How to Prevent Cystic Acne

Cystic acne can happen to anyone. Even babies can get it. You cannot completely avoid cystic acne but you can minimize it. It is important to stay dedicated to your cleansing routine, and most importantly, not to lose hope. Don't let acne get in the way of your dreams. See below to learn how you can get through this!


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    Determine the cause. Figure out what is causing these annoying acne flare-ups or the acne that just seems to stay there forever. Some causes include:
    • Hormonal changes (ex. puberty, menstrual periods, pregnancy, birth control pills, or even stress)
    • Oily or greasy beauty products.
    • Particular drugs (ex. steroids, estrogen, and testosterone).
    • Sweating and high humidity levels.
    • Perimenopause or menopause.
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    Determine if the acne you have is cystic acne or not. There are four grades of acne, and they include:
    • Grade 1 is mild, characterized by only a few minor pimples, blackheads, and no inflammation.
    • Grade 2 is moderate, with more blackheads, more obvious breakouts, and there is inflammation.
    • Grade 3 is severe, with more inflammation than in Grade 2 and more pimples not only on the face, but on other parts of the body like the chest and the back.
    • Grade 4 is serious, this is the cystic acne and it is basically like Grade 3 only there are cysts and this type of acne is painful.
      • If you are in Grade 4, then you should go see a dermatologist. If you are in the earlier stages, the rest of this article will help you prevent getting the painful cystic acne.
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    Start off with the least harsher cleansers in your skin regimen. Wash your face 1-2 times a day (depending on how oily your skin is). Be sure to select a good acne face wash, perhaps start with a typical salicylic acid wash that you could find at a drugstore (Neutrogena is a good start brand), or you could move on to a benzoyl peroxide wash. Just stick with one wash for about a month to see if it works for you or not, if you're not consistent though, you might not get results.
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    Use a toner if you have particularly oily skin. Also the toner leaves your skin feeling very refreshed and clean. If you have dry skin this step is not recommended since it can dry your skin even more.
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    Use an acne treatment, if your acne is more severe. Be careful though, as some treatments can dry your skin excessively. To avoid this, gradually use the treatment more regularly. Such as; one application every two days to two daily applications or whatever feels comfortable with your skin. Don't be afraid to experiment and also be patient, results won't happen in one day!
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    See a dermatologist. If the past steps haven't worked, it might be a good idea to visit a dermatologist and ask them what to do about your acne. Don't be afraid to ask them, their job is all to do with the skin. But in order to be prepared for the possible treatments you might receive, here is a list of some options your dermatologist might suggest:
    • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
    • Oral Antibiotics
    • Hormone Therapy
    • Isotretinoin


  • Wash your hair daily if it is excessively oily.
  • Use a light weight moisturizer if your skin tends to get dry or it's sensitive.
  • Look for non-comedogenic or oil free products for your moisturizers and makeup.
  • A face mask that is non-comedogenic can help minimize pores.
  • Don't let acne ruin your life.


  • Try not to squeeze or pop your pimples. It can lead to scarring if you do so. Scars stay for a long time and cost a lot of money to remove.
  • Avoid using thick moisturizers, as they will clog your pores.
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands.
  • Pregnant women should refrain from taking Accutane.
  • Avoid washing your face with a bar of soap.
  • Avoid wearing tight headbands.

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