Isolation breakouts are a thing, and if you thought you were alone… think again. There is a primary contributor to this common problem, and it is stress.
COVID19 has increased many people’s anxiety, even if they had never experienced anxiety prior to the pandemic. A lot of people have lost their jobs, are worried about the health of their loved ones, and we are all left isolated from our every day support network, which makes things even harder! This all builds up to an increased level of stress… but these circumstances aren’t the only contributor to our increased stress levels.
Below the surface inflammatory acne, or otherwise known as cystic or nodular acne, is the most severe form of acne. Cystic acne forms when bacteria, dead skin cells and oil get stuck in your pores, forming lesions in the deep layers of your skin. Cystic acne usually appears larger in size than inflammatory surface acne, and often looks like a boil on the skin.
Typically cystic acne is treated with prescription medication, in particular with Isotretinoin, otherwise commonly known as roaccutane or accutane. Those with extremely severe cystic acne may require these stronger methods of treatment, so it is always a good idea to consult your dermatologist or GP should you fit into this category.
Non inflammatory acne includes whiteheads and blackheads and is the least severe category when it comes to classifying acne. The majority of whiteheads and blackheads are caused by clogged pores, likely due to excess oil, bacteria or skin cell production. The good news is these are relatively easy to treat in comparison to inflammatory acne categories.
When it comes to acne, all forms and severity have one thing in common - clogged pores. It is what is below the surface that determines inflammatory acne from non inflammatory acne. Inflamed acne consists of swelling and redness and is often caused by a bacterial infection within the pores.
When I was 13 years old I went to the GP with my first symptoms of acne. I was recommended minomycin, which is a type of antibiotic. Trusting in the expertise of my GP I gladly accepted the prescription and started the oral treatment. It helped! I saw significant improvements in my breakouts…