How to Fix Cystic Acne

How to Fix Cystic Acne

Of all the types of acne, cystic acne is a serious beast.

Of all the types of acne, cystic acne is a serious beast. With cystic acne blemishes are more inflamed, visible, painful, with greater potential for scarring. They aren’t your average black or white head surface blemish but deeper under your skin’s surface layer. So what can you to treat cystic acne?

For one, cystic acne is most likely to flourish as a result of hormones. Which means that whether it’s standard adolescent hormones or changes in hormones (due to period, pregnancy, birth control, hormone therapy, or stress) your cystic acne may not be a result of a faulty skin routine or hygiene. If you are having the occasional cyst here and there, there are options to help alleviate. Of course, if it’s more than a couple on occasion a dermatologist is the way to go.  

Here are the best first steps to treating cystic acne before heading to the dermatologist:


Retinoids are crucial first step in preventing and clearing cystic acne by gently exfoliating the outer layer of skin and clearing any excess dirt and oil away. 

Benzoyl Peroxide 

Eliminates bacteria in hair follicles that lead to cystic acne. 


Cystic acne makes your skin sensitive as it is (and even more so if you are using retinoid or other acne treatments) and you want to protect it from the sun. Best to use an oil free, lightweight option of SPF. 

Moisturize & Soothe

Your skin needs moisture to keep balanced and hyaluronic acid is an excellent way to hydrate your skin without further clogging pores. While you might not expect it, our Biocellulose Anti-Aging Face Mask can help. Not only is our mask packed with moisture boosting hyaluronic acid, but it contains niacinamide to help with hyperpigmentation. Refrigerate the mask before applying for a nice cooling layer to ease cystic acne inflammation.