If your parents or grandparents are giving you acne advice and waxing poetic about the amazing results they saw when they used antibiotics for acne treatment, you might want to take this recommendation with a grain of salt. Although antibiotics used to be a relatively effective acne treatment, studies in the last decade have shown that antibiotics now produce minimally effective results, if they help at all.
Cystic acne is a specific form of acne that involves large, painful bumps that can appear on the face, chest, back, or anywhere else acne commonly appears. Unlike blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples, the infection in this kind of acne does not rise to the surface of the skin.
I vividly remember when a therapist first told me I was hypervigilant - I laughed. A lot. I'm a total space cadet, zoning out at every opportunity and completely missing important social cues. But the therapist clarified: she didn't mean I was hypervigilant of my surroundings, I was hypervigilant of others' emotions.
In 1996, psychologist Dr. Elaine N. Aron published the book "The Highly Sensitive Person." In it, she explains a personality trait found in approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population, characterized by increased sensitivity to all sorts of sensory input, from loud noises to bright lights to violent TV shows.