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Treating Cystic Acne At Home
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
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
CF home treatments: Long term care of CF at home requires regular use of airway clearance therapies to keep lungs clear. Several methods to remove secretions with help of inhaled medications & devices (chest vest, manual percussion) are utilized. Chronic lung infections may also require use of inhaled antibiotics. Please consult a pediatric pulmonologist at a CF center to help guide therapy based on individual needs. ...Read more
Benzoyl peroxide: This is the best that's over the counter but not nearly so helpful as something as simple as topical Clindamycin with or without BP or a retinoic acid derivative -- i'll use the latter if there are many blackheads. If your acne is worse, a systemic antibiotic can help, and a dermatologist can use the big guns. You shouldn't need to rely on a home remedy even in our loony health care system. ...Read more
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
It depends on the craters: Are these mountains or are these molehills? If you have severe scarring acting you are going to end up needing a dermatologist for dermabrasion. If you just have bad acne with some cysts and scarring you may do well with a antibiotic and some over-the-counter medication such as benzyl peroxide. It really depends on what it looks like ...Read more
CYSTIC ACNE: In my experience, medical extractions and meticulous skin care by a professional is superior to both. Accutane is the "nuclear option" and is a chemotherapy drug with many serious side effects. Since you didn't even share your age, let alone any pictures or what treatments you have had in the past, I suspect you are a very young individual and recommend you discuss this matter with your parents. ...Read more
Get a real Rx: The powerful and effective remedies that scientific physicians use for acne are derivatives of vitamin a or natural antibiotics -- both gifts from mother nature. Especially if you are responsible for the emotional and physical health of a teenager, get the patient to a scientific physican -- negligence here will result in a lifetime of regrets / resentment. ...Read more
No: Nothing's going to help with depressed acne scars of any subtype except the lasers, fillers or microsurgery that some dermatologists and plastic surgeons can use. I'm sorry you ended up with scars in the first place; all acne is manageable nowadays and it's unfortunate that yours was neglected. ...Read more
Get a real Rx: Cystic acne is a serious, chronic disease that you cannot manage by home remedies. Usually it requires isotretinoin. If this affects a young person for whom you are responsible, it would be a terrible mistake not to take them to get scientific treatment. Leaving junior scarred will be a cause for lifelong resentment. Please do what you must. Thanks for understanding. ...Read more
None will work: I am very sorry that you ended with keloidal acne scars. This didn't need to happen. If your family's devotion to "natural healing" caused them to neglect this serious and permanently disfiguring disease, i hope this will cause you to wise up and recognize how wrong they were not to get you a real rx. Get with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon -- it's likely they maybe able to help some. ...Read more
What is the most effective over-the-counter treatment plan for controlling acne while healing minor acne scars & hyperpigmentation?
Benzoyl peroxide: This is the best over-the-counter product. "pop" remedies like squeezing a lemon onto the pimple or smearing yourself with honey won't work and are unworthy of someone living in the 21st century. All acne is manageable by scientific medicine. If you are responsible for a young person with acne, and you fail to get them the scientific rx a physician can offer, it'll be a lifetime of regrets. ...Read more
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