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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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I am a 21-year-old dealing with chronic cystic acne. Please help

Query: Hello doctor, I have been struggling with cystic acne since I was 15 and I am 21 years old now. My breakouts are getting much much better but they hurt. I do not pop my pimples, but they turn into little stubborn keloid-like scars. It will either be a keloid or just a discolored spot that is dark wi...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. With your description, it seems that you have cystic acne with hypertrophic acne scars. I suggest you follow the below-mentioned instructions: Start your treatment with Isotretinoin after consulting a dermatologist because it requires...  Read Full »

How can I get rid of my cystic acne?

Query: Hello doctor, I have painful active acne on my jaw area, my skin is oily, and I have a lot of acne under the skin. I am really confused. I also used benzoyl peroxide and azelaic acid, but it did not work. Please help me. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Acne can be complex due to various factors like genetics and lifestyle habits like diet, stress, etc. Salicylic Acid or Beta-hydroxy Acids (BHAS): these ingredients can effectively target acne under the skin (also k...  Read Full »

Do I need to take Salicylic acid for my nodular cystic acne?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old boy with severe acne, nodular cystic acne, and acne vulgaris. I tried everything, but nothing really worked. So, two months back, I finally decided to visit a dermatologist. The dermatologist prescribed me Isotretinoin capsules or Sotret of 20 mg. So, it was working...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Isotretinoin is a wonderful medicine for acne. The typical course of Isotretinoin ranges from three to four months, depending on the acne response to the medicine. The dose of Isotretinoin depends on your weight. Isotretinoin shrinks the oil-producing glands and normali...  Read Full »

I need skin care advice for recurring cystic acne. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been dealing with cystic acne for five to six years, and it keeps coming back when I leave medicine. The pimples appear red and are painful. I want a proper skincare product that includes retinol and salicylic acid serum. Please help.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. Here is a basic skincare routine that includes retinol and salicylic acid serum for managing cystic acne: 1. Cleanser: Cleanse your skin with a gentle, non-foaming cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and makeup. Avoi...  Read Full »

My skin is damaged after using retinoids. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26-year-old female. My skin is in 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 le...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 sunscreenwhich you are using, consider applying a m...  Read Full »

Itchy face bumps, cystic acne, and dry skin. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am having problems with bumps appearing on my face and oiliness on my T-zone. I mostly get breakouts on my forehead and chin. Never have I had truly clear skin no matter what I tried. Now recently I have developed itchy bumps on my cheeks but more bumps on my right cheek than my left...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Acne is somewhat hormonal and due to oily skin. 1. Do not use hair oil and any sticky cream on the face. 2. Avoid oily food, chocolates, and milk products. 3. Avoid dust, and always use sunscreen (above 30 SPF). ...  Read Full »

Please suggest an effective treatment for cystic acne and hot flashes experienced during menopause.

Query: Hello doctor, Please suggest the best vitamin to take and cream to use for hot flashes and cystic acne during menopause. I have had this issue for ten years now. I am not taking HRT. I have previously taken Differin, and now I am using Tretinoin cream.   Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. After menopause age, you should regularly take calcium and vitamin D in your diet. Take multivitamin A to Z tablets once daily for hot flashes, and eat estrogen-rich foods like soya and nuts to prevent mood swings ...  Read Full »

My face is itchy after the appearance of a fluid-filled pimple on my face. Could it be related to the painful pimples on the other side of my face?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 42-year-old female who weighs 177 pounds with a height of 5' 5. I got two pimples on my face two months ago. They are swollen and filled with fluid. I popped them several times, but they kept filling up with fluid. The pain is excruciating until they drain. This morning I woke up w...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It looks like an infected cystic lesion (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). People with a history of acne usually develop these forms of cystic lesions. These lesions show a recurrent course and keep filling with pus even a...  Read Full »

Why is the mole on my neck 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 tha...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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, twi...  Read Full »

I want to know what kind of products can be used for acne-prone and combination skin with cystic acne. Kindly suggest.

Query: Hello doctor, What type of products would you suggest for someone with extremely acne-prone and combination skin with cystic acne?  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. I would suggest products like moisturizers and foundation that can be chosen according to your skin type, for dry to normal skin: oil-based formulations are required and for oily skin, water-based formulations are req...  Read Full »

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