Basic Facts About Cystic Acne
Nobody Likes Acne, No Matter Who Or How Old You Are
Acne is actually quite common and may happen during puberty where the sebaceous glands activated and may persist to middle adulthood.
However, there are some severe cases where cysts may be produced as a result of acne which is a condition known as Cystic Acne.
In this article, I will cover the facts that you need to know about cystic acne.
What Is Cystic Acne?
Cystic acne is due to the hormonal changes that happen in puberty. Although acne is quite common, cystic acne is actually the most severe type of the condition and rarely affects individuals that are in their teenage years to middle adulthood.
Now, a brief history of why acne develops in the skin. Under the pores of our skin, there are some glands that are called Sebaceous glands. These glands would produce an oily substance known as the Sebum and its main purpose is to flush away the dead skin cells that are collected underneath our skin.
However, due to some hormonal changes in the body (particularly the increase of androgen or sex hormones), our sebaceous glands secrete more sebum and more skin cells that get clogged up in the pores make the perfect environment for bacteria to proliferate, thus resulting in acne.
Now, cystic acne is different as they are the more inflamed and ruptured version of your regular acne. They are much bigger and they look uglier than your regular pimple.
Acne is not only caused by the overproduction of sebum in our bodies as other factors can contribute to it as well. Some of these factors are:
- Too much stress
- Cleaners, clothing, lotions, and the use of greasy cosmetics
- Sweating and high levels of humidity
- Some drugs that contain lithium, corticosteroids, isoniazid, and phenytoin.
We have to quash the notion that eating certain types of foods such as naturally greasy foods, chocolates, masturbation, sex, poor hygiene, and other dietary choices do not cause acne breakouts.
Treatment And Prevention
Some treatment procedures should be followed to help reduce acne breakouts. These are:
- Never wash your face too often. You should only wash your face two times a day by using a mild soap or cleanser. It can also help if you use lukewarm water as well.
- Do not use soaps that have cleansing granules and astringents and they can be harmful to the skin.
- Contrary to popular belief, you should never pop your zits or acne as it can lead to the worsening of the condition.
- Do not apply too much makeup as it can contribute to heavier oil production.
What you can do instead to prevent acne breakouts from happening are:
- You should always clean your skin after a strenuous exercise, in the morning, or even before you go to bed at night.
- Try to not touch your skin too often, especially your face.
- Shave your hair by first running the beard with a soapy solution to soften it. Then, make sure to find the best stroke that will provide better results without hurting your skin.
- It is advisable to shampoo your hair every day, especially for people who have naturally oily scalps.
Aside from getting a cream or a fat cell transplant which can reduce scarring but only for a short while, the promise of stem cell treatment is also a possibility, as the stem cells won’t become absorbed into the surrounded tissue as a fat cell would, so there’s an upside to this as well.