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Hi. I'm not good at writing, but here's my attempt at sharing my acne struggle with others. My reason for doing this is for others like me to realize they're not alone, and hopefully, get some support for myself. I won't tell you my name, but you'll learn my story. I'm a 14 year-old girl who lives in Louisiana. Just this past summer, my face, neck, shoulders, chest, and back began to break out. In the beginning I felt this was normal because of puberty and all. As it got worse, I didn't really realize it. My mother began commenting on my face breaking out but I thought nothing of it at first. I will admit I was somewhat neglecting my skin. Then finally one day, I walked into my bathroom and turned on the harshest lights in there. I honestly was horrified to see how bad it truly was. Since then, ive been on a mission to get clear skin. I've tried proactiv and it did no good. Since summer, my skin has gotten progressively worse due to stress and bad eating habits from school starting. It's the biggest burden I've ever had to carry. I have no confidence. I'm put down nearly every week by my mom about it. My peers make snide remarks about it. I can't get a boyfriend or even a friend who is a boy because of it. I haven't made any new friends in high school because of it. One of my teachers even made a remark. I've tried nearly every affordable remedy or solution for my acne and none of it has worked. I desperately want to go to the dermatologist and get it checked out, but my mom is a widowed parent who doesn't have a job at the moment and we have no insurance to go. Wow I cannot believe I'm posting this right now. I've talked to some of my friends about my acne but they don't know how badly it affects me emotionally and physically because they've never gone through it. But more about my acne specifically. It's no longer small blackheads or small bumps. At this point, I have cystic acne and have a new bump every day. I wash my face two e daily with a gentle wash, twice a day use a witchhazel astringent and an occasional new remedy, but nothing is working. They say it has to get worse before it gets better. So here's the beginning of my journey to getting better. :)


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I know if you feel to be a teenager and have bad acne,I'll be 16 in a few months , I haven't a girlfriend since like June , I haven't been going out since like June!I started accutane in june , it clear up my acne but left me with red marks from the ib so when I look in the mirror I still see the same,though they are fading but slowly..

After all my reading I can tell you that it's hard to treat cystic acne only toppicaly, mabye even impossible.

You need an antibiotic, since your a girl , I heard Spironolactone , will do you good, and as a last resort accutane.If you don't want to use anything internaly, you should use Retin-A / Tazzorac topically.

I wish you the best noname girl!

If you have any other questions, ill be here.

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i know how is when you talk to anyone who have never gone through it.

they do not understand how we feel

and sometimes i think that if one of them had suddenly problems with the acne, she/he would not resist

all the best:)

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Hi hun, I just want to give you a fat hug, I am so sorry.

I'm a 16 year old girl and I have gone through many of the same struggles. In 8th grade I had terrriible back acne and pretty bad on my face. I have learned it is a lot about diet! But i'll start with a couple things you could try to do before thinking about ANY ANTIBIOTICS OR ACCUTANE which don't promise you clear skin forever and harm your body's insides just to have clear skin.

You could

1. Try taking garlic capsules every day

These can be found at any whole foods store, take how ever many the bottle tells you and it can remarkably help your skin!! (: If you can't find them you can use a garlic press and eat 1-2 cloves in food, or with a think drink every day but I have a weak stomache and the capsules were alot more mild on my tummy.

2. Zinc supplement.

Zinc is a nessesary vitamin for good skin (: I got some at a whole foods store and take 60mg total a day. Zinc can lead to lack of absorbtion in iron and copper so maybe get a copper or iron supplement as well. This has greatly helped my skin.

3. Try washing skin with extra virgin olive oil, cleansing in gentle circular motions for about 4-5 minutes then using very warm wash cloth over skin. The olive oil attatches to some of the other clogged oils in the skin and over a period of time will really help your skin!! Then once your skin feels a lot less oily rince it with cold water.

4. Raw Honey and nutmeg make an excellent spot treatment mask. You can use this on your whole face but rub it in very gently. (the honey drips so you kinda have to be careful with this one but its such a great mask) let it sit for as long as you possibly can and rinse with cold water (really really helped my skin after a week) Honey brings pimples to a white head and therefore quickens the healing process! (: its amazing for those under the skin bumps.

5. Apple cider vinegar mixed 50/50 with water sprayed on as a toner helped my body acne clear up completely within a month. Spray it on morning and night. Let it dry before putting on clothes just because you want it to really soak into your skin or dry onto the skin not just get into your clothing) I tried Apple cider vinegar on my face and it helped my cystic acne some, try it mixed with water in different ratios. Some people can put it on with out water but if you have sensitive skin it could burn and inflame acne if not mixed with water!

6. In the shower make a paste of baking soda and water and rub this in body acne. ! It made my face red when I used it on my face so I only use this for my body ance and it helped wonders. Let it sit on your back and shoulders and chest for 2 minutes and rinse completely! Then follow with Apple cider vinegar water spray on body out side of shower.

7. Urine. ( I know it sounds gross) but apply urine topically before bed every night and it reallllly cleared my skin up! Plus it;s free and natural. Remember I'm just trying to help and give you suggestions.

8. Lemon Juice. Applied either full stregth or mixed with water. I can actually apply this full strength, my face loves lemon juice. It burns like HELL for about five minutes I have to sit infront of fan but it clears acne quickly by drying them out helps continuously lightens red skin and patches after a few days and is great for scars.

TIPS. : Get a sulfate/fragrance free shampoo and conditioner. The chemicals in generic Shamp/conditioner could be runnign down your back and making acne worse.

Shower with head upside down leaning over so that your conditioner and shampoo never touch your back and then once you have hair up in towel wash your body.

I use MIRICLE hair and body soap and it has nothing bad in it and I noticed my hair line acne has decreased. Apple cider Vinegar mater mix can also be used to rinse out hair.

Don't pick at acne, and if you have to pop white head/cyst clean area with lemon juice before and after.

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Take as many anti-biotics as you possibly can. I had cystic, scarring and pitting acne untreated for two years. It was a nightmare. Three week after starting amoxicillin 500mg 2x a day, I had smooth skin. I take two different anti-biotics, cephalexin and amoxicillin. I switch up every once in awhile. As for topical I recommend epi-duo http://www.epiduo.com/what_is_epiduo_gel.aspx. if your insurance covers it. If not, the next best things are "Benzaclin" or the newest version "Acanya"-a mix of the topical anti-biotic clindamycin and hard working benzoyl peroxide. http://acanya.pskw.com/Page/Default.aspx

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Try to get medical assisstance through your state government. They should have free or low-cost premiums in your state. At least that is how it is in MN. No one has to go without insurance if they don't want to. Good luck!

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