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treatments for cystic acne

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for treatments for cystic acne.

Cystic acne is a type of acne that occurs in the cysts. It is also known as nodular acne or follicular acne. Here are some of the best treatments for cystic acne.


I've struggled with adult acne for several years. I tried harsh treatments, I tried natural treatment, no real results. ...This thing is zapping all my variations of acne, cystic, hormonal blah blah...Good spot treatment

What it is: Medical-grade spot treatment clinically proven to improve breakouts in one hour. Clears blemishes, reduces redness and prevents future breakouts.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Blemishes, Pores, Oiliness

Formulation: Mask

Highlighted Ingredients:

- Sulfur (10.0%): Reduces and prevents breakouts.

- BHAs: Visibly minimizes and unclogs pores.

- Zinc Oxide: Helps absorb excess oil.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, minera


I put this on as a spot treatment and my cystic acne mountain bump on my cheek dried up and flattened in 3 hours! ...PLEASE TRY THIS IF YOU HAVE CYSTIC ACNE. IT WORKS. Its a bit drying so i use tea tree oil with it to add moisture and help with the acne as well.

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A powerful treatment with five clinically proven acne-clearing acids to clear existing acne and help prevent future breakouts.

Solutions for:
- Acne
- Oiliness
- Pores

If you want to know more…
This medicated lightweight gel serum is clinically proven to reduce overall acne in just one week. Salicylic acid combines with lysophosphatidic, hydroxydecanoic, sebacic, and glycolic acids in penta-acid technology to clear skin of acne-causing bacteria, oiliness, and blackheads while minimizing dryness and irritation.


I am quite shocked at how rapid this treatment works!! I get cystic acne & hormonal acne which typically stay on my face for what feels like forever. ...Not for cystic acne...I feel like it would work better for clogged pores than cystic acne.

What it is: A clinical-strength, rapid-acting acne treatment that visibly reduces blemish size and redness plus helps prevent new acne pimples from forming.

Skin Type:
Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Redness, and Acne/Blemishes

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 2% Salicylic Acid: Decongests pores to help eliminate excess oil and surface debris.
- 10% Azelaic Acid: Helps fade the look of post-acne hyperpigmentation (acne marks/scars) while visibly improving uneven skin tone.
- 2% Niacinamide: Helps minimize the appearance of pores and regulate sebum.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.


Benzoyl peroxide is the only ingredient that helps fade my acne overnight and this acne treatment is super effective on cystic acne. ...Not for hormonal/cystic acne...However, I don’t recommend this for deep, cystic, hormonal acne. I didnt notice any tangible differences using this product.

What it is: A clinically demonstrated, benzoyl-peroxide-powered formula that fights and prevents the appearance of breakouts, absorbs excess oil, and visibly calms redness.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5%: Targets acne-causing bacteria on contact.
- Bisabolol: Reduces visible signs of sensitivity and irritation to minimize dryness and flaking.
- Allantoin: Calms and soothes the skin while visibly minimizing redness.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, and mineral oil.


I bought this as a gift for a 19 yo girl with painful cystic acne. I also bought her the Lightstim® for Acne laser. ...I haven't used the sulfur acne treatment mask much mostly because it smells really strong but when I have it has been great.

What it is: A quick and complete routine that targets blemishes and blackheads with pore-clearing salicylic acid, sulfur, retinoids, and lactic acid.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Redness, and Acne and Blemishes

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Retinoid Complex: Minimizes the look of pores, addresses visible signs of aging, and helps skin appear clear and smooth.
- Salicylic and Lactic Acids: Salicylic acid dissolves sebum buildup, minimizing the appearance of pores and combating breakouts, while lactic acid visibly clarifies the skin, exfoliating away pore-clogging debris that can lead to acne and blackheads.


I use it every other day and my skin hasn’t dried out because the other nights I use Krave Beauty’s cleanser and great barrier relief- restoring my skins ph and preventing side effects.. anyway highly recommend for anyone with persistent blackheads all the way to hormonal cystic acne...I have sensitive, dry, acne prone skin. I was nervous to use this product without moisturizer as suggested at night but decided to try it anyway.

