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5 Steps To Get Rid Of Cystic Acne (Speedy Results!)

December 1, 2016

Got painful cystic acne or hormonal breakouts that won't go away? Here's 5 things you can do right now to start clearing up your skin and preventing new pimples from forming. Plus, make sure to download the FREE "No More Cystic & Hormonal Breakouts Checklist" for even more things to try! |

5 Things you can start doing today to get rid of cystic acne now

Ugh, if anyone knows about cystic acne, it’s me!

As most of you know I’m 5 months pregnant, and with this pregnancy has come unwanted cystic pimples (and I’ll be 41 next month, you’d think by now they’d be gone for good!).

Since my teens, I’ve always been prone to cystic breakouts, and luckily by my thirties I figured out how to heal them fast and prevent them from coming back.

Now that they’re revisiting me with this pregnancy, it’s definitely a good time to share my tricks and what works to get rid of cystic acne quickly (so they’re gone in a week, not a month), and don’t leave marks or scars behind.

In this article, I’ve put together a list of 5 thing you can do right now to get rid of cystic acne, plus you can download the No More Cystic Acne & Hormonal Breakouts Checklist, which also includes another 5 things you can do to prevent them from coming back.

Why you’re getting cystic pimples

Before I get into my protocol of how to get rid of cystic pimples, I want to explain why you’re getting them in the first place.

If you understand what’s causing them besides it being just “your hormones,” it’s easier to adjust your diet and skincare routine to get results.

Cystic pimples and breakouts are of course coming from your hormones – either a hormone imbalance (like from having Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome/PCOS, endometriosis, reproductive health conditions, diabetes, etc). Or, it’s coming from a sensitivity to the hormones changes and fluctuations your body goes through every month connected to your menstrual cycle (and that’s why you might always get breakouts right around your period or ovulation).

Cystic pimples are those big, painful, swollen pimples that tend to appear around your nose, chin, jawline, neck and sometimes forehead. They can be very slow to get rid of (I once had a cystic pimple on my face for over 6 months, it just wouldn’t go away, and it was HUGE!).

To get rid of cystic pimples, you need to get healthy from the inside out.

Nothing you put on the surface of your skin is going to get rid of them (because the blockage and inflammation is deep inside your skin).

To get rid of cystic breakouts, you need to balance your hormones, and eat foods to reduce inflammation.

You also need to get super healthy and fit.

If you have a hormone imbalance or sensitivity (and getting those terrible cystic pimples), you need to:

  • Watch the sugar and carbs in your diet (including the healthy ones)
  • Reduce anything that’s going to stress or overstimulate your body (including cutting out caffeine, theobromine, energy drinks, and sugar; plus reduce stress from your daily life)
  • Cut out all foods that interfere with your hormones (like dairy & soy that contain their own naturally occurring hormones)
  • Increase the vegetables in your diet to reduce swelling, redness, and inflammation of the skin.

How To Get Rid Of Cystic Pimples Fast

1- Drink 1 litre/quart of water infused with fresh mint daily

If you’ve taken my FREE Acne Solutions Email Course, you know about the mint water! (If you haven’t taken the email course yet, what are you waiting for? Sign-up here, it’s FREE and it will get you results!).

Water infused with fresh mint is one of the most effective remedies for cystic pimples and hormonal breakouts.

Studies have shown that women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) who drank mint tea every day significantly lowered their abnormally high androgen levels back to normal, and reversed their symptoms of hormone imbalance (many women cleared up adult acne, regained fertility, shifted stubborn weight, and reduced overgrowth of facial hair/hirsutism).

This is major! And as we know, cystic acne is connected to your hormones. Either you have a hormone imbalance (like from PCOS, endometriosis, or other hormone or reproductive issues), or your body is super sensitive to hormone changes within your menstrual cycle (resulting in always getting breakouts right around your period or ovulation).

Based on my experiments on myself and my coaching clients, I found water infused with fresh mint to be more effective than drinking the tea.

Plus, by drinking a litre/quart of water infused with fresh mint every day, ensures you’re adequately hydrated (which most people aren’t), and will assist proper digestion (all of which will help your skin too).

When it comes to those big painful cystic pimples, and getting rid of them quickly – drinking mint water is the absolute best.

For myself, when I get a cystic pimples on my face, I immediately start drinking mint water religiously every day. It’s amazing to see the pimple completely disappear in a few days time, without any marks or scarring, or tissue build-up left behind.

The pimples literally shrink and disappear.

To get started with the mint water:

1- Fill a large pitcher or water bottle with at least 1 litre/quart of plain drinking water

2- Put 3-5 sprigs of fresh mint in the water (20-30 fresh mint leaves)

3- Let the mint soak in the water for 20 minutes before drinking.

4- You can leave the mint leaves in the water all day and drink the water throughout the day, no problem!

5- Do this every day until your skin completely clears up (for some of you, you’ll see immediate results within a few days, others it can take a week or more. Give it time and be consistent).

