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  1. Ok well I have been clear for a little with my new regime but I've been breaking out again... But I dont have any white heads or anything like that. All I get are these bumps underneath the skin. They never, not once come to a head. They ar just bumps that hurt like hell. If I try to pop them only clear liquid comes out. What the hell is that? I know what Cysts and nodules are. I used to get them and for the most part they always come to a head, sooner or later.
  2. Okay, this is my first post. And I just registered to reply to a three week old post. I am sorry! I do not know my way around these forums yet. But I had this same problem earlier today and when I googled it, this post was one of the first results that pretty much explained what happened to me earlier today. I will be going over to introduce myself momentarily. And I really like this on-line community. I am happy to have found it. So with that said, I have had this weird bump on my face towards the side of my cheek for as long as I can remember. I don't even remember this developing on my face that is how long it has been. For years It's just sat there on my face, healed up, just a round spot raised above my skin that was definitely harder than the rest of the skin on my face. Just this one little spot. It's always kind of drove me crazy. Any who, a week or so ago I started messing around with that spot on my face. I have no idea why, but I poked a needle into it. My face is prone to ingrown hairs and I had just gotten over a practically bad in grown hair earlier this month. So I thought, 'maybe this spot on my face from over the years was an in-grown hair from a very long time and i should just poke at it and maybe dig something out and within a few weeks it'll no longer be there.' The needle picking and squeezing lasted less than a minute, for real. I gave up. Yes, this spot did get sore and very red. But didn't swell up or get painful. It wasn't a big deal. It was just healing. For some reason this morning the spot on my face starting getting to me and I was in the bathroom and squeezed it a bit. To my surprise puss started coming up. This was weird, it didn't feel painful or anything and showed no sign of puss in the last week. I thought it was weird so I squeezed a little harder. Within moments the largest amount of puss that has ever come out of my face forumed on my fingertips, i was a little shocked! I pinched the puss to wipe it away from my face and that is when I noticed that it was in a sac. A very large amount of puss encased in a sac that had just worked itself up from underneath several layers of skin. Oh, I was mortified and fascinated all at the same time! It was a perfectly clear, perfectly round, sack of puss protruding out of my face. I really pinched it the second time and it popped open. It was a very thick, very off white kind of puss. I moved it around in between my finger tips to investigate. At first, I thought it was puss with a lot of hair particles in it. White, clear, thin, tiny hairs. But now I realize that the puss inside the puss sac was more like fiber. Does that make any sense? The puss sac was still hanging out of the spot on my face after the puss had popped. The layer of skin or whatever that held the puss inside the sac was thick. I was able to pull the sac out of my face. Now the spot on my face is no longer raised above the skin. But it is practically a whole in my face. The skin on my face feels in that area feels normal. There is no spot that is raised above the skin,. And I expect it to heal up just fine, with hopefully hardly any scarring. I am a bit worried about that. But oh well, at least it's not raised anymore. It seems as if the spot on my face that had been there for as long as I can remember was raised up above the skin because there was a MASSIVE sac of some sort filled with some unusual kind of puss literally just lived there. It was so far down in my skin and had been there for so long that normal squeezing on it wouldn't do anything. But when I popped it with a needle a week or so ago it got a bit more opened. I am happy it's going to heal up and the spot that annoyed me so very much for so very long is no longer going to be there. But I am mortified at what came out of my face. I am a little paranoid, thinking I have some sort of type of cancer or something. I guess I posted this because I want to hear someone's opinion. Because this situation is very hard to put into words to research through Google. Thank you for reading! And I welcome myself to, Kodee.
  3. Part I: Avoiding Harmful Products When Buying Products Don't Buy Cleansers That: 1. Contain harsh surfectants like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate. 2. Are in bar form. These contain harsh cleansing agents like sodium cocoate, and the ingredients that keep them in bar form can be absorbed into the skin to clog pores. Also, many bar soaps have alkaline pH levels, which actually encourages bacterial growth. 3. Are daily scrubs containing uneven particles like walnut . These can tear at the skin and cause irritation. Look for scrubs with smooth, round, bead-like particles. 4. Contain waxy, pore-clogging thickeners. Products in cream form tend to have these. 5. Contain animal oils*. Animal oils resemble human sebum and can clog pores similarly. 4. Give a "tingly" or "cooling" feeling. That feeling is caused by skin irritants like menthol and camphor. 5. Are medicated. If the medication contains a chemical exfoliant like salicylic acid, the cleanser is almost certain to have too high of a pH (over 4) to allow it to act as an exfoliant. Chances are that the majority of any medictation used in a cleanser will be washed away before having any real effect. If you let a medicated cleanser (either one containing a chemical exfoliant or one containing benzoyl peroxide) sit on the skin in hopes of giving the medications time to penetrate, than chances are you'll also be allowing the cleansing agents time to irritate the skin. * Emu oil for some reason seems to be an exception according to users of this site. Don't Buy Toners or Astringents That: 1. Contain drying alcohols, witch hazel, peppermint, or other skin irritants. 2. Contain animal oils. (See "Don't Buy Cleansers That:") 3. Contain rice or corn ingredients, as these can encourage bacterial growth. Don't Buy Salicylic Acid Products* That: 1. Contain skin irritants like drying alcohols, witch hazel, peppermint, or other skin irritants. 2. Have a pH higher than 4 or else the salicylic acid will not be an effective exfoliant. A good idea of a product's pH can be obtained with pH indicator strips. 3. Contain rice or corn ingredients (See "Don't Buy Toners or Astringents That:") * Most salicylic acid products are not pH correct, contain irritants, or both. Don't Buy Benzoyl Peroxide Products: 1. That contain skin irritants. 