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Essential Oil For Cystic Acne
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 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
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
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
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 experience may help guide product selection. ...Read more
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
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
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
Absolutely: There are ingredients in the toothpaste that can irritate your skin and make things worse. Please use products specifically designed for pimple use. There are hundreds of posts on this site alone asking for advice on chemical burns due to toothpaste. Heed the warning. ...Read more
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
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
No: Deep cystic acne always requires a rx, and probably you will go on at least a systemic antibiotic, which is generally safe. Dermatologists have big guns for this. This is the 21st century and you do not have to endure this if you do not want it. Stay proactive and you are almost certain of getting a good result. ...Read more
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
Specialist: This is the 21st century and no one needs to have untreated cystic acne. This usually requires some 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
Although the term "cure" is misleading for any chronic condition, the answer is yes, you can totally inactivate and prevent cystic acne with or without oral medications.
It often times requires a tight relationship between patient and practitioner. This video may give you some hope:
have a great day, -Dr. Neal Schwartz ...Read more
Isotretinoin: This is strong stuff, not cheap or pleasant, but is your best choice if this is really the problem. ...Read more
I haven't heard of: I researched on line but i never heard of this correlation. ...Read more
See dermatolgist: Accutane is a relaible treatment which works for the worst cases of cystic acne. It needs to be prescribed by a dermatologist registered to use accutane. You may respond to laser. The response can becas quick as 2-3 weeks. If laser is not for you or not effective enough Accutane can work well forvsever cases although on occasion it amy need to be repeated in about a year for a milder case. ...Read more
Accutane: Nothing less will work. It is not pleasant and it has some risks. You owe it to yourself to ask a dermatologist whether this is right for you. ...Read more
I am a 23 yr old female with moderate cystic acne. What is the best course to take to control it?
Acne: Acne can be treated by your dermatologist. You will not be able to cure it by yourself if you have a bad case. It requires internal antibiotic therapy that must be monitored and adjusted according to your response. It is better not to delay effective treatment by trying different things at home because each pimple and cyst you get can form a permanent scar and it's expensive to fix the scarring. ...Read more
I have cystic acne ever since I was 16 & I had never had help with it. I need to know how to clear it?
I've been experiencing bad cystic acne for the past year. It comes and goes but it has worsened since early of this year. Pls help?
Help is available: We have terrific treatments for cystic acne. Some are topical others oral medications. Contact a board certified dermatologist in your area. They may give you medicines like differin, (adapalene) duac, and minocycline. There are lots of options. You don't need to live with this. ...Read more
I have been taking isotritinoin from almost 6 weeks and there has been no cystic acne from past 4 weeks. Can I stop the medicines now.
Stay the course: Congratulations on your good result with the isotretinoin. It's not for the faint-hearted as you've found -- but you've accomplished a major goal. Take the medicine as you've been advised for the duration unless your physician has directed otherwise -- it'll consolidate your gains and give you a good acne-free interval. You know you may eventually need to repeat. Best wishes. ...Read more
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
You can treat it: Usually acne with cysts requires isotretinoin. You can't prevent it from recurring, but you can take multiple courses of treatment (once or even twice a year) and expect a pretty good result. A little-known rx that may also help is spironolactone. Everything else will disappoint you. ...Read more