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how do I cope with severe acne



Two rounds of acutane and eight years later I still have terrible acne. I've had it for as long as I can remember. When I was 13 I took my first round acutane and it worked wonders I had clear skin for maybe 2 years after that. I then began making my rounds through every drugstore and high end acne product out there to start the battle again, seeing dermatologists and always being prescribed retina which for me just makes my skin hurt. Finally I endured another round of acutane at 18, this time my face didn't clear up as well but it was manageable and I could go a couple weeks without a breakout which was great! Now 3 years later within about an eight week time span I'm back where I started, huge pustules cover my cheeks and jaw line, and the rest of my face has closed comodones. I went to the doctor and was prescribed doxycycline, she says to come back in a month to check on my progress. I feel like I need acutane again but I'm terrified of the dry scale like skin. I'm an adult now with a good job and I can't help but feel like everyone looking at me is assuming I'm a dirty teenager with my terrible skin. I take such good care of skin, all non comedegenic products, never sleep in makeup, 90% of my skin care is natural and yet the acne keeps coming. I can't leave the house without makeup, I haven't made eye contact with my roommate in weeks. I feel like I'm struggling to feel and look human lately. Not only does my face hurt but I'm emotionally hurting from acne. Every time I look in the mirror I see new bumps. My boyfriend tells me it's ok I'm still pretty. And then family members are always pointing it out. Everyone wants to recommend me products I've tried as if I don't try to treat it. I avoid going out its so bad and makeup doesn't do anything but make my skin crawl. It's taking a much bigger toll on my emotions as an adult than it ever did as a teen. And I'm just not sure how to cope as of late. :(


I understand what you're going through all too well. I've had acne since I was 12 and I'm 29 now...it definitely gets harder and harder to deal with the older I get. I've never been on accutane (I hadn't ever been to a dermatologist until a couple years ago and I wanted accutane to be my last resort) but I have been on doxycycline and it kept me 100% clear for about a year. The bad news is that I developed a resistance to it and my acne came raging back. Now I'm on spirinolactone and have seen a lot of improvement, though I'm still not completely clear after being on it for almost a year. Those are just my experiences though, there's no way to tell what will work for you.

As for coping with the emotional pain that acne causes, I wish I could tell you I have that one figured out after all my years of experience but unfortunately I don't :/ Just remember that you are your own worst critic and the people who genuinely care about you don't judge you for having acne. I tend to avoid going out and I push people away when my skin is at its worst but all that does is make me fixate on my acne even more while I sit at home alone. I know how difficult it is, but try to still be social and allow people to be there for you rather than shutting them out. And if the people in your life are just driving you insane with their well-meaning but annoying suggestions on how to cure your acne (believe me, I know how aggravating that is!) you can always come on here to vent to people who actually understand exactly how you're feeling. You can even send me a PM if you want. :)

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I have auto immune disorders that are contributing to my acne. Feel free to check out my blogs. I use all natural products. Seriously. Toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, I use apple cider vinegar, honey, oils, ect. There is usually an underlying gut issue contributing to purging acne skin. My skin has gotten better in the past couple of months. I smoke weed so I'm thinking about making edibles with coconut oil because smoking is really bad for (anyone in general) but especially those with thyroid conditions like myself.

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Like its been said, you are definitely not alone.  I too am a multiple time user of accutane and alas, still have acne.  I have also been to countless naturopaths, herbalists, dieticians and tried all the diets from paleo to dairy/gluten free to giving up meat.  

The point is that this is a process so try to stay encouraged.  I would recommend to try diet changes if you haven't and if you are female, look into spiro or BC.

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On 01/08/2016 at 1:26 AM, leelowe1 said:

Like its been said, you are definitely not alone.  I too am a multiple time user of accutane and alas, still have acne.  I have also been to countless naturopaths, herbalists, dieticians and tried all the diets from paleo to dairy/gluten free to giving up meat.  

But no Accutane?

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