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What to do with a cyst/pimple/zit

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Hi Wynne! A few people mentioned that you are the person to go to for advice. I've read some of your posts and I see that you have a lot of info. that are beneficial. Maybe you can help?

I found out that I don't have just cystic acne or nodules but found out I have a form of staph along my jawline. Although, I do still have hormonal acne as well. Is it ok to do all this on staph? Especially the antibiotic like neosporin. I think the other antibiotics need to be prescribed right? My doc said to just wash my face with a gentle cleanser and not put anything on it for fear of causing irritation. Plus adding other things could disrupt the oral antibiotic (Bactrim). Just touching the staph hurts like crazy so I do want to limit any touching.

I've been prescribed Ortho Tri-Cyclen (for hormonal acne) and Bactrim (for staph). The Ortho has worked for me in the past that's why my doc put me back on that. I know you've been on Ortho before, do you think it will be just as beneficial for clearing acne a second time?

I'm actually going to incorporate the Nucelle Mandelic Acid Serum 10% into my regimen as soon as the Staph clears up. Right now I'm just going to put the serum on my chin and spot treat. I've heard that the Mandelic Acid would work better than the Glycolic Acid. I just wanted to get your input about this. I've thought about using the baby hairbrush as well. I'll have to go check out your page on baby hairbrush.

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Ice made the area around the cyst turn red and the cyst got bigger :doh:

I put it in a papertowel and gently put it on the cyst for one minute on and 5 min off...

Anyone know why?

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...I found out that I don't have just cystic acne or nodules but found out I have a form of staph along my jawline. Although, I do still have hormonal acne as well. Is it ok to do all this on staph? Especially the antibiotic like neosporin. I think the other antibiotics need to be prescribed right? My doc said to just wash my face with a gentle cleanser and not put anything on it for fear of causing irritation. Plus adding other things could disrupt the oral antibiotic (Bactrim). Just touching the staph hurts like crazy so I do want to limit any touching.

I've been prescribed Ortho Tri-Cyclen (for hormonal acne) and Bactrim (for staph). The Ortho has worked for me in the past that's why my doc put me back on that. I know you've been on Ortho before, do you think it will be just as beneficial for clearing acne a second time?

I'm actually going to incorporate the Nucelle Mandelic Acid Serum 10% into my regimen as soon as the Staph clears up. Right now I'm just going to put the serum on my chin and spot treat. I've heard that the Mandelic Acid would work better than the Glycolic Acid. I just wanted to get your input about this. I've thought about using the baby hairbrush as well. I'll have to go check out your page on baby hairbrush.

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wow i was wondering the same thing and made a new post. this post answered all my questions, thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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wynne I wouldn't want to take ibuprofen in tablets.. would the ibuprofen gel work in the same way?
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I have had a cyst bump for a while. Its a lot smaller than it was before and isnt even noticeable unless you touch it. When you touch it though you can feel it there and its been there for 3 months (though controlled with the Benzoyl peroxide). My question is that will your method help it disappear even though its been there a while? Also why the Ibobrufen? On my Ibobrufen it simply says "temporarily reduces fever and pain." It doesnt talk about anti inflamation. So can your treatment work without the ibobrufen (I used advil bye the way).

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I have had a cyst bump for a while. Its a lot smaller than it was before and isnt even noticeable unless you touch it. When you touch it though you can feel it there and its been there for 3 months (though controlled with the Benzoyl peroxide). My question is that will your method help it disappear even though its been there a while? Also why the Ibobrufen? On my Ibobrufen it simply says "temporarily reduces fever and pain." It doesnt talk about anti inflamation. So can your treatment work without the ibobrufen (I used advil bye the way).
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I happened to hear this one and I thought, "NO WAY, NEVER WORK." Then I got a cyst, not huge but still a cyst, applied it and it did work . What was it?

PREPARATION H COOLING GEL- you can buy a generic knockoff as well. Really works, it's 50% witchhazel and 25% vasoconstrictor. I wouldn't recommend long term use, just as an emergency application.

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won't the polysporin clogg the pores? also won't the sticky of the bandaid hurt skin? esp if there are pimples around the big cyst?

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just a question... does the icing have to be done only during the first 24 hours when you see the inflamed pimple? :)

No, it can be done anytime you see the swelling, the redness, or even just have pain.

won't the polysporin clogg the pores? also won't the sticky of the bandaid hurt skin? esp if there are pimples around the big cyst?

Polysporin does not clog pores. Bandaids don't damage the skin when taking them off. If you don't want to wear a bandaid you certainly don't have to but it keeps the ointment from getting on your pillow, and on the spot it needs to be on.

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thanks wynne! sorry but another thing, can we ice it a couple of times everyday until it all goes down? :) And only stop when the skin looks terrible from the icing?

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thanks wynne! sorry but another thing, can we ice it a couple of times everyday until it all goes down? :) And only stop when the skin looks terrible from the icing?

