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#6801 iika18

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 08:59 AM

I'm actually feeling depressed again. I thought I was seeing results from the products I was using but then bam when I looked at the mirror this morning it's as if nothing even changed and what I used didn't do anything for me at all (or meaybe it was the new toner I'm using..) :(( I actually secretly thank God I'm nearsighted so that whenever I walk past mirrors or reflective surfaces, I can't seem to see my hideous face T.T



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 06:10 PM

I'm actually feeling depressed again. I thought I was seeing results from the products I was using but then bam when I looked at the mirror this morning it's as if nothing even changed and what I used didn't do anything for me at all (or meaybe it was the new toner I'm using..) sad.png( I actually secretly thank God I'm nearsighted so that whenever I walk past mirrors or reflective surfaces, I can't seem to see my hideous face T.T

Mirrors are the devil.  With any product, three months is usually the minimum time you have to give to see if its for you or not.  When my acne was at its worst, i found that ignoring mirrors really helped me see myself in a more positive light.


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 06:28 PM

I'm actually feeling depressed again. I thought I was seeing results from the products I was using but then bam when I looked at the mirror this morning it's as if nothing even changed and what I used didn't do anything for me at all (or meaybe it was the new toner I'm using..) :( ( I actually secretly thank God I'm nearsighted so that whenever I walk past mirrors or reflective surfaces, I can't seem to see my hideous face T.T

Mirrors are the devil.  With any product, three months is usually the minimum time you have to give to see if its for you or not.  When my acne was at its worst, i found that ignoring mirrors really helped me see myself in a more positive light.

 

Florescent lighting is even worse. It can make anyone's skin look terrible.



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 09:33 AM

Working on finding some positives today while in the middle of a storm. Trying inspiration, meditating, reading verses from the bible, reading quotes from buddha. Any inspiration anyone has to offer to help get through this I would love to hear it. I've been sinking into a bit of a depression and am looking at turning this around. These boards definitely offer sanity. Sending thoughts of gratefulness into the universe for this place and for all of you.

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Spot treat with Tea Tree Oil

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Dairy, Gluten, Sugar and Caffeine free.  Boring I know ;)

 


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 01:19 PM

Feeling absolutely horrible about this grossness around my mouth as of right now. It's frustrating and I already look pretty bad without it. It's making me not want to go out or do anything, but I have so many responsibilities today. All I want to do is sleep and forget I exist.



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 01:57 PM

Hang in there!  We have all had those days.  I know you will get through it, it will be tough, it will suck, but you WILL get through it.  I have had many, working from home today, but I know tomorrow I have a huge day and will have to pull it together.  Sending you postive thoughts and a big HUG!

Feeling absolutely horrible about this grossness around my mouth as of right now. It's frustrating and I already look pretty bad without it. It's making me not want to go out or do anything, but I have so many responsibilities today. All I want to do is sleep and forget I exist.


Spiro 50 mg

Yasmin

Doxy 100 mg 2 x day

 

Am and Pm

 

Cerave Foaming Cleanser

DDF Glycolic toner (LOVE this!!)

Spot treat with Tea Tree Oil

BP- 2.5% or 10%

Cerave PM

 

Dairy, Gluten, Sugar and Caffeine free.  Boring I know ;)

 


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 03:29 PM

Depressed..starting 2014 it had been worst so far...new acne, new scars, dry face, chest full of bumps. Going to derm tomorrow as scratching my neck off like crazy monkey. I wish i could just peel my skin off. :(

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 03:36 PM

Terrible :( yet another breakout, I really thought I was getting somewhere... Just want to curl up in my bed and eat junk (which I hardly do because I just want clear skin) but when I feel like this, I honestly don't care.

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:08 PM

Anxious. I have a haircut appointment today after work, and having anyone anywhere near my face gives me the worst stomach churning feeling. I can't stop worrying about her seeing my active bumps and scars I try to hide with makeup. My hairdresser is young and pretty with perfect skin. It's frustrating to see how great her skin looks, but then again I like looking at her. Gives me motivation! A depressed, anxious sort of motivation but I'll take what I can get.


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 01:58 AM

Anxious. I have a haircut appointment today after work, and having anyone anywhere near my face gives me the worst stomach churning feeling. I can't stop worrying about her seeing my active bumps and scars I try to hide with makeup. My hairdresser is young and pretty with perfect skin. It's frustrating to see how great her skin looks, but then again I like looking at her. Gives me motivation! A depressed, anxious sort of motivation but I'll take what I can get.

Yeah haircut is the worst. It seems like they have the harshest lighting and you can see the destruction in full glory.



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 03:06 AM

I hate when you get back home after a long day and look in the mirror and find a horrible pimple on your face - either a new or one that got worse during the day


Edited by Lilly75, 06 March 2014 - 03:06 AM.

Started The Acne.org Regimen 2nd July 2013

 


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 04:58 AM

My face is the clearest it has been in many years. I haven't had a single inflamed pimple or a cyst in such a long time now, my moods are stable and my periods are regular. But I realize I won't be on bcp forever. In about a year or something, I plan to slowly wean off Yasmin at the same time increasing spiro. Spiro's side effects are annoying (frequent wc need and slightly upset stomach sometimes really get on my nerves), but it's better than the blood cloth risk.
Though not having acne makes life so much easier, even with few side-effects. My self-confidence is slowly coming back.   


Diagnosed with PCOS/Insulin resistance

Currently clear from acne.

