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  1. HELP: WAIT OR CYST REMOVAL?

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    Hi so I really need advice !! I've always had acne but never really a cyst. For this long underneath my skin. It started with an inflamed huge pimple on my chin but now after a week there's still a huge bump underneath my skin and there is no white opening. What should I do? Wait ? Make an appointment? Needle it myself? Help
  2. A quick overview of the last few months: prescribed Lymecycline for worsening moderate acne beginning of Feb. Ever since then I've had awful cystic acne.(never had this before) Doctor told me to stick with it for 3 months. I wish I hadn't. Finally off those god awful tablets but have 4 very inflamed, very painful, very red and very LARGE cysts on my face. They have been active for weeks, two of them over a month. Nothing I do seems to help. They are most probably infected- doc prescribed flucloxacillin which did nothing. Been referred to a dermatologist and left to deal with it solo for now. I have a good skin routine but have had to only use gentle products for a while due to the pain and broken skin. (i.e no BP/sulfur.) I have a clean diet with nothing that could aggravate acne. Taking a lot of supplements and superfoods to try and boost immunity/help fight the infections. Losing my mind a little. My skin has never behaved like this and the pain and swelling are constant. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  3. Hey I need help identifying what this is on my face. I think it may be a cyst,but im not completely sure.I have applied warm compressed water on it for 2 weeks now. Its getting smaller,but it isn't going away. Also if anyone has any tips on how to get rid of it, that would be great! thanks
  4. I had a painful under the skin cyst that lasted a couple of weeks. I did NOT pick it or pop it, but did use hydrocolloid bandaids to help drain it and put benzoyl peroxide on it. Now, the cyst is finally gone except for redness where it was and a HUGE hole! I think the cyst formed because of a blackhead because that’s what it looked like when the cyst first started to form, so I think the hole is the pore with the gunk removed. Is there any hope for it to heal on its own? How should I treat it? Benzoyl peroxide? Glycolic acid? I also have Derma E Scar Gel; would that help if it’s an ice pick scar? I’ve been putting hyrocolloid bandaids on it during the day to hide it since it’s so embarrassing. I’m terrified that the hole will never close. I’m attaching a picture but it doesn’t really show how deep the hole actually is.
  5. Hi there - I've been on quite the journey for the past 4 months that I'd like to share with you. DAY 1 - It all started with a bump on my cheek the size of a nickel. DAY 2 - 15: Throughout the next 15 days it continued to get larger. Probably didn't help that I was jabbing needles into it trying to find the head. I assumed the whole thing was inflated with pus. Very little came out. The biggest mistake was using a derma-roller (sooo dumb. not sure what result I was expecting). By day 15 it looked like this: See those two bumps to the top and bottom left? The end up causing big trouble but also great relief. Day 15 - Around day 15 I was desperate to find relief. Although the growth didn't hurt, it looked super strange - to the point that I was wearing a bandaid to work. I couldn't find anyone in Toronto who would perform a draining, but I did find someone who could perform a quick cortisone shot, which provided relief for a few days. Immediately after the shots, the bump was larger (due to the fluid within) but it slowly subsided. Day 16 to 30 - the bump slowly disappeared and left a flat dark spot. Day 30 to 45 - The bump quickly grew back and eventually looked exactly the same as it did at its worst - then grew about 3x even larger than that. It was HUGE. Unfortunately I didn't take a picture (too busy being anxious). By day 45 I had lined up an appointment with a dermatologist/plastic surgeon combo - though a few days before the appointment, the cyst popped. The pus was white, had no smell, and seeped through those two bumps previously mentioned. Day 45 to 60 - The area where the cyst existed was slightly bumpy for a few days, but eventually flattened out. By around Day 60, I noticed the bump slowly returning. I panicked and called the plastic surgeon - hoping to have the underlying cyst removed. By this point, the bump looked like this: I took this picture with especially hard lighting so you could see the two small ice pick scars around the left side. Those were the points where the fluid had drained. I hated the holes more than the bump itself. Day 70 - Saw the surgeon. He had suggested waiting 2 months before doing any sort of procedure, as sometimes the previously inflamed skin could scar over very badly. He said that we should wait to see if the bump calms down, or if it becomes largely inflamed again. Days 70 to 120 - The bump remained fairly stable. Some days it felt bigger or smaller - but overall remained unchanged. After the two months had passed, it was time for the incision. The doctor aimed to remove the underlying cyst, associated scar tissue and the deep ice pick scars. The procedure was a success - he was able to cut the scar tissue away. Apparently the cyst wall would be within the scar tissue. He warned that because the removed such a thick ball, it may create a dimple where the cyst was. Luckily this spot isn't the worst to have a dimple. WARNING - GROSS PICTURES AHEAD The removed scar tissue: It's now one week after the surgery and the stitches are removed. There a bit of pinkness and uneven skin texture, but this should resolve within the next few weeks to months. I'm noticing a bit of dimpling. Doc says it will probably get a bit worse before it gets better (usually these sorts of dimples will fill in themselves). Wish me luck throughout the healing process! And let me know if you guys have any questions. I left out some details for an easier read -but happy to help where I can. BTW, this is the guy who performed the procedure. So amazing. Totally professional and clearly cares about his patients: https://www.ashlinalexander.com/
  6. I'm looking for a Surgeon in Los Angeles who is experienced in removing epidermoid cysts. I contacted Dr. Sandra Lee (Pimple Popper)'s office but she is not accepting new patients and I want to find someone closer to the city.
