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Needing to vent here. I'm 37, and I have cystic acne. When I was a teen-ager I had pimples. Turned 20 and started getting huge cysts, and no help from the dermatologists. Tetracycline helped sometimes, but I don't like taking it year round. Besides, I think after a while, I get immune to it. I've learned that mine is hormonal, and that stress (and possibly sugar) makes it flare up. I cannot keep my hands away from the cysts, and almost always make them worse. I've went to the derm and gotten injections (which are awesome!), but they don't like to keep giving you the shots in the same areas over and over. So, anyway, I got this ugly, ugly cyst about 4 months ago. I got rid of it, but it keeps coming back - in the same spot. I have picked at it (I know. I shouldn't have done that. :nono: ), and have now made it monstrous. I laid out of work last night, and am not going in tonight. I am just too embarrassed. Every one looks at my chin, and not in my eyes. Some try hard not to look, but I know they see. I am a pretty popular person at work (not bragging), and everyone always wants to talk to me. There's even one man who thinks he can say anything he wants to me, and that it won't hurt my feelings. Wrong! He once said to me, "What is [I]wrong[/I] with your face???" Now, when I'm like this, I try to avoid him especially. I have an appt. with my GYN tomorrow to try and find out why I'm having so many hormone problems. To all of you out there suffering with acne, I feel your pain. I'm thankful for these boards, and for others out there like me. We all need each other. I'm sorry for the long post, but needed to get this out of my system. I'm almost 40 years old! I'm getting way too old for this crap!

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