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How Long Does Cystic Acne Last & Can Cystic Acne Go Away On Its Own?

Cystic acne is a blemish which is deeply rooted in the skin surface. It is caused because of hormonal imbalance and can be very painful. Women may have cystic acne during their menstrual cycles because of hormonal imbalance.

Though cystic acne is sore, it is not a good idea to pick them. It does not help and leads to infection. Doctors suggest that if you pick on the cystic acne, it blocks the skin repair and healing process. Picking cyst will only leave it bleeding and oozing which is even more difficult to heal. When you start developing cystic acne, it is advisable to visit a dermatologist immediately. Meanwhile, you can use ice packs to soothe the pain and inflammation. The longer the time for cysts to develop, more are the chances of skin getting scarred.

How Long Does Cystic Acne Last?

How Long Does Cystic Acne Last?

You must know that cysts and scars of the acne can be there around weeks or even months. Cystic acne is caused because of the inflammation of the dermis which causes the skin to create pigment cells. Typically, people with darker complexion taker longer time to heal their acne as their skin has more melanin which scars easily. One advice is to wear sunscreen daily which will help you protect against harmful UV rays. You can also use cream with vitamin C to help discoloration.

Can Cystic Acne Go Away On Its Own?

Cystic acne usually does not go away on its own. You can fasten the healing process by doing certain things.

Stay Hydrated: One of the most effective ways of eradicating cystic pimples is by drinking a lot of water. You can also have water with fresh mint which will help in treating the hormonal breakout. Researchers have shown that women suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome who have been drinking mint tea have the reversed the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. They have also shown lowering the high androgen levels back to being normal. Many women had seen reduced overgrowth of facial hair, shifted stubborn weight, regained fertility and cleared up adult acne.

Cystic acne is associated with your hormones. It is either if you are suffering from hormonal imbalance like reproductive issues, PCOS or endometriosis or if your body is extremely sensitive to hormonal change because of the menstrual cycle. Additionally, drinking a litre of water with fresh mint will ensure that your body is quite hydrated. This will help in proper digestion and thereby help clear the cyst acne.

How to get started with mint water:

  • Fill a jar with one litre of drinking water.
  • Add 25-30 fresh mint leaves to it.
  • You can consume this water after 20 minutes. The mint leaves can stay all day in the jar and you can drink it whenever you like.

Do Not Touch Your Face: Cystic pimples aren’t like whiteheads. There isn’t any point in squeezing them as this acne is deeply rooted and the surrounding is quite inflated. Squeezing it will worsen the case. The acne will be treated depending on your body’s ability to absorb water and clean the inner dirt. When you squeeze the cyst you are hurting your skin even more. It will cause more redness, swelling, and inflammation of the skin. Apart from washing your face, don’t touch or pick your pimples at all. You will see the best results within a month. The pimples with shrink and become less visible on their own.

Avoid Eating Dairy Products: 85% of women see a huge difference on their skin after they stop eating dairy products. Eliminating milk and dairy products from your diet will avoid hormonal breakout and prevent cyst acne. Dairy products include condensed milk, evaporated milk, sour cream, cream cheese, coffee creamers, ice cream, yogurt, cheese, cream, and milk. Avoid eating any of these. Also avoid eating dairy bi-products like sauces, salad dressing, frozen desserts, protein powder etc.


  1. “Cystic Acne: What Is It and How Do You Treat It?” – Healthline provides an overview of cystic acne, its causes, and various treatment options. Read more

  2. “Cystic Acne: What Is It and How Do You Get Rid of It?” – WebMD offers insights into the causes and treatment approaches for cystic acne, emphasizing the importance of seeking medical advice. Read more

  3. “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)” – The Mayo Clinic explains the relationship between PCOS and hormonal imbalances that can lead to conditions like cystic acne. Read more

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 21, 2023

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