More About Severe Cystic Acne

By allanpooh78 on January 23, 2011 In Acne





Severe cystic acne or nodular acne is one of the most frustrating skin diseases characterized by large lesions scattered all over a person’s face and may sometimes extend to the back. Due to severe cystic acne, some pimples grow into several centimeters in diameter. For most, the condition is not only embarrassing but extremely frustrating to remove.

Causes of cystic acne are not really clear although it’s obvious that they penetrate far deeper on the skin. It’s possible that their main cause is the same as mild acne breakouts which is hormonal changes. However, the factor that contributes to the development of cystic acne falls down on genetics. Be prepared for any eventuality if one of your parents had this condition.

Because of its severity, those who have severe cystic acne are not recommended to fix the problem alone. Of course, the best course of action would always be asking the opinion of a professional. However, don’t lose hope. No matter how bad it looks, there are still some options that can help you with the pimples and possible scarring.

Treatment for Cystic Acne

A widely used drug for cystic acne is Accutane (Isotretinion) which significantly lowers the symptoms of cystic acne. However, the drugs may only be taken udders strict supervision since they can cause dangerous effects. Side effects include depression and even suicidal thoughts in most people. However, in relation to cystic acne, the treatment works well and is capable of controlling the amount of bacteria festering on the skin.

A gel type of treatment is Retin-A which is applied directly to the skin. Upon application, the gel causes a burning sensation that fades away quickly, hence allowing for the once a day usage limit. Same as isotretinion; Retin-A is very strong in itself and its use must be carefully monitored. When used together with oral medication, it can clear up cystic acne pretty fast.

Some dermatologists opt for intralesional corticosteroid injections which are injected directly to the skin to minimize the swelling. This basically reduces the inflammation of the cyst to alleviate the level of discomfort.

Controlling Severe Cystic Acne
Much like conventional acne, cystic acne must not be further irritate by constant touching, make-up, harsh soap, stress, dirt exposure or lack of sleep. Once on medication, it is recommended that patients also make sure that their lesions are kept from possible acne triggers.

Of course, some options are natural yet take longer to be effective. However, as mentioned above, causes of cystic acne are complicated and thus would require a more complex solution. Your dermatologist’s advices should also be followed to the letter. Early treatment of the condition might be able to prevent scarring in the long run so once you notice that the lesions are getting bigger, do not hesitate to consult a professional. Scarring in itself requires a whole new set of treatments and is harder to remove than the acne itself.

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