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Has/did Acne Destroy Your Teen Years?

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#21 hedgecore

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 01:12 AM

Fml.

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:59 PM

I will not give acne alone credit for ruining my teen years. It wasn't the cause but it WAS a major contributing factor to the overall misery that was my youth. I was always painfully self-conscious, even as a kid, so when I developed acne at 14 (along with chronic depression and anxiety disorder) I didn't cope very well. It wasn't so much about what others thought. I just had very very high expectations for myself (I still do) and I found the breakouts completely unacceptable. I was disgusted by them and horrified at my inability to control them. Of course, others' comments certainly didn't help anything. My family was constantly recommending new "cures" which I had already tried and I had a "friend" back then who used to point out that even the shadow I cast on the ground had a bumpy forehead (which wasn't even true). Looking back, I realize that the acne I had then was firmly within the mild category, nothing at all when compared to the acne I get now. It's still only moderate but I've fought hard to keep it from reaching the level of severe/cystic.



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Posted 31 August 2013 - 11:09 PM

My whole teen years, acne has been here. It has never gone, it has only gotten worse. My teen years have been dramatically ruined by it and now my early adult-hood is going to be ruined by it too, i'm tired of it and don't know what to do anymore, it's so sad and i just don't get why it won't go, i have had my fair share i think but that isn't enough, it's just getting worse.

 

I know this feeling exactly. I feel like I've dealt with so much sh*t, it's like what else can we possibly add into the heaping pile that I already have to deal with?? You just have to hold onto hope. As long as there is hope, there is a reason to exist. Without that, life would look like one giant black hole. I've been in that position (and still struggle with those thoughts), but when I grasp onto any inkling of a thought that tomorrow will be better, it makes things a little bit easier. Each day is a new day, and even if tomorrow sucks just as bad as today does, there's always another tomorrow. As long as I tell myself "Tomorrow will be better". I have something to hold onto. Right now, I'm really at rock bottom. But, the good news is I can only go up from here if I choose to. Don't let your life slip away because of a problem that we really don't have control over. That's just a waste of time and energy that can be spent on making wonderful memories and living life to the fullest!

 

After acne ruined my teen years I too am definitely nervous about it doing the same to my early 20's. I agree with Rosalie though, as if you don't have any hope you will only feel worse and worse. Although I am nervous about acne continuing to hold me back, I am really trying to change my whole attitude, as if you don't at least try to change your life it probably won't ever get better. Even if you just make small changes to your outlook it can really help over time.



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 08:15 AM

It will make you into a stronger person. You are 100 times more stronger and understanding than you were before, in lieu of all the hardships you went through.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 10:27 AM

I have got to say that acne has made more humble. Acne didn't destroy my teen years as I've only really had a PROBLEM with it for two years but in these 2 years, I'm certainly not the same person as I was before. I missed so many opportunities because my face wasn't 'ok' on that particular day. However acne has taught me a lot about not judging people for their appearance, and see beyond e the 'unattractive' things. I was so self conscious that I started wearing makeup to cover it up so I could look my 'normal self' again, and being a male and straight it's weird that I have to do that because I couldn't bare going out with my face in red marks.

I'm finally on accutane, and my face is clear, only hyper pigmentation left, I just can't wait tofinish my course and just be me again.. The one I've been 'faking' to be these past two years,

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 01:26 PM

destroyed my teens and still making my life hard . its better than when I was a teen. but when will it end..  still searching for a miracle



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 01:04 PM

My whole teen years, acne has been here. It has never gone, it has only gotten worse. My teen years have been dramatically ruined by it and now my early adult-hood is going to be ruined by it too, i'm tired of it and don't know what to do anymore, it's so sad and i just don't get why it won't go, i have had my fair share i think but that isn't enough, it's just getting worse.

 

I know this feeling exactly. I feel like I've dealt with so much sh*t, it's like what else can we possibly add into the heaping pile that I already have to deal with?? You just have to hold onto hope. As long as there is hope, there is a reason to exist. Without that, life would look like one giant black hole. I've been in that position (and still struggle with those thoughts), but when I grasp onto any inkling of a thought that tomorrow will be better, it makes things a little bit easier. Each day is a new day, and even if tomorrow sucks just as bad as today does, there's always another tomorrow. As long as I tell myself "Tomorrow will be better". I have something to hold onto. Right now, I'm really at rock bottom. But, the good news is I can only go up from here if I choose to. Don't let your life slip away because of a problem that we really don't have control over. That's just a waste of time and energy that can be spent on making wonderful memories and living life to the fullest!

 

Hello,

 

I hope you're better since you posted. You're right, tomorrow is a new day and it will hopefully be better. It's hard to explain to others without acne what it's actually is you're feeling and what you're going through, as much as you can tell them and they understand, it is never the full affect unless you've suffered from it. It's really weird to think how 1 spot which you're not bothered about at first turns into hundreds and then it hits you. 

 

I always say this, whether someones acne be slight or severe, it's affects that person just as much. 

 

I've just been looking at your signature and your diet is similar to mine! My face regimen isn't though, I don't tend to use products on my face as it can't seem to handle anything without making me breakout!



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:12 PM

I'd say it ruined my social life in my Freshman/Sophomore years of HS, but I'm a Junior now and I'm going to just practice being confident and keep on truckin'.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 12:18 AM

As much I want to say it ruined this and that in my life, it was there because if it wasn't , there would have been no appreciation. It had to teach me to love myself, to find myself, then create who I want to be (which I'm still doing at 34), and it forced me to explore my passions and develop and understanding for things most people don't understand.



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 11:07 PM

So far, yes. But I've been learning to forget about it and just enjoy the last of my teen years
Regardless of whether I have acne or not because
I've learned that it is just holding me back in life.
I obviously have a severe case of acne, but I'm not letting that stop me.
Hoping for better days~




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