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  1. I start accutane in 2 days and I have some questions. My skin is severe comedonal acne and moderate cystic acne from my face to my chest, back, lower back, and arms. I have tried Minocycline, Doxycycline, Clindamycin foam, topical tretinoin, and a sulfur wash, all with little to no success. I was wondering if anyone with comedonal acne has had success with accutane or did make it worse? Also, did you go through the so called purging stage, where you break out like crazy? What are some good facial cleansers and moisturizers while on Accutane?
  2. Hi guys, I had a massive cyst on my face that a dermatologist incised and drained 5 days ago. I've never had this done before, so didn't really know what to expect. I'm worried because it's still quite swollen. It was the size of a quarter and is now the size of a dime. How long do these things usually take to fully heal? I'm concerned that maybe she didn't clean it out well enough or maybe it needed to drain more but healed too quickly (I couldn't even see the incision by the next day.) Has anyone had to get a cyst re-incised just days later? I just want a lump-free face for a while! I'd love any input on this. Thanks!
  3. Hi guys, I'm hoping some of you might have advice on what I should do! I've had cystic acne and rosacea for a number of years, but it's mostly around my mouth, so not that severe. Two+ months ago I got a huge, swollen lump between my mouth and jaw, which was so much worse than any spot I'd had before. I went to my dermatologist who said it was just acne, but that it was too hard to try to surgically drain. He gave me a cortisone injection (first time I've had one!) and it went down by at least 50%. Since then, I've just been waiting for it to magically disappear. Two weeks ago it got swollen again, and it looks terrible. It's about 3/4" in diameter and red. It's much softer and more painful this time, so maybe it could be cut out, but I'd prefer to try something less invasive first. Has anyone had a cortisone shot fail like that, or had to get a second one months later? I don't want to overdo it since they can cause craters. Any suggestions on how to draw it up or get it to heal? I've been heat packing it, but nothing is really happening yet. I'm also taking zinc, fish oils, and using topical niacin. Many thanks!! Here it is: *shudder*
  4. Initial breakout on yaz

    So, I've just started my 3rd pack of Yaz. I've been breaking out pretty consistently ever since I've finished my first pack. People say that you should start to see your breakouts change and start getting better. Like I said, I've been breaking out pretty consistently and doesn't seem to be getting much better. But, the initial breakout first started on my forehead and left cheek then that cleared up pretty well but the breakouts moved to my other cheek and jawline.. I just want to know if that's how anyone else's initial breakout was and if it's a sign of progress? And if it's normal for the initial breakout to continue into the 3rd pack?
  5. I have removed Staphylococcus aureus from my nose using Triple Antibiotic Ointment and that has eliminated my nose sores and cured me of what I thought was acne but really was folliculitis. I am a microbiology graduate student and the lab I teach has a Mannitol Salt Agar experiment where we differentiate S. aureus from Staphylococcus epidermidis. S. aureus can ferment the mannitol sugar and that causes a yellowing of the plate. I have known for years that I am a heavy nasal S. aureus carrier; akin to the right side of this MSA plate: http://www.scienceprofonline.com/images/science-image-library/microbiology/growth-media/msa-pos-neg-bottom-SIL.jpg Fed up with semi-monthly noses sores I looked into treatment and came across a publication http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23377521 suggesting that Triple Antibiotic Ointment is an effective means of removing Staph from the nose. I bought the Walgreen's generic brand and applied it 1-2 times a day to both nares using a cotton swab. I tracked S. aureus presence by swabbing my nose and plating it on MSA. After 20 days, I no longer had S. aureus in my nose. https://i.imgur.com/6fiGHHH.jpg Plate one is after 5 days from my left nostril. Plate two is 10 days from my right nostril and plate three is after 20 days from both nares. The Staph was gone and replaced by what I assume is S. epidermidis. I did that experiment over 3 months ago and no amount of nose picking has given me a nose sore. I haven't gotten a single folliculitis boil since stopping the experiment. I've gotten those boils semi-regularly since high school, and I incorrectly thought it was acne. My nose has never felt better and my face has never been clearer. Google 'face folliculitis' and see if you are potentially mistaking a Staph infection for acne. Google 'neosporin/triple antibiotic ointment' and you will see people rave about its benefits in dealing already-popped pimples. I've tried that and it worked wonders on reducing redness. Hormones, genetics, oils, etc. all contribute to pimples, but it is bacteria that causes it. Maybe your nose or ears are reservoirs for Staph that is making a bad situation worse. A couple months ago I posted a more detailed, cited account that you can check on Reddit. https://www.reddit.com/r/SkincareAddiction/comments/2t2cpu/elimination_of_staphylococcus_aureus_from_my_nose/
