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  1. UGHHH where do I start. So I'm 20 years old and I've had acne since I was 12 years old. Ive never had severe acne but I've always gotten these huge cyst/nodules on my chin, I use to get them on my nose as well but now just my chin. I've never seen anyone else who gets these types of pimples, mine are massive. They've taken a tole on me mentally. I've tried birth control, which cleared my cheek and forehead acne but not my chin acne. I don't want to do anything that isn't a holistic approach. I'm depressed and desperate for help! Any advice is appreciate like supplements or vitamins I should take. I've taken vitex and it worked for 8 weeks clearing ALL my acne but then it returned:/ currently I've been breaking out all over my face, it's worse than it was in high school or middle school! PLEASE HELP!! I drink a lot of water eat healthy and have an organic skincare routine
  2. Had a big boil on my bum the other day. Big, red, swollen, very painful. It popped the other day and puss was coming out and blood was too. Cleaned it with rubbing alcohol and put gause on it. Can someone please tell me what it is and what I do to make it go away? It is so incredibly painful I can't sit or walk correctly. It's right where my butt cheek and thigh meet. Please help!!!
  3. Hello, I have these bumps or I don't know what to call them but I guess they're sort of like cysts. They don't hurt or anything, they're just all over my jawline! I've done accutane a few months and it got rid of my acne except for these cyst like bumps. They won't come to a head or anything. HELP!!! What should I do?? I attached pictures so you can see what I mean. It's on both sides of my jawline/neck.
  4. Hi guys, I'm in agony here! I got a massive cyst on my face more than 3 months ago. My dermatologist said it was too hard to drain and gave me a cortisone injection. It went down for about month, then came back and even spread a little. After a lot of home remedies and heat packing (none or which worked) I ended up going to get it surgically drained. The dermatologist made a small incision, squeezed it a lot, dug around with a scalpel and put a bandage on it. While she was able to get a lot out, it was still swollen afterwards. That never got better, so now two weeks later I have basically a red-purple cyst on my face that is just 30% smaller. I can't even see the incision anymore. I'm not sure if I should try to get it surgically drained a second time or not. I'm just wondering what went wrong with the surgery and if anyone else has had this happen? She didn't irrigate the site, or give me any antibiotics to take afterwards, as I'm on a low-dose doxycycline (40mg) all the time. If you've had a cyst drained, did the surgeon rinse it out and did you have to take a course of antibiotics afterwards? I want to make sure I do it right this time so my face isn't scarred too badly! Thanks!
  5. It's been just over a month and a half on Accutane. I'm on 40mg once daily. My skin had an initial breakout when I first started that was really bad but only lasted about a week. Once my skin healed from that it was nearly flawless besides scarring and hyperpigmentation. Then once again my skin broke out last week, assumably from my period, and it's slowly starting to heal up now. I've also gotten a few closed comedones (?) their like little headless pimples on my cheeks. They aren't too bad but they are annoying. My forehead is probably the clearest. My skin is a lot less oily which I love because I don't have to worry about blotting my skin multiple times day. I got a few cysts last week that I tried not to pop but I gave in once I saw sign of them coming to a head. I know I shouldn't pop but they hurt so bad under the pressure. They've flattened now and just need to heal.
  6. I know this really isn't acne discussion and I apologise for the self promo haha! In case anyone wants to follow me my instagram is lydiatank and my twitter is lazylydiaa! I'll follow back everyone.
  7. I have almost been on Accutane for two weeks now and I am suffering from an initial breakout. Eek! I've got two hard lumps on my jawline that don't hurt but are really deep and huge. I also have a big chin pimple that's deep under the skin but it doesn't hurt which I find strange. I'm using an icepack to numb the pain and the sides of my face are filled with scabs that are slowly healing up. My forehead had lots of comedones before but they are starting to fade. I suppose that's something positive so far! Let's hope this initial breakout won't last long.
  8. 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?
  9. 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!
  10. 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*
  11. 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?
  12. 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/
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. 10 Year Old Cyst Finally Gets Popped 2017 man’s 10-year-old cyst finally gets popped!
  17. 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.
  18. 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!!!!
  19. 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!!!!
  20. Because I'll never know this feeling due to my deformed face.
  21. 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?
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. Which type of scar is this?

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