A member asked:

If i had many papules and pustules what kind of acne was that define? what defines cystic severe acne?

A doctor has provided 1 answer

Why do you ask?: Teresa, this is the 21st century and you should not have to suffer with this kind of acne. Exact definitions vary, but "many pustules", especially on a female, is an indication for the isotretinoin you're taking. I'm going to assume that a trial of topical agents and perhaps an antibiotic / spironolactone / the oral contraceptive pill failed.

Answered 6/8/2015



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