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In Topic: Managing Pain From Lasers

22 January 2015 - 11:43 AM

I take ibuprofen and a stress ball, two of them and I just squeeze the heck out of them


and I keep thinking of the end result, to gain there is pain....music may help too, put those earbuds in to something you like

In Topic: Is This Normal After Cortisone Injections? Some Help Please

22 January 2015 - 11:40 AM

I say it's working because you are dry, skin tone looks better....the big it's working is no more NEW CYSTS!  when you get there you've made it over the hump!

In Topic: Is This Normal After Cortisone Injections? Some Help Please

21 January 2015 - 07:50 PM

just reading though the posts...I've had a lot of injections over the years - a lot


agree that some doctors are just better at it, but I've had some cysts that just keep coming back after 4 or 5 injections and I've had all of those excised...just a small cut and they pull the cyst wall out, it leaves a small scar but I can deal with it and then it really goes away


looks like accutane is working for you- lucky!!!  I sadly was one of the ones it didn't work for, after 7 miserable months of starts and stops....but you are in the lucky group, so keep on with it


just wanted to share my perspective...

In Topic: Acne Routine

21 January 2015 - 07:39 PM

the retin a cream can make you sun sensitive so use that at night...after washing in the am use the other topical and apply cover over that if you want, but let it dry and set in first for 15 min if you can


and go for a mild face wash, these two meds will be doing a lot of work, you don't need anymore irritation...so keep it mild, like a cetaphil or cerave mild cleaner

In Topic: What Should I Do?

16 January 2015 - 06:12 PM

looks mildly cystic, which is not a good thing


go see a derm, there are options you have w/ antibiotcs and topicals, sulfur helps a lot of people...and of course there is accutane, and there are laser therapies that can be effective, but expensive and typically not covered by insurance


so get an appointment


in the meantime, clean up your diet if you haven't-  try to ditch dairy and/or wheat for 30 days and avoid processed foods and minimize sugar...you can also try the acne.org routine although for cystic acne you may need more


you have options, but get an appt with a derm if you haven't...good luck to you and keep us posted