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#1 mslily009

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 03:18 PM

idk why, but I was wondering..
Has anyone ever had acne their whole life?
Not in their childhood years, but afterwards?
Like they got acne, and they NEVER got rid of it?
Lived with it all the rest of their 80+ years?


I don't mean, are you 30 years old and you have had acne since you were 18 or whatever, I mean a lifetime of acne. Anyone in history or you knew?


I was just wondering because we all complain about this happening
but really it's just a part of our life, it's something we have to deal with.
It doesn't last forever, does it?
washing with water, jojoba oil, or a mild cleanser.
mask whenever i feel like it (like 2x a month).
vitamin when i remember.
eating dairy-free for 2 months (trying).

just got off monocycline. life is a lil rough right now, but no one would understand.

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 06:07 PM

I'm 50 years old and I've had acne for more than 35 years. Bummer, huh!

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 06:13 PM

... but there's always a bright side. I stayed in school forever, I have a Ph.D., I teach at one of the best universities in the nation, and I just bought a new car. So there's always a great life to be had, even with bad skin ... keep the faith dear !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 09:26 PM

Moved to Adult Acne.

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 02:24 PM

QUOTE (Wynne @ May 18 2010, 09:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Moved to Adult Acne.


I can't help but picture you as a very annoyed, rude old person. XD
not trying to be mean, I know you're prob not lol, just wanted to say that xP
but thanks for putting this in the right place.
washing with water, jojoba oil, or a mild cleanser.
mask whenever i feel like it (like 2x a month).
vitamin when i remember.
eating dairy-free for 2 months (trying).

just got off monocycline. life is a lil rough right now, but no one would understand.

OH. number one thing you must know about me. Jesus is my life.
sadly i'm fighting off vanity right now, how pathetic of me.

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 02:00 PM

I've recently reached the conclusion that i'm going to have it all my life. I'm 32 this week, and my still acne follows the exact same pattern that it has done since i was 16. A few pimples followed by a serious breakout, which just about clears up when a few pimples will start to appear followed by a big breakout (repeat ad infinitum).

I can't see why it would just suddenly stop.

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 04:39 PM

QUOTE (lemmy @ May 21 2010, 03:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've recently reached the conclusion that i'm going to have it all my life. I'm 32 this week, and my still acne follows the exact same pattern that it has done since i was 16. A few pimples followed by a serious breakout, which just about clears up when a few pimples will start to appear followed by a big breakout (repeat ad infinitum).

I can't see why it would just suddenly stop.


this is the thing that scares me.
bc you would think your hormonal phase would be over when you get into your 20s
but i feel like this is exactly what will happen to me.

lol, this is a seriously dumb question..
but LEMMY do you use anything to prevent the breakouts?
washing with water, jojoba oil, or a mild cleanser.
mask whenever i feel like it (like 2x a month).
vitamin when i remember.
eating dairy-free for 2 months (trying).

just got off monocycline. life is a lil rough right now, but no one would understand.

OH. number one thing you must know about me. Jesus is my life.
sadly i'm fighting off vanity right now, how pathetic of me.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 04:58 PM

18-30 IS your lifetime haha.
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Posted 22 May 2010 - 07:15 PM

I've had it for almost 30 years now, so it has felt like a lifetime!
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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:44 PM

QUOTE (mslily009 @ May 18 2010, 11:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
idk why, but I was wondering..
Has anyone ever had acne their whole life?
Not in their childhood years, but afterwards?
Like they got acne, and they NEVER got rid of it?
Lived with it all the rest of their 80+ years?


I don't mean, are you 30 years old and you have had acne since you were 18 or whatever, I mean a lifetime of acne. Anyone in history or you knew?


I was just wondering because we all complain about this happening
but really it's just a part of our life, it's something we have to deal with.
It doesn't last forever, does it?


yes im 32 and i've had acne since 14 years old. I noticed you are on minocin. I've took that for almost 10 years with somewhat success but i would be careful on taking this long term. For me, it made my teeth yellowish, i used to be able to whiten it with whitening products but not anymore. Also i heard it kills good bacteria. One day i was strong enough to stop minocin and lean towards diet and supplements and it has helped alot.

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 03:58 PM

My dad had acne until he died in an auto accident in his sixties, but by then much of it could have been rosacea and maybe the same citrus allergy that gives me cysts.

I still have acne in my forties, but I've kept it mostly under control for the past several years since I improved my diet.
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Posted 28 May 2010 - 05:36 PM

QUOTE (alternativista @ May 23 2010, 03:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My dad had acne until he died in an auto accident in his sixties, but by then much of it could have been rosacea and maybe the same citrus allergy that gives me cysts.

I still have acne in my forties, but I've kept it mostly under control for the past several years since I improved my diet.


sorry about your dad dontgetit.gif
i should really consider changing my diet, but that won't be possible until fall.
washing with water, jojoba oil, or a mild cleanser.
mask whenever i feel like it (like 2x a month).
vitamin when i remember.
eating dairy-free for 2 months (trying).

just got off monocycline. life is a lil rough right now, but no one would understand.

OH. number one thing you must know about me. Jesus is my life.
sadly i'm fighting off vanity right now, how pathetic of me.

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 06:35 AM

My mom still has acne in her 50's. So I will probably have skin problems for the rest of my life too. But I don't have inflamed acne anymore, so I just accepted that's the best I can do, and I take care of my skin obsessively.

