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Sudden Severe Acne. PLEASE Help!!!
An_247374 posted:
Hi I recently went to the dermatologist and was prescribed the antibiotic Minocycline, the topical cream Retin A micro, and a face wash for my acne. After a few weeks with not much to show for it my acne suddenly got EXTREMELY worse and in areas of my face that I had not had it before like my forehead and around my mouth area plus everywhere else. I made an emergency appointment with another dermatologist who could offer no real explanation and instead offered to put me on Accutane. Can anyone offer me any insights into what might have happened? It is NOT cystic acne, it is just covers my entire face and can not be covered by makeup. I have to wait a month before I can start taking the Accutane and the derm. didn't prescribe me anything for the existing acne, and I start school in a few days and would at least like to know a way to reduce it. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!!
Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
Dear An,

There is a relatively rare condition called pyoderrma faciale that occurs in young women (20- 30's) who all of a sudden develop terrible cystic acne- rosacea that is recalcitrant to all medications except accutane.

We do not know why someone gets this condition, but it successfully resolves with accutane.

Does this sound like you?

I hope that helps.

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