Nearly every teenager experiences the problem of acne to some extent, and while in most cases the problem may subside on its own or with some minor efforts in others medication may be completely unavoidable.
Furthermore in some cases the acne may refuse to go even with topical over the counter medications and the regular anti inflammatory drugs. The pustules become hard and painful, and won’t subside no matter what you do. This type of acne is known as cystic acne, and it cannot be treated very fast. It may take months before you may experience any respite from the treatment.
The signs and symptoms of cystic acne:
Cystic acne is the most painful type of acne and it characterized by prominent red pustules which take more than a month to subside. And the day one pustule subsides, another one will pop up just close by. Also this type of acne doesn’t go away as you step out of the teenage, which is usually the case with regular acne, and may still keep bothering you when you have crossed the thirty age mark. In women, cystic acne can also appear suddenly after child birth, even if they never had suffered from acne in their earlier life. In certain extreme cases the pustules may burst and bleed even with a mild touch.
What causes cystic acne?
Although the main cause of cystic acne is still not clear, hormonal changes and imbalances are mostly held responsible for the development and occurrence of cystic acne. However, the usual overworking of the subcutaneous glands and the collection of oil and dirt in the pores still remain the promoters, if not the birth cause, of cystic acne.
How to Treat Cystic Acne
Just like regular acne, keeping your skin clean and oil free is the first requirement to solving the problem. Your pores must remain unclogged at all times, for which you may have to keep washing your face every few hours. Avoid using any makeup products, lotions and creams on your skin.
Over the counter medication wont help much in case of cystic acne, so there is no point wasting your time on these. Instead, you must consult a dermatologist who is most likely to prescribe some cortico steroids in the form of ointments as well as oral drugs.