I fully understand that I am lucky that it is not worse but it is just so hard. The only person i know that had severe acne/cysts committed suicide and i found out later one of the reasons was due to similar issues to me, before that I didn't even know they had cyst's.
I have been getting large cysts for years. I have found a regimen that works for my acne but I still get cysts, giant cysts. The lowest point came when we had our second child and as my wife was giving birth I had a legion on my thigh about 3 inches long that had been weeping and required constant dressing changes, it lasted around 6 months. I also had one developing on my face which ended up being just as bad but lasted for around 2 months. Embarrasing and painful. I work in place with all men. First day back with cyst on cheek "look at that giant Zit ha ha". - Nightmare.
Anyway here is what has worked for my acne-
Supplements :Powdered vit c, multi Vit, vit a, zink, austragalus, vit d and probiotic (for antibiotics gut health etc). I also take tsp tumeric powder and baking soda 2 times a day.
Diet :I have cut out all sugar including most fruits, all dairy and have had success. I found sugar would lower my immune system so bad. I have a few berries first thing like strawberry's. I have lemon juice first thing and drink green tea during the day.
Washing etc :I wash my face before bed and put Epiduo on my whole face including behind my ears. At first my face was red but Epiduo really works for my acne as long as i eat alright. Any cysts/pimples i now try and put Hydrogen peroxide on them but i won't use HP for maintenance as it dries my skin too much.
After looking for hours and hours on this site i came up with some great things. This time I have iced my current cyst and it has failed to really take off again. I have been taking ibuprofen or viclofen anti imflammatory's for around 1 1/2 weeks and taking Cephlexin antibiotic but my stomach is starting to play up. I have had a cyst behind my ear for years but it almost goes and then comes back. I had one in exactly the same spot a bit over a month ago and I put a warm compress on it and took antibiotics and went to the doctor and to my surprise the doctor lanced it. But it never really went and surprise surprise it has come back but i have been trying the icing etc.
This latest cyst has been going for 2 weeks now. I have had broken sleep for 2 weeks. For the month before i had broken sleep. It hurts to move my head. If I don't ice it it blows up. I so bad want to drive a pin in it. I have a very oily face and rosacea on my nose. i have just started taking Saw Palmetto and evening primrose oil to try and balance out my hormones as these cysts seem to come from way under the skin and too much sebum etc seems to be some of my issues.
My diet is fantastic. I have tried gluten free and it didn't make a difference. I mainly eat broccoli, leafy greens, rice, bread, tuna, chicken, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, rice raps,eggs. potatoes and a little red meat etc. I try to eat raw as possible and don't eat any junk food or packaged food.
The photo's don't do it justice, a month ago the cyst was protuding past my ear lobe. I am hoping the changes i have made to my hormones may help but I still need to overcome this current cyst. I know it will go but i am starting to think it would be better to just warm press it and pop it otherwise it will go on and on.
Thankyou for anyone who replies. I am thankful, life could be worse. It is behind my ear so not very noticeable. But I am so over it. I am sitting here icing it just hoping that it may start get better soon. Like most people on here i can't stand my appearance and wonder how anyone could be attracted to me. The scarring fades but takes years, my nose is red and until epiduo i had face acne bad. Now all i get is a giant cyst for people to make fun of me about. They could happen anytime, anyplace on my face, back, chest, thighs etc. Anyway rant over.
Why is life so unkind.
Edited by Picotrane, 02 October 2012 - 06:31 PM.