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How do I get rid of cysts?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 25, 2012 at 2:38 PM

I have a couple of cysts on my face that won't go away.

I think they came after I have too much fruit for about a week. I'm 14 years old, so acne is pretty hard to hide from, but if I don't get rid of these cysts my parents are going to force me to do Accutane.

I'm really scared of drugs, especially that strong of one, so please give me advice. Thank you.

I forgot to mention that topicals like sallycic acid and benzoyl peroxide used to work on me but now they don't.

F4a6fc9f0b701e12cdf2ad5dadaeb2dd

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:49 AM

Wow, I just learned that potatoes are simple carbs, if only I had known this sooner.

C8a5c6d2804326646bb274e491f7f21b

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on January 15, 2013
at 08:56 AM

i second avoiding tane, theres a reason why it was illegal

F4a6fc9f0b701e12cdf2ad5dadaeb2dd

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on September 04, 2012
at 03:06 AM

After 1 month of taking accutane, my rbc decreased. I am currently off accutane, ditching the "safe" starches, like potatoes and rice has helped with reducing the amount of cysts on my skin. I now believe that my cysts are caused by insulin spikes following from consumption of complex-carb-dense foods.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on June 27, 2012
at 12:44 AM

Thanks for sharing, Marcy. I totally agree with your answer about stress. I was always told to avoid stress but it's hard to do that when your skin is going crazy!! In the end I just had to accept that I was not in control. I could make all the best choices to help me heal, but I could not guarantee or "force" any outcome. When I finally realized that, it was like a huge weight fell from my shoulders. My skin is still not perfect, but it's a lot better, and I can usually trace any flare-up to accidental gluten or dairy ingestion.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on June 27, 2012
at 12:40 AM

Good advice but for people with serious, recurrent cystic acne, it's probably best to avoid all forms of dairy, at least until their skin is clear, just to be safe. Butter definitely breaks me out.

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

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on June 26, 2012
at 11:36 AM

Maybe, but I went a year without eating beef and still broke out.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on June 26, 2012
at 09:45 AM

Bovine Serum Albumine is present in cows milk and beef, if you happen to be allergic to this one, beef could be the problem. Just a guess.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:45 AM

BECAUSE CYSTIC ACNE IS NOT CAUSED BY SUGAR. Argggg Sorry Soccertanker.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on June 26, 2012
at 07:44 AM

Because they are not caused by sugar! Arggg. Sorry Soccertanker.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:40 AM

Cystic acne is not a reaction to a food allergen! Im unclear what you mean by this Elizabeth.

Fe6e37f8d4c49de1ecbc926c8900cd54

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on June 26, 2012
at 12:41 AM

Eh--I personally wouldn't, but I suck with dairy in all forms. I think it's an individual difference. My impulse, though, would be to say take the safe route and stay away from dairy altogether, at least at first.

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

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on June 25, 2012
at 11:49 PM

Even fermented dairy (i.e. goat milk kefir)?

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

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on June 25, 2012
at 11:48 PM

Me neither. I got down to eating just grass fed beef and wild caught salmon and still kept breaking out.

Fe6e37f8d4c49de1ecbc926c8900cd54

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on June 25, 2012
at 05:18 PM

I thought about adding a note about fermented foods and probiotics, because I have heard that those do help a lot with acne, but I've never personally experimented with that as a solution (although I do eat fermented stuff semi-regularly). It's certainly worth a shot, though.

F4a6fc9f0b701e12cdf2ad5dadaeb2dd

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on June 25, 2012
at 05:07 PM

Should I be worried about the gut bacteria stuff for my acne? It seems like kefir is brought up alot when people talk about acne.

F4a6fc9f0b701e12cdf2ad5dadaeb2dd

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on June 25, 2012
at 05:03 PM

Diet alone is not doing it for me.

F4a6fc9f0b701e12cdf2ad5dadaeb2dd

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on June 25, 2012
at 04:54 PM

My cists are not changing even though I haven't even one ounce of sugar in the last week.

