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#41 BadluckFox

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:25 AM

I started getting pimples in the seventh grade so i was about twelve years old. I didn't think much of it because a lot of the kids at school had it too, It was really mild though. I did use products like clean & clear, acne free, clearasil, but i regret not being persistent, I was only twelve and i would get lazy to do the regimens, I regret it tho because for the past several years it got worst, It has been six years now. And i can say I have tried EVERY THING, from natural remedies, ads on TV, burts bees, lush products and nothing has worked. I thought even changing my diet would help because my mom would always tell me to "stop eating greasy foods and my face will clear up". I was up to the challenge and i started running everyday and stopped eating junk food, dairy products, even MEAT!! I now eat very little to no food and drink alot of water. I was clearing up a little but then it just went back to being severe. Instead of helping clear up my face i lost 45 pounds! I started university and everyone i mean EVERY ONE has clear skin! I feel when Im walking by everyone just stares at me. It has really damaged my emotional life because i have no friends, I have never had a boyfriend, I cry to myself a lot and just wish i would die. I can't get a job because of my acne. I had a job for like two months and little kids would always look at me and say "EWWWW!!" in front of everyone. Some would question their parents "Why does she have a ugly spotty face, mommy?" and some would just look at me and make faces at me. Random people ALWAYS stop me and tell me they have the cure but i just listen to them nod my head because i know it wont work. I get mad at my mom when she tells me im beautiful but i get mad because i know shes only saying it to make me feel better. The only place im beautiful is from the inside but not one guy has ever got the chance to get to know me because of my image, Please help, I cant go on looking like this.



You simply cannot allow your acne problems to control you. It sounds trite of course, but you are doing a massive disservice to yourself by living amongst self-replicating negativity. I understand comments, particularly from children, are very damaging, but I promise you that a good portion of the things you encounter are imagined. You are always going to be the most intimate with your own face, therefore even tiny flaws will stand out like grotesque monuments should you spend to long making them so. Your mother is not spinning lies either, acne does not inhibit beauty. One can clearly see from your avatar that you have a very pleasant and warm appearance-your acne may be a problem, but it doesn't make you a troll. Misinformation wont help your cause, and there will be plenty of people who might have false perceptions of why or what causes acne-but don't let ignorance dictate the course and pace of your life. You are young-enjoy it. It sucks seeing the porcelain masses parade around you seemingly everywhere, many of us have been in those shoes, but your experience with acne does not have to be an endless tailspin. There is a tremendous strength in people like you, I want to stress that, one that cant be plucked from the air by others or gathered through happenstance. Acne is, without question an opposing force, but you can use this opposition in a positive way. Try accepting your bravery over your shame. Appreciate your strength and diligence, your fortitude in coping with a problem that would have driven others into hysterical straights loooooooong before you even started looking online for help. These traits are far more engaging and wondrous than some perfectly smooth face without so much as a pock-mark for character. Don't believe the hype.

A solution exists, many people in this thread have suggested treatment options, i think you should determine that course yourself under the guidance of a dermatologist


And please, remember, if you dwell in a negative place, everything around you will seem sour and plotting. You have the confidence to post pictures of yourself online and without the smokescreen of makeup of kind lighting-you have the confidence to live your life happily, you just dont know it yet.

Good luck, you are pretty cool.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 03:30 AM

You're skin looks really inflammed, the only thing that i found that helps stop acne and inflammation is emu oil. After using it my breakouts stopped and i regained the plump glowing skin. Emu oil has fatty acids the same fatty acids that is in human skin, this is the only way top stop acne and replenish. I've tried many moisturizers, none came even close to emu oil.

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 12:37 PM

To the OP

I understand exactly what you're going through and it sucks soooo much, regarding accutane...i went on it at 17 and i had acne pretty much the same as yours... my acne did clear up extremely well and i managed to get two fun years out of high school before i finished, the acne came back at the age of 22 mostly with cystic acne around my neck and back, i am now 27yrs old and had a liver biopsy due to abnormal bloodwork, found out i have Chronic Hepatitis of the liver, i dont drink alcohol so you can bet accutane is the cause of this, and the doctors will never admit it.

