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patrick92

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In Topic: What Do Guys Think Of Girls With Acne?

14 March 2014 - 11:07 PM

For me personally, it doesn't matter at all if a girl has acne. In fact I've seen many, many girls with acne who still look stunning! Maybe girls just over think how critical guys are about their looks, because neither me or any other guy I know walks around judging girls because they aren't dressed a certain way or don't have flawless skin. Us guys are no where near perfect so we certainly don't expect or look for perfection!

In Topic: Let's Be Real Guy's

25 February 2014 - 05:15 AM

 

 

>I too think that confidence and social skills play a bigger part in attracting the opposite sex than your complexion. Take me for example....I'm lucky enough in the last few weeks or so to have finally got clear skin after 5 or 6 years of mild/moderate acne but I still have zero confidence around girls - mainly because I still don't feel attractive. I'm also very quiet, and to be blunt, would be considered a bit socially awkward. Despite my clear skin I know that I still don't have a hope in hell of attracting any girls because who would want to go out with a shy, slightly awkward guy with low self esteem......

The fact is if you don't work on your self esteem as well as your acne, when you do finally get clear chances are you'll find something else about your appearance to worry about. If you try and work on yourself esteem now and push yourself to meet new people/be more social you'll be much more likely to meet someone. People aren't anywhere near as critical about our skin as we are but they will quickly notice if you've got no confidence or self esteem.
Something I need to work on obviously.

How do you know such things if you don't talk to them?

 

I don't claim to know anything for certain, it's just my opinion after a lot pondering over the years and reading a lot of forums on here. It's not hard to link low self esteem/shyness to difficulties with the opposite sex and through my own experience it's easy to still let your low self esteem control you even after getting clear skin. 


In Topic: Let's Be Real Guy's

25 February 2014 - 04:05 AM

I too think that confidence and social skills play a bigger part in attracting the opposite sex than your complexion. Take me for example....I'm lucky enough in the last few weeks or so to have finally got clear skin after 5 or 6 years of mild/moderate acne but I still have zero confidence around girls - mainly because I still don't feel attractive. I'm also very quiet, and to be blunt, would be considered a bit socially awkward. Despite my clear skin I know that I still don't have a hope in hell of attracting any girls because who would want to go out with a shy, slightly awkward guy with low self esteem......

The fact is if you don't work on your self esteem as well as your acne, when you do finally get clear chances are you'll find something else about your appearance to worry about. If you try and work on yourself esteem now and push yourself to meet new people/be more social you'll be much more likely to meet someone. People aren't anywhere near as critical about our skin as we are but they will quickly notice if you've got no confidence or self esteem.
Something I need to work on obviously.

In Topic: Patrick's Retin-A And Doxycycline Log

19 January 2014 - 12:54 AM

Well I had a lot of blackheads on my forehead to start off with but they certainly didn't get any worse. Right now I probably only have a few that are barely noticeable even when staring very closely at my face. Everyone's different though so it maybe that you get more blackheads but personally I wouldn't worry about them.


In Topic: Patrick's Retin-A And Doxycycline Log

18 January 2014 - 12:44 AM

This logs filled me with hope. I'm just been prescripted the same combo as you (except thanks to being female the docs also swapped my birth control to dianette, between my sexual health clinic and the dermatologist they've decided to blame my acne on the implants I've been using for 7 years)

I've only been at it a week but my skin is pretty flaky from the retin-a, only on my nose, chin and around my mouth though. Little frustrating as I'd prefer the flaking to be happening on my cheeks to get rid of the closed comedones.

To the lady who asked about makeup with retin-a, I've used a clarisonic, set on gentle with the delicate brush head every couple of days to cope with the flakes. I find makeup is a pain right now, going without as much as I can. I find bobbi brown bb cream pretty ok for it though. I know the skin is suppose to adjust to the cream after a while. I did find using BP in the past far more sore and flaky, even though it did eventually help me. So retin-a is a better experience so far.

 

Glad your feeling more hopeful with your new treatment smile.png

 

If your like me the flaking won't last much longer than a few weeks but even if it lasts for longer the end results are completely worth it! 

All I can say is stick with it...There were times when I wondered if Retin-A was really doing anything to my skin at all but once I was 4 - 5 months in I noticed a MASSIVE improvement with my skin.  There are some people on here who say retinoids never did anything but make their skin worse, but IMO everyone (myself included) is so eager/impatient to see improvements in their skin they don't give retinoids enough time to start working properly. If you take anti-biotics to avoid initial breakouts and stick with retin-a, chances are you'll see improvements so good luck :)