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on June 25, 2012
at 03:17 PM

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Fe6e37f8d4c49de1ecbc926c8900cd54

on June 25, 2012
at 04:14 PM

I used to have problems with cystic acne too. Here are a few things I've found that have worked for me, but you just need to tinker and see what works for you. Lindsey might be right--Accutane might actually be a good solution for you if your problem is especially severe.

1- I second the suggestions to stay away from sugar and definitely dairy as well, even if you tolerate it well otherwise.

2- Getting 20-30 minutes in the sun every day really helps (it's actually very surprising how much this helps).

3 - I've also experimented with supplementation, and have found that taking Airborne (I think it's probably the zinc in it that is really helping), evening primrose oil and Vit D can help.

4- If you are still washing your face with anything other than cool water, try cutting out all soaps and astringents and see if that doesn't help--it's counterintuitive, but washing your face with soaps actually increases natural oil production, which can make skin problems worse.

F4a6fc9f0b701e12cdf2ad5dadaeb2dd

(360)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:07 PM

Should I be worried about the gut bacteria stuff for my acne? It seems like kefir is brought up alot when people talk about acne.

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

(1017)

on June 25, 2012
at 11:49 PM

Even fermented dairy (i.e. goat milk kefir)?

Fe6e37f8d4c49de1ecbc926c8900cd54

(1902)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:18 PM

I thought about adding a note about fermented foods and probiotics, because I have heard that those do help a lot with acne, but I've never personally experimented with that as a solution (although I do eat fermented stuff semi-regularly). It's certainly worth a shot, though.

Fe6e37f8d4c49de1ecbc926c8900cd54

(1902)

on June 26, 2012
at 12:41 AM

Eh--I personally wouldn't, but I suck with dairy in all forms. I think it's an individual difference. My impulse, though, would be to say take the safe route and stay away from dairy altogether, at least at first.

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on June 26, 2012
at 07:37 AM

I'm sorry you are having to deal with this. I know its hard. I personally had cystic acne and went on Accutane in my 20s. Both of my son's also used Accutane. I worked well for all of us. We had no bad side effects. Our liver enzymes were always fine and we have done a lot of liver support since using Accutane.
Your experience with the other meds, no longer working is a common one. Sorry

Do all that you can with diet and supplements and if that doesn't work then don't worry about taking the Accutane. Obviously if you have bad side effects you will stop. People on Accutane are monitored very closely and you will be fine.

That said, if you would rather deal with having cystic acne then go on Accutane, that should be your choice not your parents. If they wont listen to you and you really do NOT want the medication then tell the doctor that. Tell the doctor that you do not want the meds and your parents are insisting... Any good doctor would not write the RX in that case.

Accutane can work wonders. YOu are very young. You don't drink. You have a good diet. You will be fine.
Take care.

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on June 25, 2012
at 03:44 PM

Oh man, I don't have great advice for getting rid of them. My skin was terrible in high school, like 8th and 9th grade it arrived like the plague and was so awful. I had it on my back, my chest, and my face. The only stuff I found that made a difference was sulphur masks (you can either get some from proactiv, or there are sulfur products for other skin issues like Rosacea that actually will do the same thing) and sometimes tea tree oil applied directly to the problem area. I am allergic to salicylic acid so that was a mistake I only made once. I understand how you feel about Accutane- it is a big bad drug, and you have to follow instructions and get your blood tested monthly. But I took two full rounds of it and it changed my life. I do not regret it for one second, and I am pretty healthy and try and stay away from drugs when I can. There are some sacrifices that are worth it and for me, that was one of them. It came back slightly which is why I did the second round like 2 years later, but my skin is pretty much flawless now (unless I get stressed out at work). I wish I had done it sooner. The difference it made in my confidence was literally priceless. No depression or anything like that. The dryness was definitely something to deal with, but a little bit of coconut oil post shower (yeah, seems like more oil would be bad but it works well) and vaseline used as chapstick during the day and at night kept my lips from ever really cracking and peeling. Anyway, you will have to decide for yourself but it was the right choice for me.