  7. i had a small red cyst on my face for about 4-5 months now and i finally got sick of waiting for it to go away i got a cortisone shot and the hard lump under my skin is gone but the area is starting to sink my skin is black/purple where the red cyst mark was?? is this okay and will it ever go away
  8. HELP: Skin has been consistently breaking out for over a month, there seems to be no indications of improvement. Hey everyone! For some background, I started taking 40 mg absorbica November 28, 2017. I’m an 18 year old female, 125 pounds. I would say my acne was pretty moderate, but stubborn. My dermatologist prescribed me loads of topical treatments that barely worked along with medications like minocycline and doxycycline, which worked temporarily. Eventually I decided that my last resort was Accutane. Basically, when I started the treatment, I never really had an initial break out. Around the beginning of February (3 months in) my dose was raised to 60 mg and my skin started going downhill. My acne got to the worst point it’s ever been even before Accutane. I’ve been getting a bunch of cysts on my cheeks, which I’ve never had before. Since then, it’s been breaking out pretty consistently (now mid March). My derm increased my dosage to 80mg and I’ll be starting that later in the month. I don’t know what to do, not only is the acne lowering my self esteem, it’s also physically painful. Has anyone had a similar experience or is this unusual? How long do these breakouts usually last? I don’t know if this is just a late “initial breakout” but whatever it is, it’s been well over a month which doesn’t seem right.
  9. I’ve had a pimple about a pea size with no head and under the skin for 4 days. it’s red and it’s not swollen anymore but the bump is still very noticeable and it feels hard when i press on it. i’ve been applying tea tree oil and vick’s vapor rub because i read that it can make the pimple come to a head. i havent been using BP on it because it’s under the skin. what else can i try?
  10. Hi everyone It has been a while that I haven't updated my new entry. So, my acne is still coming up on left cheek close to my mouth and two big cyst on my forehead. One in the centre and another one on my right. Before this there were 3 cyst on my forehead and a fews on my both left and right cheeks. All of them left red scars on my face. It makes me feel unhappy. I am losing my confidence. I don't know how does it come up or what causes it. I did apply benzac overnight and on the spot but lately it works less than excellent. Acne does not subsize as fast as it should. It begin to get red and dry then it comes up and left scar. It takes almost 2 or 3 weeks for me to elimiate a cyst. Very curious what happens.
