How to Get Rid of Nodules and Cysts

Girl is having problem with her acne

There are various effects in our bodies caused by hormonal changes. Some we like; some we really don’t, like acne. Acne is very common and every one, both men and women, happen to have or have had it. It is inevitable and to put it plainly, a part of growing up.

Unlike how most of us think that acne is only of one kind, we need to think again. Acne goes about different types ranging from its mildest form, which are very easy to treat, such as whiteheads and blackheads to average ones such as papules and pustules. And then there are severe forms that definitely nobody wants such as nodules and cysts.

What are nodules and cysts?

Nodules and cysts are both larger in size compared to the rest of the acne gang and are also more painful. Nodules are inflamed bumps that are firm to the touch. They may be a mixture of tissue, fluid or of both that forms under the skin, causing it to be more painful. While cysts are quite similar in size with nodules or can even be larger. However it is distinguishably different to nodules because they have pus and look like boils.

What causes their growth?

Acne appears on our faces and other parts of our body mainly because of hormonal changes. Our hair follicles secrete too much oil that it gets clogged inside along with dead skin cells on our face that don’t shed off normally. Without the presence of bacteria, they form into whiteheads or blackheads. But with bacteria being present and depending on the gravity of infection, swelling and inflammation occurs causing more severe type of acne to form.

Nodules and cysts are the most severe forms of acne, cysts being the mother of them all. They are both quite relatively difficult and take much longer time to treat. They are very identifiable; don’t look normal sometimes and leave a lot of scarring that they cause emotional distress among men and women who have them. They cause embarrassment and greatly affect the self-image of anybody dealing with it. But don’t lose hope because even these very stubborn acne can be treated. You just need to apply the proper treatment, get help from an expert and be consistent and patient enough in committing to your daily regimen.

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How to treat nodules?

Treating nodules can be done at home and on your own. You can try washing your face with a gentle cleanser and then applying a topical cream containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. You can also apply herbal extracts that are anti-inflammatory such as tea tree oil, aloe vera, ginger, honey and green tea. For severe cases, it is best to consult a dermatologist so that specific topical creams and/or oral medicine can be suggested and to be able to know if procedures need to be applied such as laser therapy.

How to treat cysts?

Treating cysts on the other hand are better off handled with careful medical attention from a dermatologist though self-care measures are also okay. Most definitely your dermatologist will prescribe oral antibiotics for you take in order to help control bacteria and lower inflammation. Topical creams with retinoid may also be suggested because this will unclog your pores, helping antibiotics to work better. Isotretinoin is also a prescription drug that is mostly suggested by dermatologists because it clear all causes of acne effectively.

The key to a smooth and acne free face is to not hasten things. Remember that acne problems, especially those caused by nodules and cysts, do not get solved easily. You need to be patient, consistent on your daily regimen and gentle on your face.