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  1. Hi, I have tried every acne product, diet, wash, medicine (Even accutane), and found no relief. Is my acne caused by a hormonal imbalance? I am a man. I am going to see if an acupuncturist can help me.
  2. I have removed Staphylococcus aureus from my nose using Triple Antibiotic Ointment and that has eliminated my nose sores and cured me of what I thought was acne but really was folliculitis. I am a microbiology graduate student and the lab I teach has a Mannitol Salt Agar experiment where we differentiate S. aureus from Staphylococcus epidermidis. S. aureus can ferment the mannitol sugar and that causes a yellowing of the plate. I have known for years that I am a heavy nasal S. aureus carrier; akin to the right side of this MSA plate: http://www.scienceprofonline.com/images/science-image-library/microbiology/growth-media/msa-pos-neg-bottom-SIL.jpg Fed up with semi-monthly noses sores I looked into treatment and came across a publication http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23377521 suggesting that Triple Antibiotic Ointment is an effective means of removing Staph from the nose. I bought the Walgreen's generic brand and applied it 1-2 times a day to both nares using a cotton swab. I tracked S. aureus presence by swabbing my nose and plating it on MSA. After 20 days, I no longer had S. aureus in my nose. https://i.imgur.com/6fiGHHH.jpg Plate one is after 5 days from my left nostril. Plate two is 10 days from my right nostril and plate three is after 20 days from both nares. The Staph was gone and replaced by what I assume is S. epidermidis. I did that experiment over 3 months ago and no amount of nose picking has given me a nose sore. I haven't gotten a single folliculitis boil since stopping the experiment. I've gotten those boils semi-regularly since high school, and I incorrectly thought it was acne. My nose has never felt better and my face has never been clearer. Google 'face folliculitis' and see if you are potentially mistaking a Staph infection for acne. Google 'neosporin/triple antibiotic ointment' and you will see people rave about its benefits in dealing already-popped pimples. I've tried that and it worked wonders on reducing redness. Hormones, genetics, oils, etc. all contribute to pimples, but it is bacteria that causes it. Maybe your nose or ears are reservoirs for Staph that is making a bad situation worse. A couple months ago I posted a more detailed, cited account that you can check on Reddit. https://www.reddit.com/r/SkincareAddiction/comments/2t2cpu/elimination_of_staphylococcus_aureus_from_my_nose/
  3. Good Morning Everyone I ma not Lactose Intolerant and Not even Gluten intolerent as I had number of blood test and nothing wrong showed up But when I eat Gluten and Milk and some other stuff (now sugar) as well I get inflamation and pimples Please advice if this is leaky gut or insuline issue as something causes over production of harmones or harmones whatever Could it be some enzymes missing from my stomach or intestines where my body is not digesting it and trhowing it in the blood stream for white blood cells to attack ? Please help as I have no idea what is going on
  4. I bought The Ordinary 2% Salicylic and followed the instructions by dabbing on spots. I also put the treatment on a few hard lumps under my skin on my chin. I used to get recurring boils as a teen but I cut out dairy and they stopped. So occasionally I get bumps that sometimes come to white heads; but they aren't puss filled (sorry to be graphic) like boils are. I woke up and the Salicylic acid had left a yellow film over my skin, I attempted to peel it off thinking it was just the yellow product and it left a hole in my skin that bled puss (again i'm very sorry if this is graphic). I'm distraught, I've been trying to hold it together and stop crying but I actually feel like I don't want to exist with skin like this. What's so upsetting is the rest of my skin is actually nice looking but my chin is horrid. The lumps are so sore and I'm terrified of them popping open, it seems like the salicylic acid drew the puss from deep under my skin up. Normally when I use aloe vera they just slowly heal and go down but it takes weeks. I've NEVER had such horrible inflamed skin. Please help.
