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Any recommendations for specific cystic pimple treatments?

When I go home for summer I'm going back to my dermatologist and I want to go there asking for a specific treatment that I know others have had success from.

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From past experiences, BP only seems to work on my pimples once they have popped to dry them out. But when its a big red cyst nothing seems to work. I'm look for a treatment that prevents cysts from forming.

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the systematic use of benzoyl peroxide will keep acne from forming in the first place. It works ok as a spot treatment, but its greatest strength is preventing the microcomedones (the precursor to cysts) from forming in the first place. Start slowly with it - wear it all over the area you break out for 15 minutes a day. Double the time every 3 days until you are wearing it overnight. Start with 2.5% (Dan Kern's), then when you are used to the up it to 5%. You have to keep up with the skin's ability to adapt to products.

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the systematic use of benzoyl peroxide will keep acne from forming in the first place. It works ok as a spot treatment, but its greatest strength is preventing the microcomedones (the precursor to cysts) from forming in the first place. Start slowly with it - wear it all over the area you break out for 15 minutes a day. Double the time every 3 days until you are wearing it overnight. Start with 2.5% (Dan Kern's), then when you are used to the up it to 5%. You have to keep up with the skin's ability to adapt to products.

If you want to see some great before and after pics of some of my clients who I do this with go here.

I used to but 2.5% to 5% BP on my problem areas every night for months and it dried out my skin which only leads to more breakouts so I try to use BP sparingly now and only on popped pimples.

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