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#6561 Aka*Tom

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:14 PM

Complete despair. There doesn't seem any point in me even posting on acne.org anymore. I am never going to be able to treat my acne. I am never going to be able to get clear skin. And the worst part is that it's not even my own fault. Why does the world have to be so cruel?!

 

I feel exactly the same about everything you've said here. I've never felt so down in my life. I'm about ready to give up on everything. It's a fucking cruel, unfair world out there. 



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 03:50 PM

ugh feeling annoyed with my face. i was fine until a week ago. it never fails, anytime i have some sort of family event i manage to get new bumps and ruin my confidence….. makes me just want to hide. :( 



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 07:02 PM

Complete despair. There doesn't seem any point in me even posting on acne.org anymore. I am never going to be able to treat my acne. I am never going to be able to get clear skin. And the worst part is that it's not even my own fault. Why does the world have to be so cruel?!

Sending many virtual hugs. I am sorry that you are feeling bad at the moment. :(

 

Is it possible to take a step back and look at where you are right now with your skin versus where you were say 4 months ago? Is there an improvement in the state of it from then to now? I know that when I was suffering with severe depression over my skin, I tended to only see the bad in it, without seeing how much it had improved from the worst days. What is it about your skin right now that's making you feel terrible?

 

When I finally got clear I actually felt worse about myself for a long while because the pih I had looked worse than the broken-out skin. But after a while, once it had faded a bit (which it did on its own for the first little bit... it was too sensitive to use peels on) I felt enormously better. 

 

I think I can relate to you as we both seem to struggle with a disposition towards depression and with it/because of it... negative thinking. I'm just assuming here, so tell me if I'm way off the mark, but do you think you're kind of spiralling downward with negative thoughts? No doubt you've heard this before. Having been where you are right now I thought I'd share what I think I've learnt in an effort to help you a little. 



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 05:13 AM

Complete despair. There doesn't seem any point in me even posting on acne.org anymore. I am never going to be able to treat my acne. I am never going to be able to get clear skin. And the worst part is that it's not even my own fault. Why does the world have to be so cruel?!

Sending many virtual hugs. I am sorry that you are feeling bad at the moment. sad.png

 

Is it possible to take a step back and look at where you are right now with your skin versus where you were say 4 months ago? Is there an improvement in the state of it from then to now? I know that when I was suffering with severe depression over my skin, I tended to only see the bad in it, without seeing how much it had improved from the worst days. What is it about your skin right now that's making you feel terrible?

 

When I finally got clear I actually felt worse about myself for a long while because the pih I had looked worse than the broken-out skin. But after a while, once it had faded a bit (which it did on its own for the first little bit... it was too sensitive to use peels on) I felt enormously better. 

 

I think I can relate to you as we both seem to struggle with a disposition towards depression and with it/because of it... negative thinking. I'm just assuming here, so tell me if I'm way off the mark, but do you think you're kind of spiralling downward with negative thoughts? No doubt you've heard this before. Having been where you are right now I thought I'd share what I think I've learnt in an effort to help you a little. 

 

Aw thank you Kalinka, I'm touched that you took the time to respond to my negative rant! My skin is better than it was 4 months ago. Definitely. Although it still looks like I have a lot more acne than I actually do because of all the horrible hyperpigmentation. The most frustrating thing is that I'm still breaking out after 6 months on antibiotics, Dianette and Epiduo. Like last week I had a massive cyst on my forehead and the week before a load of whiteheads on my chin. In comparison to before, it's nothing, but I just feel like if the treatment isn't working by now then it's never going to work and there's no chance of my dermatologist prescribing isotretinoin because I'm still only halfway up the waiting list for CBT and counselling. :( I'm always spiralling downwards with negative thoughts. Story of my life! Think it's possibly worse at the moment because I'm in the process of changing antidepressants. Had to taper down off a really high dose of one then have 4 days off everything and after 8 months of being on them it's really messing with my head. Thank you for your kind words and support. I appreciate it so much! How is your skin doing at the moment?


My Current Treatment Plan

 

Morning: Lymecycline
 

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

 

My Log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/331567-diary-of-a-three-pronged-attack-my-mission-to-get-clear-skin-and-avoid-roaccutane/#entry3369787 

 

Acne status: essentially clear and just waiting for hyperpigmentation to fade

 

"I would rather learn what it feels like to burn than feel nothing at all." ~ Ron Pope
 


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Posted 24 December 2013 - 05:44 AM

Having depression does not and should not preclude you from being prescribed Accutane. I have had extreme depression in the past relating to my skin and I am currently on my third course of Accutane. It just takes the right derm and/or you to be persuasive. I was initially extremely depressed as I had bad acne when I was prescribed my first course of Accutane nearly 12 years ago now. I had no problems with depression at all whilst on the course, in fact I was happy as I knew it was going to work. I had a second course shortly afterwards as my acne returned.

