How ya feelin' about your acne today?

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most of the cysts have cleared up, but i'm still consistently breaking out around my jaw and chin. i've managed to clear up my cheeks, but i have two red marks that have been left behind from the massive breakout i had last week, so it still looks like i have slight acne there.

started using some of The Regimen's products 3 days ago, and i love the way the cleanser makes my face feel after washing, and the AHA completely cleared up two of the scars on my jaw in just two days.

also decided to suck up my fear of tretinoin/retin-a and began using it before bed, made me breakout in tiny whiteheads everywhere but i'm pretty sure that just means it's working.

hoping my new routine works. i'll see in a few weeks or so i guess. /sigh

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I'm day 4 into starting medication for my acne. So far, it's been okay! The only bad thing i'm dealing with is redness :( and a little bit of drying due to my BP wash, but other than that I am seeing improvement already on my forehead (: which is good enough for me at this point!

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Broke the first rule of acne care and messed with a pimple. Tried to lance and squeeze a zit which had no clear head. Now I'm left with a big red angry disgusting mess that keeps refilling with pus. When will I ever learn??!! AAARGH!!

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For the past three days my face has been reduced to a dry, red, flaking mess. My acne was pretty much completely clear before this point. But because of the sudden dryness I had to stop washing my face (because washing your face strips away moisture) and cake on moisturizer every few hours, and this has caused the acne to get worse. Just my luck!

I suppose it is a decent trade off. I would rather have a few pimples than a beet-red face covered in flaking, drying skin.

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so far my new routine is working. the tretinoin really seems to help, and The Regimen's cleanser has quickly become a favorite. it makes my skin feel amazing every time i wash it. still trying to figure out a way to incorporate jojoba and aha into my routine regularly, though. but so far so good. no new breakouts, all but 3 pimples have completely cleared up. only real downside is my skin is incredibly dry right now.

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well im feeling pretty cruddy, i heard someone say "wow that guy has pretty bad acne" when i was right there :( and it just makes me really sad. Anybody feel the same way?

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~~~~sending everyone good vibes ~*~*~***~~~


"...But for now we are young, let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see..."


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Honestly, why do people have to comment on it like that? Not everyone is going to be insecure about their acne-infested skin, but most are going to be. Some people do not realize the constant pain acne-sufferers go through when they are outside in the sunlight, dealing with people.

DAY 1 of a new regimen

I am starting a basic regimen just using basic hand soap and ClearZine acne pills. The BP from The Regimen screwed up my face so badly for four entire days, and so I am not going to go near that stuff again. Nuh uh. I think I can clear everything using a very basic routine.

As for how I feel today, I feel great. The dryness has mostly left my face, and my skin is at a normal color. I am going to a few parties tonight and my ex-girlfriend will be there. I am emotionally hurt by everything still, even though still have a thing going on between us. It is rather confusing. But that has nothing to do with this thread. I am just going to enjoy my Halloween with dear friends and alcohol!

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well im feeling pretty cruddy, i heard someone say "wow that guy has pretty bad acne" when i was right there and it just makes me really sad. Anybody feel the same way?

Sorry to hear that bro'. Must've felt horrible. As Marbleartist mentioned above, people have no idea what we go through.

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I hate my acne today.

The whole office is going out to a Melbourne cup lunch and i can't make myself go because I am so ashamed about my acne.

I just come Across as anti social again but nobody understands what I go through when socialising. I feel so embarrassed about my skin that I can't maintain eye contact with people. But when people want to know why you aren't coming - there is no way you can tell the truth.

Well it's getting to the point that people have stopped asking me to things.

It's so unfair :(

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eughh. my face was doing so well, it was clearing up and i finally got my chin completely free of acne.... and suddenly i have a huge cystic breakout on the right side of my face. huge. like it's entirely red and swollen, and i have a whole bunch of closed pustules everywhere. ugh! i went to the doctor today and she prescribed me some antibiotics for it...so hopefully it works. i'm really sick of getting close to clear skin, only to have a huge breakout the next day.

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I feel alright about it all today. I met an incredible person. I am content.

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Feeling pretty good. Just a couple of minor pustules that aren't bothering me too much. I'm seeing some improvement after regular use of probiotics. Could this be the cure I've been waiting for? Hope springs eternal

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I got a huge pustule in the right side of my face but maybe it's just because my period started. I also have a cyst on my chin. Fortunately, my two forehead pimples subsided and my left cheek's acne spots are healing. I still felt insecure about the redness on my right cheek though because of past acne that I popped. Ugh.

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Emotionally I am in a good place in spite of my acne. I need to get a bit more strict with my eating as recommended by my naturopath but other than that, my stress levels are good and for the first time in a long time i feel upbeat. My acne still sucks but I know this is a journey that I am not on alone.


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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i'm a week into my antibiotics, so i can't determine if they're helping much yet or not. my cheeks have cleared up completely, but i accidentally used too much tretinoin last night and woke up with a whole bunch of big white heads alllllllllll over my chin. no cystic breakouts lately though! just regular pimples. really, really hoping the antibiotics help keep my breakouts in check. my face is almost clear again...sadly just before my ovulation week which is when i ALWAYS get my worst breakouts, so i suspect i'll be getting some nice big zits in the next few days. :( i'm anxious to see if the antibiotics have any effect in the coming weeks.

