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#3382346 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by aanabill on 13 September 2013 - 11:48 AM

Today wasn't a great skin day - really bad flaky skin around my mouth that just got worse when I smiled, spoke or ate... I have a few breakouts but it's the dry skin that has been annoying me.


But today was great because I was offered a job! biggrin.png I've been searching for work for a really long time so it's so great to have something now!


Hope you're all doing well.

congratulations lily!

i'm happy for you.i'll pray this good luck stays with you forever & you feel great skin wise as well.





Clarisonic is working really well at getting all the makeup and dead skin off; it lets me wear makeup so that I can cover up those scars! I just wish my hair still wasn't falling out... :/

Hey everyone I'm new to acne.org but I'm loving all the information and this website overall. So a little about myself I'm 23 and my whole life and never suffered from acne but when I turned 21 I had a serious breakout for like a couple months but it cleared then two months ago it went from little breaks out to moderate/severe acne (mainly little bumps everywhere) and lots of redness I am more self conscious than ever, my self esteem is so low, I feel ugly now because I felt my face was one of my good qualities even though that sounds conceited. I am a full time nursing student so I have to go to class and work with patients mon-fri which I dread because I feel like everyone is just staring at my acne and not into my eyes and on weekend I stay home to let my skin breathe and so I can hide from the world because I feel so ugly. So basically everyday I just hate my face, my skin, I hate looking in the mirror nowadays. Can anyone relate? I'm so depressed over this I don't know how to cope if I can chose to never go out I would. Thanks for listening have a blessed day.

Welcome! I'm 21 and I've had acne since the age of 13, on and off.  We all understand how you feel. My cheeks used to be the favorite part of my face, because they were cute and just made my face. I got cystic acne there when I was 19, which cleared up after going to the dermatologist. After that, I started struggling with non-cystic acne that ironically, scarred my cheeks a lot worse than my cystic acne.  So, those pretty little cheeks that made me look youthfully radiant are gone sad.png  Acne is a really hard disease to cope with, because your face is what you present to people. I think few people with acne don't feel self conscious about it.  It's also so hard to feel like you can't control your own appearance, that you are literally incapable of showing your best face to the world.


Do try to focus on the other good things in your life/your assets. And, don't let acne stop you from living your life -- have fun on the weekends -- it will help reduce stress and help you cope with your acne, I promise!  We've all sat at home because of our skin, and it's tough, but you just can't do that. When you see how much your friends enjoy being around you, it will boost your confidence. 


In some ways, acne is a blessing. You learn to define yourself by things other than your appearance. You learn to ground your confidence in really substantial things. That's what I've learned from my acne. You'll have bad days, but we'll be here to support you!


Also, have you been to the dermatologist? Honestly, without Tazorac, my cystic acne would still be blooming. That stuff was painful. The derm can help and Dan's regimen is really effective for non-cystic acne! 

are you trying anything for your hair-fall?

did you figure out what the main cause is? hormonal? (i remember reading somewhere that the results you got were normal, but i'm sorry i've not been regular here so i've lost track!)

i am having bad hair-fall too(for a few weeks now) & i consulted my mum's homeopathic doctor.

he's suggested me a lotion(hair tonic) that helps, i'm unsure since i can't try one right now.(schedule!)

you can try mintop (5%), and see if that helps.

it doesn't stop hairfall for everyone but definitely helps grow new ones faster.


i'll talk to that doc once again for myself & put up if i find any help.

hope you find some solution soon!

#3381951 Flax Seeds And Diet - Instant Results

Posted by aanabill on 11 September 2013 - 11:59 AM

you noticed results in 30 minutes?

#3381372 The New Like /unlike Format!

Posted by aanabill on 08 September 2013 - 12:53 PM

uh oh!

but the format has changed anyway.

previously the "unlike" option used to appear only after the post was liked.

#3374363 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by aanabill on 13 August 2013 - 11:36 AM

I'm in this really annoying cycle of:

Stressing about what I eat... which leads to: losing weight, gaining acne

Forgetting to stress about what I eat...which leads to: gaining weight, losing acne


I don't understand! Right now, I'm in the forgetting to stress about what I eat stage.


I've always been too obsessed about what I eat, but now that I realize acne can be exacerbated by the types of foods that I consume, I'm even MORE paranoid! sad.png

Good thing is...I'm getting my Mirena IUD out on Monday. I think it's been causing my extreme fatigue, moodiness, and possibly acne for the past 2 years. We will see.

good luck!

