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Skin looked pretty good today, no new blemishes, and I went out without makeup today and felt comfortable showing my bare face. :)

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Hey Gunnke are you on meds or ever been on meds and if so would you recommend it? If I do decide to take the plunge and take meds would I have to take them for the rest of my life just to feel normal?

CBT sounds like bullshit to be honest from what I've read. There isn't anything some doctor can say that will make us feel any better, but meds might work. I just don't want to become dependent on them I just want to get through this rough time that I'm having and give a fuck about working out and taking care of myself again.

By the way yea I see what you have on your neck and I'm probably saying this because I was 100 times worse than you but it doesn't look like a big deal to me. But I do understand how you can be self conscious about it, trust me I know all about being self conscious. Imagine what you have on your neck all over your jawline, temple and cheeks and thats what I had in my 20's. I have the scars to prove it and it messes with me everyday.

Frank L, I am not currently on meds - however, in the past, I have taken amitriptyline and citalopram. Right now I would personally not take meds as they just dull you thoughts rather than deal with what caused you to become depressed in the first place. However, if someone is in a really bad place, meds can help to lift their mood and give them the impetus to do something about their situation. I am by no means an expert but in my opinion it all depends on the individual, their circumstances and the severity of their depression etc as to whether or not they take meds. Meds do not have to be for life - they can be a short term or a long term thing. Again it depends on the individual.

I am feeling a lot more positive today. I am still a bit broken out but it appears to be less red and there is nothing new forming so hopefully it will clear up in a few days. Pretty certain it is down to the fact that I have eaten quite a lot of bread in the past couple of weeks. This again was something that I agreed to do in conjunction with my CBT therapist and at first it had no affect whatsoever. However, within the space of a few days I completely broke out. I never normally eat bread so will go back to not eating it and see what happens.

Still undecided what to do about CBT. I have another session today so will voice my concerns when I see the therapist and see how it goes.

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Today, somebody stared at me in disbelief. "You used too much foundation cream, you are orange, it's strange."

It was not foundation cream, it was Epiduo, that I use every night.

So, today, I feel hot and red. I'm on fire.

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i am not even sure what i have got on my face.

i have pictures here -

i am really sad and stressed..i actually cried twice last night after a long long time.

although its not just my acne but personal reasons too.

i see old days of sickness and loneliness coming back.

*pain*

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i am not even sure what i have got on my face.

i have pictures here -

i am really sad and stressed..i actually cried twice last night after a long long time.

although its not just my acne but personal reasons too.

i see old days of sickness and loneliness coming back.

*pain*

Didi aap itni sad? aap toh meri idol ho when it comes to confidence :). Yes,we all have bad times and they suck... But stressing over it would make things worse.Listen to "Dil hai chota sa,choti si asha song".(If you can understand hindi well).It will soothe you. Well,it soothes me.As far as sickness and loneliness is concerned ,we have a beautiful community here.I always talk to people here when i feel lonely.You do the same . Also talk to your friends and loved ones randomly on phone when you feel lonely.It really helps.

Cheer up di comfort.gif

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I stupidly picked at a blackhead last night that has been embedded in my skin for a while, causing it to bleed and all that. Now I have a red mark on my face...and it'll be a new dark spot. Even though I was kicking myself for it this morning, I actually am in a really good mood. The rest of my skin looks great, I think this new La Roche Posay cleanser is really working. I don't care about one mark on my face. It'll go away within a week at most and then it'll fade with time. :)

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I love that feeling of seeing the red marks fade! Most of the ones I had from my severe acne on my forehead are totally gone now. After a certain point my skin is going to be one solid color. I can't even remember a time in the last 10 years when that happened.

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I haven't tried CBT but I tried biofeedback. I think every bit helps when it comes to fighting acne.

Update: I just moved to a new city, don't know many people here. Starting a new job next month and in the mean time I'm very broke. But surprisingly my skin is doing fine considering the stress of moving, lack of sleep, and being around lots of dust. I don't think it will ever go back to "normal" because the rolling scars are too noticeable to me. I'm too embarrassed to ask my friends about my face because I don't want them to think I'm superficial. And my family lives too far away so I have noone to tell me if I look normal or deformed. I don't know anymore. Some days I feel normal with makeup on, and other days I think I will never emotionally heal. I look at pictures of myself from some months ago and can't even recognize that person anymore. neutral.gif I guess we should be happy with what we got because there are no guarantees in life.

Ditto.I have rolling scars too And all on the right cheek.My right cheek bone always gets victimized sad.png.For now i'm close to my mother .So i'm feeling good.Don't know what will happen tomorrow.I'll be in college with my friends.There won't be anyone ... Who would i share my acne woes with...

