Swollen puss-filled pustules and cysts that are visible on the skin are a sign of cystic acne, a painful and harsh form of acne that cannot be healed overnight. Squeezing the pustules and picking at the skin, in the hopes to reduce your acne, can result in infections, permanent scarring, bleeding and pits. Before doing anything, it's a good idea to do some research as to what your options are.
Avoid fatty and fried foods, caffeine, soda, dairy products and meat and incorporate fruits and vegetables, fish, seeds and dried nuts into your diet. An unhealthy diet is believed to cause and increase acne.
Take a vitamin A supplement daily. According to the Acne Skin Guide, vitamin A contains antioxidants that prevent the formation of skin-harming chemicals.
Drink eight glasses of water per day. Drinking water will flush your system and detoxify your body.
Reduce stress in your life. Stress is believed to trigger acne. Meditate and delegate tasks to prevent getting overstressed.
Clean your face once in the morning and once before going to bed. Clean the face more often if you go to the gym and sweat. Use a facial wash suitable for skin with acne. Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid are often the active ingredients in facial washes and help dry up the acne. Wash your hands before touching your face and always use lukewarm water. Don't use a washcloth because it may cause irritation.
Shave the face using twin-blade razors to avoid irritation and use a shaving cream or oil that is non-comedogenic, to prevent clogged pores. Shave after showering for a more comfortable shave.
Apply an over-the-counter acne treatment on the effected areas. Use gel-based benzoyl peroxide treatment since these are less drying than the cream varieties.
Moisturise the face using a gentle moisturiser.
If home-treatment of cystic acne doesn't seem to work, consult with a dermatologist.