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oh cool the day after that post I have 2 new pimples.

focus on the good things, any good things, even just one thing going on in your life is acne is getting to much of a heavy burden.

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hmmm. i feel okay! starting 3rd month of accutane, and i'm really starting to clear up. acne is mentally/emotionally painful, but it can also be physically painful - it hurts less and less to wash my face. i'm also thinking about not wearing makeup anymore, but that's such a big step. very few people have ever seen me without makeup. maybe someday soon.

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Seriously thinking that this condition is going to be the death of me. Solving my acne is complicated with my other health issues and I feel like i should give up. All the advice given has failed. Natural routes have failed. Chemical routes have failed. Accutane had failed. The condition of my skin and state of my health is not the norm. Maybe i am a part of that failure rate of people who's acne cannot be controlled.

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It's strange to be almost clear again, and spending time looking at my whole face in the mirror instead of just seeing the flaws and zeroing in on those. I'm taking time putting on sexy eye and lip makeup instead of just trying to get the foundation to look passable.

Realized I'd been neglecting my physical activity with all this nutrition and herbs, but a few extra pounds suits me. Acne had sapped my appetite and I was underweight at the darkest, most hopeless part of this horrible breakout.

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Just when I think it can't get any worse, it does. Face is inflamed and the one bright spot, my forehead, is breaking out too. Acne is such a mind trip that most people will never truly understand

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Not feeling good today. Picked after 11 days of not picking. I'm mad at myself for picking, but at the same time it feels like a relief to have all that junk out of my pores. I really wish they would stop filling up. They're starting to scar :(

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It's starting to leave my daily worries.

Just realized how good it feels to feel free

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Now my hair is thinning and falling out. Must be stress, as there's no baldness in my family. At least a shaved head suits me, and helps me feel cleaner and fresher.

Will have to come to terms with the fact that God wants me to be unattractive. I have a really good career, and can devote myself to that.

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im so depressed its just imposible to tell. my pal has such a perfect, flawless, smooth, fresh, ABSOLUTELY healthy unaffected face skin, like it havent even been touched, not a single micro spot is wrong.

while i have such a screwed up, devastated burn victims face tht looks worse than fuking leather. rly i could compare it to all shitty things in the world..

rare person tht i can relate to with so much, several specifics like mine nd who can tolerate me n more. alot of it so unreal. bt if god has blessed me like this i will never ever fucking ever goin to meet this person! just fucking no. and most importantly? never hv skin like that!

it feels like my mind is dying, feeling so intense, and soul is just not there anymore

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Just got over lipline/corner of lip zits a week or two ago and now a new one, big at the right corner of my lips. Painful as hell, I swear I got a headache because of it and took an aspirin, I believe a first for me - if not it' been a while. Frustrating.

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Having a hard time believing the face in the mirror belongs to me. I have faith that I will get through this but the day to day living is tough, especially when it comes to facing people.

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I went to the derm yesterday and he gave me doxy 100mg, and to be honest i felt like shit because i felt like my skin was doing better, right now i only have like 4 active spots along the jawline, so i was all cool like i dont have acne, just a couple spots here and there like any other 20 year old guy, and then boom, the derm tells me i should take antibiotics.

I thinks its because im the whitest person to walk in earth since michael jackson passed away so any red mark stands out a lot more than it would on a tanned person

Also, does doxy give you an initial breakout? Because im going back to college in a couple weeks and you know, i obviously dont want to go back all broken out

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Feeling hopeless....uterly hopeless.....no end in sight and i want to give up and give in. Never thought i'd be back at this point in my life.

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On 9/4/2014 at 9:52 PM, greenboi said:

I went to the derm yesterday and he gave me doxy 100mg, and to be honest i felt like shit because i felt like my skin was doing better, right now i only have like 4 active spots along the jawline, so i was all cool like i dont have acne, just a couple spots here and there like any other 20 year old guy, and then boom, the derm tells me i should take antibiotics.

I thinks its because im the whitest person to walk in earth since michael jackson passed away so any red mark stands out a lot more than it would on a tanned person

Also, does doxy give you an initial breakout? Because im going back to college in a couple weeks and you know, i obviously dont want to go back all broken out

Haha I know exactly what you mean with the pale skin and the red marks showing up so easily / standing out so much

Just because the derm suggested doxy, doesn't mean you have to take it. If you're ok with how your skin is right now then just keep doing what you have been doing. You can always take doxy later if you feel like you do start to 'need' it.

I took doxy years ago. I can't remember for sure now if it did cause an initial breakout for me (I probably wouldn't have noticed because my skin was worse then...) but it did take time to work. It was about 3 months of taking it before I saw really noticeable results and my skin was under control. That's just me though. I've read stories here where it's worked more quickly for other people and stories where the results lasted longer after stopping doxy too.

