Has anyone ever had a case of recurring acne like this?
I got a spot on the inside of the bridge of my nose (near to the eyebrow) and after a few days I was silly enough to burst it 'cos it was throbbing and I had to go to work. You know the feeling. Well, it went down but it came back with a vengeance about three days later. So this time I left it. About a week passed and this spot wasn't going to budge. It was really painful and very angry looking. I was trying to be patient but eventually gave in and attacked it again. Only this time it wasn't puss filled (really sorry for being so graphic here people
) but mainly full of blood. Needless to say it looked a mess after I'd prodded and poked it. But at least it was gone this time.
Yeah, right. It was back less than two days later. And it was bigger still and just as hard and red as before. So I was mega patient and left it for over a fortnight. I grew used to the sight of it. But then it gained a brother, which was really frustrating (as was the girl at work who was recommending her mother's traditional Chinese medicine as a solution to my acne
She's a sweetheart, though really). The new one went away as quickly as the other spots on the rest of my face were, but the original one wasn't going away. Basically I had a spot in the same place for about three months. As I said I grew used to the sight of it. But that didn't make it any better.
One night after watching the Clint Eastwood film Escape From Alcatraz (I really want to go there; I love the film The Rock) I decided it was time for action. I figured there was only one way to prevent this spot from ever coming back. I took the drastic step of literally carving the spot and surround skin from under my eyebrow. I used a pumice stone (that you use to rub off old skin from your feet) like a file and gritted my teeth as I set to work scraping off skin. There was blood everywhere and I was in agony. But this spot had caused me a lot a pain for months and these days I can take a lot of pain (I think acne sufferers could easily handle a shotgun to the kneecaps from close range).
Anyway, I basically cut out a whole chunk of flesh from the affected area. It took about an hour 'cos the pumice stone was no knife and I kept washing the area to see what I was filing away. Eventually I thought I'd cut it out once and for all and doused the wound in aftershave to keep it clean. I put tissue paper on the cut and went to bed. Then next day the wound didn't look as clean as it had before. I'd obviously been bleeding a lot in the night and I was in a lot of discomfort. But it all paid off because the spot never came back. I have the memory of it with a small scar and a slight lack of symmetry where I must have changed the shape of the bridge of my nose forever, but I was just grateful it never came back.
Has anyone had a similarly persistent spot?
By the way, I'm not recommending to anyone that they hack at their face. Please don't do that.