How I Overcame Cystic Acne and You Can Too

June 13, 2019 2 Comments

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I am new to the Clean Kiss team and I wanted to share my own skin journey and my struggles with cystic acne treatments. I hope this topic will spark a conversation about acne and have people feel comfortable to reach out and talk about their own experiences. You don't need to suffer alone. 

For anyone who knows me knows my biggest insecurity is my skin. I started suffering from cystic acne at the age of 13 and up until then I never paid much attention to my skin. I would occasionally get the odd pimple which then eventually turned into a majority of my face being covered.


What is cystic acne?

Cystic acne is the most severe form of acne and is usually seen on the chin and cheek area (most of mine were on my cheeks).


What causes cystic acne?

Cystic acne is often caused by hormonal changes within the body. These changes increase the stimulation of oil production, which clog the pores, causing an infection. 


Learning how to get rid of cystic acne

I spent a lot of time researching and learning how to get rid of cystic acne through different skincare brands, supplements and treatments that could help me. I went through a lot of trial and error with several different products but nothing seemed to work, which left me feeling insecure. I hated going out in public and always felt the need to cover my face with a lot of makeup.

After spending a small fortune on several over-the-counter products, my mom recommended that I go see a dermatologist in hopes she could prescribe something stronger and more effective.


My two options for cystic acne treatments were Birth Control or Accutane. Accutane is a prescription medication used to treat cystic acne and is prescribed to patients who have tried other acne treatments which were unsuccessful. I decided to try birth control and if there were no improvements to switch to Accutane. Fast-forward three months and my skin was pimple free. Though like most people who suffer from cystic acne, I was left with scars on my face.


My scars were so embedded into my skin that finding a topical product that worked was difficult. I found that no skincare product was strong enough to help resurface my skin which is why I turned to cosmetic treatments like fraxel and microneedling. Both have helped the texture, radiance and overall appearance of my skin immensely.

Switching to an all natural cystic acne treatment

Ten years later and I still breakout, have scars and suffer from eczema (thanks to the stress of school). The skincare industry has grown and evolved. Consumers now have so many different products available to them. In fact, Clean Kiss Organics has just launched an all natural acne skincare line for people like me who have suffered for years or are new to the acne struggle. The new Kiss That Zit Goodbye acne treatment line uses natural alternatives to salicylic acid, jojoba oil to balance oil production, aloe vera to heal, witch hazel to calm, vitamin E to repair damage, and essential oils to combat the bacteria that causes breakouts to occur in the first place. 

While taking birth control did help to treat my acne, I wish I had the option to use a natural skincare line like Clean Kiss Organics to tackle it naturally. The topical skincare products I had used all contain toxins that aren’t good for the body and certainly weren’t helping my skin anyway.

Over the years I have learned that reading the ingredients listed in products is crucial. Educate yourself on what you’re putting on and in your body. Listen and pay attention and if your skin and body changes (texture, breakouts, rashes), your body is most likely telling you something. 

Clean Kiss Organics believes in the importance of taking care of your body by giving it healthy and natural products. I am excited to learn and develop more insight into the natural skincare industry and to share my personal experience and knowledge.

Do any of you suffer or are suffering from acne? I want to know what cystic acne treatments you have tried and have they worked? Please share with us here in the comments. Let's all tackle acne together! 




At Clean Kiss we are passionate about creating natural skincare and body products that you can feel good about using yourself, and for your whole family. 

From health-conscious, active mamas, to busy teenagers and dads, our customers love the experience of using our freshly-scented products that not only leave your skin feeling amazing, but ACTUALLY work.

Clean Kiss was founded by Family Natural Health Expert, Jodie Pappas, out of her own personal quest to find natural products for herself and her family that ACTUALLY worked. After first creating her signature natural deodorant, she went on to produce a full line of skincare and body products. 

Each product is created in small batches using chemical-free formulations that have been recognized with several awards, has developed a loyal customer base of Clean Kissers, and has gained some international media attention by Business Insider, InStyle Magazine, The Toronto Sun, Breakfast TV Toronto, CHCH Hamilton, Global TV and more!

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2 Responses


August 05, 2019

Thank you for sharing the information about cystic-acne. I learned many things from your blog and Zayn skin clinic.

Linda ahrens
Linda ahrens

June 30, 2019

I am trying to log in to order the the kiss that zit goodbye set for $99 and receive the free deodorant offer for Canada day but your website keeps rejecting me when I try to log in. How can I order this? Thanks
Linda Ahrens

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