2. To use in conjunction with prescription retinoids (with the exception of adapalene which is used in Differin). Benzoyl peroxide renders most retinoids unstable and should be applied only in the morning if a prescription retinoid is being used at night. 3. Contain animal oils. (See Don't Buy Cleansers That:") Don't Buy Tea Tree Oil Products That: 1. Contain skin irritants. 2. Have less than a 5% concentration of tea tree oil, or more than a 15% concentration. Too little tea tree oil is likely to be ineffective, and too much may be irritating. You can, however, buy pure tea tree oil and dilute it, so long as you aim for the right concentration. 3. Contain animal oils. (See Don't Buy Cleansers That:") Don't Buy Moisturizers That: 1. Are in cream form. (See "Don't Buy Cleansers That:") 2. Contain animal oils. (See "Don't Buy Cleansers That:") 3. Contain rice or corn ingredients. (See "Don't Buy Toners or Astringents That:") 4. Contain skin irritants. Don't Buy Sunscreens That: 1. Are in cream form. (See "Don't Buy Cleansers That:") 2. Contain animal oils. (See "Don't Buy Cleansers That:") 3. Contain rice or corn ingredients. (See "Don't Buy Toners or Astringents That:") 4. Do not contain avobenzone, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, mexoryl sx, or tinosorb; the ingredients recognized by the FDA to provide adequate UVA protection. 5. Do not have an SPF of 15 or higher. 6. Contain skin irritants. In General 1. Don't use products that contain skin irritants. Skin irritants prematurely kill skin cells, littering the skin with more dead skin cells than it can naturally slough off, thus creating a greater risk of clogged pores. Skin irritants also interfere with the skin's healing process, which can result in an increase in bacteria. Some common skin irritants are: Alcohols. Ethanol (grain alcohol), denatured alcohol, ethyl alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl, and SD alcohol should be avoided. (Exceptions: Ingredients like cetyl alcohol or stearyl alcohol are fatty alcohols. Some alcohols like SD alcohols can be used in small amounts. An ingredient is in a small amount if it appears at the end of an ingredients list). Ammonia Arnica Balm mint Balsam Bentonite (can be used in the occasional clay mask, but avoid frequent use or formulations which contain other "actives") Benzalkonium chloride (if it is one of the main ingredients) Benzyl Alcohol (if it is one of the main ingredients) Bergamot Camphor Cinnamon Citrus juices and oils Clove Clover blossom Coriander Cornstarch Essential Oils Eucalyptus Eugenol Fennel Fennel oil Feverfew Fir needle Fragrance (may be listed as "Parfum") Geranium Ginger Grapefruit Horsetail Jasmine Lavender Lemon Lemongrass Lime Linalool Marjoram Melissa (lemon balm) Menthol, Menthyl Acetate, and Menthyl PCA Mint Oak bark Orange Oregano Papaya Peppermint Phenol Rose Sandalwood oil Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfate Sodium lauryl sulfate TEA-lauryl sulfate Thyme Wintergreen Witch hazel Ylang-ylang 2. Don't base your use of a product on whether or not it says "non-comedogenic," "oil-free," "hypo-allergenic," "dermatologically tested," and similar terms. These are flashy marketing terms that have no regulations, therefore, they can mean anything. As mentioned earlier, products with waxy thickeners and animal oils (not plant oils) are most likely to clog pores. Mineral sunscreen ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide can clog pores, though synthetic sunscreens like avobenzone can irritate the skin of certain people and also trigger breakouts. Everyone is different and will be sensitive to different ingredients, so there is no real way of knowing what will or will not clog pores, just what may clog pores. One other thing- acne can take two weeks to form, so if you break out right after starting a product, don't assume that product was the culprit. 3. Don't use specialty products (chemical exfoliants, moisturizers, etc...) that are in jar packaging to minimize air exposure. Oxygen can render certain ingredients unstable. Also, with jar packaging, there is a concern for product contamination. Sunlight can also render certain ingredients unstable, so if you buy a product in clear packaging, be sure to store it in a dark space (such as a medicine cabinet or drawer). 4. Don't assume that the stronger a product (i.e. the higher the concentration of an active ingredient), the more effective it will be. Using a product that is too strong for you may cause irritation that can worsen acne. What is a good strength varies by person. 5. Don't assume that naturally-occurring ingredients are better for your skin. As can be seen by the list of common skin irritants above, there are plenty of ingredients both man-made and naturally-occurring that can be irritating to the skin. 6. Don't touch your face if you can avoid it so as to prevent the spread of contaminants. 7. If you have trouble with inflammatory acne, change your bedding often (once a week), and keep anything that touches your face frequently (like a phone or washcloth) clean and disinfected to prevent the spread of contaminants. 8. Don't use makeup testers on your face to prevent the risk of contamination. 9. Don't apply your moisturizer over areas of your face that are not dry. Applying moisturizer where it is not needed can increase the risk of clogged pores by mixing with excess sebum and "gluing" dead skin cells to the skin's surface. 10. Don't tan. Tanning only temporarily masks acne, damaging the skin in the process, which can actually lead to a worsening of acne. Even if tanning did help, it's not worth the risk of skin cancer, premature aging, cataracts, cellulite, and rosacea associated with unprotected sun exposure. 11. Don't steam the skin or rinse with hot water as this can cause irritation and capillaries to surface. It is best to wash with luke-warm water. 12. Don't give up on a new regimen. You need at the very minimum one month and preferrably two to see results. When using prescription retinoids, you need at least three months. 13. Don't over-scrub the skin as this can cause irritations. It is best to use gentle, circular motions. When drying the face, pat the skin dry as opposed to rubbing it dry. 14. Avoid doing anything to aggravate a pimple. It may be beneficial to pop one provided the pimple is ready to pop, but only apply light pressure. Never squeeze, scratch, or pick at it. If light pressure does not release the contents of a pimple, you will likely worsen it should you increase that pressure. 