Do acne patches work on cystic acne?

Let's talk about cystic acne. In most cases, cystic acne has nothing to do with skin that is not “clean enough,” so don’t fret about scrubbing your face excessively. Instead, the causes of cystic acne are more influenced by excessive oil production, abnormal dead skin cell buildup, and bacteria. To all of this, you must be thinking “so what do I have to use to help treat these problems?” or you may have wondered “do pimple patches work on cystic acne?” Until you directly consult a dermatologist, we won’t have specific answers for you since every acne case is different by the individual. But what we can do is offer a little more insight about your skin concern and how acne patches for cystic acne would work!

What exactly is cystic acne?

Acne progresses into a more serious state when cysts develop deeper underneath the skin. Cystic acne often looks like boils on the skin or deep pus-filled bumps, along with having redness around the area. The acne cysts also tend to be painful and can be large. This type of acne usually results from a combination of bacteria, oil, and dry skin cells that get trapped in your pores. Additionally, cystic acne is most commonly found on the face, but can also be found on the chest, neck, back, and arms. Although anyone can develop cysts, they tend to occur in people with oily skin.

So how do you help treat cystic acne?

Because of how severe they are, acne cysts can be difficult to treat with over-the-counter products which you would use for milder forms of acne. To avoid scarring, you should seek help from a dermatologist, who can prescribe appropriate treatments like oral antibiotics and topical creams for the skin.

Cystic acne is also treated with:
  • Antibiotic lotions to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation
  • Azelaic acid or salicylic acid to kill bacteria and eliminate excess dead skin cells
  • Benzoyl peroxide to reduce the amount of bacteria on the skin
  • Incision and drainage to open up the cyst and drain the pus
  • Isotretinoin, which is an oral retinoid (also known as Accutane)

Some at-home remedies for cystic acne include:
  • Gently rubbing an ice cube on the cystic acne spot (ice is often effective in decreasing swelling, itchiness, pain, and redness)
  • Making an aspirin mask by mixing a crushed aspirin tablet with water to form a paste to be applied to the cystic pimple. This can help reduce pain and inflammation
  • Applying tea tree oil to the skin can be effective because of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Consuming a daily dose of probiotics can encourage clearer skin and reduce skin inflammation as well

Again, these treatments are recommended after referring to a doctor about the best methods to treat specific cases of cystic acne. Please consult your dermatologist for more information before proceeding with any solution.

How can you prevent cystic acne?

Some of the ways you can lower your risk of getting acne, moreover cystic acne, include:

  • Using a facial cleanser regularly to remove any excess dirt, oil, and bacteria from your skin
  • Keeping your hands away from your face
  • Cleansing the skin twice a day and after sweating with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water
  • Don’t scrub your skin or use irritating products like exfoliants
  • Try to relax. Stress can make your body release more hormones, which can make acne worse
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by getting plenty of sleep and exercise
  • Avoid picking at and popping pimples
  • Using acne cover patches to avoid unnecessary contact with the acne cysts
  • Although it’s very tempting to pick at a painful, swollen acne cyst, they are more prone to infections and scarring than any other type of acne, so please be sure to be cautious.

About our patches

Minimizing contact with pimples and zits are key to avoiding any kind of acne, including cystic acne! Avarelle’s Acne Cover Patches are a great way to curb your temptations because they protect your blemishes from outside contact of your fingers, dirt, oils, and bacteria. On top of its protective element, the patches are made using Avarelle’s hydrocolloid technology, which absorb excess fluid from whiteheads. This consequently improves the appearance of blemishes with the help of essential ingredients incorporated into the patches, like tea tree oil, CICA, and calendula. Moreover, while our product cannot penetrate pimples, it might be helpful to 'absorb' oil. But enough from us– read the following testimonies from Amazon users to gain insight on personal experiences with Avarelle’s Acne Cover Patches!

Kristyn A. says “I had a huge red cystic pimple. When it was really close to the surface, I put it on and so much stuff came out. Granted, there was so much puss in the cyst [that] I needed to use these patches for a few days to pull everything out. But it was great because it pulled stuff out and kept me from picking at it.”

For more firsthand reviews, follow the link below!

Our product is suitable for all skin types and can be applied at any time for those on-the-go. With the combination of its convenience and discreteness, the Avarelle Acne Patches are perfect for persistent pimple pickers and beyond!


What foods cause cystic acne?

A study conducted at the Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology suggests that dairy consumption may be a cause of acne related symptoms.  Interestingly, exercise, reduced the risk of acne.  Furthermore, another study conducted at the European journal of dermatology : EJD shows that irregular dietary patterns were found to aggravate acne in Koreans.  

What causes cystic acne?

People with excess levels of androgen are known to have cystic acne.  The New England journal of medicine has found that lowing elevated dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA Sulfate), which is a male sex hormone that is found in both male and females had positive results.  But, like anything, don’t think it is one sided.  DHEA plays an important part in both male and female development. It creates testosterone, which is a male sex hormone, and estrogen, which is a female sex hormone.  It is also involved in developing male sexual characteristics during puberty.  This may include maturing reproductive organs, muscle, and bone growth. As well as, facial and pubic hair development, and deepening of the voice.

As for women, high levels of DHEA may cause Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).  DHEA may also be associated with breast cancer, as well as indicate an adrenal gland tumor or overactive adrenal glands.  With that said, low levels of DHEA may cause symptoms such as fatigue, loss of strength and muscle mass.  Furthermore, it may cause depression, obesity, and low bone density.  Both extremes have their disadvantages.  So, talk to your doctor about proper treatments and options.

Can you pop cystic acne?

We would recommend always consulting with a dermatologist, but at the same time, taking prescription or over the counter (OTC) medication to treat your acne, might be even worse.  As it might cause some imbalance to your body.  But note that popping pimples are also not recommended if you never used these tools.  Especially, if you don’t know if it is high quality or just a simple knockoff.  I’m sure that you don’t want to experiment with your skin, since you wouldn’t be here if you were.    

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