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  1. dieffenbachia

    Nodule2 30 12 11 14.00pm

    From the album: Nodule/cyst treatment

    Day 6. Again, moderate improvement in inflammation, reduction in pus
  2. dieffenbachia

    Nodule 2 29 12 11 05.16am

    From the album: Nodule/cyst treatment

    Day 4. Nodule had already formed but thought I'd document the progression a bit late. I approximate that this is day 4 since the nodule developed.
  3. carmenjudd

    More Acne

    Trying to figure out what I should do. It looks like I am getting two little bumps near my newest pimple and I'm just worried that they're going to get bigger. I don't know how to describe them, but they are raised bumps and almost look like they're just going to be tiny pimples that usually come to a head, but they never do. Can someone please help me? I honestly feel like I can't win. If these two pimples get bigger I don't know what I'm going to do.
  4. cloudydreamer

    Week 1

    Today is my first full week of Spiro, 50mg/day with one 25mg supplement at 8:30 AM and another at 1 PM with lunch. I read here that dividing the doses with breakfast and lunch is best...anyone else agree this has worked well for them? I am sorry I am too embarrassed to take pics, but if I did it would probably really throw me into an emotional tailspin. OIL The overall oil decrease in one week is incredible. My scalp is not dry, but not so oily that I have to wash every other day. The oil on my nose has decreased tons...there used to be tiny pinprick dots of oil from my nose less than an hour after washing up or showering. Same with my forehead. Not anymore. It's not totally dry but it's improved a lot! I have noticed my face is stinging a bit from being dry, but I am struggling to find a moisturizer. ACNE I'm getting some new spots. But they're resolving much faster than they would have if I hadn't been on Spiro. I developed 2 under the skin bumps [nodules?] on my chin a few days after I began taking it. But I tend to get those anyway, so I am not sure if it's Spiro's fault, though I am worried since some said this drug made their acne worse before it got better. It may also have formed because I didn't wash my face at all the other day other than using warm water. Right now I'm using Simple's foaming cleanser since I have a lot of product allergies. HAIR I'm expecting hair growth to decrease much later down the road. I'll be so glad, too. It's quite embarrassing having excess coarse hairs on your chin. I tend to get a couple on my right cheek, too. They're TINY but I now they're there, and it's upsetting. ETC. I'm still having a ton of anxiety about my face. Up until like 2 months ago, it was never this bad. I am very worried I'll need to take Accutane at some point because I already have some joint issues, but I'm not sure what else to do if Spiro and possibly Yaz/OTC do not end up working. I'm trying to be patient and ride this out, I appreciate any support.
  5. So this has been here now for about a week and about 3 days ago it was nearly gone and I figure it'd pass by by now but it somehow got worse. I took a 5 day break for my doxycycline and with New Years and all I drank a lot and I only usually wash my face w ivory soap once or twice a day but I didn't wash much during this span and now it's at it's worst. I believe bp only makes it redder as I've used it to cover it up when I go out and it's seemed to make it bigger and redder. I also tried icing it last night and that didn't take down the swelling. It doesnt appear to be a pimple as it wouldve gotten a white head by now. It doesnt seem to be filled w anything either but has some minor pain when i push on it. If someone could tell me what this is and even how to get rid of it that'd be great. Thanks
  6. Long story short... I think its a nodule pimple ? Accidentally scratched what felt like a small scab off in my sleep a few days ago and I had a small scab for the last few days. Just cleaned my face and felt liquid under the scab and felt allot of pressure so I got a clean needle and make a small opening next to the scab and with tissues squeezed some runny but sticky gunk out and a bit of runny blood. It looked like just an open hole at the end... No puss or oozing so I've put some clearasil on it and left it for the night. The area around the pimple sorta feels like a small ant bite? Like its a little warm and firm? Is that just from me popping or is that more to come out? And yes I know popping is a no no but desperate measures !!
  7. Most of my cysts completely disappear but i've had a couple that even though the swelling and pain has gone, theres still a hard lump where it used to be - is there anything I can do to help it drain away without sticking a needle in my face? Also, if anyone else experiences this, most of my cysts leave a purpley mark behind that looks like trapped blood, like the cyst filled with blood and its still there? Some of them have been there for a year and have faded like 20% if that. They dont go white/ fade into the skin when you press down on them (some of them do slightly)
  8. budah

