Cystic Acne Treatment

  • Posted on November 20, 2010 at 3:56 am

Cystic acne is as its name suggests the most severe form of acne vulgaris consisting of large, deep and inflamed cysts anywhere on the body where there are sebaceous glands. This mostly affects the face, neck, back and chest areas and can be quite painful. They are soft fluid filled sacs under the surface of the skin and are difficult to treat. People who suffer from this type of acne also develop deep, hard, painful lumps as well called nodules.

This type of acne more commonly affects teenage boys and young adult men. The causes are the same as less severe forms of acne only with more severe symptoms. The psychological affects are as damaging as the physical and both can leave permanent scars if not treated effectively.

Cystic acne treatment is generally administered by a medical practitioner and often entails employing various methods in conjunction with each other. Systemic medications such as antibiotics are often used to control the bacterial infection internally and topical creams for the surface bacteria. Isotretinoin is another systemic medication which needs serious consideration before treating with it. It is generally used as a last line of defence and only when all else fails in serious cases of cystic acne. Isotretinoin, more commonly previously known as Accutane, can have serious side effects and must be monitored by your doctor. It works by shrinking the sebaceous glands below the surface of the skin in the dermis, which controls the production of sebum, the oil responsible for acne. Pregnant and nursing mothers cannot take this medication due to risk of miscarriage and birth defects. There are other serious side effects to watch for, but one which is still under scrutiny is the possible risk of depression and suicidal thoughts.

cystic acne treatmentFor some women, a successful cystic acne treatment is birth control pills, which work basically by reducing the testosterone level in the body. This is another treatment which is mostly used as a last resort unless the female requires birth control anyway.

Other cystic acne treatments include surgical techniques such as surgical excision and drainage. Small incisions are made in the skin through which the infectious fluids are drained. Another method is corticosteroid injections directly into the affected area to reduce inflammation and shrink the cysts.

For weaker cystic acne you might want to try some cystic acne home remedy which could include taking multivitamins, and particularly zinc and vitamin B5. However, if the acne is severe, it may not respond well or do anything at all. As with all other forms of acne, it never hurts to take vitamins plus improve your diet, sleep, exercise and cleansing routines to work in conjunction with treatments. Drink plenty of water and fruit juices to help flush toxins from your body and get plenty of sleep to help your body regenerate the power it needs to heal.

Some treatments aren’t effective immediately so patience and dedication to a good treatment program are important factors to be successful. Don’t get discouraged because the results will boost your self confidence and self esteem and improve your quality of life.

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