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#1 MoonlitRiver

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 05:23 PM

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. 


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Morning: Lymecycline
 

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Diet: eliminated dairy

 

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 05:49 PM

At the first sign of a cyst I ice it, and it goes away within a day or two. See the link in my signature for more info.


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 06:44 PM

Use Duac in the morning and Epiduo in the night. Duac contains Antibiotics which will help kill the bacteria that is cuasing your cysts to refill.


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:51 PM

I second the icing of cystic acne. Something that works after a cyst has drained and all the infected material has been flushed out is an occlusive bandage.

Just wash face as usual, apply your acne topicals and then apply a small amount of antibacterial ointment.

Whatever antibacterial ointment you choose to use should be fine as long as it has mineral oil or petroleum in it. This will create a barrier over your wound keeping it from getting infected over and over again. It will also make your acne topical penetrate better. I like Neosporin because it helps with scarring too.

Do this for a couple a days then go back to your normal routine. Make sure to use a clean pillow case every night or put a clean towel over your pillow after one of your cysts has drained.

Mine used to drain while I slept(blech!)


Hope this helps :)

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:39 AM

At the first sign of a cyst I ice it, and it goes away within a day or two. See the link in my signature for more info.

I second the icing of cystic acne. Something that works after a cyst has drained and all the infected material has been flushed out is an occlusive bandage.

Just wash face as usual, apply your acne topicals and then apply a small amount of antibacterial ointment.

Whatever antibacterial ointment you choose to use should be fine as long as it has mineral oil or petroleum in it. This will create a barrier over your wound keeping it from getting infected over and over again. It will also make your acne topical penetrate better. I like Neosporin because it helps with scarring too.

Do this for a couple a days then go back to your normal routine. Make sure to use a clean pillow case every night or put a clean towel over your pillow after one of your cysts has drained.

Mine used to drain while I slept(blech!)


Hope this helps smile.png

 

Thank you both so much for your replies! I will definitely be trying the ice method and I will try to get hold of some Neosporin and occlusive bandages to see if that helps as well. And good shout with the pillow cases too! I change them pretty regularly but probably not enough so I'll make sure I do that every night too. I really appreciate all your advice! :)

 

Use Duac in the morning and Epiduo in the night. Duac contains Antibiotics which will help kill the bacteria that is cuasing your cysts to refill.

 

Thanks for the advice! I probably can't get hold of any Duac and wouldn't really want to add it on top of the Epiduo because my skin's a bit sensitive to BP but do you know of any topical containing antibiotics that you can buy in the shops? 


My Current Treatment Plan

 

Morning: Lymecycline
 

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

 

My Log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/331567-diary-of-a-three-pronged-attack-my-mission-to-get-clear-skin-and-avoid-roaccutane/#entry3369787 

 

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 05:41 AM

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).

That's the worst, isn't? I'm going through it right now. I actually thought it was a whitehead (maybe it started it out that way, but it's definitely not what it is now:().  I have the same clear fluid drain out (gross, I know), and I hope it's going away... it doesn't. 

 

I used to use Duac and loved it.  But I became immune to the antibiotics in it so now it does nothing for me :(  It was awesome. You'd dab some on the cyst, and within a few days, poof! Gone. 

 

Icing never worked for me either. It will decrease swelling, but doesn't kill the bacteria. 

 

I'm sorry... I'm not sure what to do. I've tried the baking soda mix too (overnight) and it helped a bit.  I guess I just wanted you to know you're not alone; I'm going through something similar.



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:05 AM

That's the worst, isn't? I'm going through it right now. I actually thought it was a whitehead (maybe it started it out that way, but it's definitely not what it is now:().  I have the same clear fluid drain out (gross, I know), and I hope it's going away... it doesn't. 

 

I used to use Duac and loved it.  But I became immune to the antibiotics in it so now it does nothing for me sad.png  It was awesome. You'd dab some on the cyst, and within a few days, poof! Gone. 

 

Icing never worked for me either. It will decrease swelling, but doesn't kill the bacteria. 

 

I'm sorry... I'm not sure what to do. I've tried the baking soda mix too (overnight) and it helped a bit.  I guess I just wanted you to know you're not alone; I'm going through something similar.

 

Thanks! It really does help to know I'm not alone in this although I'm really sorry to hear you're going through the same because it's so so horrible. At the risk of sounding gross, the fluid in mine is definitely very white and cloudy not clear so I'm guessing that means they're infected. I'm on antibiotics though so there's not much more I can do about it.

 

Duac does sound good! I used it in the past but this was long before I got cysts or anything and it worked ok. I don't think my doctor would be willing to prescribe me any more things until I've seen the dermatologist though unfortunately. Do you know if you can buy any topicals containing antibiotics in the shops or do they only come on prescription? 
 

I've not tried baking soda so will have to look into that if the ice doesn't do anything for me. These cysts are such a pain! 

 

Thank you for your reply smile.png By the way how is the birth control/antibiotic combination going for you at the moment? Seeing any improvement yet? I really hope it's starting to get a bit better for you now! 


Edited by MoonlitRiver, 13 August 2013 - 06:08 AM.

My Current Treatment Plan

 

Morning: Lymecycline
 

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

 

My Log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/331567-diary-of-a-three-pronged-attack-my-mission-to-get-clear-skin-and-avoid-roaccutane/#entry3369787 

 

Acne status: essentially clear and just waiting for hyperpigmentation to fade

 

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:10 AM

Thank you for your reply smile.png By the way how is the spiro/antibiotic combination going for you at the moment? Seeing any improvement yet? I really hope it's starting to get a bit better for you now! 

