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Adult Female Neck/Jawline Cystic Acne

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Basically as the topic title states I have Neck/Jawline cysts... also not sure whether I'm suffering from Hirsuitism, hard to tell if it's that or I'm just suffering due to light skin tone versus darker hair colouring...

My Doctor has ordered some blood tests, thyroid + hormones etc - which I should get the results for next week, hopefully show if there is anything underlying causing my problem.

After a visit to the derm last week I had a couple of the cysts injected with hydrocortisone?, I've been re-prescribed Isotretinion again after a fairly successful course a year ago... not sure whether I'm glad about this or not....

is this not just treating the symptom and not the underlying cause?

the way I see it I have 2, maybe 3 options....

1: Roaccutane - will treat the symptoms, prevent further scarring but might cause depression (suffered with it in the past).

2: Progesterone Birth Control pill - which potentially (although I've never tried it) could even out my hormones and thus prevent cyclic acne cysts...

3: some combination of the 2 or some anti-biotic...

I'm scared of taking all these meds, but I just want my acne to be over with, I suffered with teen acne (t-zone, whiteheads, blackheads etc) and now in my 20's I'm going through it all again just in a different area of my face.

Also the birth control pills mimic the effects of pregnancy ? is that right? just that during my pregnancy I had Malasma? on my t-zone area with inflamed acne, not sure if that was a bi-product of the pregnancy or just the fact that I was taken off all anti-biotics until the birth.....

sorry for the long post.... thanks if you read this far...

peace & love x

p.s.

If you're suffering from a similar problem, I'd love to hear from you, perhaps we could compare notes :)

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Another day, another cyst... the box of Isotret is staring at me from my desk, still holding off until I get the blood test results...

Received an appointment letter for an ultrasound so hopefully find out one way or another if I've some endocrin./pcos problem... ultrasound is on Sunday morning - will keep you posted.

I've been using Fucidin H recently which seems to calm the inflamation somewhat, but the underlying cyst is still there, had 4 injected last week (very painful)....

Going to get some peppermint/spearmint tea which I heard can help hirsuitism and perhaps the spots on my neck, also read that stress can affect this area quite badly with acne

interesting considering one of the cysts is close to the pulse point in my neck, perhaps cortisol is leaking from my blood supply into the surrounding skin area?....

hmm so many possibilities...I'm totally sick of having acne, anyone else hate the fact it takes them an hour to get ready with make up before being able to leave the house?

even when I do this I still feel uncomfortable within my own "skin" like people are either looking at me because of the acne or because of the ton of "war-paint"....

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Another day, another cyst... the box of Isotret is staring at me from my desk, still holding off until I get the blood test results...

Received an appointment letter for an ultrasound so hopefully find out one way or another if I've some endocrin./pcos problem... ultrasound is on Sunday morning - will keep you posted.

I've been using Fucidin H recently which seems to calm the inflamation somewhat, but the underlying cyst is still there, had 4 injected last week (very painful)....

Going to get some peppermint/spearmint tea which I heard can help hirsuitism and perhaps the spots on my neck, also read that stress can affect this area quite badly with acne

interesting considering one of the cysts is close to the pulse point in my neck, perhaps cortisol is leaking from my blood supply into the surrounding skin area?....

hmm so many possibilities...I'm totally sick of having acne, anyone else hate the fact it takes them an hour to get ready with make up before being able to leave the house?

even when I do this I still feel uncomfortable within my own "skin" like people are either looking at me because of the acne or because of the ton of "war-paint"....

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I *totally* hear you. I have the same kind of acne, hardly anything below my noseline. Even if it is hormonal, I am already on birth control (which doesn't help with my acne) so they tell me I would be prescribed Accutane either way.

Your words on having to put on so much makeup really struck me. Every day I go to the mirror to slather on foundation and concealer, which I hate. I feel like if anyone saw what was under all this makeup, their opinion of me would totally change. They don't know how bad it is under all the concealer - not that the concealer looks great either.

Know that I feel your pain!

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I have jawline cystic acne too, hormonal like yours. You can see my current regimen in my sig. I've only been on it for a week, so I'm still very optimistic. Let's see how I'm feeling in 8 weeks if I still have acne! :lol:

Feel free to ask me any questions and commiserate.


My skin is clear. Antibiotics, BP, Differin, and Yaz. Now down to just Differin and Yaz. Soon going to wean off Yaz. Took over 3 months to see much improvement. Less than 6 months since I started and my skin is 100% clear now.


