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Why I Drain My Cysts And Nodules (And Would Encourage Others To Do The Same!)

12 June 2015 - 02:24 AM

I know this post will be controversial as it goes against what most people tell you about cysts and nodules and severe acne in general. But my experience has been so different that I felt like I wanted to put my alternative view out there in case it helps someone else.

So, a couple of years ago I broke out in very severe cystic/nodular acne. I live in the UK, so a referral to an NHS dermatologist takes 2-3 months and I couldn't get cortisone shots or anything like that in between times. My face was unbelievably swollen and painful and I could not take the pressure of all the fluid squashed under the surface of my skin. My dad (who is a doctor) also told me that he would never want infected fluid to stay sitting under the skin on his face for any amount of time and told me I'd be better getting rid of it. So....... I began draining them (very carefully!) of their fluid, then covering them in a layer of benzoyl peroxide and letting them heal.

Now, bearing in mind we're talking about cysts and nodules ALL over my face, by the usual view I ought to have been covered in deep pitted horrible scars when my active acne finally cleared up right?

WRONG! I have barely any scarring at all. One or two very slight ones, but nothing very noticeable, and nothing like the scars I see on the scar forum from other people who have had cystic/nodular acne that has healed.

I suspect that the reason for this is that the longer you leave a whole load of infected fluid, under pressure, sitting beneath the surface of the skin, the greater damage it is going to do to the deeper layers of your skin. Draining them requires you to somehow carefully pierce the surface of the skin in order to get that fluid out, but that mark heals very quickly and doesn't tend to scar. Whereas if you don't drain a cyst or nodule the pressure builds up and up and anyone who's experienced these types of acne knows just how painful that is. Pain is your body's way of telling you that something is causing damage. Draining the fluid out gets rid of the pressure, gets rid of the pain, and therefore gets rid of the thing that is causing permanent damage to your skin. Thanks for reading. :) 

Dropping Lymecycline Dose, Will I Break Out Terribly?

09 June 2015 - 09:20 AM

Hi guys! So I just wanted to ask if anyone has decreased from two capsules of lymecycline a day to one capsule a day and if so whether or not you suffered a massive breakout from decreasing the dose? My GP has refused to represcribe me the two capsules so I'm being forced to decrease to one but I'm going on holiday on Sunday and REALLY don't want to be dealing with an awful breakout whilst I'm away. Please, please comment below if you have any experience of this, thanks :)

Anyone Taken Venlafaxine (Effexor)?

07 December 2013 - 04:47 AM

Hey guys,


So I'm about to switch onto Venlafaxine from Sertraline because Sertraline has stopped working for me and I have two questions for any current or former Venlafaxine users out there:


1. Did you notice it having any effect on your skin?


I ask this because I still have this lingering doubt that the Sertraline may have been partly responsible for the severe cystic breakout I had at the beginning of summer (a month or two after I started taking it). However, I also stopped doing this site's regimen at roughly the same time so in all likelihood it was probably the lack of benzoyl peroxide, rather than the presence of Sertraline, added to the stress of finals that did it. I'd still like to know if anyone has experienced any positive, negative, or neutral effects on their skin from taking Venlafaxine though.


2. Was it effective for treating your depression and if you've taken more than one anti-depressant how did it compare to other ones you've taken?


I ask this because when I first started taking Sertraline it was great and I felt pretty good for around two months or so but then it seemed to stop working. We increased the dose twice but that just made it worse and added increasing suicidal thoughts into the mix so my GP thinks it's best to come off it. I'm just really hoping that Venlafaxine will do a better job for me than the Sertraline did because I am desperate for some improvement in my depression and anxiety right now after several months of miserable suicidal hell.


Thanks in advance for any responses! smile.png

How Long Do You Keep Seeing Improvements On Antibiotics?

22 November 2013 - 03:05 PM

Hey guys,


Just thought I'd pose a quick question to you all because my dermatologist would not answer it in my appointment this afternoon. I've been on lymecycline for four and a half months now and have seen some quite dramatic improvements. However, I am still breaking out and I still get the occasional cysts on my forehead and back in particular. He wants me to stay on the antibiotics for another three months but wouldn't answer me when I asked if my skin was likely to actually improve more in that time. I generally go by the three month marker to decide whether a treatment is working and as I'm long past that do you think I've seen all the improvements I'm going to get from antibiotics or is there any chance of my skin improving further?


Thanks in advance!