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I'm risking posting again even though I was verbally attacked and insulted for no good reason last time I did here (like someone telling me to "get over it" when I was simply posting my feelings that day..and even accusing me of having a mental disorder when all I was doing was expressing how strangers comments in person hurt me). I'm really stressed because I just found out that I am pregnant. There is so much conflicting information out there on whether I can use Benzoyl peroxide or AHA. But my face will be a huge cystic mess without it. To top it off, I'm paranoid to dye my premature gray hairs now and it looks so out of place on someone in their 20s. I have nowhere to turn. My hormones and emotions are a mess because of pregnancy and I have no friends. I should be happy now...but dealing with rude comments from strangers about my cysts and gray hair always puts me in a bad mood, even if I was feeling good earlier. And now I brace myself to get insulted again on this forum. There is no winning.

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I'm risking posting again even though I was verbally attacked and insulted for no good reason last time I did here (like someone telling me to "get over it" when I was simply posting my feelings that day..and even accusing me of having a mental disorder when all I was doing was expressing how strangers comments in person hurt me). I'm really stressed because I just found out that I am pregnant. There is so much conflicting information out there on whether I can use Benzoyl peroxide or AHA. But my face will be a huge cystic mess without it. To top it off, I'm paranoid to dye my premature gray hairs now and it looks so out of place on someone in their 20s. I have nowhere to turn. My hormones and emotions are a mess because of pregnancy and I have no friends. I should be happy now...but dealing with rude comments from strangers about my cysts and gray hair always puts me in a bad mood, even if I was feeling good earlier. And now I brace myself to get insulted again on this forum. There is no winning.

Congrats on the pregnancy. You may not have planned this but new life is always a blessing. I would direct the topical questions to your OBGYN to be on the safe side. In regards to your emotions, ignore the negativity as people will ALWAYS have an opinion but you can choose to listen to it or ignore it. Your skin may very well go through changes because of your hormones but take it one step at a time, day by day.

Good Luck

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It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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I've been better. I just went on a massacre of pimples a while ago. I tried to resist, I really did, but they were all over my cheeks and chin, just starring at me. So I went in and popped all that had a white point. I know I shouldn't have and tomorrow I'm going to be kicking myself in the A$$ on how I shouldn't have done that and what not. The only thing I find helping with this depression from acne is smoking some weed. I forget for a while how ugly I am :(

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I feel like I'm running out of steam. Even taking my dog for a walk requires a lot of mental prepping. I'm supposed to go shopping with friends tomorrow but im thinking of excuses to get out of it. Also considering not going home for thanksgiving. I was doing so well for a while, taking it day by day, but I'm done. I want off this ride already.

All I can do is dust myself off and keep moving forward I guess. But I just wish it wasn't consuming so much of my life.

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The regimen is actually getting rid of all of my acne... So I am happy about that.

As for everything else, things could be better. I am tackling things one at a time. I am trying to, at least.

Everyone here should read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values and The Alchemist. It will pick you up a bit.

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I feel like I'm running out of steam. Even taking my dog for a walk requires a lot of mental prepping. I'm supposed to go shopping with friends tomorrow but im thinking of excuses to get out of it. Also considering not going home for thanksgiving. I was doing so well for a while, taking it day by day, but I'm done. I want off this ride already.

All I can do is dust myself off and keep moving forward I guess. But I just wish it wasn't consuming so much of my life.

I can relate to this so much. Trying to get through everyday as if you feel/look like everyone else. It can get frustrating and overwhelming at times but i'm here to tell you to keep on keeping on. Life is way too short for us to give up and give in to our skin issues and that is coming from someone who is CURRENTLY dealing with acne. Definitely go be with the fam on Thanksgiving because they love and accept you with or without acne.

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It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Had to go get some photos taken today for a license I'm applying for. The photos upset me so much that I had to come home straight away. Red marks that I didn't even realise existed managed to show up, so I am feeling terrible. I just want to curl up and go to sleep to escape it all. Can't believe that my day can be ruined so quickly.


When I'm clear, I'm on top of the world. When I have acne, I'm lost.


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^ This reminds me of when I had to get passport photos taken and the computer's automatic red eye reduction feature turned some of my red marks and zits into black spots. The lady felt bad and tried a few times, but I just ended up with a passport photo with black speckles on my face -_-

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Hey, everybody. I thought this would be a good thread in which to introduce myself. :)

Well, my latest inflammation is slowly dying down, the pigmentation is starting to fade due to liberal applications of petroleum jelly, and today I'm feeling pretty good about my face. To be honest, I wish I felt so good about other "flaws" as I'm feeling about my acne right now. Although, on the other hand . . .

It is frustrating. At 27, having started breaking out at age 10, I'm feeling a bit like Danny Glover in Lethan Weapon--I'm too old for this sh**! In addition, I find the timing of my flareups rather frustrating. Aren't women supposed to be more attractive while ovulating? It's like my face somehow can't handle all the sexy I'm feeling and just explodes. Oh, well.

I have to say, though, these forums usually cheer me up when I'm feeling like an outcast due to my skin. That's mainly why I decided to finally create an account instead of lurking forever. It's nice to be in the company of (mostly) supportive folks who share a common bane, haha.

Lots of good wishes to you all.

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