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Deep Acne Coming To The Surface As A Whitehead

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I just started two new acne medications about two weeks ago. One is a topical antibacterial gel called Metrogel, and the other is Spironolactone which helps with hormonal acne by blocking excess testosterone in women.

My acne is only on my chin and I have about 8-10 cysts on it at all times. Also most of my pores on my chin are congested with tiny skin-colored plugs.

So for the past two days all of my pimples are turning into huge pus-filled whiteheads, even the deep cystic acne. I normally never have whiteheads.

Is this a good or a bad sign? Is my skin purging right now? If it is I will deal with these disgusting whiteheads for a while.

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That's actually a good sign.. It means that the bacteria is coming to the surface and the medication is working.. .In the meantime, please don't pick at your skin and be as gentle as possible. Be sure to use a gentle cleanser, your facial meds, and a good moisturizer. Everything should work out fine.. Good luck and keep us up to date on your progress.. :)

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Skin Care Regimen

 

Mornings: Cleanse with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, One pump application of BP, One pump of Dan's moisturizer one drop Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock Liquid SPF 70

Evenings: Cleanse with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, One pump application of BP, One pump of Dan's moisturizer and two drops of Dan's AHA+

During Breakouts: Apply 2 pumps of BP and Moisturizer with AHA+ until breakout subsides

Daily: Take multivitamin (WholeFoods 365 brand), probiotics

Makeup: Bare Minerals, wash brushes once to three times a week depending on usage.

Makeup Removal: Swipe jojoba oil to remove eye and facial makeup, wash with Hydrating Cleanser for 4 seconds, rinse, then cleanse for 6 seconds, BP, moisturize


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I'm sort of getting this same thing though its my chin and cheeks. My skin isn't all red and irritated but there are a ton of pus filled cysts/pustules. I know you're not supposed to pop them but I'm curious as to how they will actually go away. Will they pop naturally? Will they just gradually decrease in size?

Also, I made a different thread about wondering if glycolic acid is good for these pus filled nuisances. Anyone know?

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Hey I'm using metro gel as well. I've only been using it for 4 days so far. I do feel some relief from using it. My nodule-cystic acne lesions are kind of itchy today but my closed comedones looks almost none existent . Some of your pimples will come to the surface and if you're carful you can extract them. It's really much safer to just leave them be even though they're really ugly. The metro gel will dry them up and they'll pop out on their own.

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I'm sort of getting this same thing though its my chin and cheeks. My skin isn't all red and irritated but there are a ton of pus filled cysts/pustules. I know you're not supposed to pop them but I'm curious as to how they will actually go away. Will they pop naturally? Will they just gradually decrease in size?

Also, I made a different thread about wondering if glycolic acid is good for these pus filled nuisances. Anyone know?

It's best to just leave them alone but if you insist on extracting them, search the site for tips on how to perform extractions as carefully as possible, though I advise against it... AHA, or glycolic acid can help for spot treating pus filled breakouts when they first emerge. However, it's pretty useless (from my personal experience) once they've come to a head... BP is the only thing that worked for them (again, in my personal experience).


 

DKR Log http://www.acne.org/...r/page__st__120

DKR Photo Gallery http://www.acne.org/...66762-nycqueen/

 

Skin Care Regimen

 

Mornings: Cleanse with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, One pump application of BP, One pump of Dan's moisturizer one drop Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock Liquid SPF 70

Evenings: Cleanse with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, One pump application of BP, One pump of Dan's moisturizer and two drops of Dan's AHA+

During Breakouts: Apply 2 pumps of BP and Moisturizer with AHA+ until breakout subsides

Daily: Take multivitamin (WholeFoods 365 brand), probiotics

Makeup: Bare Minerals, wash brushes once to three times a week depending on usage.

Makeup Removal: Swipe jojoba oil to remove eye and facial makeup, wash with Hydrating Cleanser for 4 seconds, rinse, then cleanse for 6 seconds, BP, moisturize


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I'm sort of getting this same thing though its my chin and cheeks. My skin isn't all red and irritated but there are a ton of pus filled cysts/pustules. I know you're not supposed to pop them but I'm curious as to how they will actually go away. Will they pop naturally? Will they just gradually decrease in size?

Also, I made a different thread about wondering if glycolic acid is good for these pus filled nuisances. Anyone know?

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I'm sort of getting this same thing though its my chin and cheeks. My skin isn't all red and irritated but there are a ton of pus filled cysts/pustules. I know you're not supposed to pop them but I'm curious as to how they will actually go away. Will they pop naturally? Will they just gradually decrease in size?

Also, I made a different thread about wondering if glycolic acid is good for these pus filled nuisances. Anyone know?

It's best to just leave them alone but if you insist on extracting them, search the site for tips on how to perform extractions as carefully as possible, though I advise against it... AHA, or glycolic acid can help for spot treating pus filled breakouts when they first emerge. However, it's pretty useless (from my personal experience) once they've come to a head... BP is the only thing that worked for them (again, in my personal experience).

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I'm sort of getting this same thing though its my chin and cheeks. My skin isn't all red and irritated but there are a ton of pus filled cysts/pustules. I know you're not supposed to pop them but I'm curious as to how they will actually go away. Will they pop naturally? Will they just gradually decrease in size?

Also, I made a different thread about wondering if glycolic acid is good for these pus filled nuisances. Anyone know?

It's best to just leave them alone but if you insist on extracting them, search the site for tips on how to perform extractions as carefully as possible, though I advise against it... AHA, or glycolic acid can help for spot treating pus filled breakouts when they first emerge. However, it's pretty useless (from my personal experience) once they've come to a head... BP is the only thing that worked for them (again, in my personal experience).

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Hmm that is odd to me. You never had this kind if acne before using the regimen?

No acne topical should make your acne worse. It should bring it to the surface where it will eventually come to a head or completely go away.

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Hmm that is odd to me. You never had this kind if acne before using the regimen?

No acne topical should make your acne worse. It should bring it to the surface where it will eventually come to a head or completely go away.

I have not really had this kind of acne before using the regimen. That's the thing though, I can't tell if it's getting worse or if this is the part of the healing process. All these zits are coming to heads within about a day of first appearing. A couple of them splatted our their pus while I was in the shower, and I've been very gentle. When using the regimen, are your zits SUPPOSED to come to heads and then burst like that?

I previously used Proactiv for 2 years so I'm pretty positive I'm not having any reaction to BP. And my cleanser is one of the recommended Clean and Clear ones.

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the inner arm is always likely to be fairer than other body parts like face,upper outer arms,lower limbs(if one wears skirts and stuff),feet etc.

i dnt see how that will help judge.


Itchy red raised skin - dermatitis??

huge pores

indented scar

oils used for cooking

inflamed whiteheads & clogged pores

my balanced diet chart and skincare routine(medications taken & products used now)


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This is a good thing. For many years I had underground cysts that would never come to a head. They would get bumpy, recede, get bumpy...in the same place...for years. When a cyst would finally come to a head it was a relief because it would actually HEAL.

Don't overwash your face because water is alkaline which disrupts your skin's barrier. Your skin's natural pH is 5.5. If it gets too far above or below that number your skin loses its natural ability to fight infection. With all these whiteheads, you need to let your skin protect itself as much as possible.

  • Try to limit washing to once a day
  • Use a really gentle cleanser
  • Do all your whitehead extraction right before you wash. Gently extract the pus, disinfect with topical iodine or Betadine, and then gently wash with the cleanser and preferably distilled water.
  • Apply metrogel.
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