I am soooooooooooooo upset today....I woke up at 6am this morning due to an itchy feeling on my face...When I looked in the mirror it was a hugeeeeeeeee cyst forming on my face....Tommorrow it will be three weeks on Retin-A for me...When will it help?? When will this misery end??? I am a mess today both physically and emotionally....I refuse to eat today.....I want to go bad to sleep...Sleeping is the only time I forget about all the pain my acne is giving me...
don't give up. I have the same problem. BIG cyst on my face it really bothers me. I have a 9 yr old some and I am really embaressed when his friends are over and I don't have makeup on. I look scary. you can make a paste of baking soda and water this will draw the infection out and use warm packs on it this will help to draw it out also. this has helped me. I am now trying Proactiv I hope it works.
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Thanks for your reply...I will try the baking soda thing...I actually have many cysts, the one this morning is yet another one for my collection...My eyes are swollen from crying since the morning...Fought with all the people I love, so much grief..
It's when I read these posts that I realize how trivial my acne is compared to others and yet I complain about it a lot. As for Retin-A, I'd say to give it more time, at least untill you reach the 8 week period. Also try to get on some anti-biotics, these really help despite all the bad talk you hear about them, they stop the production of bacteria which is a big cause of acne...
Well, the dermatologist had told me that my acne was given a 4 our of 5 rating, 5 being the worst. I had cycstic acne, it wasn't bad though and pastular (I think that's what it's called when you get the whitehead zits) acne.
Maybe you should be on something stronger, but maybe all you need to do is add antibiotics into your regimen! I'd highly, extremely, urge you to talk to you doctor about this! It could possible mean the difference between clearing and not clearing!
What is concentration is your Retin-A Micro right now? I know they have higher concentrations for people with the more stubborn acne.
Retin-A is a great product that's prescribed by almost every dermatologist to treat acne, it's CLOSELY related to Accutane because they both come from TRETINOIN, so I'd imagine it can work miracles for some people just like Accutane has.
But seriously, check into the antibiotics, try to get on minocycline or doxycycline, i've experienced great results while on them!
Thanks for the encouragement Anthor....It means a lot to me...As for the Retin-A, I'm on 0.025%....What about you???? I will definately look into oral antibiotics...Thanks so much...One more thing, what helped your cystic ance?? Your right about Retin-A being like Accutane, makes it more encouraging to use now....
Whenever I get those itchy under the skin ones, I use Clearasil adult care (it has sulfur in it) and put a huge dollop on it and leave it on as long as I can (like overnight or around the house). When I do this it either shrinks them until they are gone or it brings them to the surface as a regular whitehead. Usually they are gone in a day or two.
Your sooo right GRRRRR, they are always under the skin with a small whitehead above the bump......Its still not shrinking, hope it heals sooonnnn!! Do u know why they are soo itchy??? Must be something we can do to prevent it from forming when it starts itching....
If you are willing to spend the money you should try Kinerase cream....Its got some plant extracts in it that promote skin rejuvenation without the side effects and redness that Retin-A gives...It does the same thing as Retin-A though in term of bringing new skin to the surface faster..Look it up on the internet...
Hi Product_Queen, just wanted to let you know I have tried Antibotics and they do work so you may want to give it a try. They will clear up the infection and then you can continue with your other treatments.
There are many medications out there that can help treat acne. I say use the topical creams and lotions before using any antibiotics. Although, if your acne is severe, then I suggest you consider getting on antibiotics. These help to fight infection. Bactroban(Mupirocin), Erythromycin(topical), Clindamycin, Benzaclin/Duac are just some of the meds you can take to help fight your acne. Good Luck! Hope you beat it!
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