Treatment for Acne Cyst


Cystic or nodular acne is generally thought to be the worst form of acne, or at least one of the worst kinds. This type of severe acne is characterized by the pus build-up under the skin that creates the nodule-like or cyst-like growth. Cystic acne does not just look bad, but it is also painful to the touch and can easily spread. It may also cause scarring on the skin. There are even times when these nodules are surrounded by other types of acne, such as blackheads and whiteheads.

Before you take a look at some treatments for cystic acne, you should first think about its possible causes. According to studies, bacteria, genetics, active hormones, and overactive oil glands are the most common causes of cystic acne. 

Now, here are the possible treatments for severe acne, such as cystic acne.


Because of its strong formulation, oral isotretinoin may be prescribed to someone who is suffering from severe acne. Isotretinoin is also recommended to people who have not been responding well to other medications, such as oral antibiotics.

The retinoid is generally used for treating cystic acne, though it is also currently being used for chemotherapy treatments. It is especially effective in treating cystic acne because it reduces inflammation and stops oil production. This way, the acne is less painful and less prone to scarring. Isotretinoin can inhibit acne growth for a long period of time. Treatment with the retinoid usually takes three to six months.

Unfortunately, isotretinoin is also known for causing severe birth effects on fetuses. So, it cannot be used by pregnant women.  The FDA has specifically advised women to make sure that they use birth control before, during and even after being treated with the retinoid. Those who have a history of depression and other forms of mental illness may not be allowed to use isotretinoin. 

Drainage Extraction/Acne Surgery

For people who are not responding to acne medication, drainage and extraction may be the answer. This treatment may actually decrease the risks of scar formation. A dermatologist will perform this procedure.

Anti-Inflammatory Steroid Injection

Another form of treatment that your dermatologist may recommend is an anti-inflammatory steroid injection. It helps reduce inflammation. Cystic acne is expected to shrink after two to five days.

Photodynamic Therapy

This fresh, non-invasive therapy makes use of light treatments to target and destroy the bacteria that cause the cystic acne in the first place. Photodynamic therapy is believed to be very effective in treating not just cystic acne but all forms of moderate to severe acne. 

Daily Regimen

Of course, you need to be able to plan out a healthier lifestyle that could support the treatment while preventing future breakouts. Treatments can last only up to a few months at the most. 

Take vitamin and mineral supplements if you cannot ensure that the food you eat will present a balanced enough diet. Clean affected areas with antibacterial cleansers regularly and make sure that clear areas remain unaffected, by practicing healthy skin regimens.