Acne conglobata is an uncommon and very severe form of acne characterized by burrowing and interconnecting abscesses and irregular scars often producing pronounced disfigurement. This condition is essentially a combination of acne pustules and nodules, though you might have bacterial infections as well.
No one really knows what causes acne conglobata.
Unlike other acne conditions, no one really knows what
causes conglobata. However, it
often develops if your existing acne deteriorates or some dormant acne you have
suddenly erupts. It is
characterized by several large lesions interconnected across the face often
in a group of 2 or 3. This specific
type is known to cause severe skin damage and scarring over time.
Conglobata is an infectious form of acne, and it
typically appears between the age of 18 and 30 years. In some occasions, it may
continue for many years, till the age of 40 years. A. conglobata usually
occurs to people having active acne infection. This form of acne hits males
more than the females, and may even occur in infants. It may develop in
different parts of the body such as the back, face, buttocks, chest, upper
arms, shoulders, and thighs.
The exact cause of
conglobata is not known. It is however believed to be due to genetic
susceptibility. Some factors that could precipitate or cause conglobata
that has been identified include:
Many people think that
there is no possible treatment for conglobata. But, this is not true.
Though conglobata is quite rare and severe form of acne, it can be cured.
The primary form of treatment for conglobata is the prescription oral
medication isotretinoin. In some cases, doctors prescribe topical
corticosteroid medications and oral antibiotics as well.
If you develop conglobata symptoms, do not try to treat yourself. This is a serious medical
condition that can cause major scarring, and it will not go away by itself. Do
not try to express the cysts yourself, or you risk further damaging the skin
and worsening the infection and inflammation.