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Cystic acne is characterized by large, red, painful cysts on the face and upper body. This type of acne doesn’t respond to topical treatments because the cysts are too deep under the skin. However, the good news for sufferers is that other treatments are available. This video explains more.

Cystic acne is usually treated using oral antibiotics. A course lasting two or three weeks that is gradually tapered off is effective for most patients. In severe cases, Accutane can be helpful. Women may also get symptom relief by taking birth control pills.

If you have cystic acne, make an appointment with Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology for evaluation and treatment. Our Salt Lake City dermatologists offer both general and cosmetic dermatology services. Schedule your appointment by calling 801-266-8841.