Saturday, 30 August 2014

Cystic Acne

Stiemycin & Acnecide for Cystic Acne.

When I was a teenager, I had beautiful skin. It sounds a little big headed to say that but it's genuinely true. I used to receive compliments on my skin above all else. I was obsessed with skincare and having just one spot was devastating. That one big cystic spot would come only once a month though, so I just used to sulk & get on with it. Looking back, I've now come to realise those spots, that only came once a month (clue right there...) were hormonal.

So throw in two, pregnancies, two babies & 2.5 years of breastfeeding and you've got a woman in hormonal overdrive! My skin has suffered the most. Gone are the days of a baby soft face, now it's blackheads, whiteheads & worst of all, Cystic Acne. I don't suppose the fact my skincare ritual slipping through exhausting pregnancies & sleep-deprived newborn days will have helped matters but as my hormones are still all over the joint, my skin is just not settling. In fact, despite trying various cream, lotions, washes & remedies throughout the past year(+), I've given up... Coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, breastmilk, salicylic acid, clay masks, evening primrose oil... Nothing has worked, not even slightly.

To the point that last month I resigned myself to going to the doctors. Since I've yet to find a cure for myself, I was holding out for their being a medical miracle they were keeping a secret, that might just fix my face. Having already exhausted every remedy I'd encountered from hours of Googling, I was dubious there was much they'd actually be able to do, particularly for my hormone induced cystic acne. It seems the best solutions for that included the contraceptive pill but given I'm still breastfeeding, they simply won't even entertain that idea. And since stopping breastfeeding isn't going to happen any time soon, I thought there was little hope.

Thankfully, I encountered a very sympathetic doctor. She agreed that my acne was more than likely down to hormones & not once suggested stopping breastfeeding. We talked about the various other options that avoided hormones as not to interfere with breastfeeding and before going down the route of oral antibiotics, that I'd try a couple of topical creams & solutions. She prescribed me Stiemycin & Acnecide Gel, both to be used twice a day. I was to give it at least 4 weeks and if there was no improvement to go back & discuss starting oral antibiotics (obviously ones safe for use whilst breastfeeding).

It's now been 4 weeks and disappointingly, I'm making another appointment with my doctor. Despite my cystic acne not being quite as widespread, it's by no means improved. There's a few less cystic spots but that could be as much to do with the fact that the previous ones have healed, as although there's not as many, there's still some there regardless; & they're by no means any better than they were before starting the prescribed treatments. I imagine the fact I've also just had my first period in 18 months means perhaps my hormones are going into a whole new overdrive (yay...). Plus there's absolutely no improvement in the blackhead & whiteheads. I won't get an appointment for another couple of weeks yet, which will give the treatment a little more time to work but as there's been no change yet, I'm not holding my breath.

I plan to keep updating throughout my treatments though, as to help anyone going through the same. Because if you're anything like me, obsessively Googling treatments is something that comes with the territory of Cystic Acne. And yes, I do have a some rather high-resolution photos for my face but I'm not quite ready to share that yet - perhaps as a before photo when I have a after one.

Do you have any experience with Cystic Acne? Or any magical cures to share?

I've since written an update on how my Cystic Acne Treatment is going. Click here to read on...



  1. I suffer really bad cystic acne. It got so much worse since having the girls. I don't just have it on my face. I get it all over my body, Even on my legs, behind my knees. Gets so painful. I'm on Lymecycline capsules and they've helped SO much. Not sure if you can take them while breast feeding though.
    It makes you feel so ugly doesn't it?! I even hate leaving the house somedays.

    1. It's awful, eh? Thankfully (?) mine is only on my face. The doctor seemed quite surprised by this as I think if you've got it it's expected to be elsewhere too. Sounds like agony on your legs.

      I'll do a bit of research on Lymecycline though. It's amazing what lasting affects these wee ones can have on our bodies. None of the parenting books mentioned any of this!! xo

  2. Can't believe I've never come across your blog before, its fantastic! :D

    I've got an appointment to meet with a dermotologist consultant on 16th - hoping to share my story too. My GP doesn't know what's wrong with me haha! I've got spots on my face and bad and have suffered with absesses all my life - hoping we find some answers!
    Yours genuinely sound horrendous and I hope you find your cure! Its really horrible to walk around with terrible skin once you're out of the puberty and pregnancy stage isn't it? Mine also got worse with pregnancy!
    Shall save your blog to my reading list, be interested to know how your journey continues :) x

    1. Thank you, Imogene! :) Always lovely to hear from a new reader.

      And it really is awful. It does nothing for confidence levels! Fingers crossed for a cure for both of us.

      I've been having a little read through your blog too and will be sure to follow your journey as well. xo

  3. I got cystic acne when I was pregnant and like you nothing seemed to help. I now use the boots tea tree and witch hazel range and havent had any since. Its cheap so worth a shot! I also purchased a clarisonic in hopes of dulling some of the scarring. I got great results from the Boots range so might be worth a try? Hope you find something soon :)

  4. You must have an acne remedy program. We review a number of options in line with the client satisfaction here is the very best acne remedy that may be bought online. It's Acnezine Solution.


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