What is cystic acne?
Cystic acne is a more severe form of acne that creates large pimples, filled with pus, beneath the skin. Cystic acne tends to show as red bumps, which often ooze pus or become crusty. This condition can be painful, difficult to live with, and may lead to scarring over time.
Cystic acne forms on the face, chest, neck, back, and other areas of the body. As with other forms of acne, cystic acne is most visible on the face and neck.
What causes cystic acne?
Cystic acne is caused by a mix of oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria clogging pores. This creates an infection below the skin, which leads to the formation of pus-filled cysts. Bacteria will spread if an acne cyst pops, which can cause breakouts in surrounding areas.
Hormone changes may lead to cystic acne, such as increasing testosterone, which stimulates production of sebum, an oil produced naturally to keep skin lubricated. Other potential causes of cystic acne include:
Despite what some may believe, acne does not mean a person has poor personal hygiene. If anything, it’s possible that washing too vigorously can leave the skin too dry and prompt it to create more sebum, increasing the likelihood of clogged pores.
How can cystic acne affect people’s professional journeys?
The Canadian Dermatology Association reveals that more than 80% of people affected by acne are aged 12 to 24. In some cases, the acne will clear up by the time teenagers reach their twenties, but the condition can persist well beyond then. In fact, around one-quarter of teenagers with acne will still have it by the time they reach 25 years of age.
According to the Canadian Dermatology Association, women account for three-quarters of adult acne. This is often due to hormonal changes (e.g. during menstrual periods, pregnancy, and menopause).
Whatever the causes, acne (especially cystic acne) can have a lasting impact on a person’s life. For example, a New York Times article from October 2021 revealed the emotional toll that acne can take on adults. It cited a number of studies into adult acne, including one from 2021 that found acne-prone adults felt less confident in the workplace because of their condition, with low self-worth named as a common result of breakouts.
Participants in the study also shared that few of their peers had acne, which made them feel more isolated, and that having visible acne might make colleagues or seniors believe they were younger than they were. That could cause concern that they have less experience and are less professional overall.
The New York Times article also referred to individuals who feel embarrassed by their acne when meeting clients at work, or even on Zoom calls.
Acne may appear skin deep, but adults experiencing the condition in their twenties, thirties, and beyond may find that it has a strong impact on their lives and careers. Fortunately, treatments can help to improve acne-prone skin, keep breakouts at bay, and even restore confidence.
What treatments are available for cystic acne?
Various treatments designed to treat acne (and often other skin conditions) are available. These include facial treatments and specially formulated skin care products.
Here are some treatments that could improve your cystic acne:
A professional facial treatment can rejuvenate skin and fight acne. Some fantastic options include:
A facial consisting of three steps — cleansing, extracting, and hydrating. Deep cleansing and exfoliation reveals a new layer of skin. Extractions strip impurities from pores, while hydration introduces bespoke ingredients that nourish the skin.
Acne Basic S.O.S.
The Acne Basic S.O.S. is a purifying treatment designed to remove impurities and perform a deep cleanse of the skin to calm different types of inflammation. The high-frequency technology brings more oxygen to the treated skin to improve texture, tone, and acne.
During microdermabrasion treatments, an abrasive device is used to gently but effectively remove the skin’s top layer. This can remove dead skin cells and give treated skin a more youthful, fresher look.
That’s why microdermabrasion may improve the look of cystic acne and fight its formation.
The Astra Glow is a treatment exclusive to Astra Medicare. It revitalizes acne-prone skin, decreases hyperpigmentation, and reduces the visibility of wrinkles.
For anyone with scars caused by cystic acne, a platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment may create smoother, healthier skin. It uses your own blood’s healing capabilities to rejuvenate the skin, encourage healing, and promote new tissue growth.
Your treatment provider will take a small amount of your blood, then place it into a centrifuge to separate platelets from the red and white cells. Finally, the remaining serum is injected into one or more areas of the face scarred by acne.
Skin care products
The following skin care products can help fight cystic acne:
Vivier Acne Treatment System
The Vivier Acne Treatment System is a two-step kit that includes Medicated Wash and Acne Treatment Lotion.
Both products in the kit can stop breakouts and contribute to healthier skin with a balanced tone.
Astramed Skin Perfect
The Astramed Skin Perfect antimicrobial cleanser purifies and revitalizes the skin. It removes dead skin cells, sebum, and impurities, which reduces the risk of pores becoming clogged. It can also cover imperfections and visibly decrease the signs of severe acne.
Eltraderm Calm Rebalance Soothing Gel
The Eltraderm Calm Rebalance Soothing Gel is formulated to minimize inflammation and redness to decrease the likelihood of breakouts.
How to schedule a consultation for acne treatment in Brampton
Cystic acne can have a lasting impact on anyone who experiences it at any age, particularly adults. But if you’re concerned about how cystic acne is affecting your life and work, Astra Medicare offers a wide range of treatments to prevent breakouts and minimize their visibility.
Get in touch now to schedule a consultation at Astra Medicare in Brampton, Ontario.
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