If you can’t find fresh mint, drink 2-3 cups of mint tea every day instead.

For the full instructions and more info about the mint water, join my FREE Acne Solutions 5-Day Email Course (this course is packed with such GREAT skin beatifying info and actions steps – don’t miss out!).

2- Don’t pick or squeeze cystic pimples – don’t touch your face

Cystic pimples aren’t like other pimples or whiteheads, they aren’t meant to come to a head.

There’s absolutely no point in squeezing cystic pimples – the blockage is too deep inside your skin, and the surrounding area is too inflamed. All you are doing is making it worse.

How cystic pimples heal is not by being squeezed and popped, but by your body’s ability to dissolve and absorb whatever is clogging the pore from the inside. Nothing should come to the surface or be pushed out.

So stop squeezing, picking, or trying to pop cystic pimples – you’re doing more harm than good.

The debris or oil/sebum clogging your pore isn’t meant to be pushed to the surface. By trying to squeeze the blockage out, you’re just hurting your skin (and causing more inflammation, redness, and swelling, which will potential cause discolouration and scarring).

I know it can take a big leap of faith to refrain from picking at your pimples, but do an experiement – don’t squeeze or pick at your face for one whole month.

In fact, don’t touch your face (aside from washing your face, your fingers and hands should never be in contact with your face, ever!).

Just from taking a break from touching and picking at your skin, you’ll be amazed just how quickly pimples shrink and disappear on their own (plus while they’re shrinking, they not red or irritated, so if you want to wear cover-up or makeup, it’s easier to conceal!).

3- Don’t eat any dairy products

Ya, I’m always talking about dairy products and breakouts.

That’s because over 85% of acne sufferers notice a huge difference in their skin once they stop eating or drinking everything containing milk and dairy products.

Eliminating all dairy products is especially important for getting rid of cystic acne and hormonal breakouts – not only to heal your skin quicker, but preventing it from coming back.

I want to be very clear – when I say “don’t eat dairy products,” this includes not even a drop of cream or milk (yes, no cream or milk in your coffee or tea – even that little drop could be doing serious damage).

Dairy products include all milk, cream, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, coffee creamers, cream cheese, sour cream, evaporated milk, condensed milk, etc.

Beware, dairy products and dairy bi-products can be hidden in processed and premade foods like sauces, salad dressing, frozen deserts, crackers, chips/crisps, protein powder, coffee drinks, supplements, etc. Best to always read the labels on the packages!

Dairy affects your skin in two ways – it has naturally occurring hormones that can throw your own hormones off balance, and dairy products can be high glycemic, which can be throwing your blood sugar and hormones off balance as well. It’s a double whammy for your skin, especially if you’re prone hormonal breakouts and cystic pimples (and that’s why so many people clear up their skin just by taking this one food out of their diet!).

4- No chocolate or raw cacao

Eek, I know this can be brutal, but the theobromine, especially in raw cacao, or raw chocolate, can be causing serious cystic breakouts.

For me, raw cacao is the number one thing that give me the worst cystic pimples. I can get away with having it once in a while, but the moment I start eating it every day, even just 2 or 3 days in a row, I automatically get at least one big cystic pimple on my face (guaranteed!).

For myself, cooked chocolate isn’t as bad for my skin, but I know plenty of people that it’s just as bad as the raw stuff.

My recommendation to all of you who struggle with painful cystic pimples, stay away from chocolate (especially if you’re prone to breakouts connected to your menstrual cycle).

For the sake of your skin, it’s just not worth it.

5- Treat cystic pimples with essential oils at night

For some of you, dabbing a small amount of high quality essential oils on cystic pimples can help to reduce the swelling and inflammation, prevent scarring, and even speed up the healing.

It’s definitely worth trying.

The essential oils I recommend for treating large cystic pimples are:

I DON’T recommend any other spot treatments or drying gels/lotions.

The reason why, is because all drying lotion and acne products just dry out the surface of your skin. A cystic pimple has nothing to do with the surface of your skin, the blockage and inflammation is coming from deep inside. There’s absolutely no point in drying out the surface of your skin.

Essentials oils on the other hand aren’t going to dry out your skin. They’re meant to therapeutically reduce swelling, irritation, and sooth your skin.

I only recommend using a tiny drop of an essential oil as a spot treatment once a day. And, only at night (I find active ingredients, including essential oils, are much safer to use at night to ensure there’s no adverse reaction using the product and sun exposure).

Ready to get started?

Make sure to download the free No More Cystic Acne & Hormonal Breakouts Checklist. This checklist includes the 5 tips to get rid of cystic pimples fast, plus 5 more things you can do to prevent cystic breakouts from coming back.

And, if you have you haven’t joined the FREE Acne Solution 5-Day Email Course yet, click here to get started right away.

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  • Reply COLETTE December 2, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Thanks for this Natasha. I’ve shared it on Facebook 🙂

  • Reply Lindsay Larson December 30, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Is there an essential oil you can use in the water in place of the mint leaves? Just wondered since that is easier. Thanks!

