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  1. Hey everyone, I just wanted to share my experience with trying to combat painful, annoying, and persistent cracks to the corners of my mouth (technically called angular cheilitis). My derm told me to slather Aquafor on my lips and the corners of my mouth, but no matter how much and how frequently I applied it, the cracks were extremely slow to heal. When one side would be almost healed (after WEEKS), the other would start up...and it looked absolutely horrible. Anyway, I got to the point where I couldn't take it anymore and put a call in to the derm 4 days before my appointment (I couldn't wait!). I was told to get a 1% hydrocortisone ointment (as opposed to a cream, but that might work to some degree, as well), and apply it 3 times a day. So I headed to Walmart and bought Maximum Strength Cortizone 10 ointment ($7, I think, for a ginormous tube). Oh..my..god! All it took was ONE DAY to heal the cracks and after three days the raw/inflamed skin around the cracks (that made me look like the Joker) was completely healed and barely noticeable. I couldn't believe it. I was finally able to yawn and eat sandwiches like a normal person. I stopped applying the ointment after three days and the cracks haven't come back (it's been a couple weeks since), which is incredible since I had been battling the cracks for over a month with Aquafor. I also tried applying it to my lips at night and then covering the hydrocortisone with a layer of Aquafor and found that it significantly improves my lips, as well. I'm only doing it one night a week, though, because there are some side effects associated with prolonged usage of hydrocortisone, like skin thinning, and I'm generally against the overuse of medications, anyway. My derm said the ointment could be applied to the inside of the nose, as well, if my nose gets super dry, so I think $7 for a big tube is well worth it. Anyway, I had done searches on the forum for treating angular cheilitis and didn't find much, so figured I should post this in hopes it helps someone (or many ones!). I did come across mentions of Dr. Dan's Cortibalm, which has hydrocortisone in it and is supposed to work well, but I was too impatient to wait for it to be shipped. It would have been just as expensive as the Cortizone, too. That's it - good luck all you taners!!
  2. Hi, new to the forum. I am really beating myself up for a poor, poor decision I made during April. About me - 25 year old male. For 4 years, I've had an extremely unusual bald patch in my beard, right on my jawline. The thing is, I was not dealing with a "patchy" beard. It is coarse in other areas, even the cheeks. the left side of my face grows thick facial hair. I told myself at age 21 that if I didn't start seeing an improvement by age 25 that I would address it. I have done tons of research and spent countless hours on how i could stimulate hair growth in the patch. I tried every conservative treatment out there that you could find online. No results. I decided NOT to give into to applying rogaine, which has become popular for beard growth these days (believe it or not) due to concerns about the systematic effects that applying it on the face can have (including heart issues). I had read up on some people having a lot of success with cortisone injections into the beard for alopecia. It really seemed like this is what I was dealing with. So i went into the dermatologist and didn't shave for a few days so they could see for themselves what I was dealing with. She told me that any dermatologist would tell me that that's what I must be dealing with based on observing my face. To get to the point, the side effects weren't fully communicated to me, but I sort of knew about the "dent" risk going in and thought the potential reward outweighed the risk, as i thought the side effects were rare. I got my first shot during the 3rd week of April and experienced no side effects (up to 3 weeks). I then received a second injection mid-May. 2 weeks later, I noticed a dent/atrophy. Picture attached shows how it is right now. The dent has been there about 6 days, and I haven't seen an improvement. The picture doesn't really do it justice, I'm going to be honest, honest, it's really bad and very noticeable. Symptoms: 1) atrophy/dent 2) very wrinkly/thin skin, especially when I squeeze around it 3) white hue I'm honestly rattled right now... my confidence is shot and I'm so down right now. I've scoped every historical thread on these forums up and down, and while the majority of anecdotes out there will tell you these dents are usually temporary, it's not really enough to give me peace of mind because there is some chance it could be permanent. Things could be worse but this is a really crummy way to start out my summer. What am i seeking: 1) maybe some success stories? 2) at what point should I consider saline injections, which I've read can be effective? 3) any other words of wisdom are appreciated. Thanks for reading