15. Don't use more than one method of exfoliation at once. For example, don't use a scrub followed by a salicylic acid product, or a salicylic acid product followed by an alpha hydroxy acid product. You risk over-irritating the skin. 16. Don't generously apply products (with the exception of sunscreen, which should be generously applied). Usually only a dime-sized amount / thinly applied layer is all that's needed for the entire face. Over-applying products can be harmful to the skin. 17. Be happy! Who knows, your skin might even get clearer as a result. If not, it's better to have acne and be happy than it is to have acne and wallow in gloom. __________________________________________________________________________ Part II: Building a Regimen Here are some products you could use to help build your own customized regimen, which are also listed in the responses below. I recommend building a basic regimen that includes at the minimum these steps: 1) Cleansing with Lukewarm Water 2) Exfoliating 3) Disinfecting (If You Have Inflammatory Acne) 4) Moisturizing Dry Areas Only (Nighttime) 5) Applying Sunscreen to All Exposed Areas of Skin (Daytime) You can also include other steps in your regimen, like the application of toners which don't contain chemical exfoliants (not that toners containing chemical exfoliants shouldn't be used if that's your method of exfoliation) or of retinoids. Also, you don't have to apply all these products at the same time; for example, you can exfoliate as often as twice a day or as little as once every other day. You should, however, cleanse twice daily. Something I want to make very clear is that I am not advertising a cure for acne. The above mentioned steps follow skin care basics and are beneficial to most people. Subsequently, using a regimen following these steps may result in clear skin, but it may make absolutely no change whatsoever. If you use the wrong products or can't tolerate certain steps like exfoliation or certain types of ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, it might even make your skin worse. If you're looking for a starting point to treating acne or have been following a damaging skin care routine and want to stop, I definately recommend giving such a regimen a chance, but I don't want to give anyone false hope that their acne will disappear from following it. You may have a stubborn case of acne that is beyond the help of over-the-counter treatments, in which case I advise you seek a dermatologist's help. I also want to stress that the treatments I recommend below are not the only decently formulated products out there (though the salicylic acid products I listed are the only ones I know of that are both pH correct and gentle). Some cleansers you may want to consider are: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild Formula Eucerin Baby Aquaphor Gentle Wash Eucerin Redness Relief Cleansing Gel Paula's Choice (any cleanser) Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash Some manual scrubs you may want to consider as exfoliants are: Essential Nutrients Daily Exfoliating Cleanser with Soft Massage Beads Nivea for Men Energizing Face Scrub (women can use this too) Some toners (not containing chemical exfoliants) you may want to consider are: Biotherm Biosensitive Soothing Refreshing Spring Mist Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion* Derma E Pycnogenol Facial Toner, Fragrance Free Nivea Visage Moisturizing Toner Paula's Choice Toners *This contains about a 0.5% concentration of salicylic acid at a pH of around 4, making it minimally effective for exfoliation, though you probably won't notice a significant difference in your skin due Some salicylic acid products you may want to consider as exfoliants are: Bare Vitamins Skin Rever-Upper (if it really has a pH of 3.8, as the company claimed in an e-mail) Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Anti-Blemish Daily Moisturizer Paula's Choice 1% or 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid products* Serious Skin Care Clarifying Treatment *Paula's Choice makes by far the best salicylic acid products Some benzoyl peroxide products you may want to consider as disinfectants are: Dan's Clear Skin Regimen Gel (2.5%) Jan Marini Skin Research Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5%) Mary Kay Acne Treatment Gel (5%) Oxy Balance, Sensitive Skin Acne Treatment, Vanishing Formula (5%) Paula's Choice Blemish Fighting Solutions (2.5% or 5%) Persa-Gel 10, Maximum Strength (10%) Zapzyt 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Some tea tree oil products you may want to consider as disinfectants are: Derma E Tea Tree and Antiseptic Cream* (5%) Desert Essence 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil (diluted; aim for between a 5 and 15% concentration in your mixture) *This product is in jar packaging, so the vitamin E and other antioxidants won't be stable, but the tea tree oil should work. It is also in cream form, which users may want to be wary of. Some over-the-counter retinol* products you may want to consider are: Diacneal with 6.4% Glycolic Acid Green Cream Jan Marini Factor-A Lotion Makeup Artist's Choice Retinol Serum (which comes in clear packaging, so store it in a dark place) *Products containing retinol do not necessarily produce similar results to prescription retinoid products Some moisturizers you may want to consider are: Dove Sensitive Essentials Daytime Lotion (no SPF) Green Canyon Spa Skin Barrier Serum Malibu Hemp Moisturizer Body Lotion for Dry Skin Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Moisture Gel Zia Natural Skincare Herbal Moisture Gel Some sunscreens you may want to consider are: Clinique Super City Block SPF 25 Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protector M.A.C. Daily SPF 15 Light Moisture Neutrogena Active Breathable Sunblocks Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry-Touch Sunsblocks Proactiv Solution Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 15
  4. Hi everyone, I'd be really grateful if someone could help me out with my problem. On a day to day basis, I only suffer with mild acne (usually blackheads/a few whiteheads) since changing my birth controll pill I've had not as many problems with cystic acne like I used to. But the other day, I woke up with a huge tender painful cyst on my chin I know I shouldn't have, but I went into panic mode and tried to pop the cyst with a needle after applying heat to it. I know I'm wrong in doing this, and I'm paying for it now I had to re-pop the cyst yesterday as it developed a small head, but since then it doesn't seem to be healing at all. It's still a bright red, oozing open wound. I applied some antibiotic cream last night before bed but woke up this morning with still an open wound with a slight yellowish crust covering it. To me, it looks infected and I'm beginning to get worried. I'm currently living in Canada for a year (I'm from England) so I don't have a derm or a doctor I can visit, a walk in clinic would cost me a lot of money. So is there anything I can purchase over the counter to try and heal this thing up? I've had a band aid over it for a couple of hours but when I take it off the band aid is covered in lymph fluid (sorry for the gross details) I've heard things about anti fungal medication for open cystic wounds, could this help me? Or an oral pill to help infection maybe? Or just keep washing it at night and keeping it covered with an antiseptic cream? Please help.
