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Doctor insights on: How To Prevent Cystic Acne

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How to prevent cystic acne between your upper thighs?

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

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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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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What are good ways to prevent moderate cystic acne?

What are good ways to prevent moderate cystic acne?

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

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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 can I use to get rid of and prevent acne and cystic acne?

OTC cleansers/Creams: Adult female acne is primarily hormonal. Start with over-the-counter acne regimen like Proactiv line (benzyol peroxide) or cetaphil oil control foamy wash (salicylic acid). You can get effaclar cream by la-roche possay at a pharmacy and try it. Be sure to use a moisturize since use of these products will significantly dry your skin out. Visit your dermatologist to individualize your treatment. ...Read more

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I keep getting large, painful cystic acne on my chin. One goes away & new one comes up. It's leaving scars. What can I do to prevent them/treat them?

I keep getting large, painful cystic acne on my chin. One goes away & new one comes up. It's leaving scars. What can I do to prevent them/treat them?

Serious Rx: You've already had microdermabrasion. It's time to ask your treating dermatologist about comprehensive care for your acne, up to and including systemic tetracycline or a similar antibiotic, and isotretinoin. ...Read more

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I'm interested in kojic acid and its benefits - would it help treat or prevent cystic acne? Can I use it with other doctor prescribed lotions?

I'm interested in kojic acid and its benefits - would it help treat or prevent cystic acne? Can I use it with other doctor prescribed lotions?

No: Kojic acid is a chelating agent which can affect skin pigmentation disorders. Other than the fact that it it has to do with your skin it has nothing in common with cystic acne for which there is a good medicine. Speak to your doc about it. ...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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What medicine helps with cystic acne?

What medicine helps with cystic acne?

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

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Home remedies to control cystic acne?

See a dermatologist: Home remedies don't work too well. You can try an over the counter cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide but that may not be enough. I suggest you see your dermatologist for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What medicine helps with cystic acne?

What medicine helps with cystic acne?

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

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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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What is the best solution for cystic acne?

What is the best solution for cystic acne?

It varies: There is no single best treatment for acne. The common treatments for acne are cleansers, benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics (topical and oral), retinoid creams, chemical peels, laser treatments, led light treatment and acutane. Consult your dermatologist to find the right treatment for you. ...Read more

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Please answer! What medicine helps cystic acne?

Isotretinoin: Today this is the mainstay of treatment for cystic acne. It is not for the faint-hearted and you need to follow instructions meticulously. ...Read more

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What can I do for cystic acne? Any home remedies?

What can I do for cystic acne? Any home remedies?

No: Deep cystic acne always requires an 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

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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 is the definition or description of: cystic acne?

What is the definition or description of: cystic acne?

Severe, scarring: 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 the scarring is established. ...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

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What to do if I look ugly because of my cystic acne and I hate it?

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

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How can you soothe the pain of cystic acne until you find a daily regimen?

How can you soothe the pain of cystic acne until you find a daily regimen?

Treat the cause: Treating the cause which is usually best done with Accutane is a great preventative course of action. However once formed, cysts may benefit from either drainage or injection which may result in relief albeit with scarring. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bad cystic acne and I would like to know which medicine can help?

Isotretinoin: This isn't for the faint-hearted but is the most effective treatment for true cystic acne. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have bad cystic acne and I would like to know which medicine can help?

What do you suggest if I have bad cystic acne and I would like to know which medicine can help?

Isotretinoin: Probably nothing else will be effective. Your acne is a grave social and professional liability. Get with your personal physician and see whether you're a candidate for this medicine -- which is not for the faint-hearted but is very effective. ...Read more

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I am a 23 yr old female with moderate cystic acne. What is the best course to take to control it?

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

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I have cystic acne ever since I was 16 & I had never had help with it. I need to know how to clear it?

Acne=infection.: Acne is truly an infection within the pores of the skin, so any effective treatment for acne should initially include both a drying agent (i.e. benzoyl peroxide) and an antibiotic (which could be topical or oral). ...Read more

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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

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


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

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