"How I Cured My Cystic Acne"
What do you do when you've been struggling with cystic acne for years? You find a way to make it go away. Read on to see how one reader finally figured out a cure
Phase 3: I'm officially a science experimentA couple weeks later, I'm back at the derm's office for the next phase in my journey to clear skin: I'm getting a chemical peel. Eubanks says this liquid nitrogen peel will "help stimulate my skin, bringing the acne to the surface layer," which will help the next part of my treatment -- the lasers -- actually work.
The facialist begins by applying retinol and salicylic acid-soaked strips across my face. Once the strips have dried, she takes them off and applies a high-frequency light, which is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. It feels like tiny, prickly shocks on my skin.
But the shocks are child's play compared to the next step of the peel: The liquid nitrogen. Eubanks assures me that it's safe as she dips q-tips into the chemical. It hurts more than I can express, and I'm scared out of my mind -- but not as scared as I am when I see my face the next morning.
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