  5. Skin Condition Unlike yesterday, my skin was much less red when I woke up this morning Lots of acne marks still on my cheeks The pimples on my lip are all no longer active,but still have a mark I plan to pop the 3 tiny whiteheads on my chin (Bad, I know, more on that later) Skin feels tight but not as flakey The one pimple on my forehead is also no longer active The deep "underground" pimple is smaller, dryer and less painful than yesterday Application This morning I washed my face with warm water and then my sulfacleanse I took a warm wet washcloth and GENTLY used circular motions to remove all the dry skin that needed to be shed I applied a thick layer of moisturizer After that dried I applied another layer of moisturizer in the areas that needed it I decided to pop the whiteheads on my chin. I know its bad but here is my method that never seems to give me problems (I got it from Dr. Oz) Make sure your pimples are ready. There should be a very white soft head on the pimple. Take clean hands and a clean needle to a clean pimple. (I use peroxide on it all) Insert the tip of the needle in the SIDE of the whitehead. Remove the needle and GENTLY drain the pimple. I don't try to squeeze out every drop of pus. I give it one gentle squeeze and whatever comes out comes out, and then I move on. IDEALLY I would pop my pimples at night so they have time to heal while I sleep but these 3 were so ready to pop. I decided to ice my pimples again today I focused on the deep underground pimple and the ones I had just popped. I took my doxycycline Midday I washed with cerave hydrating cleanser I moisturized The reason for this mid day wash is to remove the layers of moisturizer,dirt, and oil from the morning and prep my skin for makeup as I was going out that night Makeup green color correcting primer BB cream on my problem areas SUUPER light dust of translucent powder Before bed Washed my face with my cerave hydrating cleanser waited 20 minutes Applied a pea sized amount of adapelene all over my face waited 5 minutes applied moisturizer. Lots Feelings/Thoughts/Observations Less dryness than yesterday for the most part, except a little more than usual around my eye area. Im continually puzzled by this because i dont apply any adapelene in that area and I make sure not to accidentally spread it there when applying moisturizer I have less than 2 active pimples on my face currently. The rest are in the process of healing/ The big underground pimple continues to show improvement Notes Take this weeks survey please! im curious to see you guy's experiences (see yesterday's post) If you guys have questions or advice feel free to comment!

    someone please help me I need to heal this and don't know how
  7. Hi, I think I have a very mild form of acne in that some days (every blue moon) I can be *almost* completely clear. But most days my face looks like this... <- PICTURES! 95% of the time it only appears around my mouth. Every day I wake up and Im almost guranteed to have a little white pustule in either or both the crease of my chin or crease of my nose. And then I get the odd one every few days just appear somewhere around my mouth. These stay for 2 - 4 days typically. I do get large spots, but rarely and usually my own fault for wresting my chin on my hand or something. From my nose upwards (apart from the nose crease, shown in photo 2) my skin is perfectly normal and I'm completely satisfied with it. I usually treat them by either lancing them with a needle to drain them or just by folding some tissue into a point and jabbing at them until they burst and I wipe away the excess. I did used to use fingers and just pop them, but I got scarred at the end of last year and I have banned myself! I then wash my face in a bowl of luke walm water and sea salt(I've found this to help sooth my skin), then moisturise my face with Simple moisturising cream. This is done in the morning and at night before bed I have tried a BP cream, just slathered it in the crease of my chin nightly, but these pustules just appear under it the next day. I dont touch my face, I dont pick. I have a balanced diet, I do it salt and sugar but I also eat plenty of fruit and veg etc. The only thing I haven't done yet, is gone and see a doctor. I was trying to fix this myself without anything prescribed, but unless I can think of anything else, thats going to be my next step. Anyone got any ideas what I can try? Sorry for my crap writing. Im english but I dont flow well when I write!
  8. i tried to pop a papule

    and now i have this painful red bump is there anything i can do to speed up healing for it?