Best of luck to you finding your acne cure

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 03:58 PM

I'd agree with the other people who say "Accutane". You might not have as "hard" of a time trying to get a doctor to prescribe it for you, since it looks like you're obviously suffering. Perhaps you can get the doc to give you those cortisone injections for the really bad cysts-- call their office and ask if that's something that could be arranged on short notice.
I have a sister who had acne very similar to yours and she went on a course of Accutane in her teens after trying every dermatologic remedy under the sun-- then she found out in her 30s that she had polycystic ovarian disease. Do you think perhaps you might have a hormonal problem like PCOS or a thyroid issue?

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:32 PM

Hi just wondering if you have had any success in treating your acne months down the line ?

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:18 PM

Starness, I am glad you are seeing progress. Before you go on accutane I would suggest going back on antibiotics, possibly minocycline. Also look into birth control pills, it has been shown that some brands can help regulate hormone levels to reduce acne. I have always had the most oily skin I know, so I wash my face every 3-4 hours with cetaphil and then moisturize, then use benzoyl peroxide as a spot treatment throughout the day and all over my face at night.

While adjusting your diet may help improve overall health, there has been no evidence that it will change your acne, regardless of what anyone tells you. The most important thing you can do is ensure that your face is never oily, so get on some antibiotics, and wash every 3-4 hours, then moisturize if necessary. I know scars seem better than acne right now, but down the road when your acne is completely gone it wont be so do whatever you can to prevent getting them now. Good luck!

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:07 PM

I know how you feel I felt like the only person in college that still has cystic acne. My friends could go out all night with makeup on and never break out I was jealous. For me the only thing that helped me was helping my insides. Not just fish oil and zinc cause those are helpful but never cleared me. Today I take a probiotic everyday to control the bad bacteria and Renew Daily Detox capsules to clear out all the toxins. After three weeks of both my cystic acne cleared and allowed the topicals to do their job. Always remember even when you feel like the only one you're not never give up hope!

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 04:05 AM

Hii! I was just reading this and it was really heartbreaking cause i can relate... but i can't help but share some info i found out about acne. -The REAL reason behind acne! - I know you heard that before but hear me out. I've been down the all natural organic, toxic cleansing, "i must have hormone imbalance" route. Trying product after product and vitamins and supplements that don't work. Thats because everyone is treating the wrong problem. the reason people get acne is because of these things called "Demodex Mites'' or "Face Mites" that live in our pores and feed off of our skin. For some reason this is very unknown, especially to western science(Maybe a cover up, to keep people wasting money on crappy products??). But they DO exist. I saw one for myself under a microscope on my own eyelash hair. 98% of people have them. I think only certain people get acne because of a overpopulation and weak immune response to them, and having oily skin creates a haven of living and reproducing for them.

Heres a link to a website that has all you need to know about them -- http://www.demodexso...x.asp~mainFrame

Ima tell you right now, NONE of the mainstream products in stores are going to help if they don't have some kind of mite killing ingredient in them. Changing diet might help a little if it boost your immune system.
The best way is to create a whole new regimen based on killing these little bastards. And i mean KILLING them!
I know they hate sulfur. and die the quickest from Alcohol and Tea Tree Oil. You'll notice the products with sulfur and tea tree oil have the best review ratings.
The website I posted has they're own products but I'm not too sure if its really gonna work the fastest.
I say go with a Sulfur wash. You could order some or find some maybe at Walmart or Walgreens.
And every night before bed apply rubbing alcohol or even better 100% Tea Tree Oil to your eyebrows(Seems to be a place of large population of the mites) and to any individual pimples. But you can't do too much cause these products are very drying and could irritate your skin.
Also a strange but treatment definitely worth looking into is the "Saliva Method'' idk why but MANY people say this works almost like a miracle.

Best of Luck!!!
I hope this info can get more well known so we can finally put an end to acne and its mysteries once and for all. And also put an end to all the worthless acne medications and theories out there! :)

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 04:28 AM

Also. To add to my last post.
Natural oils seem to suffocate the mites(and adds moisture back to the skin as an added bonus)
And If you have mites, than you have them everywhere there is a hair follicle, including the hair on your head so i would highly recommend using a Tea Tree Oil shampoo. (Sulfur shampoos work too but thins out hair :( so those should be avoided) I started using my Head'n Shoulders, which has a large quantity of sulfur, as a body wash instead of shampoo. Surprisingly it did not irritate or make my body break out what so ever, but in fact cleared it up.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 03:04 AM

I'm still the same.. it got wayy better for a while but the scars remained.. and I gained all my weight back and still have acne.. I'm super sensitive to everything.. I also have a drinking problem now.. I dropped out of college.. yeaupp.. my life sucks.. because of this.. :( I'm having an emotional breakdown that's why I'm here.. :(