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9c4ac9d902498a3158dbeee8aed6bbe4

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on January 15, 2013
at 01:48 PM

Just keep in mind: acne does not occur in communities where folks still eat a traditional diet. Yet when these people send their youths to the cities, they quickly develop this condition while eating western foods. What is your diet like? Acne has been tied to IGF-1, insulin, glucose etc. A paleo diet with no grains, dairy or added sugar should be your starting point. Also, your situation will not reverse immediately.

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F9052fdcd7f1e149dd728630013e02dc

on September 01, 2012
at 01:55 PM

I see lots of advice here and agree with the idea of having first hand facts for accutane. I took it and have had gi problems ever since. It destroyed my colon health and has severely compromised the quality of my life. I have lived with this for many many years now. The other problem with accutane for me is unwanted hair growth. I know this sound minor, but I really as a female I have tons and tons of hair in unnatural places. It is hard to manage. If I had been told about these issues I would have not taken the drug.

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A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on June 26, 2012
at 10:59 AM

I don't mean to add any stress because you already said you don't want to take it, but I took accutane and it destroyed my night vision and I suspect that I have a wrinkle or two more than I would if I hadn't been deprived of facial oil for six months. My boyfriend also took it and it destroyed his night vision as well. I have two friends who were on it who have had chronic digestion problems every since and I had an ex-roommate who was seriously unbalanced mentally and she said that it all started with accutane. Now, I fully realize all of these things can be coincidental.... but I feel the need to share those stories with anyone considering accutane.

As far as the positive side, it did clear up my cystic acne. I still break out all the time but it isn't really cystic anymore. I know the guy who posted above looks like spam, but I second the Manuka honey thing. I started washing my face with Manuka honey a few weeks ago after a particularly bad break out and I have to say, my skin is improving. I cannot stress enough how much washing your face with any sort of harsh chemical is just wrong, wrong, wrong. Not because I am opposed to the idea (I am), but because literally every person I know with acne has reported that their face got better once they switched to a milder soap, oil cleansing method, or other gentle cleanser.

It really is all about personal experimentation. I feel for you, though. It just sucks. With the cystic stuff, it is more about hormones and gut dysbiosis not any sort of topical treatment (so don't stress too much about finding that "perfect" treatment). Good luck experimenting.

EDIT: Oh my goodness, the most important part: SLEEP. Cannot stress that enough. And speaking of stress, that definitely is a component of my breaking out. And being really ashamed or embarrassed about acne can stress you out. Get thee to a pool or lay in a meadow! Use your summer off from school to really relax and see how it works out. Sun, but not too much.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 27, 2012
at 12:44 AM

Thanks for sharing, Marcy. I totally agree with your answer about stress. I was always told to avoid stress but it's hard to do that when your skin is going crazy!! In the end I just had to accept that I was not in control. I could make all the best choices to help me heal, but I could not guarantee or "force" any outcome. When I finally realized that, it was like a huge weight fell from my shoulders. My skin is still not perfect, but it's a lot better, and I can usually trace any flare-up to accidental gluten or dairy ingestion.

C8a5c6d2804326646bb274e491f7f21b

(534)

on January 15, 2013
at 08:56 AM

i second avoiding tane, theres a reason why it was illegal

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on June 25, 2012
at 08:25 PM