  11. I have tried to ask this question to two different regular dermatologist who have viable practices and contribute content on Youtube. One just ignored my question and the other one just blew me off. I know that most people here are dealing with skin conditions that can are challenging. I empathize with you all but I had the mildest of acne problems as a youth. Now at 62 I get the occasional bump that shows up one day then disappears without a head. I think it maybe due to lack of water intact, not eating enough fruits and vegetables or a lack of sleep. Please take me seriously. If this is the wrong place for this type of question then the admin people can move it. I really do not seek out a discussion but maybe a link where I can do my own research. I was hesitant in signing up because I know that the struggles people do go through with acne. Question: When an open comedo is extracted it can have different shapes? Ex. I have seen blackheads come out as a plug. I have seen them come out as a longer plug and wider surface area. When a pore is extracted sometimes it comes out as a small thin white line or sometimes it comes out so fast something similar to silly string. Any help on this type of information would be helpful. Thank You in Advance
  12. Hello. First of all, In no way acne/scars can reach my self-esteem. I live a happy lifestyle and always try to be the best version of myself. Right now, I'm seeking for help and comments because I feel like there's not enough stuff online for situations close to mine. Been on this thing for a couple years now. I want help, and most of all , help others. I'd like to keep this as short as possible, telling you what I have, what I've tried and what seems to help me bit. Placed a picture so you get some hold of the situation! Short and simple: - I've had mild acne since I was 14 years old (mostly face), nothing too special. - As cysts and mild acne started to bother me (at 15yo, face-neck-back) my mom took me to dermatologists. - Tried every single gel, cream, antibiotic, aloe vera, natural oils. Some of you can relate. Nothing works, and sometimes it even irritates it further. - Last treatment: Our beloved isotretinoin (or as some people call it - Acuttane). Did it for 6 months, 20/30mg. Was acne free and dry as hell. I hate that those side effects ahah! - Couple months go by, it all starts to comeback. This time I also have some cysts on my pubic area. Yes. Moreee isotretinoin. 4 months this time, it all seems to go away but for 2 cysts - 1 on my neck, another on that pubic area. - As you can see the scaring is awful. You're seeing the result after 2 cortisone shots. I also have a keloid which resulted from a cyst. (left side) - This is my current situation - It has better and worse periods. Right now it's a bad one. - Cysts and some acne also lead temporary or permanent hair loss. - Currently about to turn 18; 9cm scar on pubic area (multiple cysts removal); Scar+Keloid+Acne on neck; clear face. Lifestyle: - Been active my whole life, playing football. Regular gym enthusiast for the past 3 years. - Drink pleeeeeeeeenty of water. - No dairy. No processed foods. No fast foods. No oil. Little to no sugar and no salt. - Meat (red meat not so usually), fish, eggs, veggies, fruits, carbs, overall really healthy food. - I try to never touch the area, sometimes I slip (seems to get better when I don't touch it). - Big one. - Don't smoke, don't drink most of the time, and when I do It's just a little. - I try my best to stay healthy in every field. Might be missing something that I don't remember or know. What are yours toughts? Hope I was clear in my typing. Any further questions will be awnsered! Ready to hear from you, André
  13. Hi so I am finishing accutane and am essentially clear but I have had this small bump under my eye for about 6 months now. It is skin colored and not very noticeable sometimes but it occasionally flares up and becomes all red and then it just goes back down after a few days. I'll attach a photo of what it usually looks like and what it is like when it flares. How should I get rid of this as I don't think it will go away on its own? Thanks!
  14. Hi so I am finishing accutane and am essentially clear but I have had this small bump under my eye for about 6 months now. It is skin colored and not very noticeable sometimes but it occasionally flares up and becomes all red and then it just goes back down after a few days. I'll attach a photo of what it usually looks like and what it is like when it flares. How should I get rid of this as I don't think it will go away on its own? Thanks!
  15. I went to the dermatologist because i had moderate acne all on my cheeks and some on my forehead and chin. I’m 16 so it must be hormonal. I was prescribed solodyn 80 mg and given a epiduo topical cream. I cleanse and moisturize with cera ve products; the daily wash and the moiusturizer. I have been doing this for a month now and i don’t see any improvements. A few days ago i broke out with a bunch of cysts and I don’t know if I’m not using it long enough to see the effects but i never had this many cysts on my cheeks and I’m very confused. The only good thing is that my forehead and chin area have ten relatively smooth except for a cyst that popped up on my forehead yesterday. This acne has taken a toll on me. I’ve had it for a few years now but i feel like it’s just keeps getting worse. If anyone can let me know what I should do. :)))
  16. I had a cortisone shot done on a nasty cyst on my nose a week ago. In the first 48 hours the pain and swelling was reduced, but not significantly. After that period I could still notice a purple, painless, cyst on my nose, raised right on the top. Its incredibly noticiable and i'm afraid its going to scar into one of those hypotrophic lumpy scars. What should I do? I really want to save money as it costed $130 last time I did it but i don't want redness and hypotrophic scars on my nose for the next 12 months. Please what should I do? I'm exhausted and desperate and I just want relief from this.
