How ya feelin' about your acne today?

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I still hate my face. Decided today that I am going to stop using make up and just use things that are good for my skin. I am at my wits end and my skin is looking worse lately with the huge pores and over all gross look. Can't explain it. I just want to try to give my skin a break and see what happens. I've yet to accept that my once nice skin is now fugly. Since I won't be using make up I can stay away from the mirror. No more close up inspections because my mental health can't take it.

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getting a giant painful zit on my nose, which almost never breaks out, only blackheads. Wah. But that's life with zits, unfortunately. Hope everyones week turns out well :)


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


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getting a giant painful zit on my nose, which almost never breaks out, only blackheads. Wah. But that's life with zits, unfortunately. Hope everyones week turns out well :)

Has your acne gotten any better after 6 years?

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Relax

I'm a vegetarian

I suspect I have leaky gut which caused food sensitivities which lead to acne. Note: Food Sensitivity is different from allergies and intolerances! I stopped doing things to my face, and started doing nothing but focus on diet. My acne has never been more clear. I'm recovering from cystic acne.

Status: %90 clear


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Hello everyone! Can I join this topic?

Today or more a week I've been locked in my room crying all day and night. With no light cuz I hate it when my skin looks bad! All I do is sleep or cry I cant even watch tv because I envy so bad their skin.

Every morning I'll get pimples of lots petechiae on my face because accutane give me this side effect. The worse for me are those red dots I have alot of it in my face. I'm scared everyday to wake up with new ones. I just want them to stop :'( I no longer take care of myself, all the house is dirty, I no longer talk to my friends. I'm in a really bad shape. I'm totally tired and my parents are lost with me even my psy.

I have been where you are and if there is one thing i can suggest, it's this. When you feel like crap, get up and go out anyway. Walk around the block, even if it means doing it at night when no one else is around. Go the park, lay out on a blanket and stare at the sky. Acne can last for YEARS and you don't want to spend your life waiting it out. I am in the thick of it so you are not alone

Face started burning after moisturizer.....gak! Never a good sign (think eczema). Gonna skip differin for now and try waiitng the recommended 5-10 minutes between washing - aczone- moisturizer.

This truly sucks! The last time i tried not treating acne, my face deteriorated to the point of accutane.

God Help Me.


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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My face was clear... until last winter (December). I don't know if it was the weather, cus it was my first time in a very cold country; or my diet or hormones. Anyways, I didn't do anything hoping that it would go away on its own. And yes, it didn't. Now I'm getting lots of "what happened to your face", "you look stressed" and face-burning eyes.

Been in the regimen for 6 weeks but still breaking out.

I'm still hoping tho.

My skin and looks are permanently ruined for the rest of my life.

Chin up, bro! I understand how you feel but don't let acne beat you like that


Never give up!


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I feel great. Was stressing out this morning, and trippin on this strong cookie urge which I felt would cause me acne. I've been too hard on myself with diet lately, so I'm gonna make a whole new grocery list with enough foods to eat something different everyday.

My face was clear... until last winter (December). I don't know if it was the weather, cus it was my first time in a very cold country; or my diet or hormones. Anyways, I didn't do anything hoping that it would go away on its own. And yes, it didn't. Now I'm getting lots of "what happened to your face", "you look stressed" and face-burning eyes.


What made you move to Canada? Work?
R u from Japan?

Edited by Melloman

Relax

I'm a vegetarian

I suspect I have leaky gut which caused food sensitivities which lead to acne. Note: Food Sensitivity is different from allergies and intolerances! I stopped doing things to my face, and started doing nothing but focus on diet. My acne has never been more clear. I'm recovering from cystic acne.

Status: %90 clear


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I stopped using cleanser and moisturizer on my face. Only hemp oil from now on, even taking off eye makeup with it. So far I haven't broken out from it, hopefully it will stay that way, cause I like how my skin doesn't crave for the moisturizer anymore. I'm hopeful that not using all those comedogenic ingredient will help me clear up those persistant little pimples I'm still getting despite being almost 2 years on Yasmin and Spiro.