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I *totally* hear you. I have the same kind of acne, hardly anything below my noseline. Even if it is hormonal, I am already on birth control (which doesn't help with my acne) so they tell me I would be prescribed Accutane either way.

Your words on having to put on so much makeup really struck me. Every day I go to the mirror to slather on foundation and concealer, which I hate. I feel like if anyone saw what was under all this makeup, their opinion of me would totally change. They don't know how bad it is under all the concealer - not that the concealer looks great either.

Know that I feel your pain!

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I feel your pain. I've had hormonal acne for so long, I'm just sick of it. I went to the Derm today and got some new meds. I've already been on Doxyclycline for 3 weeks and I'm just now starting to see results. The bad thing about prescription products is that they take tme to work. 8-12 weeks and sometimes longer. Most of us don't have the patience to let them do there thing. This time I'm giving all these products 12 weeks before doing some tweaking.

One thing you have not mentioned is Spirolactone. Back in the 90's I took it with great success along with Glugophage to regulate insulin (But I was not a diabetic, it was just for Polycystic Ovary Disease). I also stuck to a lower Carbohydrate diet and drank tons of water (almost a gallon a day). I had clear skin for a long time with jsut doing those things. But after my pregnancy my acne came back full force and my Cystic ovaries were worse than ever.

So now I'm on Doxy, Differin Gel, Clindamyacin Gel and using a BP Wash on my face. It's drying but nothing that a good moisturizer can't help you with. I'm also wondering about the comediegenic factor of concealers. they do make healing concealers with acne meds in them. Lately I've been using tinted bp cream. Also drying, but what can you do? I wish I didn't have to wear makeup at all. I hope to get to that point. I'm 35 and hope by the time menopause comes around all this stuff will go away. I'm considering a uterine ablation and removal of ovaries only. I can't have anymore kid anyway, so it's something I'm considering. It has a toll on you over time, it doesn't get better.

Still tied to the Eve.....damn her for taking that apple.


Jane, age 36

(Follicular/Hormonal Acne Sufferer for 16 Years) PCOS

Day and Night:

Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser w/ Microfiber cloth

Clinique Repairwear for eyes

Olay Regenerist Fragrance Free, Wait 10 minutes

Pea Sized amount of Tazorac .01%

Olay Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid

Aquaphor on lips and spots for healing

200 mg of Doxycycline a day

100% Clear as of 12/21/2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Supplements: Multi-Vit, Zinc, L-Taurine, B1 (thiamine), Flush Free Niacin, Fish Oil w/Omega 3, 4000 mg of Vitamin C. Limited Dairy, no soda, no red meat, no pork, Organic Die


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I feel your pain. I've had hormonal acne for so long, I'm just sick of it. I went to the Derm today and got some new meds. I've already been on Doxyclycline for 3 weeks and I'm just now starting to see results. The bad thing about prescription products is that they take tme to work. 8-12 weeks and sometimes longer. Most of us don't have the patience to let them do there thing. This time I'm giving all these products 12 weeks before doing some tweaking.

One thing you have not mentioned is Spirolactone. Back in the 90's I took it with great success along with Glugophage to regulate insulin (But I was not a diabetic, it was just for Polycystic Ovary Disease). I also stuck to a lower Carbohydrate diet and drank tons of water (almost a gallon a day). I had clear skin for a long time with jsut doing those things. But after my pregnancy my acne came back full force and my Cystic ovaries were worse than ever.

So now I'm on Doxy, Differin Gel, Clindamyacin Gel and using a BP Wash on my face. It's drying but nothing that a good moisturizer can't help you with. I'm also wondering about the comediegenic factor of concealers. they do make healing concealers with acne meds in them. Lately I've been using tinted bp cream. Also drying, but what can you do? I wish I didn't have to wear makeup at all. I hope to get to that point. I'm 35 and hope by the time menopause comes around all this stuff will go away. I'm considering a uterine ablation and removal of ovaries only. I can't have anymore kid anyway, so it's something I'm considering. It has a toll on you over time, it doesn't get better.

Still tied to the Eve.....damn her for taking that apple.

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I have jawline cystic acne too, hormonal like yours. You can see my current regimen in my sig. I've only been on it for a week, so I'm still very optimistic. Let's see how I'm feeling in 8 weeks if I still have acne! :lol:

Feel free to ask me any questions and commiserate.

Hi Merf

thanks for the message - was just wondering how old you are and when you first started suffering etc... It would be nice to know how you get on with your new regimen :)...