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 03:19 AM

I'm still the same.. it got wayy better for a while but the scars remained.. and I gained all my weight back and still have acne.. I'm super sensitive to everything.. I also have a drinking problem now.. I dropped out of college.. yeaupp.. my life sucks.. because of this.. :( I'm having an emotional breakdown that's why I'm here.. :(

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 03:31 AM

I'm still the same.. it got wayy better for a while but the scars remained.. and I gained all my weight back and still have acne.. I'm super sensitive to everything.. I also have a drinking problem now.. I dropped out of college.. yeaupp.. my life sucks.. because of this.. Posted Image I'm having an emotional breakdown that's why I'm here.. Posted Image


Try treating acne from inside. Cola, caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar, junk food, chocolate, dairy are trigger for some. Go to a hormone specialist and get your hormones chked. See if u need to get on bc. Get a juicer and start juicing vegetables carrot, celery, cucumber, beet, dandelion greens. One cup daily. Or you can have powdered wheatgrass juice. Youtube baba ramdev yoga for skin disease, youth etc. and start doing hardcore yoga. Headstand, shoulderstand twice daily. This wiil take time but u should be clear.

In the mean try treating u r cysts with an ice cube. Will reduce the swelling. You can also look into yogurt masks. Some ppl have also found good results from using zinc cream/ tizod.

http://www.acu-cell.com/dis.html

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:27 AM

I'm still the same.. it got wayy better for a while but the scars remained.. and I gained all my weight back and still have acne.. I'm super sensitive to everything.. I also have a drinking problem now.. I dropped out of college.. yeaupp.. my life sucks.. because of this.. :( I'm having an emotional breakdown that's why I'm here.. :(

aw man I really feel for you :( , what was it you were using when it got better for a while? don't lose hope there will be something for you that works even if it takes its time showing up

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 09:46 AM

You noticed that everyone else pretty much has clear skin? Welcome to the club. I hate it too. Every time I see people with clear skin in public, I die a little inside and think to myself "Fuck my life" or "Why do you hate me God". Here's a statistic for you : Only 2 out of 10 people have acne (20 % of the people in the world). Kind of depressing we're the minority in all of this. I just look at it like God hates me (and all of us) and likes to see us suffer and it's amusing to him. God hates me, but it's okay, I hate him right back.

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Yep..... Dying a little inside....slowly and painfully..... That's why i started looking downwards everytime im out walking.... I even prefer just going out just by myself coz most of the time i just want to get away from everything.

If you could see my journal entries, almost 60% of the written words would be
"Fcuk my life"
"i feel like s&@/!"
"just F'ing Leave me alone"
"i'm soooo worthless"
"stop crying you stupid idiot"
"stop crying you stupid Bitch!"
"WHY?"
"i wanna go bungee jumping"
"i wanna go jump off a bridge or a cliff"
"i feel like punching someone in the face"
"I WANT TO PUNCH SOMEONE IN THE FACE".....

It goes on and on...... So acne+bipolar...... Talk about emotional damage..... I'm constantly on an emotional roller coaster ride.....

Just hang in there ok...... Just continue fighting...... Fight for yourself!!!!!!!!
Just send me a pm or whatevs if you want to rant out anything...and i mean ANYTHING.... God knows i still rant out like crazy in this org, and the beauty of it is that no one will judge you.... Nothing..... Just genuine and helpful replies and insights....

Edited by margox, 12 October 2012 - 09:52 AM.


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Posted 12 October 2012 - 09:47 AM

Did you consider accutane?

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:56 AM

Im doing much better now.. I have acne scars sever but better. Thanks for everyones support(:

My battle with scars..

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:53 PM

Well, you are lovely! I can tell you that! I noticed in an earlier post that you got your hormones checked and that it was concluded they were normal. Regardless of them being deemed normal, you could still have a sensitivity to androgens. Please, please try Spironolactone. It changed my life.. it was the only thing that worked. Feel free to write me if you have any questions! I've been on it for 3 years now. Goodluck, my dear!

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:04 AM

Wow nice improvment!
Did you have any red marks after your acne was gone?

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:52 AM

Ihave lots of red marks and scars .. the counter crater looking ones .. i want to get them lasered off but im still saving up

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

Your still pretty :)
Keep your head up girl :)
You can try glycolic peels. At home and they work well . With indented scars . You can do at home peels .