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Old 11-26-2001, 02:41 PM   #1
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Whitehead or Cyst?

During my last derm visit, I asked about a whitehead that I have that has been there for a few weeks. She indicated that it is a mild cyst and not a whitehead. She also told me that if it does not go away by itself, which it probably won't, she could remove it but it will leave a scar.

Any suggestions? Has anybody else had something similar? I appreciate the input!

 
Old 11-26-2001, 07:06 PM   #2
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Re: Whitehead or Cyst?

Is it inflammed, or just like a bump under the skin that you can feel when you press?

 
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Old 11-26-2001, 08:34 PM   #3
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Re: Whitehead or Cyst?

It's difficult to describe but here goes... It is about 2-3mm diameter and looks like a pimple elevation wise, but the color underneath looks kind of tan.

 
Old 11-27-2001, 07:22 AM   #4
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Re: Whitehead or Cyst?

To be honest, if it is that small and not inflammed I would just leave it alone for a while and see if it goes away on its own. Why run the risk of having a scar if you don't have too.

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Old 11-27-2001, 11:51 AM   #5
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Re: Whitehead or Cyst?

Thanks for the advice. Any idea if I could apply anything to help get rid of it? BTW -- I'm currently using RetinA Micro.

 
Old 11-27-2001, 12:22 PM   #6
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You could try using tea tree oil to bring it to a head.
I have had some success using this method to get rid of really persistant cysts (the kind that will stay for monthes otherwise). The downside with this method is if you aren't gentle once it comes to a head, you could end up with a scar. So if you choose to try this...be careful. Take care

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Old 12-05-2001, 10:42 PM   #7
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Re: Whitehead or Cyst?

This is the post Crajee.

 
Old 12-06-2001, 12:19 AM   #8
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Re: Whitehead or Cyst?

Justmeagain,

Did the bump ever go down or come to a head? Have you tried warm compresses or ice? I know some people say that ice does not do much once it is inflamed, but I have found that on some of the bumps I get -- when I ice them -- it comes to a head faster. Good luck! bella

 
Old 12-06-2001, 11:50 AM   #9
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Re: Whitehead or Cyst?

Thanks for the advice, Bella. When I asked the derm if there was anything that I could do help it out, she said that I could try the retinA. That has not been working. After a while, I might give the cold thing a try.

 
Old 12-06-2001, 01:49 PM   #10
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Re: Whitehead or Cyst?

whoa your lucky. mine is about 3/4 - 1 cm in diameter. i have a few in fact. luckily they are not inflamed but i still dont like having it. i ahve had it for about two years!!! i read the prior posts talking about tea tree oil and heat compress and ice.

where can i get tea tree oil?
is heat compress a fancy name for just putting something hot against it?

thanks

 
Old 12-06-2001, 05:02 PM   #11
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Hi again, Crajee. Have you seen a dermatologist about this? Do you mind telling approx how old you are?

 
Old 12-06-2001, 07:16 PM   #12
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You can get tea tree oil at healthfood stores and I have also seen it at drug emporium. I ordered mine online because it was cheaper...Take care

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