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael January 2, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Hi Lindsay,
      Yes an essential oil would be easier, but I don’t recommend it. The reason why is because an essential oil isn’t the same as an infused water. The difference being that an essential oil is a concentrate and an infused water is very diluted. I also wouldn’t know the safety of ingesting an essential oil regularly, and I feel that the two have very different medicinal properties. To be on the safe side, I’d stick with the infused water!

  • Reply Sara January 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Hi Natasha
    What about staying away from Almond milk? I use it in place of regular milk. Excited to try the mint water. Thanks for all your great tips. Cystic acne is a monthly nightmare for me.

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael January 9, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Hi Sara,
      The almond milk should be ok, as long as it’s homemade and no sweeteners in it (no added sugar, no maple syrup, no dates or dried fruit – just plain).
      And the mint water will definitely help!
      Keep us posted with your results 🙂

  • Reply Jenifer February 8, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Best article in acne I have every read. At last someone who understands acne. THANK YOU

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael February 10, 2017 at 11:29 am

      Thank you Jenifer, I really appreciate your feedback and that you liked the article 🙂

  • Reply Andrea April 2, 2017 at 3:27 am

    Hi! This was so informative. I am pregnant and having a really hard time with cystic acne. Im assuming the mint water is safe to have during pregnancy? Thanks!!

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael April 6, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      HI Andrea,
      I recommend cycling the mint water while you’re pregnant, which just means not having it every single day, but every two or three days (just to be on the safe side). The main thing with water infused with fresh mint is it’s so diluted (it’s just water with a few sprigs of fresh mint in it) but mint is still an herb, so you definitely want to be cautious.
      Congratulations on your pregnancy!

  • Reply Taylor June 10, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you for the article! I recently went to the dermatologist because of my acne. It’s progressively gotten worse. I’ve tried so many things. My dermatologist prescribed me some topical medications. Would I still be able to use essential oils on top of the active spots, and deep back heads?

    Do you have any recommendations on how to stop touching your face? This is hard for me. I pick so bad, and I am constantly leaning on my hands.

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael June 15, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Hi Taylor,

      If you’re using prescription creams, I wouldn’t use the essential oils on top of that – the combination would be too harsh on your skin.

      As for picking at breakouts – you need to remind yourself that every time you are touching and picking, it won’t speed up healing of the breakouts, in fact it will make it worse and make it take a lot longer to heal. You’ve got to resist the temptation (and I know it’s hard, but if you can make it a habit to pick, you can make it a habit to not pick!).

      2 things that can help is putting a spot treatment on your pimples (if you pick at your pimples after putting a spot treatment on, the spot treatment won’t work cause your picking and rubbing it off – remind yourself that). Also, you pick your face when you’re in front of mirrors, especially when you’re looking up close in the mirror. So how about only using the mirror when you’re getting ready in the morning/evening, and avoid spending time in front of the mirror for the rest of the day/evening – this can help.

      Hope this helps!

  • Reply Jane June 30, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Will sweet mint work for the mint water recipe? or only spearmint or peppermint?

    thank you for your posts!

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael July 3, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Hi Jane,
      I’ve never tried sweet mint. Best to stick with the spearmint or peppermint.

  • Reply Izz July 19, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Hi thank you for the article I will try to add even more mint leaves. I read the previous answer to the touching of the face. but what about when it’s oh so itchy?

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael July 24, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Hi Izz,
      Do you know why your skin is itchy? Is it because it’s too dry? If so, you need to get your skin more balanced (because that could be what’s causing your breakouts). Make sure you are using a gentle and nourishing cleanser, no soap or harsh gel cleanser, and if you need, moisturize with a drop of grapeseed oil – this can help!

  • Reply Cara Lee October 28, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I have found by far, and I have tried a ton of products. I have cystic acne and sensitive skin. It is calming and not too heavy to block pores which causes more acne for me. Since using dermalmd acne serum, I purchased numerous other products and like every one of them. My acne is improving.

  • Reply Katy January 10, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Hi there! Could I use young living peppermint essential oil in my water instead, or are fresh mint leaves the ultimate way to go?


    • Reply Natasha St. Michael February 10, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      Yes, use the fresh mint. The essential oil isn’t the same as using the fresh herb, and I don’t recommend ingesting essential oils (especially not every day). The water infused with fresh mint leave is so diluted in comparison, much safer for daily use 🙂

  • Reply Sam January 22, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Thank you for this helpful information! I started drinking mint water yesterday and am hopeful to start seeing results! However, I’m not crazy about the taste of the water. Can I add anything else, like lemon slices, to help with the taste?

    Thanks for your advice!

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael February 7, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      You can add lemon, but watch out for tooth sensitivity (for some people the lemon can irritate their teeth, especially if they are drinking it in a lot of water every day).

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