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I went to the derm yesterday and he gave me doxy 100mg, and to be honest i felt like shit because i felt like my skin was doing better, right now i only have like 4 active spots along the jawline, so i was all cool like i dont have acne, just a couple spots here and there like any other 20 year old guy, and then boom, the derm tells me i should take antibiotics.

I thinks its because im the whitest person to walk in earth since michael jackson passed away so any red mark stands out a lot more than it would on a tanned person

Also, does doxy give you an initial breakout? Because im going back to college in a couple weeks and you know, i obviously dont want to go back all broken out

Haha I know exactly what you mean with the pale skin and the red marks showing up so easily / standing out so much

Just because the derm suggested doxy, doesn't mean you have to take it. If you're ok with how your skin is right now then just keep doing what you have been doing. You can always take doxy later if you feel like you do start to 'need' it.

I took doxy years ago. I can't remember for sure now if it did cause an initial breakout for me (I probably wouldn't have noticed because my skin was worse then...) but it did take time to work. It was about 3 months of taking it before I saw really noticeable results and my skin was under control. That's just me though. I've read stories here where it's worked more quickly for other people and stories where the results lasted longer after stopping doxy too.

Thanks for answering!! It's my second course, i took it for a pair of months a couple years back and i was acne free until this summer, so i decided to give it a go again. Just taken three pills amd im starting to breakout, i hope its an initial breakout that will be over before college starts, but im reading reviews about people whose acne got worse permanently with doxy, so now im all paranoid .

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I went to the derm yesterday and he gave me doxy 100mg, and to be honest i felt like shit because i felt like my skin was doing better, right now i only have like 4 active spots along the jawline, so i was all cool like i dont have acne, just a couple spots here and there like any other 20 year old guy, and then boom, the derm tells me i should take antibiotics.

I thinks its because im the whitest person to walk in earth since michael jackson passed away so any red mark stands out a lot more than it would on a tanned person

Also, does doxy give you an initial breakout? Because im going back to college in a couple weeks and you know, i obviously dont want to go back all broken out

Haha I know exactly what you mean with the pale skin and the red marks showing up so easily / standing out so much

Just because the derm suggested doxy, doesn't mean you have to take it. If you're ok with how your skin is right now then just keep doing what you have been doing. You can always take doxy later if you feel like you do start to 'need' it.

I took doxy years ago. I can't remember for sure now if it did cause an initial breakout for me (I probably wouldn't have noticed because my skin was worse then...) but it did take time to work. It was about 3 months of taking it before I saw really noticeable results and my skin was under control. That's just me though. I've read stories here where it's worked more quickly for other people and stories where the results lasted longer after stopping doxy too.

Thanks for answering!! It's my second course, i took it for a pair of months a couple years back and i was acne free until this summer, so i decided to give it a go again. Just taken three pills amd im starting to breakout, i hope its an initial breakout that will be over before college starts, but im reading reviews about people whose acne got worse permanently with doxy, so now im all paranoid .

No worries :)

That's good you've got that history of taking it ,so you can have an idea of how it might work for you this time too. Because of that, I wouldn't worry about those stories of people's acne getting 'permanently' worse.

Hope it goes well and any initial breakout doesn't stick around too long!

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Im feeling suicidal. Before taking doxy i had mild acne, 4 active spots or so. 4 pills after, i have around 12, including cyst is both my cheeks, where i havent had a pimple in my whole life, and those red marks are going to stay there for at least 2 months.

Im going to stop taking it, but im so afraid about quitting doxy in the middle of the initial breakout, i feel like my skin is gonna go crazy or something.

I had already told my parents that ill be probably skipping college this year, and they understood, so imagine how bad my skin is looking right now. My only chance is stop taking doxy and hope that this breakout calms down in around 2 weeks, but my skin is gonna look worse anyway just because of the red marks.

I still cant believe im going to lose one year of my life staying at my parents house because of acne

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i hate this fuck face so much

its a garbage

those 10 yrs hv been nothing bt hell n suffering, ive truly lived nly little number of days in all this huge ass of time, its just nt fking enough? i demand my best time back n i just wanna be pretty so so badly i cant even tell. why cant they discover n invent something revolutionary sooner already, i cant wait anymore, im just dying...

