The Real Deal on Cystic Acne
Now that we've talked about the different types of non-inflamed acne, it's time to dig into cystic acne. Unlike blackheads and whiteheads, cystic acne causes inflammation as well as pimples. This inflammation can turn into a cyst and will take about 90 days to run its full course. Cystic acne can be painful and the pain generally lasts as long as the cyst is active. Like all acne, cystic acne happens when a person has the inherited tendency to break out, but they also need to have the inherited tendency of inflammation. Acne cysts often resemble boils or nodules that are deeper pockets underneath the skin generally filled with white blood cells. At the surface they may present as a shallow looking whitehead at times but not always. This type of acne has a tendency to scar very easily.
In general, cystic acne seems to be receptive to antibacterial and anti-inflammatory topical products. No harsh scrubbing or mechanical exfoliation should be used with cystic acne. We also recommend a few different types of supplements to help with the inflammation. Icing is also a great tool to help relieve the pain and reduce redness.
Folks with cystic acne often wait the longest to seek serious help with their breakouts because it can be less noticeable to other people, but it is actually rather important to treat this type of acne as soon as possible. This is because the longer the inflammation lasts, the more likely you are to scar. Since this type of acne sits under the skin, it is actually more common for a patient to come in for the pain, rather than for appearance purposes. We do urge anyone fighting cystic acne to get in for help right away. We do still see a lot of redness and irritation with cystic acne, just less bumps and pimples.
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