Most children, as they turn into teenagers, form acne on their faces or other parts of their bodies. Acne is often stressful for teens, for appearance is very important to them at this stage in their lives. Most forms of acne will go away over time but there is a form of acne that, if it does form, needs to be treated immediately. This form of acne is called cystic acne, and it’s characterized by large pus filled sores on the face or other parts of the body. These sores are often painful and, if left untreated, can lead to scarring and a pitting of the skin. If your teenager forms cystic acne, it’s best to make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately so that measures can be taken.
The large pus filled sacs that mark cystic acne must not be squeezed, as it is often tempting to do so. The infection could spread deeper if the cysts are squeezed, and scarring could result. Even if the cysts are quite large, it’s best to leave them alone until a qualified professional can look at them. It may be a troubling time for your teen if the acne is present, but you have to insist that they don’t touch the cysts until the doctor can examine them.
Prescription Medicines And Their Risks
Your dermatologist will examine your teen’s cystic acne and then will determine what measures need to be taken. Depending on the severity of the acne, your doctor will generally prefer to use prescription strength medicines in order to treat the problem. These prescription strength medicines can get rid of the problem but they need to be handled with care, as many of them affect the kidneys and can lead to health problems later on. Your doctor will usually conduct blood tests on your teen to make sure they are of optimal health to receive such medicines.
You’re Not Alone
Cystic acne is very troublesome for the sufferer, but know that you and your teen aren’t alone. Many people suffer from cystic acne, and many people have permanent scars from it that they must bear for the rest of their lives. It also hurts, it doesn’t look good and it can lead to the sufferer becoming withdrawn and depressed. That’s why if you, or your teen, shows signs of suffering from cystic acne, it’s best to get them checked out by a certified dermatologist right away.