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Cystic Acne - Pizza Face and Other Names

Sep 6, 2008
Usually everyone has had acne at sometime of his or her lives usually the adolescence stage. You may have suffered from white head, black head or pustules they all have the same medical term acne. Some kinds of acne have a very harmful affect on the emotional well being of an individual. These are cystic acne and individuals suffering from this kind are also referred to as pizza face as their faces have red spots around the acne.

Acne is the results of the blocked hair follicles. The hair follicles get blocked with bacteria and sebum in cystic acne. This blockage is deeper than simple acne therefore causes reddish tender skin around the hair follicle. The may have the pus filled. It was commonly believed that acne is caused due to poor hygiene, but this is not the whole truth. There are a number of reasons, which contribute to the outbreak of cystic acne.

Common Causes:

The exact infection, which results in the cystic acne, cannot be determined. This is because each infection may have an origin, which is different from another. Many researchers are of the opinion that cystic acne outbreak may have genetic factors also. The reasons being not many individuals have them but they sure seem to run in a family.

This kind of acne may also result in scarring more so if they are picked or squeezed. Picking or attempting to squeeze it out may also cause the infection to go deep into the skin and increase the intensity of the outbreak. As stated above, hygiene is not a contributing factor in the outbreak of cystic acne, but there is also a general consensus on the fact that food habits and environmental factors do contribute to cystic acne.

A bad case of cystic acne may be triggered by exposure to some toxins and also due to excessive secretion of some hormone in the body. Another substance, which is known to cause these painful and dirty looking cystic acne, is anabolic steroids. Adequate treatment and keeping away from these harmful substance help in controlling the undesirable cystic acne.

Treatment:

The most important part in the treating of cystic acne is not to pinch or squeeze them out. This will result in worsening of the situation. To help with all that tenderness and throbbing pain, a doctor should be consulted. The doctor will drain the pus with sterilized instrument and prescribe antibiotics for the infection.

When this method fails, other medication such as Accutane may be prescribed, this medication though helps but should be taken under medical supervision. In some people, regular exfoliation of the skin and face peeling seems to be quite effective. In many others, no particular treatment but a combination of all of the above yields satisfactory result.
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