My skin is clear. Antibiotics, BP, Differin, and Yaz. Now down to just Differin and Yaz. Soon going to wean off Yaz. Took over 3 months to see much improvement. Less than 6 months since I started and my skin is 100% clear now.


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I woke up this morning with a cyst on the side of my chin. Hormonal? I guess I am a couple days away from being 33 years old as well and would have thought I would know what I was doing skin wise by now.

Of course I have an all day conference tomorrow and will be looking like this. I am so annoyed! Cystic acne is the worst!!!!!!


If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers. - Thomas Pynchon


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I woke up this morning with a cyst on the side of my chin. Hormonal? I guess I am a couple days away from being 33 years old as well and would have thought I would know what I was doing skin wise by now.

Of course I have an all day conference tomorrow and will be looking like this. I am so annoyed! Cystic acne is the worst!!!!!!


My skin is clear. Antibiotics, BP, Differin, and Yaz. Now down to just Differin and Yaz. Soon going to wean off Yaz. Took over 3 months to see much improvement. Less than 6 months since I started and my skin is 100% clear now.


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Wasn't able to make it to the ultrasound at the weekend as we've had illness in the family....

Saw my family doctor today...

Diabetes tests have come back normal, spoke to my doctor today and she basically gave me panoxyl wash just because I asked for it....

getting a little annoyed with doctors, although it's great that they're compliant, I wish they would use some of the expertise they have to give me proper advise as to what i'm using, rather than just prescribing what I ask for based on my own research....

I also mentioned to her about the PCOS tests and my reluctance to use Roaccutane after depressive episodes last course of treatment, she then mentioned spirolactone? and metformin? both used in diabetes and sometimes pcos/acne without depression as a side effect.

She said that both Roaccutane and Diannette can cause depression/low mood.....

The hormone tests weren't back yet, so I have to chase them up tomorrow.... back to the drawing board if they come back normal....

I looked in my local Holland and Barrett store at Saw Palmetto, Milk Thistle and Flaxseed oil, I was amazed at how expensive these things were... can anyone advise of anywhere cheaper but without any lack of product quality?

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I woke up this morning with a cyst on the side of my chin. Hormonal? I guess I am a couple days away from being 33 years old as well and would have thought I would know what I was doing skin wise by now.

Of course I have an all day conference tomorrow and will be looking like this. I am so annoyed! Cystic acne is the worst!!!!!!

I'm a week away from 33 -- go us! :dance:

Well, except that we still have acne. :boohoo:


Jane, age 36

(Follicular/Hormonal Acne Sufferer for 16 Years) PCOS

Day and Night:

Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser w/ Microfiber cloth

Clinique Repairwear for eyes

Olay Regenerist Fragrance Free, Wait 10 minutes

Pea Sized amount of Tazorac .01%

Olay Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid

Aquaphor on lips and spots for healing

200 mg of Doxycycline a day

100% Clear as of 12/21/2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Supplements: Multi-Vit, Zinc, L-Taurine, B1 (thiamine), Flush Free Niacin, Fish Oil w/Omega 3, 4000 mg of Vitamin C. Limited Dairy, no soda, no red meat, no pork, Organic Die


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I woke up this morning with a cyst on the side of my chin. Hormonal? I guess I am a couple days away from being 33 years old as well and would have thought I would know what I was doing skin wise by now.

Of course I have an all day conference tomorrow and will be looking like this. I am so annoyed! Cystic acne is the worst!!!!!!

I'm a week away from 33 -- go us! :dance:

Well, except that we still have acne. :boohoo:

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I'm back

acne's worse - total mass cyst break out on neck beneath jaw

I wish the ground would open up and swallow me whole, the isotret is staring at me again, I really don't know what to do

Life sucks

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I'm back

acne's worse - total mass cyst break out on neck beneath jaw

I wish the ground would open up and swallow me whole, the isotret is staring at me again, I really don't know what to do

Life sucks

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Consider allergies. I'm allergic to citrus and lemons and limes cause jawline and neck cysts.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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ohhh I feel your pain!

I used to get THE worst acne on my chin and jawline, sometimes the forehead.

I tried EVERYTHING including antibiotics.

Started taking a probiotic religiously and I use the Dan's BP gel every night after I wash my face and Im 100% clear now.

But, it did take some time for everything to work...almost gave up, but kept plugging along and finally, success!

I've been clear for a good 7-8 months now =)

But, I cant stop the gel, or I'll break out again. But, I can handle that, its inexpensive enough!

I hope you find something that clicks for you =)


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Hello!

