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Just recently my upper back, neck and hairline have been getting sore, boil like spots that stay for weeks. They never come to a head and just subside then come back. I think it's hormonal? Is there anything I can put on them to ease them or make them go away/stop? Il nearly 37 and really not appreciating developing spots now
It sounds like cystic acne. I would recommend seeing a doctor as they are both painful and the scars can take ages to fade. Unfortunately a lot of NHS doctors aren't great a skin stuff. They may give you antibiotics, for me personally Dianette worked better, but that's a hormonal pill which apparently they won't prescribe to over 35s.
Mine were predominantly hormonal, and I found Evening Primrose Oil 1000mg a day reduced their incidence. Salicylic acid toners (I use Nip +Fab dragon's blood, but there are others) help with general pore cleanliness and also to fade the marks.
Thanks all, why would I be getting hormonal changes now? I had a baby about 2 years ago so figured everything would be settled until menopause! I'm slightly reluctant to go to doctors as currently only have 4, they're huge though, and I always get them in those 4 areas.
Try magnesium sulphate paste. Very cheap and it works. Brings the boil to a head very quickly. Also be very scrupulous with hygiene when touching them and if when they pop treat with tea tree. No anti biotics needed unless really infected. But that is treating the symptoms Mine were caused by hormones and not changing clothes quick enough after really sweaty exercise.
Interesting your husband gets them, they're really sore and I can't stop poking them which probably doesn't help. IM very conscious of them. Thank god they aren't on my face. Good idea re pharmacist, I probably should go to doctors too I gurss
Garlic mashed with sugar and kept in place with a plaster will draw anything out. Sounds weird but works. Its the only thing that took care of boils/blind spots whilst badly fed at boarding school. Don't leave it on too long it'll burn the surrounding skin 😫
I would second showme's suggestion of magnesium sulphate paste, at least as a try in the first instance. I've had these around my jawline and tried mag sulphur overnight, by the next morning they'd gone down alot and were no longer sore. They've not gone completely but a definite improvement. I find tea tree oil too drying on my skin which then makes it difficult to get a good coverage and finish with make up. Pretty fed up with having to deal with spots and wrinkles simultaneously.
Check your shampoo and conditioner - I would be willing to put money on them being the cause. If they are too rich and siliconey. Try switching and no conditioner for a couple of days and see if it improves. It is the locations of the spots which makes it possible.
You can't really prevent them if they are hormonal which they mostly are. Your hormones are your hormones.
For back, neck and hairline acne it is worth thinking about your shampoo/conditioner as they may be setting it off, especially if they are silicone heavy.
Also your skin entirely renews itself every few weeks - which is why any treatment has to be done every day. The Duac is a preventer as it is acting on the new skin being developed to stop spots appearing. It's also why cleanser isn't going to get rid of your acne - it's not to do with your skin being dirty, the problem is deeper down.
Anything that you put on individual spots to make them go anyway is OK and great for emergencies but won't prevent new ones coming up as new skin is made.