Resist The Cyst With These Expert Tips

Resist The Cyst With These Expert Tips


Painful pimples and acne (or acne vulgaris) are some of the worst things that can happen to someone on a good day. But the worst is a cystic pimple. Because when those guys come around, they tend to stay around for long as a huge, hideous blob of red. Furthermore, cystic acne flare ups occur beneath the surface and there is pretty much nothing you can really do about it; except avoid aggravating the infection deeper by ridding acne causing bacteria.

Causes of Cystic Acne

There can be many causes intertwined together that results in cystic pimples but some studies have found that stress and hormonal fluctuations can exacerbate these cystic breakouts. Acne cysts usually happen because the skin cells and oil glands are clogged. This creates some irritation below the skin’s surface and that is how cystic pimples come about. When you are stressed, it induces a rise in oil production levels, not to mention getting skin wrinkles as well. This causes a higher frequency of acne cysts to appear. In short, cystic pimples can be related back to stress, oily skin causes, and exacerbated by poor hygiene.

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How to Treat Cystic Acne

There are different treatments for acne cysts compared to normal pimples. Whatever you do, squeezing or pressing the cystic pimple should be avoided as there is a higher chance of scarring. For those of you who have been having persistent problems with cystic pimples, our top recommendation is that you take a visit to your dermatologist as they would know the best ways to treat acne for various medical conditions. Making sure that you have the best skin care regimen for oily skin also helps. As for those of you who are experiencing it only occasionally and want a quick and less costly fix, get a treatment that uses an anti inflammatory ingredient called retinoid adapalene or topical retinoids that helps alleviate acne cysts. Another complementary product you can use is a cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide which can also make inflammatory acne better. There are definitely other skincare tools you can use but do your research on peer reviewed studies first.

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Step 1: Treatment before a cystic pimple appears

So, you feel the painful bumps but it has not gotten obvious yet, what do you do? Well, the same rule applies: no picking it unless you want acne scars. Instead, what you would want to do is to apply an anti inflammatory spot treatment on the affected area to kill bacteria. However, not just any acne medications should be used, as they may have more adverse effects. Make sure to always have a skin sensitivity check first. The product that you can consider using is a face mask cream, or even a korean sheetmask if you want to be more preemptive. Simply dab a little on overnight and the antibacterial sulfur will help. It can be helpful to look out for your skin health and go on a low glycemic diet or avoid processed foods. Certain foods can cause skin inflammation or affect your gut health as well. For your skincare routine, look for products with antimicrobial properties and use a gentle cleanser to encourage clearer skin and calm inflammation. An oil free moisturizer is also important to rid excess oil.

Step 2: Treatment when a cystic pimple has appeared

Well, this is for when the cystic pimple is already at full glory on your face but you do not feel glorious about it at all. There are products catered to reducing these cystic pimples and one of them is the specialized hydrocolloid acne patches. They are good because they would slowly dissolve over the spot and will release chemicals that help to combat cystic pimples. Otherwise, there are also other cystic acne spot treatments available; just be sure to read through cosmetic and clinical research to choose the right acne treatments. They have properties that can help break down skin cells and reduce the bumps and redness of severe acne. 

You could also consider using hydrocortisone cream. Adding a dab of cream to your pimple can work wonders and reduce the redness. One more thing is that you could keep the cream in the fridge so that when you use it, not only will it be cooling on the skin, it also helps to cool down the redness and swelling of the pimple while treating it at the same time.

Step 3: Visiting a board certified dermatologist at the appropriate time (before it turns into a severe acne case!)

Honestly, the appropriate time is always as long as you feel you need to, be it for cystic acne treatment or something like a rash on forehead. Even before the cystic pimple has fully formed, you can visit a board certified dermatologist for injections that would clear severe acne before they even get the chance to sprout. Otherwise, even more severe situations like a very painful cyst should reckon a trip down to the dermatologist to get that injection. Fret not about the injection as the dermatologists are actually injecting cortisone into the cyst itself. Cortisone probably sounds familiar to you because it is in most cystic pimple treatment products. However, we would refrain from asking for those shots when the pimple is a pus-filled one as it was specially intended to cure the nasty cyst. We would suggest this if the situation is really urgent and you would want the pimple to disappear over a day or two rather than taking weeks. And if you are looking for a home remedy, consider making a turmeric mask or add turmeric powder to any homemade mask to reduce swelling. It can also reduce inflammation and reduce pain.

Step 4: Preventing the scarring of cystic acne breakouts (& ridding dead skin cells) when it goes away

So, as we are familiar with, when cystic acne vanishes, they often leave a trace of discoloration on the skin. The spot where the cystic pimple was would be darker than the rest of our faces. While it can be covered with concealers and cosmetic products, we’d still desire a permanent clearing of such skin conditions. So, the steps to take to do this would require diligence on your part to follow through with it.

You should apply sunscreen on your face to quicken the process of the fading of the spot, as well as prevent any dry patch of skin from even forming. It is recommended that you apply at least a minimum of SPF 30 every day. That is for when you are out and about in the morning. There is also a routine to be followed at night if you want to really get rid of the scarring and dead skin cells faster. There are topical acne treatments that contain retinoids. It would be good to consistently apply it before you take your rest every night. It helps to promote collagen growth and reduce scarring over time. Some of the products that you can consider using are adapalene gel and tea tree oil. This can be applied three nights a week and if you accompany it with a good moisturizer, you can get the most out of it. Having an anti aging skin care routine helps as it is known to be rich in hydration. This will help diminish the scarring and also keep your face hydrated. Eat more hydrating foods as well and you’re set!

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Hence, here are some of the tips that we have gathered from medical experts all around in order to be rid of a pesky cystic acne breakout. It is a severe type of adult acne that may require hormonal therapy or oral medication. If you’re more comfortable with home remedies, you can try those out but do read articles by academic research institutions first. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to this severe form of skin acne.

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