Who can get it?
It’s common to develop acne at any age, although it tends to affect teenagers when they are going through the hormonal changes of puberty. Although acne is very common, cystic acne is relatively rare.
Cystic acne is more likely to develop when you’re in your teens or early 20s, although it has been observed in children as young as eight and adults aged 50. It affects the same areas of your body as non-cystic acne, usually the face, chest, back, the tops of the arms and the shoulders.
It’s more common in men, although women can also develop it. Women with cystic acne will often have cysts on the lower half of their face.