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#21 megtree

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:08 PM

^^ARGH! Or when you happen to see someone on a good skin day, and they say something like "Wow, your skin is clearing up!", you cross yourself and spit and throw salt over your shoulder and knock on wood and anything else you can think of to dispel bad juju because you know you will inevitably break out within 1-3 days of a skin compliment. And it will be BAD. 

 

 

I consider myself a skeptic on most things, but NOTHING in this world makes me more superstitious and paranoid than acne. Every time someone suggests my skin is improving (usually a change in makeup routine rather than true improvement) I feel like it's right before the most monsterous monster-cyst of my life shows up in a place IMPOSSIBLE to cover up, with 3-7 of its meanest Hench-men close behind. Could it be a hoodoo curse? Anything is possible... (le sigh). 


My Accutane log (with pictures):

 

 http://www.acne.org/...r-accutane-log/

 

26 y/o female- approx. 54kg
Absorica -40 mg, 1 daily, December 26, 2013 - February, 25, 2014

Absorica - 60 mg, 1 daily. February 26, 2014 -
Probiotic - 1 daily
Fish oil supplement w/ vit D - 1 daily

Morning:

Cetaphil cleanser

Food Grade Rose water - Toner

La Roche Posay Mineral Water Spray
Vichy 50+ Capital Soleil Cream for Sensitive Skin


Night:
Cetaphil Cleanser

Food grade Rose Water - Toner

La Roche Posay Mineral Water Spray
Aveeno Positively Radiant intensive night cream

Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion- PM

Cerave Moisturizing cream
Avene Cicalfate (as needed)


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 08:20 AM

I consider myself a skeptic on most things, but NOTHING in this world makes me more superstitious and paranoid than acne. Every time someone suggests my skin is improving (usually a change in makeup routine rather than true improvement) I feel like it's right before the most monsterous monster-cyst of my life shows up in a place IMPOSSIBLE to cover up, with 3-7 of its meanest Hench-men close behind. Could it be a hoodoo curse? Anything is possible... (le sigh). 

Haha I can't believe how alike we sound! 

I've started to clear up and then reversed so many times that I'm scared to tell anyone anything now. I was two weeks into the regimen before I even had the nerve to tell anyone, and even now I'm almost a month in and still wary to talk about it. As soon as I say I'm good and almost clear I'm scared I'll doom myself. I feel like my whole life, all I've had to do is LOOK at my face and it'll break out!! I understand that feeling!! And it's always the worst breakouts too!


Edited by geminirock19, 16 January 2014 - 08:20 AM.


#23 megtree

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 12:37 PM

I consider myself a skeptic on most things, but NOTHING in this world makes me more superstitious and paranoid than acne. Every time someone suggests my skin is improving (usually a change in makeup routine rather than true improvement) I feel like it's right before the most monsterous monster-cyst of my life shows up in a place IMPOSSIBLE to cover up, with 3-7 of its meanest Hench-men close behind. Could it be a hoodoo curse? Anything is possible... (le sigh). 

Haha I can't believe how alike we sound! 

I've started to clear up and then reversed so many times that I'm scared to tell anyone anything now. I was two weeks into the regimen before I even had the nerve to tell anyone, and even now I'm almost a month in and still wary to talk about it. As soon as I say I'm good and almost clear I'm scared I'll doom myself. I feel like my whole life, all I've had to do is LOOK at my face and it'll break out!! I understand that feeling!! And it's always the worst breakouts too!

I'm glad I'm not the only one with this strange superstition! I have been on isotretinoin for about 3 weeks and every time I see my family they keep saying, wow - the medicine is already working (it just so happens that I started during my clear stage) I consistently reminded them that I will probably break out soon...but it never happened. 3 days ago, I finally said to my mom "hmm...it really does seem to be working, maybe I'm on of the lucky ones!" and what did I wake up with yesterday? You guessed it... A FLIPPING BREAKOUT!
 :(


My Accutane log (with pictures):

 

 http://www.acne.org/...r-accutane-log/

 

26 y/o female- approx. 54kg
Absorica -40 mg, 1 daily, December 26, 2013 - February, 25, 2014

Absorica - 60 mg, 1 daily. February 26, 2014 -
Probiotic - 1 daily
Fish oil supplement w/ vit D - 1 daily

Morning:

Cetaphil cleanser

Food Grade Rose water - Toner

La Roche Posay Mineral Water Spray
Vichy 50+ Capital Soleil Cream for Sensitive Skin