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I'm so depressed. The Regimen was working amazingly for me. I went several months zit free (a miracle!), but then I had to make a lifestyle change that made it all go to shit. For financial reasons, I had to go from living in an apartment alone to renting a room in someone's house. There's like 8 people and only 1 bathroom. I try to cut corners while doing the Regimen because I can hear people complaining that I'm taking too long in the bathroom. I stopped letting my face dry between steps, etc... Some nights I can't even do the Regimen because I can't get more than a minute or so in the bathroom without people banging on the door to go pee. Now my face had gone to shit again. Huge zits. I can't really afford to get an apartment right to have my own bathroom. I don't know what to do. So deppressed. I finally found a cure after 2 decades of acne, and I can't figure out how to fit it into my life anymore.

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Guys my activity around here has dropped off significantly in the past year (mostly due to being really busy) but I'm going to try to get back to a point where I check in at least once every few days. This forum helped me a lot during some rough times and I know how low the constant acne struggle can make someone feel.

A little update on me: I'm still on the Regimen. I use it only during the night and it's been the most effective treatment I have EVER used for my acne aside from a few semi-successful antibiotic treatments from the derm years ago. The Regimen is not a cure...but it definitely helps keep my acne under control and to the point where it's manageable. As I type this I have a pretty big spot on the upper side of my nose (a spot where the BP never goes) and a few small spots along my chin and upper lip. My chin has always been kind of a "hot spot" for me in terms of acne so even on the Regimen I get a fair amount of acne there.

I've had no major side effects to speak of from the Regimen (aside from the occasional itchy area of skin if I use too much BP on a certain section of skin) and I'm interested to hear if some of the people I used to talk to on here are still using the Regimen? How effective has it been for you guys? Any updates?

But yeah, my thoughts are with anyone who is struggling right now...I've been there and I know how hard it is.

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Breaking out a lot lately! Mostly across my jaw but some on my cheeks too :/ It's annoying but it's slowly getting better again. Still dealing with loads of red marks too. Overall my skin is probably the worst it's been in a while. But still loads better than pre-regimen. I've been super lazy with the regimen lately and also tried to reduce the amount of BP I use but obviously my skin doesn't like that. So that, combined with a bit of stress and a few other things going on are probably all creating this breakout.

I'm making an appointment to see a derm soon, really just to see what he says and find out what other things I can try. The regimen has been great for me but it's time consuming - and it's hard for me to maintain good results on it when I don't have the time to apply BP in the mornings. It keeps my skin under control, but doesn't keep my skin clear by only using it once a day. I'm also only using about 1 to 1 1/2 pumps at the moment. If I use 2 pumps that obviously gives me better results.

I've been carpooling with some girls from my uni to our 'work experience' / placement, and the other day on our drive, somehow the topic of skin / acne came up. My first reaction was to freeze - I don't talk about this stuff with people face-to-face. But it ended up being a great little conversation - we all swapped stories about how shitty acne can be and all the treatments we've tried, what helped, what didn't etc. A couple had taken accutane in the past. And I would never have guessed their skin bothered them now. Their skin looks 'normal' to me. Yeah, they'll have a little breakout now and then but to me it looks minor / mild and I've never thought anything of it. I had one of them comment the same to me - that they don't notice my skin (I find that hard to accept / believe but it was nice to hear). Anyway, it was nice to just openly chat about it a bit and have some people "in-real-life" who just get it. It actually made me feel a bit more self-confident, and weirdly, like I wasn't 'hiding a secret' or something like that...

On 9/11/2014 at 1:12 PM, Randall Flagg said:

Guys my activity around here has dropped off significantly in the past year (mostly due to being really busy) but I'm going to try to get back to a point where I check in at least once every few days. This forum helped me a lot during some rough times and I know how low the constant acne struggle can make someone feel.

A little update on me: I'm still on the Regimen. I use it only during the night and it's been the most effective treatment I have EVER used for my acne aside from a few semi-successful antibiotic treatments from the derm years ago. The Regimen is not a cure...but it definitely helps keep my acne under control and to the point where it's manageable. As I type this I have a pretty big spot on the upper side of my nose (a spot where the BP never goes) and a few small spots along my chin and upper lip. My chin has always been kind of a "hot spot" for me in terms of acne so even on the Regimen I get a fair amount of acne there.

I've had no major side effects to speak of from the Regimen (aside from the occasional itchy area of skin if I use too much BP on a certain section of skin) and I'm interested to hear if some of the people I used to talk to on here are still using the Regimen? How effective has it been for you guys? Any updates?

But yeah, my thoughts are with anyone who is struggling right now...I've been there and I know how hard it is.

Hey Randall - good to see you around again

That's great the regimen seems to still be working well for you. I agree that it's been one of the most effective treatments I've tried for my acne and I'd recommended it to people. I am still using it, albeit lazily, as I mentioned above. When I'm it more religiously and using the full 2 pumps once a day, then my skin is a lot more under control.

