Treating Severe Acne

Severe Acne Consists of Cysts and Nodules

Not all acne is created equal, and severe acne is much more troublesome than typical acne. Acne can be mild to moderate, but it can also be severe. Severe acne requires a different treatment approach than moderate acne. Mild and moderate acne can often be treated with over-the-counter products. Severe acne typically cannot be treated with over-the-counter products such as Clearasil or Stridex. Severe acne definitely requires the treatment of a dermatologist. Mild to moderate acne can often be treated by your usual family physician, but severe acne needs the expertise of a highly qualified medical professional.

Understanding Severe Acne

Severe acne includes cystic acne and nodular acne. Both, when left untreated, can result in scarring which can last for life. Cystic and nodular acne, in addition to being unsightly, are also very painful. Cystic and nodular acne can occur other places on the body in addition to the face. They can occur on the back and chest. They can also last up to several months or more. Usually an acne sufferer who has cystic or nodular acne will need oral medications to treat their acne.

Don't Squeeze or Pick

You should never squeeze any pimples, but it is even more important to never pick at severe acne such as cysts and nodules. Severe acne also has the potential to cause embarrassment more so than mild to moderate acne. Many teenagers experience some degree of mild or moderate acne, and they are consoled by the fact that they are not the only ones going through such an experience. Less teens experience severe acne, so for those that do they feel isolated and alone.

It's always a good idea to seek the opinion of a qualified dermatologist, but even more so when you suffer from severe acne. If your child (or you yoursefl) suffer from severe acne, see a dermatologist as soon as possible to begin effective treatment and minimize the potential for scarring.

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