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Ugh what a day, I work in an aged care hostel anmd today I hid in the old folks rooms....pretending to be busya nd clean rooms....

I hate my skin and prob have ruined it with all the shit Ive put on it and tried....

I have whiteheads, blackheads and large pores and blackheads on my nose, plus I get ingrown hairs.

I am 30 and for years have been telling myself I will get rid of my acne by the time I turn 30, its not happened. Ive had acne since I was 14...

I need a huge huge, some support....I feel like I cant try anything else...

Ive just spent $1000 on IPL , photo rejuvination and microdermabrasion and its prob just made my face worse...

Trent

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That sucks, sorry your day was not a great one. :(

I very seriously doubt you have ruined your skin! You can always repair the damage, or at the very least, keep from causing more. I know some people are apprehensive about it, but have you spoken to a dermatologist about maybe trying Accutane? If you're 30 and you've had acne since you were 14, it's obviously quite aggressive/persistent so you'd likely be a good candidate for it. I'm just shy of 23 and I've had it since I was 11. I get how you feel. Take it one step at a time - 30 is still young, my friend. ;)

Try not to get too down about it, Trent. You have our support here. Sending you big telekinetic hugs. :)


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Thankyou, Ive just had a totally crap day..... lately Ive used micro, photo rejuv and ipl and thats not worked, maybe made it worse. Years ago I sat in front of an old tanning lampa nd gave my self 2nd degree burns.... I have marks all over my face now....

I am kinda ocd with what i useon ym skin, at the moment Im simply using BP and Jojoba oil and taking alot of vitamins.

I went to a dermo and he laughed when I said I need accutane.... I have lots of pores, black heads etc, especially on my nose, thats the part on my face, Im more concious about...its really getting me down....

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I know how it can be. Some days it's easy to shrug it off, and others it's just a bit too hard. I am sure if you give it time the marks will fade. If you're self-conscious about your nose, I'll go right ahead and say that it's not worth worrying about. So many people have blackheads on their nose! I have them, they've been there for years and years... longer than I can even remember. Nobody notices blackheads. :)

I think it's really godawful that so many people here have encountered unkind dermatologists that lack any sense of understanding. The one I went to was lovely. I was so scared I'd get a bad one because of everything I'd read here.


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This was aweful and not sympathetic at all. I went to one before him who said I didnt need Tane..

I have large pores from squeezing the blackheads, and dints in my nose...its aweful.... dnt think makeup would even cover up the mess on my nose.

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Well, maybe the issue isn't really your skin, but your self-esteem? If it's just enlarged pores that you're concerned about, I think you might just be feeling the residual self-esteem damage from having worse skin. It's okay to have large pores, nobody notices, I promise. I have never once looked at somebody's face and thought "Christ, they have the biggest pores ever." It doesn't detract from the attractiveness of a person's face. Makeup tends to sit in larger pores anyway, so it really just looks better au naturale.


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I know people who love me for me wont judge me, but I see them and feel revolting, dirty even, large pores and wrinkles and black heads all on the nose, are not a good look lol trust me!

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You don`t need a hug, you need Accutane at low dose(from what you have described) and a psychotherapy. Try other derms, don`t give up.

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I live in the country, we get one derm here every 3 months..and thats it....

;o(

I went to one in the city who said no to tane.

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Hey Trent :) Maybe it's worth not doing anything to your skin for a while, see if you can just let it recover and help itself for a bit.

It's hard to do because we tend to feel like if we don't do something then things get worse, but sometimes, we can be our own worst enemy.

I know what it's like to go down the line of options and for nothing to really work. Been there. I tried to get Accutane yesterday and can't even get the referral from my doctor because they refused so I'm on to other options. All you can do it keep moving forward. It's hard and I've felt like giving up on it, but you have to battle on.

