I generally have combination skin, oily in the t-zone and a bit on my cheeks, but parts of my face are neither dry or oily. I have large pores and blackheads all over my face. I did suffer from cystic pimples for a few years until last year and finally got past them with Differin and Doxycycline. The about a week ago I got a giant cystic pimple next to my nostril and I started putting hot packs on it. The size decreased by a lot and I continue to put hot packs (hot water) on it. It isn't decreasing anymore though and it seems to be a hard bump. It was about the size of a dime, but now it is about the size of my pinky nail. I also ice it a few times a day and tried vaseline, but it seems to make it more red and worse. I put tea tree oil on it too and the next morning a bunch of cheesy liquid came out. It seems to be staying the same size now and it is very frustrating!
I was wondering if there is anything else I can do the rid the bump from my face? Any home remedies? Also I would like to start using natural face products and washes, what brands or products would you recommend? I have oily skin, large pores and blackheads. My skin appears clear, except that cystic pimple and an occasional pimple. I heard good things about Lush from friends and reviews, I was looking to get the Herbalism, Ocean Salt and Vanishing Cream.
Also, if you have any suggestions for other skin care products and cleansers, let me know. I live in the US so please recommend products available here.