Night:
Cetaphil Cleanser

Food grade Rose Water - Toner

La Roche Posay Mineral Water Spray
Aveeno Positively Radiant intensive night cream

Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion- PM

Cerave Moisturizing cream
Avene Cicalfate (as needed)


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 12:54 PM

The only time I've smiled or laughed in the past six months has been when I read this thread. Thanks guys

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 01:51 PM

Late to the party, but:

 

-having acne incorporated into your dreams as just a normal thing (despite my skin being clear for months, now... because I had it so long)

-wearing foundation to the beach

-going to the dentist is a singularly torturous event

-wanting to go camping, but worried that people will see your zits (also anything outdoorsy)

-sleeping over at friends houses as a kid

-people with clear skin giving you advice (lolwut?)

 

 

I've cleared my skin completely with a combination OCM, BP, glycolic acid peels and (probably most importantly) a completely altered diet which includes zero sugar and zero dairy (and minimal other carbohydrates). What nobody told me to expect was the psychological scarring. My skin looks great, but I'm still ultra-conscious and weird about my face. I am also very superstitious about it, and I feel as if the acne gods will smite me if I step out of line or something... like paranoid acne karma. I still feel that I have acne even though it's been gone for a while. Anyone with me, there?


Suffered from acne as a young adult that went into remission when put on hormonal birth control. Went off the HBC around age 22 and the acne returned with a vengeance (along with a host of other hormonal complaints). 100% clear with a modified diet that excludes dairy, sugars, grains, citrus and cured meats and emphasizes whole food-based nutrition from both plant and animal sources, most notably organ meats like liver and juiced whole vegetables. I have included a recipe for the most helpful juice I have come up with for skin complaints. I drink it every day, and it is invaluable for acne due to the large amounts of vitamin A (carotenoids) from both the carrots and beets. It also helps improve your coloring if you are very fair, giving you a pinkish, more radiant look (not orange. Don't worry!).

 

Magic Juice

 

In a juicer, combine:

 

5-6 carrots

1 medium beet

2-3 stalks of celery

1 small apple (Green is preferred. Omit if you are very sugar-sensitive)

1 small (1inch) piece of ginger (optional, but good for digestion)

 

This makes a variable amount of juice depending on the size of the vegetables you use.

Drink this throughout the morning until it's gone. Store in the fridge not longer than one day.

Having perfectly clear skin on my wedding day was worth all the headache and effort of figuring out how diet affects acne!

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 01:56 PM

being interviewed by the news...with sunlight "bathing" your face..oh god,everybody gets to see your acne on TV ;(



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 02:04 PM

being interviewed by the news...with sunlight "bathing" your face..oh god,everybody gets to see your acne on TV ;(

OMG i have horrific premonitions of that all the time! even though i'll probably never be on the news, but when I see normal looking people just being interviewed I always think of me on the tv with my acne



Late to the party, but:

 

-having acne incorporated into your dreams as just a normal thing (despite my skin being clear for months, now... because I had it so long)

-wearing foundation to the beach

-going to the dentist is a singularly torturous event

-wanting to go camping, but worried that people will see your zits (also anything outdoorsy)

-sleeping over at friends houses as a kid

-people with clear skin giving you advice (lolwut?)

 

 

I've cleared my skin completely with a combination OCM, BP, glycolic acid peels and (probably most importantly) a completely altered diet which includes zero sugar and zero dairy (and minimal other carbohydrates). What nobody told me to expect was the psychological scarring. My skin looks great, but I'm still ultra-conscious and weird about my face. I am also very superstitious about it, and I feel as if the acne gods will smite me if I step out of line or something... like paranoid acne karma. I still feel that I have acne even though it's been gone for a while. Anyone with me, there?

YES dscully! wearing foundation to the beach... ugh so fun right? my friends used to call me out on it and make it even worse. "Why are you wearing makeup to the beach??" must be nice to have flawless skin.

Yes I totally agree with you that whenever my acne does clear, I always remember and feel like I still have it. I think I'll still feel it when I'm looking someone straight in the eye when I'm 80 years old. The paranoia doesn't really go away.



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 02:18 PM

being interviewed by the news...with sunlight "bathing" your face..oh god,everybody gets to see your acne on TV ;(

OMG i have horrific premonitions of that all the time! even though i'll probably never be on the news, but when I see normal looking people just being interviewed I always think of me on the tv with my acne



>>Late to the party, but:

 

-having acne incorporated into your dreams as just a normal thing (despite my skin being clear for months, now... because I had it so long)

-wearing foundation to the beach

-going to the dentist is a singularly torturous event

-wanting to go camping, but worried that people will see your zits (also anything outdoorsy)

-sleeping over at friends houses as a kid

-people with clear skin giving you advice (lolwut?)

