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Cystic acne - symptoms, causes, and treatment

What can I do about severe and swollen pimples?

Dr Louisa Draper

"It’s common to develop acne at any age, although it tends to affect teenagers when they are going through the hormonal changes of puberty. Although acne is very common, cystic acne is relatively rare."

Dr Louisa Draper

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Cystic acne is a type of acne which can cause red, tender pus-filled bumps to develop on your skin. It’s similar to the spots and pimples in mild or moderate acne which happen when your pores become clogged with dead skin cells. In Cystic acne, bacteria causing swelling and infection in your pores.