Cystic Acne – How To Treat Cystic & Nodular Acne
Do you have deep, inflamed breakouts developing on or around your face or on other parts of your body? Are they larger than other types of acne you have seen, maybe even several centimeters across? Are you in pain or uncomfortable? If so then you are probably suffering from a type of acne known as cystic acne or nodulocystic acne. Cystic acne is the most severe form of acne vulgaris that a person can have. It is also the most painful form of acne that one can suffer from.
Although the term “cystic” is typically used to describe any kind of severely inflamed acne formation, only those people who actually develop and suffer from cysts actually have cystic acne. Cysts can be quite painful and cause great discomfort.
It is important to educate yourself if you think you may have cystic acne, which is why I’ve put together this page with information about it. If you suspect that your acne is cystic, keep reading to learn more about the sign and symptoms, as well as the available treatment options.
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A cyst is a painful blemish that is most times found under the skin’s surface. It feels like a soft lump filled with fluid.
A lot of times people suffering from nudolocystic acne not only form cysts, but they also form nodules.
A nodule is a hard and painful lump underneath the skin’s surface. Much larger than pimples these nodules take much longer to heal since they form deep underneath the skin’s surface. Some dermatologists and scientists even suggest that acne cysts are actually all severely inflamed nodular outbreaks that have occurred.
Cystic acne like most types of acne can and does affect everyone. However in most cases it affects teenage boys and younger men. Research on cystic acne has found that genetics also play a role in who gets cystic acne. If your parents had or have cystic acne than you are more likely to develop a severe case of the acne yourself. Cysts can form almost anywhere on the body. In fact cystic acne has been found to form on the buttocks, armpits, and groin. Typically the areas of the body that are usually affected most are the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. It isn’t also isn’t uncommon for them to form anywhere that sweat collects. After it collects in hair follicles and perspiration ducts it clogs pores and forms deep underneath the surface of the skin. In rare cases cystic acne has been found to form on the legs and torso.
Cystic acne is mostly caused by many of the same factors that other forms of acne are caused by. For instance, having a large number of bacteria, overactive glands that clog pores, and excess dead skin. Cystic acne is not caused by poor hygiene, eating fatty foods or drinking soda, etc.
It is not a big surprise that many people who suffer from cystic acne often become angry or depressed due to feelings of embarrassment, shame or disgust. It can have a serious affect on a person’s self esteem and mental well being. It is important to see a doctor if you are having feelings like this! This type of thing should never go untreated or overlooked as it can have a serious affect on a person’s well being and their life in general. One should never feel like they have to hide or be embarrassed due to a skin problem. Treatment of the cystic acne can often help a person’s acne get better and prevent it from occurring again. It can also be good to boost a person’s self esteem and bring their self confidence back.
Breakouts of cystic acne cause serious damage to the skin and destroy healthy skin tissue. Due to this sufferers of cystic acne are more likely to suffer from acne scars. This is why it is so important to not pick at or pop the cysts. If you don’t avoid picking or popping at all costs not only will it most likely lead to scarring, it will also irritate the skin and cause the acne to spread further and worsen.
As mentioned before, cystic acne should never go untreated! This is a severe form of acne that can lead to serious health problems if left untreated or simply ignored. A doctor must treat cystic and nodulocystic acne and powerful medications and strong measures of treatment are usually required. Cystic acne is very hard to control since it is so severe. However you shouldn’t let this discourage you from wanting to get help and/or seek treatment. It may take awhile but as long as you are patient, after a few attempts treatment usually begins to work.
When treating cystic acne there are a number of effective treatments one can try. Everything from oral medication to surgical excisions and drainage have been used to treat cystic acne. Cystic acne can be very painful and a long process to treat but as long as you keep a positive attitude and stay patient everything should work out in the end. Just try to remember that cystic acne affects many people and that acne is usually most always a temporary phase that 90% of people have to deal with at one point in their lives. You are not the first nor will you be the last person to suffer from this annoying and painful skin problem. The good news is that you can be one of many who has suffered from it and overcome it in the end.