Most of us suffered with the odd breakout during our teen years and many continue to endure the odd pimple, lump and bump well into adult life but that is nothing compared to what cystic acne sufferers go through.

Cystic acne is characterised by the presence of a large number of persistant solid lumps or cysts under the skin which may become inflamed and filled with puss.  This type of acne can leave pitting, heavy scarring and redness as the bacteria within the pustules damages healthy surrounding tissue.

This is not a condition that cosmetics that can treat and I’d even go so far as to say that until you have seen a health care professional don’t try anything too harsh (and by harsh I mean extream pH and abbrasive which can inlude organics)  on your delicate skin as you may make it worse.  While mild break-outs, spots and comedones may heal quicker after a treatment of acid peels, microdermabrasion,  astringents or over-the-counter anti-bacterials cystic acne sufferers may only agrevate their situation.

If you have cystic acne your dermatologist may talk to you about a number of treatments including antibiotics, the contraceptive pill, topical retinoids, cortisol injections , lazer treatment or even surgery to help drain larger cysts and nodules. Once your skin is back under control you may still require treatment to help re-surface and condition the skin.  For severe cases facial fillers may be the answer whereas for milder cases you may just be advised to use skincare containing certain actives to help restore the health and barrier function of the skin or you may be advised about different make-up products that can help restore your confidence.

While these medical solutions are all very helpful, it is also worth looking at things from a holistic […]