August 23 2014

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Dr. Murad Breaks Down Cystic Acne


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

I have cystic acne and have tried everything to get rid of it (short of Accutane) but no dice. I’ve resolved that covering up the scars is the only way to go but need a good medicated tint cover-up that won’t clog my pores and make me break out even more. Any suggestions?

There are multiple causes for cystic acne. If after using all topical products, topical medications like antibiotics and Retin A, and internal antibiotics and internal supplements with zinc, vitamin C, and purifying herbs like yellow dock and burdock root, with no improvement, I recommend that you review options with your physician and request a hormone evaluation as well.

A board-certified dermatologist with a private practice in El Segundo, California, Dr. Howard Murad is a trained pharmacist and an associate clinical professor of medicine (dermatology) at UCLA. With insights derived from treating a patient base of over 50,000 people, he developed his eponymous line of skincare products and has authored two books on the topics of aging and cellulite, respectively.

Photo: Andrew O’Toole / Retna



  1. missatyler says:

    I know that this has very little to do with the entry, but I love the eye make-up on the model. The green, metalic eye liner is perfect with her eyes. Very nice

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