I have been experiencing an ever-worsening problem of cystic acne and infection around ingrown hairs. It SEEMS to correspond with hormonal cycles, and the dermatologists I've seen just kind of shrug and say I need birth control pills or oral antibiotics, after topicals did not work. I am nearly 40 years old and never had acne problems before even as a teen.
I tried a one-month dose of antibiotics even though I avoid them as much as possible, and they didn't even touch the problem.
I get cystic lumps on my neck, chest, back.. I get ingrown hairs along my bikini line and thighs and I get some horrible kind of acne thing on my scalp, and nothing - tea tree oil, goldenseal, antibiotic creams, neem, aloe, zit medicine - does anything.
I eat a healthy diet and am gluten free. I use no chemicals, natural products for hair and skin. (Chagrin Valley soap and shampoo bars, mineral makeup, shea and coconut oil.)
I will go back to a dermatologist as soon as I can get (afford?) some health care, but fighting these infections everywhere is starting to freak me out! Has anyone dealt with this?