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mrnegative

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#3369361 Accutane - Results In 40 Days?

Posted by mrnegative on 26 July 2013 - 12:13 PM

I completely understand where you're coming from with that. The most frustrating thing with these medications is that you just don't know how and when they'll begin affecting you fully. With Accutane, especially, it is widely accepted that you shouldn't expect full results until after you've completed your treatment. There are so many discouraging stories out there (especially on here) detailing the rare but horrendous side-effects, seemingly incurable initial breakouts, and ultimate ineffectiveness that you can really get inside your own head. While I was on minocycline for a while, I came here and read up on people's experiences. Every single time, I left borderline exasperated, telling myself that my treatment won't be effective and that acne is, in fact, the worst ailment out there. My piece of advice - just don't give up with your Accutane treatment. It's been proven to work dramatically in over 90 percent of cases. I'm sure that, in a month, you should be having a LOT less problems with your skin. 




#3369149 Accutane - Results In 40 Days?

Posted by mrnegative on 25 July 2013 - 05:39 PM

Maybe I'm mistaken or something, but, according to research and the words of an esteemed dermatologist I recently visited and spoke to on the subject, only around 30 percent of people on Accutane even get an initial breakout at all. The initial breakout in those cases mostly depends on the severity of your acne prior to starting treatment. Based on the impressions you'll get from these forums, you'll think that 100 percent of people get awful, cystic initial breakouts. Time will tell, but statistically, you're likely to look better after 40 days. 




#3363410 I Have Few Bumps But Pih !will It Even Matter To Him?

Posted by mrnegative on 02 July 2013 - 05:15 PM

I'm sure you're attractive enough. I really don't think PIH and a few bumps would ever turn me away from girl. 




#3359832 Scar Free....Finally....Almost!

Posted by mrnegative on 20 June 2013 - 08:06 PM

Maybe it's realistic for some people to spend thousands of dollars on uncertain treatments, but I'd argue it's not the common sense move for most. Having said this, acceptance might be a bit of a cheaper option and people should really gauge how badly they have it before jumping into these sorts of gambles. This is unless, of course, you've been born in a crib made of solid gold. 




#3355850 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by mrnegative on 07 June 2013 - 09:15 AM

Does anyone else feel like the morning is the worst? Waking up and having to do your morning routine in the mirror is usually the most discouraging part of the day for me. As the day wears on, I just go out and begin to live in a fantasy world where I pretend that people don't really notice my skin. Don't get me wrong, it's a million times better than it was about 3 months ago, but I'm just getting extremely tired of dealing with the hyperpigmentation and live in constant fear of a new breakout. 

Morning is the worst for me. After my morning shave I look dreadful. It makes existing blemishes and acne look even redder and inflamed and somehow enhances HP.

 

As for me today, I have decided to avoid all mirrors for the sake of my sanity. I took a photo of myself earlier with the camera on my laptop and I didn`t look too bad. If that is how people actually see me then maybe I don`t look so bad after all.Will make a note of this so that I can discuss it at my next CBT session.

 

It may have already been done but maybe we should start (for want of a better phrase) some sort of mirror fasting exercise to see how long we can go without looking in a mirror. Lately, looking in the mirror seems to be seriously fucking up my perception of myself and judging by some of the posts on this thread recently, other people are going through similar experiences.

 

 

Does anyone else feel like the morning is the worst? Waking up and having to do your morning routine in the mirror is usually the most discouraging part of the day for me. As the day wears on, I just go out and begin to live in a fantasy world where I pretend that people don't really notice my skin. Don't get me wrong, it's a million times better than it was about 3 months ago, but I'm just getting extremely tired of dealing with the hyperpigmentation and live in constant fear of a new breakout. 

Morning is the worst for me. After my morning shave I look dreadful. It makes existing blemishes and acne look even redder and inflamed and somehow enhances HP.

 

As for me today, I have decided to avoid all mirrors for the sake of my sanity. I took a photo of myself earlier with the camera on my laptop and I didn`t look too bad. If that is how people actually see me then maybe I don`t look so bad after all.Will make a note of this so that I can discuss it at my next CBT session.

 

It may have already been done but maybe we should start (for want of a better phrase) some sort of mirror fasting exercise to see how long we can go without looking in a mirror. Lately, looking in the mirror seems to be seriously fucking up my perception of myself and judging by some of the posts on this thread recently, other people are going through similar experiences.

 

The mirror fasting thing is a double-edged sword, though. I tried it when my acne was at its worst and it honestly just makes you lose a realistic perception of yourself over time. I had to readjust to looking in the mirror after avoiding my reflection for a while. I do think that you're on to something about other people's perception of us. People really don't overanalyze skin as much as we do. We just freak out about our faces and bodies way more because it's our permanent home. I'd like to believe that things look a million times worse to us. In my view, if you're on a regimen from a dermatologist or if you're doing something to treat your acne, you're on the right path. The rest is up to time and patience. As many mixed reviews as prescription medicines get on this site, it's undeniable that they make a positive difference over time. Make your routine a religion and go about your day. Physically, things will get better and better. Mentally, we must learn to cope and listen to what others are telling us. 




#3353471 To All My Social Butterflies

Posted by mrnegative on 30 May 2013 - 02:35 PM

Hey all, 

 

I figured I'd make a thread for the extreme extroverts who suffer/have suffered from acne. When you're in a breakout period or you're feeling uncomfortable, how do you manage to be your normal, energetic self? Do you still go out, exude confidence, flirt, and hook up? I know for a fact that, since clearing up a bit from Solodyn and Ziana, I've been feeling more and more like my usual self. How about you? Feel free to include any awesome party stories ;) 




#3342988 It's Not All Doom And Gloom :)

Posted by mrnegative on 24 April 2013 - 09:54 AM

Though this article highlights some great points about how we can spin acne into a positive thing, the images that accompany it are not really fitting, seeing as how the woman barely even has a single spot. All I see is some flaky skin around her chin. Most of us on this site are suffering way worse than what is portrayed. I might be reading too far into it, but still, this is something to consider. If I looked at myself in the mirror and just saw some flaky skin around my chin, I won't be nearly as down as I am now about my face. I consider myself to have moderate acne, currently and I've been on Solodyn and Ziana for 1.5 months without any DRASTIC changes in my complexion. Now THAT is frustrating and disappointing.