I’m back with a blog post talking about something that I’m so passionate about and that is skincare!
Quite recently, I have one cystic acne on my chin. I don’t have it elsewhere but my chin thank god and this is the 1st time that I’ve had it. It is a type of hormonal acne and also very uncommon to happen. This kind of acne has no puss, no ‘acne eye’ and also known as Jerawat Batu in Malay. It is under the skin and all you can see is an inflamed bump. The look of it is similar to a mosquito bite but it has a pulsing pain if you press it. It is inflamed because the pore got clogged by the impurities.
Cystic Acne Care
The most important thing is to NOT POPPING the cystic acne. No matter how hard you try to pop it, nothing will come out of it. Popping will only make it worse and it will get even more inflamed and even more red. And that will make it even harder to treat. All I did was to leave it alone. Even when I apply my skincare routine or during cleansing, I massage the product on to my face gently. Especially the chin area where I have the wayward acne.
Keep your skin moisturize is vital too! This is same to all type of acne too. If your skin is hydrated, your skin will heal the acne even quicker. It’s because your skin generate new skin cell even faster when your skin is well hydrated. So, never forget to moisturize and hydrate whenever your skin is acting up!
Cystic Acne Treatment
I have been following one instagrammer makeupbypapot and she is a makeup and skincare enthusiast. She has shared her treatment for those naughty cystic acnes. I followed her tips and her ways to treat and surprisingly, my cystic acne subsided and it took a total of 5 days for the cystic acne to completely vanish.
1. Hydrating Toner
Like I mentioned above, it is important to hydrate your skin when you’re facing problems with your skin. I’m using the Hada Labo Rich Hydrating Lotion and it’s so damn freaking amazing! Actually, it was makeupbypapot who made me wanting to try Hada Labo toners and now I’m so damn hooked!
2. AHA, NEVER BHA
AHA is suitable for all skin types especially Lactic Acids. According to her, AHA works best in treating cystic acne as it exfoliates the surface of the acne and bit by bit, the impurities come up to the surface and the AHA will keep on exfoliating until all the nasties are gone. BHA is a BIG HELL TO THE NO NO as BHA will only irritate the acne from within the epidermis whereas there is no ‘exit’ for the impurities to go out from. And that will also cause the cystic acne to be in darker color and will leave dark spot on the skin. That can be even harder to treat!
I’ve been using The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid 10% and it helped a lot in treating my cystic acne. I even add more on the cystic acne spot so that it will heal faster and I’m glad that it did! It is only to be used during the night because it’s a photo-sensitive ingredient.
I have posted my experience using Lactic Acid here.
I love my oils! Although I have oily skin, but my ‘go-to’ moisturizer is always oils. Oils not only captures the hydration that you have made contact to your skin from the toner that you have applied, it also lock the moisture and keep it under your skin. When used with appropriate amount, it actually helped to control oil and sebum production too because your skin is amply moisturize. So please, to those who have oily skin, don’t be afraid to use oils.
The oil moisturizer that I’m using now is a handmade one that has essential oils in it and I absolutely love it! It’s cheaper, practical and I can make my own concoction whenever I want.
Well, since cystic acne is an already clogged pore, you need to protect it too! So don’t forget to put on sunscreen before going out in the day! I recently tried out a new sunscreen as my Biore one is out. I’m now using the Sunkiller Skin Care Gel from the brand Kiss Me by Isehan, also a Japanese brand. Am loving this sunscreen and I’ll be sharing with you why I love it very soon!
There’s no problem in this world that’s unsolved and I hope this post will help you in combating cystic acne as it can happen to anyone of us, at any age!
I’m no dermatologist but I’d like to help if you have any skin issues. Leave a comment down below if you have any.