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Acne Cysts Treatment And Control

By: La Hunter


Cystic acne is a severe, and quite painful, type of skin disorder that is also referred to as nodulocystic acne. An acne cyst is an inflamed lump that forms in the outer layer of the skin, either singly or in groups, and is much the same as a blind pimple, although a cyst can measure over an inch in diameter. Cysts should not be squeezed as this can cause further infection, which may result in permanent scarring of the area. Proper treatment is essential in order to control an outbreak of cystic acne

The exact cause of acne is unknown, although several misconceptions are held, such as poor hygiene, eating greasy foods or chocolates. Acne can strike people at any age, however most people are first affected by the disorder during their adolescent years. Because of the increase in hormonal activity during puberty, the sebaceous glands are triggered to increase the amount of sebum they produce, which floods the skin, resulting in blocked pores that trap the body oil under the skin. The trapped oil erupts causing cysts to form on various parts of the body, more commonly the face, neck, chest or back.

While cystic acne is really painful and unsightly, the worst aspect of the condition is the fact that it can inflict ugly permanent scars on a patients face. Unless treated promptly, acne can get out of control and develop into a group of large, deeply rooted cysts that will disfigure the face forever.

There are many over the counter preparations available that do help to ease the symptoms of minor bouts of acne. Preparations that are derived from benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid are particularly effective in most cases, however if the condition persists or gets worse, then the services of a health care professional should be sought.

Prescribed medications do effectively ease the symptoms of cystic acne, and the doctor or dermatologist will prescribe what ever is most suitable in you particular case. Isotretinoin is a preparation, marketed under the brand name Accutane that will control the more severe cases of acne, although one should consider the side effects Accutane can have on certain people, before deciding to use the product. You are well advised to discuss this issue with a dermatologist.

Topical preparations that are derived from Vitamin A such as, Isotrex or Isotrexin are good enough to treat the majority of cystic acne outbreaks, although the larger, more painful cysts may have to be drained periodically by a doctor. Medications of this type, can ease acne symptoms and control the development of cysts quite quickly, provided the treatment is commenced during the early stages of an outbreak of cystic acne.

Other steps like eating healthy foods, doing daily exercises, getting plenty of fresh air and drinking lots of clean potable water, will also have a positive effect on the body's ability to bring a cystic acne condition under control. Use the hands to wash the skin gently with clean lukewarm water no more than twice a day. If soap is needed make sure it is very mild, like baby soap.

By giving your skin the proper treatment during the early stages of cystic acne, the condition can be effectively controlled and ultimately healed, without leaving any disfiguring scars on the face.

La Hunter
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