How Does Nodular Acne Differ from Cystic Acne?

Nodular acne v/s cystic acne

Get to know about Nodular Acne in detail

You might have experienced different types of acne since your teenage years, from whiteheads to papules that pop up and fade out quickly in a few days or weeks. However, if the acne is formed in the deeper layers of the skin, often emerging as red and painful bumps, you know it’s nodular or cystic acne – two more severe forms of acne.

If you’re slathering topical ingredients on inflamed acne for weeks to no avail, then you might have cystic or nodular acne. These are often confused because of their similar appearance. 

Cysts and nodules: What’s the difference?

A nodule is when a pore ruptures under the skin, resulting in a large, raised bump. On the other hand, a cyst occurs when a pore is clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells, or bacteria. 

Both appear as elevated bumps on the skin, over 0.5 cm in diameter. However, cystic acne are skin lesions lined by hair follicles. Nodular acne are harder as these bumps don’t have fluid. The one similarity is that as both cysts and nodules are formed deep in the skin, there is a higher risk of acne scarring with both these kinds of acne.

Signs and symptoms: Although they look similar, nodular acne and cystic acne have different characteristics altogether. Nodular acne is firm, while cystic acne is soft to touch. Most of the time, nodular acne does not have a head, whereas cystic acne has a red, pus-filled cyst. Cystic acne can burst open easily, infecting the surrounding area. On the other hand, nodular acne has hard knots with no fluid.

Reasons for acne breakouts: Cysts and nodules are usually caused due to chronic inflammation of hair follicles and sweat glands. These flare-ups are often caused due to multiple factors, including increased oil production by the sweat glands, the proliferation of acne-causing bacteria on the skin, hormonal imbalance, or stress, where your body responds by overstimulating the oil glands.

Managing acne breakouts: Trust high-science to deliver

The most commonly used ingredients for both types of acne include retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid. However, these ingredients cause severe side effects when used for a prolonged period. They often kill good and bad bacteria as they are not advanced to detect the differnece, This may strip the skin of its natural moisture, and increase skin irritation and sensitivity.

However, the latest high-science technology, enriched with thymol and terpineol (TT), is a formulation verified by experts to address nodular and cystic acne without causing any harmful effects. This formulation is clinically proven to reduce acne from day 3.

A clinically proven solution for a healthy and clear skin

The TT technology is a powerful blend of two anti-acne actives, thymol and terpineol. These active ingredients have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

This technologically-driven TT formulation boosts the skin’s natural defence system by killing and inhibiting the growth of acne-causing bacteria and protecting good bacteria. It is clinically proven effective in reducing acne in one week and acne scars and blemishes in two weeks, giving you brighter and radiant skin.

Hence, the dual combo of active ingredients helps control acne, reverse skin damage, and restore the skin’s normal microbiome. It is clinically proven that a 0.1% thymol and terpineol combination is 2.5x more efficient than salicylic acid.

Deep, painful cystic and nodular acne are difficult to solve on your own. Experts always recommend following a skincare regime that includes skin-friendly combinations like the TT technology, fortified with thymol and terpineol, which combats acne at its very root for healthier skin.

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