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I am about to turn 35. Quick background: my acne got bad when I was 25, I took accutane at that age. It cleared all the big stuff, and I was happy. A year later I started getting annoying pimples on my cheeks, which wasn't typical before the accutane. I was starting to get upset again when my doc wanted me to go back to the daily grind of Retin-A. (I hated that stuff.)

So I started Proactiv in December 1999, and it worked great. I loved it. I've been a devoted user since then. However, in the last year, I started breaking out on a consistent basis, sometimes with multiple pimples simultaneously, and much larger than I've had in years. Most were the kind that formed a head, but now they all seem to form under the skin. They stay for months! They wax and wane, but never really go away. The hard mass of clotted blood (I'm guessing) just remains there under my skin.

What are these? Why am I almost exclusively getting these long-lasting headless kind all of the sudden? I have one under my eye that finally seems to have dissolved, but it started last July. I have one on my chin since November, another popped up a month ago on my chin (still there), a large one formed last week next to my nose where the smile crease is (still there), and now there is a large one under my nose right above my lip that seems like it will linger just like the rest.

Is there any special treatment for these things? Other than these I don't have other normal zits that pop. Just these hardened, clotted masses under the skin.
[QUOTE=nitts95;3553968]I am about to turn 35. Quick background: my acne got bad when I was 25, I took accutane at that age. It cleared all the big stuff, and I was happy. A year later I started getting annoying pimples on my cheeks, which wasn't typical before the accutane. I was starting to get upset again when my doc wanted me to go back to the daily grind of Retin-A. (I hated that stuff.)

So I started Proactiv in December 1999, and it worked great. I loved it. I've been a devoted user since then. However, in the last year, I started breaking out on a consistent basis, sometimes with multiple pimples simultaneously, and much larger than I've had in years. Most were the kind that formed a head, but now they all seem to form under the skin. They stay for months! They wax and wane, but never really go away. The hard mass of clotted blood (I'm guessing) just remains there under my skin.

What are these? Why am I almost exclusively getting these long-lasting headless kind all of the sudden? I have one under my eye that finally seems to have dissolved, but it started last July. I have one on my chin since November, another popped up a month ago on my chin (still there), a large one formed last week next to my nose where the smile crease is (still there), and now there is a large one under my nose right above my lip that seems like it will linger just like the rest.

Is there any special treatment for these things? Other than these I don't have other normal zits that pop. Just these hardened, clotted masses under the skin.
I too, developed horrible cystic acne in my late 20's. Going off the b/c pill in my early 30's seemed to worsen it. I did 2 years of Accutane, 10 months apart, and had 0 success, once I stopped the drug, the acne came back worse then ever. Ive spent thousands of dollars in dermatologists offices, on injections, they help- but leave scars, on every topical and oral drug on the market. Then, someone told me about Photodynamic Therapy. Its a laser treatment which works allot like accutane. It shrinks the sebaceous glands under the skin to stop the oil production, Ive had 4 treatments, the last one being only yesterday. its not cheap, but sometimes you only need one or two treatments, my doc told me between 3-5 and quite honestly, I suspect this was the last one. My scarring is gone- I get minimal breakouts since this started (ive gotten one treatment every 3 weeks for the past 3 months). Im thrilled to death with the results...the laser hurts- but only for a few minutes...afterwards you feel like you have a sunburn..a day later, you sort of peel as the new skin underneathe starts to come out- and then, soft, beautiful skin, like I had when I was 14!!!
Im really excited about this procedure and would recommend it to anyone who has gone thru what Ive gone thru!
Hope this helps.
Nikki
[QUOTE=MSNik;3972691]I too, developed horrible cystic acne in my late 20's. Going off the b/c pill in my early 30's seemed to worsen it. I did 2 years of Accutane, 10 months apart, and had 0 success, once I stopped the drug, the acne came back worse then ever. Ive spent thousands of dollars in dermatologists offices, on injections, they help- but leave scars, on every topical and oral drug on the market. Then, someone told me about Photodynamic Therapy. Its a laser treatment which works allot like accutane. It shrinks the sebaceous glands under the skin to stop the oil production, Ive had 4 treatments, the last one being only yesterday. its not cheap, but sometimes you only need one or two treatments, my doc told me between 3-5 and quite honestly, I suspect this was the last one. My scarring is gone- I get minimal breakouts since this started (ive gotten one treatment every 3 weeks for the past 3 months). Im thrilled to death with the results...the laser hurts- but only for a few minutes...afterwards you feel like you have a sunburn..a day later, you sort of peel as the new skin underneathe starts to come out- and then, soft, beautiful skin, like I had when I was 14!!!
Im really excited about this procedure and would recommend it to anyone who has gone thru what Ive gone thru!
Hope this helps.
Nikki

thank you! have never heard of this procedure but will definitely investigate. the cystic acne, ironically has decreased since i submitted that post. still get it on the back of my head but i do shave my head regularly and am almost thinking that's hurting it. if it does continue, i will look into the laser. i've had acne me whole life and hate the medication for drying out my skin so something new would be a breath of fresh air. hope it continues to work!