#3374021 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by aanabill on 12 August 2013 - 11:10 AM

Soooooo very lost... I don't think I even know who I am anymore; it's like I'm just living in some kind of limbo and trying constantly to break free. I guess that's what happens when you cut yourself off from the rest of the world and live like a hermit most of the time. But it has to get better someday... Right? unsure.png

work on the blog.may be that will make u feel better.


cheer up mate!

#3373675 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by aanabill on 11 August 2013 - 07:10 AM

Today was a horrible day. I woke up took a shower and just touched my face. Bumps and pain is all my face feels. When I got out I stared at myself for awhile and couldn't get over the fact that my acne has taken control of my face. I swallowed the pain and put a thin layer of makeup and avoided any mirror contact for the rest of the day. I went out shopping with my parents and saw myself in a car reflection. It hit me again so I stood indoors all day, despite how I just wanted to soak up the sun with the rest of my family. I keep thinking one day it will go away and people will only remember how bad it was. My friends think I'm being distant because I'm busy with life but they don't know that I'm scared they will just stare at my face. They all invited me to go out and I really wanted to but today I didn't feel pretty. I have been indoors for the last 8 days and can't get over how bad my skin is. I wish I had a magic eraser. I wish I could just wake up and it would be all gone. I hate having acne, I hate it. Some days I don't go to class because I'm embarrassed sometimes I wear my hat low at work because I notice people stare when I'm giving back their change. And now that's it's summer break I sleep all day and stay up all night because I'm scared of people. The looks they give and stares they do make me weak. My family is going to haunted trails, my dad asked me if I was going. Even though I wish I said no I said yes, and he said good. My dad says he's sorry because he had acne and he knows it's genetic and sometimes I blame him, but it's not his fault. It's not. I just wish I could over come this, I wish people would approach me because I'm pretty. But I know that day will come.

Thank you for letting me vent. No one ever asks me about my acne.

i'll start by saying that u're lucky to have a dad like that.

i am sorry u're going through bad time now.so am i and look around so many are.am not sure if that makes u feel less alone now.

dnt miss on good things for ur acne or anything,really.because one day when the acne is gone(and i am sure it will gone for u =) ) u will miss not having done so much when u were asked.

also, a lil' (very lil') sun is good for acne and health.

so use that sunscreen(physical and spf 15-30) and soak up that sun as much as u like,

also,stressing is so so bad,i swear.i've been there - asleep all day and awake till late night.(for many and different reasons though) and it only did bad for me.

u need to take up a plan now and work on it to treat ur acne.u need to start with ur diet and lifestyle.

am sure things will get better once u take control of what u r upto.

also,u will feel better once u start controlling ur life and dnt let acne do that.


all the best and welcome here.hope u enjoy ur time here.


Urgh I just want it to stop... someone PLEASE make it stop! 


am so so sorry hun.

i can understand u and i know its so unbearable at time.

i am assuming its ur skin thats making it so difficult for u.

so i say dnt stress.i know its so difficult but still u gotta do it.for urself and ur skin.

so pls!


u can talk it out here or with ur frnd or someone!

good luck.

#3372612 The Big Hormone Post For Both Men And Women

Posted by aanabill on 07 August 2013 - 09:44 AM

Thank you very much smile.png i could get much informations which i didnt know!! And i got shocked by the danger of green tea... ;((( i need to quit drinking it T^T

wait till u clarify.

green tea has several good effects.so always verfiy before u jump to conclusion.


welcome to this site but as a member older than u i suggest donot go about following every single piece of info here

(not just this thread i mean.any and every post should be verified.u dnt wanna blindly follow every single thread)

#3372586 How Many People Here Approach People They See With Acne?

Posted by aanabill on 07 August 2013 - 08:21 AM

i dont u know.i feel he/she is going to feel bad which i don't want.

so i just pretend its not a big deal.

in fact, i've been thinking about it of late and i would love to share the lil' i know,hoping it would help him/her.

#3370257 Messages And Posts

Posted by aanabill on 30 July 2013 - 09:07 AM

u can't send msg to a particular member or to anyone?

if its just a certain someone then may be that person has message system inactive(in which case,u will get a note saying so).

otherwise,u could check ur settings (of messaging system)

these are my guesses!

#3369069 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by aanabill on 25 July 2013 - 12:01 PM

sometimes i feel so bad about some people here.i mean there are loads who are so warm and nice and understanding.

i thank them.

but i cant deny their are ignorant and ,lets say, irritating ones too.


it makes me think may be i too have hurt someone unintentionally.

so today i say 'sorry'.

sorry if i have ever hurt u and i have ever made u feel bad about anything.

u dont deserve it.

my bad.

