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Cystic Pimples In Cleavage
Don't ask why: If this is a young person, don't look for an explanation for cystic acne. There's nothing you can change about hygiene, sex, lifestyle, or diet that will make it go away. You will probably need isotretinoin. If you're an adult, it may be a warning of one of the unusual glandular diseases. Usually it never gets explained. Manage it with strong meds. Don't try to solve it non-medically. ...Read more
Several months: The next time you get a large acne cyst like that it is best to go to the dermatologist, so it can be injected with cortisone. This does not get into your bloodstream but will improve the cyst in only one day and then there will be a little risk of scarring and the redness will go away faster. ...Read more
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?
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. ...Read more
At what point should I go to doctor for a cystic pimple on my back? It's big and painful to sit back in my chair! At home cures available?
I have got a massive cystic pimple in my eyebrow, it really hurts and seems to be becoming bigger. Is there anything I could do about it at home?
My sympathies: Pimples are no fun where ever they appear. The brow is a bit sensitive and a pimple there will be more uncomfortable. Try using local heat by putting a washcloth under very warm, (not hot) water and laying it over the brow 4-5 times per day for 4 minutes at a time. It might need to be opened in some way - start by asking your parents to help. ...Read more
I have a cystic pimple that is painful. My skin has peeled and is very red and inflamed around it. There is still clear pus in it. How do I treat it?
Acne: Don't wash your face with body soap. Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena, pangeaorganics or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc. ...Read more
Not recommended: Putting vapor rub on your cystic pimple will not help it go down and will likely make it worse since you will be occluding it further. ...Read more
I have this one cystic pimple, I don't know how to get rid of it, how do I get rid of this painful pimple?
See your doc: This can be drained in the office by your doctor. ...Read more
I picked at a cystic pimple on my chin and it's been over a month now but there's still a wet hole there. I need help on how to heal this fast!
Visit your doctor: If there is a concern with the healing, see your doctor. ...Read more
Stronger Rx: I see that you are already on topical benzoyl peroxide but if you are getting cystic acne, you will probably want something stronger. The oral contraceptive pill (if right for you) or spironolactone are options, or your physician may want to add an antibiotic. If your acne is severe and your are offered isotretinoin, consider it. Best wishes. ...Read more
I just got rid of a very bad pimple under my skin (cystic) it left behind a deep scar how can I quickly repair my skin?
Body/skin rebuilds: Always based on existing structure. Thus scars (as body tears itself down & rebuilds) are also rebuilt, either more or less obvious over time depending on internal controls beyond current knowledge. The only fast way to resolve scars is to surgically remove them & carefully re-close the skin using plastic surgery techniques while protecting both wound blood supply & minimizing chances of infection ...Read more
I have a pimple on my chin with no head, and it is not a cystic pimple. It's just a inflammed pimple, and I'm not sure how to treat it?
Infection: It can vary depending upon secondary infection. Additional medication may be required for the infection ...Read more
Warm compress.: Alternate warm and cold and have it evaluated. ...Read more
Hormonal Acne: Hormonal acne occurs first and foremost around the mouth: on the chin, below the nose, around the sides of the mouth, and sometimes up the jawline. As hormonal acne worsens, however, it can spread to the cheeks and the forehead. Other body parts can be affected, too, but only in severe cases, and once it has advanced. ...Read more
Large pimple on neck, usually get one at a time. Is this just a large pimple or a form of cystic acne and how can I control it?
I have been diagnosed with multi cystic ovary, what medicines should I take to cure myself, I am 27 yrs old, and suffering with massive acne and pimples.
If: If it is a real cyst then must be removed. A pimple will go away. ...Read more
I think I have a cystic pimple, it started small I picked at it and now it's about an inch and a 1/2 across very painful.
MRSA Staph Infection: Please get yourself to your family doctors office today. This is not a pimple it is most likely a staph bacterial infection and these can get nasty and dangerous very quickly. ...Read more
No: If you are looking for a video to teach you how to pick your face that is a bad idea. Cystic acne needs prescription medication, as well as topical meds and an entire treatment plan to include laser care and special facial wash. See your physician for a comprehensive treament plan as well as a better understanding of how to prevent picking and scarring. ...Read more
Cystic acne: Need to see your PCP or a Dermatoloogist. Will need prescription medications or topicals ...Read more
Pimple on nose:
Do not squeeze it (can drive bacteria inward)
apply warm compresses to bring to head & let open & drain naturally. Can also apply acne med like benzoyl peroxide &/or topical antibiotic. If large & have other pimples, see pcp/dermatologist for more extensive treatment to help prevent acne scars. ...Read more
What do you advise if I had a cystic acne-type pimple a few months ago and it went away but I can still feel it under the skin?
I have recently stopped Lexapro but am still getting tiny cystic pimples. How long could it take for my hormones to return to normal?
I have very clean skin and yet I still get huge cystic pimples. I know genetics is a factor but there's gotta be something that can help me?
Immune problem?: Some people, like Samoans, have poor neutrophil function and tend to get boils. Suggest an immunology consult. Many suggest bleach bathes for the whole family to eradicate staph--1 cup bleach in a bathtub every week, then once a month, and bactroban (mupirocin) for the nostrils to counteract staph colonization. If it is localized to the face and back, it is likely cystic acne--see a dermatologist. ...Read more
At 25, I've started getting cystic pimples on my jawline only. What would you suggest I look into specifically? I've been on spironolactone for years
Cystic acne: Spironolactone is a blood pressure lowering medication that is also used for its anti-testosterone properties especially in women w/polycystic ovarian syndrome or some other hyperandrogen disorder. There are many options to treating acne. For cystic acne, consider birth control pills, oral antibiotics & even Isotretinoin (this requires 2 forms of birth control b/c it can cause birth defects). ...Read more
I can't tell if I have 2 pimples next to each other or a cyst, how can I tell the difference? I had cystic acne about 8 years ago and I'm very scared
Dermatologist: Let your dermatologist take a look and advise treatment. You have already tackled this before. All the best. ...Read more
Hurts, huh?: About once every few years I get one of these, and putting a stethoscope in ears with one is totally not fun. Best thing is to keep clean, and then can use a drying agent such as vinegar or a little rubbing alcohol on a q-tip if the pimple can be reached. On rare occasions is lots of drainage from "the zit", a topical antibiotic may be needed. ...Read more
Cystic acne pimples are usually quite deep in the skin. When people try to extract them, the contents can push deeper into the hair follicle or break thru the follicle into the dermis layer. This can result in scar tissue.
Dermatologists usually treat single cysts with an anti-inflammatory injection or several cysts with oral medication. Acne scars are helped with retin a (tretinoin) (rx) and/or laser. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: I recommend you to see a doctor, esp. Dermatologist. ...Read more
What causes some off my cystic back acne to turn black after the real pimple is gone? Hyper pigmentation?
Healing: This is post-inflammatory pigmentation. Alec, I am VERY glad that you are on isotretinoin and I trust you're finally being managed properly. Stay the course and you'll get a good result. There's little or nothing to do about the hyperpigmentation or the redness -- it goes healing. ...Read more
When does Accutane start to improve acne? Also will it treat my tiny bump pinples Aswell as cystic pimples?
Acne: We can't respond if we don't know your age. ...Read more