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Why keep using and paying for stuff that doesn't work. If you haven't been tried on Accutane then try it...it is very good on cystic acne and it works! Accutane is hard on the liver so you have to monitor your blood while you are on it but it all so worth it...it is regulated period of time you have to be on it but the effects of the drug lasts for years. good luck.
Thanks for the advice, but I am vehemently opposed to Accutane. Accutane is a high-risk drug that comes with high mental and physical risks attached to it. I am not prepared to put it into my body.

I'm not paying for Differin anyways - I have prescription drug coverage......but that's neither here nor there. I am more fixed on determining WHY I have this acne and what's CAUSING it, than I am about knocking it out of my system with a potent drug.

L.1980
I feel your pain! I'm a 36 year old female whose finally figured something out. I have tried everything except Accutane and was told that was my only hope. I have had cystic acne for a couple years and it was very embarrassing and painful. I've had to get a steroid shot because my eyelid was swollen from a cyst. The biggest thing that helped me was changing base makeup. I went to Merle Norman - they have a website - and got the delicate line. Their mineral powder has like 3 ingredients total and the coverage is great. I have used 3 other mineral powders and was very disappointed. They just didn't cover and it felt oily even though I have dry skin.

I have also used many face soaps and washes and fell in love with the Oil of Olay wash for sensitive skin. NO break outs.

I was desperate and ready to just fall over from the agony. I was willing to buy anything. I have not had ONE cyst since I switched just two products. Dermatologists, like any other doctors, don't know ALL about you and how your body works. Only WE know what works for us and what we have been through.

I've tried watching the foods and drinks and can also report that pizza breaks me out every time, but nothing else. :)

Peace to you and your new confidence...
Hey Monarch (love that name LOL!),

Thanks so much for the advice and support. Unfortunately - I do not wear makeup, so it is not makeup that is making me break out. I wish it were that simple! As for face wash - I use walmart's brand of Cetaphil cleanser which has basically nothing except water and steryl alcohol in it - so it's not that either.

In fact, here I am on day 5 of my cycle and I have just broken out with 3 new cystic pimples......I was thinking about stopping eating sweet stuff altogether and managed it for two weeks, but broke down last night and ate about ten cookies. I can't do that.

Anyways - just an update - my gynecologist called me last week after the results of my hormone blood tests came back. She wants me to come in next week for an ultrasound to screen me for PCOS!!!! I NEVER thought that I would be at risk of having PCOS - my cycles and periods are as regular as clockwork with every cycle being 26 days long give or take a day or two here or there. Anyways - according to her, my FSH and LH hormones are at an out-of-whack ratio and this could be a sign of the earlystages of PCOS.

So - next week it's off to the gynecologist - while drinking bottles of water! - to go get my ovaries checked out on ultrasound! NEVER had an ultrasound before and quite apprehensive!!!!

L.1980



[QUOTE=Monarch7;3669522]I feel your pain! I'm a 36 year old female whose finally figured something out. I have tried everything except Accutane and was told that was my only hope. I have had cystic acne for a couple years and it was very embarrassing and painful. I've had to get a steroid shot because my eyelid was swollen from a cyst. The biggest thing that helped me was changing base makeup. I went to Merle Norman - they have a website - and got the delicate line. Their mineral powder has like 3 ingredients total and the coverage is great. I have used 3 other mineral powders and was very disappointed. They just didn't cover and it felt oily even though I have dry skin.

I have also used many face soaps and washes and fell in love with the Oil of Olay wash for sensitive skin. NO break outs.

I was desperate and ready to just fall over from the agony. I was willing to buy anything. I have not had ONE cyst since I switched just two products. Dermatologists, like any other doctors, don't know ALL about you and how your body works. Only WE know what works for us and what we have been through.