As most have said, acne tends to be a systemic reaction to a food allergen. What may be the "trigger" for some, won't do anything for others. Some things will hold true and may work for most (eliminate sugar, add probiotics, etc) - these things are probably best to include anyway. In my patients, however, I have seen some "odd" cures. With an aunt who is a dermatologist, I run with the advice that cystic acne more often than not, is a hormonal response. Hormones you "eat" may be the culprit. Whether it be "hormone-free" meat or not, animal protein (although the best for you nutritionally) will still contain hormones of its own. I have a patient that after just about every trial and error I came up with, I ended up putting on a "food elimination" diet to help narrow down the evil food. Chicken. Even hormone-free, organic, etc. She can eat turkey and all other fowl, but even a few bites will illicit these nasty results along her chin line within hours (If I hadn't seen it myself, I would even find it hard to believe). My advice would be to find the cause internally first. Treating it topically is only going to eliminate that particular symptom and more than likely, add other issues. If you find the patience, try an elimination diet and watch if the reintroduction of foods wreak havoc on your skin. Best of luck!

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:40 AM

Cystic acne is not a reaction to a food allergen! Im unclear what you mean by this Elizabeth.

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on June 25, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Attack it from the inside. Immediately stop all sugars and all dairy. Whether paleo or not, start taking a solid acidophilus supplement (refrigerated ones are more superior) from the health store and preferably a dairy-free formula. U need to also add fiber to your diet. While I am skeptical of solving any issue at a topical level vs. from the inside, green clay masks will do wonders. Good luck.

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on June 25, 2012
at 03:15 PM

What you do is basically soak a clean towel, cotton ball, or sponge in warm water and apply to the cyst until the towel, cotton ball, or sponge loses heat. When it cools off, re-soak in warm water (tip: re-heat the water in microwave, but make sure it's not scalding!) and reapply the compress to the cyst. Keep doing this for as much time as you have and for as many times as you can throughout the day.

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on January 15, 2013
at 01:18 PM

I am one of those lucky people for whom 100% paleo clears my skin (and 95% paleo does NOT!). However, before I discovered paleo, I did find a wonderful product that cleared my skin. It's expensive ($80 for 30 day supply) so I only used it for things like getting married, my husband coming home from deployment, etc, lol. But it was awesome.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel:

http://reviews.sephora.com/8723/P269122/reviews.htm?sort=helpfulness

Hurts like a DOG the first few times you use it. But stick to the whole month. People with cystic acne have differing view on it. (I had a few spot cysts, and those cleared).

There is also a peel for cystic especially, but I haven't tried it: Jessner's Peel: http://www.makeupartistschoice.com/products/MUAC_Jessner_Revitalizing_Peel-401-25.html

These are marketed as anti-aging, but they basically resurface your skin. It's worth a try before you do Accutane.

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on January 15, 2013
at 10:00 AM

When I was a teen and had bad acne my dr also said I was deficient in iron, vit b's and zinc. I also popped my acne hoping it would go away however that spread it worse. I tryed everything.

What wound up working for me was a multivitamin, b complex tab, vitamin c and a zinc tab. I also got sun and some moderate exercise (walked to the bus about half mile before and after school). and most of all washing my face with mild soap and rinsing with water and other than that NOT touching my face.

I dont know if this will help you... You should ask your Dr if you have any vit or min diffecency (simple blood test) and if your folks are trying to put you on meds ask the dr if something like the above would work or if you can try it before prescription drugs... After all I have never heard of acne being deadly..

Another thing is when others give you a hard time about it, try to iggy the teasing... The more stressed I was the worse it was.

If common sense and nutrition dont work or your parents and your dr want you on a med, hold strong your beliefs but remember it is only 4 more years till you get to make your own decisions. (And the guys you go to school with who bug you will not be a big part of your life after the 4 years unless you invite them to be after high school.)

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on January 15, 2013
at 09:24 AM

Eat Liver. Safer form of Vitamin A

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on June 27, 2012
at 03:08 PM

the sun thickens the skin and delays healing [when the scar is still red] and if sun bathing is done with a UV index superior to two, sunscreen must be applied. However, you can look at light therapy; but for moderate to severe acne [and not caused by the bacteria] I do not belive it will be that great.

