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Cystic acne: Your advice?

I'm in my 30s and have cystic acne on occasion.  The most frustrating thing I think we'd all agree on is how dang long it takes to make them go away!  I'd love to hear from those of you who've dealt with these.  How do you make them go away?  How long do they stay for you?  What do you use to cover them, especially since they don't break the skin like a pimple but are just raised lumps? Thanks, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Hi Jenny! I have had this same exact problem for a couple years now. Clarisonic was like I took a wire brush to my skin, made my cystic 58947358234 times worse after one use, thank god I let them try it on me at a local place before I bought one. The only thing I've had a derm put me on that helped at one point was Obagi.... It was extremely expensive though and after about 2 months did nothing for me. The best success I've had is actually stepping back and cutting out a ton of stuff I was using. PTR products have been my absolute lifesaver. The best ones have been those that contain glycolic acid. Another thing is making sure to use a moisturizer with no extras, oil-free, no fragrance. REN is my other huge lifesaver here recently. Any of their products have been great. The face polish will rid you of any dead skin cells and from my experience the more I promote cell turnover the less cystic I get. I try to not wear makeup on the weekend if I can help it or at least less and this gives my face a nice break. I hope this helps! I know how horrible it can be! 

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Yes, stepping back.  Simplifying.  Most definitely doesn't hurt to do that!  THANK YOU for sharing and giving your thoughts!

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1 cyst cleared and another at its peak.  Research show dairy triggers acne like this, but I can't give up milk!!!  Chocolate milk is a must every soon often.  I don't drink coffee at all, so cut me some slack!  Ugh!

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FINALLY!  All 3 cysts are gone, baby, gone!  I wore absolutely ZERO concealer today.  Thank you, lawd!  (...and Neosporin...and peroxide...and salicylic acid...and ice packs...)

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I don't use it as often as I should (as in a few weeks every couple of months) but I find retinol really helps keep the cysts away. At first I get a little purging, but they subside quickly. My fave is PTR Retinol Fushion PM. It's an oil-free serum, that is so silky. I use a thicker moisturizer when on a retinol kick so I don't get dry patches. 

I can't give up dairy, I love cheese too much Smiley Sad but yes it's a culprit of those annoying cysts 

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Yep, I'm not parting with my chocolate milk.  No way!!

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Hey, I have honestly tried it all. Murad, PTR (Kit & Face Pads), Boscia, Clairsonic (didnt do a thing, all it does is further irritates your skin), Mario Badescu, Soap&Glory, Ole Heriksen. 

 

So I did my research through the american dermatological association. I read benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria causing acne. With that being said this was 1 month ago. 

 

I decided to stick to a

mild cleanser: LUSH fresh farmacy (leaves my skin soft, not oily, but enough moisture, super clean feeling and its vegan) 

treatment: neutrogena on the spot benzoyl peroxide 3.7

moisturizer: (something moisturizing since BP is drying) LUSH enzymion moisturizer vegan also/ Bobbi brown hydrating gel moisturizer. 

 

After the years of battle i found something that works for me, i did research on my skin type and came up with this routine. It has been months of research and sleepless nights but I found some products that work. Trial and error, but according to the American Association benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria causing acne although some poeple it may not work and because its not used properly.

 

But this was my exprience and my opinion. Hope this helps. Smiley Happy 

 

 

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So the BB Hydrating Gel Mtzr wasn't too heavy or greasy?

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One more thing i forgot to mention, a dermatologist told me that you can only control acne since it is part of your genes sort of. She also said only use mineral based makeup that would not penetrate through pores, NO foundation or any oily makeup. 

 

On the weekend at night I use Dr Dennis Gross peals extra strength for my skin , those have helped in great amount with scars. 

 

I use Bare Minerals Matte foundation covers very well too. I also use their blush as well. Smiley Happy 

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And, here we go again with a whopper right on the side of my nose, near the bridge of it.  If it was Halloween, I'd make an excellent witch with this thing swelling up.

 

This time, though, I'm not touching it.  I've already taken my makeup off (only worked 1/2 day today) and have lined up my peroxide, Neosporin, and hydrocortisone cream like little soldiers.  Oh, what fun tonight and tomorrow will be!  = (

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I'm so sorry to hear you're struggling with cystic acne. It's painful and I completely understand. Picking it never helps either...

Here are my fave products for managing acne:

1) Benzoyl peroxide topical cream is the best. You have to be super careful with handwashing, and if your cystic acne is persistent and painful, you can have it prescribed by your doctor for a stronger ointment. You can also get this at any drugstore at a lower concentration that still works great. 

2) A sulfur based spot treatment for night. I've been using this one, which I got at a CVS, but it looks like you could get it at Ulta!: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=prod5023023

 

3) See if you can find a concealer that won't clog pores, and that has some salicylic acid in it.

Right now, for you, it's all about drying agents. Benzoyl peroxide, sulfur and salicylic acid are the top. 

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Ugh!  Thank you for your thoughts and post.  I really appreciate it!

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Oh! And I forgot!

 

Whta I find is that at some point, drying agents have done the trick but there's still something there and what that something needs is to heal, and not to dry. So once you can evaluate when the drying agents have done their trick (probalby after a day or two), start using polysporin or neosporin on the spot at night, and perhaps a bit under concealer during the day, to speed up healing!

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Great advice!  Funny thing...I do that to the letter when I do have a cyst.  Peroxide, then Neosporin.  Thank you for reaffirming me that I'm normal!!

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Can I just say...thank the lawd that this last cyst is gone and only a few flakes of the skin on top remain?  This is honestly the best my skin has looked in 2 months.  Crazy!

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Woo Hoo! So what's your current skin care routine to keep it so nice (besides the remnants of the last cyst?) 

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Renee Rouleau's line for her Type 2 skin.  I'm finishing up this latest rounit of it, so ill probably head back to Clique's Mild liquid cleanser, #2 or 3 toner, and Dramatically Diff Gel for daytime.  At night, I'm going to use Philosophy's new Hope in a Jar Night.  That, and keep using Murad's Pomegranate Mask twice weekly.  The only reason I'm going back to Clinique is the cost factor Of RR's line.  But, I'm keeping her Daily Protection moisturizer for days I'm going to be outside more and need SPF.

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Tonight is Murad Mask Night.  Skin feels incredible now!!

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Hooray, I've been blemish-free for 2 months now!!  No cysts, no whiteheads.  Skin is only a tiny pink around my nose and where my old blemishes were.  ("Were".  Did you get that?  Past tense!)

 

this is the best feeling in the world!  So much more confidence.  No hiding behind gobs of concealer.  No more feeling like I was becoming a unicorn with whatever that was growing out of my forehead.  Whew!

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WOOHOO!!  I am still having problems but it's better than it was, and honestly I've sort of come to terms with it, that my skin will never be perfect.

 

I was looking at my skin the other day and trying to wipe off what ended up being a freckle on my cheek, one of those freckles that has been there since I was a child, I just forgot about it since it's been camoed in the sea of red acne scars on my chin.cheeks now. :/  My skin is better, and the cysts that form don't last as long, but maybe I should just blame this on the pregnancy?  (Who am I kidding, it happened before that too!)

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Congratulations on finding something that works for you!

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