I've tried watching the foods and drinks and can also report that pizza breaks me out every time, but nothing else. :)

Peace to you and your new confidence...
1980. just went through this same thing with a friend . she got off yasmin the 6mo. later terrible acne. never had cystic kind before. the dermo. said yasmin masked most of it then when she got off they were worse but she was prone to them to start with. she did accutane and they somewhat went away but never completely. now they are steady coming every three weeks and maybe one good week of clearing and then they are back only to scar again. went to ny. to endo. he has written books about spiro and now she is taking 100mgs and bcp for her regulating cycle. she needs to be at 200mgs. but shes a little scared. her face is clearing up sheis on yaz too. maybe this is a betterbcp. i think this is going to be the miracle for her. she looks and feels great. you have to drink tons of water. good for her cause she was always bloated. pcos patients do great on this at 200mgs cause pcos tends to have hairloss too. she feels this is the answer even though her bloodwork(THEY SAY) is NORMAL. you can be hormone sensitive though. she did the pcos and it was normal so why? she wants to know. genetic for her but spiro is helping so much with oil and sebum.:)
PS: Having now read through the thread, I wanted to add I too was on Accutane in 30's and was not impressed and back then (15 years), they knew about the birth defects (and I did miscarry) but not about suicidal feelings, etc. I don't recall those but I also suffered from infertility. I read a book (not sure if I can post name) ..........Hormonally Vunerable Woman.............very good and another poster I believe refers to the endo.

I wanted to underscore trying natural remedies - I never used birth control (due to infertility) but from what I have read Yaz could be helpful in your situation. I diagnosed a friend of my child as having PCOS which I have researched to years as my sisters suffer from it.

I do believe all acne is a hormonal imbalance (men & women), specifically high levels of testoserone for me. It sounds like you have done your reseach - good luck again.
Lizzie, I feel your pain and understand how you feel. Having acne and figuring out why you have it can be one of the most difficult things. Everybody's body is different and even doctors and scientists are perplexed as to why some get acne and some don't. You have to consider a lot of things - diet, stress, hereditary - things you already know. I don't have a miracle cure for you, I wish I did. I'm 42 and have acne off and on since I was 12 years old. My dermotologist perscribed everything known to man and I'd still break out. I was opposed to going on Accutane, but finally after being desperate and deeply (I'm talking DEEPLY) depressed about my face, I studied up on the drug and finally took the plunge. My doctor monitored me closely the entire time I was taking it. I am happy to report that I had no major side effects (other than dry eyes and dry hands). After the 5 month treatment my face was literally transformed! People were coming up to me and asking me what I was doing to my skin because they thought it looked so nice - even my boss. She called me into her office one day (I thought I was in trouble when she asked me to close the door behind me - lol) and she asked me what I had done cosmetically (as in surgical) to my face cause she wanted to do it. My skin stayed clear for many, many years afterwards and my depression over my acne totally lifted. I found myself actually confident to look people in the eye for the first time in my adult life! I know you said you were totally opposed to Accutane and I TOTALLY understand that. I was too. Whether or not to take Accutane is a huge decision that should never be made on a whim. I actually have taken it twice in my life. I took it again at age 37 or 38 and had the same wonderful results. My skin is not perfect now by any means; I still get a cystic pimple here and there (not fun!) but for the most part I am clear - nothing like what I used to suffer. I get physicals yearly and my blood work always comes back completely normal - even my liver enzymes and triglycerides. I know there are a lot of Accutane horror stories out there as well, but no one talks about the success stories so that's why I am posting this. Please don't think I am pushing anyone to get this treatment. Everybody's skin is different and it's definitely a personal choice between you and your doctor. A few other things before I write a book here - Have you considered a IPL therapy for your acne? It's an alternative to taking meds that might harm your body, but a little pricey. Also, be sure to drink LOTS of water to help flush out any toxins that could be contributing to your breakouts. Stay away from refined sugar as much as you can also. For a cleanser, I use Neutrogena Rapid Clearing Oil reducing wash (it's in an orange tube - Target, Walmart, any drug store should have it) and I also use Clinque Clarifying lotion to mop up any extra oil. I actually use it before AND after I wash my face. For touch ups when I get zits I used 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide (they make 10% but it's way too harsh!) Anyway, I hope you find the treatment that's best for you. I really do. I totally understand the frustration of having acne. Life is just seems happier for some reason when you have a clear complextion! :)