I second accutane; perhaps topical in the first time and oral if it doesn't work

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on June 26, 2012
at 09:45 AM

What kind of parents "force" their kid to take drugs? I had similar parents I am so sorry smh

Avoid grains and dairy proteins at all costs (butter and heavy cream is okay but you might still be sensitive to it). Avoid soy.

Goat kefir and goat yogurt can help. You can try plain yogurt from cows too but I personally still got acne from them. It might help you though. Avoid the low-fat crap, they have a lot of sugar in them. Make sure they are REAL YOGURT.

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and other forms of saturated fat helps with the bacteria and irritation, and will help fade scars. Use them in bountiful amounts as lotion. I don't think they should clog pores. Also, you might be irritated from the type of soaps or shampoos you use. All non-organic shampoos gave me acne, personally.

Acne happens because you have stuff in you that the body is trying to get rid of, and skin is an organ that eliminates those. If acne had something to do with being unhygienic, then third world country people and hobos should have acne, but they don't. It's surface irritation (which produces unhealthy skin) combined with your body trying to release toxins that cause acne.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on June 27, 2012
at 12:40 AM

Good advice but for people with serious, recurrent cystic acne, it's probably best to avoid all forms of dairy, at least until their skin is clear, just to be safe. Butter definitely breaks me out.

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on June 25, 2012
at 03:32 PM

Stay Away from Sugar, Sugar Intake makes me break out. And also the warm everyday is helping a lot too!

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on June 26, 2012
at 07:44 AM

Because they are not caused by sugar! Arggg. Sorry Soccertanker.

F4a6fc9f0b701e12cdf2ad5dadaeb2dd

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on June 25, 2012
at 04:54 PM

My cists are not changing even though I haven't even one ounce of sugar in the last week.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:45 AM

BECAUSE CYSTIC ACNE IS NOT CAUSED BY SUGAR. Argggg Sorry Soccertanker.

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on June 26, 2012
at 06:45 AM

Hi to everyone

DO NOT take ANY MEDICATION READ MY STORY Kind REGARDS PAUL

I too have struggled for a long time to control my skin and prevent anymore breakouts. As i am male my facial hair became a problem for ingrown hairs. When i was younger the doc put me on roacutaine which i will tell you to never go on. It does clear your skin but comes with alot of side affects some such as scaring and also mental depression. Plus the acne will come back after the medication. Any way i have been using one thing and one thing only to control my skin this last year and since using my skin is totally different!!. I have had no breakouts . It may sound silly but all it is is Honey. Yep Honey. I would recommend manuka honey but it really doesn't matter than much. Go to your local bee keeper and get some fresh honey>>> But as i said dont stress to much. So if you have had to squeze one just put the honey on the broken skin and leave over night or when you have the opportunity. Also dont have to hot showers all your doing is drying out your skin. Every time you are going to have a shower Get a teaspoon of honey to apply all over your face and or effected areas, you can even massage your skin a bit. Try to leave it on for as long as possible then just have a shower just water no soaps!!. The water will wash it all off and your hands. (THATS IT ) the honey will also help to keep your skin moistureized so no need for any thing else. The honey has antibacterial agents in it which fights inflamation so if you squeaze the honey will help to heal quicker. Now that i have been doing this i have had no break outs and my scarring is starting to fade.My skin is great. So trust me and start this ASAP all you have to do is go to the supermarket and buy some honey. get the good stuff around $10 -$15 but this will last you a long time. at first apply every day or overnight if you can bear it you dont need to do it over night but if you have really bad skin at the moment this will help the calming of the skin quicker.

YOU WILL LOVE HONEY AFTER GETTING ON THIS TRUST ME I HAD TO GET ONLINE TO TELL THE WORLD TO STOP BUYING THE REMEDYS AND JUST USE HONEY JUST PERSIST WITH IT AND YOUR SKIN WILL EVENTUALLY BE 100 %% BETTER My names paul and i hope to hear from any one that will give it ago. [email protected]

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