After several trials I finally discovered a herbal mix best suitable as spot treatment for painful Cystic acne. Here are the ingredients.
Firstly you need is Curry leaves. Take few curry leaves, dry them under sunlight for 3-4 days. Then grind the dried leaves into fine powder. Curry leaves are infused with terpenes that have anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties. If you have no free time to dry the leaves or if there is no easy availability of curry leaves in your country then you can purchase here – Curry leaves
Secondly you need is turmeric powder. Curcumin present in turmeric properties is essential for healing and tissue regeneration.
Jojoba Oil Jojoba Oil Cold pressed : The third ingredient is Jojoba Oil. This oil resembles sebum produced in the skin by the sebum glands. Eicosenoic acid present in Jojoba Oil is non-comedogenic (does not block the skin’s pores), it can be readily absorbed by the skin, and it balances the oil in the skin, making it less oily. However, there are other options that can be used in place of jojoba oil and I have mentioned them in my post Oils for skin.
Procedure to make the herbal mix:
Take 1 table spoon ground Curry leaves powder and 1 tea spoon turmeric powder. Mix them. Add Jojoba oil to this mixture. By adding oil to the powder mix, oil soluble constituents’ dissolves into the oil. Now add water to this wet powder mix and mix well so that a thick paste is formed.
Use: Use this paste all over the acne prone areas as often as possible. Don’t forget to apply aloe –vera gel after rinsing the paste off.
Alternative: Himalaya Herbals Acne-n-Pimple Cream
If you don’t have free time to spend in making this herbal mix, then you can try using Himalaya acne and Pimple cream. Ingredients’ list is pretty intriguing. Of all the 5 ingredients present I am aware of only Aloe-vera (kumari). Rest of the list comprises of Shalamli, Nirgundi, Masura and Saurashtri. I surfed literature to gather information on these herbs. And I found each and every herb having wide range of benefits to the skin.
Review: I have very sensitive nose and thus refrains me from using readily available OTC acne creams. But surprisingly, this acne cream by Himalaya has pleasant odour. The texture of cream is very smooth but it doesn’t easily blends into the skin and so it is better to use it at night times. I have been applying on painful cystic acne on my forehead. Within 2 days my acne dried up and after 4-5 days I realized they were no more any cystic acne on my forehead. For acne scars it doesn’t really work immediately but it does lighten up the dark spots.
Would like to mention that either the paste or the cream offers only a temporary solution. More so, suitable for spot treatment.