  6. Hi gals i need help! I have this bump under my skin it doesnt have a head but it left this brownish mark. I had a similar one last time that i popped and all the gunk spewed out and flattened, but i tried to pop this one that i have right now and nothing came out. Worse still, i think i became bigger and more swollen:( what should i do guys? Im not sure whether its a cyst or nodule or papule but it cannot be seen on the surface except that it has a brown mark and can be felt when i touch it. It is near my cheekbone too... should i get a cortisone shot? It has been here for a week. I really wanna see my derm but it is so hard to book an appointment and im desperate
  7. So I have this huge cyst on my cheek. About the size of a dime and a dark red. It's hard and literally not getting flat. I don't know what else to do to make it get smaller and go away. I do get it often. It's always one at a time and in different spots of my face. They last for months. It's becoming very embarrassing, especially people asking me what it is. Any help on how to make it heal fast??? personal experiences??? I have been to a derm before for a previous cyst and they never offer to give me a cortisone shot, even though I asked for it. They just always prescribed me a cream that didn't work. HELP ME PLEASE!! Thank you in advance
  8. Little advice regarding a popped 'cyst' please. So for over a month I had a large, quite flat protrusion on my cheek. Very visible, not that painful or inflamed, just annoying. Hot compresses did nothing. Tried hydrocolloid plasters, again nothing. Finally my doc gave me some epiduo, which having applied once seemed to bring a little head to the cyst (not sure if it is technically a real cyst). I put a sterilised needle into the yellow, and voila liquid pus comes out, with blood, oil etc. Now I quite often get very deep cystic acne which expresses not much pus, but usually lumps of sebum plugs or lumps of a gelatinous substance, suspended in blood or oil. Poking out of this cheek cyst is what appears to be a fatty, jelly like substance, yet it won't budge. When pressure is applied, it sticks out maybe 3-4 mm, just a clump of material, yet pressure is released it goes back in the wound. It seems attached internally. I'm worried if it is a sac, that it needs to come out. But if it isn't a sac, could it just be fatty tissue? As in the actual flesh of my cheek, in which case it definitely should stay put. I've never had a real cyst with a sac that needed to be pulled out, so am unfamiliar with how easily the sac would detach, and what it actually looks like. If something needs to come out of it yet, I am keen to have this happen before the wound starts healing over and more damage is caused Any opinions welcomed!
  9. 10 Year Old Cyst Finally Gets Popped 2017 man’s 10-year-old cyst finally gets popped!
  10. I drive myself insane every night wondering at normal people are doing. That means everyone with clear skin. They all get to go out and date and have fun and I have to be locked inside against my will because of how I look.
  11. Ok so I've been struggling with acne for around almost 2 years in a half, when I was younger I struggled with bad blackheads, then when I got to 8th grade I started to get really bad acne, to the point where I would cry constantly. Makeup wouldn't cover up a thing and I developed extreme insecurities. At the moment I started drinking coffee which in my opinion was the thing that really messed me up. Afterwards I spoke with my doc and she gave me the regular things like benzoyl peroxide which made my situation 20x worse my skin got an allergic reaction to it so I stoped immediately, then my doctor prescribed me to oral antibiotics to help my acne. After I realized coffee was probably the reason for it so I stopped immediately after taking my pill for around 5-6 months there was a difference I stopped taking it but mostly because it messed up my stomach and freshman year my skin was so much better I would get my regular pimples here and there for menstrual reasons and bad eating habits at times but for the most part I was all good. Sophomore year has started and stress has accumulated and lately my acne has had a sudden burst and I'm suddenly feeling like the way I started. I've been feeling not only stressed with school but also extremely insecure because of my acne. My acne has come much differently it's more painful and some hurt so bad like never before I don't get them all over but in certain areas like my cheeks and constantly. The pimples become bubble like and kinda of like double ups. I do squeeze them at times and I know I shouldn't but it's just I hate having my face this way and I feel like everyone stares at my face. All my friends have some what good skin besides me. My skin is a major insecurity. Recently I got these two pimples on my face which started rising last Thursday and I tried to prevent them but they got super huge. I tried my regular acne treatments, tried ice and nothing. They somewhat went don't BUT now two more pimples have formed around them so it's like three down and one on the side almost like an upside L and I can't cover them in any way they are like cysts they are in bubble form and they are super red and gross and I just wanna cry seeing my face like this. New Years is 4 days and I just want this to go down and away as fast and as much as possible, at least enough for them to some what look gone with good makeup. Bumps and makeup don't work out. Not to mention school starts in 6 days and the last thing I need is this PLEASE HELP!!!!
