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Should I see a dermatologist if I have acne nodules or cysts?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Many people with occasional breakouts or mild acne can manage their skin condition with a simple daily skincare regimen. Sometimes over-the-counter (OTC) acne products are necessary to control mild acne. Yet when acne nodules and cysts worsen, a visit to a dermatologist may be needed. A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in treating problems with the skin, hair, and nails. Dermatologists use a combination of OTC and prescription treatments to manage mild, moderate, and severe acne and to prevent scarring. Sometimes unsightly acne nodules or painful cysts that are deep within the skin must be drained. Along with daily skin care and healthy lifestyle habits such as a balanced diet, stress management, and plenty of sleep, a dermatologist can recommend products that will help resolve acne nodules and cysts and prevent new breakouts from occurring.

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