Hormonal Acne vs. Cystic Acne and How to Give ‘Em the Boot!

Hey there! Today we’re diving into the acne universe today to unravel the mystery of two of the biggest skin bullies in the business: hormonal acne and cystic acne. These jerks can leave you feeling frustrated, but fear not – I’ve got your back. Let’s break it down in simple terms and talk about how to kick ’em to the curb!

Hormonal Acne: The Hormone Hellyon

Picture this: hormones having a party on your face. That’s hormonal acne for you! When those hormones, especially the rowdy ones like testosterone, go on a rollercoaster ride, your skin might join in too. Here’s the scoop:

  • Hangout Spots: Hormonal acne loves to chill around your jawline, chin, and the lower cheek zones.
  • Time to Shine: These zits usually pop up right around your period or when hormonal shifts are having a fiesta.
  • Zit Types: Look out for inflamed pimples and little pus-filled buddies that come along for the ride.

Pro Tips: Taming Hormonal Acne

  • Easy-Breezy Routine: Keep it simple with a gentle cleanse, some chemical exfoliation (a mask, not a scrub), and remember that hydrated skin is happy skin. Products with salicylic acid and niacinamide can join the party.
  • Topical Treats: Wanna play the acne-busting hero? Introduce retinoids to the scene. They’re great for keeping your skin’s dance moves in check, but be careful with tretinoin.
  • Chill Vibes: Breathe in, breathe out and tell stress to namaste away! Try out relaxation tricks and a balanced diet to keep those hormonal shenanigans in check.

Cystic Acne: The Deep-Sea Dwellers

Now, let’s talk about the heavyweight champs of acne – cystic acne. These are like those VIPs that show up uninvited and refuse to leave. Here’s the scoop:

  • Deep Down Drama: Cystic acne goes deep, forming those big, painful bumps that love hanging beneath the surface.
  • Battle Scars: These troublemakers are known for leaving behind some battle scars in the form of scarring. Ouch!
  • Party Zone: They can pop up anywhere, but cheeks, jawline, and back are their favorite dance floors.

Pro Tips: Clobbering Cystic Acne

  • Pro Help, Please: Time to call in the pros! Treatments like corticosteroid injections (for the really awful painful ones that just refuse to go away), peels, and LED therapy can show these intruders the exit.
  • Gentle is the Way: Be gentle with your skin – aggressive moves aren’t gonna help. Opt for gentle skincare and avoid rough scrubbing.
  • Spot Treatment Magic: Got a particularly stubborn bump? Zap it with sulfur-based spot treatments.


Knowing the difference between hormonal acne and cystic acne is like having a secret weapon in your skincare arsenal. Though most of us can recognize cystic acne fairly easily because of how much those suckers hurt. But armed with this info, you’re ready to tackle those pesky pimples head-on and show ’em who’s boss. Remember, while we’ve covered the basics, if you’re struggling with your skin, you do not have to struggle alone. Come in for a free consultation and lets see what we can do to get you feeling more confident about the skin you’re in! Stay fab and keep rockin’ that beautiful skin of yours!