#3369027 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by aanabill on 25 July 2013 - 08:40 AM


I don't feel like I can do this anymore.


Hey Savy, just wanted to tell you that you can do this! It's really hard and I know what it's like to go through really dark periods where you feel hopeless, but just remember if you keep your head up and keep moving forward you'll get through the worst parts of life and come out a stronger person as a result. Try and hang tough and just do the best you can. I read your blog and you're a very courageous and inspirational person, I'll keep you in my thoughts and I hope things get better soon. <3

Thank you! Reading this actually made me cry. I've been feeling suicidal again lately and I've been in a really dark, depressed place, and it's really scary. Your hopeful words and support have made me feel a little better and have encouraged me to stay strong. I'll try to hang in there. Thank you for being a friend. You are always so kind and sweet. <3

i read ur blog too!comfort.gif

am sorry u had to go through so much darling.but u know what?its just made u who u r.

its just made u realise the difference between being good and mean.

its made u beautiful inside and no one can change that.no one can beat that!


#3367704 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by aanabill on 20 July 2013 - 12:09 AM

I wanna leave this earth.

no u don't.

u wanna live and carry on and work on ur acne and work and be happy!

#3367445 Please Read - Head And Shoulders

Posted by aanabill on 18 July 2013 - 11:37 PM

head & shoulder shampoo is used on anything that's fungal.

do u think ur back acne is fungal?

if not,then it wont work.


what shampoo or soap do u use?


what are the things u've tried till date to get rid of ur acne?

#3366286 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by aanabill on 14 July 2013 - 09:40 AM

I'm feeling really optimistic today because I got a call from one of my old supervisors to schedule an interview at my old job next week. I filled out a rehire form awhile ago in hopes that I could get back on with the company...and after I long wait this is the news I was really hoping to hear. The supervisor I'll be interviewing with is a really good guy and he's seen me multiple times in person so he knows I don't have perfect skin so that takes away a TON of the nervousness I would feel if it was someone completely new...I'm crossing my fingers that I get this job because it would be a major positive influence in my life right now.


I finally have my acne under control via The Regimen and this is big step to try and get myself back into the working world after almost a full year of unemployment and struggling with isolation/depression because of skin issues. In many ways I feel like this is my second chance. In the last few months I've found a treatment that actually works for my skin, I've found a girlfriend who I can openly confide in about my skin issues...and if I can get this job it will feel like one of the final steps to get my life back on track and out from under the dark cloud that acne and the emotional baggage that comes with it has caused me.


For a long time I feel that I kind of gave up...I let myself become detached from the world and I lived too deeply in my own head and let what I saw in the mirror drag me down and make me feel low. Even though I'm almost 99% clear right now I'll never be 100% happy with what I see when I look at myself in the mirror and I've reached a point where I can accept that. For too long I've chased after perfection when it comes to my face and the truth of the matter is perfection is not something anyone can really attain and it's a waste of time to keep seeking it out...so I'm at a point in my life now where I can accept that I'm flawed and move forward despite it.  A part of me will always be reluctant to get back out there and face the world and another part of me is excited by the prospect of it...but regardless...I owe it to myself to at least try.

all the best mate!

i'll pray u nail the interview!


#3364819 No Probiotics For Months--Totally Clear!

Posted by aanabill on 08 July 2013 - 12:03 PM

You might consider looking into testing your reaction some of these other tested histamine rich foods: alcohol and long-ripened or fermented (and therefore histamine-rich) food, such as aged cheese, cured meat, and yeast products; histamine-rich food, such as bananas, spinach or tomatoes; or histamine liberators, such as citrus fruit, should be avoided.

I know several of those are a no brainer, but a few (spinach, tomatoes) were a surprise to me. I've been researching foods that cause histamine reactions to limit the enormous restrictions I had recently set on my diet. Like you, I'm trying to open my diet as not to trigger past disordered eating behaviors. I would prefer to know the exact foods that cause negative physical responses, as opposed to cutting entire food groups out of my diet. Hell, I have gone weeks where I ate only apples and almonds out of fear that I would breakout. I can't afford to slip down that slippery disordered eating slope anymore. Being aware of the exact foods that are the problem has freed up my dietary allowances, and my mind!

Thank you for being open about the issue of your eating disorder. It opens this topic up to show there needs to be a boundary on the lengths we will go to clear our skin. No one should needlessly go down the path of disordered eating as the means to end the problem of acne; having suffered through both, we know the path of an eating disorder creates far more anguish and destruction. It is a delicate balance.

could u add links to the studies on histamine rich foods?


how exactly is citrus effecting?