Whenever I've had good skin, I've actually felt worse about myself because it because so obvious at that point that my issues regarding confidence and self esteem are still there and are much bigger problems to be fixed. As Gutterflower referred to it, that's all residual damage. Take the acne away and, regardless, I simply don't like being me because of all the stuff my skin has been through and indeed the things some narrow-minded, vile people put me through because of it. I simply haven't been able to let go of that, not even things which affected me maybe ten years ago. I am working on that and I've been seeing a therapist, and I know there are practical things I can do to be happy in certain areas of my life, then the other stuff follows as a natural progression and maybe my skin will improve with it.

Give yourself a break and try not to focus on it so much. I know it's easier said than done but it's the best way.

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Hey Paul, ia ppreciate ur advise....I can totally relate to what your going through. I think my self esteem is zero and has been for a long time. I ended a relationship about 2 months ago and its been hard moving on and realizing that hey I may have spots but Im still ag ood person, I dont have alot of friends so its hard to talk about how I am feeling, people say TRent its all in your head, you dont have acne, you can only see it cause ur right up in the mirror, people cant see what you see....

Im so sick of people spinning thats hit ya know lol.

I chucked a sicky from work today cause of my 'spots'.... depressing.

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I totally get how you feel. I stay in lots of time when i really just want to go out and do what i want because of my acne.

It's a selfesteem killer. I'm not sure whether going on accutane is a good or a bad thing, been considering it for years but I'm too scared.

How do you feel about accutane? I've also spent heaps of money on worthless creams, antibiotics, omnilux blue treatments etc...

Maybe it's worth taking the risk. i don't know.

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Be careful about skipping work, Trent. It's a downward spiral. I know, I got fired a couple of months back because I wasn't pulling my weight. More pre-occupied with my skin and wondering about how others saw me. It took getting to that point before I realised I needed to change things.

You said yourself that you know you're a good person. Glad that you see it, now you really have to believe it and have that belief reflect in your actions. That will bring confidence. Sometimes with things like that, you have to fake it until you make it. Then you replace the negative habits and thoughts with positive ones. It's hard at first because you have to make a conscious effort, but it does end up becoming an unconscious ability after a while.

It's a shame about the relationship and all. Obviously I don't know the situation but maybe that could be something you could pick up with when you feel you're in a better place. I certainly think you can take comfort from knowing that you have been able to at least enter into a relationship. I guess it's now about letting go of your insecurities so that further down the line you would be able to maintain a relationship. My insecurities are such that I've never been in a relationship, never even tried and wouldn't actually know where to start. That feels kind of lame at the age of 26, but if I don't give up on myself and keep trying to improve things one at a time, it'll all come good one day. All you can do is keep trying and learn to be happy in yourself. You've every right to be happy in your own skin, you just need to find the way to get there.

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Wow ur so wise Paul lol love the positive thinking too... so whats ur story? Do u still get acne? Do u have scars??

Love to hear ur story if you wouldnt mind sharing it, again, here...

Ive skipped work a few times, and keep telling myself I wont do it again, then when the skin gets really bad, I panic and get very scared adn think fck it I cant go in looking like this....

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Well, I've had moderate acne since I was 13, I'm now 26. Sometimes it's mild, literally just a few pimples. It does get bad from time to time but soon calms down, and I'm lucky not to have scarred. Well, I have the odd scar, but scarring hasn't been a problem. I don't like my skin tone, it's pretty uneven, but that's minor I guess.

My main problem has always been the confidence and self esteem issues triggered by it. I was bullied through school because of my acne and that experience has really stayed with me. I pretty dropped off the radar as a result and never quite managed to get that back on track. So my social life is virtually non-existent and I've never been in a relationship or anything like that. These things have really bothered me this year; this idea that I've missed so much because I wasn't strong enough to rise above it; not liking myself at all and feeling inferior to everyone. Fact is, you could give me perfect skin and those things would still be a massive problem. I happened to clear up for a little while earlier this year and that's when I realised those issues would still be there. It freaked me out I guess and I slid into depression. As I said, that ultimately cost my job so now that's something else to deal with. I need to find out who I am, figure out what I want to do with my life, and then actually build one and start living it.