By the way.You should cheer up. Because pretty women ain't got no worries smile.png

If only that were true...but thanks anyway rolleyes.gif

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i am not even sure what i have got on my face.

i have pictures here -

i am really sad and stressed..i actually cried twice last night after a long long time.

although its not just my acne but personal reasons too.

i see old days of sickness and loneliness coming back.

*pain*

Didi aap itni sad? aap toh meri idol ho when it comes to confidence smile.png. Yes,we all have bad times and they suck... But stressing over it would make things worse.Listen to "Dil hai chota sa,choti si asha song".(If you can understand hindi well).It will soothe you. Well,it soothes me.As far as sickness and loneliness is concerned ,we have a beautiful community here.I always talk to people here when i feel lonely.You do the same . Also talk to your friends and loved ones randomly on phone when you feel lonely.It really helps.

Cheer up di comfort.gif

my problem is i have frnds who are either too busy or just less interested.

i know sounds bad but i dnt blame them.

and its got nothing to do with acne or looks or anything!

its just that i have very very few frnds i trust and considering that i have less/no choice.

i am having really hard time personally and professionally.

plus this strange thing thats just happened last night.

screwed!

i am trying my best to not break down and i will keep trying until i succeed.

thank u for ur words bhai.

really means to me.

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I'm feeling awful today :( I'm about to start a new job in a cafe bar and I just can't bring myself to leave the house looking like this. Honestly, if there was some form of all over male foundation I could wear which would look natural, I'd go for it! It's ridiculous, I'm sitting here, almost late for work as it is, having a panic attack not wanting to leave, all because of my skin. I even got up 2 and a half hours before I need to leave the house, just so I could give my skin plenty of time to calm down beforehand. Why can't this acne battle be over?? Life used to be so much simpler :(

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I'm feeling awful today sad.png I'm about to start a new job in a cafe bar and I just can't bring myself to leave the house looking like this. Honestly, if there was some form of all over male foundation I could wear which would look natural, I'd go for it! It's ridiculous, I'm sitting here, almost late for work as it is, having a panic attack not wanting to leave, all because of my skin. I even got up 2 and a half hours before I need to leave the house, just so I could give my skin plenty of time to calm down beforehand. Why can't this acne battle be over?? Life used to be so much simpler sad.png

I know some guys who wear mineral makeup and it looks natural. Maybe try to find the right shade for your skin tone and see if you can pull it off? If you pick a loose powder foundation that doesn't block your pores then it can actually help your skin heal. Find a brand with the fewest ingredients possible, for sensitive skin, and preferably with zinc oxide.

I saw that you use Burt's bees products....I tried them, but honestly they made my skin look worse. I now use mineral fusion, which is a more "natural" line than burt's bees, and I'm loving it. FYI I'm not a salesperson lol.

But really, don't sweat it that much. You have a job, that's the most important part. I know it's hard to work in a place where you have to interact with people all the time, but try not to stress about it too much as that can make the acne worse.

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I am back to my college today.Living with my mates in our new apartment now.While i miss my parents so much :( ,i have mixed feelings.I'm excited about my life here .A beginning of a new college year :) . Fortunately my friend had already set up the wi-fi here before i came.So i can still connect to my family here :)

Regarding acne.It's pretty good . Love ya people ::)

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So the picked blackhead kind of turned into a zit so I popped it...I think I got everything out which hopefully means that stupid blackhead is finally gone!! Kind of messed up though that I had to scratch up my skin to get it out.... :/ Oh well. It's scabbed over now, which means it's healing, and in a few days the scab will fall off. I hope it looks better before I have to work again though cause I'd prefer to not have a scab at work! But whatever...the rest of my skin is looking really good. I'm excited to see the new derm in a few days who will hopefully get me started on a new treatment for my hormonal acne!

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its not just acne.

i think its contact dermititis and i am clueless why i would have it.for what allergen.

i cried.

a lot.

nothing is working it seems.

my personal life,professional life and now my right cheek is red,swollen and itchy.

i admit i felt suicidal after ages.

again.

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its not just acne.

i think its contact dermititis and i am clueless why i would have it.for what allergen.

i cried.

a lot.

nothing is working it seems.

my personal life,professional life and now my right cheek is red,swollen and itchy.

i admit i felt suicidal after ages.

again.

Hang in there, don't give up! You are one of the most positive and helpful people on this forum, I'm sure you will beat this.

Crying and feeling depressed only make skin problems worse. Go outside, take a walk, watch a movie - anything to get your mind off the things that are making you sad.

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Today I got a couple of whiteheads (as per) and they've cleared up during the day. I'm kinda content with my skins current state. Yeah I break out, but the texture of my skin is really nice right now. The top part of my face looks like I never even had acne there, no more red marks! I still have my small pitted scars, but those aren't red or anything.

