What are the symptoms of severe acne?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Severe acne can take on many forms. However, the general symptoms include deep cysts or inflammation and severe skin damage. In many cases, scarring can occur during the severe acne outbreaks.
Patricia Farris, MD

Severe acne is characterized by deep nodules and cysts and is sometimes painful. Patients with nodulocystic acne have more extensive involvement including the face, chest and back. One of the most severe types of acne is called hidradenitis suppurativa. In this condition cystic acne affects the face, groin and underarms. Severe acne can cause scarring so it is important to seek treatment as soon as it develops. 

The main symptom of severe acne is that many large, red bumps form under the skin. These are usually located on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, or upper back. The bumps may be painful. Sometimes bumps come together to form a large abscess. In some cases the bumps or abscess ruptures, which can lead to scarring.

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