Cystic acne is the most severe form of acne. It develops when a mixture of bacteria, dead skin cells, and oils get trapped in the skin’s pores. The resulting infection can cause the following symptoms:
• Large cysts filled with pus
• Reddened skin
• Tenderness or pain
• Large white bump
While anybody can develop cystic acne, it is most common in teenagers and young adults. Women who develop cystic acne generally have the cysts on the lower part of their face. This type of acne can also develop on the back, chest, shoulders, or upper arms. Over-the-counter acne treatments have no effect on cystic acne. A patient who suspects they have this form of acne, therefore, needs to call a dermatologist.
How is Cystic Acne Treated?
There are several possible treatment options. Most take weeks to fully work. The dermatologist may prescribe oral medications to reduce the inflammation and kill the bacteria causing the acne. The doctor may also prescribe a type of medical-grade topical that can be used on the skin every day. It really all depends on the unique case and the severity of the condition.
At Atomic Dermatology, we understand that every situation is unique. That’s why we always evaluate the skin and conduct a thorough evaluation to make sure all treatment options have been covered.
Does Cystic Acne Cause Scarring?
Of the different types of acne, cystic acne is the most likely to cause scarring. The patient can reduce the risks of scarring by not popping or picking at their cysts. After the acne is under control, the patient may undergo a variety of treatments to reduce any scars from the acne. We would be happy to discuss these options with you during a consultation.
Are You Ready to Treat Your Acne?
To learn more about cystic acne and the available treatments, book an appointment with the specialists at Atomic Dermatology. Find out more about your case and what treatments may work best for you. Contact us today to schedule your evaluation at our office in Pasco, WA. We look forward to speaking with you!