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About littlestarinthesky

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  1. littlestarinthesky

    Week Three Update

    I'm pleased to say that week three is very similar to week two. I had my cotisone shots and my cysts have gone done almost entirely,I just have the red scarring now. Not had any new spots, which is incredible. I was having so many bad ones so I'm really pleased. I am having really odd side effects and I don't know what the cause is. I am getting a really tingling tongue and my joints/bones hurt. I will go to the doctor soon to check these out. If anyone has any ideas why this might be I'd be happy to hear! I have stopped the acv and doesn't seem to have made a difference to my skin. Still having green tea, saw palmetto, zinc, omega 3, lymecycline and azelaic acid and eating healthier and avoiding coffee apart from once a week, and following the Regimen with Cetaphil. Seeing the derm in two weeks so looking forward to discussing what might be working.
  2. littlestarinthesky

    Urgent Please Help Cysts Swollen After Cortisone Injection

    Thanks for your reply. Two hours later they seem to have gone down and hopefully will continue to do so. I'm not sure where you've got your info from as the injections are meant to work within 36 hours, I don't think 4-6 weeks is accurate?
  3. I just had three cortisone injections in three cysts at the doctor. They have all swollen up but one of them which was almost gone and really swollen up. It is on my neck. Is this normal? I'm so worried she has done it wrong or shouldn't have injected them. I have to go to work soon and don't want anyone seeing this. PLEASE HELP! Is this normal?
  4. I have been following my regime religiously for a week now and my skin is looking fantastic! I honestly cannot believe the difference in a week. Not only is it looking much better but the biggest difference is how it feels - calmer, no painful cysts and it looks the best it has for months. I actually smiled looking in the mirror this morning. However, I still have three cysts and the one on my chest has barely changed. It is red and painful and not showing any signs of budging. The one on my face is much better and on my neck almost gone. I had a tiny miniscule whitehead appear and it went within 36 hours, completely gone! Normally this would develop into a much bigger, longer lasting spot. Now the issue is - what is it that's helping my skin? I have made so many changes that I don't know if it's one thing or a combination. I have changed: - my diet, I have cut out coffee and drinking almost solely green loose leaf tea and water. Also lots of fish and avocado and veggies. Less carbs and almost no dairy. I have had some soya milk but a lot less than normally would with having soya lattes and ceral for breakfast. - my skin care routine. i am following Dan's regimen and using Cetaphil for cleanser and moisturiser and Finecia azelaic acid as a spot treatment. in between. - drinking one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar a day mixed in with water. It's gross. I almost hope it's not this that is causing the improvement so I don't have to keep taking it! Bleurg. But I will persevere for now. - taking millinette contraceptive pill plus lymecycline. I started taking millinette about 5 weeks ago so maybe it has started helping? However a week ago my skin was horrendous and so I doubt it it this. - my supplements! I have a feeling these are making the real difference, especialy the saw palmetto. The more I read about it the more I feel it is what will help me - but can it help so soon? I went and bought Standardised Saw Palmetto and realised I had the wrong one and it does matter. I am also taking zinc 15 mg and omega 3. I take these at night as my antibiotics say not to take zinc supplements at same time of day as apparently this can affect the body absorbing the antibiotic. Side effects: - I have noticed a few side effects, the main ones being dry skin and sore joints/bones. Sounds weird but my hip bones and my knees have been noticeably achey since two or three days after I started. From googling I cannot find a link for this except for with zinc. Apparently joint pain can be a side effect. I am not certain though as I am on a low dose and have only been on it a few days, like I said. The dry skin is in patches on my arms and legs. I think this may be the saw palmetto? Apparently it lowers testosterone and in the process dries out the skins ability to produce oil, which obviously helps acne. However this is easily solved with some nice body butter So all in all I am very happy. I feel happier in general as a mix of good diet, and feeling better about my appearance. I am glad I have stopped having so much coffee though am going to treat myself to one today. Hopefully one will not make a difference? I went to my GP on Friday and she has suggested roaccutane and also said she will do a cortisone injection! I was not expecting that! So I am going in first thing tomorrow to get that. However I am pretty sure she has only prescribed for one injection, which means I would have to choose which cyst gets it - which is like Sophie's Choice, except in my case I don't want to keep any of them!! Maybe I am wrong and she will do them all. Anyway I hope others find this useful. I am going to stick with my routine for at least a month and if all is going well I will start swapping things about to try and figure out what is helping and what is placebo. x
  5. littlestarinthesky