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Diagnosed with PCOS

Occasional acne + rolling scars

Meds:


- Yasmin birth control
- Spironolactone 37,5mg going 25mg
- Inositol powder 2 times/day before meal

Skincare:

- Hemp oil




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Today is so-so. I'm under a lot of stress as I am putting together a senior reception for our kids at church. It's on Sunday, so for the next few days I am under a time crunch to get everything decorated and set up. Plus, I'm nervous about them enjoying it, etc. lol I've been working out to help reduce stress. I've also started drinking some kefir (you can find it in the milk shelves at Walmart) to get good probiotics in my system.

As far as my routine, it seems to be going ok. At least it doesn't appear to be negatively impacting my skin. I am still using the cerave cleanser at morning and night and then in the morning I use the PC 2% BHA clear toner, wait 20mins then follow with the Cerave pm moisturizer. At night, I just follow cleansing with the pm moisturizer. Of course I spot treat at least 2x a day with bp or tea tree oil. I've been encouraged because plugs keep coming out. My chin is clearer even while using the moisturizer 2x a day. It doesn't seem like either product is breaking me out or clogging my pores. I think the BHA is working more effectively in the lower ph environment. Even some plugs (the most stubborn for years!) on my nose have started pushing out and my pores there do seem clearer, to me anyways. Overall, the rest of my skin looks cleaner. Now, my Tzone where I have the most plugs is a mess yet. Right now I have spots where my eyebrows and bridge of nose meet. :( I am really hoping that this is the purging of the plugs. I got this also when I started the whole PC line last year. I went back and looked at my calendar and I wrote I had spots but they weren't as huge as before and did eventually resolve. I really hope this si what is going on now and the BHA is doing its job. IF that is the case, I can handle this.. We'll see.

I think I have oily dry skin...would figure. When my skin gets dried out I ALWAYS get huge cysts and breakouts. I guess my skin just can't cope with the bacteria when my layers are compromised. Every single worst breakout of my life that I have written down was after I noted my skin getting dry. That is why I am using teh moisturizer even though I don't feel like I need it. So, far my skin has not felt dry at all. Hasn't cracked..hasn't felt tight, not flaky, etc. I only use a small amount, though since my skin is still oily. This doesn't seem to make it over oily, though. Thankfully!

PS.. I try to cry once a week--it really does help with stress and I feel so much afterwards. This isn't too hard since I always get teary eyed at those touching videos you find on facebook. I read somewhere that when you cry from distress (anything other than happy tears), your body actually releases toxins, etc to cleanse the body. So, if true, crying IS a healthy habit!

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I hate this!! The last couples of days my skin was doing so good and now today BAM got petechiae, hives and acne on face. When you think you skin will get better... NO its always has to comes to an end! I feel like sh** crying all day in my bed. I just want to punch everything!!! I'm so jelaous of peoole who always has 100 % clear skin, its not fair!!! Gosh today my nerves are exploding!!!!!

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I'm so angry. Angry at my naturopath for being so hard to reach, angry at my skin for being deliberate and spoilt, angry at my friends for not having to deal with this and angry at myself for letting this impact me as much as it does.

I honestly don't want to go through another minute of this. Another birthday approaches with bad skin. That would make it the 5th year I've felt like crap.

Feeling ver weepy lately and not caring .....


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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Feeling pretty good got a couple of white heads near my t zone and around my nose but not popping them until I need to.I had nearly clear skin while on the regimen but have decided that there has to be another way than putting on bp day and night. 4Th day off the regimen

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Hi All,

I’m so joining the crying team today. I woke up, looked in the mirror and started crying like a baby. My skin was doing so great for past 1.5 months. No spots, all my red marks faded away. I’ve been drinking salviae folium and taking doxycyline since the 2nd of April. I was so happy with my skin and now I just want to die. That’s how bad it is. My cheeks are covered with painful, under the skin cysts that are red and look so angry. I can’t even extract them, as they’re so deep under the skin. My chin is covered with small spots as well. What the hell is going on? I haven’t change anything in my routine, still using the same products. I can only blame it on the fact that it’s ‘this time of the month’ for me.

