I am a 53 yr old female. I had great skin until I turned 21, at which time I developed severe cystic acne. I was on Accutane when it first came out, I've been to tons of dermatologists over the yrs, I've had steroid injections into the cysts, I've had surgery to try to "de-bulk" them - you name it, I've done it.
So here I am, 32 yrs later, & I still have deep, hard, scar-filled cysts under the skin on my face - that are still actively cranking out nasty gunk on a daily basis. I have a huge one (about 1.5" X 3/4") just above my left jawline, one about 1/3 that size about 1" above that one, & one about the same size as that smaller one, on my right cheekbone area. The larger one on the left, particularly, is still very bad - bad enough that, when I simply run my hand across that part of my face, I can *smell* the stuff coming out of it.
Needless to say, even after 32 yrs (or, especially *because* it's been so long), this makes me very self-conscious, not only because of how I look to myself, but also over how it looks/smells to others. It makes me look older than I am, as it weighs down that side of my face, being that it's at the jawline.
I'm currently on no treatment for it, as nothing's worked so far & it's all been a waste of money. I use a mild cleanser (Aveeno Positively Radiant cleanser) & a mild moisturizer (Olay Complete) 2 or 3 times a day (just depends on what I've been doing), the occasional exfoliating scrub (Burt's Bees), don't wear makeup unless it's a special occasion (less than 10 times per yr), & am otherwise pretty healthy.
Short of taking a knife to my own face & suffering the consequences, is there *anything* that can be done for me?