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My Story

Posted by Porter114706, 14 October 2013 · 172 views

My Story
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Last year I developed severe acne all over my cheeks and chin. This was absolutely traumatizing to me. I'm sure we all know the feeling of walking into a room and feeling like all eyes are on your face- and not for the reasons you what them to be. My acne progressed as the school we went on (I'm assuming it was triggered by the high amount of stress). I was on several different acne medications and using a couple different topical creams. Nothing was working. I decided to go off absolutely everything (except my BC) and my acne cleared up about 2 months later. I mean it was fully gone!! All that was left was scars, which seemed like nothing after having billions of red spots on my face for months. This last summer my face stayed clear and I enjoyed every minute of having clear skin. I never wanted to experience that awful feeling of self consciousness again...

Then this school year started, and all my acne came back :(
I'm on a new medication called spironolactone. I've been on it for about 1 1/2 weeks now... And I'm praying the results are good. I'm patient, I know progress is going to take a while, and I'm okay with that. It's just so defeating knowing that my acne could keeping coming back even when it fully clears up.

I feel SO ugly. I would give anything to run my hands over my face and just feel smooth skin..
I feel like no guys will ever look twice at me because all they see the first time is a disgusting face. If you guys have any words of encouragement or similar stories, I would love to hear them.

Thanks everyone.

I've attached a picture of my current acne outbreak, and what my face looked like after the recovery from last outbreak. It was so smooth :( Attached Image




Hey girl. Are you in high school or college? My acne didn't start until I started college. It was severe for the first year while I figured out a regimen that helped calm it down. Since then, for the past 4 years, I've had "just" moderate acne. I've always felt like my acne was stress-related as well, but there's nothing I can do about that I suppose. I've just finished my third week of Accutane, and I'm keeping a blog of my experiences with the drug. I waited 5 long years before resorting to Accutane and I hope it's all worth it in the end.

 

Keep your chin up. You're beautiful.

Thanks for the comment! I'm In my second year of college, I probably should have mentioned that. My dermatologist was really pushing me to go on Accutane, but I felt like I should so more research before starting it.. I just started a new medication so we'll see how it goes. I will follow your blog about your experience with Accutane!

And yes it's a bummer there is really nothing you can do about stress related acne. It's hard to just become a non-stressful person all the sudden.

Hey Porter114706

 I can completely relate to what you are going through with your skin. I have been struggling with cystic acne for the past 3 years or so and it has made me feel very self conscious at times-especially in social situtations. I have some indented scars on my cheeks and redness which left me feeling disfigured, but I'm at a point now where I feel comfortable enough to go out in public without trying to cover it up with makeup. I know acne can be such a confidence killer but there is more to you than just your acne. You have beautiful blue eyes and such pretty hair so you should accentuate those things and try not to focus so much on your acne. And as far as the guys...I'm sure there are plenty of them who would love to go out with you. You just gotta be willing to give yourself that chance to let others see past your imperfections. Best of luck with the spironolactone, I'm supposed to be starting that myself soon. Keep us posted!    

Thanks for the comment! I'm In my second year of college, I probably should have mentioned that. My dermatologist was really pushing me to go on Accutane, but I felt like I should so more research before starting it.. I just started a new medication so we'll see how it goes. I will follow your blog about your experience with Accutane!

And yes it's a bummer there is really nothing you can do about stress related acne. It's hard to just become a non-stressful person all the sudden.

 

Hi!

 

I'm currently on my 2nd round of accutane and all I have to say is that you should ONLY go on it when you're comfortable and if possible to shop around for a derm that fits you. I was 100% against it the first time but was bullied into it (I felt that way) and now, I just love and trust my derm so much I asked for it.

 

I also have a VERY similar acne pattern (with cystic acne on the centre of my cheeks and along the jawline). I know it got a little better if I didn't lean on my hands while studying/listening to lectures and the like. It wasn't a cure..but a start.

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