I recently went back to a dermatologist after spending more than 10 years still treating my acne (mainly with Dan's regimen). During this time I have struggled with severe depression and anxiety on and off in relation to my acne. My derm first prescribed me epiduo but I wasn't happy with the results so enquired about going on Accutane again (low dose this time). He initially said no due to my history of depression, but I persuaded him by truthfully saying that I had tolerated it extremely well the first 2 times I took it. I have just had a 2 month follow up appointment and he asked me how my anxiety about my skin was being on Accutane, and I answered truthfully that it is reduced as I believe it's the most effective thing for my skin. I have had no negative consequences in my mood due to taking Accutane and he's happy for me to be on it. I believe the link between Accutane and depression/suicide is tenuous at best. After all, the majority of people who are prescribed Accutane have moderately severe or severe acne, which is itself a known cause of depression. Often taking Accutane and clearing acne up results in a more positive mood for the person as the acne is cleared.

Good luck and don't give up if you really want/think you need tane.

P.S. Another thing I did to persuade my doctor was take my partner into my appointment and told my doctor that she would monitor my moods, and if Accutane was having any negative effects on me, that she had my permission to contact the derm straight away and inform him. You could try something similar if you have a partner/parent that is willing to help you. That way you and the derm both have a safety net if you do suffer any ill effects. I also asked my psych about it before I saw my derm and he did not have a problem with me taking it which I also informed my derm.

 

Again good luck.

 

 

Complete despair. There doesn't seem any point in me even posting on acne.org anymore. I am never going to be able to treat my acne. I am never going to be able to get clear skin. And the worst part is that it's not even my own fault. Why does the world have to be so cruel?!

Sending many virtual hugs. I am sorry that you are feeling bad at the moment. sad.png

 

Is it possible to take a step back and look at where you are right now with your skin versus where you were say 4 months ago? Is there an improvement in the state of it from then to now? I know that when I was suffering with severe depression over my skin, I tended to only see the bad in it, without seeing how much it had improved from the worst days. What is it about your skin right now that's making you feel terrible?

 

When I finally got clear I actually felt worse about myself for a long while because the pih I had looked worse than the broken-out skin. But after a while, once it had faded a bit (which it did on its own for the first little bit... it was too sensitive to use peels on) I felt enormously better. 

 

I think I can relate to you as we both seem to struggle with a disposition towards depression and with it/because of it... negative thinking. I'm just assuming here, so tell me if I'm way off the mark, but do you think you're kind of spiralling downward with negative thoughts? No doubt you've heard this before. Having been where you are right now I thought I'd share what I think I've learnt in an effort to help you a little. 

 

Aw thank you Kalinka, I'm touched that you took the time to respond to my negative rant! My skin is better than it was 4 months ago. Definitely. Although it still looks like I have a lot more acne than I actually do because of all the horrible hyperpigmentation. The most frustrating thing is that I'm still breaking out after 6 months on antibiotics, Dianette and Epiduo. Like last week I had a massive cyst on my forehead and the week before a load of whiteheads on my chin. In comparison to before, it's nothing, but I just feel like if the treatment isn't working by now then it's never going to work and there's no chance of my dermatologist prescribing isotretinoin because I'm still only halfway up the waiting list for CBT and counselling. sad.png I'm always spiralling downwards with negative thoughts. Story of my life! Think it's possibly worse at the moment because I'm in the process of changing antidepressants. Had to taper down off a really high dose of one then have 4 days off everything and after 8 months of being on them it's really messing with my head. Thank you for your kind words and support. I appreciate it so much! How is your skin doing at the moment?



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 10:07 AM

 

Complete despair. There doesn't seem any point in me even posting on acne.org anymore. I am never going to be able to treat my acne. I am never going to be able to get clear skin. And the worst part is that it's not even my own fault. Why does the world have to be so cruel?!

Sending many virtual hugs. I am sorry that you are feeling bad at the moment. sad.png

 

Is it possible to take a step back and look at where you are right now with your skin versus where you were say 4 months ago? Is there an improvement in the state of it from then to now? I know that when I was suffering with severe depression over my skin, I tended to only see the bad in it, without seeing how much it had improved from the worst days. What is it about your skin right now that's making you feel terrible?

 

When I finally got clear I actually felt worse about myself for a long while because the pih I had looked worse than the broken-out skin. But after a while, once it had faded a bit (which it did on its own for the first little bit... it was too sensitive to use peels on) I felt enormously better. 

