Have you ever heard of cystic acne? Let’s discuss it in this blog post. We have already talked about two types of acne – inflammatory and non-inflammatory (read more here).
Acne occurs when our pores get clogged with dead cells, dirt, oils and other nasty stuff, and it’s always the same story. Sometimes bacteria get trapped in clogged pores too. The inflammatory process kicks off, with the area getting red, swollen and painful.
So, what is Cystic Acne?
Cystic acne is more than just a simple pimple on your face. It is a severe form of acne and belongs to the inflammatory acne types. Cystic Acne can also be very traumatic and mentally challenging. The infection goes deep within our skin. This kind of acne appears in large, inflamed and painful cysts which are hard to cover and just impossible to ignore!
# Non-breakable RULE!
We are mentally obsessed with our cysts. The more we think about them, the more likely we will do something stupid.
Whatever you do, don’t touch your cysts!!! Don’t pick at them, or try to pop them. Pimples drive us nuts, and we want to get rid of them ASAP, however, by picking and squeezing our cysts, we may spread the infection.
WHY? Cystic lesions are deep and contain bacteria. Popping will most likely spread the infection and bacteria underneath our skin and delay the healing process. Moreover, we will probably get newly infected pimples, and we definitely don’t want that.
So what should we do? If you suspect that you have developed a stubborn cyst, consider seeing a dermatologist. Talk to your doctor about the methods used to treat cystic acne. Some cases require serious treatment, and over-the-counter products will not help. However, the right skincare routine can help your skin heal and prevent further breakouts.
# Effective Skincare Routine for the prevention of Cystic Acne.
My skin is acne-prone. Usually, I don’t get a lot of cystic blemishes, but if it happens, I don’t panic. Here are some skincare tips that really work for me!
Step 1: Clean and clear pores. I am obsessed with exfoliation! Acid exfoliation is a great way to keep our skin healthy and glowing. Make sure that your exfoliates are effective but not harsh and abrasive to your skin. A glycolic acid is a great option. It exfoliates your skin gently, helps to get rid of excess oil and creates a clean canvas for further treatment.
Step 2: Now you are ready to kill the bacteria and reduce inflammation. Less is more sometimes. Don’t put too many different creams on your cyst. It will not help. Instead be smart and layer strategically.
Step 3: Moisturize, because the oily and acne-prone skin needs moisture (read more). I use a few different moisturizers at once. Sounds crazy? Have you ever heard of patchwork-method? No? I just made it up. LOL. If my skin is breaking out, I use our Control Cream on the infected areas. It’s a light cream with glycolic acid, and on the pimple-free areas, I use a heavier cream.