hi, Im sorry youre feeling so low and as you may have noticed, youre not alone. Acne is something which cannot be understood by those who dont have it...so many people have clear skin and do nothing, as youve said. I always wondered how I could have acne at 12 when I took such good care of my skin, cleansers, topicals, watched my diet etc when my cousin who is obese and eats junk food and doesnt wash her face has porcelain skin. The girl would rub lard on her face and not have a problem.You know what? Acne is hormonal. Sometimes the lucky ones outgrow it by their early 20s but not everyone does. My mother got acne into her 50s. Being in college and in the social prime of your life it is very difficult to act cheerful and carefree when you are hurting mentally and physically(acne hurts, too).
On the other hand, Im sure you have a lot of reasons to be happy, you have a wonderful mother, friends interests, you sound like a nice sensitive person. Your family dont care if you have acne and if someone is a true friend they wont care either. There are a lot of people in relationships with acne it doesnt make you undatable or less of a man/woman. Find things which keep your mind occupied, excercise helps. Take care of your body and dress nicely,have pride in yourself. If you ever feel really sorry for yourself, google "10 most disfiguring diseases" and youll see how much worse some people have it, its not that I am happy others are worse off than I am but it puts acne in perspective.
My advise is dont give up trying to clear your acne but dont let it be the defining aspect of your life. Whatever you may have tried, try it again, try new products, supplements, etc as long as it is not dangerous. Youre wise NOT to consider accutane, its a poison--I took it for only one month and became a suicidal zombie. In most cases the acne returns anyway along with serious side effects and health problems, you dont need that.
What worked for me after 20 years was simple, I took yaz birth control along with anti-DHT supplements. In 4 months I went from super oily skin with cystic ane to clear skin which is much less oily. 8 months later I dont even need make up. Its amazing to have this burden lifted, but at the same time I have come to peace with myself after the accutane suicidal scare. People who care about you just want you to be alive and happy and they dont care about your skin. Even if I get acne again, I can deal with it because I almost died and I now realize all the people and things I could have lost.
You might want to try anti-DHT supplements, do some research and see what you think, saw palmetto, nettle, pygeum and sprearmint are very safe, there is some debate over saw palmetto lowering certain male hormones but its a call you yourself should make.
I sincerely hope you find a way to clear your acne along with a sense of peace. You deserve to be able to accept yourself.
hi Lilly, if you havent tried birth control yet but are considering, ask your gyno abouyt yaz. I heard so many good things about it from people I knew and after taking it for 4 months I had clear skin for the first time since I was 12. Its amazing. I have had no side effects that I have noticed it doesnt cause weight gain and though it has risks, so does everything, aspirin, too many hamburgers, crossing the street... nothing in life is a given. This is much different than accutane which should be banned for all the horrific suffering it has caused.
I wish Id tried yaz years ago! I dont have to wear make up now, check out my gallery pic. Last year I had cystic acne on my jawline, chin and back and now I have clear skin. Good luck girl!
Thank you for your comforting reply.I know i'm not the only one afflicted by this devil.Yes ,many of my regimens worked .But only for a short time.It was as if my body acclimatized to it.And i broke out again.Anyways as i mentioned earlier i'm following this "Caveman" regimen where i am just washing my face with cold refrigerated water. So,it's been 3 days and i haven't seen any new pimple.Just the old ones .And i didn't have that "sickening" dryness which this dove face wash caused.Actually i'm pretty happy.Lets see how things turn up.
I always thought girls had the option of using birth-control pills to control their acne.Did you? May i suggest you to? If it's like all flared up.Anyways it's better to avoid such drastic remedies.Because not only they harm you in the long run,they also sound sickening.lol
May you get all cleared up and get a rosy glow on your b'day .Happy b'day
I haven't used birth control pills for acne, though it is an option. It has it's risks, like anything, but they're probably milder in comparison to other options (definitely if compared to accutane).
Good to hear you're feeling better trying out the caveman regimen. I've been too 'scared' to try that
And thank you for the birthday wishes!
Id not recommend accutane at all, a) its very toxic, b) Ive tried it and it made me suicidal and c) acne is hormonal so even if youre one of the lucky ones to escape accutane "unscathed" it will only come back in a year or two when its worn off.
treat the hormonal imbalance that is the source of the problem.
Don't give up! There are so many people just like you, including me. It always seems like everyone around me has perfect skin, but I get on this site and I realize, acne is really a common thing. You're not alone and everyone here is willing to help you through it.
Have you tired Accutane? It's definitely a last resort kind of thing, but it seems like you're at that point.
Edited by AuguriesofInnocence, 26 April 2013 - 06:13 AM.