I have had an abscess (boil) on my left cheek since late January 2003. It almost seemed as if there were a small group of cysts that just grew together and became one HUGE abscess. I'm not sure why they occur. I have tried different topical creams and was on Mino for almost 4 months with no result. (The abscess on my cheek actually grew larger whilst on the antibiotics). I heard that cleansing your body of toxins could help clear the boils. My specialist recommended I visit a cosmetic surgoen to have the boil removed as it was large and I was concerned about scarring. I decided to visit a naturopath as a last resort before making any drastic decisions. My boil has decreased significantly..the results are amazing!! If you do search on my username, you should find my previous posts with further info regarding my results with my treatment.