I too feel your pain. I just turned 40 and have had acne since 13. I'm exhausted from it to say the least. Most recently, it's has been concentrated along my jawline and sides of my neck. Like most of us, I've tried it all from Accutane to Proactive, antibiotics, etc. etc.

About a month ago, however, I was reading some of the message boards and came across some info on Milk Thistle and how it cleanses the liver and can improve acne. After some research, I purchased a bottle of Liver Cleanse capsules at the vitamin store that not only contain Milk Thistle, but some other beneficial ingredients (i.e. dandelion root, tumeric, etc.) I also want to add that I was taking Spironolactone at the time, but had seen no improvement from that. I can honestly say, that the Liver Cleanse has helped tremendously. I don't have the eruptions that I had before, the painful red outbreaks. If I do have anything, it's usually very small. I have also learned that sugar is my worst enemy, so keeping away from it and taking the liver cleanse has worked well. I also STOPPED taking the spiro a couple of weeks ago and my skin improved even more. I know many others love the spiro, but it was a non-factor for me. I hope this helps a little. After taking this, I'm a believer that the liver is an integral part in keeping our skin healthy and sometimes it's just not getting rid of the toxins like it should. Good luck!! I hope wish you the best!

OH! One more thing about the liver cleanse. You ONLY take a course (bottle) of it about once every 3-4 months. If you take it indefinitely, it can have harmful effects.

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Hello!

I too feel your pain. I just turned 40 and have had acne since 13. I'm exhausted from it to say the least. Most recently, it's has been concentrated along my jawline and sides of my neck. Like most of us, I've tried it all from Accutane to Proactive, antibiotics, etc. etc.

About a month ago, however, I was reading some of the message boards and came across some info on Milk Thistle and how it cleanses the liver and can improve acne. After some research, I purchased a bottle of Liver Cleanse capsules at the vitamin store that not only contain Milk Thistle, but some other beneficial ingredients (i.e. dandelion root, tumeric, etc.) I also want to add that I was taking Spironolactone at the time, but had seen no improvement from that. I can honestly say, that the Liver Cleanse has helped tremendously. I don't have the eruptions that I had before, the painful red outbreaks. If I do have anything, it's usually very small. I have also learned that sugar is my worst enemy, so keeping away from it and taking the liver cleanse has worked well. I also STOPPED taking the spiro a couple of weeks ago and my skin improved even more. I know many others love the spiro, but it was a non-factor for me. I hope this helps a little. After taking this, I'm a believer that the liver is an integral part in keeping our skin healthy and sometimes it's just not getting rid of the toxins like it should. Good luck!! I hope wish you the best!

OH! One more thing about the liver cleanse. You ONLY take a course (bottle) of it about once every 3-4 months. If you take it indefinitely, it can have harmful effects.

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Hang in there! I feel for you. I think acne is so underestimated on how it affects one's life and confidence. Don't beat yourself up over going back on Accutane. I've gone back on antibiotics and other things that I know will ultimately be temporary, but sometimes we just need a break from the hell that is acne. I hope things improve for you soon.

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I *totally* hear you. I have the same kind of acne, hardly anything below my noseline. Even if it is hormonal, I am already on birth control (which doesn't help with my acne) so they tell me I would be prescribed Accutane either way.

Your words on having to put on so much makeup really struck me. Every day I go to the mirror to slather on foundation and concealer, which I hate. I feel like if anyone saw what was under all this makeup, their opinion of me would totally change. They don't know how bad it is under all the concealer - not that the concealer looks great either.

Know that I feel your pain!

after you got off of birth control how did your skin look? this is my biggest worry as ive been on bc before but started breaking out after i got off. also, started getting the typical hormonal acne seven months after getting off the pill. the jawline persistent acne. that unlike before does not heal, simply gets inflamed and cystic in different spots every couple days.

i dont want to be on birth control for the rest of my life. my doctor is going to put me on spiro, see where it goes from there. and if unsuccessful, accutane. i dont want to be on spiro forever either. but anyone had success with accutane for this hormonal acne?

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Hello... I just wanted to write to see if i'd hear anything back about my cystic acne.. it is so embarrasing.. and I wish there was something that I could do about it.. I'm on a RX now a sulfur i believe foam i put on and it disappears into my skin, then an on the spot treatment.. then clenclin or something like that that i put on as a lotion.. i'm hoping and keeping my fingers crossed that it helps my jawline acne.. anyone has any words of wisdom?

thank you!

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im in the same boat right now...im looking it herbal supplements like estro=sense for low estrogen levels...every day i get more spots...im desperate for clear skin

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