Reclaim Clear Skin Post Cystic Breakout

HK Vitals

Medically Reviewed By Dr. Aarti Nehra

When it comes to skincare, a few concerns may frighten people, one of which is cystic breakout. These painful, deep-seated breakouts beneath the skin’s surface can cause emotional and physical suffering. Cystic pimple on face can adversely impact a person’s self-esteem and quality of life, regardless of where they appear —on the chin, jawline, or somewhere else. In this blog, we will learn more about cystic breakout on chin and face, including their causes, characteristics, and, most importantly, effective management strategies. 

What is a Cystic Breakout?

Cystic breakout is a type of inflammatory acne that causes painful, pus-filled pimples to form deep under the skin. Acne occurs when oil and dead skin cells clog skin pores. With cystic breakout, bacteria also get into the clogged pores, causing swelling or inflammation. Cystic acne is the most severe type of acne. Acne cysts are often painful and more likely to cause scars.

Commonly Affected Areas by Cystic Breakout 

Cystic breakout can happen anywhere on the body, but they usually affect the face, especially leading to cystic pimple jawline and chin. It can also manifest as a deep chin pimple.  These regions are particularly vulnerable to acne breakouts because they are more deeply impacted by hormonal changes and oil production.

Cystic Breakout Causes

Given below is a list of a few common causes for cystic breakout on chin and face:

  • Age (teenagers are more prone to cystic acne)
  • Family history of cystic acne
  • Hormonal changes during the teenage years and sometimes during menopause and stress
  • Greasy cosmetics, cleansers, lotions, and clothing
  • High levels of humidity and sweating
  • Increase in sebum production and skin cells during puberty

What Does Cystic Acne Look Like?

Acne cysts resemble boils, a type of skin infection. An acne cyst may be:

  • A red lump under the skin
  • Painful or tender to touch
  • Small as a pea or big as a dime
  • Oozing pus from a whitish-yellow head
  • Crusty as it heals

Home Remedies to Treat Cystic Breakout

Practical measures to avoid making cystic acne worse are:

  • Wash your hands and face more than twice a day with lukewarm water and a mild soap or cleanser.
  • Avoid scrubbing too hard and using harsh soaps, cleansing particles, or exfoliating agents when washing the area around acne.
  • Don’t pick or squeeze deep pimples on face. Doing so will probably worsen the acne.
  • Avoid applying heavy makeup. 
  • Select non-comedogenic, water-based formulas when applying makeup
  • Stay away from greasy formulations, and always remove makeup before going to bed.

Cystic Breakout Diagnosis and Treatment

A dermatologist, a medical professional specializing in skin conditions, can examine your skin and diagnose cystic acne.

Treatment Options 

Cystic pimple on face can be difficult to treat because they can scar, so you should seek help from a dermatologist instead of trying over-the-counter acne products. A dermatologist can tell you how to treat cystic breakout. It can take three months or more to clear up acne cysts. Treatment often involves taking oral antibiotics and applying prescription-based topical gels or creams to the skin.

Preventive Measures to Avoid Cystic Breakout

You can lower your risk of getting acne by taking these steps:

  • Wash your face with lukewarm water, a light foamy cleanser, and your fingertips (not a washcloth or sponge) as soon as you wake up, right before bed, and after working out or sweating.
  • If you feel dry, apply an oil-free moisturizer.
  • Apply water-based cosmetics and skin care products that are non-comedogenic.
  • Avoid sleeping with makeup on.
  • During the day, avoid touching your face with your hands.
  • Avoid popping or picking any scabs or pimples.
  • Regularly wash your hair and avoid touching your face with oily hair.
  • Avoid working in an oily environment like a fast food restaurant, which can occasionally exacerbate acne flare-ups.
  • Don’t consume high glycemic index diets or diets heavy in dairy and simple sugar, which can further aggravate flare-ups.


Cystic breakout can be a challenging condition, but with the right information and practical methods, you can manage them and regain control of your skin. Remember that persistence and patience are essential when treating a cystic pimple on face. If home remedies don’t work, consider consulting a professional. With perseverance and the right approach, you can emerge victorious in the battle against cystic breakout on chin and face.

HK Vitals


All Healthkart products are manufactured at FSSAI approved manufacturing facilities and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please read product packaging carefully prior to purchase and use. The information/articles on HK Vitals ( or subdomains) is provided for informational purpose only and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your doctor or other healthcare professional. These statements are not ratified by any government agency and are for general guidance only.