  17. I am 37 yrs old female and started having sking problems, at least looking like if not being acne, in Sep 2017. My skin got worse all the time until the end of Dec when I (hopefully) had figured out what was wrong and got the correct treatment. I thought of sharing this with you in case someone is battling with the same kind of problem. I have never had acne, but pimples every now and then in my jawline have always been common. Nothing serious though, not too much bothering. Always had blackheads in my nose but almost no whiteheads. I have not previously taken such a good care of my skin because it was always ok. Then I turned 36-37 and started to see signs of aging - wrinkles and small dark spots. I thought I had to do something. First of all I started washing make-up off EVERY night, which I had neglected forever (only wash my face in the mornings). Then I read about 10-step Korean skin care routine and got really excited! I bought all kinds of serums, toners, lotions - you name it! I followed the routine very carefully every single day for about 4 months. After 2 months into it I started seeing some cyst-like-pimples and lots of whiteheads on my chin. I couldn't figure out what was wrong since I took SUCH a good care of my face! I was shocked. I googled like never before and found out I might have been cleaning and treating my face too much, too well. I desperately tried all kinds of things, like changing my lotion to jojoba oil, but I think it made everything worse. I tried cleaning with coconut oil, baking soda, lemon, honey - everything you can come across when searching for answers in Pinterest. No change, if even worse. Then finally I found articles of different solutions which I tried and which now seem to be working: - In the evening I wash my face with Lactacyd duchcreme - I tap my face with Meinebase Orgon mineral salt (tea spoon + a little bit of water) and let it dry for about 5-8 min, then wash off - I treat my problem areas (nose and chin) with Paula's choice BHA 2% exfoliant - After few mins I apply Vichy Aqualia thermal lotion - For the biggest pimples I apply ACO overnight spot treatment, wash it off in the morning - 1-2 times per week I use a scrub with Neogen bio peel gauze peeling wine - In the morning I was my face with Lactacyd duchcreme - I treat my problem areas (nose and chin) with Paula's choice BHA 2% exfoliant - After few mins I apply Vichy Aqualia thermal lotion - For foundation I nowadays use mineral make up Vichy Dermablend which doesn't clog my pores Just after 1,5 weeks into this routine I see major improvement!! I have only few whiteheads left on my chin area, all 4 large cyst-like pimples have dried up and are slowly vanishing (still red marks which will fade away over time) and no new pimples have appeard during this time. To sum up: I am quite sure what caused my problems 1) using too many products which were too strong and made my pores produce excess oil, 2) normal oil-based foundation clogged my pores, which made everything worse. Things I haven't changed: I eat low carb, drink nearly no alcohol, drink lots of water and 2-3 cups of green tea per day. I hope this was helpful with someone struggling with the same kind of problems! Don't over-clean your face! That I have learned.
  18. Hey! I'm new here so bare with me if it's already been asked. Since the start of my acne, my cysts and pimples have ALWAYS had a rock hard core that comes out of them (a blackhead) no matter how much I exfoliate. I am on retin A now, but I still get pimples and smaller cysts that have a blackhead in them when I eventually pop them. Is this how it is for most of you guys? Or when you pop your pimples is it just liquid? Sorry if it's gross, but I've always wondered if I have a different type of acne than others.
  19. For the first time in a few months, I'm actually beginning to feel hopeful. Now that they've discovered I have an ovarian cyst, I think I'm getting closer to finally healing my solution. I just hope they can easily identify the hormonal imbalance/underlying problem. Anyone have any similar experiences with hormonal acne and an ovarian cyst? What finally fixed yours?