    1 month

    From the album: 30 mg Accutane experience

    Finally got through my first month!!! Still seeing consistent improvement. It's getting better and better every day. Will post another in a week
  9. budah

    Day 70

    From the album: 30 mg Accutane experience

    Still on 40mg. About to bump up to 60... Making progress. Any thoughts on third month experiences? Also wondering if raising my dose will give me a flare up
  10. Hi gals i need help! I have this bump under my skin it doesnt have a head but it left this brownish mark. I had a similar one last time that i popped and all the gunk spewed out and flattened, but i tried to pop this one that i have right now and nothing came out. Worse still, i think i became bigger and more swollen:( what should i do guys? Im not sure whether its a cyst or nodule or papule but it cannot be seen on the surface except that it has a brown mark and can be felt when i touch it. It is near my cheekbone too... should i get a cortisone shot? It has been here for a week. I really wanna see my derm but it is so hard to book an appointment and im desperate
  11. Hi gang! My background: Lurker for close to 10 years, almost as long as I have had acne. I am a mid-20s college student raising a sibling. In other words, I have no time. I want to look presentable, though. This is why clearing my skin naturally is so important to me. I also don't wear makeup.. so it's magnifies the issue. I'm a hard INTJ, if you dig MBTI. That means I'm typically anxious and tense, which I'm sure is a big part of my acne. BCP (Yasmin) cleared my skin in my teens. Went off of it because of some of the possible side effects, then went on Spiro, which worked perfectly. However, I want to heal my body. I don't want to be on medication forever. Both my parents have adult acne, so I could be looking at hard cysts on my face with other inflamed red rolling hills until I hit menopause. I was going to do Accutane, but stopped when I realized I would have to go back on Yasmin (i.e. my skin would be perfect on yasmin so I doubt the accutane would cure me.) I am using the Neutrogena light therapy mask right now. It is helping but I doubt it will help as much as I need. I eat a diet of chicken, vegetables, and glucomannan/oat fiber (non-soluble fibers that fill you up and pass right through.) I have always had chronic constipation, so I take Miralax. When I don't take it, the inflammation gets worse. I have noticed that if I eat a ton of vegetables, my skin can get inflamed. This worries me. When I don't eat, or eat tiny portions to keep myself from starving, acne is reduced. But how can I sustain that? It doesn't seem possible. I know tanning and sweating/working out have helped in the past, but on this diet I have no energy to work out. I am scared of how hungry it would make me. No, not anorexic. I'm 5'6 and ~140. If you have read this far, my heartfelt thanks. I am so grateful for this community. Acne is such a difficult disease to deal with in the modern world-the shame, I mean. MY QUESTION: Is there anything else I can do for my acne naturally? Should I just suck it up and go back on Spiro?
  12. Got cortisone injections for my cysts today. Sometimes my doctor seems to put the injection a little away from the nodule rather than directly in it? Anyone else have this experience? Will the injection still work?
  13. pastelbun22

    What could this bump be?

