Cystic Acne affecting Males and Females

Acne is a skin condition which affects both men and women. Although acne is more common during the teenage years, it can occur at any age. Cystic Acne is caused primarily because of hormonal changes which occur in the body, for instance, women might suffer from cystic acne during their menstrual cycle or post pregnancy.

Dermatologists believe that cystic acne is caused partly because of hyperactive sebaceous glands. When the sebaceous glands secrete too much oil, the skin’s pores become clogged. The extra oil combined with external bacteria can form an infection, which results in swollen pustules, or pimples, more popularly known as acne. Cystic Acne is the most painful form of acne, and affects the deepest tissues of the skin. Getting rid of cystic acne is tough, extremely tough.

When sebum and bacteria clog the pores, additional bacteria begins to reproduce and grow in various forms. This worsens the problems, and causes the infection to spread to the unaffected parts of the skin. Squeezing and scratching the pimples can also cause problems, making it more difficult for the infection to heal.

Dermatologists and skin care experts advise women to remove their makeup before applying medication to the skin, such as balms, lotions and/or creams. Contact lenses should also be removed to prevent medications from coming into contact with the lenses and damaging them.

Makeup can worsen cystic acid. It not only helps to aggravate the problem but can cause the infection to spread. This is why many beauticians refuse to work on people suffering with any form of acne.