  9. I think I just discovered something new the last few months. I got a clarasonic mia in Dec and maybe it's a placebo effect but I think my pores are somewhat smaller or at the very least the blackheads on my nose are gone. So one night I went a bit overboard and used the Clarasonic on my face several times and concentrating on my chin where I keep getting cysts on. (each cycle runs a minute. I must have done ten on my face.) I overdid it because my skin was really tight and dry the next day and I started getting 2 cystic acne in the two most common places where it always seems to appear and recycle itself. I started getting cysts only on my chin area for some reason my senior year of college after I slowly stopped breaking out all over my face and the cysts usually come in at the same spots. It drives me crazy. Generally, when I feel a cystic spot coming on, I use a deep moisturizer and overload it on my chin. I used to spot treat it with Retin-A-Micro but one summer while I was traveling through Europe for months and ran out of medicine, I discovered over-moisturizing my chin had a better effect for me. My cystic acne usually didn't get bigger and after a day or two of being in that stage where it throbs but is only visible as a slightly raised red bump, it dies down for me but there would be a small hard bump where the cystic acne was and it would stay there for what seemed like forever (2 weeks?) before it disappeared but it would leave a dark spot on my chin when it finally went away and that dark spot would be on my chin for at least another two weeks. Sometimes after I deal with one, another will pop up so I always feel like I'm dealing with this issue. Sorry to digress with my history with cystic acne but everyone is different and I wanted to give others who may be similar to me an idea on my background. Anyways I kept washing my face with the Clarasonic brush the 2nd day and my cystic acne kept getting bigger and bigger. I think it was on the 3rd or 4th day when I saw a white head appear on both my cystic acne for the first time ever. I tried self control and decided not to pick it but then it was driving my crazy and I don't scar on my chin so I decided to go for it. (I just squeezed it with two folded tissues gently.) Not much pus came out but it was really bleeding for both. The next day it left a raised scab but you could still feel the hard bumps underneath those scabs. The scabs looked a ugly dark color and was really raised so I picked them off and there was a little white pus underneath so I squeezed it out again. Hardly anything came out just the pus that appeared in the first place. When it scabbed over the next day, the hard bump that usually stays for weeks was gone. The two spots on my chin healed rather fast but as it was healing another cystic acne formed right near where one just healed and I decided to use the Clarasonic brush on it too. I think I did 3 - 5 minutes just on my chin. The next day, a white head appeared for that acne - before using the clarasonic brush, my cystic acne NEVER formed white heads. Since I healed within a week from the last two, I decided to pick it and same thing. It scabbed the next day, I picked the scab and a second white pus appeared. There was hardly anything that came out. The next day, the hard spot underneath my skin was gone. The hard spot that usually stays under my skin for weeks disappeared within a few days! The pus that came out of the white head and scabs was very little. There was mainly a lot of blood. I thought I would at least get the hard root or something like that to come out but it was nothing like that. Hardly anything was there other than blood. Every time I picked my cystic acne after there was a white head, I wash my face with just a combination of cream cleanser and cold water and give it time to harden over before I apply lots of moisturizer on my face. Overall this whole process took 4-5 days and within a week my chin only has a slightly darker spot from where the cystic acne was but it is lighter than when I let the hard spot go away naturally. I've been dealing with cystic acne on my chin for around 4 years now. I always feel like I'm on the look out and even though I can usually manage it well enough so it looks like a slightly raised bump on the outside, (if I stuck my tongue out over that area, it's like a pea sized lump) its so painful and really does a number on my self-esteem. It's been weeks now and my chin is clear and smooth. The 3 cystic acne that appeared after I overstimulated my chin area with the Clarasonic brush were the 3 main places where my cystic acne keeps recycling itself at. My guess is that the sonic action brought out the acne. I'm being very hopeful that with continual use of the Clarasonic brush, I can prevent my cystic acne on my chin. I've actually over stimulated my chin area a few times and nothing has appeared. Before it felt like if I accidentally touched my chin, I would get a cystic spot. I've really found the Clarasonic brush to be very helpful. ****Please note that I would not recommend picking on areas that scar easily. I've had acne on my face since 6th grade, really bad in jr high and high school but tampered off in college. Just when I thought there was light at the end of the tunnel, I get cystic acne on my chin. While my case with cystic acne is not as terrible as others, I'm not going to be apologetic about it because I've been dealing with acne for a very long time. I only picked because my chin area doesn't scar. I don't use BP or SA or medication anymore because I don't break out on my face other than my chin. I actually discovered in college that over moisturizing my face prevents me from breaking out. BP and SA makes my skin too tight and dry and I actually break out because of those dry patches. Even when I spot treat, it dries out that area and I can break out because it. My skin is oily dry and sensitive. With the right make-up it can look normal these days but since it is dry, I mainly use lot of moisturizer. I've learned through a lot of trail and error that I can only use cold water on my face, cream cleansers, and when my face is well moisturized, it doesn't get as oily and break out. Please feel free to ask me any questions and products and habits. It's been a very long journey and I'd be happy to try and help others. I've been going to dermatologists for years who have prescribed just about every ointment under the sun, taken antibiotics for years in high school and college, gone to Chinese doctors in Taiwan, taken their medicine and ointments, tried Chinese herbal remedies, etc... I've been very depressed over my acne, been made fun of behind my back and to my face...(I've actually had so-called friends go to my mom at church in high school and ask my mom why my skin was so bad and I was crushed when church guys I grew up with made fun of my acne to my face.) Now I feel like I've reached a place where I can hopefully help others.
  10. I had this pimple on my forehead that was a smallish red bump and I tried squeezing on it but nothing came out but I kind of scratched the top off of it. The next morning it was pretty swollen and I could feel a big bump underneath. I got in the shower and once I got out the whole area had turned yellow. I squeezed it and a bunch of pus came out so I thought that was the end of it. A few hours later it scabbed over but I could still feel a bump and it was still swollen and sore. I got in the shower again that night to see if maybe there was still gunk in there and sure enough when I got out the entire area was all yellow again. I squeezed and it exploded with more pus coming out. It appeared to be flat but when I ran my finger across it I could still feel a bump and it was still really sore. The next morning the same thing happened when I got out of the shower. I squeezed again and more stuff came out, but I can still feel a little bump and its still pretty sore to the touch. The scab is crusty and yellow and I'm sure there's still stuff in there even though it looks flat because I can still feel the small bump. I've been squeezing until I don't get any more gunk each time, so I don't know how there could still be stuff in there. How do I get this thing to be gone for good?
