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Doctor insights on: Dealing With Cystic Acne

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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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Was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. What is it like living with cystic fibrosis?

Was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. What is it like living with cystic fibrosis?

It depends: It really depends on the severity of the disease. Not all patients experience the same symptoms and the same course. ...Read more

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Dealing with serious acne and very depressed. Please help?

Dealing with serious acne and very depressed. Please help?

I would treat both: I'd suggest treating both. Serious acne should be treated by a dermatologist. I assume it is on your face and it may make you self conscious and depressed/ while your skin is clearing up get some psychotherapy to help boost your mood and self confidence. Good luck and let us know how you do. ...Read more

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What would help with acne scars? I suffered from a terrible acne phase and now I'm left with a ton of acne scars

What would help with acne scars? I suffered from a terrible acne phase and now I'm left with a ton of acne scars

Thickness: Depends on the thickness of acne scars and pigmentation if any. Some types of lasers can help to reduce the thickness and I have found Elure cream to be helpful with the level of pigmentation. ...Read more

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Could honey work for clearing acne and acne scarring?

Could honey work for clearing acne and acne scarring?

No: This is a cruel internet hoax. Acne severe enough to cause scarring needs to be seen, and should have been managed, by your personal physician. Make the phone call now. ...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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I would like someone with knowledge of Accutane and acne scars?

I would like someone with knowledge of Accutane and acne scars?

Please go ahead: & ask a clear and specific question so that we can try to provide a helpful response. Please clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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How can I cope with a child with cystic fibrosis?

How can I cope with a child with cystic fibrosis?

Support: Go to your local CF treatment center, they will have oodles of resources for you and your child. The CF foundation has a list of approved centers. ...Read more

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Can anyone be parents with kids with cystic fibrosis?

Can anyone be parents with kids with cystic fibrosis?

Reinterpret question: If your question is can any parent have a child with cf, the answer is potentially yes. Both parents can have the mutation of cf, never know they carry it, & have a kid with the disorder.This is a common presentation. Adult males with CF have a 95% rate of sterility. CF females with good lung function can carry a pregnancy but the process may led to lung failure & death. ...Read more

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Please explain which face washes are good for acne , acne scars and large pores?

Please explain which face washes are good for acne , acne scars and large pores?

Salicylic acid: However, if you have real scars (depressed lesions), it won't be sufficient to clear you. You need to get with your personal physician before things get worse and worse. All acne can be managed, though it cannot be cured until it remits on its own. It is unrelated to lifestyle and only marginally to diet. ...Read more

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Stubborn, mild acne not responding to antibiotics or topical creams. Accutane seems too extreme for non-cystic acne. Help?!

Stubborn, mild acne not responding to antibiotics or topical creams. Accutane seems too extreme for non-cystic acne. Help?!

Keep at it.: There are three main parts to approaching acne...1) reduce the amount of bacteria on skin.. 2) keep pores open...3) reduce oil production. Antibiotics can be topical and/or oral. Other surface treatments aim to reduce bacteria and/or keep pores open. Keep experimenting and working with your doctor until you find the right mix. It can take a few weeks to see improvement even with right mix. ...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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Could doxycycline help existing cystic acne that has already formed?

Could doxycycline help existing cystic acne that has already formed?

Some: True cystic acne usually requires isotretinoin, which is not for the faint-hearted or risk-free but is well worth it. You'll also need to manage your disease long-term; systemic Doxycycline plus topical benzoyl peroxide may be effective for severe disease. Never use an antibiotic as sole treatment for acne. Cystic acne will ruin a job interview and is a grave social handicap. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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How can I treat cystic acne at home?

How can I treat cystic acne at home?

Forgive my frankness: Cystic acne is a brutal disease that gravely disfigures you now and will leave your skin permanently mutilated. You can't treat it on you own, and if your parents are interfering with your desire for effective therapy, pick up the phone and call your physician. Despite all the internet scare stuff, Isotretinoin is by far the most effective medication. It's not for sissies, but it's what you need. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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