The acne isn't so bad these days. I just don't like what it represents. Regardless of the degree, I see it almost as a physical manifestation of the dislike I have for myself so it bothers me all the time. I tried to set things in motion yesterday to get Accutane and fix it once and for all, but the doctor wouldn't refer me to the dermatologist as my acne isn't severe. I was hoping the impact it has had on my work life, social life and self esteem - they're either non-existent or destroyed - would be taken into account, but it seems it doesn't work that way. So I'm taking Doxycycline instead, going to see how that plays out.

I started seeing a therapist a few weeks ago for the confidence and self esteem issues, see if I can start to fix things and find some energy and enthusiasm to get out there, find a new job and see if I can learn to enjoy life as it's supposed to be enjoyed.

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Wow ur so wise Paul lol love the positive thinking too... so whats ur story? Do u still get acne? Do u have scars??

Love to hear ur story if you wouldnt mind sharing it, again, here...

Ive skipped work a few times, and keep telling myself I wont do it again, then when the skin gets really bad, I panic and get very scared adn think fck it I cant go in looking like this....

I've wanted to do this before, but it's not worth it. It's about your work ethic and not about your skin. If you do a good job, nobody will care about the condition of your skin. I booked time off to see a dermatologist just last week, my boss actually asked me why because they oftentimes just do not notice at all... and my acne right now is pretty icky. Keep on keeping on, Trent.

Paul is definitely the wisest. ;) And possibly the most supportive person on this forum. He has helped me so many times. And it goes to show that at the end of the day, people are here for you, even when you feel like you're alone.

(Paul, I have high hopes for your dosage of doxy!)

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What was their excuse for firing you and what kind of job was it, if you dont mind me asking?

Maybe you dont like yourself and its not cause of the acne?? If you have clear skin, you should be happy right? I hope ur counselling really helps....do u have alot of friends? Whats your family think of all of this?

I do understand how it can destroy ones self esteem, even when my skin was 'okay', Id still stress....go figure.. I am alot like you Paul lol.

Gutterflower do u have severe acne??

Pual and you BOTH seem helpful and wise...thankyou...

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It's not severe, more moderate because it's nodular (the awesome deep ones that scar... excellent!) and I've had it for a good chunk of my life. Sometimes it's horrendous, sometimes it's not too bad, but it's always been there.

I should take my own advice and get over it but obviously it's not an easy thing to do!


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Paul is definitely the wisest. wink.png And possibly the most supportive person on this forum. He has helped me so many times. And it goes to show that at the end of the day, people are here for you, even when you feel like you're alone.

(Paul, I have high hopes for your dosage of doxy!)

I don't know about being the wisest, otherwise I'd have had everything figured out for myself! lol.gif Maybe it really is difficult to take your own advice, I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually.

And I'm glad one of us has high hopes for this Doxy. I might get into it in a couple of weeks, if it starts showing some results.

I've been using Isotretinoin gel for a few months and sometimes if I go a bit over the top, it dries my skin out. Used it on my nose at the weekend and I've been in the sun today so my nose really dried out and started to peel. It got me thinking that the same kind of dryness might happen on Accutane, only all over my face and on its own accord. I could cope with it beacause the end justifies the means, as I hope you'll find out in a few months time, but I suppose there is the bonus of that not happening to me on Dozy. It better work or I'm going back to the doctor and slapping him upside his stupid head!

That being said, thank you for being awesome! wub.png

What was their excuse for firing you and what kind of job was it, if you dont mind me asking?

Maybe you dont like yourself and its not cause of the acne?? If you have clear skin, you should be happy right? I hope ur counselling really helps....do u have alot of friends? Whats your family think of all of this?

I do understand how it can destroy ones self esteem, even when my skin was 'okay', Id still stress....go figure.. I am alot like you Paul lol.

