in the past month since I've changed my eating habits and started working out I've had continous cystic acne breaking out on my chin (SOOO embarrassing, ugly and painful). I've been all over acne.org trying to find a solution, and washing my face and going without makeup as much as possible. I've tried a few different products but they didn't seem to be helping.
I finally got fed up a few days ago and decided to retry my old high school fix after reading a bunch of threads about it.... toothpaste. It immediately started taking the swelling down from the most painful ones, and in about 3 days my face is almost back to normal, and this was a pretty severe breakout, with 8 large cysts right after one another with a few scattered pimples in between.
I've been using it as a spot treatment nightly after a freshly washed, toned, and moisturized face. (do NOT use as a mask) If you want to give it a shot just know that it should be a paste toothpaste and not a gel. And it might sting for a few seconds if the zits are deep. If it does sting longer than a minute or so, I'd wash it off, because your skin probably cant handle it. Most people on the forums experienced amazing results, but some with sensitive skin had issues. Some people found that fourty minutes or so to keep it on was plenty. Others like myself just fell asleep with it overnight. The majority concensus was that just plain Crest or Colgate got the best results. I just happened to have a tube of Crest Herbal onhand, it does have some gel in it but it's a pretty basic recipe with sage, eucalyptus, chamomile and myrhh as the only additives.
If this doesn't sound like something you want to try, acne.org has been a great resource for me while I'm dealing with this breakout, and the reviews might help you pick a product that will help.
BTW.. I was also using a combination of Acne Free and Noxema products, and they didn't do a thing for this breakout, but the toothpaste is blowing my mind how fast it's fixing the problem. I'd say that was $2 VERY well spent.