How to Get Rid of Cystic Acne, According to Dermatologists

July 30, 2022
How to Get Rid of Cystic Acne, According to Dermatologists

Unsightly and sometimes the origin of more problematic pimples, cystic acne is a disorder that everyone knows: who has never felt a surprisingly hard little lump lodged deep in their skin when touching their face?

And, if the urge to press on it to extract it is great, it is the worst thing you could do!

Instead, discover in our article the causes of a microcyst and how to get rid of it as soon as possible.

What is cystic acne?

Also called “closed comedones”, the microcyst is a very particular type of pimple that appears in the form of a ball in relief under the skin (a “white point”), quite hard, but is not or little painful.

As long as it is not inflamed, the microcyst does not show any redness nor is it hot to the touch.

For information, there are at least 4 types of buttons:

  • Microcysts, or closed comedones
  • Blackheads, or open comedones
  • Papules are small red pimples that do not contain pus
  • Pustules are inflamed pimples that contain pus and burst quite easily

How are cysts formed?

The formation of cysts results from two main factors: hyperstimulation of the sebaceous glands on the one hand, and a clogged excretory duct on the other.

Result: the sebum accumulates under the skin without being able to escape, which creates this famous ball that we feel deep under the skin.

It sometimes happens that the sebum, under the effect of the pressure, is evacuated towards the surface through a pore. In this case, the keratin of the skin mixes with the sebum and is flush with the surface of the skin, which generates a phenomenon of oxidation on contact with the air and therefore, the famous blackheads (or “open comedones”) ).

Which skin types are most at risk of developing cysts?

All skin types are likely to develop a microcyst at one time or another without it being, in most cases, bothersome or recurring.

That said, it is true that oily and combination skin, which naturally produces more sebum, is logically more prone to the appearance of cysts.

The special case of cystic acne

Sometimes, mainly in adolescence, the cysts multiply to the point of being called “microcystic acne”, which is often the cause of constantly oily and shiny skin.

This microcystic acne can also cause the appearance of comedones of all kinds, including pustules because it is responsible for the bacterial proliferation, itself responsible for superinfection.

If you are prone to microcystic acne, you should consult a dermatologist who will be able to support you best in the fight against the pimples it causes.

What solutions to get rid of cyst acne?

If your skin has a microcyst from time to time, you can try to get rid of it with one of the following solutions.


The first remedy for a microcyst is patience: most of the time, these white pimples disappear spontaneously when the excretory duct is “unclogged”. It is also not uncommon to find that a microcyst has finally become a blackhead that can be extracted more easily.

Tea tree essential oil

To speed up the process a little, you can apply a drop of tea tree essential oil directly to the pimple two to three times a day. In a few days, it should be gone.

If you have sensitive skin, dilute tea tree essential oil in a non-comedogenic vegetable oil such as jojoba or hazelnut oil.

This remedy is not advised for expectant or breastfeeding ladies. Take the time to check the contraindications of tea trees if you suffer from a health problem.

Green clay

Green clay is magical for absorbing excess sebum, which makes it a good remedy for cysts. Put a little clay on your pimple in the evening before going to bed and leave it on all night. Repeat until the microcyst disappears.

The appointment with the dermatologist

In the event of a recalcitrant microcyst or one that threatens to ignite, go to the dermatologist. He will remove the comedones by making a small incision and will provide you with all the advice necessary for the proper healing of the skin, especially with regard to infections.

Revise your beauty routine

If you regularly see cyst acne on your face, this may be a sign that your beauty routine is not suitable.

Take the time to check that your beauty treatments are non-comedogenic and do not hesitate to seek the advice of a pro!

Read Also: All About the Pamper Skincare Routine

What not to do

How to Get Rid of Cystic Acne
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What you should not do in the event of a microcyst is to try to pierce it by pressing on it! Not only is it unlikely to work, but it is also very painful and this is exactly what causes inflammation and then infection of the pimples. That’s a big no!

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Margaud Raynaud is a beauty expert with over 10 years of experience in the industry. She has a passion for sharing her knowledge and tips with others and has a particular interest in skincare and makeup. When she's not writing about health and beauty, Margaud enjoys trying out new products and experimenting with different looks. Follow her blog for expert advice and inspiration for living your best life.

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