How to Treat Cystic Acne
Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: Acne Tips Date Posted: December 12th, 2012 Comments: 0
cystic acne

Cystic acne can be incredibly painful and seem impossible to get rid of. The cysts can swell tremendously on different areas of your face, causing your face to look like it has a severe abnormality. Cystic acne differs from regular acne because it not only attacks the surface and under layer of your skin, but also attacks the tissues within the skin. This can cause severe scarring and damage to the skin. If your cystic acne becomes quite large and looks like nodules on your face, it is time for you to visit the dermatologist to find the most effective treatment for your skin. Listed are four possible treatments for your cystic acne:

1. Prescription antiobiotics taken orally to attack the bacteria-causing cysts and inflammation from within your body. Your doctor will discuss with you if this is the best course of treatment and the required dosage.

2. Corticosteroid injections are another option on fighting cystic acne. The steroids injected into the cysts are known to reduce swelling over time, anywhere from a few days to a couple of months depending on the severity of your cysts. Using this treatment minimizes possibility of scarring as the cysts diminish, dry up, and disappear after a short amount of time. Your doctor may incorporate this treatment with an oral antibiotic if they see fit.

3. Female contraceptives (birth control) are known to reduce cystic acne. This treatment will decrease the amount of sebum (oils) that are released to the surface of the skin by balancing out hormone levels.

4. Accutane or Isotretinoin as prescribed by your doctor. Both drugs are quite powerful and potent and are only to be taken by the order of your doctor and you must be monitored regularly if on either medication. There are extreme side effects but either can do wonders at treating cystic acne.

As stated above, any of these treatments must be ordered by your doctor and what works for one patient may not work for another. Your doctor will evaluate what is best for YOU. Be patient on this quest of healthy, clear skin. You have made the right step if you made the appointment to visit a dermatologist…in due time, you will have the best treatment to cure your cystic acne.

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