With the info you gave (cysts, acne, and facial hair), you may have a condition known as PCOS. It is a pretty common thing (about 1 in 20 women have it), that is derived from having too much insulin in your bloodstream. The increased insulin leads to increases in male hormones, which cause the acne and facial hair, and also to a disruption of your menstrual cycle - which is what causes cysts. Its complicated, but basically your estrogen and testosterone levels get out of balance, and an egg in your ovary is never released. The egg keeps growing, and becomes a "cyst". B/c you don't ovulate, your hormones stay out of balance, and the whole thing happens again the next cycle. Do you happen to have trouble losing weight, a craving for carbs, high blood sugar, head hair loss, mood swings, or irregular periods? If yes to any of these, consult an endocrinologist. You could have PCOS.
at 11:22 PM on Dec. 17, 2009