    New Here With A Few Questions (Backstory Included)

    Hi slytherin (good name ) I also suffer from cystic acne so thought we could discuss! I wish beyond anything that I had the answer to curing cysts but I am also still experimenting. I am pleased to hear TTO has helped you. I tried it and found it increased my cyst so stopped but maybe I stopped too soon? I am also trying standardised saw palmetto to lower andgrogen (which are a type of hormone I think, though I have forgotten some of the reading I did). You can get it at a health food store as a supplement. Have you considered accutane? I know this won't help til you see your derm anyway. I am also trying apple cider vinegar which some people swear by. I am taking two tablespoons a day and also wiping a diluted version on my skin, in addition to the regimen. Sorry I can't be of more help. I totally feel how painful and soul destroying this is and must be doubly hard while you are adjusting to such massive changes in your life too!
  6. I started getting cystic acne at about 14 and before that had regular acne. It was bad but not cystic. Just to clarify, some people say they have cystic acne and what they have are spots. These are not cysts, even if they are big. Cysts are hard lumps under the skin which are disfiguring. They rarely come to a head though they may burst at some stage. They grow slowly and can last for months. Mine usually last a month or so. I started Roaccutane at 23 and it worked a charm. So happy with the results. At 28 I got a random cyst on my chest. Then nothing. Now at 29 I have suddenly started getting regular cysts again. My skin is pretty good other than the cysts. I get a couple of big spots at the time of the month. Other than that my issues are cysts. I haven't been great sticking to a routine and just found this site and am trying The Regimen. Except I am using Finecia (Azelaic Acid) gel instead of benzyl peroxide. This is day 3 of the regime. Yesterday my cysts were really getting me down. I did a lot of reading on here and decided that my acne is likely hormonal. It seems women are opting for Saw Palmetto to help it so I went off to Holland and Barrett and bought a bottle on 460mg. It doesn't specify 'standardized' like some say it should so I'm hoping it will still help. My new regime as of yesterday: Prescription: Lymecycline antibiotics (have increased my dose to twice a day while I have cysts) Finecia azelaic acid gel on spots and cysts twice a day Over the counter & herbal: Saw Palmetto Zinc Omega 3 Apple Cider Vinegar Loose leaf grean tea Skin status: Large, disfiguring cyst between chin and cheek. Large cyst on neck (think on its way down). Painful cyst on chest probably still on its way up. It'll be a while til I can wear a top without a high neckline In the last week I have also tried tea tree oil 100% but didn't feel it was as effective as Finecia, though I may try it again. I've also tried Hydrocortisone cream 1% which made the cyst on my chest develop lots of little white heads. Not sure if that's good thing or not! I've switched to Finecia. I hope this helps others. I'll keep you updated with my progress.
  7. Can anyone suggest what I should do? I am hiding away from everyone, don't want to talk or be seen and I feel so lonely. I have been putting hydrocortisone on my chest cyst and although I thought it helped overnight, it just seems to be getting bigger today. The one on my face is swollen and big and my neck looks like I have an adams apple. I am meant to go on a date tomorrow and I just want to cancel. I have put finecia gel on the other too. Please help, what can I do? I bought cider vinegar to try that but am I trying too much?
  8. Thanks for your reply. My confusion comes from so many suggestions for so many different things. I'm now putting on TTO and azelaic acid and don't know what to use? Then everyone has different advice. I don't really want to add yet more supplements in or I will have no idea what works.
  9. Hi everyone, I'm in a bit of a state and have confused myself reading so many forums so hoping you can offer advice. Brief history: I was on Roaccutane about 6 years ago and it cleared up my cystic acne beautifully. I still have some scarring but my life has been so improved by the treatment. A year ago I got one cyst out of the blue. Went to the GP who was useless and said there was nothing wrong because the cyst had gone down by then. I have been fighting my corner with the NHS and it has been a stressful time. I finally have a Dermatologist appointment in September. Problem: Right now, I have two large hard cysts on my neck, a new softer one near my chin and one growing on my chest. I feel helpless. I cannot get a cortisone injection in the UK as our health service won't do it. I've been frantically reading forums on what to do as this has a huge effect on my self esteem. I have bought myself hydrocotisone cream 1%, benzyl peroxide 10% (that's all they stock now apparently) and tea tree oil 100%. I also have 15% Azelaic Acid that the doctor gave me and I've been on a few months. I don't know what has cause this outbreak. It started a couple of months ago when my skin got a lot worse - maybe co-inciding with summer? I started the contraceptive pill this month and this may be making it worse though I'm hoping it ultimately will help. What can I do now to reduce these cysts? Should I use the hydrocortisone? If so should I avoid my face? Or the TTO? Or pile on the azelaic acid? Please help!!!
  10. littlestarinthesky

