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Video:What is Cystic Acne?

with Dr. Debra Jaliman

Cystic acne is the most severe form of acne and could require dermatological treatment to alleviate. In this health video from About.com, learn all about cystic acne and who can get it.See Transcript

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Transcript:What is Cystic Acne?

Hi this is Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board certified dermatologist in New York City and author of the book Skin Rules: Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist here for About.com to talk about cystic acne.

What is Cystic Acne?

What is cystic acne? Cystic acne is a form of acne and it's the most severe form of acne. It's where you have large cysts or nodules that can occur anywhere on the face, the neck, the back, the chest and it can be very disturbing. There are large nodules, usually a centimeter or more in size, they're very inflamed, and if you were to try and squeeze them, nothing would come out because they're very deep in the skin.

They often can be genetic, meaning that if somebody in your family had them, you are more likely to get this form of acne, they often occur in teenagers and oftentimes more likely in teenage boys, although teenage girls can get cystic acne as well.

Treating Cystic Acne

Many times cystic acne can scar, so it's very important if you have cystic acne to see a dermatologist immediately. It's one of the forms of acne that cannot be treated with over-the-counter preparations because the acne really goes deep in the skin and it requires internal medication to treat it appropriately. So if you have cystic acne, make sure to see a board certified dermatologist so you don't end up with scarring cystic acne which can be very disfiguring to the skin.

If you have any other questions about this, please go to About.com to learn more about cystic acne.

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