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- Yasmin birth control 
- Spironolactone 50 mg
 
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- Paula's Choice

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- Innate Response Glucose Tolerance Factor Chromium, for blood sugar balancing 
- Innate Response DysBio-GI, against candida

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- Peppermint tea 2 cups/day
- Licorice tea 1 cup/day

 


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 07:23 PM

Felt like I was clearing up again today and yesterday, it was great. Then I took a nap on my side and woke up to find two fresh, new pimples right below my mouth. :/ I hope these don't get too big. It's so much worse when you know you did it to yourself. brow.gif It was just so tempting; I sleep so much better on my side than on my back, I was sick of it.

Thanks for the kind words, this thread is great!


Edited by Glyde, 06 March 2014 - 07:27 PM.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 05:58 AM

I 've neglected my b.p. treatment the past weeks, i also thought that it was a good idea to see how my skin would do without it. My cheeks and chin are fine but my forehead is filled with small red and skin-colored papules. I 'll start b.p. again, at least on my forehead.. i wanted to avoid (the cost of) microdermabration but i believe that my skin really needs something like that.


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Spironolactone 100 mg + limiting dairy

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 01:11 AM

still feeling fairly good but I can tell my skin wants to break out, I'm getting a lot of beginnings of new zits and hopefully my topical is keeping them at bay. My skin wants to betray me so much.


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 01:51 AM

Acne scars are a gift from hell.



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 05:17 PM

It`s been a while since I`ve posted on these forums, there has been lots of things happening in my life of late - hopefully changes for the better.

 

I`ve been been really ill mentally to the point that in mid January, I had made a plan to end things. It was only after speaking to a CPN after my GP put in an urgent referral for me to a Community Mental Health Team that I was persuaded to not go through with the plan.

 

It has been a really tough time but I`m starting to feel much better now. One of the really positive things to have come out of this episode is my change of attitude towards my diet and acne. For years I`ve been obsessed with eating healthily due to acne but recently, because I`ve stopped caring, I`ve been eating all kinds of junk. It`s resulted in me putting a stone and a half on in weight but more importantly, my skin isn`t any different really. It has helped me to see that diet doesn`t really have as much bearing on acne as I thought. I need to eat more healthily but in future I won`t completely deny myself and I will try to have some things in moderation.

 

I have been in a really bad place and I`ve been under the care of a Community Mental Health Team and seeing a CPN. Having had a number of sessions with the CPN and having discussed some of the erratic behaviours I`ve displayed when I`ve been ill, the CPN seems to think that I`ve got some Borderline Personality Disorder traits. I started psychotherapy on Saturday and even after one session, I feel less disgust, shame and self-loathing. It doesn`t condone or make right anything I`ve done wrong in the past but knowing I may have an illness that makes me act in a certain way does help me to accept and understand why I have at times acted irrationally. I don`t deserve to beat myself up for having an illness that makes me act irrationally at times. My illness is not me and it doesn`t define me and I`m sorry but if certain people cannot differentiate between my illness and me as a person, then they are shallow and not worth knowing.

 

I`ve also been using the time that I`ve got on my hands due to being signed off sick to attend two drop-in groups for people with mental health issues. One is an informal discussion group with an organisation called Depression Alliance and the other is a group called Together which I attend with my cousin and enables people with mental health issues to meet-up to chat, play games, do cookery, do art or any number of other activities. I`m hoping to go back to work after 24/3/2014 but in the meantime, these activities have helped me to interact and speak to people who are like-minded, understand and can empathise. It has been a great help.

 

I try to limit the amount of time I`m on the internet these days - I`ve made that mistake in the past and it`s really not good for you in the long-term and can really exacerbate any social anxiety that you already have. Ironically, I have however joined up with a website called Mental Earth Community (MEC) and it has been really helpful. I`ve spoken to a few people on there and I`ve managed to make one or two new online friends. In particular, I have been speaking to someone who lives quite close to me. Well to cut a long story short, we both met up for the day today in my home city and had a really nice time. I plan to meet up with her again sometime soon - not only have I made an online friend, I`ve also made a real life friend as well.  smile.png

 

All in all things are looking up for me. I`ve been through some shit in the past few months but I think it`s been beneficial to me as I feel I`m growing as a person and it`s also helped me to see the people who really care, don`t use me for emotional support and most importantly don`t judge me for my illness. I don`t really have acne or many hang-ups associated with it these days so although this website has been a help to me in the past and I fully appreciate it, I no longer feel the need to post on here anymore. Significantly, I`ve noticed a number of new faces on here that I haven`t seen before so maybe that`s a sign that it`s time to move on.

 

I`ll continue to log on as I do chat to one or two people on here via PM but even though I know I`ve said it before, this will definitely be my last ever post. I wish everyone on here who is currently battling acne or any related psychological issues all the best. It can and will get better and in the meantime try to remember that like any other illness, you cannot help having acne. Acne does not define you or make you a lesser person - believe and embrace that for yourselves and anyone who does judge for having acne is not worth knowing.

 

Take care everyone. smile.png


Edited by Bodie81, 13 March 2014 - 05:20 PM.


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Posted 13 March 2014 - 08:19 PM

I feel a little frustrated ,with my complexion, at this point.  I have made many nutritional adjustments, and I have seen results, but  I'm struggling with Hyperpigmentation, red marks and some zits here and there.  I gotta keep on trucking, though.   It's been quite the ride with acne, But I'm so ready to 'get off the Bus' ...So to speak.



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 03:59 PM

@Bodie81

Glad to read you are doing well and you are taking care of yourself the best you can 

 

I kind of skipped a night of my topical and now I have some whiteheads, I've learned my lesson. I am just annoyed that at the first opportunity my skin will break out.


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Posted 16 March 2014 - 06:39 PM

just feeling sad… hoping it passes soon…. 






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