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my first entry

hopelessgirl

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I've never written a blog before, i'm actually a pretty bad writer (in my opinion) ..oh well

I'm 16 years old and i've been living with acne since i was in 7th grade (i'm a junior now so that's like 5 years of pimples). I always had mild acne, it was just always there.. i don't really remember a time when my face was 100% clear, my worst breakouts happened the week i'd get my period (that's how i knew it was coming) but for the past three years my acne has gotten tremendously worse. I'm sure its due to hormone changes and all the other lovely side effects of being a teenager, but what really bothers me is that i've tried everything under the sun to try to clear my skin and very few treatments have actually worked. I've seen three dermatologists while i've been in highschool and they all prescribed me different things.. here's a list of things i've used:

proactiv

retina micro

tetracycline

erythromycin

tazorac cream

epiduo gel

duac gel

tretinoin gel&cream

benzaclin

clenia emoillient cream

plexion mask

clindamycin

bactrim

doryx

there's more but those are just the ones off the top of my head. I just can't take it anymore, i hate having to wear layers of makeup to cover up my skin.. it makes me feel hideous. When my skin is bad i have no confidence, i don't wanna leave my room i just wanna sleep until it goes away.. it ruins my mood completely, i'm not myself and i can't stand it. It's to the point where it puts my relationships with friends,family,and my boyfriend in jeopardy because of the way it makes me act and feel. And the worst part is, nobody understands how i feel. every single one of my friends has perfect skin, and when (god forbid) they do get a pimple, they act like it's the end of the world; it drives me insane.

I joined this site because i'm looking to find at least one person who can relate to what i'm going through,and maybe even give me some helpful pointers on what to do and what not to do,that'd be awesome.. because at this point i'm honestly hopeless.



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I know exactly what your going through! I'm 16 and i started getting acne during 7th grade as well! I understand hiding away from family and friends and just being frustrated because of your skin. I often dodge mirrors to avoid my horrid skin and it's even more frustrating to have friends with amazing skin. They don't understand that sometimes acne is persistent, hereditary, and hormonal and a simple wash won't clear it up. It is a disease basically. I have tried almost everything like you did and I finally convinced my parents to put me on accutane. Hopefully this will finally clear it up completely so I can enjoy my senior year without bumps. I recommend you try accutane because it is a 80-90% guarantee that it will work. But otherwise, hang in there because there are a lot of teenagers going through what you are too; you're not alone!

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Yes, I know how you feel. Although I never went through a crazy list of treatments, I had acne since 10 and it got very very very bad around 15. I took accutane for 4 months and was clear for 3 years, but its slowly coming back, and so Im going on differin topical treatment.. Anyway, I know exactly what you mean with friends and family, I felt completely alone and couldnt bring myself to even talk about it with my parents, thats why it took so long to start serious treatment. If I was you, and been through all that, I would really be considering accutane, it was a miracle. Good luck!

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Yes, I know how you feel. Although I never went through a crazy list of treatments, I had acne since 10 and it got very very very bad around 15. I took accutane for 4 months and was clear for 3 years, but its slowly coming back, and so Im going on differin topical treatment.. Anyway, I know exactly what you mean with friends and family, I felt completely alone and couldnt bring myself to even talk about it with my parents, thats why it took so long to start serious treatment. If I was you, and been through all that, I would really be considering accutane, it was a miracle. Good luck!

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