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How to get rid of cystic acne

If there’s one thing we know for sure in this uncertain world (see: Donald Trump, climate change, Kim Jong-un, etc.) it’s that cystic acne SUCKS.

There are many different types of acne and none of them are ideal. However, cystic acne takes the cake for being the most uncomfortable. This is mostly due to the fact that cystic pimples are deep-seeded, under-the-skin zits that don’t always come to a head — meaning, your chances of popping them are small.

The good news? Acne is treatable. All you need is a couple of products, the right information and, potentially, a trip to the dermatologist’s office.

As Dr Natasha Cook, Sydney-based dermatologist and founder of Dr Natasha Cook Cosmeceuticals explains, cystic acne also goes by the moniker of nodulocystic acne: “[It’s] a severe form of acne affecting the face, chest and back. Cystic acne is characterised by multiple inflamed and uninflamed nodules.”

Despite the name, cystic pimples aren’t actually cysts. Dr Cook clarifies: “The name implies there are nodules (firm lumps) and cysts (fluid-filled cavities lined by skin cells). However, the cystic lesions are not true cysts as there is no lining. They are sometimes called pseudocysts.”

How is cystic acne different to other forms of acne?

Usually, cystic acne is hard to ignore. “It is a lot more inflammatory [than other types of acne],” says Dr Cook. “The lesions tend to be more deep-set.” The area is usually painful to touch.

For women, cystic acne is more prevalent around the lower face and jawline area. Unfortunately, it is a lot more difficult to treat than your average run-of-the-mill acne and has a higher risk of scarring.

“Cystic acne can be triggered by the surge of hormones associated with your period,” skin care expert and esthetician Renée Rouleau tells Teen Vogue.

For some women, this hormonal change means your oil-producing glands start…

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