Cystic acne is not ‘normal’ acne. It requires a totally different set of tools to heal, and I think I’ve finally created a treatment routine that works.
Quick read: Curious about what cystic acne is? Priscilla says it best in this blog post.
Do Not Pick
I am the worst at not picking at my skin. But when it comes to cystic acne, keep your hands off. These spots are not only big, red, and painful, but the inflammation starts below the skin, so when you pick at it, you’re going to make things so much worse. And when you pick at cystic acne, you’re going to scar, AND it’s going to take so much longer for the spot to heal. Trust me. I’ve got the scars to prove it.
Cocokind Turmeric Spot Treatment 24/7
I start with the Cocokind Turmeric Spot Treatment and reapply throughout the day. I’m lucky that I can do this because I work from home, but even if you don’t, apply it right after cleansing, and reapply as often as you can throughout your evening. You can even sleep with it on, although it will stain your sheets.
This spot treatment is key because unlike most spot treatments, it’s not going to dry out the spot. Instead, it contains turmeric and ginger which reduce inflammation - the redness, the swelling, the pain. It also contains tea tree which is amazing for acne prone skin as it helps remove bacteria and keep things clean.
Odacite Bl + C Serum as a Spot Treatment
Once or twice during the day I’ll use one drop of the Odacite Bl + C Serum on each spot. This serum is made with black cumin oil and cajeput essential oil, both of which are powerful anti-inflammatory oils that work wonders for acne prone skin.
After a day of spot treating, I have a really hot bath for at least an hour. The steam always gives my skin a healthy glow, and it gets your skin prepped for the next steps of the treatment routine. It’s also just relaxing, and when you’re less stressed, it’ll show in your skin.
Cocokind Organic Sea Moss Exfoliant
I’ll cleanse with whatever cleanser I’m currently using, and follow with the Cocokind Organic Sea Moss Exfoliant. This is a super gentle physical exfoliant that my sensitive skin loves. I use it at least once a week, and twice when my skin needs it.
I massage into the skin for about two minutes using light pressure. Exfoliation is incredibly important for acne prone skin. The process removes dead skin cells, keeping skin clear and giving your skin a healthy glow.
After exfoliating I use a superfood infused face mask. Right now, my go-to is the Plant Apothecary Matcha Antioxidant Face Mask. Made with soothing kaolin clay and antioxidant filled matcha, this mask is gentle enough to use on active breakouts, and it’s going to help reduce inflammation. I usually add a teaspoon or two of pure matcha to take things to the next level.
Another option is the Cocokind Organic Chlorophyll Mask. This has spirulina, wheatgrass, and chlorella powder that gives your skin a super dose of antioxidants and nutrients to improve your skin’s healing process.
I’m also working on creating a DIY Matcha mask, as it’s a simple ingredient that is so amazing for the skin. If you know your skin likes matcha, try masking with matcha, maybe water or fresh aloe, and a drop of lavender essential oil.
I’ll apply the mask and hop back in the bath for fifteen minutes.
After removing the mask, I complete the rest of my skincare routine. I’ll reach for a DIY Apple Cider Vinegar toner, the Cocokind Raspberry Vinegar Toner for the inflamed areas, three drops of the Odacite Bl + C Serum all over, and layer argan oil on top. If it’s Fall or Winter, I’ll finish with the Wildcraft Geranium Orange Blossom Face Cream for extra moisture.