What it is: An award-winning visibly resurfacing liquid—in a mini size—that works overnight to diminish the look of wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and dullness while visibly improving skin tone and texture.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Dullness

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Clinical Grade Glycolic Acid 5%: Accelerates skin’s renewal process by dissolving the bonds that hold dead skin cells together, enhancing the look of luminosity and clarity.
- Licorice Root Extract: Supplies antioxidants and soothes skin, visibly reducing pigmentation.


I’m not sure why I’ve stayed away from Retinol but I’ve been have a lot of hormonal cystic acne on my chin so this came at the right time. ...Unlike some other retinoid treatments, the Equilibrium Resurfacing Retinoid Treatment does not cause irritation or redness, making it suitable for most sensitive skin types.I have noticed a significant improvement in the overall texture and tone of my skin.

What it is: A lightweight resurfacing treatment that boosts clarity and helps visibly even skin texture and tone for more balanced skin with a healthy glow.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Retinoid, Hexylresorcinol, and Niacinamide: A clinically backed blend that visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles and diminishes the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation while being gentle to skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and mineral oil. It is also cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This fast-absorbing treatment is formulated with a blend of a retinoid, hexylresorcinol, and niacinamide to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles and diminish the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. The formula is ef


Perfect for Hormonal and Cystic Acne...Still trying to do something about texture, but in terms of acne and blemishes? Gone. None. Zero. I can’t recommend this enough....Cystic Acne 42 yrs old...I have adult cystic acne breakouts. The Inkey benzoyl peroxide cleared my last breakout of stubborn deep cystic pimples which made me super happy This didn’t work for me.

What it is: An overnight treatment, with its powerful combination of vitamins C and E, that helps reduce bacteria count on your skin to prevent and reduce the appearance of blemishes.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Uneven Texture, and Acne and Blemishes

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 5% STAY®-C 50: Prevents and reduces the look of blemishes and breakouts.
- 2% Salicylic Acid: Gently exfoliates, removing dead skin cells and unclogging the appearance of pores.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This is a stable Vitamin C derivative that visibly brightens and evens skin tone.


cystic acne CURED!...I took pictures of the first day I started using this to the most recent (today) and I’m blown away. My cystic acne is GONE. And It’s been months since I’ve not had a breakout! ...New Cystic Acne Treatment...I have hormonal acne that leaves me with cystic zits on my chin area once a month, and these leave big scars that take over a month to fade.

What it is: A targeted, daily concentrate with 21 percent brightening agents to help fade the look of stubborn dark spots, such as sun spots, age spots, post-acne scars, and melasma, before, during, and after dark spot formation.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, and Dullness and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Lightweight Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 10% Azelaic Acid Derivative: Water soluble and more tolerated version of azelaic acid that visibly brightens skin tone.
- 3% Tranexamic Acid: Clinical-grade acid, widely used in dermatology to prevent discoloration.
- 2% Phytic Acid: A resurfacing ingredient derived from rice to exfoliate skin.


I love using a retinol to get rid of my acne scars from previous cystic spots, and this has slowly but surely cleared those up. ...I quickly replaced my old retinol with this treatment.

What it is: A tri-action retinol, bakuchiol, and peptide formula that supports natural collagen and addresses the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Pores, and Loss of Firmness and Elasticity

Formulation: Lightweight Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Retinol 0.3%: Fights the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Bakuchiol 2%: Amplifies retinol's fighting power.
- Peptides: Support natural collagen and improve the look of firmness.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar.

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“I haven't used the sulfur acne treatment mask much mostly because it smells really strong but when I have it has been great”
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“I really wanted to love this because ANY blush or bronzer I try eventually cause tiny acne bumps on my cheekbone area yet my Kosas foundation, concealer and powder actually clear up my skin”
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“This mask is amazing. Every time I put it on my face instantly feels smoother and my acne instantly feels less inflamed, this is the perfect way to combat stress/hormonal acne and to keep the rest of your face clean and smooth”

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