Let’s Talk: Cystic Acne

You're not alone. Cystic Acne can be challenging, frustrating, and (for some) embarrassing. Both teenagers and adults can have this type of breakout.


What is Cystic Acne?

Cystic Acne is one of the most severe types of acne. It is characterized by soft, fluid-filled bumps that are under the surface of the skin and can be painful. A subset of cystic acne, nodulocystic acne is similar in that it forms under the skin. The main difference between cystic and nodulocystic acne is that nodules, unlike cysts, are firm to the touch and can take longer to heal.*


What Causes Cystic Acne?

Contrary to popular belief, cystic acne has nothing to do with skin that is not ‘clean enough.’ In fact, the sufferer is not at fault whatsoever. Some factors that can cause acne are:

· Excessive oil production

· Abnormal dead skin cell buildup

· Bacteria


I Have Cystic Acne. Which Products Should I Use to Care For My Skin?

Buffering Lotion

The water-like consistency of the Buffering Lotion helps it to absorb easily. To use this unique formula simply shake until the white sediment at the bottom of the bottle dissolves into the clear liquid and apply a drop to a clean fingertip then gently apply to the cyst. Repeat this until all cysts have been treated. This is a spot treatment, and is not meant to be applied to the entire face.

Herbal Hydrating Serum

Balance your skin by using our oil-free serum to help promote hydration. Apply a thin layer over your moisturizer during the day. If you are very oily, try applying this serum in place of a moisturizer.

Drying Mask

The Drying Mask can be used up to three times a week on affected areas to help clear up acne eruptions. It goes hand-in-hand with our…


Healing and Soothing Mask

Help soothe irritation and redness that is caused by acne. For optimum results, use this mask alternately with the Drying Mask.

Special Cucumber Lotion

A toner designed for acne-prone skin, our Special Cucumber Lotion helps disinfect inflamed acne while preventing new ones from erupting.

 Acne Facial Cleanser

It is imperative to use a cleanser that is specifically formulated for acne-prone skin such as our Acne Facial Cleanser. It contains acne-fighting Salicylic Acid as well as a host of soothing ingredients such as Chamomile and Aloe Vera to balance and soothe the skin.

Control Moisturizer for Oily Skin

Many people who have acne shy away from moisturizer, fearing it will aggravate their oily, acne-prone skin. The opposite is true: not using a moisturizer can actually make acne worse in the long term because your oil glands will produce more oil to compensate for a lack of moisture. Oil and moisture are two entirely different things and everyone’s skin needs moisture. Try our Control Moisturizer for Oily Skin, an oil-free formula that is designed to help control excessive oil production, while providing the moisture the skin needs.


*Cystic acne can range from mild (having one or two cysts) to very severe (90% of the face chest and back being affected) and may require the care of a dermatologist.

Don’t let cystic acne stand in your way. Take a stand and fight it with MB products designed for cystic blemishes.


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