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What is Cystic Acne?

Acne is a broad term that describes a range of conditions. Cystic acne, one of the most severe forms of the condition, can have lasting effects on your skin. This deep, painful type of acne often resists treatment efforts. Fortunately, your New York Skin & Vein Centers team can develop an effective plan to improve your skin dramatically. 

What is Cystic Acne?

Cystic acne is a type of acne that causes deep, painful inflammation in the skin. It tends to affect individuals with oily skin and is often associated with hormonal changes. Because of their depth in the skin, they can become large and inflamed, and efforts to squeeze or pop them will make them larger and more likely to scar. 

If you have cystic acne, you may also have some of these other types at the same time. 

Types Of Acne

Dermatologists sometimes group acne into two broad categories: inflammatory and non-inflammatory. 

Non-inflammatory acne includes blackheads and whiteheads. Both consist of enlarged pores filled with oil and dead skin cells. Blackheads are colored because they have exposure to the air, while whiteheads do not. 

Inflammatory acne, including cystic acne, occurs when the walls of a clogged pore break down. It results in heat, redness, and swelling. Bacteria inside these pores lead to even more inflammation, causing papules and pustules (swollen pink or red bumps) and cysts. Because cystic acne is inflammatory, it has a higher risk of leaving scars. 

How is Cystic Acne Treated?

At New York Skin & Vein Centers, we treat cystic acne with a multifaceted treatment plan that addresses your individual needs. Not all medications or treatments work for everyone, so treating cystic acne can require testing several options.

ZO Skin Health for Cystic Acne

Developed by skincare legend Dr. Obagi, this line of skincare products forms the foundation of almost any acne treatment plan. All skin types benefit from appropriate, targeted skincare that provides needed hydration without irritating or clogging pores. Your customized ZO Skin Health routine will improve your skin’s health and reduce cystic acne. 

Accutane for Cystic Acne

This prescription medication shrinks oil-producing glands to prevent clogged pores. Accutane can have side effects but can often resolve severe cystic acne. If you receive a prescription for Accutane, you will need to limit sun exposure carefully. Accutane can make your skin dry, which will make your ZO Skin Health routine even more important. 

Blue Light Therapy for Cystic Acne

BLU-U light therapy uses a non-invasive blue light that reduces acne-causing bacteria. It can be combined with a medication called Levulan that enhances its effects for powerful cystic acne reduction. It works well as part of a comprehensive treatment plan or alone. 

Consultations Available Now

The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our highly trained providers at New York Skin & Vein Center located in Oneonta, NY, serving the surrounding New York City areas with additional offices in Norwich, Binghamton, and Cobleskill.

Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment. Your journey to a healthier, happier you can start today.

Am I a Good Candidate for Cystic Acne Treatment?

Our customized treatment plans mean that anyone with cystic acne is a good candidate for treatment. Ideal candidates have reasonable expectations and a commitment to following a treatment plan. After controlling your cystic acne, you may be an excellent candidate for acne scar removal. 


*Individual Results May Vary

Dr. Dohner and his team strive to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses their practice for their aesthetic and vein needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Dohner and his team of expert providers at New York Skin & Vein Center in New York.

Take the Next Step

To schedule your in-person cystic acne consultation, call New York Skin & Vein Centers at (607) 431-2525 or simply fill out the form on this page. We look forward to working with you.

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