Treating Cystic Acne

Cystic acne is one of the worst type of acne. Cystic acne is very noticeable and shows up as large, inflamed clusters of bumps all over the face. Cystic acne can also cause really bad scarring.

What causes cystic acne?

Generally genetics are to blame. People with cystic acne tend to have hyperactive sebaceous glands that pump too much oil into the pores. The skin cells that don’t turn over quickly enough and greatly develop inflammatory response to the acne, causes such severe infections that it develops permanent pock marks.

How to prevent cystic acne

To prevent cystic acne visit your doctor or a dermatologist who can prescribe you an oral antibiotic, such as tetracycline. If this does not work you may have to try Accutane, which is usually a last resort for acne patients. Accutane decreases the skins oil production and takes about 5 months to work. Accutane can have bad side effects from dry skin, nosebleeds and even depression. It is important not take Accutane if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Best cystic acne treatment

For a single pimple that won’t go away, try asking your dermatologist for a shot of Cortisone. This shot should work with 48 hours. If you are already taking Accutane and find you are having bad side effects try Acclovate, a prescribed lip balm to heal severely dry and chapped lips. To prevent skin from becoming too dry use a mild moisturizing cleanser. Also visit my previous post on moisturizing cleansers for more information.