 

 

I've cleared my skin completely with a combination OCM, BP, glycolic acid peels and (probably most importantly) a completely altered diet which includes zero sugar and zero dairy (and minimal other carbohydrates). What nobody told me to expect was the psychological scarring. My skin looks great, but I'm still ultra-conscious and weird about my face. I am also very superstitious about it, and I feel as if the acne gods will smite me if I step out of line or something... like paranoid acne karma. I still feel that I have acne even though it's been gone for a while. Anyone with me, there?

YES dscully! wearing foundation to the beach... ugh so fun right? my friends used to call me out on it and make it even worse. "Why are you wearing makeup to the beach??" must be nice to have flawless skin.

Yes I totally agree with you that whenever my acne does clear, I always remember and feel like I still have it. I think I'll still feel it when I'm looking someone straight in the eye when I'm 80 years old. The paranoia doesn't really go away.

 

uuuugh people in general calling you out on wearing makeup.  The only thing worse than your acne being the elephant in the room is your acne/foundation being talked about. Comments from people about acne or makeup are about as welcome as a root canal. "perfect skin priviledge" is not a thing, but it should be. I've had a person with perfect skin give me advice WHILE they were downing half a pizza, which is something that would ravage my skin with about a 1-week delay. They just seriously don't understand it at all.

Hands down worst comment: "If you stressed about it less it would go away"


Edited by dscully, 16 January 2014 - 02:18 PM.

Suffered from acne as a young adult that went into remission when put on hormonal birth control. Went off the HBC around age 22 and the acne returned with a vengeance (along with a host of other hormonal complaints). 100% clear with a modified diet that excludes dairy, sugars, grains, citrus and cured meats and emphasizes whole food-based nutrition from both plant and animal sources, most notably organ meats like liver and juiced whole vegetables. I have included a recipe for the most helpful juice I have come up with for skin complaints. I drink it every day, and it is invaluable for acne due to the large amounts of vitamin A (carotenoids) from both the carrots and beets. It also helps improve your coloring if you are very fair, giving you a pinkish, more radiant look (not orange. Don't worry!).

 

Magic Juice

 

In a juicer, combine:

 

5-6 carrots

1 medium beet

2-3 stalks of celery

1 small apple (Green is preferred. Omit if you are very sugar-sensitive)

1 small (1inch) piece of ginger (optional, but good for digestion)

 

This makes a variable amount of juice depending on the size of the vegetables you use.

Drink this throughout the morning until it's gone. Store in the fridge not longer than one day.

Having perfectly clear skin on my wedding day was worth all the headache and effort of figuring out how diet affects acne!

10253792_10152330899888950_7455033623381
 


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 04:54 PM

bright daylight or sun shining on your face is the worst.



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 09:56 PM


being interviewed by the news...with sunlight "bathing" your face..oh god,everybody gets to see your acne on TV ;(

OMG i have horrific premonitions of that all the time! even though i'll probably never be on the news, but when I see normal looking people just being interviewed I always think of me on the tv with my acne
>

>>Late to the party, but:
 
-having acne incorporated into your dreams as just a normal thing (despite my skin being clear for months, now... because I had it so long)
-wearing foundation to the beach
-going to the dentist is a singularly torturous event
-wanting to go camping, but worried that people will see your zits (also anything outdoorsy)
-sleeping over at friends houses as a kid
-people with clear skin giving you advice (lolwut?)
 
 
I've cleared my skin completely with a combination OCM, BP, glycolic acid peels and (probably most importantly) a completely altered diet which includes zero sugar and zero dairy (and minimal other carbohydrates). What nobody told me to expect was the psychological scarring. My skin looks great, but I'm still ultra-conscious and weird about my face. I am also very superstitious about it, and I feel as if the acne gods will smite me if I step out of line or something... like paranoid acne karma. I still feel that I have acne even though it's been gone for a while. Anyone with me, there?

