Just when you thought your "bad skin" days were over, adult acne strikes. leads to redness, infection, and the papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts of acne .
But if you have large, red, and painful breakouts deep in your skin, it could mean you’ve developed something called cystic acne. You get a pimple when a pore in your skin gets clogged, usually with dead skin cells. Cystic acne happens when this infection goes deep into your skin.
Adult acne: This 25-year-old woman has had acne for years and gets the typical deep, inflamed pimples and cysts common in adult acne.
In older adults, a sudden onset of severe acne may signal an develop when blocked hair follicles become inflamed or infected with bacteria.