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My First Blog Entry

Sk8

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Hello fellow Acne sufferers, this is my first blog on this site. I joined because honestly acne has become a huge stress in my life and I think blogging would help. To those who decide to read this I will introduce myself. My name is sk8(not posting real name) lol. I am a 17 year old male, yes that may sound weird but even teenage boys can talk about their problems. I am a sponsored skateboarder so that is the influence behind my name. I am still in high school, a junior to be exact. I make decent grades but lately i have had a feeling of helpless as my acne tends to not let up, so my grades have begun to drop. As a teenage boy some may not think it is a big deal to have acne but for me it really is. I already feel a little better just saying that. There is honestly so much I want to talk about and i will probably post a lot in my free time. I guess I should say what I am doing for my acne at the moment. I am using Cera Ve hydrating cleanser when I wash my face. I wash my face twice daily. Medication I am using is prescribed by a dermatologist. I am using Acanya gel in the morning and Differin at night. I am also using solodyn antibiotic once daily. But I don't really want to talk about how to get rid of acne or what products work which is very far and in between in my case. I want to talk about the emotional stress and psychological effects come with having acne. Well simply put acne sucks. It makes me afraid to look in the mirror because i feel so ugly it makes me sick. I wish the society wasn't so focused on looks but that is just how things are ): I wish I could just wake up and not care what I look like but that is not going to happen. The sad part in my case is that without acne I would actually be attractive. The biggest reason I am going to start blogging is because what I have been feeling lately. What i have been thinking a lot about lately is suicide. I have not attempted it or actually thought about attempting it. It has just been lingering in my mind for some time. Sometimes I just simply do not want to live with the burden of acne. I can't live a normal life. This may sound ridiculous, because I know it could be worse. I could have no legs, or have to breathe through a tube. But for me having acne feels like the worst thing that could happen to me. Living life for me has come down to just trying to get through the day. Which is not how I want to live my life. Well anyway this has been my first entry and there will be more to come. Please if you took the time to read this I would appreciate ANYONEs comments. I want to hear from you, yes you. Thank you for reading my blog, and as always acne sucks :P



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Acne is definitely a downside. I went through high school with hardly any acne and my first year of college. This past summer I started getting inflamed pustules all over with an occasional cyst. I hardly went to the beach, hung out with friends, because of my face. I started my 2nd year of college hardly going out and certainly not to any events unless my skin had calmed down a bit. I didn't hang out with my friends that much and even studying became hard. I went through two failed antibiotics and now into my 2nd month of accutane. I am still breaking out the same so it is very annoying.

I have good days and bad days. I have had a pretty unfortunate life and now acne makes it harder. There are treatments out there and it is even harder when they take months to see results. Just have to take things one step at a time. I have noticed that with life in general. The bad things happen but life still goes on and better moments come.

I think we all know that there can be worse things, but acne greatly affects our normal lives that it doesn't matter. I would sometimes skip lectures because I did not want to go outside. I have let acne define me more then I should. I am starting to take back my life. I focus now more on other things. I take it day by day but I have gotten better. It is a battle with yourself but I have realized the importance of a person's inside. I may have acne especially right now but I am proud of who I am and I have started to care less about others.

It definitely sucks, but you have so much going on- congrats with the skateboarding. Acne is a burden. But life goes and on, and so will better times (:

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Acne does suck! I hate canceling plans with friends just because my skin has been acting up, or not wanting to be in direct sunlight/harsh lighting because then it would make my skin look bad. People that don't have acne don't really understand that feeling, ya know? Some people tell me that my skin isn't THAT terrible, but it's bad enough that I don't like it. That's why I've decided to start taking Accutane, you can check out my blog if you'd like. But I wish you the best of luck! And don't worry though you'll get though it :)

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Hey, thanks for the comment on my blog. I'm sorry you are having these lingering thoughts. I have to say I felt similar to this when my acne was bad and I had moments when I was in the shower, trying this or that regimen with little visable success and I would scream or punch the wall.. I just felt so powerless and angry at my body for betraying me etc. I am so grateful that i found something that worked for me, I tried to develop a "better attitude" to help me cope but I never was able to be stoic about my skin for long. antidepressants can help people as can talking therapies like CBT which I fully reccomend looking into. You can self treat with CBT either using a computerised theraputic program or you can get a CBT therapist. xx

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