As I was writing this post, I felt my nose and I now have another little addition, but I'm sure it will be gone tomorrow! I hope so anyways, since I'm attending a wedding...

Hopefully I'll stop getting whiteheads eventually, they're nasty little blighters. I obviously cannot compare to cystic acne and I really do sympathise with those which have more severe cases.

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So the picked blackhead kind of turned into a zit so I popped it...I think I got everything out which hopefully means that stupid blackhead is finally gone!! Kind of messed up though that I had to scratch up my skin to get it out.... :/ Oh well. It's scabbed over now, which means it's healing, and in a few days the scab will fall off. I hope it looks better before I have to work again though cause I'd prefer to not have a scab at work! But whatever...the rest of my skin is looking really good. I'm excited to see the new derm in a few days who will hopefully get me started on a new treatment for my hormonal acne!

Ugh that happens to me every time. There will be a big clogged pore that will last ages, it will finally come out (usually I have to get it out or it will just stay forever) and then the next day I get a big huge zit in the spot where it was.

My skin is doing okay. Mostly clear. The one big one I got from eating tons of potatoes is just a red mark now. No soreness anymore, so that's good.

I worked my last day cleaning today also! Woo hoo! No more getting up at 6am, no more having to stare in the mirror while I clean, nothing. I'm officially a working writer. smile.png

edit-- made another get ready with me video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jieT8YZLlMM&feature=youtu.be

And yeah I shaved part of my head! I always wanted to do that but I spent way too many years growing my hair super long--so I just shaved one side.

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Feeling a lot more positive today. The breakout that I posted a photo of on Sunday is still there but it is a lot less red and is slowly going. Furthermore, there is nothing new forming so I have gotta be happy with that!

Had another CBT session yesterday. Talked in depth about how that small breakout caused me to go into total meltdown. Basically, we came to the conclusion that it was a blip and not to beat myself up for reacting that way. Also discussed some of the tasks and experiments that I have undertaken in the past few weeks. Going over these was helpful as they have provided evidence that my skin does not reflect the whole persona that is me and in the main, people do not judge or care about my skin. Due to what happened at the weekend, I was going to give up CBT but yesterday`s session has given me hope that in the long run,CBT will be beneficial - even though it may be a case of two steps forward and one step back at times.

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I love all the positive posts on here. I tried to like all of them, but got a message that said I reached my quota for liking posts. What the...? I didn't know there was a "like" maximum on here. haha.

Acne update: My breakouts have moved downwards to my chin. I guess that's good? My cheeks are not getting attacked as much anymore. I'm hoping the acne will keep moving downwards and disappear. Has anyone noticed a pattern in their acne, where it moves from one part of your face to another?

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Oh wow... Have not logged in for like 3 months now... I think.... I've had work since... Finally..... And at least no discrimination at how i look like in my workplace........ Made a few friends... (Who knew?) ......

Still am breaking out.... The ones that is in sync with womens time of the month........ There would still be times where i'd cry myself to sleep... Feeling the bumps and lumps on my face.... It really gets tiring....

On the brighter side.. I think... This july would be my last month of my 2nd accutane course... Whew.... What will happen to my face by august? I have no idea......... What i know is that i'm gonna keep on fighting..... What i've learned these past few months is that you only get to live once... And your greatest fear and weakness, will become your greatest strength..... I might say this now, and then go back at a later time and think, " well, i'm still worthless.... And zit- full...." But it would be nice to see that i am still capable of that thing called HOPE..........

Oh wow... Have not logged in for like 3 months now... I think.... I've had work since... Finally..... And at least no discrimination at how i look like in my workplace........ Made a few friends... (Who knew?) ......

Still am breaking out.... The ones that is in sync with womens time of the month........ There would still be times where i'd cry myself to sleep... Feeling the bumps and lumps on my face.... It really gets tiring....

On the brighter side.. I think... This july would be my last month of my 2nd accutane course... Whew.... What will happen to my face by august? I have no idea......... What i know is that i'm gonna keep on fighting..... What i've learned these past few months is that you only get to live once... And your greatest fear and weakness, will become your greatest strength..... I might say this now, and then go back at a later time and think, " well, i'm still worthless.... And zit- full...." But it would be nice to see that i am still capable of that thing called HOPE..........

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So the picked blackhead kind of turned into a zit so I popped it...I think I got everything out which hopefully means that stupid blackhead is finally gone!! Kind of messed up though that I had to scratch up my skin to get it out.... :/ Oh well. It's scabbed over now, which means it's healing, and in a few days the scab will fall off. I hope it looks better before I have to work again though cause I'd prefer to not have a scab at work! But whatever...the rest of my skin is looking really good. I'm excited to see the new derm in a few days who will hopefully get me started on a new treatment for my hormonal acne!

