Thanks for your post its really encouraging for me
Recently I've been doing a lot of thinking and realising just how deeply this affects me. I feel comfortable and unjudged around most of my colleagues but I've started hating the idea of meeting new people, esp men. The last Boyf I had I refused to let him see me without make up, I'm very body conscious nowadays too, everything is affected. I feel old. The acne and treatments make me look haggard, old, pale, dry and wrinkly.
I look in the mirror too much, not always to hate on myself but just to check, see what others might see. If my make up doesn't look good I stress all day. I never feel relaxed unless I'm home alone with my kids
It's all looking less inflamed now, period has stopped too which is all related. I stopped smoking 2 months ago and have put on weight. My diet isn't great. I just feel pretty down and in motivated. I have a few active cysts on one side of my face and the other side is all red mark scarring. I don't know how to get my skin and mind to feel good again. My skin is so dry it's like paper. Docs on wed, get the spiro
Just checking in. Did you start the spiro yet?
I just had a dermatologist appointment yesterday and I have the same "red marks" left over from previous acne. He said this happens to everyone and it's always the last thing to go away when your skin starts to clear up. He called it post-inflammatory something or other. Anyway, his advice was to stay out of the sun as much as possible - even if you are driving you are being hit by the sun so wear a big sun hat and lather on the sunscreen every single day! You don't have to permanently be weird hat lady/vampire who avoids the sun at all costs, but it will speed the fading of those red marks. Once they go away you can be a little less careful, but in general it's a good idea to keep your skin protected from the sun.
I was really grateful to get that advice. Anything I can do to speed this process up makes me hopeful!
Stay connected. I'd love to hear how the spiro is working for you.