Treatments for Cystic Acne

April 9, 2021

Cystic Acne is a serious, often painful condition that can lead to permanent scarring if not treated by a dermatologist. Unlike whiteheads or blackheads, this acne can occur deep under the skin. These stubborn bumps can stick around for days or sometimes weeks. Getting rid of Cystic Acne isn’t that simple, even with washing your face every day. Treatments for Cystic Acne are also not the same for everybody, luckily there are a number of medical options proven to successfully treat this kind of problem. If you are suffering from Cystic Acne, Bay Dermatology can help.

Causes of Cystic Acne

Bacteria and Oil Buildup

Cystic Acne often happens when bacteria, dead skin cells, and a substance called sebum, which makes your face feel oily, become infected and causes large red bumps. Some individuals that have parents that have had this acne are more vulnerable to having it.

Diet

There is no evidence that eating certain foods can cause acne, but if you notice that a breakout occurs after eating certain foods, then keep a food diary to monitor it.

Hormones

Sometimes hormonal changes can trigger an outbreak, such as menstruation, menopause, pregnancy and other medical conditions. A dermatologist can prescribe medication to stabilize your hormones and also can help you with other solutions if your unable to take these medicines.

Treatments for Cystic Acne

Oral Contraceptives

Birth control pills can be an option for some women, that can decrease the symptoms, by regulating the hormones.

Oral Antibiotics

Antibiotics can help control inflammation and bacteria on the affected area. The most common ones are tetracyclines. Not all cystic acne responds to antibiotics, and sometimes over time they fail to respond to them.

Prescription-Strength Creams

These creams, lotions and gels have retinoid-a form of Vitamin A- that can help unclog pores and can help keep pores unclogged so the antibiotics can do a better job. Topical antibiotics are also prescribed to attack the bacteria and reduce the redness on the skin.

Accutane

This is another weapon against all causes of acne that won’t respond to any treatments. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands and helps skin renew itself much faster. This is typically taken orally in a pill form for around five months. In most patients the skin clears completely after the treatment and the effects are permanent.

Schedule an Appointment with a Tampa Dermatologist

Because Cystic Acne is less responsive to home treatments, it is wise to contact a dermatologist. To learn more about how the board certified, medical experts at Bay Dermatology can help you find which treatment is the best fit for you, please call us for an appointment at (727)-585-8591.

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