 

I think I can relate to you as we both seem to struggle with a disposition towards depression and with it/because of it... negative thinking. I'm just assuming here, so tell me if I'm way off the mark, but do you think you're kind of spiralling downward with negative thoughts? No doubt you've heard this before. Having been where you are right now I thought I'd share what I think I've learnt in an effort to help you a little. 

 

Aw thank you Kalinka, I'm touched that you took the time to respond to my negative rant! My skin is better than it was 4 months ago. Definitely. Although it still looks like I have a lot more acne than I actually do because of all the horrible hyperpigmentation. The most frustrating thing is that I'm still breaking out after 6 months on antibiotics, Dianette and Epiduo. Like last week I had a massive cyst on my forehead and the week before a load of whiteheads on my chin. In comparison to before, it's nothing, but I just feel like if the treatment isn't working by now then it's never going to work and there's no chance of my dermatologist prescribing isotretinoin because I'm still only halfway up the waiting list for CBT and counselling. sad.png I'm always spiralling downwards with negative thoughts. Story of my life! Think it's possibly worse at the moment because I'm in the process of changing antidepressants. Had to taper down off a really high dose of one then have 4 days off everything and after 8 months of being on them it's really messing with my head. Thank you for your kind words and support. I appreciate it so much! How is your skin doing at the moment?

I know it's different person to person, but I have heard of people who say they started to get severe cystic acne when they started taking an antidepressant (certain kinds triggering certain people whose skin was sensitive to whatever chemical change). Could be a long shot, but maybe that was the case with your skin and you'll see a change after a few months on the new stuff? 

 

My skin's been alright. Not totally clear but at least the spots I've had have been in easy-to-hide places like my forehead or by my ear. But! Joy of joys! A new "period pimple", very tender, very red, right in the middle of my left cheek. Here's hoping it clears itself and I don't have an issue with that area anymore (seems to be one that reappears again and again). I blame the enormous amount of chocolate I ate the other day for its expansion in size over the course of a day. I'm to find ice. Or, it snowed a lot last night, maybe I'll just go flop down outside for a bit. :P



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 11:43 AM

Right side is clear with hyperpigmentation, left side still has some raised areas. Never mind. I have a new stippling foundation brush and I'm in love with it. It's so fun and soft! So excited for tomorrow - Merry Christmas everyone!


Currently clear of acne with the occasional hormonal breakout. Check out my routines and progress updates here:
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Posted 24 December 2013 - 02:49 PM

I feel pretty terrible today...another xmas riddled with acne...another xmas I'll stay in doors as often as possible because of acne...ugh skin be somewhat normal for the 6th of Jan please please please



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 03:08 PM

Now that I am like 100% with smooth skin. i do have some scars, but they're minors.   I haven't been at this forum because I am clear.  This forum helped me a lot when  I had  a lot of zits.  I'm actually dating a vegan girl and she's into me. I have never been in a relationship and she may be the first one!


Best way to make your skin smooth and clear eventually:

Plant-based diet is the best medicine for everything.. That's if you consume at least 80% raw, mainly from veggies and fruits.
Exercising: cardio is great for skin and lifting a bit.
Thinking positive and try not to stress or think about acne.

I am doing these and my skin is currently very smooth and clearing up!
I am a vegan raw 100%. I feel better, have more energy, saving animals a year, glow skin, I look younger, etc.

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 04:45 PM

just want this evening to fly by. i never thought i would say that about Christmas eve but i want it to be over so that i can be in the comfort of my own home with no one but myself and kids and of course husband. he doesn't judge me, i don't think.



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Posted 25 December 2013 - 01:32 AM

Happy Christmas everyone xmas.gif  Already here in Australia of course, and I've had a good day with family and haven't worried about my skin too much - as long as I keep myself distracted / busy with other things. Last night was different though - just fed up with it all and sick of feeling so ugly and gross - was close to tears a few times because nothing seems to work. So, trying to keep distracted from thinking like that because it obviously can't help anything and just makes me feel worse. Focusing on enjoying this time with family and having a break from uni for a few days :)


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Posted 25 December 2013 - 04:38 AM

Hey Lily

 

You should definitely look into taking birth control or spiro I reckon. If I was female I would definitely explore theses options rather than use the regimen. There seems to be a lot of girls who have had success with spiro on these forums. Don't get me wrong, the regimen is extremely effective but it's also kind of a giant pain in the butt to do, is time consuming, bleaching your clothes etc. If you could control your acne just with a pill it seems like a way better/easier option. Have you been to see a derm before - you could at least discuss some options and see what they recommend. You could also keep using the BP, take something like Spiro concurrently and see if it helps. Worth a shot if you are unhappy.

