Everything you Need to Know About Cystic Acne

Acne Centre

June 14, 2011

This article was written by Alyssa Jacobs. Alyssa has had a lot of experience with identifying skin care issues, different treatments, and ways to cope with them. She writes for www.acnecentre.com, a website that offers the latest skin care products including Clear Skin Max.

Cystic acne is something many people suffer with. As opposed to other forms of acne, cystic forms of acne include spotting that is much larger, can be very painful, and in certain cases can last for months. Acne spots are large, and feel like hard bumps underneath the surface of the skin. Because this acne is different than normal, treatment is also different. Not to mention causes, which in most cases is strictly hormonal with a combination of genetics. Here is everything you will need to know about acne.

First lets take a look at the hormones causing breakouts of cystic acne. One common way to start seeing cystic acne is the abuse of anabolic steroids. Although most of the time natural hormones do the job. Some of these hormones include: the androgens testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS).  When you mix in an added amount of stress, and improper acne cleansing practices, cystic acne can form. Cystic acne is one the most noticeable, painful, and largest forms of acne.

Acne usually appears during adolescence, when hormones are raging, and individuals tend to be at their most socially insecure stage. What a great time for acne to set in. If cystic acne sets in, it can be worse. Cystic acne is much harder to get rid of, and can leave deep scarring. In extreme cases people can fall into depression, and even have thoughts of suicide. Cystic acne is also sometimes found in older women dealing with menopause. This is due to the lack of the natural anti-acne hormone estradiol, that begins failing at menopause. A lack of estradiol can also cause thinning hair, wrinkles, thin skin, and hot flashes. Add that to cystic acne and you are going to have a substantial increase of stress. The good news is cystic acne can be treated.

The most important thing to do when treating cystic acne, is to never touch, squeeze, or try to drain the cysts. Although trying to extract the pus from your skin may seem like a good idea, it can leave scarring, increased infection, and can cause the acne to last months longer than it normally would have. Your best option is to consult a professional. Upon your first visit a dermatologist will tell you stop touching, pricking, of scratching affected portions of the skin. There are far better treatment options.

Depending on the severity of your cystic acne, you have a different treatment opportunities. For someone whose cystic acne is not extremely intense you may want to try something like Clear Skin Max. This medicine can be purchased without a prescription and you may start seeing results within two weeks, as long as you stick to a strict routine of using the product daily. If your acne is more severe you may want to consider prescription medicine. Your dermatologist  will ultimately choose what is best for you. However a few options you might consider are Apapalene, Tazarotene, or Tretonoin. All medicines have benefits and side effects so it is important to use accordingly.

Cystic acne can be a very painful embarrassing condition to live with. Most of the time it isn’t our fault whatsoever. We cannot control our natural hormones, or our genetic structure. We can, however, consult professionals for help. On top of that,  never attempting to rid cystic acne manually we can clear up our skin, and beat the hormones that cause it.

 

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.