Cystic acne is a type of acne that is severe in type and the pores in the skin formed become blocked then leading to infection and inflammation of the part. Cystic acne is the most serious type of acne among the types of acne. It develops when the cyst is formed deep beneath the skin.

Pimples start when a pore in the skin gets clogged with dead skin cells, bacteria also get trapped within, leading to the area to become red and swollen. This results from a combination of bacteria, oil, and dry skin cells that get trapped in the pores of the skin. Anyone can develop acne but cystic acne probably occurs in people with oily skin and is more commonly seen in teens, women, and older adults with hormonal imbalances.

It primarily affects the face and often affects the upper trunk and upper arms and occurs when the infection penetrates deep into the skin, creating pus that is filled with pus.

Cystic Acne

Causes of Cystic Acne

  • The pores of the skin have glands known as sebaceous glands that secrete an oily secretion called sebum. Normally these secretions help to protect the hair follicles and skin, but when it produces excess sebum and overgrowth of skin cells causes the pores to become clogged and this creates the perfect conditions for the overgrowth of acne.
  • A hormone called androgens to play the most important role. In teenagers, androgen levels increase and manifest changes in skin that result in clogged pores and leading to acne.
  • Hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, birth control measures, Hormonal therapy, and stress.
  • Menopause.
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
  • Skin products and cosmetics such as greasy cosmetics, cleansers, lotions, and clothing.
  • High levels of humidity.
  • Excessive sweating.
  • Genetics.
  • Use of certain medications and chemicals such as corticosteroids, lithium, phenytoin, etc.

Symptoms of Cystic Acne

Most people with acne do not usually experience physical symptoms, but the appearance of the skin may lead to emotional distress.

  • Cystic acne is even more visible than the acne because it is the most severe form and produces cysts and nodules along with the inflammatory papules and pustules (pus-filled bumps).
  • Smaller and deeper pits, known as ICE PICK SCARS.
  • Larger pits on the affected part.
  • Shallow depressions in the skin.
  • Visible scarring of the skin which is red and raised. 
  • Cysts may be painful.

Some Facts on Cystic Acne

  • Acnes are very common but cystic acne is uncommon and more severe.   
  • Cystic acne can be painful, and they might create emotional distress in the person because of its effects on facial appearance.


If a person has milder acne and wants to reduce the risk of developing acne on clear skin, the following ritual will be helpful,

  • Clean the skin gently in the morning, before going to sleep, and after exercise.
  • Avoid touching the skin where possible.
  • Shave with care and soften the beard with soapy water before going for grooming. 
  • Avoid over-exposure to the sun, as it affects skin health and appearance.
  • Shampoo the hair regularly and people with oily hair may do so daily.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Cystic Acne By Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of effective herbal treatment for the condition of cystic acne and the herbal formulations are made with superior quality of herbs and keeping in with the utmost quality. The formulations comply with the time-tested principles of Ayurveda and come with no side-effects.

Herbal Formulations and Their Dosage

1) Gandhak rasayan - 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after a meal.

2) Manjishtha - 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after a meal.

3) Tea Tree-Aloe Vera Bathing Bar- Moisten your skin with warm water, gently apply soap to the facial skin as well as the entire body and then wash with water. It can be used at least once to twice every day or can be repeated when needed.

4) Radiant skin hair nail formula - 1 capsule twice with plain water after a meal.

5) Kaishore guggul - 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after a meal.

Product Description

1. Gandhak Rasayan

Gandhak Rasayan is an Ayurvedic mineral-based medicine, which contains detoxified Sulfur processed with herbal juice offered by Planet Ayurveda and it acts as a great antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial formulation. It is highly beneficial in almost all types of infections due to its broad-spectrum antibiotic activity and especially in skin conditions and it helps to maintain the moisture of the skin keeping it away from the dryness. Gandhak Rasayan works well in all health conditions with a common symptom of burning sensation. It is beneficial in diseases such as burning sensation in hands and feet, itching, burning sensation in skin, etc.

2. Manjishtha Capsules

It is the standardized herbal extract of Manjistha ( Rubia cordifolia ), which has a wide range of benefits attributed to itself and from the house of Planet Ayurveda. It is considered as one of the best blood purifiers. It helps in detoxification and purification of blood and helps in the treatment of skin ailments. It promotes early wound healing and used in the Management of Skin Disorders.

3. Radiant Skin Hair Nail Formula

As the name itself suggests it is the formulation for the management of any skin ailments and diseases. It is a patent product by Planet Ayurveda. It helps to maintain the health of skin and is used in the management of many skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, lichens and many more. It helps to maintain the elasticity and finesse of the skin tissue.

4. Kaishore Guggul

Kaishore guggul is an Ayurvedic formulation that acts as a very good blood purifier, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory medicine and due to the very same activity, it helps in getting rid of acne and pimples. Kaishore guggul is a good herbal combination that works upon the metabolism of the body and aids in the correction of the functions of the stomach and intestines, which helps improve digestion and assimilation and removes toxins from the body.

5. Tea Tree-Aloe Vera Bathing Bar

It is a patent product from the house of Planet Ayurveda used for cleaning and washing the face. It has Aloe vera and tea tree as main ingredients and it is free from paraben any other harmful preservatives. These herbs help in maintaining and balancing the moisture and health of the skin. Regular use of this soap helps in clearing off the scars and lesions over the skin and helps to manage and prevent the infections of the skin and maintain the optimum moisture of the skin.


From the complete information it is concluded that for cystic acne, the use of herbal formulation is the best treatment option as it treats cystic acne naturally without side effects. And Planet Ayurveda provides effective and safe herbal formulas as they are prepared by natural herbs without any chemicals.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurveda) is an expert Ayurvedic Doctor based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda - Ancient healing treatment, not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic, and Krishna Herbal Company. For more info visit our website: