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A 35-year-old member asked:

please tell me if there is any cure for cystic acne?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Serious Rx: You will probably need isotretinoin. This will keep it at bay for several months to a few years, at which time it will either self-cure, recur amenable to milder rx, or respond to another course of treament. Acne is a grave professional liability nowadays and although Isotretinoin isn't for the faint-hearted, please consider trying it.
Dr. Neal Schwartz
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Don't worry.: Although the term "cure" is misleading for any chronic condition, the answer is yes, you can totally inactivate and prevent cystic acne with or without oral medications. It often times requires a tight relationship between patient and practitioner. This video may give you some hope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru99pt5uQkc have a great day, -Dr. Neal Schwartz

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What to do if I look ugly because of my cystic acne and I hate it?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
See dermatolgist: Accutane is a relaible treatment which works for the worst cases of cystic acne. It needs to be prescribed by a dermatologist registered to use accutane. You may respond to laser .The response can becas quick as 2-3 weeks. If laser is not for you or not effective enough Accutane can work well forvsever cases although on occasion it amy need to be repeated in about a year for a milder case.
A 19-year-old member asked:

What are different treatments for cystic acne?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Laser, antibiotics: Laser can be effective in a few weeks t decrease cystic acne. If laser is not available antibiotic with injections will calm down the cysts. In resistant cases Accutane works well but needs careful monitioring. A typical course of Accutane is 15 to 20 weeks.Dry lips, back ache, and possible nose bleeds are common side effects, which resolve after finishing drug.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What can I do for nodulocystic acne?

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Dr. David Sire
Dermatology 54 years experience
See a Dermatologist: Nodulocystic acne is a serious kind of acne vulgaris because of the deep inflammation and cysts that form which tend to scar. It requires a dermatologist's care. We frequently begin with oral medications in addition to topicals and then if no response proceed to Accutane or hormonal therapy for females.
A 40-year-old member asked:

I think I have cystic acne, what can I do about it?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Specialist: This is the 21st century and no one needs to have untreated cystic acne. This usually requires some of one of the strong medicines that only a dermatologist can prescribe. Over-the-counter and home remedies do not work. You owe it to yourself to be seen now -- it is your right.
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A 29-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: cystic acne?

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Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 36 years experience
Severe, scarring: Acne cysts are large nodules developing deep within the dermis, or second layer of skin. They are painful, disfiguring, and may cause deep scars. There is often a genetic predisposition to cystic acne. Treatment usually requires systemic medication including oral isotretinoin, and should be started early, before the scarring is established.

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