Cystic Acne and Gut Health


What you eat plays a major part in how you feel throughout the day, so it only makes sense that it effects your skin as well. When you’re experiencing different issues with your skin, sometimes it can be fixed by changing up your diet and daily routine. A big skin issue that people from all different ages experience is cystic acne. Cystic acne is an inflammatory form of acne that is caused when the skin cell wall ruptures. Once it ruptures, the dead skin cells, sebum, and bacteria find their way into the surrounding skin, which causes inflammation. This creates those hard and painful bumps under the skin that tend to last for months at a time. Even though cystic acne is known to be hormonal, their are ways to decrease the inflammation and reducing the amount of cystic breakouts.

When I dealt with cystic acne, I did go on tetracycline which is an antibiotic that helps to slow down the growth of bacteria causing the breakouts. Although it did work while I was on the medication, the minute I decided to stop using the antibiotic, the cystic breakouts came right back. It wasn’t until I decided to change my diet and skin care routine that I started to notice a difference. Here are five changes I made to my daily routine that worked for me.


Probiotics are known to promote a healthy digestive tract by adding good/ healthy bacteria to your system. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that your gut and skin go hand in hand. Taking probiotics daily not only boosts your immune system, but it aids in decreasing inflammation in your gut. Decreasing gut inflammation = decreasing skin inflammation.

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Cutting Out Dairy

This was by far the hardest one for me to change, but once I started seeing the difference it had on my skin it became totally worth it. Dairy is known to be treated with artificial hormones that can throw our hormones off balance when consumed. This triggers acne inflammation and can contribute to those painful cystic bumps. Now a days, they make it easier to substitute dairy with the different types of dairy free creamers, yogurts, and cheese. Start testing out different brands and I’m sure you’ll find something to make the change easier!


I know you probably hear this one all the time, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to drink as much water as you can. Not only does water help to rid your body of toxins, it also aids in digestion (aka gut health), circulation, and absorption. When you increase your water intake you will start to notice your skin will look more glowy, plump, and radiant.

Sulfur or Clay

Adding a sulfur or clay mask to my skin care routine has done wonders for my skin. These ingredients helps to absorb the excess oil on your skin that can contribute to acne breakouts. My favorite product to use for when I’m dealing with breakouts is the Clear mask by Cosmedix. It’s formulated with Salicylic acid which exfoliates the skin, Niacinamide which will brighten your complexion, and Kaolin Clay and Sulfur which will draw out any impurities and excess oil. I use it twice a week after cleansing my skin. It take away the excess oil on my skin without drying it out. Great addition to my skin care routine! In office Sparking treatment helps kill the bacteria, reduce inflammation and heal individual cysts.


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Chemical Exfoliation

Exfoliation is a very important step to get rid of any dead skin cells, while keeping the skin bright and smooth. But it’s also very important not to over exfoliate. What happens when you over exfoliate, you begin to strip your skin of its natural oils. By doing this, your skin will start to over compensate by producing more oil than is needed. This can lead to more breakouts and irritated skin. With that being said, my favorite way to exfoliate when there are active breakouts is by using a chemical exfoliant. A chemical exfoliant tends to be more gentle on the skin in the sense that you are not over scrubbing and irritating your breakouts with a physical exfoliator. A chemical exfoliator also travels deeper into the skin loosening the dead skin cells. The best chemical exfoliators to use for skin that is more prone to breakouts are BHAs. BHAs include salicylic acid which have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. A great product to use that has salicylic acid is the Pure Enzymes mask from Cosmedix. It helps to get rid of any impurities and clogged pores with cranberry enzymes, while still leaving the skin hydrated with Gluconic Acid. I would start by only exfoliating the skin 2 times a week and seeing how your skin feels from there. This in conjunction with in office Nano Skin Refining treatment or profession grade enzyme peel will help the precess.

There you have it! Five changes I made that had major benefits to my skin. I hope you understand a little bit more about how you can help treat your acne breakouts, and try out some of the ways that worked for me.

Your Skin Care Specialist, Madison

So if you are having acne concerns come in and speak to Madison or any of our skin specialists. We will get your skin glowing in no time!  The Laser Image Company is here to educate you and offer the best treatment possible for lasting results.

Madison Moro

Madison Moro (Licensed Medical Esthetician) After graduating with a BS in Psychology from California State University of Northridge, Madison decided to follow her dream in the beauty industry by going back to school to earn her Esthetician’s license. She has over 5 years of beauty industry experience, working in salons and spas, always growing her passion for skincare. She is dedicated to gaining as much knowledge as possible to help each individual with their skin concern.

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