Persistent severe (nodular) acne

Get the facts about the causes of persistent severe (nodular) acne

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the U.S. But there are different severities of acne, including mild, moderate, and severe. Persistent severe (nodular) acne is a serious type of acne that may be resistant to treatments and may lead to scarring if not treated properly.

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How is persistent severe (nodular) acne different from other forms of acne?

While almost everyone gets a pimple from time to time, persistent severe (nodular) acne is different. Persistent severe (nodular) acne is a skin disease that appears as many large, red, swollen nodules and cysts that can be painful to the touch. These nodules can affect how you see yourself and even how you feel about yourself. And, to make matters worse, if left untreated, this type of acne may increase your risk of forming scars. Could this be what you're experiencing?

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What are some causes of persistent severe (nodular) acne?

  • Genetics
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Overproduction of skin cells
  • Bacterial growth
  • Inflammation
  • Genetics

    Persistent severe (nodular) acne is often due to your genetic makeup. Some people are just more likely to experience it than others due to how their bodies react to certain factors. If you’re experiencing severe (nodular) acne, it’s probably not the result of things that are within your control.

  • Hormonal imbalance

    Your skin naturally produces oil from your glands, which helps keep your skin looking healthy. But sometimes hormones from puberty or stress can cause too much oil to be produced. This could create conditions that allow bacteria to grow and increase your risk of inflammation.

  • Overproduction of skin cells

    Another factor that could lead to the development of persistent severe (nodular) acne is an overproduction of skin cells. Excess skin cells can settle into your pores and cause blockages, which may result in nodules.

  • Bacterial growth

    Bacteria is commonly found on your skin, no matter how much you wash it. If there’s a combination of too much oil and excess skin cells, bacteria can begin to grow inside your pores. This can lead to inflammation and acne nodules.

  • Inflammation

    Inflammation could occur as a result of bacterial growth or other immune responses. This can happen either deep within your skin or on the surface as large, red, and swollen nodules.

Don’t wait to treat persistent severe (nodular) acne

Not only does severe (nodular) acne cause painful breakouts, but the inflammation that occurs from acne could lead to alterations of your skin, like scarring. Persistent severe (nodular) acne can be a condition that lasts for months or even years, so it’s important to speak to your dermatologist about an effective treatment as soon as possible to help reduce the risk of forming scars. If your severe (nodular) acne isn’t responding to treatment, you should consider talking to your dermatologist about an effective treatment like ABSORICA LD™.

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Fight back against persistent severe (nodular) acne

If you’re experiencing persistent severe (nodular) acne, it’s not your fault—but there is something you can do about it. Ask your dermatologist about ABSORICA LD (pronounced AB-SORE-I-KAH EL-DEE) to help treat some of the underlying causes of severe (nodular) acne in order to clear up your skin and prevent any new nodules from forming.

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It’s best to use lukewarm water when washing your face to get rid of excess oil and help ensure that bacteria doesn’t get trapped.

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We understand that trying to find a treatment that works for you can sometimes be frustrating or confusing. You may be wondering whether your acne is just a few pimples or a more serious condition that may require help from a dermatologist. No matter where you are in your journey, we have tools to help you take the next step.

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