I have always had troublesome skin, and I will be the first to admit I haven’t always taken the best care of it, but over the past couple of years, my skin would remain clear, besides the few breakouts I would get here and there, except for this horrible acne I would get around my chin and neck. No matter what I did (the normal routine care I would use for the rest of my acne), nothing would work to treat it. I did my own research and realized that I wasn’t suffering tragically from normal acne, I had what they call, Cystic Acne.
So what is Cystic acne and how is it different from normal acne spots?
Cystic Acne is a “painful skin condition characterized by large, inflamed acne lesions that form deep within the skin and result in painful, large bumps visible from the surface”. Essentially, they are these large red bumps that don’t come to a head like normal acne, and hurt whether you touch them or not, and they are not easily treated and last terribly long.
Why do we get cystic acne?
So when your pores are clogged by bacteria, skin cells, or other things, they can become inflamed. So it is important to keep your pores as clean and free from things that can cause bacteria to block pores, aka excess use of makeup. There are many other reasons one may get cystic acne, and they unfortunately might not be as simple of reasons, as just not wearing a lot of makeup. Treating your acne can first come from trying to figure out the cause. Genetics, diet, lifestyle habits, and hormonal changes can be huge factors in getting Cystic Acne.
How can you clear up your skin?
See a doctor – it could be cleared up with oral antibiotics, or prescription creams. It could also have something to do with your hormonal changes, that could be a deeper issue and would need medical attention and advice.
Creams with Vitamin A & Retinol
This is a natural way of unclogging your pores & help with skin discoloration. Think of it is as a natural exfoliator. You can even try taking Vitamin A orally, but with anything, I would recommend checking with your doctor first. Retinol is a great over the counter product if you can’t get to a doctor for any reason.
I find Rosehip Oil to seriously help my skin. I have very dry skin, and when I break out, I find that my skin is tremendously dry, and this is like a natural moisturizer that doesn’t clog my pores. I can’t really talk about the science of this oil, I just know that it has worked for me.
Some say that your diet doesn’t really effect whether or not you breakout, but I call BS. I find that when I ate very poorly…fast food & processed food, my skin was effected. It was oily, and because I didn’t feel great, it effected my skin. I have also realized that dairy has been a huge factor in my skin. The more dairy I have in the week, the poorer my skin will look and feel.
Other causes of cystic acne, or acne in general, could be your lifestyle habits. If you drink alcohol excessively, or smoke, and don’t exercise frequently…it can really effect your skin.
I think a huge factor with cystic acne comes from hormones, hormone changes, or a hormonal imbalance. When I work my arse off to regulate my hormones, my skin is healthier, but when my hormones are out of whack, my skin suffers. This may be more of a serious issue that I need to address with a doctor, but in the meantime I have found that the above have all worked for me.
If you have any tips or suggestions on keeping your skin clear and healthy, especially if you have cystic acne — I would love to hear them! We’re all in this acne filled world together 🙂