While some misconceived thoughts about acne have been generated by public hype and mysticism, the idea of “cystic acne” is purely to blame on western medicine’s diagnostic language accidentally spilling into the public arena.
These arbitrary terms make more sense if you know how western medicine operates and evolves.
With the advent of more invasive and risky acne medications, doctors needed a cut-off of acne severity to justify when to take the risk of heavy treatment. This cut-off helped physicians weigh benefits of scar prevention and emotional preservation verses the risks of powerful systemic treatments of all kinds.
The cut-off made sense using the idea that someone with “cystic acne” had a serious health risk while those without cystic acne were more safe and maybe shouldn’t risk messing with a livable situation.
The classic western algorithm of topicals, oral antibiotics, hormonal treatment, and accutane has since grown and branched itself off this special cut-off we call cystic acne.
Here’s the problem:
When you categorize levels of a common chronic condition, you create special cases and victimization. In this case, it’s the doctors’ misunderstanding of acne as a whole that allows them to tell a patient, “I have bad news for you.., you have cystic acne”.
After hearing such a unique diagnosis, a patient can easily give in to hopelessness knowing that they have a special, rare, “internal”, and unbeatable disease.
It’s classic medicalization or what I call induced victimization. (a term I use to describe self-victimization that is generated by an authority figure)
In an effort to fix what has been broken for decades, allow me to correct the language of acne.
From now on, we will call all cases of acne “Plain Old Acne”, and understand that when it comes to all chronic conditions, there are no special cut-offs. Only shades of gray that have differing levels of inflammation. This new way of speaking about acne will not allow for any victimization as this project has already proven that all cases of acne are completely treatable without oral medications.
To further this line of thinking, here’s yet another severe case of acne that was treated without any oral medications, lasers, or dietary restrictions.
(the full screen button is in the lower right corner)
There is really no such thing as “cystic acne”. It is simply an arbitrary term used to help physicians make tough treatment decisions. There is, however, a chronic condition called plain old acne which can manifest in a variety of magnitudes.
Plain old acne is the same acne that was relentlessly battled in the 1950’s….
It has always been difficult and has hurt millions of people.
This reality combined with the video gallery will help create the optimal mindset for victory.
©2010 “Classic Acne Misconception: “Cystic Acne”” by Dr. Neal Schwartz