Acne cysts can occur in many locations including the face, neck, chest and back. Acne cysts can range from small cysts, called micocystic acne, thru to large inflammatory cysts. Microcystic acne most often occur on the forehead, cheeks and chin areas and are best visualised if the skin is stretched. They lie deep in the dermal layers of the skin, out of reach from creams, chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Large cysts are usually inflammatory and maybe associated with scarring acne. Large cystic acne is best treated with injections and tablets, whilst microcystic acne is best treated with laser.

Facts on laser for acne cysts

  • Acne cyst range in size, amount and type
  • Micro-cystic acne measure between 1 to 2.5 mm in diameter
  • Larger cysts may measure several centimetres in diameter
  • Acne cysts usually occur on the cheeks, chin, and forehead, but may involve the neck, and trunkal areas
  • Small cysts that lie deep in the skin are best treated with erbium laser
  • One treatment of laser can remove up to 80% of acne cysts in one session
  • Laser acne treatment is painless as we use a local anaesthetic cream prior to laser
  • Large inflammatory cysts maybe associated with scarring and respond best to anti-inflammatory injections and tablets


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