What Is Cystic Acne?

At Atlas Dermatology, Dr. Trent Massengale specializes in diagnosing and treating skin conditions, including acne. They can also help determine the underlying causes of your acne near Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, and develop a personalized treatment plan that may include prescription medications, lifestyle modifications, or procedures such as chemical peels or laser therapy. By seeking the expertise of our dermatologist, you can gain a better understanding of your acne and receive effective treatment.

What Is Cystic Acne? 

Cystic acne is a painful and potentially embarrassing severe form of acne. It results from infection in the skin's oil glands, which can cause inflamed bumps usually filled with pus. These bumps can be disheartening and take a long time to heal, leaving scars and hyperpigmentation.

Unlike other types of acne, cystic acne is not caused by poor hygiene or diet but by hormonal imbalances and genetic factors. It's most commonly seen in teenagers and young adults but can affect people of all ages.

Treating cystic acne can be challenging and often requires the expertise of a dermatologist. Topical treatments might not be effective, and oral medications such as antibiotics or isotretinoin may be necessary. In some cases, corticosteroid injections or cyst drainage alleviates pain and inflammation. It's essential to seek treatment for cystic acne to prevent scarring and minimize its impact on your daily life.

Consult Our Dermatologist

Consult Atlas Dermatology about acne if over-the-counter treatments fail to improve moderate to severe acne, scarring or hyperpigmentation, and other symptoms such as pain or itching or if causing psychological distress.

During the initial consultation, our dermatologist will examine your skin, take your medical history, and ask about your diet, lifestyle, and skincare routine to determine the cause and severity of your acne. Treatment may include topical or oral medications, lifestyle changes, or all three. Be patient and consistent with treatment, as it may take several weeks or months to see progress, but with the help of our dermatologist, you can achieve clear and healthy skin.

Please explore our website to learn about the conditions we treat and the services provided. If you have questions about acne in Baton Rouge or Prairieville, LA, and want to schedule an appointment with our dermatologist Dr. Massengale at Atlas Dermatology, call today. We have two convenient locations for our patients. Call (225) 313-4560 for the office in Baton Rouge, LA, and (844) 313-4560 for the office in Prairieville, LA.

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