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I am really glad that I found this board!! I thought I was the only one living with this horrid problem. I am 27 and have had acne since I was 11 ( little red bumpos on my forehead). Then, as my dermatologist told me, "it graduated" as I got older and cysts started forming around my cheeks, chin, temples, and jawline about 3 years ago. I've always had SOME kind of acne and I'm so sick of it. My problem is that I'm sooo sensitive to drugs that I refuse to take antiobiotics. (I get bad yeasties, not a good trade-off for acne problems). I was given Retin-A and neutrogena cleanser (the orange one with salicylic acid) which is supposedly better for African-American skin...(whatever) far a whole lotta nothing has happened. The Cleanser is drying yet I find that the day I don't wash twice a day with it is the day I have a bunch of bumps on my chin or cheeks!!

I'm so frustrated..I'm getting married soon and want to finally get rid of this crap. My boyfriend says I'm beautiful anyway but I'm sure these damn bumps are a little disturbing to look at sometimes. What I need is a good product that will at least calm my skin down without the use of drugs. I'm starting Ortho Tryciclen (sp?)soon (I've been on Depo which seemed to make it worse and caused a host of other problems). I don't want to take anything else...I think my body rejects stuff anyway :) I use Proactiv now and then as the lotion seems to work during the day. Other wise I use Oxy as a spot treatment. Doesn't seem to work for me anymore. I used to use Dove and Oxy as my regimen but had to find something more effective once the cysts "arrived". Anyway, all that said. anyone got natural or topical solutions for these damned cysts?

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