Hi guys. New here but I have been browsing for a while now. Im a 21 year old male and have suffered from acne for years now. Mainly all my acne has been on my back and neck, a few pimples on the face over the years but its pretty clear now. Anyway a couple of years ago I developed cystic acne on the back of my neck. Not really painful (except to the touch) they were still rather large and embarrassing. After trying so many different alternatives and antibiotics to getting rid of them, about ten days ago I decided to cut dairy from my diet, as i heard cystic acne is more to do with an imbalance of hormones or something along those lines? After about a week my current cysts had lessened in size and by day ten they had gone and no new ones had appeared.
Im not sure if this is due to cutting the dairy out or not but I'm going to continue for a few weeks to see if my neck stays clear.
Anyway my problem is I have always had these dark purple marks on the back of my neck from where the cysts were. (Trapped blood I have heard?) and I'm just fed up of them now. I have heard they go in time but I'm past waiting now. Im that embarrassed and paranoid that people can see them I go to the extremes of always wearing a jacket or hoodie even in the summer and if theres a situation where I'm not allowed to wear one i.e. work or a social occasion I have to cover it up with makeup! which I'm sure is not the best thing for bad skin. I can't even get my haircut thats how embarrassed I am.
Anyway I'm wanting any advice, tips, pointers you guys can throw at me that worked for yourself or you know of that might work.
Might be jumping the gun but now the cysts are gone I want to focus on the marks they have left (probably due to squeezing, which i don't do anymore) and then move on to my blackheads on my back, but along as the visible part of my skin is clear (my neck) then i will be happy with that for now.
So how can I get rid or lessen these horrible purple marks??
Any help appreciated.