You're very welcome.  I hope you find something that works for you soon!

 

The antibiotics don't seem to be doing much. I'm going in today and going to ask if Keflex would be better than Duricef. Both are first generation cephalosporin-type antibiotics, but it seems people have had more luck on Keflex vs. Duricef.  Actually, I don't know anyone who has taking Duricef.  The spiro is a slow go... but I'm trying to remain hopeful. Thanks for asking :)



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 07:17 AM

Well the Antibiotic that is in Duac is called Klindamycin and I´m sure you can buy that in a tube without  BP smile.png


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 07:28 AM

Mine used to be the same where'd theyd burst in the shower so i'd drain them as much as i could and then i'd use Germolene while its still 'open' and that usually does the trick for me :)


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 07:55 AM

Mine used to be the same where'd theyd burst in the shower so i'd drain them as much as i could and then i'd use Germolene while its still 'open' and that usually does the trick for me smile.png

 

Thank you so much! It's good to know I'm not the only one who drains them and that it isn't completely the wrong thing to do. And thanks for the Germolene suggestion, I'll look into getting hold of some and see if it works for me too :)


My Current Treatment Plan

 

Morning: Lymecycline
 

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

 

My Log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/331567-diary-of-a-three-pronged-attack-my-mission-to-get-clear-skin-and-avoid-roaccutane/#entry3369787 

 

Acne status: essentially clear and just waiting for hyperpigmentation to fade

 

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 08:00 AM

Mine used to be the same where'd theyd burst in the shower so i'd drain them as much as i could and then i'd use Germolene while its still 'open' and that usually does the trick for me smile.png

 

Thank you so much! It's good to know I'm not the only one who drains them and that it isn't completely the wrong thing to do. And thanks for the Germolene suggestion, I'll look into getting hold of some and see if it works for me too smile.png

 

to be honest when mine burst themselves i'd have no choice because the stuff would just ooze out by itself if i didnt help it along sick.gif



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 08:06 AM

to be honest when mine burst themselves i'd have no choice because the stuff would just ooze out by itself if i didnt help it along sick.gif

 

Yeh mine are the same, that's why I decided it would be stupid to just leave it festering and possibly infecting the surrounding skin as well. Sorry, I know this conversation's really gross but I do really appreciate the advice! Thanks again! :)


My Current Treatment Plan

 

Morning: Lymecycline
 

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

 

My Log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/331567-diary-of-a-three-pronged-attack-my-mission-to-get-clear-skin-and-avoid-roaccutane/#entry3369787 

 

Acne status: essentially clear and just waiting for hyperpigmentation to fade

 

"I would rather learn what it feels like to burn than feel nothing at all." ~ Ron Pope
 


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 11:06 AM


to be honest when mine burst themselves i'd have no choice because the stuff would just ooze out by itself if i didnt help it along sick.gif

 
Yeh mine are the same, that's why I decided it would be stupid to just leave it festering and possibly infecting the surrounding skin as well. Sorry, I know this conversation's really gross but I do really appreciate the advice! Thanks again! :)


You're welcome! Hibiclens/hibiscrub will help with the cystic acne as well.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 06:45 AM

Well the Antibiotic that is in Duac is called Klindamycin and I´m sure you can buy that in a tube without  BP smile.png

 

Thank you! I'll see if I can find some :)


My Current Treatment Plan

 

Morning: Lymecycline
 

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

 

My Log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/331567-diary-of-a-three-pronged-attack-my-mission-to-get-clear-skin-and-avoid-roaccutane/#entry3369787 

 

Acne status: essentially clear and just waiting for hyperpigmentation to fade

 

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 05:07 AM

And if all else fails (and you have been given some GREAT suggestions by other members, and I heartily second the Hibiclens!) you may have to have the cyst wall extracted.  I needed to do that only a couple of times, but I did have to do that- the derm will make a very small incision and remove the cell wall.  This is different than scar excision which could be a bigger cut.

 

Hopefully it won't come to that, but if the same pesky cyst keeps coming back, then know you have the ultimate option as a last resort.

 

Good luck to you, we've all been there!



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Posted 17 August 2013 - 06:31 AM

And if all else fails (and you have been given some GREAT suggestions by other members, and I heartily second the Hibiclens!) you may have to have the cyst wall extracted.  I needed to do that only a couple of times, but I did have to do that- the derm will make a very small incision and remove the cell wall.  This is different than scar excision which could be a bigger cut.

 

Hopefully it won't come to that, but if the same pesky cyst keeps coming back, then know you have the ultimate option as a last resort.

 

Good luck to you, we've all been there!


Thanks for the advice. I'm hoping I can avoid that nasty sounding procedure. Luckily with all the suggestions so far the cysts in question have gone down and stayed down for a good few days now. :) Fingers crossed that's the last of them but I'll bear in mind what you say as a last resort if not! 


My Current Treatment Plan

 

Morning: Lymecycline
 

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

 

My Log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/331567-diary-of-a-three-pronged-attack-my-mission-to-get-clear-skin-and-avoid-roaccutane/#entry3369787 

 

Acne status: essentially clear and just waiting for hyperpigmentation to fade

 

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 10:40 PM

I have had pretty good success with Mario Badescu's drying lotion. Mine never come back after i pop them and dab some of that stuff on. Works best for me after the zit is drained, doesn't seem to work as well on unpopped zits.