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John457

Member Since 20 Nov 2012
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#3419213 How I Cleared My Acne After 26 Years. Try It.

Posted by John457 on 08 March 2014 - 07:36 PM

I've been juicing for 8 straight days now and although I haven't noticed any real  progress, I am hopeful and committed to sticking with it.

 

Also, has anyone heard of the "Miracle Drink" AKA "ABC Juice? It's apples, beets, and carrots. I'm sure it's been mentioned somewhere in this thread but apparently it's excellent for acne-prone skin. I'm somewhat suspicious of the high sugar content but still interested in the benefits of this drink.




#3391952 I Quit My Job.

Posted by John457 on 01 November 2013 - 09:18 PM


I've been taking antibiotics for 4 months now, and now they're starting to wear off. It's been the best/easiest 4 months since my acne started. My doctor told me I'm going to have to stop taking them soon. I quit my job because I know that when my cystic acne returns it will be hell going out in front of people every day. The exact same thing happened last year when I worked for a year and then quit when my minocycline wore off. I have tried every oral/topical medication except accutane (about to turn 26)
Anybody else quit their job because of acne?

I haven't quit my job because of acne, but there has been plenty of days I wish I could have called in sick because of it. Fortunately my job doesn't allow me to just call in sick unless it's serious so I had to learn to just deal with it. It's been difficult, especially when I have a bad week. All I think about is my face the entire day and constantly look at the clock to see how long it is before I can go home. But it's defiantly helped me in a lot of ways. I learned that even though I have acne and hate how my face looks other people don't really care. People still treated me the same way and I was still able to accomplish my job for that day. I learned how to have confidence and courage even though I didn't want to. I learned that sometimes I just had to forget about my emotions and just keep on living a normal life. It's not easy to not let your acne control or dictate your life, I still struggle with it. But there has to be a time when we say enough is enough and just live our life the way we want to, acne free or not.
Wow, this was me exactly. I hated, and still do to some extent, facing my coworkers, managers, clients, etc. on days when my skin was particularly bad. But, like you said, you learn to manage. Most people I would say don't care, though I have noticed wandering eyes from some of my peers when having face-to-face conversations.

The most important quality is learning how to mitigate and subdue your anxiety so that you are able to operate on a basic professional level. I actually did call out once or twice when my skin was horrendous, but for the most part each day is a balancing act between communicating effectively and managing anxiety.


#3362935 Has Acne Put Your Life On Hold? And If So, When Will You Start Living Again?

Posted by John457 on 30 June 2013 - 07:42 PM

I know it's pathetic but every major life decision I have ever made has been a result of my acne. I am a slave to my acne. I chose my college on the basis that it was close to home, close to my primary support system, close to my safety net, and close to my dermatologists. For the past 5 years, I have chosen to live a largely secluded and unencumbered lifestyle as a result of my acne. I have never seriously considered pursuing meaningful or romantic relationships because I am too preoccupied with and discouraged by my acne. So much of masculine prowess is about exhibiting confidence but acne entirety strips one of any confidence. I cannot realistically pursue romantic endeavors when I am totally and utterly unconfident. I am only ashamed, repulsed, and uninterested.

Like many acne sufferers, I suspect, deep down I am a perfectionist and I will not stop in my pursuit towards a cure until I have attained flawlessly and immaculately clear skin, however unrealistic that may be. There are many things I want out of life but first and foremost - always - it is my skin.

My pain is constant and sharp, and to quote one of my favorite authors, I believe, more than ever in our current world especially, "the better you look, the more you see." Thus, acne is a debilitating and self-limiting condition. I do not know when I will live again but I know that it will never be when my skin is imperfect.


#3306537 Persistent Cystic Acne, Accutante And Lasik, Don't Know What To Do...

Posted by John457 on 28 November 2012 - 07:05 PM

I don't really know where to begin so I'll just start by saying that I've finally decided to reach out online. I have been dealing with persistent cystic acne and oily/dry combination skin for almost 10 years now. I have tried Doxy, Bactrim, Solodyn, as well as many different topical creams but to no avail.

Right now I feel like I am in a particularly difficult dilemma. Recently, I started a great new job but am fearing a kind of looming professional cliff, a coming storm so-to-speak, as my acne and accompanying social anxiety slowly thwart professional development. I would gladly go on Accutane but last year I had LASIK surgery and ever since this winter I have been dealing with very troublesome dry eyes. Right now I am taking 115 mg of Solodyn, which has helped keep things at bay but by no means has been a cure. I've also just started taking Nicomide, which is supposed to help with acne-related inflammation. I meet with another LASIK doctor next week for a second opinion on my eyes but I really don't know what to do.