There are few things more frustrating than deep, painful cysts that live under the skin and never come to a head! This type of acne – also referred to as cystic acne – is not only painful, it is difficult to eliminate. Why? Well, everyone seems to have a different explanation for this chronic, stubborn acne.
As an esthetician who has treated cystic acne for over 30 years I think there is not one answer. These deep cysts seem to be a combination of hormonal imbalance, diet and genetics. Unlike oily pustules, cysts are not necessarily related to oil production and cannot be treated in the same way. Drying out the skin simply will not help!
So, what to do? While it is true that sometimes nothing short of a dermatologist-administered cortisone shot will get rid of a deep cyst, there are some at-home steps you can take to bring down the swelling and redness. Using a complete, integrated system of products specifically designed to target this type of acne is a great first step. Why 4 Steps? Since cysts form on the inner layer of the skin, they need a professional regime that will penetrate and treat them at the root. With our professional 4 STEP PROCESS, you will see immediate results in your skin.
1 – Start with Salicylic Acid.
Slathering on traditional acne meds won’t have the same effect on a cystic pimple, which lives below the surface of the skin. Instead, you want to gently exfoliate the skin with a salicylic cleanser, like Biodroga MD CLEAR + Cleansing Fluid, to get rid of excess oil and create a clean slate for the rest of the products. Salicylic acid dissolves material that clogs pores in the skin and sebaceous glands, helping the skin appear clear and fresh again.
2 – Reduce the Spread of Harmful Bacteria + Increase Healthy Bacteria.
BioEcolia® is a polysaccharide that promotes the health of the skin’s natural bacterial flora, and reduces the spread of the harmful bacteria which causes inflammation and blemishes. Biodroga PURAN Clarifying Lotion is a toner with a clarifying effect – restoring the balance between harmful and healthy bacteria.
3 – Exfoliate with Alpha Hydroxy Acids.
AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) – such as glycolic and lactic acid – is able to remove dead skin flakes from the epidermis and skin particles which clog the pores. Biodroga MD Skin Resurface Acid Serum (2% Salicylic Acid (BHA), 5% Glycolic Acid (AHA), 10% Lactic Acid AHA) is a highly effective serum that exfoliates the skin, removes existing impurities, and protects the skin from developing new impurities. You will see visible effect after just two to three minutes: the skin is immediately open and ready to receive moisture and protection.
4 – Soothe Redness and Irritation.
Once the skin has been exfoliated and harmful bacteria have been cleansed, it is essential to deliver hydration, balance the PH and make sure the skin is properly protected. BIODROGA MD CLEAR+ Anti-Aging Care for Impure Skin reinforces skin’s protective barrier and delivers moisture and lipids into the skin. In addition, it targets cornification disorders and unclogs pores – keeping pores free so that they are able to receive the treatment moisture this product delivers – and soothes any redness and irritation.
While cystic acne can be a difficult issue to correct, these steps will help your clients see a visible difference in their skin – helping them regain their confidence!