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Scabbing around the cystic acne due to scabbing. How can I prevent the surrounding area from getting dark?

I picked at a cyctic acne with a needle to attempt and extract something to relieve the pressure. Nothing helped and the area of the pimple and surrounding has scabbed up because of my attempt of squeezing. I know it ll take time to heal. But I was able to remove the dark skin forming around. It s tender and I know it will turn dark again. Is there any way I can prevent this. It s easier to cover up a little red skin than the brownish colour of a scab.
Asked On : Fri, 19 Oct 2012
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Jul 2012
Hi there Hala.

Please avoid handling your skin let alone prick it with a needle!

The marks you will leave behind will be ugly & will be pigmented if such handling occurs.

Please try to use a good cleanser for acne...Neutrogena deep pore cleanser or Sebium form Bioderma are two good cleansers.

You may steam your face lightly followed by the cleansing & toning routine.

Locally, try using 1% Adapalene gel if it is a single lesion you are describing.

If multiple cystic acne, then systemic isotretinoin therapy is the way forward with due precautions, blood tests & preventive measures as per the protocol.

Cheers & wish you a clear countenance soon!
Do visit your nearest dermatologist.
Dr Praveen Rodrigues MD
Dermatologist, Cosmetologist, Venereologist
Vikram Hospital, Bangalore, India
Answered: Fri, 19 Oct 2012
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