    So for about 6 months I've had a small white bump on my back that matched my skin and it would get smaller when I moisturized it. Within the last day it became dark pink reddish and is bigger. it isnt huge, but yea. When I pull the skin it appears to have white inside it. I do not believe it is acne, but I don't know. I'm hoping it isn't a cyst as in a non acne cyst that has to be surgically removed. It is smooth. I have been off accutane for 6 months. I used to get acne on my back and some cystic or nodule but this one looked like keratosis pilaris before it became more inflamed looking. I don't know how to treat it. It can't be popped with a needle. It itches too. It doesn't hurt though.
  14. Hi guys, I had a massive cyst on my face that a dermatologist incised and drained 5 days ago. I've never had this done before, so didn't really know what to expect. I'm worried because it's still quite swollen. It was the size of a quarter and is now the size of a dime. How long do these things usually take to fully heal? I'm concerned that maybe she didn't clean it out well enough or maybe it needed to drain more but healed too quickly (I couldn't even see the incision by the next day.) Has anyone had to get a cyst re-incised just days later? I just want a lump-free face for a while! I'd love any input on this. Thanks!
  15. i had a subcision many years ago with excellent results. However recently I had a few rounds of subcision around my smile line for a couple scars and it seemed to just make things worse. The area where the needle was inserted created a tethered area and itcaused additional wrinkles and crooked smile lines. It basically looked like the skin was stapled along the three points the doctor insterted the needle, causing a brand new fold/wrinkle. I tried to get it fixed, and went to a new doc, who suggested further subcision. This resulted in nodules and further tethering around the smile line. I saw the doctor again a month later, and he went ahead and subcised under the same nodule! He seemed to be wanting to promote more scar tissue (which I understand is a goal in some acne scar subcicions). It's been 2 months now, and nodules haven't gone down much. I know kenolog is the popular choice for nodules, but I'm worried it would make the wrinkes worse? I may be crazy but I'm thinking a subcision with a very fine needle might do the trick in terms of untethering all the scaring I've developed. The nodule isn't too high and is only noticeable because it stays in place when I smile. Anybody have any advice and experience on nodules and additional scar tethering caused by subcision? Kicking myself because the original acne scars were really not that significant. Edited to add pictures: the top arrow is a straight up needle hole/divot (no nodule, don't care about the hole, do care about the crescent wrinkle it creates), second arrow the nodule is about 1 month old, 3rd arrow is about 2 months old. The red marks in the first picture are holes from the insertion of the needle.
  16. hi im marlene and im 25 and im so happy with my results using acne.org and ive only been on it for 2 weeks and my face has completely cleared up!!! i started getting acne about 2 years ago out of nowhere. ive had model-like gorgeous skin my whole life then the acne came and would stop right before i purchased the regime on acne.org i was seeing a dermatologist and was put on birth control and going all the time to get bloodwork and tests watch videos about birth defects due to accutane anyway i was a month from starting accutane and i had tried everythihng proactive,la poshe roche,benzoperoxide,home remedies,diet change,water,antibiotics,every single over the counter cleanser,spot treatment, mederma pretty much everything! i was devestated and so depressed i wanted to kill myself it was so ugly to me i couldnt even look at people in the eye i hated it i can only imagine how clear my face is going to continue getting im really in love with this product and i recommend it to EVERYONE to try it because i never thought anything would work BEFORE: before: AFTER: (LITERALLY JUST 3 WKS LATER) look i know how devestating acne could be and i know how i felt when in the two years i had it, if u have acne im very serious i dont recommend anything to anyone but this really works its a miracle regime and im gonna use it for the rest of my life. i know my skin iwasnt as some but to me it was hideous and it crushed my self esteem i can honestly say that since my face cleared i feel like myself again and like i can conquer the world i never thought having bad skin could crush you the way it had for me but i think if ur considering getting on isotrentin aka accutane you should try this first its worth every penny and the website is ACNE.ORG
  17. Hey! Alright well I have been having the weirdest issue lately and am very confused. I am about 2 and a half years removed from Accutane, and have had zero cystic acne since. An increasing problem however, has emerged. Every once in a while a region under my skin where I previously had cystic acne begins is swell up. It gets red and a large, visible patch or bump is visible. After around an hour though, this swelling goes down and everything goes back to normal. It feels like I am going to get a long term cyst but then nothing happens. It usually happens right after I eat. It has happened on both sides of my face. About a year ago it happened for the first time and now its slowly increased and is happening about once or twice a week. Am i about to have some major break outs? thanks so much
  18. stayingpostive503

