Posted 11 March 2012 - 12:05 AM
Posted 11 March 2012 - 05:52 AM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:24 AM
Sounds like you may have real cysts. Many people here think they have cysts but they're really just large infected pustules that come to a head and drain in a week or so. True cysts are big under the skin lumps that can remain that way for weeks and months. Unfortunately these things can leave bad scars. You could try using BP on them to open the pore and kill the acne bacteria. Very few things will get deep inside the skin but BP is one of them. That's about your only OTC option. At the derm's office they often inject them to avoid deep scarring. These things create alot of scar tissue because there is infection deep within the skin creating a pocket that hardens and the skin depresses once the infection is finally cleared out by the body. Sadly the body takes a long time to do this.
When I've had really bad cysts I always paid the money to get them injected. Saved me from bad scarring. I have some scarring from large pustules but nothing too awful or noticable.
I would say that your topical is not getting deep eneough and you need expert advice. Spend the money and see a derm. You don't want to fool with these things.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:31 AM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:22 AM
The topical regimen I'm using, which has cleared practically everything 100%, is in the morning a Cerave face wash/Acanya (topical Clindamycin & BP)/SPF moisturizer and then at night a charcoal wash that I leave on for a few minutes followed by Tazorac and a nighttime moisturizer. After being on and off antibiotics and hormonal birth control for years, I am finally oral med free and controlling my skin. It took MONTHS for it to improve with the topical, but for the first time I feel like generally things look great with just the topical regimen. However if I skip even one treatment I can tell - things flare up. The only acne I'm still getting is once in a while jawline stuff related to those pesky lady hormones, which is what these bumps seem to be leftover from.
Thanks again for the information - just what I was hoping to find out!
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