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Are essential oils effective at curing cystic acne? I have tried everything even cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots. Nothing works.

Are essential oils effective at curing cystic acne? I have tried everything even cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots. Nothing works.

Use the hard stuff: "essential oils" are for aromatherapy and and other stuff that's largely entertainment. For real cystic acne, your best move is to get with a real dermatologist and discuss accutane. It's not cheap, pleasant, or entirely risk-free, but for most folks it's well worth it. If you're female, also try to find out whether / why you might have extra androgens on board & if you can take the ocp. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Are essential oils effective at curing cystic acne and scarring? I have tried everything you can think of, even cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots. Nothing works.

Are essential oils effective at curing cystic acne and scarring? I have tried everything you can think of, even cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots. Nothing works.

Options exist: Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon or dematologist to evaluate your personal options. This may include lasers, chemical peels, dermabrasion or prescription skin care. There are many options and you need a regimen tailored to your specific situation and expected results. ...Read more

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Can makeup labelled oil free, non comedogenic and hypoallergenic still cause cystic acne? Have a history of acne, afraid to put anything new on face.

Can makeup labelled oil free, non comedogenic and hypoallergenic still cause cystic acne? Have a history of acne, afraid to put anything new on face.

Yes: You still may want to use make-up though and these products are a good place to start. One might try starting with a very small amount as a trial period. Consult your physician as knowledge of your past experience may help guide product selection. ...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

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How can you treat cystic acne from home?

How can you treat cystic acne from home?

Not recommended: Treating cystic acne with home remedies may lead to permanent scarring, infection and may even lead to brain infection and blood vessel infarction. A dermatologist or a family doctor who has a calling for acne should be consulted as there are many forms of available medical therapies. The doctor may even be able to provide you some tips you can use at home to help tackle the problem better. ...Read more

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How can you remove persistent cystic acne?

How can you remove persistent cystic acne?

Hard core Rx: This will respond well only to isotretinoin. Adjunct topical antibiotics & perhaps spironolactone may help as well. Nothing else will touch it and you'll repeat the course of rx over the years until it remits. It's not cheap, pleasant or risk-free but it is usually well worth it. ...Read more

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How to consume dairy without getting cystic acne?

How to consume dairy without getting cystic acne?

Whoa: Dairy does seem to exacerbate acne in some people, but your real question should be, "How do I manage acne which in my case has been very severe?" I'll assume you're using topical benzoyl peroxide and you also need to be under the care of a competent physician who knows how to give systemic Rx. If you are offered isotretinoin, give serious considerating to doing it. It's your body / future. ...Read more

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I think I have cystic acne, what can I do about it?

I think I have cystic acne, what can I do about it?

Specialist: This is the 21st century and no one needs to have untreated cystic acne. This usually requires some of one of the strong medicines that only a dermatologist can prescribe. Over-the-counter and home remedies do not work. You owe it to yourself to be seen now -- it is your right. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat cystic acne on the chin?

What's the best way to treat cystic acne on the chin?

If you have: Acutual cystic acne - you will need more than otc remedies. In this situation, seeing a dermatologist is the plan of action. ...Read more

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Please describe the most effective way to treat cystic acne?

Please describe the most effective way to treat cystic acne?

Isotretinoin: This is strong stuff, not cheap or pleasant, but is your best choice if this is really the problem. ...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


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more