    Nodule That Won't Go Away

    It's been a week and a half and my acne nodules have still not gone away! I got 5 of them all at once from fertility treatments I am on. This is the longest it's taken for zits to go away. They were very deep under the skin, some were so deep you couldn't tell they were there until you touched them. Is it normal for nodules to stick around this long. They're shrinking a little but VEEEERY slowly.
  19. Hey guys. I signed up specifically to share this with you as I spent hours researching what was actually on my face. I had a cantankerous sore that started off as a fairly small pimple that I thought had popped on the inside. I left it alone for a while but could still feel a tiny bump underneath my skin, so stupidly I squeezed at it too early and it turned into a quarter sized sore I naturally thought was a cyst. Except this massive red lump was not behaving as a cyst. I tortured it with BP and sea salt. I noticed the inside if the 'cyst' would go white and of course I thought well, that's a lot of pus! And kept squeezing to try and get it out because it seemed so ripe. No luck, of course. So over the next few days I continued to apply sea salt, lemon + baking soda, BP, salycilic acid, and even one of those corn remover pads and finally a couple of warm compresses. Every time I would apply and remove something, I thought, fantastic, it seems to be draining! But it would keep coming back the same as before. Eventually I came across the term 'blanched skin' and realized Crap That's exactly what mine looks like. The white stuff I had thought was pus, was actually an area that was so under pressure, the blood had stopped traveling to the wound ! I have attached a photo of someone's foot with this phenomenon occurring. Yes, it's an insect bite, but this is what the wound looked like when wet.. So I kept searching, with the keywords "blanched wound" and eventually came across an ailment called "bed sores" or "pressure ulcers" Yes The stuff old people get when they lie in one place for too long. It comes in four stages, if you are curious, research it. It comes in four stages and I have been lucky enough to get sick of squeezing past stage 2, I have attached a picture of what I got on my face assuming it was a cyst I had mistreated badly. This is what the wound would look like fresh after the blanching subsided and eventually go crustier and a deeper red.. DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, or a health care practitioner in any way. But I do believe I have identified what the gaping hole in my face actually is, and I hope this information still helps. It may be wrong, and if anyone has any more jnfo or can refute this that would be greatly appreciated because these types of skin sores seem very difficult to treat and there is not much information online aside from a website I stumbled across that did suggest a salt water cleanse as it is important to dislodge dead cells from the wound for optimal healing.
  20. Hi guys, I'm in agony here! I got a massive cyst on my face more than 3 months ago. My dermatologist said it was too hard to drain and gave me a cortisone injection. It went down for about month, then came back and even spread a little. After a lot of home remedies and heat packing (none or which worked) I ended up going to get it surgically drained. The dermatologist made a small incision, squeezed it a lot, dug around with a scalpel and put a bandage on it. While she was able to get a lot out, it was still swollen afterwards. That never got better, so now two weeks later I have basically a red-purple cyst on my face that is just 30% smaller. I can't even see the incision anymore. I'm not sure if I should try to get it surgically drained a second time or not. I'm just wondering what went wrong with the surgery and if anyone else has had this happen? She didn't irrigate the site, or give me any antibiotics to take afterwards, as I'm on a low-dose doxycycline (40mg) all the time. If you've had a cyst drained, did the surgeon rinse it out and did you have to take a course of antibiotics afterwards? I want to make sure I do it right this time so my face isn't scarred too badly! Thanks!
  21. SisyphusRolls

    Can Scars Have Pus?