>
YES dscully! wearing foundation to the beach... ugh so fun right? my friends used to call me out on it and make it even worse. "Why are you wearing makeup to the beach??" must be nice to have flawless skin.
Yes I totally agree with you that whenever my acne does clear, I always remember and feel like I still have it. I think I'll still feel it when I'm looking someone straight in the eye when I'm 80 years old. The paranoia doesn't really go away.
 
uuuugh people in general calling you out on wearing makeup.  The only thing worse than your acne being the elephant in the room is your acne/foundation being talked about. Comments from people about acne or makeup are about as welcome as a root canal. "perfect skin priviledge" is not a thing, but it should be. I've had a person with perfect skin give me advice WHILE they were downing half a pizza, which is something that would ravage my skin with about a 1-week delay. They just seriously don't understand it at all.
Hands down worst comment: "If you stressed about it less it would go away"
^^Whenever someone says that to me I want to punch them in the face - hole! Argh! Or "at least it's only cosmetic..." and the bane of an acne sufferer's existence: "at least it's not...[insert terminal illness here]" ROAAAAR

My Accutane log (with pictures):

 

 http://www.acne.org/...r-accutane-log/

 

26 y/o female- approx. 54kg
Absorica -40 mg, 1 daily, December 26, 2013 - February, 25, 2014

Absorica - 60 mg, 1 daily. February 26, 2014 -
Probiotic - 1 daily
Fish oil supplement w/ vit D - 1 daily

Morning:

Cetaphil cleanser

Food Grade Rose water - Toner

La Roche Posay Mineral Water Spray
Vichy 50+ Capital Soleil Cream for Sensitive Skin


Night:
Cetaphil Cleanser

Food grade Rose Water - Toner

La Roche Posay Mineral Water Spray
Aveeno Positively Radiant intensive night cream

Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion- PM

Cerave Moisturizing cream
Avene Cicalfate (as needed)


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Posted 17 January 2014 - 10:55 AM

When the spotlights flashing around a nightclub land on your face for a second and everyone around you gets to see your sweaty, caked, bumpy face for a split second, and you thought you could get away with being kind of pretty in the darkness for one night........:'( 

 

But yes this thread is gold! I feel like there's so many acne-sufferers out there....why do I not know anyone who can relate to me in real life?!


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Posted 17 January 2014 - 11:27 AM

You're going to hate me for spilling the beans but to those of us with severe acne scars it just sounds like so much whining. That does not mean we don't understand your frustration. But, seriously, let's not freak out over 1 or 2 zits. On the other hand, if your entire face is caked with acne, then we might have a genuine dialog.
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Posted 17 January 2014 - 03:46 PM

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Edited by geminirock19, 17 January 2014 - 04:12 PM.


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Posted 17 January 2014 - 04:05 PM

 But yes this thread is gold! I feel like there's so many acne-sufferers out there....why do I not know anyone who can relate to me in real life?!

Right?? That's what I want to know! You guys are it for me. I can't find anyone in real life. It's definitely a lonely feeling.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 05:11 PM

-when you have read so many articles and various in depth scientist info that you could become scientist yourself but you still fucking break out like its nothing =_=
 
-when family tell you to not pick your pimples or else itll get worse but you feel like that shit itches, aches and actually can almost feel how its growing and you just want to tear your whole skin off! ><
 
-when you watch a tv show or video and often find yourself dozing off from show plot just to think about how awasome peoples skin looks *_*

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 01:08 PM

Wow, I can relate lots of the mentioned in this post to my own life!! It's making me happy, haha! :) Peope can have fun even though having acne !!


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 12:50 AM

i have one....

 

when you take pictures/selfies and you either have to find a lighting which doesn't show your redness or filter it a lot!!! so annoying



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 12:55 AM

Patting your oily face with your shirt or a napkin 



I always talk to my acne and name them on there shape & size



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 09:34 AM

  • Spending an hour (or more) in front of the mirror popping pimples just so you can face the world
  • Being paranoid about everything that touches your face
  • Avoiding having your picture taken like it's the plague...I swear the camera adds 20 zits!
  • Avoiding social interaction when you're having a bad breakout

That feels...



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 12:01 PM

I can relate to all of the above; the family blame and the friends complaining about microscopic spots in the single digits are my pet peeves.

 

Also:

"Why are you wearing makeup to the beach??" 

 

*Having anticipated this question and having the answer "it's the only things with SPF that doesn't break me out" at the ready. (It's actually true in the case of Bare Minerals.)

 

*Being asked by a kid: why is your face bleeding?

 

*Having to throw out t-shirts you love because of stains from back and chest acne (this was pre-accutane)



Patting your oily face with your shirt or a napkin 



I always talk to my acne and name them on there shape & size

LOL, what are some of the names?

 

I may have to start this... I can already think of some... "Screamer" "Third Eye" "Bloody Mary" "Crack Snapple Pop" "Krispy" "Speed bump" "Die Hard (with a vengeance)"






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