day. On top of plenty of water, eat a variety of richly colored fruits and vegetables, healthy fats from fish and nuts, and plenty of antioxidant rich foods such as green tea, berries and whole grains.
2 – Minerals and vitamins for acne. Some acne is correlated with vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Some of the top offenders are zinc, selenium, vitamin A and some of the B vitamins. In addition, some vitamins promote quicker healing by reducing inflammation or antioxidant affect like Vitamins C and E. Always talk with your doctor before starting a supplement regimen.
3 – Cleanse but don’t aggravate. Wash your face once a day but do not over wash or wash too roughly. This can aggravate your skin and lead to more breaks. Over washing, especially with drying or oil free cleansers tends to create skin that is dry and inflamed on the top layer and oily and clogged beneath. Pat your face dry to keep irritating your skin. Exfoliating washes and scrubs can also help to gently remove dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that clog pores and lead to acne. Scrubs can be abrasive and should only be used as a preventative measure, not on top of existing pimples.Avoid touching any pimples as this just aggravates the area, introduces dirt and oil, and will make them take longer to heal. Even hair falling across your face can act as an irritant and prolong your pimple. It is a good idea to wash your pillow case often and wash your face before bed to keep it clean and keep from picking up bacteria that way.
4 – Homeopathic acne remedies. Salicylic acid is found naturally in willow bark and is in many topical natural acne remedies available over the counter.Sulfur is another topical treatment that can help to clear up cystic acne. It is found in some spot treatment products. You can also buy bars of sulfur soap for washing with. But again, don’t overdo it – Once a day is enough.Tea tree oil is a natural astringent that can help kill the bacteria on the skin that causes acne. Do not put tea tree oil directly on the skin because it is too strong. Either dilute in your choice of base oil (almond and jojoba work well) or use a topical acne treatment product that contains tea tree oil as one if its ingredients.
5 – Manage stress. Believe it or not, stress is a major acne trigger in many people. To help prevent breakouts, find ways to manage and control your stress levels. Get enough sleep as well as regular physical exercise. And, practice stress management techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, or meditation, or just include “you” time into your busy schedule.There are many factors that contribute to the condition of cystic acne, and many of these conditions are within our ability to control naturally through diet, proper skin cleansing, supplements, and homeopathic acne treatments. Not all cystic acne has the same cause, so you may need to experiment to find the natural solution that works for you. It may take time to discover how to eliminate your acne completely, but by trying the natural cystic acne treatments listed in this article you should notice at least some level of improvement in your skin. With perseverance you can have the clear, healthy skin you want – naturally.