mmetcalf1105

Cystic Acne - HELP ME!!!

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I have cystic acne (usually around that time of the month).  I've struggled with acne since my early teens and now I'm 30.  I had hoped that when I turned 30 my skin would just say "ok....you're older, I'll calm down now...."  but that hasn't happened.  I have tried everything from Mary Kay, BeautiControl, Proactiv, Clinque (years ago), Merle Norman and Murad.  I use Olay Total Effects now, but it still isn't clearing it up on my jaw line and underneath.  I am looking for something that will work - I've looked at the philosophy, boscia and kate somerville.....any ideas on any of them?

 

I honestly don't mind the cost if it is going to work.  I am open to ideas!!

nika26

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Mario Badescu Acne Treatment works wonders, find out more at www.lipstickandlemons.com

moppet7

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Hi

I am 32, and have been getting hormonal, LONG LASTING deep bumps along my earline and jaw/neck area..as you said before- we are supposed to be over this by now! I tried everything, and I mean all of it. Stay away from fragrant products, and make glycolic acid your friend!

The major winners for me were the DDF sulfur mask (for full mask and spot treat), and DDF glycolic toner. This toner has helped me SO much in keeping the area under my ears and along my jaw clear. A lifesaver.

To cleanse I use my never-be-without drugstore fave- Neutrogena benzoyl peroxide cleanser/mask. (There are much more exp versions from other brands, but this works THE BEST. I follow with Clinique Super Rescue antioxidant moisturizer, which soothes my skin at night,

All of these products are non- comedegenic and are great for acne and aging skin.

Another thing to look into is a birth control that controls acne.

Sorry to ramble on, but I hope this helps!

daisyjacobs

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I have been battling all the types of ance since I was 12 but mainly I have cystic ance. I refrain from using harsh chemicals like benzoyl and glycolic acid which with my expirience dry out my skin making me break out more. I've tried all the same things you have but I have found a regimen that has worked to wear I have little or no break outs.

 

If you have ever heard of Origins, (go online to their site or if you have a Dillards at your mall they carry their whole line there). They are a natural and organic line, they make their products from all natural stuff which is good and you don't have to be on the nad wagon for going green to enjoy these products. They are pricey, but is worth it in the run around of changing products because they don't work or quit working.

 

"10 Minute Out of Trouble" mask. It contains sulfur and zinc oxide which treat cystic acne. I use it every few days and spot treatments over night when it's my time of the month. It has a distinct smell to it after you wash it off because of the sulfur but doesn't stick in your skin. After my first time using it I noticed on my jaw line and cheeks that the cysts were less swolen and hurt less. After a week of using it you couldn't tell I had cystic ance.

 

This product alone treats my ance, I have the moisturizer, "modern friction" (which is rice scrub and is very gentle-makes my skin very smooth and helps with dark spots). I also use the "checks and balances" face wash, it's gentle cleansing and a little goes a long way. A full size bottle lasts me close to 3 months.

 

You have to find what works for you and your skin type. They are like clinque with offering products for different skin types and stuff for anti-aging, spots, body washes, etc. Anything for your skin you can find.

 

My derm told me (when I was still going) that exfoiliation and moisture are just as important as what you are treating your acne with. Don't confuse your skin with using too many products or not giving a product enough time to help your problem. Never pick at your cysts, easier said than done, but when you pick you rupture it into other pores and the pore it's coming out of even deeper in your skin. It's best to leave it alone. If you want relief- ice it or put a warm wash cloth on it for 5 mins, then put a hydrocortizone cream on it (anti-itch) which relieves the swelling and after that is dry put neosporn on it to help kill the bacteria. It helps for relief but if you do it often it will go away.

 

Research...research and research. Inspect the products you have and don't just expect to work for you. Know when you break out more and what causes it. It's the only way to help yourself.

 

 

 

k8skate

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I didn't find relief from cystic acne until the dermatologist prescribed laser treatments. For the small, infrequent blemishes I sometimes still get Renee Rouleau products do the trick. Lots of exfoliation and her anti- cyst treatment are god- sends, available online, please google her name as I am not allowed to post the url here. Renee Rouleau also advises against eating a lot of milk products if you are having problems with cystic acne, lots of greeat tips on her blog. Best of luck!

 

The recently returned my Tanda Zap, the at- home blue laser to fight against acne. Disappointing. Ineffectual.

bouncybread

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I suffer from the occasional cystic acne as well. It is possibly the most frustrating thing! It hurts more than the normal pimple and it feels like a bulbous lump way underneath the skin. Worst is, if you try popping it when it's not ready, it immediately swells up and becomes larger and more red.

 

I have tried a multitude of products all designed to help acne, but the best one I always go to is by far Eradikate from the Kate Somerville line. The moment you feel one of those bumps coming in, dip a cotton swab into the product (make sure it dips into the pink sediment) and dot it onto the pimple. Leave it on for a while and wash off in the morning when you wake up. It dramatically reduces both the size and swelling of the cyst, and it should bring it to a poppable head in about 3 days. For normal pimples, after I leave it on at night, when I wake up the pimple is gone. It's a great product and relatively inexpensive as well at $22.

