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Treat Acne Cysts
Heat: Local treatment is heat with hot towel or device. A dermatologist can shrink cysts if necessary with a cortisone shot. If you are cystic and over the counter acne medications do not work, a dermatologist can prescribe topical or oral medications to prevent and control your problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Cystic acne meds: Deep cystic acne can be treated with steroid injections that help decrease the inflammation of the acne. It is not a cure but a momentary treatment. Providing long term acne improvement with ala (amino levulinic acid) and light lasers can make a lasting impact with cystic acne as well as pixel laser. R Accutane as well as oral antibiotics with a good skin care regimen can help as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Experience counts: Some cysts can be injected with kenalog (triamcinolone) (steroid) while others may need incision or drainage, and some may need surgical excision. If it's not treated correctly it can leave a bad scar or even make the cyst worse or infected. Make sure the practitioner you see has a lot of experience treating cysts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can acne cysts spread? Must they be treated or will they go away? How often does this happen? Why does this happen?
Rx cystic acne: I'm going to assume the diagnosis is correct. Cystic lesions may need a steroid injection from a skilled dermatologist. Regardless, having acne today is a sign of poor self-care and is a professional liability. Hopefully you are using a topical agent such as benzoyl peroxide, and you'll need a second prescription-strength rx as well. If offered isotretinoin, consider doing it. Best wishes. ...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
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
Isotretinoin: This is strong stuff, not cheap or pleasant, but is your best choice if this is really the problem. ...Read more
Yes: Other options include oral antibiotics such as Doxycycline and minocycline. You coule also use Retin-A (tretinoin) which is the topical version of Accutane (isotretinoin). Also the cysts can be injected with a dilute corticosteroid medication called kenalog (triamcinolone). Laser treatment for cystic acne is still somewhat investigational and probably would not be covered by insurance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more
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