If you thought that your acne would magically disappear around the same time you graduated high school, think again. Plenty of people still suffer from cystic acne over the age of 40, but don't be dismayed: There are plenty of over-the-counter treatments to try that don't require a visit to your dermatologist.
Other treatments should focus on healing acne scars left from the cystic bumps. "The gold standard is isotretinoin. Isotretinoin is an oral retinoid that basically shuts down the oil glands," Dr. Hadley King M.D., F.A.A.D., a clinical instructor of dermatology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, explains. If well tolerated, it delivers dramatic and usually long-lasting results.
Ahead see the over the counter options that derms recommend to banish cystic acne.