Causes Of Cystic Boils: Home Remedies To Treat Cystic Acne

Cystic boils are the result of a bacterial infection that enters the body through hair follicles. The invading bacterium is generally Staphylococcus aureus. Once the hair follicle becomes infected, white blood cells, dead skin cells and blood accumulate and pus forms. Furuncles (single boil) and carbuncles (multiple boils in an area) form abscess deep below the skin.

Many things can cause a boil, for example, slivers of wood and foreign objects can result in a boil as it can break skin and causes an acne infection. Cystic boils can also form from acne lesions. Cystic boil is a severe form of acne with deep, swollen and often painful lesions and firm nodules in the center. They often appear on the face and may require surgical incision to remove.

Cystic boils may also impact other areas of the body. For example, Pilonidal cysts happen on the buttocks. Often after long trips or periods of sitting these cysts can result. Formed in the hair follicles, these cystic boils can be tender, hot and may grow quite large.

How To Treat Cystic Acne Boils?

Antibiotic treatments and surgery may be used to treat the condition. Often in cases of cystic boils, heat is used to draw the pus and debris to the surface. Heat hastens the boil to be lanced or can be surgically excised. When fever and or chills are present medical attention should be sought. In addition if red lines emanate from the cystic boil, medical help should be enlisted quickly as this may be a sign that the infection has entered the blood stream.

Cystic boils are contagious. As a result utmost care should be taken to avoid spreading the infection to other areas of the body or to other people. Keep the area clean and dressed if appropriate. Keep hands away from the area lest the infection spread into carbuncles. Seek medical care if symptoms get worse or if fever is indicated.

Cystic acne is considered a severe variety of acne. In this form, the oil gland becomes infected. The condition may take weeks and months to heal. Majority of times after healing, cystic acne boils leave scarring.

Fast Home Remedies For Cystic Acne Boils

Few home remedies have proved valuable to cure cystic boils, especially for cystic acne boils:

  • Baking soda: Prepare a paste of baking soda by mixing it with water. Apply it on the cystic acne boil. Apply it in the morning and at night. Let the paste remain for 30 minutes on the affected area, after which rinse it with water. Baking soda is mild antibacterial. It absorbs excess of oil and exfoliates the skin and allows the boil to mature and drain rapidly.
  • Natural clay: Prepare a facial mask of natural clay. Apply it over the face after every 15 days. Natural clay has properties that bring the acne boil to come to head. Thus it helps the boil to mature and drain early. It shortens the healing time.
  • Application of tea tree oil is also effective in curing cystic acne boils. However, it has to be diluted with water before using. Mix one part of tea tree oil in 9 parts of water. Apply the solution on the area and let it remain for 15 to 20 minutes before washing the area with water.


  1. mahomed said:

    I am 47 years old and have boils in by back passing from one end to other i require help and advice, is very distressing,
    I try to keep the are clean all the time,
    I have antibiotics now and then and use benzoid for medicine not much help, i tried the Tea tree oil it helped in my face but not in my back.

    March 25, 2009
  2. Anonymous said:

    For Cysts boils the natural herbal treatments are only best. Turmeric powder, garlic and onion juice are the best treatment for boils. One can have their boils cure soon with these natural treatments
    For the bloody boils, you can consult with the doctor soon and have the prescribed medicines referred by the doctor.

    February 4, 2010
  3. A C said:

    My boyfriend has a skin condition on his back which he says is not acne but a skin condition that is in his family. I swear it looks like Cystic Acne. Now I know regular acne is not contagious but I was wondering if Cystic Acne is. And if it isn’t contagious from casual contact, is it contagious from touching what comes out of it? He said it really started up when he started swim team.

    August 5, 2010

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