All you really need to do is gently glide one ice cube over your whole face until the cube melts. No longer than that, or you risk chilling the area too much. You can ice several times a day, just like the first post states.

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i wish i had left my last cyst alone and done NOTHING to it. my skin is about 90% clear now, but i had this thing come up on my cheek and it was the worst one ever. my face hurt all day from it and it was bright red. i cleaned it, poked it with a pin (just poked, didn't squeeze) and put some acv on it. it ended up scabbing over and when the scab fell off i have a huge indented scar. talk about being upset beyond belief. almost clear of acne and end up getting the worst scar of my life. if you do anything to cysts, leave them alone no matter how big they are or how much they hurt.

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hey guys, i have a hair bump cyst i think. it is along my hair line. I have gone too long between hair cuts, and usually get bumps like this where hairs either grow out and back in the skin or split hairs

will the ice, ibuprofen mix help with this problem? Ive tried to get the hair out but cant see them too good.

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Wynne,

Is this how you treat acne which has not yet come to the surface as well? You know, the "grease" under your skin that develops into acne after a few days or so... I've been icing those too.

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Wynne,

Is this how you treat acne which has not yet come to the surface as well? You know, the "grease" under your skin that develops into acne after a few days or so... I've been icing those too.

This will work for any kind of cyst/pimple/zit. :)

hey guys, i have a hair bump cyst i think. it is along my hair line. I have gone too long between hair cuts, and usually get bumps like this where hairs either grow out and back in the skin or split hairs

will the ice, ibuprofen mix help with this problem? Ive tried to get the hair out but cant see them too good.

I don't know what type of infection that is; if it's just an ingrown hair, this method should be fine for it. Don't be digging around looking for the hair though! If you see hair, just pull it out with tweezers. If this is a continuous problem you might want to try another hair gel or shampoo or conditioner.

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wynne, you seem to know your stuff, and ive asked this question before, with no real clear answer to me... but if you have a cyst or papule that never comes to head and you treat it, and it goes down or dies or whatever (in my case i can still feel a hard bump under my skin).. so my question is.. is there still infection just like lying.."dormant" under there. or what, somtimes i feel like id rather just not treat them and let them come to head so i dont have a bump under my skin forever...? what are your thought, anyone?

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Hi Wynne- Great post.

I had been battling a cyst for a couple months. It had gone up then down then up again and back down. The aftermath was a darker red mark with a smaller purplish circle within it. I went to see the derm and, knowing that my family has a history of skin cancer, he strongly recommended I get a biopsy on the purplish thing. So I've got an opening from the slice that the nurse said to put Vaseline on nightly, but I'm wondering if I should put a neosporin/polysporin on it as well. Any ideas?

Also, I am taking Aczone now (a decision inspired by the aforementioned saga) which has definitely helped fight off inflammation. I've got a deeper pimple (perhaps cyst, not sure) that is brewing right now that I put the aczone on to ward off further inflammation. Would it be alright to use both aczone and neosporin at night?

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Hi Wynne- Great post.

I had been battling a cyst for a couple months. It had gone up then down then up again and back down. The aftermath was a darker red mark with a smaller purplish circle within it. I went to see the derm and, knowing that my family has a history of skin cancer, he strongly recommended I get a biopsy on the purplish thing. So I've got an opening from the slice that the nurse said to put Vaseline on nightly, but I'm wondering if I should put a neosporin/polysporin on it as well. Any ideas?

Also, I am taking Aczone now (a decision inspired by the aforementioned saga) which has definitely helped fight off inflammation. I've got a deeper pimple (perhaps cyst, not sure) that is brewing right now that I put the aczone on to ward off further inflammation. Would it be alright to use both aczone and neosporin at night?

I don't know what's in aczone, I'd just treat the biopsied area as directed by the doctor/nurse, without adding ANYTHING else to that spot. That will increase your chance of healing it appropriately without scarring. Vaseline is marvelous for assisting in healing almost any wound. It's even used on deep tissue/muscle injuries with success.

If the aczone seems to be working fine for warding off inflammation, I'd use that (not on the biopsied site). I do not know if it would be compatible with neosporin, but most likely it would be compatible with plain old petrolatum jelly, over which you can still apply the bandaid on the new spot.

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wynne, you seem to know your stuff, and ive asked this question before, with no real clear answer to me... but if you have a cyst or papule that never comes to head and you treat it, and it goes down or dies or whatever (in my case i can still feel a hard bump under my skin).. so my question is.. is there still infection just like lying.."dormant" under there. or what, somtimes i feel like id rather just not treat them and let them come to head so i dont have a bump under my skin forever...? what are your thought, anyone?

Sometimes the lump is just scar tissue, sometimes it is still an infection under the skin. A derm can excise it, whichever it is. But that can leave a larger scar; sometimes you're better off just letting them be and slowly absorbing over time back into the skin (if its an infection). It (usually) won't go away if it is scar tissue.

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