All acne lesions start out as “micro comedos”. As that lesion grows it has two different pathways that it can go down. One way turns the lesion into a noninflamed lesion (whitehead or blackhead). The other route will develop into a pustule or cyst; and it will take about 90 days to run its course. Cystic Acne occurs when a person not only has an inherited propensity for acne, but also has the inherited propensity for inflammation.
The good news about cystic acne (inflamed acne) is that it can be much easier than noninflamed acne to clear. It is closer to the surface than noninflamed acne and therefore more receptive to the products used to get it under control. We use a combination of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory topical products used as directed by your acne specialist to bring existing inflammation levels down and to keep it from returning.
There are also many supplements that we recommend along with your home care that can help to bring inflammation levels down such as:
- zinc monomethionine
- omega-3 fish oil
Icing your skin can be very helpful when you have cystic acne – get a Dixie cup, fill it up with water and freeze it. After cleansing, take a minute to roll the ice over your acne.
How to Get Rid of Cystic Acne
Cystic Acne is the most visible of all the acne types. Seen most in adolescent boys, it is characterized by large red pustules and cysts, it is also very painful for the sufferer. Unfortunately, this is also the type of acne that leave permanent pitted scarring. The good news is that this can be the easiest acne to get under control. Because it is on the surface of the skin, it usually responds very quickly to the right anti-inflammatory products. These products must be used in the correct way, however, in order for the regimen to be effective.
The best ingredients to use for cystic pimples is mandelic acid, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide (sometimes mixed with sulfur) used correctly. We sometimes employ the use of LED lights to help get the inflammation down more quickly.
Face Reality acne specialists know how to test your skin to make sure you are getting the correct strength of products. They can coach you through the process of getting rid of your cystic acne in the quickest time.
Content provided by Face Reality Acne Clinic. Wendy Christman is a Face Reality Acne Specialist in Olympia, WA