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  1. Fighting Stubborn Pustular / Cystic Acne

    Well, things are a little more controlled, I have maybe 4-5 painful active pustules, and the others are, for the most part, receding. They're still raised lumps, but they are on their way out rather than coming in.
  2. Fighting Stubborn Pustular / Cystic Acne

    Well, half a year later, I'm worse off than when I started this thread - but at least I've discovered several things that don't work for my acne, which is nice. Seems like most supplements that are traditionally good for acne give me problems. Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Vitamin A, Zinc - each one made my skin worse in its own special way.
  3. Fighting Stubborn Pustular / Cystic Acne

    Well, I'm back on doxy. I've tried weaning off of zinc, with a tablet here and there. Haven't really taken any for the past week, and my acne is really out of control right now. I have about 10 big, painful pustules on my face. They are almost more like boils than real acne. I asked my doc to re-prescribe doxy because I feel like the BP is really useless against the big pustules.
  4. Fighting Stubborn Pustular / Cystic Acne

    I've upped my zinc intake again, and painful pimples have swelled up near my mouth / chin again. Headaches came back too. Definitely a correlation there. Need to stop zinc for reals!
  5. Fighting Stubborn Pustular / Cystic Acne

    Been trucking along. I haven't been taking crazy amounts of zinc, but haven't cut it out completely either. My libido has dropped off, but my acne is now nowhere near as extreme as it was just a week or two ago. I have some small comedonal stuff, and maybe one or two bigger painful ones near my ears. Lately I've gone back to washing my face only once a day (in the evening), not moisturizing in the mornings, and only using BP every other day (or every 2 days). Anyway, my skin has liked it. Pimples that stayed swollen and inflamed have gone down dramatically, and I've barely seemed to have any breakouts at all. My face has returned to a normal color (as opposed to lobster red) which I also really like.
  6. Fighting Stubborn Pustular / Cystic Acne

    Yeah, even though I know you're not "supposed" to pop them, especially the cysts, sometimes I just can't deal with the bigger ones (the ones with 2-3 heads). The pain basically pulses all up and down the side of my face. Squeezing it provides relief. Afterwards I usually douse it with rubbing alcohol and then cover it with BP.
  7. Fighting Stubborn Pustular / Cystic Acne

    Small update. Zinc has been okay. The aforementioned benefits have not abated. Unfortunately, I've been noticing that I get headaches and serious brain fog / spaced out / detached feeling. I've been getting more hard, painful pustules on random parts of my face, and big cysts are still brewing on my jawline. I am going to cut out zinc for about a week and see if things normalize a little. That way I'll see if there's a definite correlation.
  8. Fighting Stubborn Pustular / Cystic Acne

    So I've been taking zinc picolinate, 100mg a day for 2-3 weeks now. I've skipped a couple days here and there because the 100mg dosage is pretty high. I've also been experimenting with using the Regimen twice a day instead of once, and have switched to using La Roche Posay SA cleanser instead of regular Dove soap. The Regimen 2x a day thing was just too much to handle, so I lowered it back down to nightly. I've also been moisturizing on a regular basis. I used Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion on and off, and while it provided excellent moisture and kept facial redness to a minimum, it was really greasy and seemed like it was clogging my pores. I ended up going back to my CeraVe Moisturizer that I used all throughout last year. It makes my face redder than I'd like, but eh... Overall, my skin is still oily as hell. I have to continuously go through blotting papers (5-6 on a regular workday). Zinc also seems to be breaking me out a bit, but not excessively. I have a 5-6 painful cysts on my jawline, and one near my mouth. If it wasn't helping me at all, I would stop - but I've noticed that since taking it, my libido has great. In the past months, I've been really sluggish and was having serious ED. I could only perform adequately maybe once a week. Now it's like I'm back in my teens. Honestly, even if zinc does exacerbate acne, I'd keep taking it as long as the libido-boosting effects stay. Also, I used to have some serious BO if I sweated a lot. Now, strangely enough, I don't smell at all. My shower products haven't changed, nothing's really changed except the zinc. On a different note, I am definitely going to need to start staking copper soon, since high-dose zinc depletes copper and can have some serious consequences.
  9. Fighting Stubborn Pustular / Cystic Acne

