Hey guys, I'm really sorry in advance for the grossness of this post but I am seriously looking for some advice on this issue.
*Anyone who has never had cystic acne and is particularly squeamish please stop reading now*
Right so although my acne is improving incredibly slowly and steadily I'm still having a few problems with some recurring cysts. The issue I have is that I know you're not supposed to burst cysts but whenever I have a hot shower they seem to burst of their own accord and it seems like it must be counter-productive to allow all that infected fluid to remain under the skin when there's opening through which to drain it so I always squeeze it out. I then treat it with Epiduo or nicotinamide to reduce the inflammation.
The problem is that these cysts keep filling back up again, then bursting again whenever I shower, and the whole cycle just continues over and over until they eventually go down after two or three weeks (sometimes only to come up again a few weeks later). So my question is: Does anyone know of a way to stop cysts that have been drained from coming back up again? Should I be leaving them completely alone? Is there anything else I can put on them to aid the healing process? Any advice will be gladly received!
Also I should add that in the UK we can't get cortisone injections on the NHS (that I'm aware of - if anyone wants to correct me please do!) so that isn't an option for me unfortunately.