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cystic acne; predominantly on chin


I'm a 24 year old female who has suffered from cystic acne on and off for about ten years. I recently developed cysts on my chin (there's about three there now) and they formed right before menstruation. I also have one flaring up next to my left ear (which has been there longer). My recent outbreak of cystic acne has been around for the past month and a half or so. I do not take any medications for acne; I use a sensitive skin face wash, a swab of witch hazel, and a moisturizer twice a day. Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thank you for reading.
  johnee on 2013-01-15
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Please copy the Questionnaire from the following thread
and post all the questions here duly answered. On that basis your remedy may be worked out.

The answers should be given in a way that we are able to understand you as a person.
kadwa 9 years ago
Thank you for your response. Here are my answers:

Sex: female Age: 24

1. Describe your main suffering?

I have cystic acne on my chin, near my ear, and also on my right cheek, closer to my nose. I also have white heads in various locations on my face.

2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body?

On/off in my 20's I have suffered from bloating/irregular bowel movements.

3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings?

I feel stressed and anxious. I get embarrassed by it.

4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst?

At my worst I feel overwhelmed and my anxious thoughts become cyclical (e.g. I have an anxious thought which I obsess over and then I think about how becoming anxious isn't helping anything which only makes me more anxious, etc...)

5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event or disease?

I started getting cystic acne about ten years ago; I think it is perhaps hormonal because it matched up with puberty and tends to flare up right before menstruation

6. Which time of the day you are worst?

Morning seems to be when it’s most painful/irritating (before I wash my face, etc)

7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same?

Stress and anxiety definitely make it worse. My acne was better when I was running regularly (I still run but not as much). Even so, my acne was still present when my running was regular.

8. Do your think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)?

I think menses is part of it. As far as external stimuli goes, I haven’t noticed a pattern in that sense.

9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?

I feel better during hot and dry weather; more so than cold and/or humid weather.

10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc.

I am a very sensitive person; I am easily offended, quiet, often I am nervous.

- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm?

I’m afraid of thunderstorms. The sound of thunder is like a shock to my system.

- Do you like being consoled during your tough times?

Yes, I find it comforting when someone is there for me during difficult times.

- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc?

Sudden noise, definitely. I’m not as sensitive to smell or light.

- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless
weeping, talking to one self etc?

Nothing that I can think of.

- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife?

I feel good about my relationships with friends and family. I do not have children or a spouse, but my relationship with my boyfriend is good.

11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?

I fear rejection and failure a lot; to the point where I think it stops me from pursuing my goals. There’s not one specific situation I think/dream of repeatedly, but just a general fear of failure (especially in pursuit of my career goals)

12. What do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions?

I often crave sweets (e.g. chocolate). I wouldn’t say I have any aversions, but I do not eat meat.

13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive?

Less. I don’t drink as much water as I should (i.e. if I remember, I'll try to drink 8 glasses but usually only drink around 4)

14. How if your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive?


15. Is there any kind of food which your body can’t stand?

Can’t think of anything

16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs?

Overall I sweat a lot during exercise; from head and palms of hands. The same occurs during hot weather. But when the weather isn't hot and I am not exercising, I do not tend to sweat.

17. How is your bowel movement and stool type?

For the past week my bowel movement has been irregular (i.e. less) and stool type has consistently been soft (i.e. for as long as I can remember)

18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping?

Lately I’ve been sleeping through the night (the past few nights) but usually I wake up at least once during the night. I sleep on my side or on my back.

19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general?

Yes; this has not been a problem area for me.

20. How do you think you are different from others, if at all?

When it comes to my group of friends, I think that I am different in that I’m more of an introvert while they are more extraverted. I do not tend to compare myself to human beings in general, and have been working on being more accepting of my introverted preference.

21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication?

I can’t remember the names of anything, but about three years ago I was on two separate medications for my cystic acne (which I stopped about two years ago). They helped, but I felt uncomfortable using anti-biotics on such a regular basis which is why I stopped.

22. What major diseases are running in your family?

I can’t think of any major diseases.

23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance

I am 5’2”, 115 lbs, pale white, dark brown hair.


Please answer the following questions:
(Please give details of your past menstruation if you have attained menopause.)

- Are the periods early, regular or late in general? How long do they last?

In general, they are regular (hover around the same time of month for the most part). They last about 5 days.

- Do you suffer from any kind of physical or mental discomfort before, during or after the periods?

I become very emotional right before getting my period. Like, cry when listening to a song type of emotional. The first couple of days of my period I feel bloated and achey

- Is the flow scanty, normal or excessive?

It goes from somewhat heavy (day 1-2), to normal (day 3), to scanty (day 4-5)

- Is the blood thick bright red or pale watery?

thick bright red at the beginning, and becomes more pale towards the end.

- Do you notice any clots in the flow?

I have noticed clots during the beginning
johnee 9 years ago
Please take three doses of Graphites 200 as follows and see how that affects in next 15 days (only 3 doses in 15 days).

day 1 morning
1st dose

day 1 evening
2nd dose

day 2 morning
3rd dose

One dose means
If the medicine is in pills form 2 pills. Don't touch pills with hand. Use cap of bottle to take pills.
If the medicine is in liquid dilution form, 2 drops in some 20 ml water. Sip up slowly.

Please follow homeo restrictions like no coffee, no raw onion/garlic, no strong perfumes, don't eat or drink anything within 30 minutes before or after taking medicine.
kadwa 9 years ago
Thank you for your time and response! I read up on graphites and am amazed by how it covers every one of my symptoms (I know that's the point of homeopathy but it's still great to see anyway!). I will post back in a few weeks with any (or lack of) changes. Thank you again!
johnee 9 years ago

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