  5. put a drop of water on a plate (not paper) and put one uncoated aspirin tablet in the middle of the drop wash your face a few minutes later, go back to the plate. by now the aspirin should have turned into powder. if it hasn't after more than five minutes, add one more drop and wait again apply the powder directly on the cyst. you can put a TINY bit of water on the cyst (just enough to make the powder stick) and then put some of the powder on your finger and tap it onto the cyst. then mix a little bit of water with the rest of the powder (so it's almost like a paste) and apply the rest of it on top of the powder that's already on there. it dries out really fast and can crumble if you move around or talk. try laying down or not talking so you can keep as much of the aspirin you can on there for as long as possible. re-apply as desired; even do it again right after the aspirin on there crumbles off. if i get a cyst i'll stay in for a night and just keep the aspirin on there for a long time. with repeated applications, i've found that it'll bring the cyst to a head in anywhere from a few hours to two days (not that you have to walk around for two days with aspirin on your face; just do it as much as possible within that time period). it does help with the pain and swelling in-between. this is also not practical for a severe amount of cysts. i saw a dermatologist who mostly cleared my skin up; now i only get the occasional one or two cysts at a time. once it comes to a head, don't squeeze or needle it; you'll get an awful scar. wet a cottonball with water as hot as you can stand to put on your face and stick it on the head. this should melt the scabby part of the whitehead away; if it doesn't you can gently rub the cotton ball on the head. keep putting hot water on the cotton ball because if the water cools down the pus will harden up again. once the head is off, GENTLY PRESS the sides of it with two q-tips to make sure there's no more pus in there; you shouldn't have to SQUEEZE it to get whatever's left in there, otherwise apply the hot cottonball again for a few minutes (and if you still feel that you need to squeeze, stop doing what you're doing so you won't get a nasty scar). then press on it to slow bleeding and apply rubbing alcohol. keep pressing while you get an liquid/instant bandage applicator ready, and apply the liquid bandage to the head. don't apply too much liquid bandage or it'll look really bad if you wear makeup over it. now, if it was a HUGE cyst (as i've had), you're gonna be left with a giant crater in your face. don't be scared; just apply the liquid bandage and go on your way. i've found that this method creates less severe scars than when i just leave the cyst there. anyway, it takes a while to get the whole thing down right, but don't give up. good luck guys!
  6. So 1.5 months ago I got the biggest blind pimple I have ever gotten in my entire life after using Paula's Choice 2% BHA for the first time. It never got a head, I never touched it, and started reducing in size but left a raised bump. So this bump (which became light purple) lingered in size until 5 days ago when it became inflamed again. So obviously there was still pus left in it beforehand. This time round I tried to lightly pop it despite it having no obvious head - yet it popped easily *hooray*! A small amount of pus came out and it scabbed over. Now the bad news: the scab has just fallen off this evening on its own accord BUT THE BUMP IS STILL THERE!? Please someone help me. I'm desperate. I've just gone and lanced it out of sheer rage and got nothing out of it. No topical is touching it - not BP, not SA, not HP, not witch hazel. Just ordered Mario Badescu's buffering lotion as well out of sheer desperation and have a hydrocolloid patch for cold sores sat on it right now. Please gosh tell me there will probably still be some pus left in it, am I right? And please somebody tell me this doesn't sound like a dermatologist job because I'm in the UK, I can't get to my GP until September, I have no walk-in health centre in my backwards town, and private dermatologists are expensive and it seems so petty to pay +/-£500 for one bump when my acne is basically no more. But seriously, I'm vain enough to pay that right now... Here is a photo. Not the best, I know, because it's dark red from the scab falling off and it's only very slightly raised.
  7. My sad life of acne

    Hi, I have 4-10 pimples on my body at all times. They come up ANYWHERE (except usually not the face). Some are highly inflamed and painful. Some deeper pimples with a whitehead on top. I've been to so many derms and tried so many products. (Accutane, BP, Antibiotics, all the likely treatments) My life consists of watching a movie and itching my back, only to uncover a large pimple that will take days to heal. I often run to the doctor to get the large painful ones lanced. This pattern has more or less been with my my whole life.
