Cystic acne. Suggestions?
Ever since I got a bad sunburn 2 years ago, I keep getting what I think is cystic acne.
I'll get the typical pimples that's fine, but it seems like every few months my skin goes haywire and I end up getting monster zits that never seem to come to the surface. It eventually gets swollen and feels like an infection. Now I'm not 100% sure this is cystic acne, but if it's not, it's damn close.
It also seems to occur in the same areas. I get absolutely no acne on my cheeks at all, most of it occurs on my forehead just below the hair line, and my chin. It seems like it's in the same spots as well.
Right now, when it happens I just put Bactroban (Rx strength Polysporin) and a band-aid on it when I feel one coming on. It seems to help but it still takes a good week to go away.
I've tried numerous face cleansers just to see if it would help, but even that cheap Noxema cleanser makes me break out the next day:( I've tried those Oxy pads as well, and they make me break out.
I was thinking about trying Accutane, but unfortunately it's not on Transport Canada's list of approved drugs (for my medical certificate).
Does anybody have suggestions on extremely mild mild cleansers/soaps/etc and what not?
I have been going through this thread:
My cystic acne - Acne.org Message Boards and writing down what products these people have had success with. But if anybody has tips, or suggestions I'd love to hear them:)
I haven't been to a dermatologist before, but I'm planning to go to the doctor for my medical, and I'll see if he can refer me.