Do you see yourself sticking with it for the time being?

On 9/8/2014 at 6:38 PM, greenboi said:

Im feeling suicidal. Before taking doxy i had mild acne, 4 active spots or so. 4 pills after, i have around 12, including cyst is both my cheeks, where i havent had a pimple in my whole life, and those red marks are going to stay there for at least 2 months.

Im going to stop taking it, but im so afraid about quitting doxy in the middle of the initial breakout, i feel like my skin is gonna go crazy or something.

I had already told my parents that ill be probably skipping college this year, and they understood, so imagine how bad my skin is looking right now. My only chance is stop taking doxy and hope that this breakout calms down in around 2 weeks, but my skin is gonna look worse anyway just because of the red marks.

I still cant believe im going to lose one year of my life staying at my parents house because of acne

Sorry to hear that

How are you doing now? Hope you're feeling better and the breakout is starting to improve. Did you end up stopping doxy?

I know the feeling of wanting to skip out on college / hide away because of your skin. But I also feel like you can't put your life on hold because of acne. I know I let myself miss out on things in the past because I let my skin 'control me' like that, but I really try not to do that now. It's easier said than done, but it's worth it. And remember you are more than your skin!

On 9/11/2014 at 11:25 AM, aeris7 said:

I'm so depressed. The Regimen was working amazingly for me. I went several months zit free (a miracle!), but then I had to make a lifestyle change that made it all go to shit. For financial reasons, I had to go from living in an apartment alone to renting a room in someone's house. There's like 8 people and only 1 bathroom. I try to cut corners while doing the Regimen because I can hear people complaining that I'm taking too long in the bathroom. I stopped letting my face dry between steps, etc... Some nights I can't even do the Regimen because I can't get more than a minute or so in the bathroom without people banging on the door to go pee. Now my face had gone to shit again. Huge zits. I can't really afford to get an apartment right to have my own bathroom. I don't know what to do. So deppressed. I finally found a cure after 2 decades of acne, and I can't figure out how to fit it into my life anymore.

Sorry to hear about this too

I also struggle with getting the regimen to fit in with my life - I just don't have the time in the mornings to go through it all. And when I have had the time, I can't manage to get makeup to work over the top of it. And I feel like I need foundation too much to just not wear it...

Do you have your own room where you're staying? Could you get a mirror for there and apply the BP and moisturiser there, out of the bathroom? Even if it's a shared bedroom, you could just apply it there anyway. Who cares what they think? :P If anyone asks, just tell them you like having time to 'pamper your skin' or you like sticking to a skin routine and this happens to be yours and that it's not big deal. And really it isn't, all you're doing it applying some creams :) I find that if you say something confidently to someone, then that's how they feel about it too, if that makes sense. Anyway, hope you figure out a way to fit the regimen back in to your day, seeing as you said it worked so well for you :)

Hang in there everyone - You're definitely not alone in what you're going through or in how you're feeling.

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Im feeling suicidal. Before taking doxy i had mild acne, 4 active spots or so. 4 pills after, i have around 12, including cyst is both my cheeks, where i havent had a pimple in my whole life, and those red marks are going to stay there for at least 2 months.

Im going to stop taking it, but im so afraid about quitting doxy in the middle of the initial breakout, i feel like my skin is gonna go crazy or something.

I had already told my parents that ill be probably skipping college this year, and they understood, so imagine how bad my skin is looking right now. My only chance is stop taking doxy and hope that this breakout calms down in around 2 weeks, but my skin is gonna look worse anyway just because of the red marks.

I still cant believe im going to lose one year of my life staying at my parents house because of acne

Sorry to hear that

How are you doing now? Hope you're feeling better and the breakout is starting to improve. Did you end up stopping doxy?

I know the feeling of wanting to skip out on college / hide away because of your skin. But I also feel like you can't put your life on hold because of acne. I know I let myself miss out on things in the past because I let my skin 'control me' like that, but I really try not to do that now. It's easier said than done, but it's worth it. And remember you are more than your skin!

thank you for your interest Lilly!

I stopped the doxy last sunday, because it was making me breakout like ive never done before, and i would rather have mild acne in the chin (if i take care of my skin) during the year than not having any active acne but the whole face full of red marks.

Since i stopped the doxy, i havent had any more breakouts, even one cyst which was forming under my skin dissapeared on its own. One cyst in my chin developed 3 heads, and the ones in my cheeks look a lot less inflamed, though they seem to have a hundred year old roots.

Overall my skin looks much better, and im thinking about going to college, just not during the first month because im still very incomfortable talking face to face to people, i think my 3 headed cyst is just disrespectful to society.

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