  3. Lets cut the introduction, lets cut the drama of past failures of trying to get rid of hypertrophic scars, and lets get down straight to business... THE SOLUTION What you need: 1) White Distilled Vinegar 2) Q-Tip 3) Aloe Vera 4) Antibacterial Cream 5) About 1-2 weeks of downtime (unless you dont mind going out in public while its healing) The steps to getting rid of it: 1) Dip the Q-Tip in the vinegar 2) Apply the Q-Tip against the hypertrophic scar and rub against it for about 10 seconds 3) Use the dry side of the Q-Tip and rub the vinegar nice even onto the scar. Dont be shy about it, rub against it firmly, not hard, but firmly enough to where you're not bending the Q-Tip. It is important that you do this in order to penetrate this scar and get into it. Do this for about 10 seconds as well. 4) Redip the vinger side of the Q-Tip into the vinegar and reapply it onto the scar with just as much firmness as you did with the dry side, but do it for about 30 seconds. 5) If you're doing it right, the scar will become white, or encircled by a white line. You may also bleed (this may not happen the first few times) but all of this is just signs that you're on the right path. 6) Apply Aloe Vera and/or Antibacterial Cream to the bump about 15-20 minutes after you're done. You should expect scabs, BUT DONT PICK AT IT, YOU MAY SCAR. Let theese creams do the "picking" for you. Do this twice a day for about a week, or until you feel the bump has dissapated. Here's how my process went, I am currently on day 8. day 1) nothing day 2) nothing day 3) texture of bump becomes scabbed, but otherwise nothing day 4) stays scabbed with no signs of improvement day 5) bump is really red. and after applying vinegar in the evening, for the first time, theres a little bleeding (and from there on out there would be bleeding everytime I applied the white distilled viengar). day 6) wake up in the morning with a red marked bump. I mean, BRIGHT RED. Its still hard to tell whether the bump has eroded or not because of the scabby surface. It did feel a little smaller. In the evening, I bleed a lot. I decide to apply aloe vera 10 minutes after due to this (from here on out I applied aloe vera) day 7) Groundhog Day. See day 6. day 8) MILESTONE DAY. Today is day 8. The bump looks terrible, perhaps even worse than it did before. But I realize that the bump is no longer hypertrophic. It only feels hypertrophic because of the dry scab formed. The Bump is GONE, but the scabby, red, inflamed, remains. It looks like its going to take at least a couple weeks for it to be gone. I still intend on applying aloe vera from here on out until i feel its gone, but I am done applying the white distilled vinegar. I am not the first one to do this vinegar experiment. And all of those who tried it before me were 100% satisfied with the results. Please be patient with the process. Day 1 - Before http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/the.../bumponnose.jpg Day 8, Healing not Complete http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/the...bumponnose3.jpg http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/the...bumponnose2.jpg Though it remains unsightly, the healing is not complete. I will apply neosporin and aloe vera from here on out until it completely heals. Otherwise, you can tell the hypertrophic scar is no longer hypertrophic. 2nd Round - done twice a day from 11/25/08-11/30/08 http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/the...mponnose3-1.jpg http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/the...bumponnose4.jpg I've been applying a lot of aloe vera and then anti-bacterial cream. And I intend on doing this twice a day until that bright redness subsides, and the "wound" heals. EDIT: DONT USE ALOE VERA OR ANTI-BACTERIAL CREAM TO THE AFFECTED AREA. IT IS TECHNICALLY AN OPEN WOUND. APPLY HYDROCORTISONE CREAM INSTEAD.
