lilbitjack

painful acne... what's up with that?

Hi, I have struggled with acne since I was about 17 I just turned 32 and most recently along with my acne saga (which I believe is actually worse now than when I was younger) it's becoming more painful/inflamed. Anyone else can relate? Maybe it's clogged pores.??. This is the type of acne that stays there for months and is buried deep in the skin. It makes my skin look bumpy and uneven. I suffered with acne but believed it would go away but now add inflammed & bumpy skin to it all & I honestly feel so insecure & avoid going out unless necessary cuz I'm truly embarrassed. So any suggestions or am I just hopeless & beyond help- 

 

ashhay

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I think you should see a dermatologists. It may seem expensive but it's better than accumulating a bunch of drugstore products that don't help or my your skin worse. I have a mild case of cystic acne.   I thought once I hit 25 that my acne would be a problem of the past..they thinking could not have been more flawed. When I say dermatologist, I mean a doctor that specializes in skin issues nothing more and nothing less. I speak from experience on this. I have tried nurses, internal medicine doctors, and physicians assistants and they did not have the expertise needed to give me the prescriptions needed for my skin type. Retin A only made my skin more sensitive especially to the sun. Afterwards, I had flaking, freckles, red spots, and still some cystic acne. When I visited a dermatologists he prescribed me some mild antibiotics to work internally and a prescription to 1% clindamycin gel. I have been grateful  ever since. He also asked me about the skincare and makeup products I use. He asked if I clean my cell phones,pillows, makeup brushes, and hair regularly. The last thing he asked about was my water intake, sleeping habits, diet, and exposure to stress. So, you see cystic acne has many factors outside of genetics and only a doctor that specializes in skin could best assist you.

annekevdb

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I have cystic acne - the painful bumps under the skin. They rarely erupt (if not picked) and hurt hurt. Nothing topical helps. At 30 I declared myself officially OVER them and got a prescription for Accutane. It really helped. It has been 14 years and I get breakout way less often (like maybe a few per  year). A dermatologist can prescribe it. I also use Retin A every day, which doesn't help w/ the acne, but does help w/ keeping your skin soft and minimzing scars.

midnightangel

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You have cystic acne, which cannot be treated topically. You need medication, hon.

Visit a dermatologist & discuss your options.

I have genetic cystic acne & had to go through 2 Accutane treatments so I feel ya. Just know that over the counter products will not treat what you have - you need to see a professional.

jennypenny1995

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It's cystic acne.  I've had it for YEARS.  Fortunately, I read Renee Rouleau's site and "Tips" page where she talks about it and how to prevent it.  I am currently 4 full months without a single breakout or issue.  That's coming off a new cystic area once weekly.  BIG confidence booster and game-changer!!!

dianabt

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Hello lilbitjack, 

 

I can't add much more to what has already been said but don't feel alone! I'm almost 30 and still get horribly random surprise cystic breakouts- no fun and they DO hurt. My favorite part is the scar that they leave without ever coming to the surface.. *sarcasm*

 

Drinking lots of water and not exfoliating the skin will help you! But try to visit a doctor or dermatologist who can help you if it's truly becoming a damper to your daily life. :smileysad: Best of luck! 

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana
cherrybombtastic

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I would suggest going to see a doctor, not necessarily a dermatologist because that can be expensive. My doctor gave me an abundant of samples because the prescription was so expensive that he didn't want me to shell out so much money for it. I've had acne since I was 12 and I'm 24. Sometimes there are really clear periods, and sometimes my face just looks horrible like deep clusters of big pimples along my whole jaw. I think as we get older, it relates more to your hormones than your oily skin or skincare regimen. I know I didn't recommend any products but really trust your instincts no matter what you're suggested even if it's coming from a doctor. I hope this helps and good luck!

shesomiso123876

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SEE AN ACNE SPECIALIST!!! I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. i had horrible, and painful acne until i went to the doctor. she put me an an antibiotic ( solodyn) and 2 gel's ( epiduo, and   clindamycin) it get's even worse at first for about a week and a half. but one mourning i woke up and my skin looked so much better! ( including some backne action i had going on...ew) I have 0 zits now, and 0 scars all due to the visit to the doctor. PEASE, PLEASE GO!!

ps. DO NOT USE A CLARSONIC UNTIL AFTER THE WHOLE PROCESS. trust me.

krunce

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I think I've had pimples like that before. My Dad calls them pressure pimples... Acne.org is a pretty awesome community for learning about and exploring treatments for different kinds of acne. Here's a breakdown of types: (it might be easier to find a solution if you know the medical term for what you're experiencing).

I'm not exactly sure what causes that kind of acne but a dermatologist or even a doctor might be more helpful, especially if it's very persistent. It could be hormones... there are all sorts of over the counter and prescription topical treatments you can use for different levels of severity that don't have all the side effects of something like Accutane, like a benzoyl peroxide topical treatment. 

krunce

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I put in a link to a site called acne.org that breaks down the different types of acne but a Mod removed it because it wasn't a Sephora website link, but you can probably track it down yourself or I could private message it to you.

consolvo

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Adult acne (google it - it's a real thing) is like a dirty little secret. No. Fun.

 

It might be helpful to check out the webmd article on the subject.

kalex

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You're not alone!  I'm in my 30's and my acne is different than what  it was in my teens too.  

It sounds like you have cystic acne.  Cystic acne is the kind that you can feel under your skin before you can see it.  They are painful, hormonal (not cosmetic/product related), stick around for forever, and typically leave scars behind.

 

It would absolutely be best for you to see a dermatologist or at least your regular doctor.  Topical treatments can help speed healing but really don't do much for this kind of acne overall.  A doctor can talk to you about dietary changes and medications to balance out your hormones and get your acne under control.

nebel

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What Kalex said.  I have the same, painful hormonal acne which will appear and last FOREVER.  (it is a major bummer when you get the new acne appearing with your cycle before the previous cycle's acne has cleared... :smileysad:  )  I haven't had any bad outbreaks in a while, but perhaps my hormones are finally NOT freaking out as much. 

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