    I'm actually trying out the zinc picolinate now. So far it seems to have given me some painful ones near my mouth and on my jawline, but I can't really tell if those would have come up anyway. Gonna take it for a couple of weeks to see.
  10. Hi all, Was wondering if there were any guys out there who had experience with taking zinc. I've recently started taking it and it's been giving me crazy painful pustules near my mouth and on my jawline. This isn't the first time this has happened with zinc (I've taken it twice before, with the same effects). However, I never took zinc longer than a week because I didn't want to keep breaking out. Is there anyone who took zinc, experienced an initial breakout, and was then able to get over the breakouts?
  11. Fighting Stubborn Pustular / Cystic Acne

    So I am going to write off Vitamin A as a failed experiment. I only used it on and off for about three weeks, but through those three weeks, I've been feeling sluggish, depressed, had low libido, and had insanely oily skin. My breakouts have been more or less the same. I haven't broken out more (except for when I added Vitamin D to the mix), but from what I heard, Vitamin A was supposed to dry out oily skin, not exacerbate it. My other reason for stopping A is, it doesn't seem to be a good idea to take it long-term. Even if I do have success from taking higher-than-recommended doses of it, how long will I be able to keep that up before my liver explodes? So far, supplements I've tried that make my condition worse are: Fish oil (I took it for about half a year and it gave me DEEP cysts. More like carbuncles really. Big, inflamed things with 2-3 white heads that would burst and leave bloody craters behind. Vitamin D. I tried it on and off, and every time it made my existing acne / red marks swell up, and gave me rashes / scaly patches on my temples and eyelids. Also made me break out hard around the mouth. Probiotics. These gave me the worst breakout of my life back in 2013. I had a field of cysts all around my mouth. It hurt to move my mouth in the slightest. Multivitamins. These gave me cysts around my mouth and jawline. Probably not a good idea taking these if you're acne-prone, since there are so many vitamins / minerals in there it's hard to tell what might be aggravating acne and what might be helping it. Vitamin A...? Didn't improve or make my acne worse, but really did a number on my already oily skin and overall well-being. The search continues!
  12. Severe breakout from probiotics

    When I took probiotic capsules, I had an INSANE breakout, mostly around my mouth. It was basically a swarm of large, painful, pus-filled cysts. It hurt to move my mouth even in the slightest. That was probably the worst breakout I'd ever had. I didn't even bother to wait and see if this was just some kind of purge. I stopped the probiotics and started the Regimen, which took care of the breakout within 2 weeks. I did eat homemade kefir for a while before then with no problems.
  13. Fighting Stubborn Pustular / Cystic Acne

    Me too. Not sure though, I think I'm actually oilier than when I started. I've been using A on and off for about three weeks now and things have only changed for the worse. I also tried green tea recently (heard it was good for acne, oil and overall health), which I used to drink a lot of, but now it gives me migraines every time I ingest it. I was going to start drinking it instead of coffee, but looks like I'm sticking with coffee for now!
  14. Fighting Stubborn Pustular / Cystic Acne

    for oilyness vitamin A and B5 are used a lot. yeah.. that's why I'm trying the A. I heard about B5, but I tried it a while ago to no avail..
  15. Fighting Stubborn Pustular / Cystic Acne

    Trucking along. Been super-oily by the end of the day. I've added moisturizer back into my regimen because I've realized, even though I get oily with or without moisturizer, I'm definitely not doing my skin any favors by depriving it of moisture on a regular basis. Gave up Vitamin D for good. That stuff just doesn't agree with my skin. I wanted it to work, but every time I incorporate it, my existing red marks swell up, I break out around the mouth, and I get red flaky patches by my temples and on my upper eyelids.
  16. Fighting Stubborn Pustular / Cystic Acne

    Yeah... I haven't been taking fish oil for about four months now. I haven't really gotten pustules on the level that I used to (I used to get some that were deep, painful clusters of maybe 3-4 heads, and would be so intense that they inflamed my lymph nodes). Now I get only single-head ones, and they are not nearly as deep. However, I still get the full spectrum of acne, and my skin is mega-shiny. The only way to know what works and what doesn't is to change one factor at a time... right now I'm trying Vitamin A, so I'll see how that goes.
  17. Fighting Stubborn Pustular / Cystic Acne

    So the salicylic acid experiment didn't go too well. I used a SA-based face wash and a moisturizer with 0.5% SA (Clean&Clear). On the one hand, it didn't make me break out too much (although a couple days is not enough time to tell). On the other hand, it made my face super-red and greasy as heck. I feel like for me, having a red, greasy face is basically as bad as having pimples. So I'm backtracking, and going back to using BP every other night with just regular soap cleansing like I've been doing. Still have to figure out what the heck causes these damn painful pustules.