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First Signs Of Cysts On Interview Day



If you haven't seen my first post**

A blog documenting my returning cystic/nodular acne after 2 rounds of accutane. Considering a third but hopefully I don't have to get to that point again. Makeup tips for the ladies. Hopefully reading my posts helps you get through your acne struggle. hifive.gif


After a happy derm appointment this Monday who noticed my cheeks were looking much less inflammed at the end of the week - things kind of did a 360 when I felt my cheeks start stinging in pain towards the end of the week. The next day my heart sank. I had a nickel sized cyst sticking out of my face and a smaller one on the other cheek. Considering 3 months ago I had clear skin it is difficult to wrap my head around what is happening to my skin - especially after two rounds with the miracle drug. I was also out of state for a job interview which made matters worse. When seeing my family who haven't seen me in a while, I immediately just wanted to hide and felt obligated to do some explaining. On interview day my skin was super red, inflamed, and stung terribly. I tried to apply my medications and makeup the same way.

The finacea was a HUGE mistake, it made the stinging worse. I skipped the epidou. I took my Solodyn since it doesn't make a difference. I tried backtracking what could have caused this flare up. Nerves from the interview? One of the creams being too harsh? One of the creams not strong enough? Since I had to go on the interview I caked on the makeup big time which isn't smart but it had to be done. My derm is out on vacation so I have to wait for them to be injected.

What do you do when you have a cyst? Have you ever tried fiancea? Would any ladies reading this want to see separate makeup posts?



Current Routine:

Solodyn 105mg @ dinner

Epidou @ morning

finacea @ night

injections 2x-4x weeks

Face Makeup:

Makeup Forever HD primer

Benefit Oxygen WOW foundation

Benefit BOING Concealer

Dior touche eclat radiant concealer

Skin Care:

Cetaphil Facial Cleanser

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre Moisturizer


Hi Jessica! I am a repeater user of accutane too and my acne has come back after each and every course. I am so sorry that you are going through this. If you just started the topicals, you should expect a worsening of acne that can last up to 3 months and beyond sometimes do don't be alarmed. When i get a cyst, i ice it and leave it alone.

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Thanks for replying to my post. I feel like I am one of the rare cases of people sometimes who did not have permanent results from accutane so thank you for making me feel less alone. I started the topicals & and the antibiotic 2 months ago and so far it's just getting worse and worse. It's not quite as bad as it was the first time I took accutane when my whole face was covered in cysts but it's getting there. I feel guilty feeling ashamed over just having two at the moment. Trying to stay positive - I feel like I either just want to ditch all this medication and try going all natural approaches or just throw down the dough, suffer, and see if accutane will work for me again.

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