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Trying to self-diagnose and having some problems...

What is the difference between papules, nodules and cysts? Is it just size? Is a nodule the same exact thing as a cyst?

I feel dumb.

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Thank you. But I've read this and many other guides like it, even ones with pictures, and I still am having trouble distinguishing.

When I went to the derm she said all my pimples were comedones, papules and pustules. But sometimes my pimples seem too big and painful to be considered papules, although they have a short lifespan. I never saw any mention of pain/tenderness in the description of papules and pustules. But I'm not sure I have cysts-- everyone seems to talk about all these things with such certainty... Ugh I guess it doesn't matter in the end, acne is acne.

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I have one right now that is maybe just 5mm; it is inflamed and painful. I try not to touch it, but when I wash my face it feels like a very big bump under the skin. I have been getting a few pimples like this on my cheeks lately (although not quite as big as that one); they are different from what I usually get because they don't always come to a head and feel deeper, in addition to being more painful/tender. Are these cysts or nodules?

Are antibiotics effective in preventing these?

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Yea I get cysts i have one on my chin but fortunately it's really tiny! They hurt like hell and they are in the skin. Normally mine come to a white head and I... get rid of it. Some people just get cysts instead of pimples, it's basically a small infection in the skin. Try using something that kills bacteria, like bp.

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