  4. I just rushed into a derm to get my first cortisone shot. I don't think it's a cyst - I believe the derm said it was a papule - but it's a relatively large, blind, inflamed pimple on the right side of my chin. And it's resisting everything I've thrown at it - aspirin, turmeric, honey, Desitin, Calamine lotion, salicylic acid, tamanu oil, lavender essential oil... So she agreed to put a drop or two of diluted cortisone in it. I assume 1-2 drops is standard? And I know diluted is safer when it comes to avoiding any dents showing up afterward. She told me it could take about a week, though, which surprised me. Everything online seems to say it works within 24-48 hours, 72 at worst. I'll be very curious to see how this goes... What I'm wondering is, has anyone ever tried putting a hydrocolloid bandage on their pimple after getting a cortisone shot? It's a blind pimple, but since it was just stabbed with a needle (a thin one, but still, a needle!), I was wondering if putting one of these bandages on it could help. I mean, isn't there a tiny opening in the pimple now? But maybe it'll be closed up by the time I can get home and slap one on... I'm just curious if anyone has done this. I'm terrified of making it worse.
  5. Hi guys, I'm in agony here! I got a massive cyst on my face more than 3 months ago. My dermatologist said it was too hard to drain and gave me a cortisone injection. It went down for about month, then came back and even spread a little. After a lot of home remedies and heat packing (none or which worked) I ended up going to get it surgically drained. The dermatologist made a small incision, squeezed it a lot, dug around with a scalpel and put a bandage on it. While she was able to get a lot out, it was still swollen afterwards. That never got better, so now two weeks later I have basically a red-purple cyst on my face that is just 30% smaller. I can't even see the incision anymore. I'm not sure if I should try to get it surgically drained a second time or not. I'm just wondering what went wrong with the surgery and if anyone else has had this happen? She didn't irrigate the site, or give me any antibiotics to take afterwards, as I'm on a low-dose doxycycline (40mg) all the time. If you've had a cyst drained, did the surgeon rinse it out and did you have to take a course of antibiotics afterwards? I want to make sure I do it right this time so my face isn't scarred too badly! Thanks!
  6. Hi guys, I'm hoping some of you might have advice on what I should do! I've had cystic acne and rosacea for a number of years, but it's mostly around my mouth, so not that severe. Two+ months ago I got a huge, swollen lump between my mouth and jaw, which was so much worse than any spot I'd had before. I went to my dermatologist who said it was just acne, but that it was too hard to try to surgically drain. He gave me a cortisone injection (first time I've had one!) and it went down by at least 50%. Since then, I've just been waiting for it to magically disappear. Two weeks ago it got swollen again, and it looks terrible. It's about 3/4" in diameter and red. It's much softer and more painful this time, so maybe it could be cut out, but I'd prefer to try something less invasive first. Has anyone had a cortisone shot fail like that, or had to get a second one months later? I don't want to overdo it since they can cause craters. Any suggestions on how to draw it up or get it to heal? I've been heat packing it, but nothing is really happening yet. I'm also taking zinc, fish oils, and using topical niacin. Many thanks!! Here it is: *shudder*
  7. Hi. I,m 23 and had absolutely spotless skin before Jan 2016 (no breakouts even in teenage). Fast forward, due to relationship problems and financial struggles during this year, my break out kept on getting worse. I NEVER had a simple pimple on my cheeks (see last image) and now they are spectacularly marked. I tried lemon juice, honey, apple cider vinegar, egg whites, aloe vera, cucumber at different times- you name it. I also used Avene anti redness cream and cortisone topical cream because the horrible red patches on my cheeks look very unpleasant. All of these helped but only temporarily. I must add that the situation was a lot worse with recurring white heads and redness in the T zone and on the cheeks but at least now the T zone is cleared but the redness and the recurring whiteheads on the cheeks still remain. Can someone please clarify the following? 1) whether the same type of creams (cortisone). toners (non alcohol) can be used for acne/ whiteheads and scars/ redness? 2) whether I should also try ibuprofen tablet paste OR retinoid cream to decrease inflammation? 3) most importantly if this will disappear from the cheeks without leaving scars? I am vegetarian, trying to adopt more exercise/meditation in my life. used to eat carbs a lot, now seriously cutting back for the past 2 months. Since I do not wear make up a lot (never did) so it can become quite discouraging and hurtful when some people treat you rather condescendingly. I never had breakouts before so it is even more depressing to cope with it knowing that this happened after a very severe early life crisis. Would appreciate all the advice and kind words of support.
