Alert! This TYPE of Acne Can Give You Acne Scars

Alert! This TYPE of Acne Can Give You Acne Scars

Everyone has their share of acne every now and then. For some, it can be mild. And some of you can have red, painful stubborn acne. But most commonly, the care regimen for acne is ignored. It is quite imperative to know that different types of acne require different types of care routines. Perhaps, we assume they will heal by themselves, which they do in most cases, but consequences differ.

From all the types of acne, cystic acne are the ones which are deep rooted in the layers of the skin. These can be painful with lesions and inflammation which while healing can leave scars on your face.

Cystic acne is seated deep into the skin damaging the tissues and layers under the breakout.

At times, the capillaries get ruptured that can extremely damage the skin causing inflammatory lesions, nodules, and lumps in the form of pimples.
These may last a couple of weeks on and in your skin. And when they are in the process of healing, they can really test your patience.

This is how cystic acne increase the risk of acne scarring

As discussed above, cystic acne are nodules or pus-filled bumps under the skin. And if not cared for properly, the severe infection from lesions can remain for a longer period of time. This affects the deeper layers of the skin namely- dermis, and then hypodermis, breaking the capillaries. This worsens the already damaged area of the skin.

So, during the repairing process, the body heals the acne “wound” , by producing collagen. If it is produced in an inappropriate quantity, the affected skin can have a rough and uneven texture which appears in the form of scars.

Usually, cystic acne do not heal on its own. However, few topical treatments are found effective to control the mild to moderate cystic acne forms

It is always advised to see your dermatologist if and whenever you feel you have severe cystic acne. However, the mild and moderate forms of cystic acne can be easily treated and controlled with topical treatments. This is how.

1. Over the counter salicylic acid products to kill acne causing bacteria and calm the inflammation

Research by Gabriella Fabbrocini and et al., on Acne Scars: Pathogenesis, Classification and Treatment from the journal of Dermatology Research and Practice recommends salicylic acid, which is a beta hydroxy agent, as one of the major ingredients for treating acne scars.

  • The exfoliating properties of salicylic acid acts like a peeling agent that clears the pores preventing further buildup.
  • Its anti-inflammatory qualities calms down the damaged skin and reduces the redness and swelling from the skin.

So adding salicylic acid in your acne scar-care routine can really help you.

But be mindful of the fact that layering too many salicylic acid products in one go can be harmful for your skin. It can trigger over-exfoliation causing extra dryness and acne exacerbation in your skin. So even in the lowest concentration of 1%, salicylic acid can be effective.

2. Antimicrobial peptide like Oligopeptide-10 to kill Propionibacterium acnes that causes cystic acne

Cystic acne mainly emerges due to Propionibacterium acnes. So, another effective treatment option for this nodular acne is antimicrobial peptides like Oligopeptide-10.

As the name suggests, antimicrobial peptides clear off the production of bacteria on the skin. This in turn decreases the acne on the face. It has the best action when used in combination with salicylic acid. The combination can be used in the form of serum.

Don'ts that can actually worsen your cystic acne

Taking care of cystic acne can be cumbersome. We tend to take every precaution but sometimes miss on the obvious but important pointers like

1. Popping or squeezing cystic acne

However irritating the acne can become, control yourself if you ever feel like squeezing or popping it. Popping your acne can spill infection and lesions on your skin and attract bacteria. This can invite more cystic acne formation.

2. Skipping moisturiser

The sebaceous glands tend to overwork when the skin is dehydrated of the moisture. This can trigger extra sebum production resulting in clogged pores. And clogged pores are the hub of acne. So, never skip moisturizing your skin. Go for a light, non comedogenic and non-greasy moisturizer like Oil Free Moisturisers.

3. Using pore clogging ingredients

Comedogenic ingredients like Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Carrageenan, Steareth 10 and many more in your cosmetics can clog the pores. Clogged pores attract dirt and acne causing bacteria, inducing or even worsening the acne. So, always go for products that are “non-comedogenic”.

4. Not taking makeup off before going to sleep

Another mistake that may appear small, but can really aggravate acne is not removing make-up off of the face before sleeping. Wearing makeup for a longer period of time blocks the pores and does not let skin breathe. So the impurities get stuck in the pores. This induces acne and scars furthermore. Therefore, always remove makeup before sleeping.

6. Not visiting the doctor for severe and stubborn form of cystic acne

Cystic acne rarely treats on its own and requires extra care. This means that you must visit your dermatologist. Avoiding so, can worsen the condition and pain. This can leave scars on skin at last.

7. Over washing face

Do not wash your face frequently as it dries out your skin leading to drying up of cystic acne. This will induce overproduction of sebum triggering more acne.


Prevention is always better than cure. So is the case with acne scars. Always be cautious of cystic acne or even any type of acne to avoid post acne marks and scars. Updating your skin care regimen and being aware of the treatment options like salicylic acid and antimicrobial peptides can completely change your acne care game.

Just stay patient with your acne to have a happy skin!



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