  12. Ok so I've been struggling with acne for around almost 2 years in a half, when I was younger I struggled with bad blackheads, then when I got to 8th grade I started to get really bad acne, to the point where I would cry constantly. Makeup wouldn't cover up a thing and I developed extreme insecurities. At the moment I started drinking coffee which in my opinion was the thing that really messed me up. Afterwards I spoke with my doc and she gave me the regular things like benzoyl peroxide which made my situation 20x worse my skin got an allergic reaction to it so I stoped immediately, then my doctor prescribed me to oral antibiotics to help my acne. After I realized coffee was probably the reason for it so I stopped immediately after taking my pill for around 5-6 months there was a difference I stopped taking it but mostly because it messed up my stomach and freshman year my skin was so much better I would get my regular pimples here and there for menstrual reasons and bad eating habits at times but for the most part I was all good. Sophomore year has started and stress has accumulated and lately my acne has had a sudden burst and I'm suddenly feeling like the way I started. I've been feeling not only stressed with school but also extremely insecure because of my acne. My acne has come much differently it's more painful and some hurt so bad like never before I don't get them all over but in certain areas like my cheeks and constantly. The pimples become bubble like and kinda of like double ups. I do squeeze them at times and I know I shouldn't but it's just I hate having my face this way and I feel like everyone stares at my face. All my friends have some what good skin besides me. My skin is a major insecurity. Recently I got these two pimples on my face which started rising last Thursday and I tried to prevent them but they got super huge. I tried my regular acne treatments, tried ice and nothing. They somewhat went don't BUT now two more pimples have formed around them so it's like three down and one on the side almost like an upside L and I can't cover them in any way they are like cysts they are in bubble form and they are super red and gross and I just wanna cry seeing my face like this. New Years is 4 days and I just want this to go down and away as fast and as much as possible, at least enough for them to some what look gone with good makeup. Bumps and makeup don't work out. Not to mention school starts in 6 days and the last thing I need is this PLEASE HELP!!!!
  13. Because I'll never know this feeling due to my deformed face.
  14. Right, so I have been suffering from these bumps across my forehead for about 6 months. I've tried benzoyl peroxide in hopes that it would clear away these bumps for about 1 month. It dried up my skin completely although did not remove the bumps. I'm starting to think that it is some sort of folliculitis as they first started across my hair line and gradually moved towards between my eyebrows and a few near my nose next to my cheeks. I've tried Nizarol and this has cleared up the bumps to some extent but I began forming 1 or two bigger bumps beneath my skin. I even thought I had candida due to these bumps as malezzia folliculitis is due to some sort of yeast overgrowth, I've tried the candida spit test which determined that i did not have candida. I'm also starting to think I have milia. These bumps are horrible, I've got them on my back and my chest too. Any suggestions on treatments that can help make this go away?
  15. Post Accutane- Bad Cyst

    I'm about 18 months post-accutane right now. During my course of accutane I still had some break outs. I was coming off of a really bad few months of break outs which happened after I stopped staking doxycycline because I ran out of the medication. My derm started me on minocycline and when that didn't work she told me I should go on isotretinoin or else I'd have to be on medication for a really long time. She made it sound like accutane would solve my acne forever. I'm starting to think that's not that case. So, during my course I still broke out, but eventually by the very end I had clear skin which remained that way more or less up until about two week ago. Now, I say more or less because I've had surface pimples and forehead acne, but not of the deep cystic acne on my cheeks or chin which I was having before. Right now my acne isn't as bad as it was before, but I'm sure we can all understand how depressing it can be to feel like you're sliding away from clear skin. Skin which gave me a confidence I had been lacking for years. My current situation is my oiliness has come back almost full force, and for the past almost three weeks I've been getting cysts. Luckily, right before this development I decided to change my face routine, but I'm not sure if its holding back a progression of my skin getting worse, or if my skin is staying the same. I made an appointment with my dorm in a month because I couldn't get in sooner, but I'm really concerned that I'm gonna start breaking out and scarring before I can see her, because I get really bad hyper pigmentation. I'm not really sure what my question is, but right now I've had a very swollen cysts pressing against my cheek bone and I've been icing, putting tea tree oil on it, and I slept with a bandage over it with honey. I know I could use neosporin but I've found honey to be really useful in the past. Now, I feel like its being kind and miss. I thought putting honey and tea tree oil on it last night would make a big difference for when I woke up, but its still read and swollen. Full disclosure, I did squeeze it a little bit, but that was after days of careful treatment, and I saw a tiny bit of pus and I don't think I damaged the skin too badly. Its really red and still swollen and my cheek bone hurts. I'm icing and taking advil. I guess I'm just looking for support or suggestions. I feel like everyone I know is used to be having clear skin and now I feel like its all slipping away.
