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what medicine helps with cystic acne?

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Dr. Edwin Ishoo
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Cystic Acne: Severe acne is characterized by deep cysts, inflammation, extensive damage to the skin and scarring. It requires an aggressive treatment regimen and should be treated by a dermatologist. Severe, disfiguring forms of acne can require years of treatment and may experience one or more treatment failures. However, almost every case of acne can be successfully treated. There is no one medication.
Dr. Edwin Ishoo
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Cystic Acne: Severe acne is characterized by deep cysts, inflammation, extensive damage to the skin and scarring. It requires an aggressive treatment regimen and should be treated by a dermatologist. Severe, disfiguring forms of acne can require years of treatment and may experience one or more treatment failures. However, almost every case of acne can be successfully treated. There is no one medication.

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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?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
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 34-year-old member asked:

Please answer! what medicine helps cystic acne?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
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.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have bad cystic acne and i would like to know which medicine can help?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Isotretinoin: This isn't for the faint-hearted but is the most effective treatment for true cystic acne.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if I have bad cystic acne and i would like to know which medicine can help?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Isotretinoin: Probably nothing else will be effective. Your acne is a grave social and professional liability. Get with your personal physician and see whether you're a candidate for this medicine -- which is not for the faint-hearted but is very effective.

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