What do you do when your face breaks out with painful pimples on a three-hour flight? If you’re like me, you try your skincare regimen at home first. Careful monitoring of the situation in addition to a trip to the dermatologist.
It’s not really ideal to wait around and hope it gets better when the pimples are painful. Visiting the dermatologist and explaining the exact timeline of what transpired was the first big step. In talking to my dermatologist, I learned I was battling cystic acne. It’s not something I’ve battled on a large scale basis before.
What is cystic acne? It can vary but my symptoms are large, red, and tender bumps. I don’t get the pus-filled pimples people generally think of with acne. These things hurt! And I say that with the caveat that I have a high pain tolerance/threshold.
The good news is, my problems are first world problems and minimal. I see the scars but most don’t seem to notice it. The treatment? I am treating it with topical ointments and antibiotics. I’ll be adding a lot more water to my daily intake too. I need to skip the sodas and bad stuff.
I had extractions done in the office. If you’ve never had them… you don’t know what you’re missing. The dermatologist attacks the pimples before they get the chance to grow into large mountains on my face. It’s quite honestly, the best thing I can do when my face is going through this phase. We’ll see the final results in the coming months but I’ll still be doing my regular skincare routine.