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Steatocystoma Multiplex

Question: Hello. I am a 20 year old female and I was just recently diagnosed with S.M., which I guess is "Steatocystoma Multiplex". I have been seeing a dermatologist off and on but I'm a bit hesitant to continue seeing him because he doesn't seem to know what he's doing or talking about. I was wondering if you wouldn't mind telling me everything you know about the condition: what causes it, what makes it worse, what I can do to make it go away, if anything. The dermatologist that diagnosed me has given me an option called laser cooling where they burn my skin and then cool it. I am really not looking forward to doing that so I was wondering if there is maybe another way to go about getting rid of the S.M. Thanks.
Answer:

Steatocystoma multiplex is believed to be an inherited trait, however there have been cases where there has been no hereditary involvement. I have not currently found any information that states what may or may not worsen this condition, except for Accutane. Accutane is sometimes used to treat this, however some patients have actually noted that it did in fact worsen the condition. Steatocystoma multiplex is treated with surgery and does have good results, however lesions may also be drained with a needle incision. Needle incision provides a temporary relief from the symptoms. As I mentioned, Accutane is sometimes used, but results vary. I hope this information helps somewhat. Best skin care wishes.

Meagan, Esthetician