Clearing Up Cystic Pimples
Any gal with acne will admit that it’s a frustrating skin condition. Likewise, those with cystic acne will probably tell you that it is the most frustrating thing to have to deal with. Unlike “typical” run of the mill acne, cystic pimples present themselves with no warning signs. Seriously, you can go to bed with clear skin and wake up the next morning with a big, red and painful zit that is deep under the skin. Also, pesky, black heads and white heads will rise to the skin’s surface making them easier to clean out or extract. Underground cysts, however, don’t present themselves as easily. In fact, the seldom present themselves at all which forces sufferers to cause pain and create scarring before disbursing back into the skin.
Cystic pimples are no joke and are the very reason that many teens and young adults seek the assistance of dermatologists. Given their credentials, board certified dermatologists can provide patients with prescription strength topicals, oral medicines, and even superficial injections. Bare in mind that the suggestions below can should not replace the advice of a dermatologist. However, these tips and tricks are a great way to speed up the healing process while under professional supervision, as well as help to prevent new cysts from forming.
Take Your Vitamins
Surely you’ve seen the vitamins marketed to those looking for better skin or stronger hair. While these vitamins are likely to make a difference in your skin, you can reap the same benefits from a multivitamin! As long as it’s okay with your doctor, a multivitamin containing zinc and vitamin E can work wonders on acne prone skin. The zinc works to reduce redness and inflammation, while the vitamin E works as a healing agent and encourages the reproduction of healthy skin cells.
Since you were a kid you’ve been told to ice sore or swollen injuries. Although not externally inflicted, cystic acne is very much like an injury. Applying ice to the infected area will cause blood vessels to constrict when this happens, redness will be dulled and swelling will decrease. Depending on the severity of the cysts under your skin, it’s a good idea to ice anywhere from one to three times per day. You can either soak a washcloth in ice cold water, hold it your face, or you can wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and hold it directly over a cyst.
Avoid Touching Your Skin
Although some pimples can be safely extracted, you should never try to extract, pick or pop cystic acne. Not only does this transfer more bacteria onto the infected area, but you run the risk of doing more harm than good. If you try to pop a cystic pimple, it’s basically guaranteed that you won’t get anything out. Instead, you will irritate the area and run the risk of spreading the infection to other areas of the skin.