  8. From the album Araz

    HELP! Can someone identify what these are and what would be the most suitable regimen for treating these? Hi. I,m 23 and had absolutely spotless skin before Jan 2016 (no breakouts even in teenage). Fast forward, due to relationship problems and financial struggles during this year, my break out kept on getting worse. I NEVER had a simple pimple on my cheeks and now they are spectacularly marked. I tried lemon juice, honey, apple cider vinegar, egg whites, aloe vera, cucumber at different times- you name it. I also used Avene anti redness cream and cortisone topical cream because the horrible red patches on my cheeks look very unpleasant. All of these helped but only temporarily. I must add that the situation was a lot worse with recurring white heads and redness in the T zone and on the cheeks but at least now the T zone is cleared but the redness and the recurring whiteheads on the cheeks still remain. Can someone please clarify the following? 1) whether the same type of creams (cortisone). toners (non alcohol) can be used for acne/ whiteheads and scars/ redness? 2) whether I should also try ibuprofen tablet paste OR retinoid cream to decrease inflammation? 3) most importantly if this will disappear from the cheeks without leaving scars? I am vegetarian, trying to adopt more exercise/meditation in my life. used to eat carbs a lot, now seriously cutting back for the past 2 months. Since I do not wear make up a lot (never did) so it can become quite discouraging and hurtful when some people treat you rather condescendingly. I never had breakouts before so it is even more depressing to cope with it knowing that this happened after a very severe early life crisis. Would appreciate all the advice and kind words of support.
  9. Okay. Here is my situation. I don't break out often and have generally what people call "clear skin". However, in the last year I've experienced some cystic acne around the time of my menstrual cycle- this has only happened twice so far. Six months ago I got a quarter sized cyst on my cheek that lasted a month, and because I couldn't wait, I popped it. Big mistake. It left an indented scar which I have now learnt to cover with make-up. The scar isn't big, but for someone who has never scarred before, I was shocked that acne can do that to you. I was pretty depressed for a month. Flash forward to my newest and second cyst. It's pretty small (2x2mm) but very painful and very red. The surrounding area looks like a war zone and funnily enough, same area as last cyst. Popped up yesterday and I have no idea what to do. Really considering a cortisone shot but the indented scarring would crush me. How likely is it that I will get an indented scar? Also, what if I just tried some topical treatments like BP and a touch of hydrocortisone cream with a hydrocolloid band-aid? You know, let it be for a week and see what happens? Side note: I am already on apo-cephalex (started today) because of a shin injury at resulted in a horrific cut. So should I wait for the antibiotics To kick in? Scarring is my number one fear.
  10. Kenalog shot

    For those who have received a kenalog injection or cortisone injection to a cystic pimple, when did you start noticing skin atrophy? I had mine done almost 24 hours ago, and while it's completely flattened out, I still feel a small bump. It isn't visible from looking. No skin atrophy. When will I be in the clear? When did you guys start seeing skin atrophy (if any) after treating a cystic pimple with an injection? And if you didn't see any skin trauma or atrophy, please share that too.
