Cystic Acne is the severest and most painful form of acne. There is no way to make Cystic Acne disappear overnight, but a good skin care regimen can help prevent and combat this condition.
Cystic Acne often requires a prescription treatment, however, there are products you can use in conjunction with a prescription in order to help prevent cysts from occurring. To reduce acne-causing bacteria and unclog pores, we recommend washing your face twice daily with an antibacterial cleanser and following with an exfoliating treatment that contains Salicylic Acid such as Exuviance Clear & Smooth Daily Exfoliating Anti-Blemish Pads. Many people assume oily skin does not need to be moisturized. On the contrary, oily, acne-prone skin still needs hydration, so for daytime use, apply Exuviance Sheer Refining Fluid SPF 35. This lightweight moisturizer provides hydration and sun protection while keeping excess oil under control. Plus, it contains NeoGlucosamine® to exfoliate and help keep pores clear. Using a treatment product with Salicylic Acid, such as Exuviance Blemish Treatment Gel can help assist in eliminating blemishes, and at night Exuviance Night Renewal HydraGel is an excellent moisturizing option that reduces oil while lightly hydrating skin.
In addition to prescription topicals, many derms administer superficial peels to help improve acne-prone skin. Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 is a great option for home use. It contains a 25% blend of AHAs and PHAs including Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid and Gluconolactone, which helps exfoliate the surface layers of skin and prevent clogged pores, which can lead to acne cysts.
With a history of cystic acne, we suggest adding new products gradually, using each for about two weeks to make sure your skin is compatible. Once you determine that you can tolerate a product without additional breakouts, you can gradually add new products to your regimen.