So first off, all I can say is holy. shit.
This hurts. I woke up this morning, stumbled into the bathroom and looked into the mirror. My lip looked like I had been stung by a bee. That tiny little thing the night before ? Yeah, it exploded over night. Before I freaked out too much, I did what any 20-something away at college does: called my mom.
"MOM IT LOOKS LIKE I'VE BEEN HIT IN THE FACE WHAT DO I DO." "Call the dermotologist right now and get them to inject it with cortizone," was what she said. She knows not only because she's a mom, but because she had the same acne a few years ago (which, I digress, is completely gone thanks to Accutane. ..but caused her hair to curl ? weird.)
I was magically able to get an appointment today and I just got back from the office about an hour ago. Back to what I was saying before: holy shit, this hurts. The pain had subsided from this morning, but shortly after the injection it started hurting again. And because it's on my lip, it's more sensitive than say, your cheek. I'm telling you, my front teeth hurt from it. The worst part, though ? I thought I was totally ready for the injection. I mean, I have a monroe piercing and I totally was able to handle that. Granted, I was able to handle this, too, but it's allot more painful than I was expecting. But I keep having to tell myself the pros outweigh the cons, for sure.
I must admit, I give credit to those who've been dealing with cystic acne for a while. I've only been dealing with it for a few months and I'm a total baby. I can't handle them; they hurt, distort your face, and just mangle your ego. I think that's a big part of my problem right now: my self esteem is totally obliterated. And what's even worse is that I'm a Leo, and I'm totally playing the lion with a thorn stuck in its paw. But still, it's hard.
The plus-side, though ? I'm living close enough to my dermotologist (even though I'm at school) that if (God forbid) I need an injection in the future it's only a twenty minute drive away. Which I guess is an okay plus-side.