  11. This is my first post and I know there's other posts about this but I have been getting really depressed and I need to talk to people who understand what I'm going through because none of my friends or family understand. They think it's comforting so say "oh it's not that bad" but that's easy to say when it's not on your face and you don't feel violated by a dermatologist. I was on accutane for nine months. My final accutane check up was in April (2016) and during that appointment, my dermatologist decided to inject a bump that was under my skin on my cheek. The bump did not hurt, it was not physically visible, you could simply feel a little bump under the skin. My dermatologist did not tell me there were any side effects to the shot (if I knew it could cause atrophy, I obviously would not have done it), I did not sign anything accepting any risks. That same night, I noticed the skin around that area turned white, it lost its pigmentation. Then a week later, the area began to sink. At first I just thought the skin was just getting darker but it was also starting to dimple. It has been getting worse and worse and my dermatologist kept brushing me off until I started asking for information about why I wasn't informed of side effects or given any consent forms to sign for the procedure. She even entered in her report that she injected a "large, painful, red, and swollen cyst" on my left cheek. LIAR. Finally she agreed to see me (June 2016). She tried to deny that the obvious atrophy was from the cortisone at all, she tried to say it's because there was a bump there, and now there's not. Simple as that. Of course that could have played a part but this dent is SUFFICIENTLY larger than the little bump that was there to begin with. It looks like someone put a cigarette out on my cheek. I am so devastated. I've been suffering on accutane and my skin finally looks amazing and then she deformed me on my LAST VISIT. I feel so cheated and no matter what I do, I can't be proud of my face. I was offered laser treatment (by a different and far more experienced dermatologist) as my best option. Since it was free, I decided to try it. I've had one laser treatment and there is no improvement yet but she says it could take three treatments. They said saline shots won't help. I just want to know if anyone has had luck with laser treatment or just any luck at all with the atrophy filling in. I'm trying to hold on to some hope that this will go away. Thank you for reading my rant, this has been eating away at me (quite literally). Any response is welcome. Please help
  12. Ok so I have a large dent in my forehead from a cortisone shot I got a few weeks ago. It wasn't even for a cyst, my derm was kinda going crazy and injecting all my normal pimples as well as the cyst I went in for. This dent was from a normal pimple he injected. Anyway - I was reading on here about saline injections to help raise the dent? I have an appointment today so how should I ask him? Will he know what I'm talking about? Anyone have any experience to offer? I am a model so this is very upsetting and can ruin my career please help...
  13. Recently my acne has started to clear up, I'm barely getting new pimples anymore. But the one thing that hasn't changed is my cysts. I have 2 or 3 under my jaw and a couple places on each cheek where I can feel a bump under my skin. I've had some of them for a while, but what will happen? Will they eventually come out or will they just stay there as bumps forever? My derm told me that he could drain any acne I had the last time I saw him but he never mentioned cortisone shots. Anyway, what's the best way to completely get rid of a cyst? Cortisone shot, getting it drained, or just icing it and doing nothing? I've been putting salicylic acid and then BP on them twice a day but I'm not seeing much improvement.
  14. Ive had this cystic pimple on my nose for about 9 days and im about to move into my college dorm. I dont want everyone to see my nose so I went to get a cortisone shot. I seen a lot of people say it was painless. However mine was very painful. Also we I got home it tripled in size. As of right now it shrunk a little but still bigger than before. Is this normal? Any advice or intel would help. Please give dead honest responses. Thanks
  15. Ive had this cystic pimple on my nose for about 9 days and im about to move into my college dorm. I dont want everyone to see my nose so I went to get a cortisone shot. I seen a lot of people say it was painless. However mine was very painful. Also we I got home it tripled in size. As of right now it shrunk a little but still bigger than before. Is this normal? Any advice or intel would help. Please give dead honest responses. Thanks
  16. A nurse at my derms office suggested a filler but then I was reading that it may not work and may turn deformed. I started reading about subcision- not a procedure I want to go through because it looks invasive and I'd probably have to travel to Toronto (trusted surgeons). Its been a year since my first injection in that spot- but then had to get another about 2 months ago because a new cyst formed over top of my partially healed previous cyst (which also had a small dent). It seems that my last injection in that spot made the dent a little bigger Would you you suggest subcision? Anyone go through this procedure?
