Unlike normal blemishes, cystic acne are those bumps that embed themselves deep under the skin. They are large, tend to swell, and cause pain. Most of the time, they do not come to a head and trying to pick and pop them only causes further damage like scarring, inflammation, and infection. If this is your struggle, you're not alone, because cystic acne in your thirties, and late-twenties, is a thing. “Fifty-four percent of women older than the age of 25 have some form of facial acne,” the International Dermal Institute reported. Sometimes, it can't be helped.
What Causes It?
Even though the exact causes cannot be singled out, many think that hormones play a key role. “Usually, cystic acne is due to hormonal changes which affect oil glands deep in the skin, causing them to be overactive, and over produce oil, then leading to cyst formation,” Dr. Tony Nakhla, board certified dermatologist and founder of EIGHTH DAY explains.
What To Avoid
Yes, it's hard to leave these painful bumps alone, but it's important to avoid touching the cyst. “Avoid picking, prodding, and probing into the skin which will only lead to more scarring and hyper-pigmentation,” Dr. Nakhla emphasizes.
Since these cysts are extremely painful, finding relief could mean a visit to your dermatologist. “Injections with cortisone into the cysts causes immediate relief within an hour and can be performed by a board-certified dermatologist. Also, simple ice packs will alleviate pain and reduce inflammation,” Dr. Nakhla suggests.