How to get rid of cystic acne

Published At: 27 December 2019 , 03:43 PM

Cystic acne, more commonly known as nodular acne, is an active type of acne that is characterized by an increased content of pus inside.

A typical breakthrough of nodular acne begins with mild pain under the skin without changes on the surface. Then, after a few days, they appear like painful red acne, remaining for several weeks, and then settle, leaving a scar.

Cystic acne can be very painful, red, sore, and difficult to remove.

Although contacting a dermatologist for cortisone may be the most painless way to soothe inflammation and reduce the throbbing sensation, home remedies or preventative skincare may be needed as a temporary measure.

How to prevent and treat cystic acne with a focused skincare procedure?

Unlike regular acne, cystic acne does not heal over time. A dermatologist from Mumbai, Dr. Satish Bhatia, warns that if cystic acne is not treated early, it can lead to scars. Injection of a corticosteroid called triamcinolone can reduce inflammation and prevent scarring.

In some cases, a dermatologist may prescribe an incision or drainage. Experts warn that it is not necessary to carry out this procedure on their own at home, as this can cause a significant aggravation of the condition.

Doctors recommend using a simple home remedy to improve the situation - ice. To reduce the size of acne and eliminate redness, it is necessary to apply regular ice throughout the day.

The topical treatment of cystic acne involves the use of a combination of benzoyl peroxide and adapalene, which are topical creams. Benzoyl peroxide helps destroy acne-causing bacteria, while adaptable (a form of synthetic retinol) helps exfoliate the skin. For very painful acne, doctors suggest making a cocktail of salicylic acid to dry excess oil, benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria, and hydrocortisone to soothe inflammation and redness.

Cystic Acne Skin Care

It is necessary to cleanse the face at least twice a day with a mild detergent to remove dirt, dead skin cells, and additional sebum, which usually causes acne. Those who struggle with cystic acne should avoid aggressive exfoliation, as this irritates the skin, leading to redness. Most dermatologists suggest using cleansers with salicylic acid, which helps remove excess sebum, dry existing acne and exfoliate the top layer of the skin. After cleansing the skin, it is recommended to use a toner and apply a moisturizer.