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j0sephine

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Extremely Large Pores Or Acne Scars? (Pics Included)

20 January 2014 - 11:10 PM

would someone please tell me if these are extremely large pores or acne scars?

crossing my fingers right now because i hope they aren't acne scars...

how do i get rid of this? certainly, it isn't too noticeable to other people, but it IS noticeable under very bright lighting.

is there any cure? if they are acne scars, what scars are they... i have mild acne all over my face and body. 


How My Acne Kind Of Cleared Up

14 January 2014 - 08:14 PM

it's been a little over 2 years and i still suffer from very widespread mild acne from my forehead, cheeks, chin, nose, temples, jawline, neck, chest, and back. on top of that, my skin is very red and it's oily in the t-zone. also, very sensitive as almost anything can aggravate my skin. i have tried antibiotics (minocycline which had cleared me up for 2 months and then just got worse), facials (not good at all, also very pricey, aggravated my acne), benzoyl perioxide (burned my skin...face got super red), and chinese powdered medicine (worked for about 6 months and then it just stopped working). however, this past month i have noticed my skin got instantly brighter... less red, and less bumpy. how?

 

1. stress had a major impact on my acne. i stopped stressing about my acne because i was stressing over my school work instead... i focused more on doing my homework than looking at myself in the mirror. i had no time to waste as i was piled with tests after tests. so try to relax and be less stressed. focus on something else instead. 

 

2. maybe this only applies to people with sensitive skin, but even gentle cleansers feel too harsh on my skin. so my morning routine is to just splash my face with water and top it off with a light moisturizer. my night routine is to use a cleansing oil to remove my foundation, followed by a cleanser, a toner, moisturizer, and finally my acne cream.  

 

3. i recently started to drink lemon water a month ago. it had made such a tremendous difference in my skin in just about a week. my skin felt healthier, more glowing, and moisturized. at first, i was worried about the acidity in the lemon that would damage my tooth enamel and would make my teeth yellow, but i have no problems whatsoever so far. i drink it every other day (one glass only) with room temperature water. tastes great too! it replaced my juices and pop... also, i drank A LOT more water.

 

4. as i mentioned up there, i was very stressed about my school work so that stopped my skin picking. don't skin pick! i know how hard it is to just stop touching your face because before, i felt like i was ADDICTED. now that i don't have any time to skin pick for hours, i stopped touching my skin. but i still do sometimes which i am guilty. but at least i don't do it for hours anymore... sometimes stress and excessive worrying/anxiety would lead me to skin pick but now whenever i'm stressed, i cry. crying helps me relieve a lot of my stress... and also when i'm stressed, i just pick up my dumbbells and start working out. feels good.

 

5. be patient. can't stress this enough.. if you're trying out a new cleanser, or pills, or whatever, expect that it won't heal your skin right away. ALSO, DON'T EXPECT IT TO WORK 100%. often times, i expected way too much out of my cleansers and such that when it didn't actually help my skin, i would be hopeless and wanted to give up. 

 

 

to sum it up....what helped me majorly was to drink lemon water and to not skin pick. EVERYTHING WILL EVENTUALLY HEAL whether it's emotionally or physically, TRUST ME. DO NOT GIVE UP. HAVE HOPE AND PATIENCE. 


Skin Picking

28 October 2013 - 07:44 PM

I skin pick everyday and I've noticed that whenever I skin pick, I blank or zone out and I'm not fully aware of myself until I suddenly zap out of it and stop. It's like I enter a trance of state for an hour. I don't know if it's just me but I blank out every time I skin pick. Anyone else do this too? Also, does anyone have any tips/tricks to STOP skin picking completely? Because whenever I touch my skin, my skin gets majorly worse.. 

I've stopped skin picking with my fingernails but now I've been starting to put tissue around my fingers to reassure myself that "bacteria isn't going into my pores so it's okay if I touch my skin".

This is a major issue I have and I'm willing to stop, but it is so addicting.

 


Why Do I Feel This Way

23 October 2013 - 09:19 PM

I do not know if it is just me but first off, I apologize in advance if I do offend anyone in any way. I'm just stating my opinion and how I really feel.

I've been suffering mild to moderate acne for two years. These two years have been the worst years of my entire life. I've tried using all treatments ranging from antibiotics to powdered medicine to tropical creams. I haven't found the cure for my acne yet but I'm still clinging on that hope that one day I will eventually end up with clear skin.

I was sitting down with a girl in class the other day and she had severe acne. She said hello and smiled very nicely and I thought to myself, wow she's very friendly! I've never talked to her either before although she is in my grade. 

I could not stop staring at her skin..I know I was being rude but I could not take my eyes off of her skin. I believe it is just a human instinct..

As she kept talking to me in class, I got to the point where I felt embarrassed. I felt so embarrassed for her. I talked to her but I was not being as friendly as she was to me. I did not want to talk to her anymore. 

After class, I was disgusted with myself. I felt as though I was heartless. I understand that acne can affect people emotionally yet I was judging her skin. I know I do not have perfect skin either but the fact that I felt embarrassed around her makes me think that I'M EMBARRASSING. 

If I feel that way around her, do my flawless friends feel that way around me? Do they ever feel embarrassed when they walk down the hallways with me?

I have also noticed that I like to company myself with people who have clear skin. When I see people with acne, I feel as though I do not want to associate myself with them. 

I hate myself for that. I just hate myself in generally.

I feel like I betrayed my own "kind". I hate acne. It has ruined my life. 

Now, you may think I am ignorant, rude and heartless but... I do not even have an explanation on why I feel this way.

I know people with acne have more to them than just acne......

I cannot explain it. Can anyone else relate to me?

 

 


What's Wrong With Me

06 February 2013 - 09:01 PM

most of the time, i laugh and smile a lot. i'm known to be outgoing... but when i'm left alone, i start to over think and start to worry about my acne. i have acne all over my cheeks, chin, nose, forehead, chest, some on my jawline, and back... i wouldn't say i am depressed even though i do cry about it everyday before i go to sleep. do you guys feel this way too? you're happy when you're with people but when you're alone, you start to panic and worry? sometimes i can just cry for hours and no one would know. if my parents are home, i would turn on the fan in the washroom and cry so they wouldn't hear it. or i would cry in the shower. is it normal for this to happen? i can't go a day without crying. it has seriously been a daily routine and i don't know what's wrong with me. if i don't cry, i feel like i didn't release my feelings out and that things are stuck inside of me.