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please answer! what medicine helps cystic acne?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Isotretinoin: Today this is the mainstay of treatment for cystic acne. It is not for the faint-hearted and you need to follow instructions meticulously.

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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?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
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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