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What is the Cause of Cystic Acne & How to Get Rid of It?

It is quite common for everyone, including you, to have acne, especially in the form of pimples. We have all crossed that phase and even worried a lot, as they make us feel embarrassed about appearance. Acne occurs in different forms, and one can get hold of it easily in the form of whiteheads, nodules, blackheads and pimples. Pimples are the universal sign for the beginning of acne.

A break out is curable when acne is in initial stages. The initial phase consists of pimples appearing slowly in the cheek region. What separates whiteheads and blackheads are the way they appear. A blackhead has the pore opening while the whitehead has the pore closed with the oil clogged in the pore. Beneath the skin lies the oil glands the secrete oil to remove dead cells of the skin through the hair follicle. Cystic acne is a type of acne & what differentiates between whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and cystic acne is that cystic acne is a severe form of acne where the infection goes deep into the skin creating bumps filled with pus.

What is the Cause of Cystic Acne?

What is the Cause of Cystic Acne?

Cystic acne is a scenario where the clogged pore develops bacteria, making things further worse. The appearance is swollen and red. Cystic acne occurs only when the bacteria enters deep into the skin, unlike a pimple. Therefore, it is critical to treat the particular cause in its beginning stage.

The cystic acne consists of pus, which surfaces to the skin and appears in a red tender bump. The surrounding region becomes itchy and makes it difficult to resist the feeling of scratching. However, touching it or poking will only make it worse, as it aids in the spread of the bacteria from the current pore location to others.

Cystic acne occurrence is likely in the group of teenagers, but can also appear in adults depending on lifestyle and food habits. Several cases reported that even youngsters in the age of 8 or 9 are also prone to cystic acne. It can appear on arms, shoulders, face, back of the neck, and upper arms.

How to Get Rid of Cystic Acne?

Getting rid of cystic acne is possible when there is an understanding behind the occurrence of it. However, androgens have a pivotal role in the development of cystic acne. It is because they are the reason for producing oil that helps in removing the dead skin cells. Sometimes, these hormones produce excessive oil than required, causing cystic acne.

Treatment of the cystic acne is possible through medicines. The medicines are available in different formats, and you can approach a dermatologist if the case turns out to be severe. Topical creams and pills that are readily available in a pharmacy have no or little impact on the cystic acne.

A doctor begins the treatment by understanding the condition of the cystic acne, the symptoms experienced and suggests the use of oral antibiotics that are helpful in killing bacteria that is responsible for the development of cystic acne.

In females, the possibility of controlling the cystic acne is feasible by using birth control pills. These pills help in regulating the hormones responsible for the excessive production of oil. Along with the medicines, it is further essential to inch towards a healthier diet. Vitamin A is a great source for the enrichment of skin health. A combination of all these help in unplugging the clogged pores and ensure that there is a steady flow of natural oil through the pore removing the dead skin cells.

Isotretinoin to get rid of cystic acne is now available under different brand names. The medication is helpful in getting rid of cystic acne and erases the causes of cystic acne. The prescribed dosage is two per week for five months. If it reoccurs, one can begin the course again. However, pregnant women should keep away from the medicine.

A healthy lifestyle, goodnight sleep, and less stress are good sources of aiding occurrence of cystic acne.


  1. “Cystic Acne: What Is It and How Do You Treat It?” – Healthline Link: https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/cystic-acne

  2. “Cystic Acne: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments” – WebMD Link: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/cystic-acne

  3. “Acne Treatment Options: What to Know” – Mayo Clinic Link: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20368048

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 19, 2023

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