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Recurring Acne Getting on Your Nerve? Find the Right Treatment Approach!

Dr.Ayushi Bansal 1587 Views
Updated: 17 Jan 2024
Published: 17 Jan 2023
Recurring Acne Getting on Your Nerve

Do you find yourself experiencing acne issues again after years of clear skin? If so, you're not alone. From hormonal imbalances to genetics, there are a variety of factors that can lead to acne flare-ups. In this blog post, we discuss the causes and treatments for recurrent acne so you can get your skin back on track with the help of a dermatologist or skin doctor.

Let's take a closer look at why you may be struggling with cystic acne, hormonal acne, or even general stubborn acne on oily skin:

Recurring Acne Causes

Genetics and Hormones:

Genetics and hormones play a major role in acne breakouts. If you have a family history of acne, it could be that your genes are making you more prone to developing it. For females, fluctuating hormones can cause an increase in oil production, leading to blocked pores and acne breakouts. Even if you're not genetically predisposed to acne, hormonal fluctuations can still affect your skin. In addition to genetics and hormones, diet and lifestyle habits play an important role in maintaining healthy skin.

Diet and Lifestyle Habits:

Eating too much sugar or processed foods can trigger the production of inflammatory compounds which contribute to acne flare-ups. On the other hand, eating foods rich in antioxidants such as fruits and vegetables promotes skin health.


Stress is also known to trigger hormone imbalance which can lead to increased sebum production resulting in clogged pores and pimples. Use stress management strategies such as exercise or yoga to reduce stress levels for better skin health.

Skincare Products:

When dealing with acne-prone skin types, it is crucial to select skincare products that are non-comedogenic so they won’t block your pores further or irritate your skin.  A dermatologist or skin doctor can recommend the best skincare routine for your particular needs as well as provide advice on medications if needed.

Cystic Acne and Hormonal Acne:

Acne is an unpleasant and common skin condition that can cause physical, emotional, and psychological distress. Cystic acne and hormonal acne are two of the most severe forms of acne, yet they often go undiagnosed and untreated.

Difference between Cystic and Hormonal Acne:

Let's start by understanding the difference between cystic and hormonal acne. Cystic acne is a deep, painful form of acne that occurs when oil and bacteria become trapped in the skin pores and clog them.

It usually appears as large, red bumps on the face, neck, chest, and back. Hormonal acne is another type of severe acne that can also cause deep-seated pain and inflammation.

Unlike cystic acne, which is caused by oil and bacteria clogging the pores, hormonal acne is caused by fluctuations in hormones throughout the body.

tips to prevent recurrent Acne


Now that we understand what cystic and hormonal acne is let's look at some of the underlying causes of these conditions.

In most cases, genetics are believed to be a major factor in causing cystic acne—if your parents or grandparents experienced it during their life then you may have inherited this tendency towards developing it too.

Other causes include diet, lifestyle factors (such as poor hygiene), stress levels, hormone imbalances, and even certain medications.


When it comes to treating cystic and hormonal acne there are several approaches you can take depending on your individual situation.

Topical treatments such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid are often used to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria but they may not be enough to fully clear up the condition in some cases.

Antibiotics or retinoids may be prescribed if topical treatments don't provide adequate relief from symptoms.

Additionally, lifestyle changes such as reducing stress levels or eating an anti-inflammatory diet can help manage symptoms over time as well.

Preventing Future Breakouts:

The best way to prevent future breakouts from both types of severe forms of acne is to manage their underlying causes such as stress or diet changes; for instance, adding more fresh fruits & vegetables into your daily diet alongside plenty of water can help keep your skin hydrated which in turn can help reduce breakouts from occurring over time Also making sure you get enough sleep each night will help balance out hormone levels thus lessening the chances for future breakouts.

  • Acne on Oily Skin: 

    Do you have oily skin that is prone to acne breakouts? As frustrating as it can be, you’re not alone. Acne on oily skin is a common occurrence—and one that can be effectively treated and managed with the right approach.
  • Understanding Your Oily Skin Type:

    Before you can start treating your acne, it’s important to understand your skin type. Oily skin is caused by overactive sebaceous glands, which produce an excess of oil, making your skin look shiny and greasy.

This type of skin is naturally more prone to clogged pores and breakouts, so it’s essential to find the right treatment plan that works for you.

Determining the Right Treatments for Your Acne

When it comes to treating acne on oily skin, there are a variety of options available:

  • For mild to moderate cases, over-the-counter products containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or alpha hydroxy acids are usually effective.
  • For more severe cases, prescription topical retinoids and antibiotics may be required. It’s important to talk to a dermatologist before starting any type of treatment plan.

Acne Prevention Tips & Solutions

In addition to treating your acne with the right products, there are several preventative measures you can take to reduce breakouts on oily skin.

Eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables and limiting your consumption of processed foods, dairy, and sugar can help to reduce acne flare-ups. Getting enough sleep and managing stress levels can also be beneficial.

Lifestyle changes, such as washing your face twice a day with a mild cleanser, avoiding touching your face or squeezing pimples, keeping hair off the face, and wearing light, non-comedogenic makeup are essential for avoiding breakouts on oily skin.

Additionally, using oil-free moisturizers and toners can help balance skin moisture levels and prevent pores from becoming clogged.

There are several natural remedies that may also be beneficial for treating acne on oily skin. Applying a mask made of tea tree oil, honey, or clay to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and absorb excess oil.


Overall, taking proactive steps is key to achieving long-term improvements in your skin's health condition. From addressing underlying hormonal imbalances to selecting the right skincare products for your individual needs, there are several ways to keep your adult acne at bay for good. Talk to a dermatologist about creating a custom treatment plan tailored just for you so you can get back on track with clear skin! To book a Skin test, visit our website or you can even visit our nearest Pathology laboratory for more information. 

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