First off, you need to stop popping immediately. This is the #1 thing to do right now. Everytime you pop, sure you're getting the pus out, but what's left behind? Blood, inflammation and redness. Which looks so much worse than a few whiteheads. Keep faith and let the whiteheads run their course. They are not permanent and will eventually drain themselves, or dry up and flake off. At the worst they may turn huge, yellow or even get inflamed. But they're nothing compared to a face full of scabs.
Also, make sure you have a proper exfoliating component in your routine to prevent whiteheads from forming in the first place. You need to clear out those pores and make sure they stay clear of clogging cellular debris. Good luck.
ugh I know everybody tells me not to pop them but i really can't stop. i refuse to walk around like that. maybe if it was just one i could handle it. i've done that before. but when there's more than 5? no. i'd rather get the gunk out before it turns into a painful cyst. yea the scabs blow. but i can't focus at work when people are staring at my whiteheads =X i'm on an antibiotic right now and it's cleaning out my pores. they're very deep and it's going to take a while but i am halfway there.
I've had acne since i was 12. But for the last 15 years it has been mild and sometimes moderate.
Lately my acne is severe. (I know it could still be even worse) I have never experienced this kind of pain in my life. Emotionally and physically.
How do I go to work and face everybody that sees me with normally clear skin, to such horrible acne and redness? Everyone keeps saying "oh people don't care they love you either way" well maybe but you know they're thinking "omg what the hell happened to her face?" I know everyone sees it. they don't look me in the eyes anymore. They stare at my zits.
So what do I do? I'm sick and tired of crying over this. I need to learn to accept my face now. How do I go to the mirror and not want to tear my face off? How do you guys stay motivated and living? Rather than hide in the house til it's over? I pick my skin and I know it makes it look 10 times worse, but I can't walk around with 10 whiteheads along with a thousand other red bumps. But it's like whack a mole. I pop them and a few hours later there's more to pop. I could sit and pop my face all day long and still have more to pop tomorrow. ok that's gross. sorry.
How do I stay motivated and keep living? I don't. To be honest. I'm at rock bottom with my life. I give you major props to gather the courage and go to work. Ive bailed on 3 interviews bc of my skin. I may have body dysmorphic disorder, but having skin issues is fucked. I unfortunately don't have any encouraging words, because I myself am struggling to find those words. I wish I could hug everyone on here to know we are all not alone
Im sorry to hear how your both feeling, I Know exactly how it is, Im at rock bottom here too. I wish I could offer advice also but along with you im at the stage where leaving the house has become virtually impossible for me. Just try to keep going and try to work out the reason why your skin is going like this in the first place, like diet,lifestyle etc... Although this its very hard. Its so hard to find the positives and for me there just doesnt seem to be any. Its took every ounce of confidence and every single bit of my personality. Ive tried changing everything and ironically every change Ive made has made my skin alot worse. I would say try to concentrate on other things, but for me thats impossible also. I seem to spend my life searching for answers that dont exist. If someone told me 3 months ago I would be sat reading through articles about skincare, and on acne websites, 12 hours a day I would have said what the fuck are you talking about.
yep me too! it's all i think about. i have wasted so much of my life away dealing with my skin. at times when my face was clear, i was still consumed with obsession that it would come back, and doing all kinds of things to prevent it. i never lived a care free life in regards to my skin. after my antibiotic clears all this shit out of my face i will be starting accutane. and i'm praying to god that this is the end for me. i can't take anymore. it is hard to concentrate on anything else. i love to read and i haven't picked up a book in weeks. at least i'm forced to go to work. i will not lose my job over this. but even then, any chance i get, i'm going in the bathroom to make sure nothing is sprouting up. and running home to clean my face. =( hang in there
Sorry to hear about your story, Its terrible the psycological effects that these things can have on people, I know how it feels to have this take over your life. Hope yours starts to get better soon. there really doesnt seem to be enough been done to find better alternatives to curing these types of things.
It seems if you go the the doctors or a dermatologist they will just prescribe you antibiotics or some cream that will dry out your skin and make it look even worse. I dont think they seem interested in getting to the route of the problem, they seem to just want to try and make it go away for a few months or cover it up.
If there were more acne clinics that were geared towards helping people find the cause of their particular skin problem weather it is problems with the diet or using wrong products etc... Also sorting people out with a good regime of products that are suited to their particular skin type, wont irritate the skin too much, will keep the skin adaquately hydrated and slowly start to reduce the problems with peoples skin.
Unfortunately it seems that very few places like this actually exist and a dermatologist would rather just say heres some tablets take these and see how it looks in a few months, this isnt good enough in my opinion. The other options seem to be either to pour a tub of acid on your face or melt peoples faces with lazers and stuff and this cant be good in the longrun.
It seems for alot of people there is no real answers out there, only more questions.