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Its really hard to tell what is going on, but it sounds like your aestician might be right. Adult acne can be in the form of cystic acne. Its mostly under the skin and it rarely comes to a head. It can be very painful and almost nothing helps except antibiotics or steroids. I have suffered with this for 20 years- trying every single over the counter remedy available.
Eventually, I went to a medical spa, where they did a laser treatment. It actually helped to shrink the pores and kill the bacteria. Its not cheap and it is painful for a day...(like a bad sunburn) but it was so worth it. You can look into IPL laser techniques.
You should call the derm back and request to be put on the cancellation list. In case anyone cancels...also, there has to be more than one dermatologist who takes your your insurance in your city. Call your insurance company and ask...someone will get you in before that amount of time. Or, you can call the one you are dealing with and tell them its an emergency, you need to get in. Tell them you are worried its something dangerous!
In the meantime, try warm compresses. As warm as you can stand them, for ten minutes- keep heating up a washcloth and holding it to your face. If this brings some of it to a head, DONT SQUEEZE, but put on a strong acne medicine over night...see if this makes any difference at all. If it doesnt, it probably isnt a cyst. It might be roseaca-
You can talk to your gyn about trying a different b/c as well...some of them actually help clear up your skin.
Good luck!

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