I had this exact same problem just 2 weeks ago. I used to just get an occasional cyst, which wasn't that bad, but the I started getting whiteheads, I found that if I didn't squeeze them, they turned into pimples, I would dry them out (i.e.= toothpaste, 10% BP, etc.) and they would develop a scab, I would leave the scab alone for about two weeks, the scab would come off but it would leave a hole in my pore (similar to when you take blackheads out) i would panick, use alcohol to close the pore, then it would heal and turn into a whitehead>>>>and the cycle would start all over again.
then I found out that most of the things I used had SA in them- and that SA brought the bacteria to the surface
(whiteheads) and that BP killed the bacteria. So I changed my routine. Now I when I get home I take my makeup off, and put Clearasil Tinted 10& BP on my problem areas, leave that on for a while, then wash with Dove soap, put 50%alcohol all over my face, and go to sleep, and in the morning I just wash with Dove and walk out the door. My acne has cleared dramatically.
Hope this helps.