 

Hope it works for you as well as it has for me!

mmetcalf1105

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So I went to an esthetian, and she said that I don't have acne, I break out because I'm treating my skin for acne....

 

So any suggestions???

lacqueredup

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That's what your esthetician said? weird. Ive had the same problem... I would guess what the previous posts have said will work, and in addition I

a) find that sugary drinks break me out, b) find washing/cleansing face every 3 hours +/- helps greatly and c) clinique's products or clean and clear advantage system generally work to clear it up

anaa

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Have you considered purchasing a Clarisonic Mia?  That in conjuction with using a gentle cleanser (some good ones have been suggested) that contains salicylic acid (which incidentally comes from the white willow plant) or glycolic acid, has helped tremendously with eliminating blackheads which is one of acne's forms, from my skin.  Salicylic or glycolic acid products are anti bacterial and will help gently exfoliate and eliminate bacteria.  Acne treatment is different from treating a headache.  Hopefully when you have a headache and take an aspirin it reacts on the temporary cause of the pain.  Acne can be hormone related and often needs continuous treatment.

cherrybombtastic

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I've tried Murad, too, but I had success with it for 2 years. When I stopped, the regimen just didn't work the same. I still use Murad's Skin Perfecting Lotion, though. Right now, I use Philosophy's On a Clear Day and I have to say it honestly works faster than Murad. You might experience a rut, where for a week you might stop seeing improvements, but it's just that--a rut. I would advise to keeping using the regimen. I also have to say that for me Philosophy's con is that some of the products in the kit don't last very long and others, like the cleanser can last forever. Just give it a try. If you prefer to stay out of the acne kit department, you might want to try REN's Clear Calm 3 Anti-Blemish Clay Cleanser. I used about 2 bottles of that cleanser and it was not drying at all. I think it's a good change from the harsh acne ingredients that are found in a lot of acne products today, so maybe natural is the way to go. The plus side is that even if you massage your face, you won't experience the dryness that you feel from other cleansers. You know the tightness, Because your acne is around your jawline, it might be also a hormonal issue, so you might want to see a dermatologist to make sure before running out and trying more acne products. I hope this helps!

strmysony

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Hi,

 

I get cystic breakouts as well. These products have worked for me: DDF's Sulphur Mask (as a spot treatment), Ren's Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel, and Mario Badescu's Buffering Lotion and Drying Cream. The latter have been the most effective and reduce my breakouts in about two days. All but Ren, use sulphur as the active ingredient, which may or may not work for you.

 

Cystic breakouts are usually hormonal, so it's more about treating than prevention.

mmetcalf1105

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any thoughts on boscia??

strmysony

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Hi,

 

I have only used Boscia's Oil-free moisturizer and blotting sheets. The active ingredient in their Breakout treatment is willow bark which is said to soothe and decrease inflammation, this ingredient is in other natural acne products. I would say it's worth getting a sample:smileyhappy:

mbjunkie

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I like Boscia and i suggest you try it. boscia also have an acne line but they don't use the chemicals to burn or dry your skin so you can actually balance and regulate your skin. All the other brands mentioned use chemicals and they do nothing but weaken your skin in the long run. it's like taking a pain killer each time you have a headache. not finding the root cause and teaching the body to be healthy. and exfoliators like glycolic acid, is an irritant that just burns off a layer of skin to reveal smooth skin. your skin should be balancing oil production, shed dead skin cells and not have clogged pores. but all the chemicals do is just remove, take away, burn. there are also plenty of asian skincare that don't use chemicals. it's about gentle cleansing and nourishing each step. also, when the skin is balanced as just described, you can use a gentle physical exfoliator to remove what's already brought up to skin surface. boscia, though not organic, is still more natural using plant ingredients to feed nutrition to the skin. no chemicals. my skin have always behaved balanced whenever i'm not using chemical ingredients. 

beautyful1

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If you have tried everything, it may be time to see a dermatologist. If you have insurance, visiting the Derm and using the topical meds that they will prescribe, will save you alot of time and money compared to the effort it takes to try various over the counter products.

 

Also, your issue seems very similar to my own battle with cystic acne. It seems that topical solutions don't work for you, so I would recommend that you try Accutane (generics). I hate pills and my 6 month treatment of accutane was not pleasant. But a year later, I can honestly say that it was the best decision I could have ever made for my skin.  If Murad and Clinique (the blue acne system) didn't work, I honestly don't think philosophy, boscia or kate somerville will work for you. I've used all three brands to maintain my skin, but they will not work as acne treatments.

mmetcalf1105

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Went to the derm already - prescribed me some cream that even with insurance was well over $100 a month.  The Olay works alright - I also want some kind of anti-aging deal too.  It is weird, if I try to pop them - they don't pop, just leak (i know gross...)

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