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Acne is the most common skin condition in
the United States, and many people have experienced symptoms that appear on the
skin as breakouts. Some types of acne are
harder to treat than others, and cystic acne is among the most stubborn, but
with the right approach, even cysts can be eliminated for good.
In order to begin treating cysts, it’s
important to understand exactly what makes them different from other forms of
acne. First things first, acne is typically classified into two groups:
inflammatory and noninflammatory. Various types of acne symptoms, such as pimples
and cysts belong to the inflammatory class.
Inflammation is a natural response of the
body. In the same way the body will work to repair itself following a cut or
scrape on the surface of the skin, the inflammatory response we see in this
type of acne is just the result of body fighting to keep a foreign agent from
infecting it. In the case of acne, this foreign agent is the bacteria which forms within a clogged pore when too much sebum combines with dead skin cells.
Sending white blood cells to attack a foreign agent, the clogged pore becomes
inflamed either under or on top of the surface of the skin, which results in
acne symptoms. In the case of cysts,
these symptoms form below the skin. However, cysts become pus-filled, often
resembling boils, making them as uncomfortable as they are stubborn.
Because cystic acne forms underneath the
surface of the skin, topical solutions such as a medicated face wash, lotion or
even a spot treatment can only help so much with symptoms but can't help truly
treat. Furthermore, the spread of bacteria responsible for inflammation, called
P. acnes, tends to spread much more easily in the case of cysts should one
become ruptured or popped, and the painful swelling often associated with these
symptoms can make for even more frustration. While some opt for ice compresses
to reduce enlargement, others with frequent cystic acne may opt for painful
cortisone injections from a dermatologist. Any treatments that don’t work to
address the source of acne do not address the true cause, delivering temporary
relief, at best.
Just because cysts occur under the skin
does not make them impossible to treat. After all, acne starts forming below
the skin as well, long before symptoms appear, beginning with the
over-secretion of an oily substance called sebum. This is why targeting the
problem at it’s source is the only way to eliminate acne.
what’s the best way to treat cystic acne? A
combination therapy approach that includes both topical and systemic solutions
to addressing various steps in the acne cascade. It’s very important to keep the skin clear of dirt and
debris, and removing any dead, flaky skin cells, which can contribute to the clogging
of pores, As anyone with cystic acne should be careful not to rupture their
symptoms, a gentle non-comedogenic wash free of gritty exfoliants should be
used. Even though we don’t necessarily condone the use of products with acid in
them, in this case, it may be necessary if only used temporarily, so you may
want to try a formula featuring glycolic acid (you need to moisturize with
this!), or play around with natural options such as baking soda or even milk to
slough skin without the irritation.
next step: attacking from within with a systemic
solution like AcnEase. AcnEase® is unique in that it is the only
non-prescription medicine that intervenes during the first step in the acne
cascade, significantly improving oily skin in the process. Using safe and
effective herbal ingredients, AcnEase works to create a buffer between the
hormones and sebaceous glands, ensuring that only the amount of oil needed to
properly hydrate the skin is produced - no more, no less. A systemic solution
like AcnEase®, in combination with your current skincare regimen, is an optimal
way to achieve long-lasting results, no matter your acne type or severity of symptoms.
The most important thing to remember is to have patience. Acne doesn’t form
overnight and it won’t disappear in that amount of time either. By exercising
consistency in your routine, you’ll be sure to witness long-term results that
We want to hear from you! What do you do
to keep your cystic acne under control? Tell us in the comments!