Well, I’m not leaving the house for next 3 days. Thank God for Monday bank holiday in the UK. There’s no way I could show my face to anyone at this state.

I need some alcohol today to ease the emotional pain.

Maggie

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Pre-warning, depressing post, could be triggering...

I want to kill myself. My body is literally falling apart around me, I'm nearing 5 months on Accutane and still breaing out, each breakout leaving these seemingly permanant red marks (the worst two I have had since before Accutane and are still just as big and feirce). Also suffering from wart/verrucae on hands and feet which I am treating with apple cider vinegar/duct tape...which means they look hideous and are SO so so tender and painful. I can't sleep because of the pain.

I hate everyone and everything, my family are beginning to hate me as well because of how I have no life or future and am stuck at home with them. I mean, what even does a dermatologist do? All the skin conditions I can think of, verrucae, warts, acne, scars, marks, rosacea, dermititis, seborrhic dermitits....none of them have any cure, and most, like rosacea and seborrhic, don't even have anything to help! As far as I see it, a dermatolost is simply there to go, "yep, it's red and ugly!" as a confirmation. Useless.

Before Monday I hadn't left the house in 5 months -- then monday, tuesday, wednesday and thursday I spent all day going out with friends for the first time. I was trying so so hard to just get my life back and to be normal and happy, but then what happens? I start having awful breakouts again, my face/chest/back is covered and my hands and feet look awful.

I look like a monster. There's no denying it.

There's no way that this will just all 'clear up' in a couple of months as my family keep, stupidly, saying and that I should just 'get over it' and 'be happy'. There's way too many problems, it will take years and years to fix all of this and these are the most important years of my life. The years I should be out, enjoying myself, trying new things, and instead I'm stuck at home, in pain, crying all day every day in a body I hate. There's not one part of me that I like.

I honestly don't see any way out. Live the next 10 years trying to fix everything, scared to do this or that incase it breaks me out, watching my life fall apart as I sit at home and ruin everyone else's with what a failure I've become, or to just end it now and hope that this oh-so-wonderful God who puts us through this is kind enough to give me a normal-looking body in my next life.

I can't do ANYTHING. Going out is the biggest effort because it just upsets me. I have to cover up everything about myself...makeup on my face (i'm a guy), shirts that cover up the acne/marks on my neck/chest/back, socks, plasters on four of my fingers to cover the warts...by the time you've done all of that to go and see a friend for an hour, you realize that it's just not worth it.

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Pre-warning, depressing post, could be triggering...

I want to kill myself. My body is literally falling apart around me, I'm nearing 5 months on Accutane and still breaing out, each breakout leaving these seemingly permanant red marks (the worst two I have had since before Accutane and are still just as big and feirce). Also suffering from wart/verrucae on hands and feet which I am treating with apple cider vinegar/duct tape...which means they look hideous and are SO so so tender and painful. I can't sleep because of the pain.

I hate everyone and everything, my family are beginning to hate me as well because of how I have no life or future and am stuck at home with them. I mean, what even does a dermatologist do? All the skin conditions I can think of, verrucae, warts, acne, scars, marks, rosacea, dermititis, seborrhic dermitits....none of them have any cure, and most, like rosacea and seborrhic, don't even have anything to help! As far as I see it, a dermatolost is simply there to go, "yep, it's red and ugly!" as a confirmation. Useless.

Before Monday I hadn't left the house in 5 months -- then monday, tuesday, wednesday and thursday I spent all day going out with friends for the first time. I was trying so so hard to just get my life back and to be normal and happy, but then what happens? I start having awful breakouts again, my face/chest/back is covered and my hands and feet look awful.

I look like a monster. There's no denying it.

There's no way that this will just all 'clear up' in a couple of months as my family keep, stupidly, saying and that I should just 'get over it' and 'be happy'. There's way too many problems, it will take years and years to fix all of this and these are the most important years of my life. The years I should be out, enjoying myself, trying new things, and instead I'm stuck at home, in pain, crying all day every day in a body I hate. There's not one part of me that I like.

