Edited by Sarsar123, 12 February 2013 - 05:16 PM.
Severe Breakout, Would Love Advice With Pic - Infected?oily skin
Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:35 PM
Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:50 PM
if you think the acne in infected go to the doctor right away i wouldnt screw around with your health ya know? if its that bad then go to the er they can give you meds for that and then when you see the derm ask for spironolactone unless you want to go on birth control pills. the only thing i can tell you for now it so make sure you keep your face very clean and dont put anything on it so no makeup or acne products that will just irritate it more. when my cysts are really painful i ice them and take a few aleve or ibuprofen. good luck and keep me updated.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:54 PM
Thanks for your reply
Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:19 PM
Upside down how?? Lol
Edited by Sarsar123, 12 February 2013 - 05:19 PM.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:12 AM
your acne doesn't look infected at all just cystic to me and its definitely hormonal. for now yeah definitley get the antibiotics they will help you until you find a more long term solution. minocycyline and doxycycline have worked really well for me but keflex is a good one too. hmm i am pretty sure they have an alternative to spiro in the uk. i think flutamide is given over there but you might want to ask them about it to be sure. i wonder why you cant get spiro there? also if it gets bad enough then you might want to think about accutane. i am currently on spiro and will start accutane in march and then stay on spiro to avoid a relapse. my derm said with hormonal acne that many times accutane can get rid of it but that it might come back so the spiro should make sure it stays away. for now get the antibiotic but don't stay on it too long since it can make your acne worse in the long run. you could also try retin-a, differin or tazorac topical too.
Edited by tracy521, 13 February 2013 - 10:13 AM.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:17 AM
Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:42 AM
Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:01 PM
glad things went ok for you! good deal and awesome about the spiro. just a note spiro takes a long time to work. my acne is pretty much like yours and i have been on spiro almost 9 weeks but since i keep getting cysts my derm is putting me on accutane as well as keeping me on the spiro. they did say it can take 3-6 months to work so its good that you go the antibioitic to take until it kicks in. duac is exactly like benzaclin just a different name and that is what i have used for years for my acne but it does nothing for the cysts since it cant get down that far into the skin. a topical retinoid would be your best bet to stop the cysts from forming in the first place.
good luck and keep me updated!
Edited by tracy521, 13 February 2013 - 01:07 PM.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:34 PM
Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:54 PM
I tried retin a, it did nothing really but dry me out. When I can get the cysts to deflate, I just need to unblock the pore. My skin is so fragile in the areas I get cysts nowadays the often leak by themselves (blood, clear fluid). I'm just stuck for what cleanser and moisturiser to use. I'm prepared for it to take time, but really hoping I can clear this outbreak up a little at least so it's not so sore! Have u done accutane before?
yeah it dries me out too but i find if i start out slow then its not as bad. i just have to use a heavy moisturizer when i use my differin. i know what you mean though i had contact dermatitis for a few months and made my skin very sensitive. ugh! yeah the pain is the worst part that's for sure. i ice my cysts and it helps a lot. i also take aleve or ibuprofen for the pain and inflammation too. i use hylunia facial cleansing gel because it's super gentle and doesnt have any parabens, sulfates, dyes, fragrances etc. you can check out their website if you are interested just google hylunia. i like olay moisturizers and use the regenerist line because they work the best for me. i have found with all moisturizer that a nice thin layer is the best because too much can clog the pores too. make sure after you apply your duac you wait say 10 minutes and then apply your moisturizer because it will dry your skin out like crazy. start out slow too or you will really irritate your skin. no i have never done accutane before but at 35 i am more than ready that's for sure. i dont start until march 8th so i have a few more weeks for this spiro to kick in.
salicylic acid is good to clear out the pores too. i used to use olay regenerist cream cleanser for like 4 years until i got an allergy to salicyclic acid so i was too paranoid to try the cleanser again. it worked well for me though for so many years and its pretty cheap too.
Edited by tracy521, 13 February 2013 - 02:59 PM.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:08 PM
I was thinking about trying cetaphil?
Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:20 PM
Just done my duac, man it's drying! Wonder if I've put too much on tho think I was careful! The only moisturiser I have that I think is the least harsh is a bio active honey and aloe vera one from a heth food shop. I'm worried its greasy tho but I googled the ingredients against the list on this website and it seems ok. I did accutane 5 years ago, it does work but I found it hard to live with, no alcohol, sun, the peeling, blood tests and stuff but I saw a very fast improvement , it didn't last long after I stopped but this is the worst my face has been in years so maybe accutane does work for a long time!
I was thinking about trying cetaphil?
yeah it is for sure. i find for myself the olay regenerist deep hydration cream is the only stuff i can use with my benzaclin. i tried a few other moisturizers and my face was so red and inflamed it felt like i burned it off until i went back to my olay cream. i personally hate cetaphil. it breaks me out but others swear by it. i break out from cerave too. thats nice that accutane worked for you and yeah i am dreading not drinking but you cant really drink much on spiro anyway so i am kind of used to it now. if i want a few drinks i will have them but i will drink a ton of water afterwards. i think the key with hormonal acne is staying on something like spiro or bcp for a very very long time and for me i think the accutane mixed with the spiro should be a good combo to target all the acne.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:10 AM
I tried to put a pic on not sure it's uploaded
Upside down how?? Lol
do you eat pot noodles,schwartz/colemans mix in packet sauces,cup a soup,gravy granules,instant tea etc etc.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:17 AM
Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:31 AM
Yes I do eat some of the packet stuff, cos low fat diet here in the uk slimming world promotes a lot of that stuff, can be eaten at work is quick, what's in it that's bad?
I discovered luckily that I was intolerant/allergic to E621,E330 and a few other ones,they cause my cystic spots,you can see a pic of me in my posts "instant soup",in these pics,taken recently,I was at the start of a breakout,so I made sure once again that I didn't consume anymore E chemicals,
in the past I have broke out like you,
hope this applies to you and helps,can imagine how depressing it must be for you especially at 32.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:52 AM
Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:19 AM
Face looks so much better already but it won't last! And I'm good at make up now! Will do one next week when antib and duac in my system I'm going to keep a log
Edited by Sarsar123, 14 February 2013 - 12:16 PM.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:17 PM
Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:48 PM
don't worry those antibiotics should help those cysts so try to stay positive. can you get cortisone shots at all for those? i will say it does look a lot less inflamed from your first pic.
Edited by tracy521, 14 February 2013 - 02:49 PM.