The Type of Acne You should Never Pop No Matter What
Most dermatologists usually tell their patients to never pop any of your pimples, facial or otherwise, no matter the type. While MD Sandra Lee, who also goes by the moniker of “Dr. Pimple Popper” mostly agrees, she does say there is one type of acne that rises above all other warnings to not pop. Cystic acne.
According to Lee, cystic acne is the most severe form acne can take. This type of acne is due to deeply rooted inflammation under the skin’s surface. It is typically also the most painful type of acne. Unlike other types of pimples, squeezing cystic pimples won’t work and will even make the situation worse, creating larger pimples with more pain.
This Type of Acne Has Two Major Causes
Cystic acne, or any type of acne, has two leading causes: genetics and hormones. Dr. Lee explains this is why the formative teenage years tend have the trademark of worse acne conditions. It also explains how adults experiencing their menstruation cycles tend to break out around that time too. And of course, genetics play a role in it as they do everything with your body. Those who inherit more oily skin from their parents tended to have bad breakouts just like their parents did growing up. Those with oily or thick skin are predisposed to acne as well as those whose parents had cystic acne are likely to develop it as well. A lesser factor of acne is also due to medicine. Anabolic steroids can cause outbreaks as well.
Should you develop red, cystic pimples rooted deep under the skin and hurt to touch; it’s best you leave it alone. Any attempt to pop or squeeze it could raise your risk of infection and potentially create a permanent scar. To help, Dr. Lee recommends seeing your dermatologist and have them prescribe medication that is made to cure this specific type of acne. It’s also possible for them to locally inject corticosteroids into the acne. This procedure could help resolve some of the targeted areas within the day.
Preventing cystic acne from ever arriving on your face is, in fact, possible. It’s recommended you follow a full skincare regimen both day and night. Quality products can help keep your pores cleared and free of bacteria that could cause outbreaks. If you keep to the regimen, an individual can see fewer breakouts or at least ones that are less severe than usual. Dr. Lee created her Acne System to be a simple, three-step process so people can stick to it simply enough.