Cystic Acne: Causes, Treatments

Cystic Acne
Cystic acne can lead to painful, deep pimples and it’s a particularly troublesome form of acne. The pimples fester deep under the surface of your skin and often have trouble coming to the surface. They hurt because they are inflamed; the swelling stimulates adjacent nerve fibers and triggers pain.

Many people suffer from constant breakouts of cysts (cystic acne) for years. If not treated correctly, they can lead to scarring. As a premier provider of medical acne treatments, Wake Health Medical Group is dedicated to preventing this from happening.

In this article, we will briefly talk about some of the cystic acne treatment options we have at Wake Health Medical Group in Raleigh, NC.

Quick Facts On Cystic Acne
  • Cystic acne is the most severe form of acne
  • Cystic acne is easy to diagnose and does not require any special tests
  • The main factor behind cystic acne is the hormonal change in puberty, but the problem is also experienced by older age groups
  • While acne is very common, cystic acne is relatively uncommon
  • Cystic acne can be painful, as well as emotionally distressing because of its effects on facial appearance
What Is A Cystic Pimple?

They are clogged pores filled with oil and dead skin that have become inflamed. When the pore ruptures under the skin it causes inflammation to spill out into surrounding tissue creating cystic acne. To stop the inflammation from spreading further, your body forms a cyst around it.

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What Causes Cystic Acne?

Hormones – Due to its Greek origin meaning male, androgens has been mistakenly thought of as only a male sex hormone. But they are natural to the female body, where they are produced in the ovaries, adrenal glands and other tissues.

In both male and female, when androgen hormones over-stimulate the sebaceous glands, it causes your body to produce oil in excess which gets stuck in your pores and traps bacteria. The bacterium multiplies which causes the inflammation that creates a cystic pimple. This type of acne is most often seen in adolescents during puberty and adult women a few days before each menstrual period due to surge in hormones.

Stress – When your body is stressed, it responds by producing cortisol, another hormone that over-stimulates your oil glands.

How To Treat Cystic Acne

Whether you have the occasional underground pimples (cystic pimples), or you get a cluster (cystic acne) of them on a regular basis, they are a totally different type of acne and require special care. As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, cystic acne can leave scars if left untreated or if they are treated incorrectly.

Whatever your acne troubles may be, we have the tools to treat it! Don’t let your acne get to the point of developing scars. Schedule an appointment as soon as possible – we have so many options to help you!


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