Medical Definition of Cystic acne

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Cystic acne: This is a type of localized inflammation (abscess) formed when oil ducts become clogged and subsequently rupture. Cystic acne is most common in the teenage years.

Treatment includes topical and systemic antibiotics, topical retinoids and isotretinoin, a systemic retinoid. Cystic acne can cause permanent scarring in severe cases.

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Reviewed on 12/4/2018

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