Cystic Acne

Cystic Acne

Cystic acne is one of the most aggressive forms of active acne. If you are looking for a permanent acne solution, Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is what you are looking for.

Cystic acne causes deep skin lesions called cysts, as well as more superficial whiteheads, blackheads and pustules. This results in painful, large visible bumps and scars, which can have a severe impact on people’s self-esteem and emotional health.

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy eliminates superficial and deep-seated bacteria, accelerating the healing process with remarkable results.

Not sure what best acne solution for you is? Speak to one of our dermatologists for a full assessment of your case.

Treatments for Cystic Acne

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Dermapen Treatment

Dermapen stimulates the production of new collagen, reducing scars, stretch marks, pigmentation, wrinkles and other skin conditions.

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Fractional Laser Scar Removal

ResurFACE fractional laser stimulates the skin’s natural renewal process, greatly reducing the redness and appearance of scars.

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IPL Acne Treatment

Intense Pulsed Light kills acne-causing bacteria, bringing back your best skin after only a few sessions.

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Cystic Acne FAQ's

What is the difference between ‘mild’ acne and cystic acne?

While acne is a very common and not dangerous condition, cystic acne affects a smaller number of people and requires professional medical treatment.

Acne is a skin disorder in which the sebaceous glands responsible for lubricating skin and hair produce too much oil. Normally, excessive sebum (oil) alongside dead skin cells block the pores and cause superficial inflammation. This triggers the appearance of whiteheads, blackheads and pustules.

However, there are more severe types of acne, in which cysts form deeper in the skin leading to infection, inflammation and pain.

Cystic acne also has a greater impact on facial appearance, with visual symptoms including uneven skin, redness, pigmentation changes and long-term scarring.

What causes cystic acne?

Severe acne is not caused by your diet or lack of hygiene. The main factors behind these acute from of acne are the hormonal changes that happen during puberty, although it can also occur during adulthood.

Is it dangerous to ‘pop’ a cyst?

Cystic acne is a medical condition that must be treated by specialist dermatologists. Pimple and cysts popping in cases of severe acne will damage the skin, causing further infection and long-term scarring.

Is there a permanent treatment for cystic acne?

Cystic acne can be treated with topical treatments, such as benzyl peroxide and retinol creams, and different types of medication (antibiotics, retinoids and some contraceptive pills). Steroid injections are sometimes used to help minimise scarring.

However, if you want to eliminate the visual signs of acne, the fastest and most effective treatment is Intense Pulsed Light therapy. ILP greatly reduces the number of active lesions by killing the bacteria involved, and reduces the inflammation and frequency of breakouts.

Long term scarring caused by previously active acne can also be successfully improved with fractional laser.

Book a consultation with one of our expert dermatologists to find out what is the best acne solution for you.

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Call: 0151 630 8121