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Cystic Acne


I just got one of these nasty lump things right next to my eye and I
have a wedding to go to this Sat. Does anyone have any idea's how I can
get rid of it by then, or at least bring the swelling down. I look like a
ghost punched me in the eye last night. Has anyone tried applying ice
and if you did, did it help you any? I have five days to get rid of it
and I'm willing to try just about anything.

Nov 01, 2011 @ 08:45 am

14 Replies

Ali de Bold

I hate it when that happens!

Whatever you do, do NOT attack it! That will guarantee it looks worse. Can you get in to see a dermatologist? That would be your best bet. If not, give it a couple of days (try not to even think about it!) and see if it starts fading on it's own. Worst case, invest in a good concealer for the big day. Good luck!
Nov 01, 2011 @ 09:00 am

Natural Remedies?

I've done the alternating hot and cold before and usually it does help to bring down swelling. Just this morning I woke up with a swollen eye for no reason whatsoever so I put on a warm face cloth then an ice cube and it did help.

You might also want to try lemon juice in water or putting a lemon directly on the area- I've done this before to shrink it and to dry it out.

@ali-de-bold is right though- make sure not too pick or touch it too much! If you do I have heard good things about this product: http://www.amazon.com/Clean-Clear-Advantage-Popped-0-5-Ounce/dp/B004D248LI Clean and Clear Popped Pimple Relief Drying paste which helps to clear things up after you've picked at it- this one is my next product buy!

If you have time, try a really drying product, I have used this one: http://www.chickadvisor.com/item/clean-amp-clear-persa-gel-10-acne-medication/ from Clean and Clear but I'm not sure if they make Persa Gel 10 anymore- they do however make Persa Gel 5 which is very drying- good for overnight!

Nov 01, 2011 @ 09:37 am

same with me

I always get those kinds during the worst time!

I have a nasty one on my nose (always get one there of all places...) and ick does it suck. One thing I find that works for me is to put a hot towel over it to steam it out and open the pores up. You can also consider over the counter fixes but I dont find them very effective for cystic types.Another thing I do but this is when I have more time is pinch it (yes it hurts and I'm probs not suppose to do this lol) upwards to make it turn into a white head sooner.
Nov 01, 2011 @ 09:39 am

Thanks Ali

I've learned not to attack over the years, all that does is make a
bigger mess and prolong the agony. Unfortunately getting into see a Dr
in Windsor is like pulling teeth with out the laughing gas. It's
ridicules down here! Even if a family Dr sends you to see a specialist
it takes months to get in. Then they wonder why our hospital emergency
wards are so over run by people in a panic. Its sad but true. I've
recently tried a green color concealer for red spots made by Physicians
Formula called Gentle Cover Concealer that has worked well to cover red
spots, have you heard of it? They have a few different colors for
different things, like a yellow one for under eye dark spots. I haven't
tried that one yet. I hope all is going well with Jake and he had a fun Halloween.

Nov 01, 2011 @ 09:43 am

Thanks Alex & Shiorim

I hate to say I'm happy I'm not alone in this, because I'm not happy for
anyone that has this happen to them. It just sinks and seems to always
show up at the worst times. I'll give every thing the two of you
mentioned a try, hopefully something will help.
I've bin using a
drying mask every other day for the last few weeks and washing my face
with this spin brush thing that I forgot I even had. It works great to
remove the dead skin cells. It's just like the Olay Professional Pro-X
Advanced Cleansing Systems spin brush only a lot cheaper. I got it a
WalMart a few years ago for under ten dollars. Its called SPAresource
Facial Care Kit, I found it where they sell the SPAresource products,
but I can't find it on they're on line store to review it. I've found
that its really helping my skin better then just a facecloth, or my
fingers, or at least it was until now.
Nov 01, 2011 @ 10:01 am

a lot of different methods

There are a lot of different ways that i've read/tried. It really depends on your skin. If it's really inflamed. Chances are, there is a white head somewhere down there and it needs to come out... Icing the area will definitely help reduce the swelling and redness. i recommend this if you need to head out and want the bump to be not as swollen. Other than the swelling, i find that it doesn't do much to treat the stuff inside. Hot compress, which is placing a hot towel on top puts heat and pressure on the spot and helps draw out the white head. Meaning doing hot compress is to help the white head come out faster so that you can get rid of the head and let the healing process begin. If you have a couple of days, the pimple does hurt and you're pretty sure there's a white head, it might be a good idea to put a hot compress on it, draw out the stuff. once you see the white head, disinfect the needle, puncture a really really tiny hole in the center of the white head and lightly put pressure on it. Afterwards, you can dry it out with pimple medication and put an icepack on it to reduce the swelling.

A trick that i've find that worked for me is once all the gross out is out, i first dry the heck out of the spot, leaving Mario badescu drying lotion on or putting BP gel on it. This helps the spot really dry out and form like a layer. After the spot is dried out, I would do the opposite and apply a thick layer of gel right on top to soften that layer up. Usually, within a couple of days, the dead skin will wash or fall off. You'll still have a bit of scaring, but a discoloured flat spot is much easier to cover than a physical bump.

If you need a really emergency quick fix, i know that you can walk in the dermatologist and get a cortisone shot. I think those will cost you a bit but apparently brings the swelling right now.

These are just my experiences. I hope it helps and goodluck!
Nov 01, 2011 @ 10:30 am


hmm. also, if it's really really big and swollen and uncomfortable, it might not even be a pimple etc. So make sure and treat it accordingly.
Nov 01, 2011 @ 10:31 am

Thanks Mandy

I'll try anything right about now. I do have some Mario drying cream that I was going to use after I've tried the rest of these suggestions. One of these has got to do the trick by Sat. I'd hate to go to this wedding with a big lump on the side of my eye. If I can't get it to go away by then, or I'm unable to hide it my husband just might be going by his self!
Nov 01, 2011 @ 10:54 am

Past sufferer

I've had such a bad experience with cystic acne. I ended up having to go on accutane (extremely harsh drug) but now I have no issues! Anyway...if you have to have it gone by Saturday then the only way you are going to do that is get a cortisone shot from your dermatologist - I payed ~$70 for each shot and I do not have any insurance for dermatology care. They work wonders! It will be gone in 2-3 days. Even if you use all the other suggestions (I say this because I've tried them all) in my experience it has still taken around a 3-4 weeks for it to subside. I feel for you. They truly are awful. Good luck!
Nov 01, 2011 @ 06:29 pm

I hated those..

I use to get the cystic ones so badly when I was on a certain brand of birth control. The only thing that worked was to VERY gently, slowly pop it a bit and use a q-tip soaked in a peroxide product whenever possible to dry out all the liquid inside. Then use liquid witch hazel to turn off the swelling, redness and heal it quickly.
Nov 01, 2011 @ 08:58 pm

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