  11. Day 8?

    Okay so I had a little bit of what I think is an IB. What happened was I got a bunch of little pimples all around my mouth area. And then I still had some of the bigger ones I had before taking Accutane. So all in all I probably had a total of 15 pimples all along my chin/jawline and like I said most of them were little but anyways my chin mouth looks like a minefield on my face so of course I had to mess with them. :/ Yes, I tried popping them ALL. they look red now and some of them didn't even pop. What are your guys' experience with popping pimples on Accutane. Keep in mind I'm barely starting my second week. I really hope I get some responses on this one. For examples, how long do they take to heal, how long were they red? Like I said most of them were small so I don't think they'll scar? I've never really had an issue with scarring on my face with pimples before Accutane so I'm hoping Accutane won't change that? I feel soooo stupid for messing with them but I couldn't freaking help it! Ugh.
  12. Hello! I was just wondering if you guys think popping a pimple can lead it it causing more acne in the surrounding area. I had a semi inflamed acne bump on my cheek.. I applied witch hazel, washed my hands, covered my fingers in toilet paper, tried to pop it.. some stuff did come out, but it wasn't a completely successful extraction.. I immediately put witch hazel on it, then after that dried I put on some aloe on the bump and a little around the surrounding area. So I think I did all I could for someone who was extracting a pimple.. but my fear since the bump was on the apple of my cheek is that since it wasn't a completely successful extraction and I had to use a lot of force that I spread the bacteria to the surrounding area, and that I will start getting inflamed acne on my cheeks (I never usually get this type of acne there ever) So I'm mostly asking you, do you think popping pimples can even spread infection to other areas it was popped in? And do you think a one time thing is something that could cause inflamed acne in the whole area, or do you think I'm safe? Thanks (:
  13. Hi im 15 yr with combo skin. I have some very noticeable pimples around my mouth, one on my upper lip line, one just next to my mouth, and other ones but they cure easily. i use the rapid clear salycylic acid spot gel along with the scrub,cleanser and toner. ive been doing this routine w grear results for about 1 1/2 week and this morning. last night the acne on my upper lip line was half blood dried up and half just normal pimple. and the one next to my mouth r clusters and they were fine, today i woke up with a huge pus on the upper lip line and on the acne next to my mouth. i popped the upper one ok with an extractor but is now filled with white transqul kind of fluid or pus. and the one next to my mouth , i popped it wrong and i popped the skin of the cluster if that even makes sense. so basically the actual pus wasnt all out yet but i damaged my skin and is now bloody and swollen. what should i do with both of them? pls help...
  14. it was a huge cyst, it never came to a whitehead, it was just always red. Till the middle became dark red, filled with blood. Then i washed my face a little bit too hard,and i guess it popped. and it stung so bad, and i looked and theres a big DEEP hole in my face. what can i do to help this??? i need the skin to close this up quickly! everday, it becomes a scab, and when i gently wash my face, the scab goes away, and im left with this deep hole in my face, which can fill up anytime with dirt etc..,. HELP!!!!
  15. So, first, I gotta confess that I've always been a pimple popper. I've always heard it's bad and all, and you shouldn't do it, but it's never been a problem for me - I always make sure my hands are clean, my face is clean, and I only pop the ones that visibly have pus in it or are "ready". The skin usually flattens after, and it may leave a mark, but it usually fades in a few days. But that was a couple years back, when I had normal puberty acne - I'm 18 now, and for some reason, I started getting a lot of blackheads, white heads and pimples and everything on my cheeks of all places, it started a couple months ago, and it's been a very persistent and awful problem ever since. I've been to a derm, and they prescribed me with Differin - I've been using that for 11 weeks now, and all that's done is make my skin even worse, and I've been getting cystic acne along with all the other stuff ever since using Differin. I never had cystic acne before, so I didn't really know how to deal with them - maybe it's because of where it was (I hear cheek acne takes longer to go away), or just the type of acne, but it seemed to never heal. So I decided to lance it myself and squeeze out all the stuff that was in it. I did this to 2-3 of them, along with some large pimples that also took a long time to heal. This appeared to do the trick - the spots flattened, and all I had were scars left in where they were, and I expected them to go away in time, as usual. The scars are taking much longer to heal now, which is fine and all, but what really scares me is that there are holes in my skin, where the cysts and large pimples used to be. They are not going away, and I fear they may be permanent. I have no one to blame but myself for this, I know, so please don't give me a lecture on why popping cysts is wrong. I just want to know if this could be permanent, and if it is, is there any way at all to treat it? TLDR; - I tend to type a lot and I know a lot of people see lots of words and backspace right away, so in short: When you pop a cyst or pimple and it leaves a hole, is it possible for it to heal like that and leave a permanent dent in your face? Some of these holes have been on my face for weeks, which is why I feel like it has already healed over and will not "fill" back up. What kind of treatments are there for situations like this, and will I have to go to a professional to fix it, or can I possibly do it myself? Thank you!
