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Is This Cystic Acne

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ive been seeing a dermatologist and i just forgot to ask what type of acne i have and im not seeing one again for a few months so i was wondering if anyone here could tell me

why doesnt this stuff ever go away, it just sits there and never seems to do anything, doesnt get bigger/smaller or ever comes to a head.
im currently on a regimen of fincea and taz.. not sure of how well the taz worked yet since its hasn't even been 2 months and everyones review says to wait at least 12 weeks to 16 before making any judgement

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Hello!

Most of your acne appears to have a head on it, so I would say you mainly have papules and pustules.. and maybe that larger one would be a cyst. Also you are right that you should give taz around 3-4 months to make sure if it's going to work for you. I also recommend when using anything on your face to be SUPER gentle, that goes with applying moisturisers, washing your face, putting any products on ect. I find irritation is a large contributor to cystic and inflamed acne.

Best of luck on your regimen! and I hope this helps (:

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Get a second opinion from another dermatologist. To me it looks like folliculitis or staph. You may need to treat it with antifungals. If you can see infected/ blocked hair follicles where the acne is, then it's folliculitis. Tea tree can help with that, and some people use antifungal shampoo but I haven't tried that so I can't recommend it. If it responds to tea tree or oil of oregano, then it's folliculitis.


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Yep that does not look like acne. It looks like an infection. If it itches it's probably fungal, and I would immediately begin applying antifungals, either in the form of an athlete's foot cream or an antifungal shampoo such as selsun blue (put on skin for 5-10 mins then wash thoroughly in shower). If it's fungal and you treat it with antifungals, it should respond quickly and you should see improvement within a week (but keep using the treatment for a week after it completely disappears).

If it doesn't itch, I would start treating it with antibacterials. There are many available, from benzoyl peroxide to a triple antibiotic cream.

You could just go straight for tea tree oil, as it can work against both bacteria and fungi. Dilute it first, maybe 50% water 50% tea tree oil (it's not really oil)

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i appreciate the advice guys but ive been to three different dermatologist for different opinions and none of them said anything about this not being acne/ anything about an infection. i will bring it up next time i go to back tho

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i appreciate the advice guys but ive been to three different dermatologist for different opinions and none of them said anything about this not being acne/ anything about an infection. i will bring it up next time i go to back tho

I had something like that, just on one corner of my chin, that took 2 years to go away. It didn't spread, or really do anything, it just sat there. For 2 years. It left a really nasty scar the same size and shape.

None of my dermatologists said it was anything else, either, so I never got it tested. But I'm pretty sure it wasn't acne, because it was different from all the other acne I had.


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