  16. MYSTERY SKIN DISEASE! please help! I've seen so many doctor's about my skin condition & no one has been able to figure it out. I am 27 yrs old & over the past 2 years I have experienced devastating skin issues. I keep getting red bumps on my chest, abdomen, & face that turn into itchy larger bumps. I then start to pick after 2 weeks when topicals fail hoping to remove the stringy white stuff in there. I have tried accutane, antibiotics, injections & creams to resolve this, but only surgeries have helped. Tired of surgeries & really need help..photos are of the most recent spot i picked on my abdomen
  17. Disgusted

    My acne has been on my chest, face, arms, and back. Now I notice it's starting to spread to my neck! I can't cover it up with clothing and it's embarrassing. I would be so beautiful without acne but it's ruined my appearance. My mom threatens to ground me if i even speak of my acne. She doesn't take this seriously.
  18. Which type of scar is this?

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  19. Hey guys so a little about me. I am 30 years old. I have had acne since I was 18. Actually started popping up with acne when I started washing my face. Before I would just do shampoo for my hair and body wash and splash water on my face. Skip a few years to now, I only get cysts once a month. I havent had a minor breakout of whiteheads in a while. I only break out on my sides since I sleep on my left side more. I tested that theory and didnt breakout on my right side but did on my left. Never my chin, and forehead anymore. I take doxycycline. My routine is quite long. I wash my face with Desert Essence Tea Tree wash. Then I use witch hazel, Aloe vera gel. My toner is a tea tree oil. I then top it off with Benzoyl Peroxide and Coconut Oil as my moisturizer which works amazing. This past month I started with a cyst on the top left side of my nose. Then 2 weeks later I got a cyst right below that spot. Then last week I got a cyst on the upper corner left where the side of the nose meets my laughline. Hopefully you know what area I am talking about. Now I have a cyst popping up on the right side of my nose parallel to the 1st one. I used to never get a breakout on my nose. The 3rd cyst on the side of my nose is dried up and I am waiting for the scab to just fall off. The first 2 cysts are gone. Why am I all of a sudden getting cysts in the same area and what should i do. Another thing you should know about me. When i get a cyst the rest of my face is clear with no breakouts. Then when the cyst goes away something else pops up.
  20. Week 1

    Today is my first full week of Spiro, 50mg/day with one 25mg supplement at 8:30 AM and another at 1 PM with lunch. I read here that dividing the doses with breakfast and lunch is best...anyone else agree this has worked well for them? I am sorry I am too embarrassed to take pics, but if I did it would probably really throw me into an emotional tailspin. OIL The overall oil decrease in one week is incredible. My scalp is not dry, but not so oily that I have to wash every other day. The oil on my nose has decreased tons...there used to be tiny pinprick dots of oil from my nose less than an hour after washing up or showering. Same with my forehead. Not anymore. It's not totally dry but it's improved a lot! I have noticed my face is stinging a bit from being dry, but I am struggling to find a moisturizer. ACNE I'm getting some new spots. But they're resolving much faster than they would have if I hadn't been on Spiro. I developed 2 under the skin bumps [nodules?] on my chin a few days after I began taking it. But I tend to get those anyway, so I am not sure if it's Spiro's fault, though I am worried since some said this drug made their acne worse before it got better. It may also have formed because I didn't wash my face at all the other day other than using warm water. Right now I'm using Simple's foaming cleanser since I have a lot of product allergies. HAIR I'm expecting hair growth to decrease much later down the road. I'll be so glad, too. It's quite embarrassing having excess coarse hairs on your chin. I tend to get a couple on my right cheek, too. They're TINY but I now they're there, and it's upsetting. ETC. I'm still having a ton of anxiety about my face. Up until like 2 months ago, it was never this bad. I am very worried I'll need to take Accutane at some point because I already have some joint issues, but I'm not sure what else to do if Spiro and possibly Yaz/OTC do not end up working. I'm trying to be patient and ride this out, I appreciate any support.