  20. Hi! Ok so a background on my skin / experience with acne. I developed acne around the age of 15, every year come September it would pop up on my chin and around my eyebrows. Then in march it would go again and I would be pretty much clear. I've taken antibiotics (which worked 1st time around) but they are a short term fix. And I used to use DUAC. (My strong advice would be if you have naturally dry skin STOP with the DUAC!!) Anyway come august 2016 I had had enough and was reccomended diane by a friend of mine. So I got a prescription didn't read anything about it and started taking it. It fixed my skin. Took 3 months and even then it wasn't perfect but my acne had always been somewhat mild anyway. It just made everything easier, putting on makeup was more pleasant and I didn't feel ashamed of myself without it. So from month 4-6 I would say I had some break outs but rare they weren't acne they were like "normal" people's skin. I also think a lot of them were stress related and probably due to my skin care routine. At the time I was using murad to take of my make up and I would NOT reccomend this. I used it for over a year but as soon as I cut it out I realised that it really is paint stripper. I now use deemalogica medibac clearing wash. MUCH BETTER. Any way blah blah blah I was on dianette all going well and then I got too fussy and decided I didn't want ANY spots at all so I Came off it after 10 months. Please people never do this - if I had just googled it I would have seen it was the worst decision I could make but there you go. So for the next 2 months my skin was the best it has ever been and then the acne came back. So here's where it all goes wrong. I start taking dianete again and my skin of course FLARES. Now the problem for me mentaly was that unlike the first time I had now been used to clear skin and had forgotten how to mentally handle acne. It broke me completely. I picked at it I let it get dry I just did everything wrong. And that went on formonths. In month 4 I got a hold of my self. I stopped using shitty face masks and just stripped everything down. I use Clinique moisture surge and germolene on my skin with the wash I mentioned. THAT IS IT. And I think the combination of being on the pill for 4 months and healing my skin has given me results. Im currently on the 2nd day of the break in month 4 and have 2 pimples (not cysts!) so a recap on this month. week one - skin was good i had lots of marks left from spots but it was smooth and I didn't develop any cysts. Week two - now my acne knowledge in terms of terminology isn't great. But I developed I guess small cysts along my jaw line - flesh coloured. I also had one or two spots on my forehead. I got really down this week thinking it would never improve. Week three - skin was good again, developed one or two spots but mainly there's were ones that had been lingering for a while and needed to come out. And like I said I'm now on week four so let's see what it brings. I'm still extreemly fragile about my skin and any spots can make me anxious or upset but (and this won't work for some people) I have a log and photos of each day from month 3 and I look back on it to see just how shitty it was then compared to now and it brings me right back up. I recently deleted the photos because I wanted to leave it behind me but the log helps. This website helped me so much and I just want to talk to anyone else going through this so we can compare and help each other. Side note- i drink about 1l water a day i take vitamin d i wear bare minerals concealer i cut dairy out to begin with all love xxx
  21. For the first time in a few months, I'm actually beginning to feel hopeful. Now that they've discovered I have an ovarian cyst, I think I'm getting closer to finally healing my solution. I just hope they can easily identify the hormonal imbalance/underlying problem. Anyone have any similar experiences with hormonal acne and an ovarian cyst? What finally fixed yours?
  22. I get inflamed nodulocystic acne--generally cysts, sometimes nodules. I'd like to try one of the Paula's Choice CLEAR Kits but don't know if I should go with the Regular Strength (w/ 2.5% BP) or the Extra Strength (w/ 5% BP). Yes, I've read that 2.5% BP supposedly was found to be as effective as 5% and 10% BP but still wonder if I should start with the 5%. Thank you, PI
  23. I'm dealing with hormonal-based cystic acne at the age of 41, due to having stopped taking oral birth control 13 months ago. My body is in flux and I just am trying to keep up with my skin's (hormones') overreaction to everything that I eat. I've read that some people can reduce the size of a cyst by applying a topical Cortisone treatment; sadly, everything I see available--e.g., Cortizone cream and gel--contain at least one ingredient that seemingly would irritate an already inflamed cyst, if not encourage it to enlarge. Is there such a thing in the U.S. as a Cortisone cream (or gel) that can safely be used on cystic acne? I don't care if it's by prescription only, as there at least is a chance of it being covered by my insurance. Thank you, PI
  24. I've read that some people can reduce the size of a cyst by applying a topical Cortisone treatment; sadly, everything I see available--e.g., Cortizone cream and gel--contain at least one ingredient that seemingly would irritate an already inflamed cyst, if not encourage it to enlarge. Is there such a thing in the U.S. as a Cortisone cream (or gel) that can safely be used on cystic acne? I don't care if it's by prescription only, as there at least is a chance of it being covered by my insurance. Thank you, PI
  25. I had this bump for two weeks now, and it was super big and red. I'm currently applying BP (5%) every night for 5 days now, and so far it has lessened the redness but turned into this bump with a hole. I'm not sure if it's because of my period (hormones) that triggered this. What should I do?