Acne Cysts are a painful infection spread by a seemingly harmless pimple. However, what start out as small and innocuous can later become difficult to manage and are the blight of many acne sufferers. While acne usually starts relatively mild, it can later become worse and progress to the cystic acne which can be very painful and embarrassing. For some people acne cysts cause more than just physical problems; they are very often the cause of other problems such as depression due to the emotional and physical scars left behind.
Acne Cysts – The Big, the Bad and the Ugly
The main problem with acne cysts is that they do not respond very easily or quickly to treatment and according to dermatologist, Dr Andrew Waite the acne cysts cause long term scarring due to the deeply lodged infection. They are not discharged like other infections and therefore will not heal as easily.
Most people understand that acne cysts come with a large degree of inflammation and pain which is what most acne treatments aim to reduce, but you can also get cysts from an ordinary pimple if you squeeze it and spread the infection to other tissue around the area. Even by squeezing an ordinary pimple it can become inflamed in itself and swell up with the bacteria that cause cystic acne. This bacterium is the same one that causes boils and can be extremely difficult to get rid of or even bring under control.
This type of acne is usually so very painful that many people resort to taking sedatives and pain medication frequently to control it. While there are quite a few measures that can be taken to control and manage your cystic acne more effectively, it is advisable to always consult a dermatologist who will suggest the appropriate treatment methods.
It is important that you do not try any medication or medicated lotion to eliminate your acne cysts without proper consultation. Using the wrong medication for your skin type could very well be an unmitigated disaster that could just exacerbate your acne cyst problem even further.
Here are a few treatment methods for bringing your acne cysts under control:
- If your acne cysts are severe you will receive isotretinoin, which is known to many as Accutane and Roaccutane in the oral form and Isotrex in the topical form. This is a derivative of Vitamin A and your course will be prescribed for 4 to 5 months. It reduces the sebaceous glands and will usually clear up your acne cysts forever.
- The milder forms of treatment are not always successful, but applying benzoyl peroxide is a good start.
- Keep your face clean, but do not over wash it.
- Keep your face well hydrated with an oil free moisturiser to prevent the sebaceous glands from over producing oil which leads to acne cysts.
- You can try various natural remedies to control it like sage and tea tree oil. Rose water will reduce the redness and inflammation while not drying out your skin.