Happy Christmas everyone xmas.gif  Already here in Australia of course, and I've had a good day with family and haven't worried about my skin too much - as long as I keep myself distracted / busy with other things. Last night was different though - just fed up with it all and sick of feeling so ugly and gross - was close to tears a few times because nothing seems to work. So, trying to keep distracted from thinking like that because it obviously can't help anything and just makes me feel worse. Focusing on enjoying this time with family and having a break from uni for a few days smile.png



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Posted 25 December 2013 - 05:51 AM

Hey Lily

 

You should definitely look into taking birth control or spiro I reckon. If I was female I would definitely explore theses options rather than use the regimen. There seems to be a lot of girls who have had success with spiro on these forums. Don't get me wrong, the regimen is extremely effective but it's also kind of a giant pain in the butt to do, is time consuming, bleaching your clothes etc. If you could control your acne just with a pill it seems like a way better/easier option. Have you been to see a derm before - you could at least discuss some options and see what they recommend. You could also keep using the BP, take something like Spiro concurrently and see if it helps. Worth a shot if you are unhappy.

 

Thank you :) Yes definitely worth a shot - though I worry a bit about potential risks / side effects from any sort of pills... 

I like the idea of spiro but I'll have to ask a different GP about it as my current GP wouldn't give it to me just for acne when I asked about it earlier this year.

Completely agree that the regimen is a pain to do, even if it can help your skin a bit (or a lot for many other people). I'll be looking into other options soon but still be continuing the regimen until I find something that works better for me 


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Posted 25 December 2013 - 07:03 AM

Happy Christmas everyone! Stay safe and enjoy yerselves.

 

Feeling pretty poor again today. I pray to God that the savage breakout I have on my jaw/cheek/mouth is purging or something because I can't deal with it atm. Please skin improve eusa_pray.gif



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Posted 25 December 2013 - 04:44 PM

I feel that my face will never again be as it was a year ago...


What clears my acne:

Spironolactone 100 mg + limiting dairy

indoxyl (duac) gel + aha + baby brush for comedones.

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 09:22 PM

Been on Mino for the past week, as well as Tetranoin & Clindamycin...so far, no massive improvements but little ones. Just have to be patient, I guess. :/



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Posted 25 December 2013 - 11:20 PM

Feeling way better than I was a few weeks ago, but honestly I'm just waiting for the next flare up. I hope it will be a while.

Hope everyone is having a good holiday season despite their acne.


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Posted 26 December 2013 - 12:55 AM

I can focus better when my skin is clear! I'm happy that I am finally done with acne. No more white heads!  My scars reduced! I apply MSM lotion  twice a day, everyday and I apply Aloe vera sometimes.  I'm in UMass Lowell and I am finally done with my first semester! I barely passed.. I was taking a lot of courses and working 25 hours a week.   I wouldn't have passed if I had skin problems.    I will upload newest pictures later. I have uploaded some pics when I had bad breakouts..

 

Let me keep going.. haha....  life is much better now, I can't believe I wasted 12 years of my life  because of acne. It is like a person who has been in prison for 12 years.. Now I have confident and I am so close on having my first relationship ever. My future awaits me and I want to enjoy life as much as I can since I wasted so many years.. :\


Edited by Ghostunit, 26 December 2013 - 12:57 AM.

Best way to make your skin smooth and clear eventually:

Plant-based diet is the best medicine for everything.. That's if you consume at least 80% raw, mainly from veggies and fruits.
Exercising: cardio is great for skin and lifting a bit.
Thinking positive and try not to stress or think about acne.

I am doing these and my skin is currently very smooth and clearing up!
I am a vegan raw 100%. I feel better, have more energy, saving animals a year, glow skin, I look younger, etc.

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 07:19 AM

I feel like my acne is just moving down my face - it's something I've noticed for a while with using the regimen. I hardly ever would get acne on my neck or under my jaw but now it's more and more common for under my jaw area and neck to breakout. and they're always the larger, harder, painful spots. Not saying the regimen caused this at all... it's just like the acne moved to the areas that I wasn't treating with BP and improved a bit or cleared on the areas that did get BP. I know that for me, the acne that I tend to get on my chin or jaw is the more difficult / resistant acne... I've always guessed it's typical hormonal acne. BP has helped it a bit though

 

Skin still breaking out though it is calming down a bit compared to a few days ago. A few on my forehead, one tiny one on my right cheek. A lot across my chin and jaw toward my ears and also a couple under my jawline and on my neck. 


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Posted 27 December 2013 - 12:28 PM

Still feeling bad about acne - but feeling much better about life. Only a few months after finishing my PhD, I managed to land my dream job after getting through a very competitive interview process. It's going to be hard work, and I do worry about how acne will affect me day to day; but, still, at least I can say that I've refused to let skin problems ruin my life.

 

Merry Xmas to all.






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