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Doctor insights on: Cystic Acne Prevention

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Is cystic acne contagious?

Is cystic acne contagious?

No: Anyone with cystic acne should consider a course of Isotretinoin if they are an appropriate candidate. The microbes that cause acne are ubiquitous and on everybody's skin. ...Read more

Dr. Neal Schwartz
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Cystic Acne (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Cystic acne... How to prevent?

Cystic acne... How to prevent?

Wish it were easy...: Even in dermatology, we struggle with cystic acne. Genetics, hormones and bacteria all seem to play a role. Eating a healthy diet, low in sugary, processed foods and eliminating dairy can help some, but may not cure it. Topical and oral antibiotics are often necessary, and Isotretinoin may be needed as well. Sometimes hormonal therapies like spironolactone work wonders. ...Read more

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What's the fastest/best treatment for acne vulgaris and cystic acne?

What's the fastest/best treatment for acne vulgaris and cystic acne?

Derm consult: If you have cystic acne, you deserve 21st century treatment beyond what even your family doc can provide. A dermatologist will probably place you on one of the vitamin a derivatives; they are unpleasant and somewhat dangerous, you'll need to listen to the instructions carefully, and they work. Life is rough enough without cystic acne. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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Home remedies to control cystic acne?

See a dermatologist: Home remedies don't work too well. You can try an over the counter cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide but that may not be enough. I suggest you see your dermatologist for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Cystic modular acne doxy treatment line?

Cystic modular acne doxy treatment line?

Helpful for acne.: Doxycycline is an antibiotic that is commonly prescribed for cystic or nodular acne. It is typically prescribed when topical medications are ineffective. It would be best to see your local dermatologist or plastic surgeon specializing in skin care to develop a comprehensive approach to your acne. ...Read more

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Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Yes & No: There are two types of acne scars. Craters and ice-pick. The ice-pick scar has sharp borders whereas the crater has smoother borders. Ice-pick variety of scars have to be excised and can be done quite easily with small punch biopsies. The crater variety can be helped with multiple sessions of microdermabrasion. ...Read more

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How can I cure acne vulgaris and acne scars. Precautions for acne?

How can I cure acne vulgaris and acne scars. Precautions for acne?

Scientific Rx: If you are male and still have acne while on benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin, your physician may try a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day. Or if this is deep / cystic / severe acne, it may be time to consider accutane. For the scars, a dermatologist can abrade, fill, operate and/or laser; your choice, but note the hollywood stars who keep their scars for character. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is micro-dermabrasion effective for acne and acne scarring?

Is micro-dermabrasion effective for acne and acne scarring?

Usually not: Micro-dermabrasion is best suited for removal of dead cells from the skin surface. Does not go deep enough to effectively reduce the depth of scarring or produce an adequate reaction under the skin to help smooth the base. ...Read more

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What is better for cystic acne. Benzoyl peroxide or tretinoin ?

What is better for cystic acne. Benzoyl peroxide or tretinoin ?

CYSTIC ACNE: In my experience, medical extractions and meticulous skin care by a professional is superior to both. Accutane is the "nuclear option" and is a chemotherapy drug with many serious side effects. Since you didn't even share your age, let alone any pictures or what treatments you have had in the past, I suspect you are a very young individual and recommend you discuss this matter with your parents. ...Read more

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What makes cystic nodular acne different from everyday acne?

What makes cystic nodular acne different from everyday acne?

Sebaceous glands: Acne can occur anywhere there are sebaceous glands (oil glands) in the skin. Web md is a great resource to learn more about acne. Skin hygiene with soap and water followed by benzol peroxide or 2% salicylic acid products are over the counter options. An evaluation by a dermatologist can help develop a long term plan. Resistant acne can also be treated with antibiotics and some laser therapy. ...Read more

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Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne therapy: If your acne doesn't respond to otc treatments, consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get a stronger prescription lotion. Tretinoin (avita, retin-a, others), Adapalene (differin) and tazarotene (tazorac, avage) are examples of topical prescription products derived from vitamin a. They work by promoting cell turnover and preventing plugging . You may also need oral antibiotics like doryx (doxycycline). ...Read more

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What medicine helps with cystic acne?

What medicine helps with cystic acne?

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. ...Read more

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What medicine helps with cystic acne?

What medicine helps with cystic acne?

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. ...Read more

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Is the no7 micro-dermabrasion exfoliator effective for acne and acne scarring?

Microdermabrasion: Over the counter microdermabrasion kits can be helpful for weekly use, but a microdermabrasion performed in office will be the most effective as this also has suction. ...Read more

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Is proactiv+ a good teen acne treatment?

Is proactiv+ a good teen acne treatment?

MAY BE....,: But, the best treatment will be what the dermatologist gives depending on the type, severity of your acne. ...Read more

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Retin a (tretinoin) for acne and blackheads ?

Retin a (tretinoin) for acne and blackheads ?

Acne: Retin a (tretinoin) is a topical product usually dispensed as a cream or gel available in different strengths that is effective in reducing inflammatory (red) pimples and comedones (black heads and white heads). The product is drying and should be used sparingly. Caution with sun exposure. See a dermatologist for a treatment regimen. ...Read more

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Acne, and acne scars, is there a homemade solution to getting rid of acne and acne scars?

Acne, and acne scars, is there a homemade solution to getting rid of acne and acne scars?

Time, time & more : Time is your best friend. Avoiding sun exposure and cigarette smoking are great. Onion bulb extract ( allium cepa) may help as well as honey for some active infections but these later two are controversial. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more