  8. Hi all, So I am wondering if any of you can impart your wisdom as to how to get rid of a soft, red, raised bump left over from a pimple quicker... Background: So I have clear skin now and have done for around 9 months (*finally!*). In this time frame I have only had 1 large under the skin bumps; this one gracefully planted itself slap bang in the middle of my cheek 2 weeks ago right next to a icepick scar (so it looked super attractive) after using Paula's Choice 2% BHA the night before for the first time, but unlike any other papule I have ever gotten before it never developed a head and was there for 1.5 weeks before showing signs of going away. It's now two weeks later and the pimple is gone but it has left a slight soft, raised bump (that basically looks active still but is not at all). Please note I never touched it or even attempted to pop it, I left it 100% alone. Are there any products out there on the market you know to help it disappear any quicker than just leaving it to do it on its own? Thanks in advance! P.S. And let's just say I am never touching that BHA liquid ever again.
  9. Black Pimple/cyst

    My pimple/cyst on my nose has turned black. Yesterday, when I got out of the shower the contents was oozing out. I squeezed until all of the contents were out (or tried.) A few questions I have: What do I with the black cyst (how to treat it) What does it mean when it's black? Was is a good idea to finish popping the pimple
  10. Hi everyone, I have a slow healing cyst, and I was looking for a way to shrink it. (The derm is too busy to get in for a cortisone shot) It is about 1 month or older....Still just lingering. I've tried a crushed aspirin mixture with a only a tiny bit of success. I put some hydro cortisone on it. I put benzoyl peroxide on it. Any tips? My previous remedies didn't quite do the trick.
  11. Milia around the mouth

    For the past few years I've developed dozens of small white bumps around the corners of my mouth and lips. They rarely become inflamed but you can see them whenever I smile or put my tounge under neath them. I believe they're milia but have no idea how to stop them. Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated!
  12. Hi, Is anyone aware of any new revolutionary acne treatments underway?...It seems like we've been stuck with the antibiotics, accutane,Benzoyl Peroxide, and salicylic acid forever... Have you heard of any drugs that are seeking FDA approval....The only "new" drugs I've seen are a scam..They are old antibiotics that are now "slow-release" tablets with fancy new names...
  13. Cysts, photofacials, and scarring

    Greetings, I have been battling an extremely large and persistent cyst (acne). Also, I have other skin issues (minor) with eczema and dermatitis. For example, a few days ago I had an itchy allergic bump that responded well to hydrocortisone. About 10 days ago, I noticed I was developing two new cysts. One of them was deep and quite painful. The stress of final exams probably played a role in the development of my new cysts. Anyway, I felt extremely ambivalent about seeing the dermatologist for the 'quick fix.' However, I finally caved in after reasoning the cyst(s) itself could leave a scar. Once, in my past, I had a large cyst injected with steroids. The treatment worked but left a minor scar (not an indentation, but slightly elevated skin). Anyway, I felt like I had was in a double bind because if I did nothing the new cysts could possibly leave a permanent scar. Today, I went in for a photofacial. I just went to the mirror and noticed a small divot at the larger of the two injection sites. Unfortunately, I anticipated this possibility when receiving the injection, and the dermatologist heavily diluted the steroid to minimize scarring. During today's treatment, I asked about options for treating possible permanent scars caused by the cyst network and two injections. I received a brochure for fractional resurfacing. However, my aesthetician thought my current issues could possibly resolve on their own. I am going to wait a few months and if the scarring remains (including red/brown marks) I am going to shell out the money for a cosmetic fix. If anybody has any suggestions or feedback, it would be appreciated. Current treatments: Al-Cortin A (spot/episodic), Clindamycin 2x a day, Cetaphil moisurizing lotion SPF 50, Benzyl Peroxide 2.5% (spot), photofacials on a near-monthly basis.
