What is cystic acne? And when should you see a doctor?

Conceptual shot of Acne & Problem Skin on female face.
Conceptual shot of Acne & Problem Skin on female face.

Cystic acne is a more aggressive form of acne caused by build-up of debris deep in the pores. It can cause severe, painful cysts and irritation, making the skin appear red and painful and sensitive to touch.

This occurs more often in people with oily skin and will require a more adhesive treatment to tackle the impurities trapped deep in the pores.

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What products should you use?

A calming foam cleanser that thoroughly cleanses the skin of any impurities, sebum and dead skin cells is recommended. Or try a milk thistle sheet mask, which will provide a boost of anti-inflammatories to help relieve pain and inflammation.

Should you seek medical advice?

According to experts at Britain's NHS, if you have a moderate or severe type of acne you should see your GP or a dermatologist. 

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Compiled by Phelokazi Mbude

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