I think you can compare it to being overweight: you can't go on a diet for a couple of months and expect to go back to normal and not gain weight again.
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Posted 30 May 2010 - 08:27 AM

QUOTE (_MJ_ @ May 30 2010, 10:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think you can compare it to being overweight: you can't go on a diet for a couple of months and expect to go back to normal and not gain weight again.


Not if you take accutane, I guess. But I guess that's the skin equivalent of having a gastric bypass or something. Ok just ignore me. I reaaaallly need sleep. tongue.gif

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 06:15 PM

QUOTE (maggipie @ May 30 2010, 09:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (_MJ_ @ May 30 2010, 10:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think you can compare it to being overweight: you can't go on a diet for a couple of months and expect to go back to normal and not gain weight again.


Not if you take accutane, I guess. But I guess that's the skin equivalent of having a gastric bypass or something. Ok just ignore me. I reaaaallly need sleep. tongue.gif



HAHAHA!! hilarity!! (:
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washing with water, jojoba oil, or a mild cleanser.
mask whenever i feel like it (like 2x a month).
vitamin when i remember.
eating dairy-free for 2 months (trying).

just got off monocycline. life is a lil rough right now, but no one would understand.

OH. number one thing you must know about me. Jesus is my life.
sadly i'm fighting off vanity right now, how pathetic of me.

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 10:35 PM

Sometimes i wonder too if my acne will be with me for the rest of my life. So far its been a patter where i can be clear for 5 months and then ill get pimples for 2 months or so and will need to go back on a antibiotic to clear up. I did this pattern like 4 times already. When im clear i could eat junk food all day everyday and i wont get more than 1 pimple at a time. Its crazy but when it comes back it usually comes back with those bastard cysts and leave me a couple of scars to remind me im still not out of it. Im planning on going on a small prescription of accutane once im done with my fraxel repair because ive heard many good things about people that go on accutane and are acne-free for many years after their course.

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 11:43 PM

QUOTE (mslily009 @ May 31 2010, 10:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (maggipie @ May 30 2010, 09:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (_MJ_ @ May 30 2010, 10:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think you can compare it to being overweight: you can't go on a diet for a couple of months and expect to go back to normal and not gain weight again.


Not if you take accutane, I guess. But I guess that's the skin equivalent of having a gastric bypass or something. Ok just ignore me. I reaaaallly need sleep. tongue.gif



HAHAHA!! hilarity!! (:
i love being slap happy when you get really tired tongue.gif


I'm glad that I managed to make somebody laugh with that majorly inapprorpriate joke! lol.gif lol.gif lol.gif But now that I'm more wide awake, I really do think that accutane is similar in some ways to getting gastric bypass surgery; there are health-related risks involved in the treatment (however small they are), and there's a fair chance of the acne returning in the longrun (which of course sucks). It's seriously not a treatment to be taken lightly. >__<


QUOTE (Help Wanted @ May 31 2010, 02:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sometimes i wonder too if my acne will be with me for the rest of my life. So far its been a patter where i can be clear for 5 months and then ill get pimples for 2 months or so and will need to go back on a antibiotic to clear up. I did this pattern like 4 times already. When im clear i could eat junk food all day everyday and i wont get more than 1 pimple at a time. Its crazy but when it comes back it usually comes back with those bastard cysts and leave me a couple of scars to remind me im still not out of it. Im planning on going on a small prescription of accutane once im done with my fraxel repair because ive heard many good things about people that go on accutane and are acne-free for many years after their course.


Would this be your first dose of accutane? I've heard that your cumulative dose has to be high in order to minimise the chances of relapse.


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#18 mslily009

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 06:41 AM

QUOTE (Help Wanted @ May 30 2010, 10:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sometimes i wonder too if my acne will be with me for the rest of my life. So far its been a patter where i can be clear for 5 months and then ill get pimples for 2 months or so and will need to go back on a antibiotic to clear up. I did this pattern like 4 times already. When im clear i could eat junk food all day everyday and i wont get more than 1 pimple at a time. Its crazy but when it comes back it usually comes back with those bastard cysts and leave me a couple of scars to remind me im still not out of it. Im planning on going on a small prescription of accutane once im done with my fraxel repair because ive heard many good things about people that go on accutane and are acne-free for many years after their course.


yeah, I've tried to test is dairy, citrus, or gluten had any bad affects on me by removing each at their own time.. but I'm pretty sure that my acne isn't caused by diet bc nothing changed when I ate healthy and removed each of those things.. confused.gif

washing with water, jojoba oil, or a mild cleanser.
mask whenever i feel like it (like 2x a month).
vitamin when i remember.
eating dairy-free for 2 months (trying).

just got off monocycline. life is a lil rough right now, but no one would understand.

OH. number one thing you must know about me. Jesus is my life.
sadly i'm fighting off vanity right now, how pathetic of me.

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 07:43 PM

I am 38 and I've had acne since 13. Although, my 20s were much, much better. It has just gotten bad again this past year- and it is definitely hormonal. Oh, and pregnancy was a dream- my skin was breakout-free for 9 months with each kid- plus the months of breastfeeding! If I wanted to spend some more time knocked-up and lactating I'd be set eusa_think.gif . But, alas, I'm done with all that, so now I must trade my OB/GYN for a dermatologist...

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 08:18 PM

A lifetime bout with acne is not uncommon... Which makes it even more frustrating to find a solution now rather than later. I have a coworker who's in his 40s and has severe scarring from his acne. He seems fine and adjusted, but always tells me how he wished he took better care of his face when he was younger. Lesson learned.

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