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Popped Acne, Failed, Bump. Inflammation Or Pus?

24 September 2014 - 02:31 PM

Please help! 3 days ago I tried to pop an acne bump that had a very tiny white head. It wouldn't pop and instead began the inflammation process. I took ibuprofen and iced it immediately. Over the next couple of days it formed a whitehead that I then popped last night, which has now formed into another whitehead. My concern is that there is now a hard 'lump' larger than the original irritation spot and much larger than the new whitehead underneath the area.


Is this inflammation? Is this pus?


Should I ice this or use acne medication on it?



Derm Took Pictures. Why?

01 January 2014 - 11:24 PM

The first time I went to the derm's office (last March) the nurse asked me all the normal first-time patient questions, but then also requested to take a photo of me. I agreed but was, admitedly, embarrased because of a big cyst on my face. I don't know why, but it suddenly dawned on me that I've never heard anyone say this happened to them. Is this standard stuff? What is the picture for? I haven't seen it since.. I guess I'm just curious.

The Countdown. Please Help Me..

12 July 2013 - 09:14 PM

Alright folks, second ever post on here (first one being very unsuccessful with one reply). I'll keep it short.


About 4 months ago now I (FOR SOME IDIOTIC REASON) squeezed a small white spot on my face, it went horribly wrong. Within minuetes I literally felt the inflammation growing. By 48 hours there was an actual bump that stuck out from face a good cm (a smooth lump of inflammation). 6 days after it formed I got into a derm who shot it with small amount of cortisone and drained it (drained what she could, some of it was solid and wouldn't drain). She told me that it would slowly heal and that it didn't appear to be infected (prescribed me keflex anyways. 


Today, there is still a hard lump underneath my skin on the spot (which has reduced in redness but by no means completely gone). I have never had anything like this before and don't know what to do. School is about to start again and I literally can't talk to people within a couple feet of me because of how paranoid I am that they are staring at it. 


I believe that when I tried to pop whatever it was that started this I accidentally pushed the pus further into my skin as well as damaged my pores. The lump underneath my skin is either a sebaceous cyst or the remains of some inflammation trapped by broken pores...? I dont know,... 


Right now I'm steaming my face in hope that opening pores will allow whatever is underneath to come out easily. 


How else could I open my pores to allow this to drain? Derm says it is either a cyst that could be cut out (leaving me with a scar) or it is scar tissue that has to heal on its own (this would mean any surgery I go through with [along with the the resulting] scar being for nothing). 


Please help. I'm a very social person and it is ruining my life. 


Picture attached was taken a couple months ago, redness has subsided a small amount but by no means is gone. More specifically, it is still very red right above the little lump (which could be a cyst, scar tissue or inflammation that has hardened and needs to get out..? Any suggestions would be appreciated. I feel very alone. sad.png


School is starting in 2 months and I need this gone. I am literally counting down the days I have to heal this thing.

Nodular/cystic Acne Wont Go Away! Picture*

23 April 2013 - 03:52 PM

My face has always been great as far as acne goes. Then, out of nowhere, this huge cyst/nodular acne became inflamed on my cheek. I initially thought it was just any other acne so I tried to squeeze it (bad idea!). That's when it quickly (overnight) inflamed to a huge red bump underneath my eye! I went to a derm and she gave me a cortisone shot after draining it. Now, what must be 8 weeks since this sucker appeared, it is still red (it is mostly flat now but some hardness can still be felt). The picture attached was taken a couple days ago.  


This is what it looks like now. I texted this photo to my derm and she prescribed me Keflix/Cephaflixin (spelling is wrong).


Will this 10 day course of Keflix work? What is this thing beneath my eye? Is this even acne????