1. What causes cystic acne?
As with any form of breakouts, it occurs when your pores are clogged with excess oil, dirt, and dead skin. However, flare-ups are triggered due to bacteria that is trapped much deeper in your pores and hence, inflammation happens within your tissue. In short, it does not just sit atop your surface but tend to form deep within the layers. While it can usually develop on the face, they can also form on your back, chest, neck, and arms. They do not have the ‘poppable’ quality of a typical zit and instead appear as large, pus-filled bumps that are red, tender, and painful.
This condition is common amongst teenagers and young adults through their 20s but women and even men can contract these breakouts from their 30s to 50s. There are various factors that lead to breakouts, such as oily condition, hormonal shifts, and genetics. Some people might also find that their breakouts are triggered by certain foods, specifically dairy and sugary foods.
2. Why should I treat cystic acne in Singapore?
Unlike whiteheads, blackheads, and typical surface pimples, it sits deep within the surface. The level of inflammation can be rather severe, so the risk of scarring is higher than other forms of pimples. If left unattended, it can break and spread infectious pus to other areas, and this can trigger new pimples Meddling with or trying to pop them may aggravate them even further, and using makeup to conceal your breakouts will only clog your pores more.
As they sit within the inner layers, it will usually not go away on their own. They also cannot be solved the same way as normal surface pimples. Over-the-counter products are meant to kill bacteria on the surface but are not able to penetrate deeper into the surface to target your problem. These products will merely cause dryness and flakiness on the surface without actually clearing up the pimples.
Those suffering from breakouts are recommended to seek proper procedure that can specifically target and reach deeper into the stubborn pimples. Getting attended as soon as possible is essential in preventing further painful breakouts and awful scarring.
3. What can I expect when treating cystic acne?
Before starting any procedure, you will meet with our qualified therapists, who will give you a comprehensive rundown on the process and what to expect. They will also guide you through the necessary pre-treatment steps.
During the procedure, your eyes will be protected and a cold gel will be applied. You can expect to feel a heated sensation during the procedure. With that said, you do not have to worry about pain or discomfort as the procedure will not hurt, and our therapists will ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.
The procedure itself will take around 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size and severity of your targeted areas. Taking into account the pre- and post-treatment preparation, you can expect to spend roughly an hour in the room.
4. How soon can I start noticing results?
Depending on the severity of your condition, you can typically begin to observe noticeable improvement to your complexion as early as three weeks following the procedure. Most people may undergo several sessions spanned across a few months, based on their desired appearance and acne severity. Following each session, you can continue to spot greater improvements, such as minimised redness and swelling, as well as an overall radiant complexion.
5. What is the recovery process like?
Our qualified therapists will provide you with simple post-treatment instructions. With that said, you will be glad to know that our process requires no downtime. You can expect your skin to appear pinkish immediately after the process but this will subside after about 15 minutes. Most of our clients are able to go about their day as per normal after undergoing the procedure. You are advised to practise good beauty habits, such as removing makeup properly, cleansing regularly, and washing your makeup tools frequently, to minimise the risk of clogged pores in the future.