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  1. skin picking has ruined my face

    I am in the same boat in a lot of ways. I have terrible texture from years of being not-so-nice to my skin. For the last 20 years I've had the same few pretty major icepick scars from picking at acne (on my nose of all places) so I've always been insecure about those but in 2014 I started having a major hormonal imbalance and my skin got so bad and it seemed like everything was scarring and leaving scarred pores all over my face. Also looking wrinkly looking in places. I had just a total meltdown about it. Complete dysmorphia. It was the worst anxiety I'd ever had and then times 100. Paranoia around other people that made being around other people so unbearable. All of it felt like a living hell. Since then, my skin texture looks a bit worse than it did 2 years ago, I'm still unhappy with it but I don't freak out about it. When I come out of a public bathroom and look in the mirror I don't run back into the stall crying and spend a half an hour looking in my compact trying to cover up all the terrible texture while everyone wonders "Where did she go??". Not totally sure what's changed but I have some acceptance of looking in the mirror and my flaws not causing the end of the world in my head. Eventually it sank in, nobody cares about my face like I do. People aren't laying in bed at night thinking "OMG HER FACE". Yeah, superficial people do exist but there's a whole lot less of them than you actually think. Nobody is perfect and even the ones that do look perfect are dealing with some kind of shit on some level or another. Honestly, I've never found anything to fix it or really help it. I tried dermarolling and found it to be such a pain and made things worse with it. I used a dermaroller not the pen and focused on my nose, which the skin on the nose is different and that's not really recommended. But I think the pen if for much smaller jobs. From what you are describing it sounds like you would want a dermaroller. I don't think I will try anything else, at least for now. I've done research on all the lasers and peels out there and they are not fool proof and is filled with so many stories of procedures gone wrong or treatments making things worse. Personally, I want to wait for something better which something has to be available eventually, some cutting edge new technology. For a while I had my hopes up about Recell but now am not sure. I'm not trying to crush hope for you but I think everyone should at least be aware and cautious. Don't do anything until you've invested hours and hours of research and are really comfortable it's right for you. I really think it's important focus on fixing the emotional scars and depression/anxiety. Easier said than done, I know.
  2. Pregnancy Acne

    I don't know a great deal about PCOS but from my understanding it can cause major hormonal acne? My situation was actually the opposite of yours. I had beautiful glowing skin and amazing hair throughout my pregnancy and 3 months after more than half my hair fell out and I got bad cystic acne all over my face and body, which nothing would help. So I had to try to focus on being a new mom (of twins) while feeling so extremely bad about myself. I also took showers in the dark and tried not to look at myself in the mirror. Since having them 2 and a half years ago I've learned that skin is only part of what you sacrifice. I don't know what's worse, skin or sanity. No sleep sure takes a toll... In my search to fix it I've read a LOT of women's stories and have noticed there are pretty much two pregnancy/acne groups; those who have amazing skin during pregnancy and then get hit hard afterwards (like me) and then those who all of a sudden get bad acne during pregnancy, but luckily for them it clears up right after or within a couple months of giving birth. My bet would be you won't need anything like spiro, which I personally wouldn't want to risk anyway. Huge chance it will clear right up afterwards. Right now the very worst thing you can do for your acne is worry and stress, which will help put your hormones in overdrive. Stress is also bad for your baby. The best thing you can do right now is make sure you are eating a really healthy diet with lots of veggies, no junk food, no sugar, minimal processed foods, take a prenatal vitamin and make sure you get enough protein and that your iron levels are good. Also, I also could never use Cerave cleansers. It made everything SO much worse. Sulfur is safe to use during pregnancy and is really effective for acne. Here is the sulfur soap I use, though it's only 3% sulfur and there are much stronger ones, I found it to be strong enough: Clearasil's adult tinted acne cream has also been a lifesaver. The internet seems to think it's safe to use during pregnancy but I would check with a doctor because along with sulfur it also has2% of resorcinol, which I'm not sure about: Others that are good: ~ This is actually my favorite. I use the tea tree one but the unscented one is going to be better for pregnancy. Most stores carry this, especially health food stores. Not even sure why castile soap clears acne, but it works well and Dr Bronners is the best. ~ ~ (amazing stuff!!!) Anyway. Hang in there. Baby will make it all worth it. People won't be judging your acne while your pregnant or even afterwards, people get that hormones are like this. Try not to STRESS... PS. there's also places online like circle of moms which helped me feel not-so-alone with all my pregnancy problems. Other moms will give you advice and support and know what you are going through: ~ ~
  3. Oh, I'm sorry to hear it's not working. A lot of people have success but unfortunately some don't. If you're still taking and not having any luck after all this time I would stop. But I'm so sorry my suggestion made it worse I should have mentioned that if you've taken antibiotics you should take a probiotic of some kind, I find it easiest to take them in pill form but you can eat healthy yogurt every day, drink kombucha or eat fermented foods like kimchi. The antibiotics kill all the bad bacteria in your gut but they also kill the good, that's why after a while they can make your acne worse if you don't rebuild the good bacteria in your gut back up afterwards. I don't know why most doctors fail to mention this when they give people antibiotics, but it's really important. Anyway, that's going to help you. You might check out the love vitamin website. It 's a great website for healing acne naturally and has a lot of info on hormonal acne and supplements. I hope you can find something that helps.
  4. Have you already tried Vitex or any female balancing supplements? I had a horrible hormone imbalance after I had my kids and tried every natural thing I could find and nothing worked for me. But I didn't have a lot of money, if I did I would've had my thyroid tested and and also see if my adrenal glands were functioning properly. I gave up and got on birth control pills and it helped a lot but not as much as I thought. I regret doing it and am scared to come off of it. There are foods you can eat that could help, like a carrot a day, egg yolks Naturopaths are awesome for helping figuring out hormone imbalances and hypothyroidism. If you can, I would try that...