Coral Gables Dermatologist

Cystic Acne TreatmentCoral Gables, FL

While cystic acne may improve with age, it will not go away on its own. These blemishes can be extremely painful and difficult to control without proper treatment. Fortunately, we can provide cystic acne treatments that can be more effective than over-the-counter products.

Cystic acne treatment is available at Dermbar MD in Coral Gables and the surrounding area. We provide personalized treatment to clear severe and stubborn blemishes. Call us today at 305-230-4485 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.

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Understanding Cystic Acne

Cystic acne is the most severe type of acne blemish. These deep and inflamed breakouts can occur on the face as well as other areas of the body. Cysts occur when a combination of bacteria, oil, and dry skin cells become trapped under pores.

If the cyst ruptures, the infection can spread and cause more breakouts to happen. They form deep within the skin and can take a long time to heal. Cystic acne can occur on the face, chest, neck, back, arms, and shoulders.

Cystic Acne Risk Factors

Anyone can be affected by cystic acne. However, people in their teens or early 20s are more likely to have these blemishes. People with oily skin or with hormonal imbalances also have a higher risk of cystic acne.

Men are also more likely to be affected by cystic acne than women. Although acne is not hereditary, it tends to run in families.If a patient’s parents had cystic acne, they are more likely to be affected by this skin condition.

Effects of Cystic Acne

Cystic acne increases the likelihood of developing scars. This scarring is more likely because these breakouts damage and destroy healthy skin tissue. People should never try to pop or pick at their skin. These actions can damage the skin even further and worsen acne and scarring.

People affected by cystic acne often avoid social situations and feel self-conscious about their appearance. Fortunately, the right treatment can help limit scarring and reduce or eliminate symptoms so patients can feel better about their skin.

When To See a Dermatologist

Acne of this severity can be difficult to control. Professional dermatology intervention is necessary as prescription medication is often necessary to treat cystic acne. Depending on the treatment or combination of treatments, visible results can take up to eight weeks.

Patients should not be discouraged if the first treatment plan does not fully work. It may take multiple tries to tailored an effective treatment plan with considerations for the patient’s preferences, tolerability of the agent, and psychosocial factors. After treatment, it is also necessary to have a maintenance treatment plan to prevent cystic acne from returning.

Treatment Options for Cystic Acne

Over-the-counter acne-fighting products are not strong enough to treat cystic acne. Due to the severity of cystic acne, patients should see our dermatologist for treatment. Luckily, there are many methods to treat cystic acne, including

  • Isotretinoin: This powerful prescription medicine is derived from a concentrated form of vitamin A and is one of the most effective methods to treat cystic acne.
  • Oral antibiotics: Antibiotics treat cystic acne that covers a large area of skin by decreasing bacteria and inflammation.
  • Oral contraceptives: This is an option for some women with cystic acne that can regulate overall hormone levels and possibly reduce acne.
  • Spironolactone: This prescription treatment is typically only effective for women with acne on their lower jawline and manages excess androgen levels that could be contributing to inflammatory acne.
  • Steroid injections: Injections into tender, swollen cysts that are not responding to typical acne treatments reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain.
  • Topical retinoids: This treatment is also derived from vitamin A and unplugs hair follicles to remove and prevent severe acne.

Patients interested in cystic acne treatment should contact us to learn more about the available treatment options.

Call Us Today

Cystic acne treatment can help people with severe and stubborn blemishes. Our team at Dermbar MD can develop the right treatment plan for your needs. Call us today at 305-230-4485 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can diet affect cystic acne?

There is no evidence to confirm that eating certain foods causes cystic acne. While there is no proof, people should not overlook diet as a potential acne trigger. People should note any foods that cause their cystic acne to flare up and let us know during their consultation.

What causes cystic acne?

Healthcare professionals are not exactly sure what causes cystic acne. One factor that can cause acne are hormones called androgens. Other possible causes include a woman's menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause, certain medications, skin products, and sweating.

Why does acne result in a scar sometimes?

Acne scars are the result of inflammation from acne blemishes. When the contents of larger blemishes spill into the surrounding tissue, it can result in deeper scars. Acne can result in either raised scars or indentations. Not everyone who has cystic acne will get permanent scars.

How is cystic acne diagnosed?

Cystic acne is typically diagnosed by its clinical appearance. These breakouts often appear like boils on the skin. Other characteristics include redness and a large white bump that is tender to the touch. Skin biopsies and bacterial cultures are not necessary unless another condition is suspected, such as folliculitis.

What happens if you pop a cystic pimple?

Squeezing a cystic pimple can make it worse. Doing this can trap sebum and bacteria under the skin even further and worsen the infection. Since the cystic acne is so deep under the skin, trying to pop it will extend the healing time and make it more likely to scar.

Contact Us

Dermbar MD is located at
318 Alhambra Cir
Coral Gables, FL

(305) 230-4485