How to Get Rid of Cystic Acne

Have you ever experienced painful, deep-skinned acne before? That’s called cystic acne.

Cystic acne is a condition that nobody wants, and everyone who has it wants to get rid of it. In this article, we’ll talk about what cystic acne is, its causes, and its symptoms. We’ll also explain how to get rid of cystic acne.

What Is Cystic Acne

Cystic acne is an extreme form of acne. According to George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences, cystic acne is partially due to hormonal changes in the body. It’s one of the most severe forms of acne that a person can develop, and it’s generally characterized as a bacterial infection that resides underneath the skin.

 
It’s one of the most severe forms of acne that a person can develop
 

Oregon’s Health & Science University says that acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States. Acne affects 85% of people at some point in their lives. Luckily, cystic acne is much less common than other forms of acne. Cystic acne can still affect people of any gender, race, or age.

Because of the painful, unsightly symptoms of cystic acne, it’s useful to know what causes it so you can better prevent it.

Causes Of Cystic Acne

According to MedlinePlus, every pore on your skin opens up to a follicle. Each follicle contains a small hair and an oil gland. The gland produces oil, which leaves the skin via the hair. This is how your body moisturizes your skin. It’s also how your body gets rid of excess oil. This process helps the body to get rid of old, dead skin cells as well.

Sometimes the gland or pore gets blocked because it contains too much oil or dead skin cells. When this blockage happens, excess material starts to build up in the pore until either a whitehead or blackhead forms. Once the pore is blocked, bacteria can start developing in the pore, triggering the body’s immune system which sends white blood cells to attack the bacteria colony. This causes the skin around the pore to turn red and inflamed.

 
This causes the skin around the pore to turn red and inflamed
 

At this point, a pimple develops.

The major difference between your average pimple and cystic acne is the location. Cystic acne develops deep under the skin and causes large, painful bumps, whereas regular acne is closer to the skin’s surface.

MedlinePlus says there are multiple causes for acne. Hormonal changes, low-quality cosmetics, certain drugs and medications, and moisture can all trigger the acne creation process.

The University of California Berkeley reported on a study that says you shouldn’t scrub your face too much to avoid acne-causing bacteria.

According to their study, different types of acne contain either good or bad strains of genetic code in them. Bacteria with bad strains tend to cause acne when it’s trapped within a pore, but bacteria that contains a good strain of genetic code actually protects the skin and makes it healthier.

If you’re about to take severe measures to get rid of your cystic acne, we suggest that you take a step back and think about it first. It’s possible that you’ll damage your skin more than you’ll help it by creating more access points for bacteria with bad genetic code.

Instead of over-scrubbing your face, watch out for the symptoms of cystic acne and treat it properly.

Symptoms Of Cystic Acne

The Mayo Clinic outlines the various symptoms of acne on their website.

According to them, acne symptoms include:

  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Small tender bumps or papules
  • Redness
  • Pimples or pustules
  • Large, solid, painful lumps or nodules

The Mayo Clinic goes a step further by defining cystic acne as “painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the surface of the skin.”

Normally, a patient won’t have just one kind of acne. If you start noticing any acne, you’ll want to take immediate steps to treat it and prevent it from getting worse.

How To Get Rid Of Cystic Acne

Dr. Philina Lamb wrote an article for the University of California Davis’ Medical Center about treating cystic acne.

According to Dr. Lamb, you should do the following:

  • Wash your face twice a day with warm water and mild soap
  • Use oil-free skin and hair products
  • Consider a twice-daily acne medication
  • Use non-comedogenic makeup
  • Avoid mineral-based powders
  • Get plenty of sun
  • Use sunscreen
  • Avoid sunbathing or tanning parlors

Another doctor talked about acne in an interview with the University of Utah’s publication, Utah Health. Her name was Dr. Cindy Gellner.

Dr. Gellner specifically mentioned cystic acne in her interview. According to Dr. Gellner, people with cystic acne should seek out a dermatologist. Patients should talk to their dermatologists about using retinoids and antibiotics to better treat their cystic acne. This is because cystic acne is underneath the skin which protects it from general skin care techniques.

 
Patients should talk to their dermatologists
 

You Don’t Have To Live With Cystic Acne

Regular acne is embarrassing and uncomfortable. And cystic acne is painful and unsightly.

The good news is that you can treat both of them.

If you start developing the symptoms of either regular acne or cystic acne, go get a topical retinoid ointment, clean out your bathroom shelf of any harmful products, and get some mild soap. If you specifically have cystic acne, contact your dermatologist as well.

You may not be able to eliminate your acne, but you can significantly reduce its appearance.

Just remember that acne is something you can manage.

So manage it.