Well, I'd been turning up late and leaving early, getting panic attacks about people looking at me or thinking my skin was bad. It was strange. Rather than tell someone, I tried to cover it up by fixing the times I was signing in and out of work. They caught but never told me and let me carry on doing it for a few weeks. They built a case against me rather than ask me what was wrong so, in the end, it was clear they wanted me gone. They went through the motions of having a disciplinary meeting and all that but theyd already made their minds up. I told them I wanted to take time out to see someone about my depression before I ended up jumping out the window or something but they didnt care. I admitted all I'd done and asked if we could work it out so that I could stay and regain their trust, but they weren't interested and fired me. You know, I figure that shit happens for a reason, Ill be better off without that place in the long run, no worries.

As for the social situation, it literally is non-existent. I shut myself away for years because of my skin and I guess people forgot about me. Some people moved away, the rest moved on. I was unemployed for a couple of years and thats when I was off the radar. When I finally got a job, I went out there and realised I didnt know anyone. The job was pretty isolating and in the end it got to me, as per what I mentioned above. Looking back, I swapped the isolation of my room for the isolation of my little cubicle at work, so nothing really changed.

Loneliness has been a really big issue for me this year, thats where my depression kicked in. I just find it really hard, dont quite know how to meet people. Im not into the whole bar/club scene so Im not one for just hanging out with random people. I like to connect with people properly and Id love to make some really good, proper friendships instead of just acquaintances.

Maybe I am paranoid, a lot of the feelings I had due to being bullied are still there and I often find myself wondering what people are thinking and bracing myself for being insulted or something. It's not justfied I don't think, not in most cases. I cant decide if its logical, but its certainly an issue.

I find that the more I try and surround myself with people to see what happens, nothing happens and the lonelier I feel because I feel as though I fail when its just so obvious that Im there alone; that sense of being the odd one out does nothing for my self esteem, but I dont know how to break through that. Take today for example; I was out in the park, enjoying the sunshine, and it was full of couples just spending time together and enjoying being with each other. They were all in their own little worlds and then there was just me, sat amongst them like some oddball. I left in the end, feeling pretty down. That often happens, which is why I dont usually put myself in situations because I always assume itll turn out that way. It all feels pretty lame and embarrassing to admit, but its matter of fact so I might as well be open about it.

None of this is directly because of my acne. It's all what's left over because I couldn't just shrug it off. Im sure I can figure it out though, and the social thing is the next issue Id like to discuss with my therapist. There are some group sessions coming up so I think Ill give those a shot. Ive also found a voluntary job at a local charity store so Im going to apply for that later this week I think. That would give me something to do with my time so I dont slip back down into feeling totally useless, and Ill be amongst new people with the store being common ground and a good way to start getting to know them. Even if they dont turn out to be people I can hang out with our whatever, its all practice and its all confidence building. I guess Ill just have to try and face those fears and work out where to go to meet new people and how to get to know them.

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Paul is definitely the wisest. wink.png And possibly the most supportive person on this forum. He has helped me so many times. And it goes to show that at the end of the day, people are here for you, even when you feel like you're alone.

(Paul, I have high hopes for your dosage of doxy!)

I don't know about being wisest, otherwise I'd have had everything figured out for myself! lol.gif Maybe it really is difficult to take your own advice, I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually. And I'm glad one of us has high hopes for this Doxy. I may well get into it in a couple of weeks, if it starts showing some results. I've been using Isotretinoin gel for a few months and sometimes if I go a bit over the top it dries my skin out. Used in my nose at the weekend and I've been in the sun today so my nose really dried out and started to peel. It got me thinking that the same kind of dryness would happen on Accutane, only all over the face and on its own accord. I could cope with that, but I suppose there is the bonus of that not happening on Dozy. It better work or I'm going back to the doctor and slapping him upside his stupid head!

