Acne nodules are a severe form of acne, categorized as a “grade III inflammatory acne”. The nodules are caused when milder grade II acne nodules rupture well below the outer skin layer and release pus deep under the skin. As the ruptured lesions harden, they form a deep acne nodule which can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. If left untreated, nodular acne can lead to scarring, so it’s important that you treat the condition effectively. In this article, we’ll talk about some home acne nodule remedies that can provide you with some much needed relief.
First, let me begin by saying that antibiotics can be a good choice for stopping the spread of nodular acne by killing the bacteria which are trapped and multiplying below the skin. Therefore, if you are suffering from serious nodular acne, I would recommend that you speak to your doctor about getting a prescription to bring the condition under control. However, while prescription drugs may clear up a nodular acne infection temporarily, they won’t prevent repeated outbreaks, nor will they assist your body in re-absorbing the lumps which nodular acne leaves behind.
To prevent future outbreaks and eliminate acne nodules permanently, you will need a comprehensive treatment program to address not only the outward symptoms of acne but also the fundamental core causes of acne. In the meantime though, here are a few home remedies that can help you treat acne nodules.
1. Glycerine Soap
I can’t overstress the importance of keeping your skin clean without drying it out. Glycerine soap is a perfect choice for acne sufferers because it provides a deep but mild cleansing. Because nodular acne is such an aggravated form of acne, I would recommend that you wash your face a maximum of twice twice a day so as to avoid causing additional irritation and complications. Also, make sure you don’t use rough washcloths, scrubbers or astringents.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree oil is an excellent choice for nodular acne cysts because it has natural anti-bacterial properties which assist in treating the deep infection that causes nodular acne. Studies have shown that using tea tree oil is just as effective as using a benzoyl peroxide acne medication and, as an added bonus, it is gentle on your skin. Applying the tea tree oil on your skin immediately after washing with the glycerine soap will enhance penetration deep inside the pores.
Zinc is a fundamental nutrient used by your body to enhance the immune system and works by fighting molecules known as “free radicals” which can cause cellular damage and infection. Use of Zinc supplements can greatly assist in helping your body fight nodular acne infection thereby reducing the painful inflammation which accompanies acne nodules. For best results, I would suggest taking 30 mg of zinc twice a day for approximately a month and then reducing your dosage to once daily. Note that long term use of zinc supplements may result in a copper deficiency so you should consider taking 1 – 2 mg of copper daily while taking zinc for acne.
This one may seem obvious, but I can’t overstate the importance of drinking a lot of water to boost skin function and help eliminate toxins. Water also plays an important role in hydrating the skin cells, thereby preventing excess cells from sloughing into your skin’s pores, resulting in clogging and acne inflammation.
I hope that you find these recommendations useful.