Cystic acne lesions in adults can occur anywhere on the face, the chin and cheeks being the most common areas. However, some adults, both men and women, are also known to develop cystic acne between their eyes and eyebrows. The reason why these cysts develop is the same as why acne cysts occur on the cheeks and chin: clogged pores.
In this guide, we will focus on acne cysts between the eyes and eyebrows and also study ways to counter them.
Acne Cysts between the eyebrows: Causes
As stated above, acne cysts between eyebrows arise from clogged pores. People with an oily T-zone are also more prone to developing red pimples between their eyes owing to the trapped sebum in their pores as well as the P.acnes bacterium which inflames the skin. All this is exacerbated by an over production of hormones either stemming from stress, improper diet, etc.
Certain lifestyle habits could also be responsible for acne cysts between the eyes. These include the use of wrong cosmetics-either eye shadow or foundation which could be acnegenic or comedogenic. Also, women who get their eyebrows waxed or threaded are more likely to develop hard acne cysts between the eyes, either from the saliva of the person doing the threading or from the wax product used in between the eyebrows. All this can cause the pores to get clogged.
Women having a hairstyle with bangs also tend to get oil down from their hair and scalp (or through the use of wrong hair products) on to their face leading to acne lesions between the eyes.
The use of pillow cases, scarves, sunglasses and spectacles (which have not been washed regularly) could also be the cause of acne cysts in between the eyes.
Symptoms of cystic acne between the eyes
Different individuals experience different types of adult acne lesions between the eyebrows:
- Some tend to get multiple acne lesions in the form of red or white bumps that may or may not be pus filled.
- Some adults experience a single hard bump like cyst between the eyes that is extremely tender and painful to touch.
- Some experience small papules (similar to ones on the cheek and chin) which are either red or red with a white center.
Self care for preventing acne cysts between the eyebrows
Many self care measures can be taken to reduce formation of acne cysts between the eyebrows:
- Follow a cleansing-toning-moisturizing routine paying special attention to the region between the eyes. Use mild creamy cleansers like Cetaphil.
- Bronner’s soap with tea tree oil has been known to be highly effective for treating cystic acne on the face.
- Bentonite clay masks are also great, especially for regular acne sufferers. These masks help clear the pores by removing blackheads that cause the acne cysts.
- Over-the-counter acne creams containing benzoyl peroxide, sulfur or salicylic acid etc are also known to dry up the acne lesion and prevent permanent scars.
- You can make your own cleanser at home using pure extra virgin olive oil and Lavender essential oil. This is especially useful remedy for adult acne sufferers with dry skin. Mix a few drops of both the oils and apply all over the face. You can then wash off after 10 minutes using warm water and your regular cleanser. Alternatively, you could let the oils remain on the face overnight. Lavender oil helps soothe inflammation while olive oil settles the bumps by providing anti microbial action.
- To prevent new cysts from forming between the eyes, stop using cosmetics and makeup. If required opt for non-acnegenic or non-comedogenic products only.
- Wash your pillow cases regularly.
- Wash and clean your sunglasses or spectacles.
When to see a professional
Some cases of hard cysts between the eyebrows might require professional medical intervention. A dermatologist can prescribe topical retinol or even an oral antibiotic to help clear the acne cysts between the eyebrows.