  16. Hi Had acne for 5 years and now how things under control. All my skin care regime is using this cleanser once a day purechimp super-cleanser. I moisturise with this purechimp super face cream Less is more. Chemically harsh products often make things worse, which gets us into a vicious circle of continuously changing products. Keep it simple and stick to your regime. Give your skin a break. Acne is a hormonal thing and what you eat affects your hormones. Also what you do (too much stress) can also play havoc with your hormones. Unfortunately us acne prone people are more sensitive to changes in our hormones. Treat your skin from within. Cut out ALL Dairy, High GI foods, Sugary Foods that are high gi (sweets, cake etc), Cut down on Caffeine. Things to eat & drink: Drink around 2l water day Carbohydrates: wholewheat pasta, low gi bread, quinoa, granola bar, fruit, vegetables, new potatoes, sweet potatoes, brown rice, oats, good quality granola cereal, all-bran, homemade popcorn (easy and tastes great), Crisps (but don't over indulge), backed beans Sugar: mayple syrup, xylitol (amazing stuff), fruit, dark chocolate, agave nectar Dairy: rice milk, almond milk, oat milk, dairy free butter, dairy free ice cream now & then (made from coconut milk) Caffeine: green tea, matcha green tea and dark chocolate Meat: Chicken, Turkey, Fish, Tin Tuna Nuts & seeds. Pretty much all vegetables and fruit. There are a couple high GI ones if you want to be really strict and cut them out. All herbs & spices. Like to cook with olive oil. Vitamins you may like to include: A daily multivitamin Fish oil or cod liver oil Things to cut down stress (pick and choose): Bike rides/walks/Jogs Exercise at least 3 times a week in some way Some form of meditation daily would be helpful, stare at that bloody candle or something Take time everyday to do something your enjoy IMPORTANT: Sleep. Wake up at the same time every day and you will soon get into a routine. Everyone is different and may need to slightly tweak things. Once you get clear you may also be able to add some foods back in. But try not to over indulge in bad foods. I still have a take away now and then but when I do, I just try to avoid DAIRY. Personally believe dairy is the number one food to avoid. I also recommend you using Witch Concealer Spot Stick. Can be used by men & women. Gives you a confidence & you're not smothering your face with make up that would probably break you out.
  17. Cyst popped last night

    Sorry no pics I had a moderate sized, about 1 cm wide and 5mm height, I think sebaceous cyst located in between my eyebrow and my hairline. It was the first cyst Ive had in this location, although I did have a nearly identical one on the opposite side of my face about a year before this one appeared 6 months ago. I had to have that one removed by a doctor who used a small incision and squeezed the hell out of it. He had me take anti biotics and basically keep draining it until it healed completely. For this new one I wanted to try some home remedies before going to the doctor to have it removed again, so I have been doing a combination of a topical turmeric paste and some heat compressions. Last night it came to a head so I started squeezing and drained it completely. I applied some hydrogen peroxide on it because I'm a college kid and that's all I had in my duplex late last night. When I woke up this morning I had some fear of seeing it refilled or infected or something...but it was not that bad at all. It is reddish and slightly inflamed, and I tried again to drain it and got very little out, so I think I'm on the right track. My question is, what should I do next? Should I cover it with a band aid, should I let it get air, should I apply anything topically? Any help would be appreciated, just ask if you have questions for me, thanks
  18. Picked Cyst - Huge & Red!!!

    So I've got OCD, and I'm a picker. (I'm sure I'm not the only one!) With the stress of impending finals, I've had a few skin problems recently. I usually only get small pimples that go away quickly if I don't touch them, but two days ago, I woke up with a red honker right under my eyebrow near the center of my face. Totally blind and no head. Being a picker, guess what? I picked! Nothing came out, and the cyst got bigger and redder. I put some Differin on it last night. Not much happened, but I was hoping it would draw out the pus. I wore makeup today as usual, and tonight, the pressure was really starting to hurt, so I tried to pop it again. Nothing! Now it's huge and beet red! I have really fair skin, so I'm not lying about the redness. It looks like I have a tomato growing out of my eyebrow! I took a really hot shower to open up the pores, tried to squeeze again, and I still got nothing. I'm screwed. Right now I've just got a glob of Neosporin on it under a Band-Aid. Not sure what else to do! I've gotta get rid of this or make it shrink significantly by Monday for a modeling job, and of course, the job is a makeup ad, so they're gonna want my skin to be good! Haha. Oh, the irony! Can anyone please help and tell me what to do? I can't go to the dermatologist for a cortisone shot since it's the weekend! EEK! Your help is much appreciated! =) Also, my skin is very sensitive, so toothpaste isn't gonna work. It burns my skin.
  19. So about 1.5 weeks ago I popped a white head that was on my cheek and since then after that it has been red, painful and hard. I had not been doing anything besides washing it with my Clarisonic but yesterday I decided to put hot cotton ball to the area in hopes of decresing the swelling and getting out what was inside of this huge red swollen bump while I believe is infected. After 1 day of putting the hot cotton ball on the site my swollen bump has increased in size and it is now more red everywhere around the area! I put alcohol on the area and then put the hot cotton ball on it and it has still not gone away! It is still huge and red and swollen and still has a hard bump, but the hardness has gone down a LITTLE, and now it is BLACK too! I have attached a picture of the site I put aloe vera or neosporin on the area twice and it has not seemed to help! I have also been washing the area but it has not helped. Please let me know what to is a HUGE red,black, swollen bump and I am scared it is going to look like that for a long time....
