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Ah, acne—what can we say about you that hasn’t already been said? If you’ve ever experienced acne before, then you know that it can often be challenging to put together a skin care routine that addresses your specific skin care concerns. But not every type of acne is the same (and not every type of acne should be treated the same way, for that matter). Some forms of acne are more difficult to manage than others. While the occasional blackhead or pimple might be a nuisance, cystic acne can take things to a whole other level of frustration. Keep reading for our guide to cystic acne and how to deal with it.
While you might consider yourself an acne pro, it turns out there are actually quite a few different kinds of acne. Since you’re here to learn about cystic acne specifically, we’ll keep this to the point. According to the National Institutes of Health, a cyst is a type of pimple that is deep, painful, and filled with pus.
The answer to whether cystic acne can leave behind acne scars is yes. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), cysts can lead to scarring. However, you can help cover up acne scars with makeup. Use a primer to help create a smooth canvas for the rest of your makeup application, then apply color corrector, followed by full coverage foundation and flesh-toned concealer. If you have acne, the FDA suggests looking for makeup that is non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic, as these won’t clog pores.
If you have cystic acne, it’s time to book some time with your dermatologist. According to the FDA, cystic acne should be treated by a derm.
While managing cystic acne will require a dermatologist’s help, there are a few steps you can take in your skin care routine to help prevent cystic acne—and acne in general—from getting worse. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), you should gently cleanse your skin twice a day and after sweating with a cleanser that won’t over-dry your skin. Avoid scrubbing, as this can irritate your skin. Something else to keep in mind? According to the AAD, you shouldn’t pop or pick at cystic acne, as this can cause scars. The AAD also advises steering clear of toners and exfoliators if you have cystic acne, as these can be drying to the skin.
Your next acne lesson? Head on over to our article, 5 Pimple Myths to Stop Believing Now.