  14. UGHHH where do I start. So I'm 20 years old and I've had acne since I was 12 years old. Ive never had severe acne but I've always gotten these huge cyst/nodules on my chin, I use to get them on my nose as well but now just my chin. I've never seen anyone else who gets these types of pimples, mine are massive. They've taken a tole on me mentally. I've tried birth control, which cleared my cheek and forehead acne but not my chin acne. I don't want to do anything that isn't a holistic approach. I'm depressed and desperate for help! Any advice is appreciate like supplements or vitamins I should take. I've taken vitex and it worked for 8 weeks clearing ALL my acne but then it returned:/ currently I've been breaking out all over my face, it's worse than it was in high school or middle school! PLEASE HELP!! I drink a lot of water eat healthy and have an organic skincare routine
  15. Question on Cystic Acne

    My skin is clear aside from the golf ball sized pimple I get on my forehead. At first it was only once a year, but now it's close to every week. I literally cannot get a break. I did start doxy, and after two weeks I had clear skin for two weeks. I was excited, but now I've had huge cysts back to back. They hurt so much and the current one has half my forehead swollen. I have the chlamydicin wipes, doxy, and a topical retinoid. I'm honestly so sad and don't know what to do. I never had acne in my life until now and I'm an adult
  16. Greetings, I am wondering if anybody has significant experience with Kenalog injections for cystic acne. Anyway, having cysts injected with steroids is not a regular thing for me (I have only had this done three times in my life). However, I had the worst outbreak of my life in the last two weeks. The timing could not be worse because I have a wedding tomorrow. I saw a dermatologist on Wednesday morning and he injected both cysts with diluted Kenalog. One injected cyst had a modest response, but nothing compared to my usual response. The other cyst (on my lower chin) became more painful and grew larger. Out of frustration, I made an appointment this afternoon with a dermatologist I do not usually see. She offered to re-inject both cysts, but warned me of possible scarring. Obviously, I was willing to take this risk, however, I told her to only re-inject one of the two cysts. I just took the band aid off and noticed it grew a ripe little whitehead. This has never happened when I have had a cyst injected. Stupidly, I put a warm compress on it and applied very gentle pressure (one time). A little content came out, and I immediately stopped myself. Now I am hitting myself on the head for making that impulsive move. It looks like this cyst is coming to a head. Anyway, I put some prescribed Clindagel on the cyst, which was given to me by the office. I am wondering anybody here has ever had a similar experience, where steroid injection causes a cyst to come to a head. If so, what did you do in this situation?
  17. Hi, so I posted a while ago expressing my concern over my skin, my acne in particular. I know that my acne isn't severe- or even close, but I am asking for help because I personally want help as I am unhappy with my skin, so please don't comment if it isn't going to do so. I have continued to stick to my normal regime, in hope that doing nothing would help, but as expected I was wrong. I've took the pictures attatched today which is probably my best skin day in a while but as I type this I am in so much pain from my chin acne that I can't even move my chin. I am becoming desparate as summer approaches- I still don't know whether my acne is hormone caused as I just have it all the time so I can't tell if it gets worse on my period or not. Originally my acne was mainly concentrated on the centre and crease of my chin, but recently it's been spreading all over my face. The acne is also painful under the skin cysts which are most difficult to get rid of. They even show through my makeup - that I hate wearing but I have to due to my self consciousness. To add to my problems I am under a lot of stress and am currently on a weight loss regime. I am desparate now so could you please recommend advice and products. I have normal/combination sensitive skin and bright red acne scars so I could do with a product to lighten those. Thank you!
  18. Hey so I just started accutane 2 days ago and I have a cyst on my face or whatever it is for 4 months and it's hard and I don't feel any pus in it its hard so can someone tell me if this a cyst and will accutane make it go away thanks! I have pictures
  19. This is pretty long, so please bare with me. I have also attached pictures below, but I don't feel like it shows my scarring on my cheeks that well. I was on 6 months of doxycycline (over 2 years ago) to clear up existing acne while using atralin. After 6 months on the antibiotic I switched to taking Nicazel Forte continuously while still using atralin. (Currently using both) I have discussed treatment options with an esthetician at my dermatologist's office. I was told that laser resurfacing won't do much for my situation since my scars are 'not that bad' and to look at other places for other options. Also, kind of off topic, but I have a small cyst on my face that is only noticeable when touched. (Smaller than a pea sized underneath) I have had a steroid injection which only made it smaller, but my dermatologist didn't want to do another since she was worried of the skin sinking in. I was quoted $1,200 to remove it. Is that reasonable in the dermatology industry? Which type of scarring do I seem to have? I have had the scarring on my forehead for many years, but the ones on my cheeks are a few years old. I'm not sure if that matters in terms of treatment. Since I was told that lasers won't help me what might? My skin is very sensitive, so I want to be careful with treatment obviously. I appreciate any responses in advance!
