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Dermatology

Ingrown facial hair, cysts, multiple beard hairs

i get a cortizone shot. my dermatologist will see me the day i call. so, if i feel i am getting a cysts on monday,i just call the doctor's office and i get a shot on tuesday. within 24 hours the cysts goes down considerably. also, i feel my new meds have helped and i have not had a cysts in since may amd see a difference in my skin. my doctor has told me that i must take medication so i dont have any problems...i have no problem with that.  (Jul 10, 2012 | post #532)

Dermatology

Ingrown facial hair, cysts, multiple beard hairs

i have not written on the board for over a year but suffer from the same problem. this winter it got very bad and i would get a cysts a month and luckily my dermatalogist would see me right away and give me a cortizone shot so it would go away. i was on different meds. i am now on a sulfer medicine for about a month and i have been very lucky. i can see and feel a difference....espe cially pschologically!!!! !!!!!! i am not as worried about getting a cysts. the meds i am taking have side effects but i have had no problems at all. i still use benzoyl peroxide and ziana, but now it dries my skin quickly and i dont have to use it as much. a few times a week i just cleocin t gel, which i like, instead of the other two. i am interested in laser for my neck, but was told it grow back and you need a lot of maintance. i know people who have had laser surgery and it has come back, maybe not as thick, but it still did come back.  (Jul 4, 2012 | post #530)

Dermatology

Ingrown facial hair, cysts, multiple beard hairs

ok...so i read all the posts and i figure i should try some type of salycic acid. i have used neutrogena and it is fine, not harsh. so i buy oxy clinical. it was on sale and i thought i would try it. it tore my skin up. i had more in grown hairs than i ever had after a week of using it. some where not even pimples, but i could see the hair. it would be an inch long. i never get this many. it was too strong for my skin. i even had a small problem on my cheek, and i never have problems with my face. if i could have worn a turtle neck this week, i would have!!!!!!!!!!! i am staying away from this stuff!! i am just happy it has calmed down a lot and my skin is returning to its normal self. i just hope i do not get anymore cysts!!!!!!!!! anybody else use oxy clinical wash?? kev...i use neutrogena moisturizer everyday and love it. i strongly suggest it. it helps since i use a low dose of retin A sometimes. also, i wish some of the people from previous posts would write. i would like to hear about their methods and if any of them worked that they discussed.  (Aug 26, 2010 | post #398)

Dermatology

Ingrown facial hair, cysts, multiple beard hairs

thanks kev for the information. also, for the guy in traverse, mi, i feel your pain!!!!!!!!!! i was just wondering what kind if hair everybody has?? my derm said i get ingrown hairs because i have wavy/curly hair. she said that hair below the jawline grow in different directions usually and that is why guys get ingrown hairs. we discussed it because my face is completely clear and i have no problems...it is my neck. i hate wearing turtle necks, but do when it is cold because i feel so horrible. i wish i could anytime i get a flair up, but in the summer i would like a ass...lol my derm told me try not to pop them as it could infect and make it worse. kev, if i get a flair up i go to my derm for a coratizone injection the same day. it helps within 12 tro 24 hours. i use different topicals but including a from of retin A called epiduo. i also use cleocin gel, which i really like. i use salisyic acid for wash and scared to put it on my face as it irritates it more. i do like benzoyl peroxide, i do put that on my face. when it comes to shaving, which i HATE to do, i go lightly and use bump fighter razors. i can not go over an area more than once and do not worry about a close shave. i do not care because i rather have stuble than a mountain on my neck. i am going to look into laser and thinking of getting my jawline and neck dowm. good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!  (Aug 19, 2010 | post #393)

Dermatology

Ingrown facial hair, cysts, multiple beard hairs

john...i know you are not lecturing at all and i appreciate you taking the time to suggest help for this horrible condition!!!!!!!! the reason i get these cysts one in awhile is because of how i shaved. when i shaved on monday, i shaved over my neck twice. i know better to do something like that, but i was just trying to get that close shave. thus, i got three cysts. i have never had that many at once. the most i have had are two. this has also taken its toll on me. i am a positive person and when i get a flare up, it just brings me right down. i usually just stay in for the day and do nothing except for meds on my face. as you know, it is not some little pimple. it deforms my face and makes it swollen. like i mentioned i started getting these cysts on my neck and jawline after 31-32 and have continued getting them for a few years. i am so glad i found this forum and was able to read how people are dealing and handling their problems. i would like to know how some of the people are making out on their treatments. thank you john and everybody for your support!!!!!!!!!!! !!  (Aug 13, 2010 | post #387)

Dermatology

Ingrown facial hair, cysts, multiple beard hairs

thanks for the advice john...i eat pretty well, work out and take vitamins. i do drink water, but i think i really should drink more and need to start that now. i did go to the derm today. she gave me a prescription for solydyn, i believe. i did get 3 cortisone injections and 2 of cysts have gone down about 80% since this morning. the one on the side is being stubborn and i think it has gotten worse. i have had problems in this area before, so i am not surprised. i will call tomorrow and go in monday if it does not get better. she also suggested trying an electric razor. i saw some posts suggesting the panasonic wet/dry razor. i think i will be purchasing one tomorrow. i am not looking for a close shave as it makes it worse. i think the reason i broke out so badly was i shaved over these areas a couple times the other night. when i did it, i thought not a good idea. obviously it wasn't. i do use the bump fighter razors and i change them frequently. i try and shave every other day. i am on day 3 now and not shaving until tomorrow, which i may pay for later in breaking out. i do like the bump fighters and might still use them on my face as my only problem area is my neck. they are to find sometimes. i usually can get them at cvs or duane reade in nyc. i am glad that i have found this site and appreciate what everybody wrote. it is so hard living with this and not knowing when you are going to have a break out. i have not had one since june and thought i was doing well. i get so discouraged when i break out. i know i am destined to get laser treatments, strongly suggested by my derm. she said this is very hard to treat and laser should help with the condition and cut down the cysts. and i know people are knocking their derms but i have a great one. they are so good to me in that office. if have a flare up, they fit me in that day. all i have to do is call that morning!! i also get lots of samples and rebates. i pay next to nothing for my prescriptions. i just got a whole neo benz kit with cleanser and cream for free because they gave me a rebate card. today, she gave me a hug when she was done. she knows i am frustrated and truly feels my pain. she is truly the best i have ever seen!!!!!!!!  (Aug 12, 2010 | post #384)

Dermatology

Ingrown facial hair, cysts, multiple beard hairs

i feel everybody's pain and understand. i have suffered with this ever since i was 31. i get these cysts on my neck only and it is hair related. i have no problems on my face and it is clear. i am a white male with curly hair. i have done many topical solutions and a few drugs. today i have three on my neck. the most i have ever had. luckily my derm will fit me in when i have a problem and give me a cortizone shot. it helps with the swelling as when i get a cysts my neck becomes swollen and disfigured. when this happens, i just shut down and don't leave my house. today i had things to do, but look to horrible to go out in the world. i now think that i am going to get laser treatments as suggested by my derm. i do not know what else to do. i am sick if these flare ups that i get every couple of weeks to months. i am a positive person but this takes it toll with me and is damages me mentally. my skin wins out and i am careful making plans because i never know when i am going to have a flare up. i have let this rule my life.  (Aug 12, 2010 | post #382)