    Hi y'all! Okay, I should just start by saying that this community is amazing for realsies. So much info, so much support, I'm a new convert. Anyhoo, I'm wondering whether it's possible for a scar to fill with pus. I've had a pencil eraser-sized, raised blemish on my chest for about four months now, and I'm kind of marveling at the fact that it's hung around this long. It started as a painful, reddish, raised bump, not unlike cysts I've had in the past. And, because I can't seem to keep myself for squeezing, I made the surrounding skin angrier and redder. However, unlike a cyst, it had an interior (but visible) head, and I could squeeze white pus out of it. But the thing is, this doesn't feel like a cyst anymore. Eventually it stopped hurting, went down a bit, and turned into a brownish red lump with a paler center. I assumed for a while that it was a scar (the skin is wrinkled and shiny, like scar tissue), and I decided to just leave it alone and let it heal. But it's just kind of hanging around, and I can still see a head inside what seems to be scar tissue. I got super frustrated today and tried squeezing again, and, just as before, a ton of white pus came out of that little head. So I have a blemish that, unlike my cystic acne spots, has a pus-filled head inside of a hard, scar-like layer. Any ideas on what on Earth this could be? Is this what a nodule is? Anybody else had a similar experience? Treatment ideas anyone? Thanks again, I'm rooting for everybody here. PS: Here's a lovely up-close-and-personal shot of the dreaded spot.
  22. Hello all, I wanted to share a few pictures that I had taken yesterday of both sides and the back of my neck. I have always had bad skin, I had the usual teenage acne on my face which slowly disappeared around my 18th birthday. However now 21 years old, I have a persistent case of cyctic/nodule acne which appears only on my neck! Which is a blessing and a curse at the same time, I am grateful that it is not on my face. My GP has given me a couple of different antibiotics over the years, mainly fairly tame ones, which I feel are not doing the trick. I feel my GP is not happy to move me onto anything like accutane or anything of that strength. It has come to the point now where the acne is really affecting me. The larger cystic/nodules will bleed once they reach a large size and will weep blood/puss for a good hour or so, not ideal when I am wearing a white shirt at work ... Not to mention the decreased movement in my neck when I have 3 or 4 the size of marbles hanging off my neck. Has anyone got this type of acne? Especially just restricted to the neck? Should I seek a dermatologist? Should I beg my GP for accutane level antibiotics? Many thanks for reading, J.
  23. For about three years now I have been struggling with acne. In the first year, I tried many different birth controls, OTC products, and topicals prescribed by my GP. Over the years it has gotten progressively worse. In the last 6 months or so it has become extremely severe and I feel like I have tried every product on the earth, with the exception of accutane. For the record, I was on a waitlist to see a dermatologist for a very long time and finally got an appointment, which won't be until the end of October. I'm currently using Biacna topical gel (a mix of clindomyacin, phosphate, and tretinoin). For the first three months, it seemed to be working. I had the initial breakout that my doctor told me about, followed by tons of dryness and (almost) clear skin for a few weeks, then another terrible breakout followed by more dryness around the six week mark. At this point, I thought I had FINALLY found something that worked, but as I continued to use it, my skin stopped reacting to it. I have been on it for exactly three months now and somedays it seems like it's working an others it does not. I have noticed that my hormones are a contributing factor, but birth control is something that I would like to avoid as I am bipolar and the pill seems to induce my mood swings. In the last six months or so, my acne has gone from being what I thought was 'severe' - many pimples that quickly turn into whiteheads quickly, filled with a hard puss centre and leave hardly any scarring, to what I'm now sure is sever as it gets. Mainly in my cheek area, I have many many pimples that are extremely painful and deeply embedded in the skin. They take a few weeks to reach the surface, and then they are LARGE and filled with tons of puss. They will take another week to pop once they have surfaced and when they finally do, it is extremely painful (feels like the whitehead is ripping through layers and layers of my skin, almost to the point where they make a noise when they are popped). The puss that comes out of them is a yellow-ish liquid that is more runny than any whitehead I have had before. When they are popped, the puss burst through my skin and often shoots out really far (sorry for the details but I'm hoping it helps narrow it down). If it remains on the skin after it's popped and I wipe it up with a q-tip, I can see 7 or 8 little individual white heads surrounded by the yellow-ish puss. It also leaves behind what looks like a another pimple filed with blood. It seems like the blood should be able to be squeezed out but again it is extremely painful and almost cyst-like, dark purple/deep red in colour. If anyone has any idea what type of acne this is or has any treatment advice I would be so so appreciative. Not only are they very painful and embarrassing, but they are leaving behind scars (more discolouration than pitted marks) and taking a toll on me emotionally. Thanks in advance!
  24. I have moderate (and worsening, it seems) cystic acne. My dermatologist put me on a regimen of 150mg of Doryx in the AM, wash my face, followed by an application of Aczone, and then moisturizer. In the evening, I'm supposed to wash, apply Aczone, then Apply Differin, then moisturize. However, wouldn't the layer of Aczone on my face interfere with the Differin application? I have been on this for just under a month now (6 days to be exact), and I've seen really no results at all, in fact, I started breaking out on my chin now, where it was only my cheeks before (I know though, initial breakout, takes longer than a month, etc.). I always let the Aczone completely dry before applying the Differin, but regardless, whenever I apply the Differin (small ammount, evenly spread), it always feels 'gunky,' and seems to increase irritation when combined. So I guess my main question is; should I rinse off the Aczone before applying the Differin? Should I continue with what I'm doing? Any other suggestions? I'm unable to contact my dermatologist for the next few days, hence why I'm asking on here. Thanks in advance!
  25. dieffenbachia

    Nodule2 10 01 12 17.55pm

    From the album: Nodule/cyst treatment

    Day 17. I left out the intervening days as I was busy but within 3 weeks my nodule has gone but I can feel a slight raised edge. At about day 12 perhaps, the nodule actually came to a head and after cleansing in the shower, it opened up (i.e. started weeping slightly) so I just very gently applied a tiny bit of pressure and most of the pus came out. But I would NEVER recommend this action if you haven't got a head that has just started. Basically if the pus comes out easily without any real pressure and no blood, then it can heal nicely. Blood is not in general a good thing, though it cannot be always avoided particularly if the nodule is deep (I get these) After the pus came out, I just put the sudocrem on to let it heal. After healing I think re-added the panoxyl to the routine.