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What should I know about cystic acne?

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When you’re a teenager, it’s not unusual to have a pimple or two -- but if you have large, red, and painful breakouts deep in your skin, it could mean you’ve developed something called cystic acne.

These breakouts can be treated. Don’t try to wait them out. Cystic acne can linger for years. It can affect large areas of your skin and leave permanent scars. A dermatologist can help you with a treatment plan.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Acne.”

Laura Ferris, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Physicians Department of Dermatology.

Sharon Raimer, MD, chair, department of dermatology, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Diane Berson, MD, FAAD, associate professor, department of dermatology, Weill Medical College of  Cornell University; assistant attending dermatologist, New York Presbyterian Hospital.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Acne.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Acne.”

Laura Ferris, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Physicians Department of Dermatology.

Sharon Raimer, MD, chair, department of dermatology, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Diane Berson, MD, FAAD, associate professor, department of dermatology, Weill Medical College of  Cornell University; assistant attending dermatologist, New York Presbyterian Hospital.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Acne.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 14, 2019

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