Hello Everyone. I am Jess, a 37 yr old female from the US.
I've been struggling with cystic acne since I was 11. It began with a huge cyst, right in the middle of my forehead. It looked like a horn was trying to erupt, or maybe I was trying to sprout a 3rd eye in the middle of my head.... truly devastating to a child whose self-esteem was already fragile. The issues continued through high school, with cysts showing up every few months, and hanging around for a very long time. Some were larger than others, some became terribly infected, which made them even larger. Hind sight being 20/20, I should have been taken to a dermatologist a long time ago.
The problem finally came to a head (pardon the pun) a couple of months ago. I developed a large, and very painful cyst on my cheek. Normally they've shown up on bony areas, but this one was on soft tissue that moved with every motion of my lips. I went to my doctor, who prescribed Bactrim. It was completely ineffective. So after 10 days of that it was back to the doctor and I was put on minocycline, which not only failed to help, it also made me extremely nauseated. Finally I decided that I had to get to a dermatologist.
My derm immediately recommended that I go on accutane. I'd already tried the topical things, and antibiotics, without success. She immediately started the enrollment process, and I am due to start Accutane on Friday. I am extremely nervous (especially about the IB), and desperately hoping for some relief.
I will try to post pictures as I go.