Cystic Acne

Cystic acne is the most severe form of acne, in which the skin becomes infected and inflamed as the pores get blocked. It results in large pus-filled pimples and redness, which can be painful to touch. Isotretinoin, antibiotics, topical retinoids, or spironolactone is used in its treatment.

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Will cystic acne indirectly exacerbate anxiety and depression?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know the connection between cystic acne and mental health conditions, specifically the ways acne can indirectly exacerbate anxiety and depression. How often these issues occur together? What are the current theories for why they occur together so often? How are they t...  Read Full »


Dr. Mehwish Mursaleen

Psychologist Counsellor

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As far as the connection between acne and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression is concerned, definitely we as a psychologist come across such cases of young girls who develop an inferiority complex and doubt over their self-image due to the perceiv...  Read Full »

How can cystic acne be treated without disfiguring the face?

Query: Hello doctor, How can a cystic acne be treated without devastating the face? And advice about men's health on cystic acne and what is the best treatment for cystic acne?  Read Full »


Dr. Yeshwanth Kumar

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Cystic acne comes under acne vulgaris grade 4. The generation they present as large inflamed pus-filled nodules which later develop into cysts along with draining sinuses. Treatment of severe acne includes, 1. We need to counsel the patient that severe acne can be ...  Read Full »

Is it a must to treat acne with topical and oral medicines?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from acne since one month, mainly it is cystic acne. I have always had this issue on and off, but this time it is painful and new acne keeps coming. The scar too takes long time to go. I have been using the over-the-counter Benzoyl peroxide face wash, Benzoyl peroxi...  Read Full »


Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history and seen the attached photographs (attachments removed to protect patient identity). According to me, you need both oral as well as topical medication to treat acne. Continue with the face wash but Benzoyl peroxide 10 percent is too st...  Read Full »

How can I manage cystic acne over cheeks and chin?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently started getting cystic acne all over my cheeks and chin. I am 21 and I had never had any problem with acne until about nine months ago when this red, inflamed underground acne started occurring and mostly only on my cheeks. It has been five months since my last big flare up...  Read Full »


Dr. Rabia

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand. Do not worry. You will get better. Kindly attach pictures of your lesions for proper diagnosis. Have you taken oral medicines for your acne? I am prescribing you night cream. Hope you will get better with it. Continue with your rest of treatment.  Read Full »

Kindly tell me a natural remedy for painful cystic acne.

Query: Hi doctor, I currently suffer from a deep painful cystic acne and am looking for a natural cure or remedy that will help with my condition. I am 21 years old and have no history of any diseases and am not taking any medicines or prescriptions for anything. Some symptoms I have are oily skin, deep c...  Read Full »


Dr. Sheetal R Bhanushali

Homeopathic Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not get depressed by this. It will be solved easily. Do not spoil your mind by such things which have solutions. You can start Pulsatilla 1M five pills empty stomach in the morning (take on the alternate day), Hepar sulph 30 five pills in the morning noon and night, ...  Read Full »

My skin is lifeless after using Retinol cream for a year. Will it ever become normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 year old female. My skin is in a terrible condition, and I do not understand what is going on. I am extremely scared. When I was 24, I took Accutane to clear up cystic acne. This was my second round of Accutane. I had also taken it when I was 16, but the acne came back. This...  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are right. You should not have used a topical retinoids-based cream for such a long period as you are aware it makes the skin photosensitive. It will take time for the skin to heal. Along with the broad-spectrum sunscreen which you are using, consider applying...  Read Full »

Is Retino-A effective for cystic acne scar?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffered from cystic acne. I used Clindamycin and Epiduo gel. It cleared my acne, but left black and red marks. I have attached the pictures. Which type of scar is this? Is there any topical cream to remove the marks? Is a chemical peel or Retino A effective for this? I also have some h...  Read Full »


Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Dermatologist, Venereologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Cosmetologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query in detail and do understand your concern. I have also viewed the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). These are ice pick and boxcar scars (the big ones) of acne. Treatment for the small ice pick (hole-like) scars may ...  Read Full »

I get red cysts on my face. Is it acne or rosacea?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old male. I am 6'1" tall and I weigh 170 pounds. Often, I get red cysts of some sort on my face beneath the skin that take a while to heal. I have oily skin, and get whiteheads as well. I have fluid-filled boil-like lesions on my face. I have been to a few dermatologist...  Read Full »


Dr. Kakkar

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Rosacea is a skin disorder that affects people above 30 years. Other than acne-like lesions, people with rosacea have redness of the face and dry skin associated with burning sensation. They also have redness and irritation in the eyes. The redness of the face is a...  Read Full »

I want to avoid scarring due to popping of cystic pimple on eyebrow. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I had a cystic pimple on my eyebrow for about a week that just popped under the skin last night. I have never experienced this before. So, I am worried about scarring. Is this something I need to go and check with a dermatologist immediately to clean it out if I want to avoid scarring? Wh...  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed the clinical photograph attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, you have developed nodulocystic acne. What did you mean by it has popped last night? Is this same lesion present for one week or it has subsided now since yesterday? ...  Read Full »

Is it usual for moles to get swollen and irritated?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a little mole on my neck that seems to have got swollen and inflamed. It happened about nine weeks ago. I think my necklace may have irritated it. The swelling has gone down. But, the mole seems different and red around the outside. I saw a dermatologist in a person who told me th...  Read Full »


Dr. Kakkar

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems like an irritated mole. There is nothing serious about the condition. I suggest you apply a topical antibiotic such as Neosporin (Neomycin) ointment or Mupirocin 2 % ointment,...  Read Full »

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