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How to Get Rid of Cystic Acne?

Acne breakouts can cause embarrassment and annoyance. If you have cystic acne, your breakouts might cause pain and deep scars. Luckily, your New York Skin & Vein skincare specialist can develop a treatment plan to help you keep your condition under control. We offer a range of treatment options to design the right plan for your needs. 

What Causes Cystic Acne?

Acne develops when pores become blocked with dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. Bacteria trapped inside the pores can multiply, causing a sore, inflamed blemish. If you have cystic acne, this inflammation and pain can travel deeper into the skin, forming cysts. These can leave scars, especially if you interfere with them or try to pop them. 

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How to Get Rid of Cystic Acne

If you have cystic acne, managing the condition means reducing the frequency and severity of breakouts. As a result, you have fewer painful cysts and less acne scarring. 

ZO Skin Health

We recommend ZO Skin Health, the #1 luxury skincare line in the world, to anyone who wants to treat and improve their skin. Dr. Obagi developed treatments to clear away excess oil, remove dead skin cells, and shrink oil-producing glands. We consider this skincare program the basis of any acne management plan. 


Accutane is a prescription medication used to treat acne. It works by shrinking oil glands to decrease pore clogging. This treatment can have some side effects, especially skin dryness. It is highly effective in managing challenging acne. 

Steroid Injection

Injections of a steroid into cystic acne lesions can make them “melt” away in 24 hours. This procedure must be done by someone skilled to prevent complications but can help prevent scaring and prolonged healing of cystic acne. 

BLU-U Light Therapy

We use blue light treatments to control acne by decreasing the bacteria that cause inflammation. Blue light kills bacteria without harming your skin. BLU-U light therapy can be combined with a topical prescription medication called Levulan. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Cystic Acne Treatment?

Anyone with cystic acne should seek a professional assessment. This condition can significantly impact your quality of life and leave lasting, hard-to-treat scars. During your consultation, we will develop a treatment plan which we will adjust over time based on your needs. 

Consultations Available Now

The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our highly trained providers at New York Skin & Vein Center located in Oneonta, NY, serving the surrounding New York City areas with additional offices in Norwich, Binghamton, and Cobleskill.

Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment. Your journey to a healthier, happier you can start today.

What Results Will I See With Cystic Acne Treatment?

You can expect fewer acne breakouts in the weeks and months after treatment. Breakouts will be milder, clear up more quickly, and develop less inflammation. Depending on how effective each method is for you, we may need to adapt your treatment plan. 

Is There Any Downtime With Cystic Acne Treatment?

These treatment methods have no downtime. Accutane makes skin more sensitive to the sun, so you will need to avoid exposure and wear sunscreen. Your customized ZO Skin Health routine includes medical-grade sun protection.


*Individual Results May Vary

Dr. Dohner and his team strive to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses their practice for their aesthetic and vein needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Dohner and his team of expert providers at New York Skin & Vein Center in New York.

Take the Next Step

To schedule your in-person cystic acne consultation, call New York Skin & Vein Centers at (607) 431-2525 or simply fill out the form on this page. We look forward to working with you. 

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