  20. For the last 4 months I've had what I believe to be a rash under my lower lip to the right of my mouth. It happened after an appointment at the dentist where I had fillings and a root canal done. I thought it had to do with all the stress I was going through during that appointment, as well as all the drooling/irritation going on in that area. These bumps aren't like normal pimples, as they are very small (no head), pearly looking, and when I wash the area they will usually "pop" and leak clear fluid which dries up and forms a small amount of dry skin that flakes off. Again, these "bumps" are extremely small. I'm so baffled at this rash. I've tried cortisone cream which makes it go away but the rash returns after 5-7 days after stopping the cream, as well I've tried BP and Clindamycin gel which again makes it go away only to have it return 5-7 days after stopping use. So bizarre. Any ideas would be helpful.
  21. Hey guys! So I've been taking these blood cleansing tablets for the past 2 days and my right cheek is breaking out in red, irritated pimples! (damn you purging phase) These pimples seem to be super inflamed and no matter what I use they become bigger and red. Do you guys know of anything to put on them to take down the redness or swelling? I'm just afraid they are gonna burst on their own and leave nasty marks... :/ WELL, actually a couple of them have already And no I have not been popping or irritating them on my own at all!! I'm not using any harsh cleansers or anything! Help, please?
  22. Hi, so until the beginning of this year, I've always had pretty manageable skin... Breakouts here and there whenever I was on my period or wasn't eating right, but most of the time, my skin was perfectly fine and I barely wore makeup. However, all of a sudden in the span of about 2 weeks, my face erupted with a bunch of white heads and puss-filled nodules around my T-zone... in a matter of weeks, that spread all around my face, and cysts and nodules started popping up. It's been about 5+ months, and it still continues to erupt. I've tried Yaz - but it just made my face 10 times worse and made me go INSANE. I also could not breathe while on it. I'm currently on minocycline, and it is helping a little, but it definitely isn't clearing up much. I eat very healthy and exercise on a daily basis. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong, and have no clue as to what I should do. Derm told me awhile ago the mlno should have cleared it up - it hasn't, obviously. From having perfectly clear skin to this, I don't know how to deal with it.
  23. I am 24 years old and have had acne for about 10 years. It's been mild to moderate to bad - but in the last two to three months all Hell has broken loose. I barely have an unblemised bit of skin on the lower half of my face and my cysts are HUGE, painful, angry red pulsating monsters. Today was a low. I was taking a test (I'm in a Masters program) and was hunched over my desk looking down at the paper when I heard/felt a small "pop" and all of the sudden green pus was dripping off my cheek and onto my Scantron! I was so freaking humiliated and I had to TURN IT IN with the pus stains on it. The cyst was enormous and probably contained half a teaspoon of pure pus I was crying just trying to finish and trying to hide my burst cyst. Ugh! I have tried it all. Minocycline, Bactrim, Benzaclin, Tazorac, Yasmin, Proactive, and of course benzoyl perixide and salicylc acid. Nothing really works and this is ruining my life. I don't want to even leave my house and I am in pain all the time. Here's the kicker - I can't take Accutane! I am allergic ro it. Tried it once about four years ago and my tongue swelled and I had to call an ambulance. I'm thinking of asking for a skin graft of healthy skin unless you have more ideas because I simply can't live this way. I look like a complete beast, I'm dripping pus, my face is so sore and crusty! I am supposed to be out meeting guys and having fun Instead I feel like one of the characters in Michael Jackson's Thriller. Hellllp please!!
  24. Been on the Regimen for like 4-5 years now, and while I get the occasional pimple here and there I've been about 99% clear for the most part. Fast forward to June of this year. I went to Vegas with a couple of my buddies, and upon returning I started to get pimples here and there. I thought it was because I switched my shaving cream (turned out to not be the case), then I thought it was a preworkout supplement I was taking (again, not the case). The funny thing is that I'm not getting pimples like I used to. Before I would get whiteheads. Now I'm getting hard, red bumps that never come to a head. If I leave them alone, they don't go anywhere, and if I try to pop them they just get worse. It's like a lose lose situation here. Granted I'm getting one every week to two weeks, but once you've been clear for a while it's extremely annoying. The heat here in New York has been ridiculous this year, and I find that I'm always sweating. I've never washed my face with anything except water, because my skin dries out easily. Could the extreme heat here (for NY standards) be the cause of my acne all of a sudden? On a side note, I'm considering popping this pimple on my chin with a needle. I don't plan on squeezing it or anything, I just want the acne medication to actually be able to do its job, but it can't if it can't get to the infection. It's like one giant clogged pore that has a hard spot in the middle. How many damage can a little prick with a sterilized needle do, especially if I don't squeeze it?
  25. Please Help!

    Hi, I'm new to the forums but having had a read it seems like a good community to reach out to for some help! I'm 22 and have always had spots of some kind but never had really bad acne. I exercise regularly and generally have a good diet. A few weeks ago my right cheek started getting incredibly red and irritated and lots of small spots started forming, it was really angry and was hurting/itching a lot. Following the advice of some friends I switched from using Bulldog Skincare products to the Clinique 3-Step Anti-Blemish formula. I've been using this for about a week now and the results aren't great for me. My right cheek is still hugely painful, itchy and irritated, and more recently the spots have turned into quite large whiteheads (I've attached pictures of when it was red, and now when it's whiteheads). I've been good at not scratching or picking/popping any of them but it's getting to the stage now where it's so bad I don't even want to leave the house. I work in a really busy retail store so I'm constantly dealing with people and I'm spending all day conscious of people looking at my cheek. I also start a new university course mid September and I can't bare the thought of having to show up on the first day with these whiteheads. I know the skin goes through a purging phase when you switch to a new regime but should it really be this bad? I really don't know what to do at the moment! ANY help or advice will be greatly appreciated. Oh also, I'm in the UK so as far as I'm aware I can't use the regimen .