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bluebelleyes

Member Since 07 Nov 2012
Offline Last Active Apr 19 2014 08:09 AM

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In Topic: Things Only People With Acne Will Understand!

07 March 2014 - 09:12 PM

I almost cried reading this. Every single thing you wrote was EXACTLY what my life has been like for the past few years. What hurt the most was that people never understood why I took so long to get ready and they'd get so angry at me for always being late, but I had this terrible fear of leaving my house, plus it took me hours to feel like I could face the world and I just never could be ready on time. I never wanted to admit why though, it was too embarrassing. And because my skin before Accutane was sooooooooo oily I had to wash my face and reapply everything half-way through the day. Everyone thought I was vain, when really I was just suffering in silence. This website is a Godsend.



Putting on make-up even when you're not going anywhere because you can't have your roommates seeing your acne!! (What a waste of make-up...)

 

I used to do that tooo and then when I moved back home I'd still put it on just for my family. It took a long time, and a lot of skin clearing before I was comfortable without makeup just in front of my family! 


In Topic: Need New Moisturizer. Please Help!

07 March 2014 - 09:02 PM

Try Nivea Oil-Free Moisturizing Day Cream for oily/combination skin. This moisturizer is veryyy hydrating, but not shiny or oily. It doesn't have an spf, but I pair it with a foundation with spf 20 (Covergirl 3 in 1 foundation - nothing like their other foundations which are crap, this stuff is actually AMAZING. )


In Topic: Does stress make the skin more oily?

16 October 2013 - 08:35 PM

For me as soon as I'm in a stressful situation I can see it on my skin. My skin produces oil at a much more rapid rate when I'm stressed, eg sitting in a classroom full of people for one hour causes my skin to be extremely oily by the end of one hour; but I can sit at home for several hours without significant oil production. And longterm stress for me also shows up on my skin. During the school year my skin is a wreck. During christmas break and in the summer it clears up. Stress produces cortisol, high cortisol levels raise androgen levels. High androgen levels raise your oily skin levels. High oily skin levels create more acne.


In Topic: Meanest thing that someone has said about your acne

07 November 2012 - 03:03 PM

Sometimes the cysts under my skin get SO BIG they look like bruises, or boils. The men in my life (father, boyfriend, male friends, teachers, whatever) are ALWAYS ASKING if I'm okay. They'll say it looks like I got punched, or that I burned my skin. And then there's this terribly awkward moment where they look to me for an explanation. "It's a pimple...." ".......oh....". 

 

But the hardest is people criticizing how much makeup I wear to cover the hyperpigmentation and current acne. I used to feel beautiful without it....now I feel like I have to cake it on to be able to lift my head up in public and look people in the eye. I take FOREVER to get ready, because I'm so painfully self-concious of how I look, I'm afraid to walk out my front door. They don't understand. They think it's vanity. They say "well maybe if you wore less makeup your skin would be happier"... but the acne preceded the heavy makeup. The makeup didn't cause the acne, the acne caused the makeup!!