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Everything You Need To Know About Cystic Acne

Cystic acne is the form of acne that affects your skin from deep inside and is inflammatory in nature with pus-filled acne. In this case, bacteria also cause acne and inflammation as well. This form of acne is more painful and also leaves more scars than the normal acne type. 

 Cystic Acne

Some of the most common causes of cystic acne are:

  • Age (teenagers are more prone to cystic acne).
  • Family history of cystic acne.
  • Hormone changes during the teenage years and sometimes during menopause, and stress.

The common areas where cystic acne can develop are:

  • Back
  • Butt
  • Chest
  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Upper arms          

Cystic Acne

The proper treatment of cystic acne involves topical antibiotics as this form of acne involves bacterial growth. But you may prevent this by following some instructions given below:

  • Use a mild foaming facial cleanser, lukewarm water, and your fingers to wash your face after you wake up, before going to bed, and after exercising or sweating.
  • Apply an oil-free moisturizer if you feel dry.
  • Don’t sleep in makeup.
  • Keep your hands away from your face during the day.
  • Don’t pick at or pop pimples or scabs.
  • Occasionally oily environments, such as working at a fast food restaurant, can contribute to acne flares.
  • Diets high in simple sugars and dairy, also called a high glycemic index diet, may contribute to flares as well.

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About the Author: Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Lahore, Pakistan. She has earned her pharmacy degree from the University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore. She has completed her internship as a trainee from Children hospital, Lahore. She has completed her research work in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. She has worked as a healthcare documentation head in Al-Qasim enterprises, Islamabad. She has specialized in prescription handling, drugs information, literature research, patient counseling, and pharmaceutical care planning. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.

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