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Hey guys, thought I should update this thing! Currently my acne has gotten worse on my body, and my doctor said it's because of the dosage of steroids i'm on for my bells palsy. Thankfully i'm fully recovered now and will be completely off them by next Friday.

I'm nearly finished my 6 week course of doxycycline, and I don't think it has made any difference, although my doctor said it wasn't a very fair test because I was on other medication also. Thankfully she said she would refer me to a dermatologist where I hope I can receive accutane treatment, and it would be an ideal time to get it seeing as it's the summer, but i'll see what the dermatologist has to say.

Psychologically, I still feel pretty terrible bout my acne. I've become obsessive, I shut the curtains so the natural light doesn't hit my face and wash my face in a dim light because I just hate seeing myself. I'm determined to be clear by the next school year though, i'm not going be in the position where I skip school and do badly because im so conscious about my acne like this year.

Countdown- 50 days.

Felt the need to blog early because I'm just feeling so awful about my face and need to vent. I saw my acne in the clearest light today, and since then i've felt the worse I have ever done in a long while, not that I wasn't feeling bad anyway. I have literally hundreds of individual red marks that literally cover the entire right side of my face and alot of the left side. I just don't see how I can leave the house with my face looking like this, i've thought about make-up possibly but being a guy the thought of people noticing it would be a nightmare. Any advice/questions would really be appreciated right now. How could it have even crossed my mind that I thought it was getting better, this is certainly the most severe acne i've seen in a long while. I took a photo of my face and was just stunned at how terrible it looked. I've got a doctors appointment on Monday and i'm going to ask to be referred to a dermatologist as soon as possible.

Don't you just hate it when you feel your acne is actually making some progress, and then you see it in a new light and your stomach drops because it's still dreadful? Yeah this happened. I've been better about my acne as I haven't had to go out of the house for quite some time due to being sick. The Duac once daily gel is definitely working, but it's taking longer than I hope. Still taking Doxycycline antibiotics and my GP said if there isn't major improvement after the course she will refer me to a dermatologist to receive roaccutane treatment. If there was any time i'd like to receive the 'tane' treatment it would be during the summer so I could experience the initial breakout without the obligation of going to school too, and after the summer i would've hoped my skin will be clear.

Spending nearly two weeks alone at home now has really got me thinking about what a curse acne is. I remember at 13 the first time I had acne, a couple of pimples here and there, and i actually remember it affecting me. My mum bought me a clearasil face wash for like £3 and within 2 days my skin was completely flawless, I even remember going up close to the mirror in bright light just to see the perfect skin. WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE DAYS!? Now it's all long term acne, red marks, creams and pills that just take up so much of my thoughts, when I should be doing other things at my age. Life sucks right now.

On a positive note the Bells Palsy symptoms seem to be ok, For anyone that doesn't know what it is, its a temporary paralysis of one side of the face. My doctor said it should be fully functional within a week though, it's basically there already. Once i'm recovered i'm gonna put an end to this! :)

Thought i'd start this again, my first blog post felt a bit formal! So basically im 17 years old, male, and have pretty severe acne on my cheeks. I've had acne for about 3 years now but only since last september has it got so severe. I am currently taking Doxycycline antibiotics and also using Duac once daily gel, but improvement is minimal. What's worse is that I have been diagnosed with Bells Palsy, and so have to take a high dosage of steroids for another week or two, which make me physically tired and maybe more depressed then I've been in a long while. Haven't been to school this week because of the Bells Palsy as I can hardly function on these drugs, but not having to worry about going out with my acne has been decent. I'm literally at my wits end. I was meant to be referred to a dermatologist where I was told I could receive roaccutane treatment, however that is no longer possible for the next few weeks because of the high dosage of steroids I am on, which the doctor tells me could make my acne worse, great! I'm so self conscious when it comes to my acne, even when i'm alone I wouldn't look into a mirror in bright light because it just reveals the extent of my acne, and so I just stay in my room so much of the time. I just pray this gets better over time, and i'll make sure to update my blog whenever I can, any questions/advice are welcome :)

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