That being said, thank you for being awesome! wub.png

It does help out. When I was on doxy it helped with the smaller whiteheads/pustules and stuff I had, but it doesn't really help the really deep ones that scar. So if your skin is pretty mild and you don't get cystic/nodular acne, and you're on a pretty heavy dose, I do truly think you will see results. My friend Deanna gets lots of little spots all over her face, her GP put her on doxy and her skin looks amazing. She doesn't get anything anymore and she's on a lower dosage than you. She's the reason I tried doxy, but we have different acne types so it wasn't as effective for me. I'll find a picture of her for you and PM it, you'll see how great her skin looks.

And no problems, I mean, being awesome is just what I do. :lol:;)

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Wow Paul, u poor guy.... I think it might be a mind thing with you, even though you dont have alot of acne, ur heads telling you you do and because of that you wont be accepted in todays society...I could be wrong...

How old are you both? Paul do u live alone? Your a good looking guy so Im sure you will find someone special, who will love and accept you warts and all, not saying u have warts ok mate LOL.

Gutterflower, are you on facebook? Id love to add you, Ive just added Paul...

P.S. Tell me more about this Doxy????? Im using BP at the moment...

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I'm 22, two months shy of 23. I have a Facebook, yeah. I'm at work so I can't (blatantly) check it at the moment. :lol:

Doxycycline is an antibiotic that dermatologists generally prescribe before they'll hand out Accutane. It works for a lot of people with milder cases of acne. I was on it for a while, it helped with the smaller blemishes, but it generally doesn't do much for nodular or cystic acne. Lots of people have had success with it. :) Your doctor likely wouldn't be reluctant to prescribe it to you if you wanted to try it. It comes in lower doses than the amount Paul is taking, so if you're worried about detrimental effects you could try a lower dose and see how you go.


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Don't worry about me, Trent my friend, I'll get there eventually. So can you!

Hope the BP is working for you. A lot of people here report good results on regimens which include BP. I can't use it, even the low percentages are too harsh for my skin.

I can't really comment on the Doxy yet. I'll happily update in a few weeks and share my experience of it if that'll be of use to you.

Elle's right about the dosages and all. As with any suitable medication really, there is scope to alter dosages to suit a patient. Each one of us is different so it's a case of trial and error, seeing what works best. Some get there quicker than others but, as long as we get there, that's the main thing.

I'm 26 and I live with my parents. Depressing statement right there! :lol: Hoping that once I'm on track with work and things, I can start saving and see about leaving home next year. If I get my act together, I'd like to do a bit of travelling next year as well, get out of what is essentially a comfort zone doing more harm than good, and have some new experiences. :)

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I think I tired Doxy years ago but it made my skin worse, it was a clear gel....am I right?

Paul where in the Uk r you? Im over there in March, be awesome to catch up if its possible...

Elle send me a private message with ur FB details, Id love to add you as well....

Im using the BP atm with jojoba oil on my nose for the wrinkles and marks....I dont use alot as it breaks me out heaps!

Ive just cut out using a wash, I did have a Garnier acne/ mark wash, it was in a white bottle with a little nozzle like lid, with little soft rubber spikes at the end... I took the lid off and when Im in the shower, I just gently rub the top over my face eg the lid with little spikes....

Does that make sense? LOL

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No, the Doxycycline is an antibiotic, in pill form. I was amused by these ones, they're blue and white. I haven't done any blue and white meds before, think I'll eventually end up covering the entire colour spectrum! :lol:

I've been using Jojoba oil lately, I'm new to it. Been using Manuka honey as a cleanser and adding a bit of jojoba and tea tree oil. Seems a little strange putting honey on my skin instead if purpose, man-made products. I guess that's an attachment thing, being taught that all the over-the-counter products are automatically the only way. For some cases they work, which is cool, but I think they prolonged my problem. Sometimes we manage to develop an emotional attachment to these products as if we have to use them, but it can also be helpful to give them a rest. I've certainly found that my skin is in better shape since I started using natural things. It's not something I'm really clued up on, just a few tips I picked up from the Holistic section of the Org.

I'm in Sheffield, Trent. North east of the country. Let me know when the times comes, depending on where I am and of course where you'll be, we could try and arrange something. :)


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