I am new to this forum, apologies if I did something wrong here
I suffer from severe cystic acne on my face and back. The acne on my face has subsided for the most part (i dont know why) but when I used to have it my cysts would get so large that they would all join together and create one huge massive cyst on one or two cheeks. My face would look swollen and lopsided and it would be extremely painful if I were to press on it.
Recently this acne has begun to cover my back, and my chest too. The one on my back would decrease my mobility with my arms bacause the acne would hurt if I were to stretch my arms out Sometimes, my pals would slap me on the back (not knowing I had acne) out of affection or whatever and I would cringe in pain. The acne is so bad that I cannot rest on my back for activities like bench press or even lying down in bed. The acne on my chest would prevent me from lying down on my chest sometimes.
Lucky for me, the acne on the face didnt scar too much . The story is different for my back, however. In the year that I have suffered with the acne on my back, huge red scars are present.
I went to my doctor (I think he only saw the acne on my face) and he prescribed tretinoin and doxycycline. Ive stopped using doxy and
I believe I have developed resistance to it =(
Retin a, when applied to my back, makes the whole thing extremely itchy, and sometimes I can't sleep because of it. Ive just started using the tretinoin again in hopes that it will pay off in a few month's time.
Psychologically, I am not very affected but the acne can be super painful when I take a shower etc because it is extremely painful when I try to dry it with my towel.
I am currently watching my diet, and I am taking omega 3 krill oil as an anti inflammatory agent
My shirts would be stained with pus, etc by the end of the day.
My grades might be getting worse due to acne due to the fact that I cant even rest my ba ck on the chair when I do my HW.
The physical pain caused by the cystic acne is excruciating! I have to keeps my arms and shoulders stiff when I walk, and I have to be careful that I dont bump into anything. I applaud you if you have taken the time to read this far
Suggestions/ treatments would be GREAT (I am absolutely NOT taking accutane). I am visiting my dermatologist in a few days.