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What Is Cystic Acne?

A woman looking in the mirror at cystic acne on her cheeksCystic acne is one of the most severe types of acne. It’s not as common as other types, but it still causes significant distress and discomfort for those affected.

Acne Awareness Month highlights the importance of understanding and addressing acne in all its forms. This month, it’s crucial to shed light on this particular type of breakout, as well as its causes and potential solutions.

At the Skin Center of South Miami, we are committed to helping you treat cystic acne. Find out more about this condition below.

Cystic Acne Basics

Cystic acne is characterized by large, inflamed lesions that are deeply embedded within the skin. 

Common acne presents as blackheads or whiteheads. However, cystic acne manifests as painful cysts or nodules. These cysts can cause a great deal of scarring. They are often resistant to over-the-counter treatments as well. 

Cystic acne breakouts typically appear on the face, back, and shoulders. They are prevalent during adolescence, but they can also persist into adulthood.

Causes and Risk Factors

Cystic acne can be caused or worsened by several different factors, including:

  • Hormonal imbalances: Changes during puberty, pregnancy, or menstruation can trigger these breakouts.
  • Genetics: Acne often runs in families and may be associated with certain genes.
  • Lifestyle and environmental factors: High stress levels, poor diet, and pollution exposure can exacerbate the condition.

Treatment Options at Skin Center of South Miami

At Skin Center of South Miami, we offer a range of treatments to manage and reduce cystic acne. Our board-certified dermatologists may recommend:

  • Oral medications, like antibiotics or hormonal therapies, to address the underlying causes
  • Topical treatments and professional extractions can also help manage symptoms
  • Non-surgical procedures like laser therapy to improve skin texture and reduce scarring

Schedule a Cystic Acne Consultation in South Miami

Given the complexity of cystic acne, professional consultation is crucial. Our experts at Skin Center of South Miami are here to help you achieve clearer, healthier skin. They will work with you to create a bespoke treatment plan based on your specific needs.

During Acne Awareness Month, we encourage you to take proactive steps toward managing your skin health. Schedule a consultation at Skin Center of South Miami by calling 305-740-6181 today. You can also book an appointment online.


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