  21. Hello everyone, I'm started my second course of accutane last week. I really enjoyed reading other people's experiences so I'm going to start a weekly log posting to share my experience with you. Background info:I'm a 21 year old male and my acne began in 12 th grade and persisted. In my first year of college my dermatologist put me on 70 mg/day does of Accutane for my acne which was considered moderately-severe. My system absorbed this very well and killed my acne completely in a short course of 5 moths. If I remember correctly I got side effects 2 weeks in, a very mild initial breakout 3 weeks in, and it was all up from there. I remember thinking in my 3rd month, "why am I still taking this?". My skin was flawless at this point. Fast forward a year...I'm in second year college now and I'm beginning to feel the stress of school , and probably the effects of lack of proper nutrition. This combined with drinking alcohol has brought on some cystic, hormonal acne. It's really not bad, about one big zit every two weeks that I could cover up with my ex-girlfriends makeup pen if I wanted.Present day:The hormonal acne has persisted and slightly worsened so I decided to start course two. I like to think of my case as a silent killer, it's bad enough to effect my looks, but not bad enough to demand immediate attention. I get frustrated now looking at it in the mirror, "why me!?". Haha well Anyways, I'm sick of it so it's time to put an end to it. It's been 7 days since my dermatologist started me on round 2 at 70 mg/day. After the second day my face was extremely red and chapped. I'm beginning my initial breakout period, it's definitely noticeable but I've seen much worse. Today (day 7),the side effects remain similar. I scratched my face and some of the acne just flaked off, so that's AWESOME. However, I know to prepare for a bumpy road ahead with more breakouts in the horizon and slow healing. There's a girl in my classes who I like so I'm gonna have to compensate this mess with personality I guess. If you made it this far, here's some tips!1. WATER! I believe this is the sole reason the drug works so well with me. I'm constantly hydrating.2. Alcohol is okay if you stay in the 'tipsy' stage, but it causes breakouts. 3. Multi-Vitamins. Common sense right? D,C, and E (found in multi-vitamins) are very good for your skin!4. Chapstick and moisturizer are obvious.5. Fresh pillow case. The amount of accumulated oil on your pillow needs to be considered. I change mine every two days. 6. Your secret weapon... Smile! The most attractive thing about someone is happiness, I'll forget you even have acne and so will you. It'll be over soon if you're on accutane so just own it. *If you're not on accutane, and you suffer from acne, definitely get on it. It's safe, I've done my research. I use the "epuris" brand. Ask your doctor, it'll change your life.Anyways, I'm going to take my pills now.I would love to see questions, suggestions, or hear your story!
  22. Just 2 weeks ago, i got this cyst on my scalp, i though that its just a normal cyst that has grown on the scalp, it gave me headache (non-stop..lol) and it was big.. so i used Benzoyl Peroxide on it and after 3 days of using it, i drained the cyst of the pus and everything was good for the few days after that, until just yesterday i noticed that the area of the cyst is now bald, no hair at all .. so i shaved my whole hair and washed it, its seriously noticeable, even at long ranges not that i care about people but i just wanna know whether my hair will grow back or not ? it looks just like a Tinea capitis, or ringworm of the scalp but the patch on my hair is neither itchy nor painful and was followed by a cyst so im assuming thats not the case. help please
  23. so i had this large pimple and i popped it, it scabbed, and started to heal up. However, a large painful one sprouted up next to it and it was too painful so I gave in and squeezed it and i was squeezing so hard that my nails slipped and took off a layer of the skin. please someone, what is the best way to heal this?
  24. To all Acne Warriors prt2 what I learned

    Okay instead of taking a shower every other day take one cool shower a day I see faster results with my skin clearing. still using the all natural soap found at defense soap.com I get big red inflamed pimples at times that take a couple weeks to clear but here's what I found that helps Wash with cool/warm water but mainly on the cool side tip(wash your face,ears,back of your heads hairline really well leave the bubbly soap on your skin while you wash your body then rinse. Once done Pat dry. Iam still expirmenting with this part but once dry take an ice cube and give your face an ice massage using a soft circular motion it will make your pores really small pushing out any dirt or toxins out of your skin leaving your skin fresh and cool.and reduce redness in the long run. Now once this is done and your skin is dry you can now put any of your topical ointment or cream on ,I personally use teatree oil and defense healing salve found at defense soap.com (tip-if you get the teatree oil make sure you dip the the qtip in water to dilute the tee tree oil on the the qtip) because i gave my self a red rash just using pure t tree oil lol it's really powerful so dilute it so you won't make the same mistake I did. Oh then apply a small amount of healing salve after the tea tree oil has dried. (using a qtip) i use it as a spot treatment calms down the redness and swelling Hope I was of some help to whoever reads this #YourNotAlone
  25. Ok so I have a large dent in my forehead from a cortisone shot I got a few weeks ago. It wasn't even for a cyst, my derm was kinda going crazy and injecting all my normal pimples as well as the cyst I went in for. This dent was from a normal pimple he injected. Anyway - I was reading on here about saline injections to help raise the dent? I have an appointment today so how should I ask him? Will he know what I'm talking about? Anyone have any experience to offer? I am a model so this is very upsetting and can ruin my career please help...