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treating cystic acne at home

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Forgive my frankness: Cystic acne is a brutal disease that gravely disfigures you now and will leave your skin permanently mutilated. You can't treat it on you own, and if ... Read More

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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bob Ourian
25 years experience in Dermatology
See a dermatologist: Home remedies don't work too well. You can try an over the counter cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide but that may not be enough. I suggest you s ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bahman Omrani
16 years experience in Pain Management
Not recommended: Treating cystic acne with home remedies may lead to permanent scarring, infection and may even lead to brain infection and blood vessel infarction. A ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
No: Deep cystic acne always requires an rx, and probably you will go on at least a systemic antibiotic, which is generally safe. Dermatologists have big ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Berger
40 years experience in Dermatology
Yes and no: May be helpful for acne, but too aggressive amy actually worsen acne-be very careful i would partner with a dermatologist to coordinate. Will not effe ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
20 years experience in Pediatric Pulmonology
CF home treatments: Long term care of CF at home requires regular use of airway clearance therapies to keep lungs clear. Several methods to remove secretions with help of ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Curtis Wong
32 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Home tx acne scars: I know of nothing effective that you can do at home for acne scars. Invest in a consultation with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to find effectiv ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Benzoyl peroxide: This is the best that's over the counter but not nearly so helpful as something as simple as topical Clindamycin with or without BP or a retinoic acid ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Derm consult: If you have cystic acne, you deserve 21st century treatment beyond what even your family doc can provide. A dermatologist will probably place you on o ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Schneider
45 years experience in Family Medicine
It depends on the craters: Are these mountains or are these molehills? If you have severe scarring acting you are going to end up needing a dermatologist for dermabrasion. If yo ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Edwin Ishoo
27 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
CYSTIC ACNE: In my experience, medical extractions and meticulous skin care by a professional is superior to both. Accutane is the "nuclear option" and is a chemot ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience in Internal Medicine
Sorry: There really are no home remedies that actually work for facial acne scars.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience in Dermatology
Yes: Yes.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Get a real Rx: The powerful and effective remedies that scientific physicians use for acne are derivatives of vitamin a or natural antibiotics -- both gifts from mot ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience in Dermatology
Only 2: Benzoyl peroxide and salicyclic acid are all that is available over the counter. See dermatologist if this does not work.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
No: Nothing's going to help with depressed acne scars of any subtype except the lasers, fillers or microsurgery that some dermatologists and plastic surge ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Rivkin
24 years experience in Cosmetic Surgery
Not great: Exfoliation is always good, but its not going to help that much with acne scarring. To really make a difference you need to look at laser resurfacing.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Get a real Rx: Cystic acne is a serious, chronic disease that you cannot manage by home remedies. Usually it requires isotretinoin. If this affects a young person fo ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
46 years experience in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Cystic hygroma: A cystic hygroma is an abnormality of the lymphatic system. A fetus diagnosed with a cystic hygroma has only a 17% chance of surviving and being born ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
None will work: I am very sorry that you ended with keloidal acne scars. This didn't need to happen. If your family's devotion to "natural healing&quot ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Benzoyl peroxide: It will slow new lesions but won't touch scars or hyperpigmentation. It is also only moderately effective. Nothing else over-the-counter works. Get wi ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Benzoyl peroxide: This is the best over-the-counter product. "pop" remedies like squeezing a lemon onto the pimple or smearing yourself with honey won't work and are un ... Read More

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