Whiteheads, blackheads, zits and pimples! Can we trade those for two cute dimples? Cystic acne can literally change your life and not in a good way. Much of what we accomplish in life is directly tied to our feeling of self-worth and confidence. We know being comfortable in your skin is one of the most important steps to feeling positive about yourself. We have all experienced the occasional breakout, so why is it difficult to love the skin you’re in when you have acne? There are many types of acne and for anyone dealing with cystic acne it can feel like nothing will help. The first step to solving a problem is defining it, or in this case, diagnosing it. Visit a professional if over the counter acne treatments aren’t working. Let’s dive deep into skin and explore the root of this challenging issue.
What is cystic acne?
When you get a pimple it’s because one of your pores is clogged. Usually just with dead skin cells. Bacteria can then get trapped inside the pore causing it to become red and swollen, but not all acne is alike. Triggered by overactive hormones and stress, cystic acne is a genetic condition that flares-up at what feels like the worst times. Big meeting at work and you’re under a lot of stress?
Bam! Why now? These unsightly lumps are caused by overactive oil glands that end up trapping an excess of bacteria deep under the surface layer of your skin which may then result in an infection.
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Who gets cystic acne?
Most people who will develop cystic acne experience it for the first time when they enter their teenage years and it will last into their 20’s while their hormones are in overdrive. For some of the unlucky outliers of cystic acne, symptoms can start as early as age 8 while others experience it as another unwelcome side effect of menopause and can last into their 50’s.
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Is any place on my body safe?
Severe cystic acne can appear on your face, back, chest and even your upper arms. This is more common in men, but women get it too.
I’ve got cystic acne. What can I do about it?
Consulting a dermatologist is first step to identifying cystic acne and tailoring an effective treatment plan. Talk with your doctor to determine what’s right for you. Lawyers say we should mention that use of our site is not meant to serve as a substitute for professional medical advice.
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Pro tips for cystic acne:
- No popping cysts (the bacteria spreads and so does the infection), instead ice to reduce swelling
- Stick with a healthy skincare routine
- Wash towels and pillow cases regularly
- Consider taking a probiotic
- Take time to relax and de-stress (remember stress causes flare-ups)
- Be sure to get enough sleep
- Stay in shape and exercise regularly
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Exfoliate every night: soft gentle natural enzyme peel
How long do cystic acne scars linger?
You should never pick at acne because this can cause scaring. We hate to share bad news, but cystic acne scars can linger for weeks, months or even years. These scars are the result of inflammation and the scarring triggers production of pigment cells. For this reason alone you should never pick a blemish! Dark skin tones have a lot of melanin and will scar easily. Darker skin has has more melanin so usually the darker your complexion the longer it will take for scars to heal.
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We hope after reading this you will look in the mirror and see a clear face and a happy smile. Cystic acne can change your life, but it doesn’t have to be forever. Share your best acne treatments with us on social media?