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my horrible secret


my horrible secret

Here it is. I've tried everything in the drug stores, walmart etc. Nothing clears it. Problem is now, after It has cleared a little... the scars are still there. I have an appointment scheduled for SmoothBeam next week... and I'm going to try head and shoulders regimen.

One thing that seems to help a little is Chill by Oxy. Its new. Feels really great 2. I would say out of all the products I've bought... that and benz wash bar are the best things I've used... that can be bought in the stores.

Any suggestions? How about some happy ending stories? Any? Please? Hope?

It really bothers me because I can't go to the beach and take my shirt off. I can't date and be comfortable without clothes. I can't show anyone because I'm so embarrased.

Sad, mostly hopeless situation. Praying.

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    I saw your picture and I had to post. Your back acne and scarring looks identical to my own. I also get scarring on my chest and upper arms. My face scars less for some reason.

    I can understand your reluctance to go to the beach or let anyone see your scars. I was extremely self consious of it for years. I've tried all sorts of treatments: topical antibotics, diprolene, differin, proactive, birth control, and antibotics. I really recommend seeing a derm if you haven't already and maybe trying an antibotic. They may reduce the acne which will stop the scarring. Then you can consider a scarring treatment or try some mederma.

    I can't offer you a ton of hope with the acne, as I am still breaking out. I am giving accutuane a try now. But I can offer you hope on acceptance. I was always really self-consious about my scars and acne until I went to college. It kept me from dating and affected the way I dressed. Finally, I just sort of started to accept myself for who I am, and even found the guts to be seen in public scars, acne, and all. Teens can be really mean to each other, but my fellow college students were accepting enough not to say anything.

    I eventually even met a guy who loved me and found me attractive despite my acne and scars. It's important to remember that you can't spend your whole life worrying about what other people think of you.

    I hope this came out right. I just want to let you know you're not alone and there are lots of other treatments to try.
    I appreciate your comment. I'm using the head and shoulders regimen now... been on it for about 2 weeks. At first, it cleared up and didnt have any new outbreak... then... 2 deep pimples and 1 small one. And, it dried me out sooo bad. I've gone to the derm many many times, I've tried accutane, and just couldnt deal with it. I'm hoping the head and shoulders will work after a while. I could deal with the scars... even have laser therapy to help reduce them, but in the mean time... theres no use as scars are forming with every outbreak, which is more or less constant and never ending. Do you have pictures of your back?
    I have the same kind of scarring as you as well. I will send pics when I get my camera working. This is what I do to help it ( This will sound extreme); In the shower in the a.m. I using Neutrogena Body Acne Wash and then I use Selsen Blue. I use mederma and aveeno "positively radiant" lotion after my shower. I do this in the evening too . I have only been treating my skin this way for about two weeks and am very happy with the results thus far.I am so tired of dealing with this too. I am going to try this regimen for two months and then if that doesn't work I might check into fraxel laser. Let me know if anything has helped you.

    I have the same kind of scarring as you as well. I will send pics when I get my camera working. This is what I do to help it ( This will sound extreme); In the shower in the a.m. I using Neutrogena Body Acne Wash and then I use Selsen Blue. I use mederma and aveeno "positively radiant" lotion after my shower. I do this in the evening too . I have only been treating my skin this way for about two weeks and am very happy with the results thus far.I am so tired of dealing with this too. I am going to try this regimen for two months and then if that doesn't work I might check into fraxel laser. Let me know if anything has helped you.


    I appreciate your post. My back is pretty much the same... if not a little worse than the pics i had posted. Im just using the same product, Clean and Clear foam wash and the clean and clear toner everyday. On days that I miss, it flares up like crazy. Its really sad too, cause Im suppost to go to the beach soon. What I would give to be shirtless at the beach! Oh Well.
    Hi, I'd like to say I know exactly how you feel. [check my photos] I have chestne and backne and I feel so afraid of what people think, but its true what the people on this forum say, that you are your biggest critic. But like 'scarredangel' mentioned, 'life is about accepting who you are'.

    I've only shown my scars to one of my friends, and he quickly assured me that its nothing to worry about. also, i think about how life could be worse *knock on wood that there are bigger problems in the world. I still havent dated either...

    gl with your treatments, im going to try mederma

    Years later... i'm checking back in.   Bacne has gotten worse.   Much worse.   I have managed to dry it up with Dawn dish washing liquid.  I find it's best to wash my back *in the shower* with Dawn, and let it stay on for a few minutes, then wash off.   I then put alcohol in a spray bottle and spray on my back once i've ***PATTED DRY***.  

     

    I'll post an update soon.   I'm a week in to this regimen.   

     

    Anyone else with updates???

     

    Also, what are your thoughts on the cause of acne because of testosterone imbalance??