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A 18-year-old female asked:

I failed popping my cystic pimple. now it's still got puss, and it's inflamed and purple. is there a way of treating this at home?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Cystic acne: Popping pimples/cysts not a good idea: can drive infection deeper. Warm-hot compresses can draw cyst to head so it opens on its own & drains. But best treatment is to see dermatologist for definitive care of acne: topical meds + oral antibiotics; possibly accutane-like product if condition is severe. Should also be checked for polycystic ovarian ds by doc.

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Last updated Oct 24, 2017

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