Why do NOT pop your Acne Cysts and what to do instead

Why do NOT pop your Acne Cysts and what to do instead

How is cystic acne different from “regular” or common acne (acne vulgaris)?

Cystic acne is considered one of the most severe forms of acne vulgaris. Cystic acne can appear similar to a nodule in size, but is pus-filled, and routinely have a diameter of 5mm or more across. Cysts originate deeper in the skin than typical pimples. These inflammatory lesions can be painful and commonly produce scarring Treatment of existing cystic acne followed by prevention of future acne is therefore necessary to avoid scars formations and to help healing of scars that have already developed.

Acne cascade ( process of developing acne blemishes) pimples starts  with over production of sebum ( skin oil) that together with dead skin cells clogs the pores. Eventually bacteria can also get trapped in these clogged pores.  As the body attempts to kill the bacteria using its immune system,  a local inflammatory response develops and white blood cells enter the area. Normally, the pore is “walled off” by the cells in the lower layers of the skin but in the case of cysts, this inflammation spreads under the top layer of the skin.  The influx of cells and proteins causes swelling (bumps under the skin) and can be both very harmful to your skin and painful.  If you try to squeeze these bumps you induce more skin damage which recruits more immune cells into the area and starts a vicious cycle which ends up damaging skin and leaving scars. 

Why I should NOT pop my cysts?

Everyone has been told not to pop their zits at one point or another, since it might damage the skin and not only lead to more serious inflammation but also to serious acne scars and marks.  This is particularly important when dealing with acne cysts (or what is called cystic acne) and there is a very good reason to follow this advice. In both instances, squeezing a pimple can damage your skin, however in the case of cystic acne, trying to squeeze the bumps under your skin can lead to permanent skin damage.

Under normal circumstances, when a pimple starts to form, it is “walled off” by the body and contained within a single pore within the skin.  With cystic acne, there is inflammation, which spreads under the surface of the skin to the adjoining tissue which makes cystic acne distinct from black heads & white heads and even from pustules and papules which reach the surface of the skin. 

The fact is that most times you try to squeeze an acne cyst you do not get relief by the release of the fluid (dead skin cells and other debris mixed with sebum and white blood cells) that has gathered under the surface of the skin, but rather, you further damage the skin and make the healing process take that much longer to occur.

So what do you do with these cysts?

The first step should be to decide on how to treat the underlying cause by stopping the cycle of acne and stopping the appearance of cysts.  Without doing both simultaneously, the cycle will continue  AcnEase is just this kind of product that protects your sebaceous glands from the assault of imbalanced hormones and prevents over secretion of sebum, stopping acne formation in its tracks and prevenying new acne from coming why also contains ingredients that are anti-inflammatory..

How to get an immediate comfort

To release the pressure puss creates on your skin you may try a warm (not hot) compress dipped in a freshly brewed, strong chamomile tea (and cooled a little) and keep on the affected area for 15-20 minutes.

Again, as mentioned, the only way to break the cycle of acne is when you get to the root cause by treating it.  When cysts are almost gone but you still suffer from acne you may try the following aloe vera acne healing mask, which many AcnEase users use.   Aloe vera has medicinal properties of healing scars caused by acne, and is soothing as it works as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory to decrease redness and swelling.  Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and honey is both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and also helps to close the pores and nourish the skin.  Try to use organic ingredients when possible.

Aloe Vera Acne Healing Mask


  • 1 tbs fresh aloe vera juice (squeezed from its leaf)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 3-4 drops of rose water


Mix all the ingredients together.  Apply the paste on the affected acne areas.  Leave on for about 15-20 minutes.  Wash off the effected areas with water.  But remember- the only thing that has the power to treat acne t, and one that can break the cycle of acne and eliminate symptoms simultaneously – is a Botanical Therapeutic as AcnEase.

What has your experience been like with cystic acne?  Tell us in the comments.  We’re here to help get you live an acne-free life!  

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