What is Cystic Acne?
Causes, Symptoms and Best Treatments

What is cystic acne? If you suffer from this severe skin condition you know how debilitating it is. This page will help you understand what it is, what may be causing it, and how you can best treat it:

What Is Cystic Acne

Deep inflamed cysts, nodules and pimples cause pain and embarrassment. Any skin condition can affect your self esteem, and cystic acne especially so.

Finding a successful treatment often seems like a never ending search, and can be all-consuming...

But, by understanding your condition better, you have the power to make smart treatment choices. Let's start with the symptoms and causes of cystic acne, before getting into exactly what you can do about it. 

Symptoms Of Cystic Acne

  • deep, inflamed cysts - sometimes 1 inch or more in diameter and these can stay for weeks or months
  • red, flaky, scaly skin
  • excess oil production, a greasy complexion
  • papules - small hard lumps or pimples
  • blackheads
  • nodules - similar to cysts but these are hard and often deeper

From this list alone it's easy to see how awful this condition is. You're not just dealing with one type of blemish or pimple, but a whole range of uncomfortable and often painful 'manifestations'.

Please take heart - as all these conditions can be seen as the complete disease and don't have to be treated separately. Get to the root cause of cystic acne and all the symptoms will disappear. 

What Are The Causes?

You will probably read and even get told by your dermatologist that cystic acne is caused by the following:

  • an overproduction of dead skin cells, which get trapped in pores and mix with oil, leading to blockages
  • an excess of acne-causing bacteria on the skin's surface

And while these things are what cause the visible symptoms (pimples, cysts, nodules, inflammation etc), what is much more helpful is knowing the ROOT CAUSES. 

  • What makes the sebaceous glands over produce oil, the skin cells increase their turnover, and the acne bacteria to proliferate. 
  • Why you, and not your best friend?

Some people have the right conditions in their body that when certain effects are triggered (unbalanced hormones, compromised immune system, blood toxicity) the symptom they experience is cystic acne.

Other people may experience irritable bowel syndrome or psoriasis, it's just the way your body reacts.

What Is Cystic Acne? And How To Treat It

So, the underlying causes of cystic acne are what we need to treat. Anything that merely deals with the surface is unsuccessful, at least in the long run (this includes products such as benzoyl peroxide, which only dry out the oil glands - the root cause is still there and it will return).

Next: How To Treat Cystic Acne >>>


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