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Cystic acne treatment and diet recommendations

Roy Madden


The common idea that you’ll “outgrow” your acne is nothing but a myth. You can still have acne and struggle with it regardless of your age or gender. Males and females, regardless of their age battle cystic acne without implementing a reliable and effective skincare regimen. In some cases, the applied “treatment” consists of damaging DIY solutions, prepared by following various online “miracle concoctions”. As this type of acne is deeply established in sufferer’s skin, these solutions remain ineffective and can damage the skin furthermore by drying it too much, irritating it and over-exfoliating it. Needless to say, if you suffer from cystic acne, don’t rely on lemon juice and banking soda mixtures, as nothing good will ever come out of it. And remember: never pick at your cystic acne. It will only push the infection deeper and will make it more difficult to treat.


Research your options and start the right regimen for your type of skin

You must first establish what type of skin you have, in order to search for reliable products. Products that don’t fit your skin’s particular necessities will only damage it and will leave long-term issues: further breakouts, scarring - Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH), Post Inflammatory Erythema (PIE) and atrophic scarring – which will damage your skin’s texture. A good regimen should start with a simple, gentle cleanser and a moisturizer that suits your skin. After a well-documented research, you can start purchasing a cleanser and moisturizer, even if you think that your oily skin doesn’t need one. Moisturizing is an important step of a healthy and effective skincare regimen, regardless of your type of skin. Use those for a longer interval, see if they cause any reactions. After you have established that the two previous types of products work for your skin, find a topical treatment that will help you diminish the inflammation. In most of the cases, prescription strength Vitamin A-derivate creams and topical lotions work best for this type of acne. However, those should be a last resort solution, and OTC medication should be your first option. Invest in a good SPF 50+ lotion, as this type of topical treatment will photosensitize your skin.

Besides a suitable skincare regimen, you should check for environmental factors that may lead to this issue. While not many think that their houses can be infested with dangerous chemicals, the experts at this meth testing in NZ laboratory claim that many houses show high degrees of this dangerous irritant.

Dietary recommendations for cystic acne

As in most of the cases, this type of acne is caused by hormonal imbalances. Diet is more important than many think, and by implementing a low-glycemic diet, a dairy-free diet may help with the symptoms incredibly. Those suffering from cystic acne are recommended a diet based on plenty of fruits and vegetables, low-fat meats, preferably white meat. Alcohol may also lead to cystic acne so limiting it should also help. Keep in mind that most alcoholic beverages have high concentrations of sugar. 

Combating cystic acne should be a science-based process and should never involve DIY solutions popularized by various online platforms.


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