Cystic lesions from acne, sometimes called acne cysts, are large
and painful pimples deep under a person's skin that develop most often on the
face, neck, or upper body. Symptoms may include a red, hard, tender lump under
Treatment may include medication to treat infection and prevent
further development of lesions.
If cystic acne is untreated, deeper and more serious infections
and scarring can develop.
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Ellen K. Roh, MD - Dermatology
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