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In Topic: Acne Cyst Turned Red Lump Under The Skin?

25 July 2013 - 11:24 AM

Sadly I am a bit of an expert...sadly.


The injections really do dissolve the contents of the cyst in a day or two...unfortunately if over injected or not diluted properly it can also dissolve some of the healthy tissue so you are left with an indent.  So you need to make sure you find a doctor who is skilled at judging the dilution and how much to inject. But I would try that first, if it really bothers you....done properly cysts do vanish.  And this is much less invasive than an excision.

Awesome. Thanks again. I'd look into that in my next derm appointment. Hopefully, this thing is gone by now but if not, I'll ask for one.

In Topic: Acne Cyst Turned Red Lump Under The Skin?

25 July 2013 - 11:14 AM

I have had excisions and some you can barely see, others you can (or maybe just I can....you know how that goes, we are our own worst enemies in the mirror!).


I personally would go back and insist on a small micro injection of cortisone, maybe K5 (vs like 50 they use for keloids) to see if that helps, or maybe K8...see if you can live with it after that...if not then excision is the way to go, and you can always have just the scar lasered if you aren't happy with the way it has healed.  And of course you need to find a skilled derm to do that on the face, like one who routinely does Mohs surgery....they aren't all skilled at the excisions.


Good luck, but again I would try the cortisone first, then excision as the last resort.

Awesome I'll take your advice. I was very close in getting one yesterday until the derm took a look at the spot one last time and said it doesn't need to have one? Maybe it is just too small and maybe I am just too paranoid. You seem knowledgeable though. Will a cortisone shot dissolve whatever junk is inside? How does that actually work?

In Topic: Acne Cyst Turned Red Lump Under The Skin?

25 July 2013 - 11:06 AM

The lumps do go away, but it can take a long time.  Next time you go to the Doctor, if it's still there, have them inject just a little amount really diluted...I'm sure if you explain how long you've had it and that it's driving you nuts they will inject it-  but you have to be careful that it doesn't leave an indent from too much cortisone.



The better play is to just give it time...no one else probably even notices, but you do and I know that can drive you nuts!

Thanks for your reply buddy. You know what, if it was an ordinary pimple, I wouldn't be too worried but this one, I played/picked it way way too much and what drives me nuts is the fact I probably induced my own misery. If I let it heal on its own, I'm sure it would have been gone by now with no scar. I think the spot ruptured under the skin because when I gently squeeze the area, I could see some white stuff scattered inside the skin. The lump has gone down quite a bit. I just don't know what it is. Should I just spend the money and get the area expressed and trade a linear scar...

In Topic: Need Suggestions With Shallow Acne Scars

07 December 2012 - 09:12 AM

Hello everyone, I have been suffering from acne since I was about 17. I am now 19 and I am 99% cleared from acne with daily use of spectro gel, clindamycin solution with dilusol and differin gel 0.1%. Although my scars have improved quite a bit since I got them 2 years ago, I am still not satisfied. I would need some suggestions on what treatments I could possibly do. My scars are fairly shallow. Some of them are clustered in one spot but for the most part they are isolated. I am thinking of purchasing derma stamp but I am not sure what size I should get? Can someone please give me some suggestions?Thanks!

Skin needling should really be done by a professional for the best results. Ice pick scars are generally the trickiest to treat and/or require more treatments to achieve good results. If your scars are very shallow/superficial you want to be careful that you don't over-treat your skin. Sometimes more aggressive treatments are not the way to go. Start light and work your way up if you feel you need to.

First big question: skin tone. The tone of your skin may limit your treatment options. Some treatments cause pigmentation issues and are not suited for dark or Asian skin types. Fair skin tends to respond well to most treatments without the pigmentation issues. Dermarolling/Dermastamping is safe for all skin types but you want to make sure this is the right treatment for you before you spend your hard earned money.

Since your scars are isolated, have you looked into TCA cross? Done by a professional they can set the strength of the acid to suit your skin tone and depth of scarring. Dermastamping isn't a bad idea but you may get better results with a different treatment or by combining multiple treatment options.

I personally do not have ice-pick scarring so hopefully some of us that do can share their experiences with you. Posted Image Otherwise, there is some really good information about all scars and most treatments here: http://www.scribd.co.../Acne-and-Scars


Hey buddy, I have asian skin, fairly yellow/pale. My acne scars are fairly red but a lot of them have faded to close to skin color. I am thinking of purchasing individual needles as supposed to derma stamp so I can just treat one scar at a time. Tell me what you think. Thanks for the help!

In Topic: Need Suggestions With Shallow Acne Scars

06 December 2012 - 07:53 PM

I have like about 8-10 scars in my cheeks in total. 2 of them are more prominent. I think most of them are called ice pick scars. I have a wider one beside my nose which I am not entirely worried about. It's those other tiny scars I am worried about because they make my skin tone so uneven. What do you think should I do? And how should I go about needling these scars since most of them are isolated? Thanks!