    My first Hello! One month in!

    Hello! I'm on the same sort of course as you. I'm on 20mg for a month and then being put up to 40mg and then 60 if that's working. Personally I'd say if you're not having too much problem with the side effects then go to 60 so you can get rid of all the acne at once, rather than having to have another course (if you need to). I've not got any bumps round my lips but I did read another log on here that talked about that, can't remember who sorry, but you're not alone! Lots of luck with your course
  11. littlestarinthesky

    Sally's Accutane diary

    Day 12 I have lost track of the days! I think it's day 12?! oops. I got very drunk on Saturday night, this stuff really makes the alcohol kick in! (or maybe it was the Long Island Iced Teas ) My skin is amazing. I have never seen it like this!! I have some littles bumps and spots but I don't care about them, they are nothing compared to the cysts I normally have. My skin on my face is still itchy but very bearable, lips are fine - very vaselined! My back has no new spots or cysts and it all looks good so far. I hope I don't get an IB. When does an IB start if it's going to? Hope everyone who reads this is well and enjoying an acne-free day! xxxx
  12. littlestarinthesky

    Sally's Accutane diary

    Day 9 My face is so itchy!!!!! Argh!!!!!!!
  13. littlestarinthesky

    Sally's Accutane diary

    Thanks Jimmyjammy! how are you getting on?
  14. littlestarinthesky

    Sally's Accutane diary

    Day 6 All the little pimples on my face have gone and I am left with a spot and a cyst on my chin. My back has cleared up already, no new cysts and the old ones completely dried up. I have started getting cramp in my feet and legs but it's not awful. I am still excited about being on this and the progress I'm making! I can't believe I will have clear skin finally!
  15. littlestarinthesky

    Sally's Accutane diary

    Thanks Jimmyjammy. I hope it's all going ok for you too! Day 5 Last night I had a lot of spots, which I don't normally get (I'm more of a cyst kinda girl ) so I was a bit concerned about that. This morning when I woke up they were all gone and now just red marks on my skin. The cyst by my mouth is not any bigger either, actually I think it's smaller and my back has only old cysts on it. So far so very good! I get a sore stomach every time I take the accutane pill but it only lasts for 15 mins or so. Does anyone else get this? I think maybe it will stop as my body gets used to the medicine. I went and bought myself some new handcream and some nice vaseline too to look after my lips. They are so dry already. Need to get some eye drops too that I can use with my contacts - any reccommendations? Love xxxx