Can Acne Conglobata Be Treated?
Acne Conglobata is one of the most devastating forms of acne and it is the one that can lead to permanent scarring that can be disfiguring.
Acne conglobata is a very severe form of acne vulgaris.
Although its appearance can vary slightly its clearly differentiated from normal acne vulgaris because aside from the usual papules and pustles associated with regular acne, it mainly consists of large, pus-filled tissues and draining sinus tracts.
It can be as a result of untreated acne that is left to progress. It can also occur in previously treated acne.
Who Does Acne Conglobata Affect?
Though it can strike in anyone, it is fairly rare. But it seems to predominately affect men aged 18 to 30.
Acne conglobata affects mostly men around between the ages of 18 and 30.
It is thought that an overload of the androgen testosterone is what causes acne conglobata to develop. It’s also commonly found in bodybuilders who abuse illegal anabolic steroids.
Women who suffer from Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), who have certain autoimmune diseases and who have Cushing’s syndrome are at a higher than usual risk of developing this type of acne.
Acne conglobata could also have a genetic link, a chromosomal defect is associated with cases of acne conglobata.
Other theories are that some people are extra sensitive to the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes that naturally lives on our skin.
How Does Acne Conglobata Develop?
The disease usually begins to form with a group of blackheads interconnected in 2 or 3 comedones. This starts to spread to other parts of the body that include the back, chest, upper arms, thighs, neck and the bottom.
Pimples start to form around the comedones and rapidly fill with pus as they increase in size. They can be painful to the touch, making even cleaning the face or body uncomfortable.
The larger pimples rupture and spread more significantly, filling with even more pus and continue growing in size until they turn into nodules and cysts that begin to fuse together and can cover a large expanse of the body.
The nodules can form scabs as the body attempts to heal the acne.
In time, the skin can heal but leaves permanent and unsightly scarring, which is why treatment is essential.