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  1. I've started putting an epsom salt solution on mine...I put a little epsom salt in a cup and add some hot water then swirl it around until most of it dissolves, then apply this to the cyst with a cotton ball...I keep the cotton ball on there several seconds for really bad ones. I've been doing this the past few weeks and it seems to really help them heal a lot quicker.
  2. Someone may have asked this already, I didn't read the whole thread, but is there another Starbucks close enough to where you live that you could transfer to? If not then I'd try to find someplace else to work, because it's not going to get any better unless your manager leaves. It's not uncommon for high school and college students to have several different jobs in a short period of time so I don't think it would hurt your work record too much if you quit. Who knows maybe the manager will get f
  3. I feel your pain, I went through something similar this past spring...got a huge, red cyst right in the center of my nose, I couldn't believe I'd gotten one there of all places...it took forever to go away, probably at least 3 weeks to even see improvement...and left a lovely red mark behind. It was there for so long that I was terrified it had turned into a keloid scar and I'd be stuck with it for life, but luckily it didn't. I started using these benzamycin gel packs that my doctor prescribed
  4. I've been thinking about this lately as well. I'm currently taking a mulitvitamin but thinking of cutting it out and just taking extra of the supplements that seem most important. I know your body definently absorbs nutrients better that come from real food than from vitamin pills, and I've noticed that whenever I take a multivitamin my stomach hurts for at least 15 minutes afterward, maybe because it's hard to break down? So I think I'll try cutting it out and see what happens.
  5. I've found professional microdermabrasion to be the best and fastest method for getting rid of my red marks, and mine are pretty bad. However I haven't really tried many other methods either, at least not consistently because I get impatient. It's pretty expensive but worth it to me.
  6. I've thought about this a lot, I think it's definently true for me; I had acne throughout most of my teen years yet I think it bothers me more with every passing year that I have it in adulthood..I'm 25 now. I never worried about it much at all in high school really; it was just a minor annoyance; although it was much less severe back then than it is now. Another thing that I find really frustrating about adult acne is that it seems much more resistant to treatment than it ever was when I was I
  7. I used Proactive a few times when my skin was at it's absolute worst, and it would work beautifully for about two weeks, then suddenly stop working and make my skin look worse. I think it just became too irritating to my skin. However I kept the cleanser and continued using it on a random basis and it seemed to work okay then.
  8. Just wondering if anyone has tried Clinique's 3-step acne solutions clear skin system? I'm thinking of trying it so was just curious...thanks!
  9. It sounds to me like you're stressing yourself out a great deal over your skin, and I know for me, stress=immediate breakouts...so I'd suggest doing whatever you can to eliminate your stress and emotional anguish over this, it certainly can't hurt...try treating yourself to a little something every day. And maybe try cutting out the proactive...that stuff only made my skin worse in the long run, I think because it's too harsh and irritating. Also, I've never heard of coffee causing breakouts...
  10. How often do you use the cream? I just got some and it says use it 14 days on, 14 off for non-menopausal women, on days you're not on your period. Just wondering if that's the schedule you go by, or something different..thanks!
  11. I have a lot of these really tiny bumps mostly on my forehead, and they've been there a long time and don't seem to be improving, even though the rest of my acne has improved greatly in general (I used to get a lot of cystic acne all over my face.) I don't have any pics I'm afraid. They're not all that noticeable but I'd definently prefer them gone. My current regimen is cetaphil cleanser twice a day, spot treating with an OTC salicylic acid gel as needed, and Nucelle 10% or 15% mandelic acid
  12. I think being in a relationship has helped my skin since it's decreased my stress level.
  13. I apologize if this has been talked about before on here, but this is really bothering me and I wanted to try and get some advice. I have a relatively large, bright red pimple smack dab on the front of my nose that's been there for approximately 3 weeks and has improved little to none despite keeping my face clean and treating it with various ointments twice a day that have worked for me in the past. It's formed a whitehead a couple of times but never completely heals up. My fear is that it ha
  14. I've done a course of microdermabrasion in the past and it does work really well for getting rid of the red marks, although it takes a few weeks to start to see results; it's also pretty expensive, I paid around $350 for 5 or 6 treatments. I'm thinking of trying at home lactic acid peels for my new spots since it's cheaper.