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17 Years And Nothing's Changed - Depressing Rant

24 August 2015 - 12:11 PM

Hi all.

I took a 2 year hiatus from this forum but my acne never went away during this time. I'm 28 now and I can't believe I've been battling cystic acne for 17 years. When I think of ALL the money I spent on creams, gels, face masks, antibiotics, face washes, moisturisers, sunscreens, pills, pillow cases, shampoos and god knows what else - all in an effort to cure/minimize my acne, it's just mind-blowing.

I always repeat this but when I started getting acne at 11, everyone said by the time I finished high school it would stop. When I finished high school everyone said it'll stop when I finish uni. When I finished uni they said by the time I'm 25 it'll be gone. Well 25 came and went 3 years ago and here I am... still sitting in bed, complaining about acne at 3:30 in the morning. Sometimes acne has no effect on me. It's been there for so long that I can't even have any feeling towards it. My youth was destroyed... it's gone. I'm almost 30 and as a woman you know that once you hit 30 it's all about "regaining your youth", well... there's nothing to regain so I guess there's that?? Other days I will literally sit on the edge of the bath tub and just cry. I just wonder why me? Everyone around me got better, with little to no effort. I have friends who eat nothing but junk food, who are severely overweight with perfect skin. I have other friends who still sleep with their make up on - not one break out. Other friends who don't wash their face and other's who do. I know people who literally use oil on their skin to "maintain their youth" and nothing happens. Here I am... 17 years later, having tried every diet, every pill, every routine ranging from the caveman regimen to serious, aggressive regimens and nothing. I'm cursed. 

I'm not looking for advice. I probably have tried what you could recommend and I probably know a lot about it too. I've seen so many specialists - I always get "normally this works on everyone else". I guess that's what I am now - a lost cause. Who cares anyway... my skin is damaged beyond repair. If tomorrow I woke up and my acne was magically gone the emotional acne would still be there. I would still see imperfections in the mirror - hell, I would probably see acne that doesn't exist. Some cysts on my face have been there 7 months - I'm surprised I don't see a cyst burned into my retina. Acne is my life. I dedicated the most amount of time to it - more than to anything else. It's who I am. I am acne.

How To Wean Off Of Doryx (Doxycycline) Also Vitamin Questions?

07 May 2013 - 01:13 PM

So I started Doryx (Doxycycline) on April 9 and it's May 8 here and I want to wean myself off of it. It's been a month and I started having good results at the 2 week mark but now I have 7 active pimples on my face (happened in 2 days) and antibiotics are not a permanent solution so I want to stop taking them.


How should I go about this? Currently I take 50mg in the morning and 50mg at night. Should I start taking it just once a day for a week, or every other day or what? I don't want to drag the process forever but I also don't want to break out insanely either.


Also, I've decided to start taking zinc and Vitamind D3 tablets instead when I finish Doryx. How much of each should I take per day and how often? Would you also suggest taking them with or without food?

Thanks guys.

A Tip For People With Flaky Skin From Meds

03 May 2013 - 08:48 AM

Hey guys, just thought I'd share this thing that's been helping me with dry skin.


Sometimes when I use too much harsh cleansers/scrubs/acne gels on my face I still have breakouts but then get really yucky dry, flaky skin between my eyebrows and around my smile lines, where the skin cracks. I use this only when the dryness gets uncontrollable.

It does leave my skin a bit oily but it normally doesn't break me out. It's called Lush Dark Angels. It contains charcoal, avocado oil, mud and a few more natural ingredients. Also, it does contain glycerine so be aware of that, however I do feel that using it maybe once every month or so it doesn't impact my skin negatively.

It is messy so only use it in the shower if you were to try it out.



Table Salt Helped Me.

01 May 2013 - 11:41 AM

Hey guys just thought I'd share something that helped me.

I have been battling acne for a long time (15 years). I've taken Roaccutane in the past and am currently on Doryx. However, a few months ago when I wasn't taking any medication I decided to try something new; salt - as a facial wash.

I find that if I don't switch up my routine, I break out more due to my skin becoming used to the treatment. What I'm about to say, is a suggestion. Perhaps do a patch test to see if it will work for you.

Basically, I get a clear mug and just pour table salt into it, until it covers all of the bottom of the mug (just do it approx, I never use the same amount every time). Then I add some warm water to it (about 1cm in thickness) and then just stir it with my finger. Then I gently pour it into my hand and rub it on my face and cover all my face with it. It already starts to burn for me because of all the acne. Then, I make sure at the end I pour all the bits of salt that didn't melt and use it to 'scrub' my face. I do this in circular motions everywhere, for about 30 seconds and then rinse my face with warm water and dry my face.

My skin always feels like it's "burning" and stings quite a bit (but the more I do it, the less burning and stinging I get) and goes a bit red but I only ever do it at night. For me, personally, by morning my skin returns to normal, no redness or pain. I don't know how sensitive other people's skin is, therefore you might want to do a patch test first to see how you go. I don't really think you need a specific amount of salt to water ratio, just basically make salty water, wash your face with it and then use some extra salt to lightly scrub the dead skin off.

Hopefully this can help at least one person. It definitely leaves my skin smooth and helps A LOT with redness!