Cystic Acne: General Information and Popular Treatments

Cystic Acne and Chemical Peels

A chemical peel can smooth the skin, reduce oil, and lower the number of cystic acne nodules if performed correctly and consistently. A glycolic or salicylic peel is perhaps the most sought after chemical peel for acne treatment.

What you need to know about Acne

Nearly everyone gets acne. No matter what your race or age may be, acne is a common problem worldwide. Over 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 have some type of acne breakout in their lifetime. While acne usually dissipates by the time most of us reach our 30’s, some people experience adult acne well into their thirties and possibly longer.
Baby acne is also not entirely uncommon. Baby acne most often occurs a few weeks after your child’s birth. While it may alarm you, the most important thing to remember is: Don’t panic. The condition will usually go away on its own. You can help your baby’s skin by not using creams or oils and try to avoid over-scrubbing their faces. It’s probably safe to say that the acne is not bothering your baby, so try not to let it bother you. Baby acne should go away in 4 to 6 months as your child’s hormones level out.
In case you were wondering, the scientific name for acne is acne vulgaris, which sounds just dreadful but literally means “common acne.” This is the type of acne that affects more teenagers and adults later in life, and is not to be confused with Rosacea. Cystic acne occurs when your skin glands become plugged with oil causing lessoned outbreaks commonly referred to as pimples or zits. Pimples occur on the face, neck, shoulders, back, and chest, but acne on the arms and legs are not unusual.  It is best to treat cystic acne by alternating between the Salicylic and the Lactic. Using the two together, allows for a peel much deeper than the Salicylic alone.

What we know for sure about acne is that it is caused by hormonal imbalances in adolescents and young adults, but the exact reason why some people get acne and others don’t, or why some people get much worse acne breakouts than others is unknown. We do know that acne is at least partially hereditary, which speaks more to a genetic predisposition and not something that can be physically changed or altered in your every day routine. However, when dealing with existing acne there are acne treatments available to you that will certainly help your active acne.

Other Popular Treatments

Since the causes of acne are still somewhat unclear, the treatments for acne vary. It’s good to keep in mind that while some acne treatments really do work, not all acne treatments work the same for everyone. What is successful for controlling acne with one person might not necessarily be effective for someone else. Successful acne treatments and acne products include topical bactericidals, topical and oral antibiotics, hormonal treatments for women, topical retinoids (Retin-A®), or oral retinoids (such as Accutane® or Claravis™). Retinoids work by influencing the lifecycle of the cells related to acne. Solutions for fighting acne while building stronger, healthier skin include IPL Photofacial, Blue Light Therapy, Thermage®, Laser Skin Rejuvenation, Chemical Peels, and Microdermabrasion.

The average acne treatment usually takes up to 6-8 weeks before you start seeing results. It’s important to remember to continue your treatment once your acne improves or clears, since acne is a genetic attribute it will return. If acne cysts do not improve in those 8 weeks, your acne treatments might need to be adjusted. With so many acne treatments it’s important to find one that works best for you.