After years of struggling with painful cystic acne, my GP suggested using a topical antibiotic cream to try and clear up these deep recurring lumps. I kept getting these deep, bruise-y zits that quickly became large lumps on my chin, cheeks and forehead that never came to a head, no matter what I did. I often got these "zits" in the same spot every time, causing my skin to become permanently scarred due to picking and squeezing trying to relieve the pain and pressure these lumps caused. This product is available via perscription and it is mixed right before it is dispensed. Once the two medications are mixed, it is only good for three months. This product is fairly expensive. I live in Canada and filled it through costco's pharmacy. I have no insurance and paid 57.00 for this product, including dispensing fee. It isn't cheap, but there are a lot of high-end lotions at sephora that people shell out this kind of money for, so I justified it like that. You get a lot of product for the money, and there is a good chance I will still have some after it has expired. I use one pump on my face every night after washing with a CeraVe moisturising cleanser. Your face should be very dry when applying the product. The first couple of nights my skin felt very irritated after a few minutes of having it on, but that stopped after about a week and I now sleep with it on. Your face might get dried out, but not worse than using proactive, which I found was much more harsh than this product.
I noticed results within the first two days. my two constantly present cysts flattened substantially and were completely gone within a week of using the products. I haven't had a single zit since using this. The idea is that the antibiotic will permeate the skin and clear up the bacteria that is constantly causing the cysts. When I stop using this product, I'll be interested to see if the cystic acne comes back, or whether this "cleaned" out my skin enough. If you're desperate for something to help you with these huge red bumps, I highly recommend asking your doctor for this. I've never had clearer skin. I've also "overhauled" my general skincare routine, only using CeraVe cleaner and cetaphil lotions, which I think I will continue after I run out of this, since my skin seems to like it a lot.
A prescribed acne medication. Price ranges from $10 to $100 depending on your health care.
I personally only have to pay $12, and thats once a month since its a 25g jar.
My doctor prescribed me BenzaClin last year when my acne was at its worse. My face has never been this clear before. I can no longer live without this medication. I apply it after washing my face, and also at night I apply it to spots I fear are forming or spots that secretly formed. It works wonders overnight.
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