Ugh that happens to me every time. There will be a big clogged pore that will last ages, it will finally come out (usually I have to get it out or it will just stay forever) and then the next day I get a big huge zit in the spot where it was.

My skin is doing okay. Mostly clear. The one big one I got from eating tons of potatoes is just a red mark now. No soreness anymore, so that's good.

I worked my last day cleaning today also! Woo hoo! No more getting up at 6am, no more having to stare in the mirror while I clean, nothing. I'm officially a working writer. smile.png

edit-- made another get ready with me video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jieT8YZLlMM&feature=youtu.be

And yeah I shaved part of my head! I always wanted to do that but I spent way too many years growing my hair super long--so I just shaved one side.

WOW your skin looks great! Wouldn't have even guessed you ever had acne.

Blahhh this scab is so annoying. I've wanted to do some stuff but I don't want to go out in public with a big red scab on my face...and I'm too scared to put concealer on it now while it's still healing. Agh. My mom wants to go to the movies tomorrow so I guess I'll either have to suck it up and go without makeup or try to cover it up. I'd rather just wait until it falls off. :/ A part of me is a little worried it'll leave a really bad scar but none of my 'scratches' have ever done that before...so this one most likely won't. I swear though, if that blackhead is still there after all this, I'll be pissed...and I'll also never touch it again.

Regardless, the rest of my skin looks great. So clear. I just started using this new stuff from Tarte called Pure Maracuja Oil. I got it for free since I had Beauty Insider points at Sephora :) But so far, I really like it! I have oily-combination skin and I was worried about putting pure oil on my face, but it absorbs quickly and doesn't make me any oilier. You only put it on at night before bed, so I've woken up to fresher looking skin in the morning when I've used it. I'm not sure if it has any impact on acne but it's made my skin softer and more even toned, I think. I'm not sure if I'll buy the full size eventually, though.

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My skin is doing okay. Mostly clear. The one big one I got from eating tons of potatoes is just a red mark now. No soreness anymore, so that's good.

I worked my last day cleaning today also! Woo hoo! No more getting up at 6am, no more having to stare in the mirror while I clean, nothing. I'm officially a working writer. smile.png

edit-- made another get ready with me video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jieT8YZLlMM&feature=youtu.be

And yeah I shaved part of my head! I always wanted to do that but I spent way too many years growing my hair super long--so I just shaved one side.

Deja! You're skin is looking so good :) And I like the hair too

Congrats on officially working as a writer - hope it goes well :)

I love all the positive posts on here. I tried to like all of them, but got a message that said I reached my quota for liking posts. What the...? I didn't know there was a "like" maximum on here. haha.

Acne update: My breakouts have moved downwards to my chin. I guess that's good? My cheeks are not getting attacked as much anymore. I'm hoping the acne will keep moving downwards and disappear. Has anyone noticed a pattern in their acne, where it moves from one part of your face to another?

Yes this happened to me a while ago. My acne seemed to move more to just the sides and lower parts of my face - which was awesome because I love when the skin under my eyes / apples of cheecks is clear (if that makes sense) When I'm clear there I feel more confident because when I'm looking directly at someone it looks as though my skin is pretty clear. :) I did worry that my acne moving down to my jaw meant that it was becomming a bigger hormonal issue (my doctor told me there's a possibility I could be 'starting to develop' PCOS).

But it didn't really last for me, unfortunately. Though the good thing is that the breakouts I've been getting on my cheeks and forehead again are pretty small - so it's a bit easier to deal with.

Hope it lasts / gets even better for you though!:)

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So the picked blackhead kind of turned into a zit so I popped it...I think I got everything out which hopefully means that stupid blackhead is finally gone!! Kind of messed up though that I had to scratch up my skin to get it out.... :/ Oh well. It's scabbed over now, which means it's healing, and in a few days the scab will fall off. I hope it looks better before I have to work again though cause I'd prefer to not have a scab at work! But whatever...the rest of my skin is looking really good. I'm excited to see the new derm in a few days who will hopefully get me started on a new treatment for my hormonal acne!

Ugh that happens to me every time. There will be a big clogged pore that will last ages, it will finally come out (usually I have to get it out or it will just stay forever) and then the next day I get a big huge zit in the spot where it was.

My skin is doing okay. Mostly clear. The one big one I got from eating tons of potatoes is just a red mark now. No soreness anymore, so that's good.

I worked my last day cleaning today also! Woo hoo! No more getting up at 6am, no more having to stare in the mirror while I clean, nothing. I'm officially a working writer. smile.png

edit-- made another get ready with me video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jieT8YZLlMM&feature=youtu.be

And yeah I shaved part of my head! I always wanted to do that but I spent way too many years growing my hair super long--so I just shaved one side.

Your skin looks amazing! Congrats!

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