Cystic Acne is the last stage that acne goes through and usually ends up leaving scars. Acne in most cases starts with a whitehead or blackhead in teenagers, and if the white and blackheads are not removed, it can lead to first stage acne. Black and whiteheads are excess sebum and grime that clog the pores of the skin. Sebum is an oil that is naturally produced by the skin, this production increases as hormone levels rise. It tends to affect the face neck, chest and back.
Who can get cystic acne?
Anyone can get this form of severe and painful acne, but it is more common in teenagers and people with hormone-related illnesses. Therefore, we would recommend that you consult your doctor to ensure that there are no underlying conditions.
If a parent or sibling has suffered from cystic acne along with the resultant scarring, this is a strong indication that you may be prone. However, it is not scientifically proven that the condition is hereditary.
Females with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (POS) may be more inclined to severe acne. POS causes a rise in hormone levels that can, in turn, encourage the excess production of sebum, and another common symptom is excess hair. Also, the contraceptive pill can cause a change in hormone levels, even though this tends to have a positive impact. You should always check with your doctor to rule it out.
Diet is thought to be a significant contributory factor in cystic acne. Studies have shown that a high intake of foods high in sugar and fat aggravates the condition. And if you take medication such as insulin for diabetes, this can also be linked. Furthermore, steroids can also be a contributory factor.
How do you treat cystic acne?
The best way to treat cystic acne is not to let your skin’s health deteriorate. As soon as you notice white or blackheads, pimples or spots get them checked by a skin clinic.
In our skin clinic following your assessment, we would get the health of the skin restored. Together with treating any active acne or infection. Cleaning out any congested pores and using medical based chemical to kill off and control the bacteria. The treatment combination could include, Hydrafacial and chemical peels. For additional information on these click on the links.
Finally, dependant on the type and severity of the acne scarring, we would use treatments that reduce the appearance of the scars. The procedures would include Micro-Needling and chemical peels or a combination. For further information click on the links.
Every patient is individual along with the results. The best way to treat cystic acne and avoid scarring is to work with a skin clinic and your medical professional.