I honestly don't see any way out. Live the next 10 years trying to fix everything, scared to do this or that incase it breaks me out, watching my life fall apart as I sit at home and ruin everyone else's with what a failure I've become, or to just end it now and hope that this oh-so-wonderful God who puts us through this is kind enough to give me a normal-looking body in my next life.

I can't do ANYTHING. Going out is the biggest effort because it just upsets me. I have to cover up everything about myself...makeup on my face (i'm a guy), shirts that cover up the acne/marks on my neck/chest/back, socks, plasters on four of my fingers to cover the warts...by the time you've done all of that to go and see a friend for an hour, you realize that it's just not worth it.

Dear Lore 91,

All I can say is that I know how you feel. I’ve been having suicidal thoughts since October last year. I know it sounds horrible but that’s just how I feel. I constantly keep thinking about my skin and it ruins me! My self-esteem is so low. I work full time, so I have to leave the house Mon till Friday and it’s so stressful. I cry in the morning and I cry in the evening when I’m back at home. I spend the weekends at home cause I don’t feel like going out and spending time with my friends. I’ve started self-harming myself because it’s just too much.

At least you had the courage to start accutane. I’m too scared of the initial breakout cause I don’t think I could emotionally cope with my face getting worse. I just want this to be over!

Maggie

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getting a giant painful zit on my nose, which almost never breaks out, only blackheads. Wah. But that's life with zits, unfortunately. Hope everyones week turns out well :)

Has your acne gotten any better after 6 years?

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It actually has, quite a bit, but breakdowns still are no fun for anyone.

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Feeling discouraged. I feel like such a fraud. I put on a smile on my face and act like everything is ok and that I'm this big confident person when I feel like crap. Having acne is bad enough but not being able to treat it due to eczema is just cruel. Grrrrrrr......

Why even bother


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 really wish that I was born with better genetics.

Your genetics are probably fine.

Industrial agriculture isn't doing anyone any favors. Monsanto and other corporate food conglomerates need to be put out of business. They are no good. And in all likelihood, they are killing us. There is much evidence to suggest this is the case, too. But as long as people are kept in the dark or simply don't care, the outlook won't change at all.

For anyone reading this, the best advice is: support your non-gmo initiatives. we have got to get this shit out of our food supply.

Scientists in a lab can apply all the 'engineering' they want but nature clearly knows best. The world looks more like a dystopian novel every day. And continuing on this path, this country and many others around the world will surely self-destruct. As much as I hate politics and anything even remotely associated with it, involvement in communities and in efforts to bring these powerful corporations to their knees is needed now more than ever. This country has been exploiting its people on every level from the grocery store checkout lane to the hospital where they eventually end up. It's insidious and wrong. It needs to stop.

The only way attention will be brought to the issue is when you strike them where it hurts: the bottom line.

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I'm not an acne victim, I'm a Disaster Recovery Specialist, 10 years experience. Lysol certified!


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If my genetics are fine then why can the average person eat whatever they want and not get acne?

I think we're forgetting that problems can manifest in different ways for different people. It's no secret that millions of other people in the U.S. are sick in one way or another. We also forget that acne has been increasing. And obesity. And autism. And diabetes. And cancer.

As simple as this idea is, no one in the sciences really seems to be considering the fact that our food supply is simply toxic. Your genes probably aren't the problem. More likely are corn, soybean and wheat genetics. The same ones that are being modified by engineers who don't know what the hell they're doing. Humans were probably not designed to ingest pesticides.

Actually there are people who are researching these things but it gets thrown out and ignored.

Just because you might not eat those things anymore doesn't mean they couldn't have done some irrepairable damage. There is evidence that some pesticides may have DNA-damaging effects. This isn't to say that acne you might have will never go away or get better though.

The organic movement is facing a lot of criticism i.e. "it's no healthier than GMO, etc". I would be willing to throw down a fair sum of money with complete conviction betting that those sorts of statements are utterly false.

