Women with this condition tend to pop these bumps right out of their faces which causes more harm than good as applying pressure on these bumps pushes it right back into your skin causing it to spread and reproduce. Cysts are usually found around the face, neck, scalp, and back and they could come as signs of infection.
A quick chat with Kimberly Brown, a national board-certified dermatologist, physician assistants with 7 years experience and also the founder of PerfectSkinCode shares her clinical experience and knowledge cystic acne. She explains that cyst is a more severe form of acne which develops under the skin and are caused by bacteria, oil and dry skin cells which clog the pores. Clogged pores according to her are dead skin cells, bacteria, and oil(sebum), sebum is the oil produced in the sebaceous gland that coasts your hair and skin.
Dr. Kimberly Brown prescribes a topical or oral antibiotic, a cleanser with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide and a topical retinoid depending on the patient and severity.
For those who want natural therapy, she suggested aspirin or turmeric mask, awash with vinegar and water to kill bacteria, avoid diary and take a probiotic. She also added that teenagers are at more likely to have cystic acne but she has experienced treating all other age groups with the condition. Hormonal changes can cause acne due to excessive testosterone or imbalanced estrogen levels. The excess testosterone can promote oil production which clogs pores.
According to her, the only FDA approved cure for acne is isotretinoin which doesn’t guarantee a permanent result.
When sourcing for products to fight these cysts she advices that products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide should be top determinants as salicylic acid works to unclog pores by dissolving the debris however benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria, prevents antibiotic resistance and works faster than salicylic acid.
“I see pretty severe acne in my office. By the time they have come to me they have usually tried several natural products and are still not happy so I suggest more aggressive treatments
Dr. Kimberly as a dermatologist shares the golden rules behind preventing clogged pores and keeping your skin in a perfect condition
• Wash your face twice a day and never go to bed with makeup on.
•If you have oily skin go for a light moisturizer as most skin moisturizers trigger your body to produce even more oil.
• Wear SPF 15 every day in winter or even when you are at low risk of skin cancer as sun rays can accelerate signs of aging.
• Exfoliate two times a week using a chemical exfoliant such as something with AHA (alpha hydroxy acid).
• Never pick at your face dark spots don’t go so easily.
• Use a retinol serum as it is a powerhouse ingredient which is a great multitasking agent it smooth fine lines, lightens discoloration and can reduce the appearance in size of pores.
•Avoid diary as it is an acne trigger for some people.
• And finally, drink at least 64 or more ounces of water