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I hv nodular cystic acne. I am taking isotroin 20 mg in morning n 10mg at nite. 6 weeks of course is already over bt i don't see vry good results. Help!

NODULOCYSTIC ACNE: The typical course of this drug is 20 weeks. You have not been on it nearly long enough. Go back to your dermatologist asking why that might be. ...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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I hv nodular cystic acne. Cannot drink milk coz it worsens it. N i love milk though. Pls suggest a substitute for mill. Thank u?

I hv nodular cystic acne. Cannot drink milk coz it worsens it. N i love milk though. Pls suggest a substitute for mill. Thank u?

Treat it: I'm pleased to see that you're taking isotretinoin. It's a medication only for the brave, but I expect it's working. Hopefully you're clear now and can go back to drinking milk -- which is good for you at any age if you like and can tolerate it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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

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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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How do I get rid of cystic acne?

How do I get rid of cystic acne?

Get seen: You will need a dermatologist and very probably isotretinoin. This is not for the faint-hearted, but you'll probably be very glad you did in the long run. It is not a cure, and you may need a repeat. ...Read more

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Can cystic acne cause lymph node?

Can cystic acne cause lymph node?

Yes: This can indeed make your cervical lymph nodes swell. You also need to know that all acne is manageable nowadays, and if you have cystic acne that you're not having treated, others will see this as a sign of poor self-care. It's a serious personal and professional liability. Get with a physician who can treat you. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of cystic acne?

Scientific Rx: True cystic acne almost always requires isotretinoin. This is not pleasant, not cheap, and not risk-free, but it is well worth it. If you are responsible for the health of a young person with the chronic, disfiguring disease, you must get them to a competent physician. Neglecting this now will lead to a lifetime of regret / resentment. ...Read more

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Tell me how to get rid of cystic acne?

Tell me how to get rid of cystic acne?

Derm consult: For deep cystic acne, the best is still the somewhat dangerous and unpleasant group of vitamin a derivatives ("accutane" family) that only dermatologists can prescribe. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to get rid of my cystic acne quickly?

How to get rid of my cystic acne quickly?

This is serious: True cystic acne always requires systemic prescription Rx and usually requires isotretinoin. Get with your physician and ignore anything folks tell you about diet, hygiene, lifestyle, or "pop" / "natural" cures. You'll probably be offered isotretinoin. It is not pleasant and not for sissies. You're read the scare stories, but the medication is a life-saver. It's your choice. ...Read more

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Does hydrogen peroxide help heal cystic acne?

Does hydrogen peroxide help heal cystic acne?

Much too weak: Cystic acne seldom responds well to any measure short of isotretinoin, which is not for the faint-hearted. Only a dermatologist can prescribe it. There are adjuncts, but don't expect much benefit from hydrogen peroxide -- its penetrates poorly. Benzoyl peroxide is a mainstay against milder acne. ...Read more

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What are different treatments for cystic acne?

What are different treatments for cystic acne?

Accutane.plan $6K: ...Provides the only significant, lasting improvement. Thanks to numerous celebrated lawsuits about it's significant adverse effects(most salient are births defects and psychiatric changes) the pharmaceutical company has pursued legal maneuvers that effectively have transferred the liability onto the prescribing md. The asps recommended its members stop prescribing so treating mds harder to find. ...Read more

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Is it possible fluoride can cause cystic acne?

Is it possible fluoride can cause cystic acne?

No: I don't believe there to be any correlation. If your problem persists please consult with a dermatologist. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Sulfamethoxazole for cystic acne? Does it work?

Sulfamethoxazole for cystic acne? Does it work?

Not the best choice: An antibiotic must never be used as sole therapy for acne. Cystic acne may be helped by antibiotic treatment plus a topical agent such as benzoyl peroxide, but usually requires isotretinoin. You've heard the internet scare stories but most people who try this Rx -- which isn't for the faint-hearted -- are very glad. Acne's a grave personal / professional liability; ask if this is right for you. ...Read more

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Best oral antibiotic for cystic acne & its dose ?

Best oral antibiotic for cystic acne & its dose ?

This is serious: I'm glad you're on benzoyl peroxide. Adding an antibiotic may help some; I would suggest simple tetracycline. However, this is unlikely to clear up real cystic acne. Especially at age 22, acne is a grave social and professional liability. You need to consider isotretinoin, even if you're read "how horrible it is." It is worth the risk, used with proper guidance. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Cystic acne on my chin. Please help what can I do?

Cystic acne on my chin. Please help what can I do?

Hit it hard: Cystic acne may require Isotretinoin even if it is relatively localized. This is a serious personal and professional liability you'll need addressed with prescription-strength rx. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of and prevent cystic acne?

Hard-core treatment: Cystic acne almost always requires isotretinoin. Only a dermatologist can rx it. It is not cheap, pleasant, or risk-free. But you owe it to yourself -- or whoever you are responsible for -- to take advantage of what science makes available. ...Read more

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What is the best solution to get rid of cystic acne?

What is the best solution to get rid of cystic acne?

Second opinion: If Isotretinoin has failed, it's possible you have one of the mimics rather than classic acne, especially at your age. I also trust you do not have sapho syndrome. Please get with a skin specialist. ...Read more

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How to prevent cystic acne between your upper thighs ?

You need to see a : Dermatologist if you are experiencing boils on your inner thighs. ...Read more

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Developing serious cystic acne on my chin--what to do?

Acne: A dermatologist can diagnose and treat cystic acne. Topical and oral antibacterials, Accutane , etc . Are some of the treatments for cystic acne. Since scarring is a concern , it is best to seek medical advice. ...Read more

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When Accutane fails for severe cystic acne what's next?

Accutane: Accutane rarely fails for cystic acne. Normally 50% of people are cured taking 1mg/kg for 20 weeks. 50% of people need a second course at double the dose. A very few people need higher doses and more prolonged therapy. Weekly blood tests are need to monitor for adverse effects at these higher doses. See a dermatologist experienced in administering higher doses of accutane. ...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


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