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Day 1 With The Monster

Posted by emilygeorge, in Pimple Cluster 29 January 2013 · 1,019 views

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Day 1 With The Monster Hi all! I'm hoping someone can help me here. I am a 17 year old girl with relatively clear skin (it only gets bad when I succumb to picking). However, I have a recurring problem. Every 2 or 3 months I get a strange cluster of what appears to be pimples. It happened for the first time in late August of 2012... The tip of my nose became red, numb, swollen, and hot. The pores were very pronounced and the skin was almost squishy, as though some kind of liquid was between the outer layer of my skin and the first inner layer. This had never happened to me before so I researched it and found nothing. I iced the tip of my nose, hoping the swelling would go down. I woke up the next morning to see no improvement, if anything the pores had only become even more pronounced. The squishy feeling was still there, and I decided to start squeezing. As soon as I did rockets of clear pus squirted from multiple enlarged pores onto my mirror (graphic I know - sorry!). After it looked like it was done squirting, the skin from the center of the mass was no longer there, and instead there was pinkish flesh that continued to ooze a clearish yellow liquid. As the skin healed, the skin would swell up again with liquid. Ultimately it took about a week for the liquid to go away, and about 3 more days for the skin to heal. In October I saw a cluster in between my eyebrows that looked very similar to what I saw on my nose. The same thing happened when I popped it. Now, in January, I have the cluster on the tip of my nose again, only it covers less area this time and did not swell up as much of my nose as it did the first time (the first time went under my nose a little bit too, to the septum). Has anyone ever seen this before? I tried to get an appointment with my dermatologist but by the time he can see me the cluster will have healed.

I have attached a photo of how the cluster looks when covered up with makeup, and intend on posting another one tonight of the cluster without.




I always get that yellow clearing stuff after I pop a pimple I have no clue what it is and also came up with no results while searching it.

I think you are taking the right steps toward getting treatment for your face. It sounds like textbook cystic acne. You should ask your dermatologist for Amoxil and Keflex. They work miracles, milagros. Once you get going on an anti-biotic you will not be picking anymore, you wont have any cysts. I just got clear this year by using many different medications, each serving a different purpose. I use topical antibiotic known as clindamycin, I rub it into my pores all over my face, on top of that I slather  my face with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. The clindamycin obviously prevents bacteria from reproducing itself. The benzoyl peroxide dries up oil and oxygenates the pores thereby killling bacteria. I also use topical tretinoin. Tretinoin helps turn over layers of dead skin keeping pores clear. Then, the most important, in many ways is the antibiotic pills. Amoxil and Keflex kill bacteria at an amazing rate. What ever you do, tell your dermatologist that you have cystic acne and need amoxil and retin-a or differin and use benzoyl peroxide. Be agressive and ask for the drugs you desire. my best wishes to you.

I dont think getting anitbitotics for something that occurs every '2-3 months' and 'appears to be pimples' is the best idea. It also does not look cystic.

 

Its hard to give advice if no one knows what it is and seems hard to get diagnosed by a derm. That being said it does sound like pimples, and if that is the case I would recommend trying Benozyl Peroxide. You dont need to get a prescription for it.

 

But then you have to decide how to use it, either be preemptive and use it all the time to try to prevent it or use it strictly as a treatment when it shows up again. I'd recommend only using it on affect areas and that BP can dry skin so you may need to moisturize.

 

I also believe the yellow clearing stuff is white blood cells, usually shows up after you pick/pop a pimple along with the red blood cells/blood.

I dont think getting anitbitotics for something that occurs every '2-3 months' and 'appears to be pimples' is the best idea. It also does not look cystic.

 

Its hard to give advice if no one knows what it is and seems hard to get diagnosed by a derm. That being said it does sound like pimples, and if that is the case I would recommend trying Benozyl Peroxide. You dont need to get a prescription for it.

 

But then you have to decide how to use it, either be preemptive and use it all the time to try to prevent it or use it strictly as a treatment when it shows up again. I'd recommend only using it on affect areas and that BP can dry skin so you may need to moisturize.

 

I also believe the yellow clearing stuff is white blood cells, usually shows up after you pick/pop a pimple along with the red blood cells/blood.

With the amount of pus she described upon pinching the pimple I venture to call it a cyst. Cysts are also painful bumps, a symptom she clearly describes. The pus is also yellow which is a sign of a strong infection. If she takes antibiotics now she can prevent the further colonization of her face by the P. Acnes bacteria. I had cystic acne and I can tell you, if untreated with an antibiotic, it worsens over time like any bacterial infection. To wrap up, she describes painful bumps with liquid inside and to my knowledge that is a cyst. Early and agressive antibiotic treatment will prevent further damage and scarring. Cysts are nothing to play with. She needs to see a dermatologist and based on the damage left behind and the description she gave of a painful bump, this is clearly the start of cystic acne.

Yes, I agree go to a Derm as soon as possible to see what that is, I had actually never seen that before but maybe your derm can diagnose what it is. Also, if it does clear up just describe to him what it was maybe he can give you at least a topical antibiotic for when it comes back, although it might be something internal so yeah back to point one. Get it checked out by your dermatologist. Good LUCK!! 

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