Inflamed Acne

Cystic Acne

All acne lesions start out as “micro comedo”. As that lesion grows it has two different pathways that it can go down. One way turns the lesion into a non-inflamed lesion (whitehead or blackhead). The other route will develop into a pustule or cyst; and it will take about 90 days to run its course. Cystic Acne occurs when a person not only has an inherited propensity for acne, but also has the inherited propensity for inflammation.


The good news about cystic acne (inflamed acne) is that it can be much easier than non-inflamed acne to clear. It is closer to the surface than non-inflamed acne and therefore more receptive to the products used to get it under control. We use a combination of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory topical products used as directed by your acne specialist to bring existing inflammation levels down and to keep it from returning.

There are also many supplements that we recommend along with your home care that can help to bring inflammation levels down such as:

  • zinc monomethionine
  • omega-3 fish oil

Icing your skin can be very helpful when you have cystic acne – get a Dixie cup, fill it up with water and freeze it. After cleansing, take a minute to roll the ice over your acne.

It’s really important to get onto the right products to get rid of your cystic acne. Bringing the inflammation down as quickly as possible is key – the longer you have inflammation, the more likely you will scar. Let the acne specialists at Body and Face Solutions get you on the right course of action sooner than later!

How to Get Rid of Cystic Acne

Cystic Acne is the most visible of all the acne types. Seen most in adolescent boys, it is characterized by large red pustules and cysts, it is also very painful for the sufferer. Unfortunately, this is also the type of acne that leave permanent pitted scarring. The good news is that this can be the easiest acne to get under control. Because it is on the surface of the skin, it usually responds very quickly to the right anti-inflammatory products. These products must be used in the correct way, however, in order for the regimen to be effective.


The best ingredients to use for cystic pimples is mandelic acid, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide (sometimes mixed with sulfur), clay used correctly.


Acne Specialist train by Face Reality know how to test your skin to make sure you are getting the correct strength of products. They can coach you through the process of getting rid of your cystic acne in the quickest time.

Blemishes and Pimples

Any kind of mark or discoloration on the skin can be called a blemish. According to an online dictionary, its definition is “is “a small mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something.” So blemishes could include acne, but can also include dark spots or places where someone has picked their acne lesions.

All of acne is caused by the inherited tendency of “retention hyperkeratosis”. This is a fancy name for dead skin cells piling up and sticking together inside the pore along with other debris such as sebum, bacteria and a random rudimentary hair. (For more information see “What is Acne” in the articles. This debris clumps together to form a plug inside the pore. This is actually called a “comedo”. If this comedo remains non-inflamed, it becomes a whitehead or blackhead. However, if it goes down the path of inflammation (also an inherited tendency) it will turn into a pimple, pustule, or cyst (inflamed acne).


A pimple is an inflamed acne lesion that has not come to a head yet.


A pustule is a pimple that has come to a head.

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Acne cysts are soft, pus-filled and inflamed lesions that occur deep in the dermis. Cystic acne can affect anyone, but it is more common in teenage boys and young men.

All inflamed acne needs strong antibacterial products used correctly to get it under control. Inflamed acne lesions like pimples, pustules and cysts tend to respond quickly to the right acne products. This along with the right lifestyle changes can dramatically clear up and get rid of inflamed acne.

At Body and Face Solutions , our acne specialists trained by Face Reality will test your skin to give you exactly the products you need to get your acne clear in the quickest time. We also coach you throughout your process of getting clear – you need to use products correctly in order to get and stay clear.

Get Rid of Pimples and Blemishes

get-rid-of-pimples1[1]To get rid of pimples, you need to use products that will decrease the inflammation – products with ingredients like mandelic acid, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.  However, it is not enough to use the right products, you also need to use them in the correct way. It takes an experienced Acne Specialist to guide you– they will know which products to recommend for your type of acne. Then they will guide you in how to use the products in a systematic way to get your skin clear as fast as possible.

Icing inflamed acneic skin is also highly recommended. Ice helps to bring down inflammation and can be effective in keeping inflamed lesions from coming to the surface.

When you are on the right products and treatment program, you can get rid of pimples pretty quickly – they can be easier to clear than blackheads as they are more on the surface.

The term “blemish” has a wide range of meanings. Generally, it is any mark that is left over from acne rather than the acne itself. Skin blemishes need to be treated the same way acneic skin is treated. The main concern for blemish control is the same for acne – to keep any new acne from forming in the first place – this is the best blemish treatment. If you have your acne under control, you can say bye bye blemishes as well.

Popping Pimples


Popping pimples seems like a good idea at the time. It’s quick, it’s satisfying, and it leaves you with a smooth surface. Problem solved, right? It might seem like it, but every day our acne specialists see the fallout from acne that’s been overzealously picked and popped. Most commonly, popping pimples will leave you with very dark or red spots (even scabs) in the area where you picked. These marks, called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, can take months and even years to go away without chemical peels for acne scars. Picking too deep can even leave you with permanent pitted, “ice pick” scars that only laser treatments or plastic surgery can improve.

poppingpimples2©[1]But the real problem with popping your pimples is not the appearance of the surface of your skin, but its affect on your acne overall. Squeezing a pimple damages the follicle wall deep inside your skin, encouraging further inflammation and breakouts in the picked area. You could get a cluster of pimples in the area where you popped, or the popped pimple could come back to haunt you again and again in the same place because the wall of that follicle has been compromised.

poppingpimples3©[1]To get rid of a pimple, we recommend applying ice to the lesion for a few minutes twice a day in order to reduce redness and swelling, healing your pimple from the inside out. Or, schedule an acne treatment with us. The Face Reality acne specialists can remove dead skin cells and oil from the follicle without breaking the follicle wall and spreading acne bacteria. Better yet, they can recommend the best acne medication for you so that you won’t break out in the first place.