A natural way to treat a cyst is to put a warm compress on it several times a day. You don’t want to use very hot water, but water at a temperature in between hot and lukewarm where you can dip your finger in the water and barely feel any discomfort.

Using warm salt water instead of plain water for the compress can also bring the cyst to head faster. However, too much salt water can be irritating and drying, especially if you apply it many times in one sitting

What you do is basically soak a clean towel, cotton ball, or sponge in warm water and apply to the cyst until the towel, cotton ball, or sponge loses heat. When it cools off, re-soak in warm water (tip: re-heat the water in the microwave, but make sure it's not scalding hot!) and reapply the compress to the cyst. Keep doing this for as much time as you have and for as many times as you can throughout the day. It can get pretty boring just sitting there holding something to your face, but it’s really worth it because this method will cut a cyst’s lifespan in half.

Alternatively, instead of using a cotton ball and warm water for the warm compress, here are instructions for making a cheap and easy "rice sock" warm compress that holds heat better than a wet sponge and is less messy to use.

Rice sock

Get a clean sock and make sure there are no holes in it. You'll need approximately 1/3 cup of uncooked rice, but you can add more or less depending on how big or small you want your warm compress to be. The rice can be any kind of rice - brown rice, white rice, etc. I use the cheapest rice I can find since it doesn't really matter.

When you take the rice sock out of the microwave, shake it a few times to make sure the heat is evenly distributed. Be careful when you are doing this, as the rice sock might be hotter than you expect it to be.  Before applying the rice sock warm compress to your face, test it on your neck to make sure it's not too hot. If it's too hot, let it cool for a bit before applying to your skin. The more frequently you use the warm compress, the more effective it will be. A hotter warm compress won't necessarily get rid of a pimple faster and can even damage your skin (ex. drying out the surface and making it peel off), so make sure your warm compress isn't too hot to the touch. It should be warm, but not uncomfortable to hold against your skin. If your skin starts to feel irritated or red in any way, give it a break from the warm compress.

How does a warm compress work for acne?

The warm compress works by killing bacteria and reducing inflammation. Heat also helps emulsify the sebum trapped inside your pore so the cyst comes to a head faster. However, even if the cyst looks like it has a white head, it’s still better to not pop it. Squeezing a pimple usually pushes the clog deeper and makes the cyst even worse.

Do not pop, poke, or squeeze!


As tempting as this may be, you should never try to squeeze or pop a red inflamed blemish.. You’ve likely heard this rule of thumb regarding acne in general, but it’s especially crucial to follow with cysts. Cysts are big and sore to the touch because they are much deeper infections in your skin. You usually will not be able to successfully drain a cyst without causing even more damage because it has spread through too many layers of your skin. All you can really do is apply a warm compress and use the recommended regime.


Other methods for treating a cyst. 

Catching cysts or other inflamed pimples when they first form will help them go away faster. If you start using the warm compress method on a cyst that is just budding, you may even be able to stop it in its tracks and prevent it from growing into a full-blown cyst. You can usually tell when you are going to get a cyst when a small bump on your face starts to hurt deep in your skin and feel sore.

Cause of cyst

Unfortunately, the best way to treat a cyst is to prevent them in the first place. And to prevent cysts, you need to figure out the underlying reason for your acne. Usually, though, cysts are related to something internal - whether it's hormonal imbalances or food sensitivities.