If you have large, deep, solid and painful lumps or cysts under your skin, you may have severe acne.
It’s likely that these breakouts cover large areas of your face or body and last longer than in moderate acne – often hanging around for months or even years.
Severe acne can have a huge impact on self-confidence and self-esteem, preventing you from doing things you usually enjoy because you might feel worried about your appearance and what other people think.
This type of acne has been linked to anxiety and depression.
Unlike other types of acne, severe acne won’t usually respond to over-the-counter skin care products available at pharmacies or supermarkets.
If you leave it untreated, severe acne can cause permanent scars.
If you have severe acne, it’s important to see your doctor who may refer you to a dermatologist for assessment and further treatment.
Dermatologist and All About Acne member Dr Mei Tam explains severe cystic acne and the potential treatment options in this video:
Here are some steps to follow if you’re managing severe or cystic acne:
Understand the range of safe and effective acne medications.