If you look at all the groups in the world that characteristically don't suffer from western disease, you will see that as primitive as they are, and as varied as are their diets, they all have one thing in common: they have not been exposed to industrial agriculture. Yet, even relatives of similar genetics nearby in more "westernized" environments, begin getting sick and developing these types of problems.

I mean...I doubt there's some "magic formula" that keeps them free of disease. They're about as primitive as you can get. They sit out in the sun. They pluck fruits off trees and eat them. They go fishing. They eat coconuts.

It's probably not rocket science.

It seems that no one really wants to just admit the obvious: our diet and lifestyle is killing us.

It's like one side of industry is inducing the diseases we see, and the other half that can't seem to figure it out.

I think there's a reason why acne is a disease that's most often associated with food, and specifically western food.

It also seems that so many sufferers are looking for some magic bullet solution so that they can just go back to their old habits. But, once you know the types of things that are actually in your food, why anyone would want to is beyond me. Healing while chowing down on toxic garbage are two inherently opposing goals. Most packaged food is just mass. Does it stuff your gut? Check. Taste good? Maybe, if you've forgotten what real food tastes like, that is. Check. Good nutrition? forget about it.

Even if you drink water, eat organic, eat this eat that...you still can't replicate a primitive diet here in the US. You're still breathing in toxic chemicals, the root vegetables and fruit you eat still soak up pesticides, nutrient-depleted soil makes the food less nutritious, inadequate growing conditions can stress out the plants and probably change the composition of your food, etc etc. Our environment has to fundamentally change.

It's not like you can just throw a seed in the dirt and have it sprout up the same way every time irrespective of its surrounding environment. Living things are influenced by their environment.

Thus, I propose that those engineers be relieved of their posts and relegated to deep-frying the french fries no one wants anymore. Their approach is unsustainable, and a dead-end.

At the end of the day we have to ultimately realize that a nutritous and health-promoting supply of food is a very real threat to many industries. No one goes to pick up prescriptions when they're in good health and feeling well, with a robust immune system. No one needs to buy supplements when your food is your supply of vitamins/minerals and antioxidants. Companies are literally throwing down millions upon millions of dollars to prevent organic farming from taking over and to keep the average consumer in a state of ignorance. Are you rich like that? That sort of money isn't exactly chump change. There is the simple aspect of competition to consider but ultimately those companies are looking out for their own profits only and it has nothing to do with your benefit.

If there's something to be taken away from all of this it's that learning to accept and prefer a simpler more basic way of life may not be such a bad thing. Of course this isn't promoted in general because there's always the next ad trying to sell you something. Ultimately though, for those primitive people, it may very well be that their lack of modernization is what is saving them.

Update as of 05/29/15: Ah. Perfect timing. Apparently Monsanto is releasing yet another more potent herbicide with even more chemicals.

Edited by FvckAcne

I'm not an acne victim, I'm a Disaster Recovery Specialist, 10 years experience. Lysol certified!


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I just wanted to say, Cherish what you have right now.

I've noticed a lot of newcomers sharing their stories that when they first got cystic acne, they shielded themselves from their friends and loife because of the shame. I can completely understand that. When I first got cystic acne, I was moving every year, but I had already made a lot of friends that year. It was one of the best years of my life, and everyone accepted me despite my hideous appearance. It was my world. They were my world. Going anywhere without them, I was awkward and ashamed and just wanted to get out of where ever I was so no one could see me. It was one of the best years of my life, even better than it is now when my acne is nearly gone.

I just wanted to say, please don't get rid of your friends or anyone else you guys have. That's when the years of your life start flying out of the window. Don't wait for your acne to disappear because there's no guarantee it will. I didn't know where else to put fhis, but this is how I felt.

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I'm a vegetarian

I suspect I have leaky gut which caused food sensitivities which lead to acne. Note: Food Sensitivity is different from allergies and intolerances! I stopped doing things to my face, and started doing nothing but focus on diet. My acne has never been more clear. I'm recovering from cystic acne.

Status: %90 clear


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Have a new zit. the mouth is surrounded by breakouts fml. feel kinda down and prevents myself from going out. sighhh.. i need a hug jk

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