  20. My nose bump is not painful, and soft to the touch. It formed after a cyst was there. It's been here for 8 months total, and 5 months without me damaging it. There was another one last year that disappeared after 4-6 months on its own. 5/30/2015 I looked up pictures of nose keloids. I don't reccomend, because they're disgusting and look nothing like ours. So I guess we should go our own route on this. If any of you see specialists, please post what they said it was. I've heard of doctors coming up with different answers, so it probably isn't documented.. http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Keloids So here's some solutions that I've found: Home Remedies Rubbing Alcohol (CAUTION) Tea Tree Oil Witch Hazel Things Doc can do Shaving Cauterizing Various laser treatments "Homemade" methods (Caution): Burning with sun and magnifying glass Burning with lighter and copper wire Found some additional info here: www.topix.com/forum/med/dermatology/TTBJJI77TIU3JDRIF/p4 make sure to copy the entire URL, guys. If you don't copy paste it, then it won't take you directly to the page with the nose bump solutions. She used aspirin with water. I don't trust the industry, but hey, use at your own risk.
  21. Large cyst

    Hello! I have been battling severe cystic acne for the past three months, seemingly out of nowhere. Through a very strict regimen, I have managed to clear up most of it. While I am left with many scars, I'm hoping those will fill in with time. However, I have a rather large area on my face (about 1 inch wide and 1/2 inch large) that is hard to the touch and raised. From this spot, multiple inflamed cysts continue to rise. When one FINALLY heals, another forms. What can I do to stop this cycle?
  22. I'm on my third month of accutane on 40mg a day as I've had a LOT of side effects, mainly being dry everywhere! Anyway one day I woke up with a weird white tiny lump on my upper waterline of my eye, it made my eye so so itchy for the whole day and it was uncomfortable to blink. I prodded it with a cotton bud in the evening and it basically burst straight away, so it was like having a yellow head type of spot on my waterline... then it was suddenly gone! I am just wondering anyone else has experienced anything similar? my dermotologist says its nothing to worry about as it disappeared quickly but it was a weird experience haha!
  23. Huge cyst on face!

    Hi so it's been a few months I have had a huge cyst on my face. It's killing me inside I won't go outside I won't hangout without friends I spend my time in the bathroom at school at lunch barley talk to anyone. I've never been like this I always had so much confidence. About 3 months ago I had a blind pimple 2 of them really close to each other I didn't do anything then they combined and formed a large cyst on my face. I was prescribed antibiotics like minocyline and it worked but not that much now I'm taking tetracycline. My doctor referred me to a dermatologist and it's going to take 3 months! I also use clindamycin/Benzoyl Peroxide Gel not doing much my doctor said I need accutane but he said he can't prescribe it. I've used a needle and poke it, everything drains but then the cyst comes back!! Keeps coming back. I'll include some pictures thank you.
  24. please help, since the young age of 12 I've been suffering from nodular/cystic acne on my chin. These pimples get huge and always form a head. I've changed my diet, only drink water, no dairy, sugar or gluten, I recently started taking omega 3, turmeric, zinc, and vitex! I've taken vitex before and it cleared my acne for 8 weeks and then it came back(I wasn't eating healthy back hen! I've taken birth control and that cleared all my acne except I still got a huge cyst before my period. Lately I've been getting a nodular pimple ever week sometimes twice a week they're so massive... since changing my diet acne has cleared up on my forehead but my cheeks still get blackheads whiteheads and sometimes cyst. growing up my acne was really only on my chin and nose and in highschool it slowly spread to my forehead and then to my cheeks! I also get pimples above my mouth that are huge painful and inflamed. I don't get more than 5 pimples a week but they're all huge inflamed and embrassaing