Hey everyone! just read through the thread and some people had some very useful suggestions, esp the person who mentioned focusing on your career, or whatever your strengths/ambitions are. Just careful, obviously, not to get too hooked in them
As for dealing with acne, we all know it's damn near impossible to just ignore it. I mean, we can chose to not think about it, but that won't last. sorry if that sounds negative. I think in order to properly deal with the issue, we need to be realistic and open. At times, don't think about it all and focus on your strengths and ambitions. At other times, perhaps as a practice in "self-knowing" or "self-reflection" or "meditation" (whatever you want to call it), see if you can let the acne be as it is. Practice going out in different settings without hiding or covering or resisting your appearance at all. It's much easier said than done, believe me I know. But like I said, taking it up as a PRACTICE, where over time you become better and better at it, is perhaps a wise approach. Magical things happen when we learn to accept whatever is, especially if it's something about our appearance.
Also, try to realize (again, with practice) how much your improving as a person, by persevering. You are undoubtedly gaining wisdom, patience, inner strength etc. along this journey. By the way, your goal to have clear skin is wonderful and very important but in no way is that single goal your defining life purpose/life goal. At times, you may think that your efforts to have clear skin is the single most important thing for you. But you know it's not the most underlying purpose. By all means, pursue your goal to have clear skin but do not let it take control of you!
Sit quietly somewhere where you feel comfortable and able to think clearly. Imagine, with as much detail as possible, what your experience would be like if you woke up the next morning with clear skin. Sit with that feeling. "Meditate" on it. Visualize other people's reactions when they see you. Visualize how much more energy and motivation you would have. Try to "live" that experience as deeply as possible. If you can sit with this feeling for a while, after you stand up and carry on with your life's activities, you will see that you CAN live that feeling that you visualized. Practice everyday and you will one day wake up in the morning and see that your visualization has become a reality. not by accident you made it happen.
What do you think?