  17. I just received a cortisone shot on a cyst on my cheek about 7 hours ago and I've had a bandaid on the spot since. I have since mixed reports online talking about whether I should apply any type of topical treatment or not (I have prescribed 5% Benozyl Peroxide with 1.2% Clindamycinal and other natural topical treatments like 100% Aloe Vera Juice & Organic Honey). So is it safe for me to apply a topical treatment where I received the cortisone shot on? I'd also assume I'd have to cleanse my face before applying a topical treatment. Thank you.
  18. Hi guys - first time poster who is panicking. I got my first cortisone shot for a rapidly inflamed blackhead (which was deeper than I even realized, so I'm glad I went in) last night at around 7 PM. My derm told me not to apply any lotion/exfoliant to the injection site/nodule afterwards and just gently wash and treat with a warm compress before bed. This morning, I think the swelling has gone down but I applied a tiny bit of aczone (as I normally do with cystic pimples) followed by my standard sunscreen moisturizer. In retrospect, I wonder if that was dumb. I have a lot of anxiety about my skin right now. I figured that aczone couldn't cause any further harm as it's an anti-inflammatory and, given that I was going to walk into work, sunscreen is a must. I've also read that make-up immediately post cortisone injection is fine. Please help me; could I have maybe made things worse? I haven't picked or otherwise touched the injection location.
  19. I have been on a healthy eating kick since about January and have lost about 30lbs since then. That being said, I was on a mini vacation this last Thurs-Monday and I was NOT good at all lol.. between eating JUNK and drinking a lot of alcohol my body freaked out. Not only did I run into stomach issues but my chin broke out too. It affected me more than I thought it would! I had these five huuuuge cyst/nodules on my face in the MIDDLE of a bachelorette weekend. And of course I was picking at them and loading them with product to no avail. It was one of those things you had to leave alone and let it do it's thing. It killed my confidence. Luckily I already had a derm apt for yesterday to check on my progress with Spiro. The new doctor I found and loved actually left the practice so they set me up with one of their PAs and she is so awesome! She asked me about my chin and suggested some Cortisone shots to just tame this breakout and move on. I had never gotten them before and was worried about pain and cost but it turns out my insurance covered it (something about the way it is billed.. I don't know the specifics). The pain wasn't bad either. And, I am very happy with the results. Here are some pics. This was right before she injected me. For some odd reason my phone makes it look less intense than what it really was. This was a few hours after And this was this morning.. Not bad!
  20. Okay, so I suffer from very light-mild, well-controlled acne but I have one pimple on my cheek that has been there for between 4 and 6 months. It's very small and painless, but I can feel the lump of it under the skin and very occasionally it will flare up. I was considering getting a cortisone injection for it just to get rid of it once and for all. This may be a stupid question, but I was wondering if I get a cortisone injection in that spot, will a pimple ever be able to resurface there or does it kind of close off that pore in a sense? Thanks all!
  21. I wanted to follow-up from this forum as its has now been archived. Does anyone know of some suggestions of who to see or where to go for cortisone shots in London, UK. Private and Public suggestions welcome! Thanks
  22. I was given a cortisone injection for a cystic pimple on my face on Wednesday. It is now Saturday and nothing seems to be happening. The cyst is still the same size and the only change seems to be gross discoloration around the cyst. Is it still too soon to contact my dermatologist? I read somewhere that the cortisone shots are supposed to work within hours and it has been days for me. I'm getting concerned.
  23. I've had a huge acne cyst on my cheek for about 2 months now so yesterday I went to my dermatologist and had a cortisone injection. I did my research before and read that I would see results in the same day. I woke up this morning and checked it and it doesn't look like anything has happened? Its still red, inflamed, and huge. Should I be concerned??
  24. I've had a huge acne cyst on my cheek for about 2 months now so yesterday I went to my dermatologist and had a cortisone injection. I did my research before and read that I would see results in the same day. I woke up this morning and checked it and it doesn't look like anything has happened? Its still red, inflamed, and huge. Should I be concerned??