How Cystic Acne Is Different From Regular Acne and What You Can Do About It
Cystic acne is a severe form of acne in which the pimples are very large, painful and red. They often appear on your jawline, neck or back and can be very stressful as they take a long time to heal.
You might wonder what causes cystic acne? It usually occurs when oil glands with blocked openings become infected with bacteria called Propionebacillusacnes.
This bacteria thrives in the presence of natural oils (sebum) and moisture, causing the sebaceous glands to become clogged up and swollen. The result is large red bumps that feel like they’re filled with pus.
For women other possible causes are hormonal changes related to birth control and pregnancy.
I have one client that had a very bad cystic acne situation and then I discovered that the birth control that she was using was affecting her hormones. So then I asked her to ask her doctor to change or use something in a lower percentage.
But also when she went home I recommended two particular products. They are my most popular products and they do treat the skin and give results pretty quickly.
She went home with some solutions.
Six weeks later, she came back and her skin was already much better just switching the medication.
She was super happy and she almost cried on my table because she never had that situation before and I was able to figure out the root cause of the problem.
I took care of the skin, plus she was managing at home.
Don’t ever try popping your pimple as it will spread the infection and increase the likelihood of an acne scar to develop. Use a cleanser that has salicylic acid to get rid of the dead cells and dry out the pimple.
You can follow this up by applying a facial moisturizer. Complete your routine with an acne spot treatment containing Benzoyl peroxide to reduce the inflammation.
Remember we all have good and bad bacteria on our skin. If you have oily or combination skin, you’re more prone to getting breakouts from pungent oils found in certain foods, stress, sweat and heat — especially during hot summer months.
It is important to understand the different reasons why your skin might be going through a phase. Be sure to invest time in understanding your skin, product application and follow a good skincare routine.