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I am feeling annoyed and defeated that at 36 I still stress over how my face looks each when I step out into the world. My face has improved over the years, but it takes it toll still being so self conscience about my face. Its still severely oily. I was actually looking forward to dry and wrinkle skin in my 30's thinking my oil would decrease. So embarrassing constantly having to blot my face and cover up my bumpy skin .

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Why do all good things come an end... Yestersaday morning I was hapyy my skin was doing good and so I tought this is was a good opportunity for me to go out and put a little makeup to feel better about myself.

Everything was going great. Until I broke out in hives on my face (chronic urticaria). I was feeling so ugly plus in the city there was only pretty girls with nice makeup amd etc.. I just wanted to go home and cry. Wish is what I did.

But the bad stories doesnt end here. After so much hard crying (panick attack) i went to the bathroom and saw my skin around my eyes full of red pint points (petechiae) I was having such a pretty skin this the morning and in less then 6 hours it went to disgusting.

Now today I woke up with some bad pimples of course. My petechiae is still here and I will surelly like everyday break out in hives on my face. This next days days will be torture for me

i just want to sleep and never wake up :'(

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I've been on accutane for five months and been relatively pimple-clear, although I still have a few tiny bumps and very red pigmentation. However, I was beginning to feel slightly more comfortable..

Then the past week I've broken out all around my jaw in about 7 whiteheads.. I never broke out there before! It's slightly discouraging to be breaking ouy still this far into treatment

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Bad day for me, looked like I was making some improvement and now red marks popping up all over my jaw area and cheeks.

My diet is clean, I live a healthy and active lifestyle, I never had this problem growing up so there must be something that can cure this.

Literally give up with this shit.

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Horrible day for me. Huge cysts and pimples apperead today. I look horrible I cryed all day. I even had a fight with my father cuz he doesnt understand.

I was feeling myself pretty 4 days ago and now I look ugly with this massive breakout (time of the month). I feel alone and horrible I just want to dissapear and never wake up.... I hate acne I HATE IT!!!!

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Im feeling ok. My skin is making very slow progress. But progress nonetheless. I have finally accepted my bad skin for what it is right now. Its a battle I will be fighting for a long time and I need to accept it to grow from it and use my negative energy into trying to find my control or maybe cure! I used to have severe acne. Every cyst left a scar and insane PIH. I now have mild comedonal acne with maybe one papule at a time. Scars have faded and the only ones I still have are hidden when I wear my hair down. I have come this far (12 years) and improved it so my face isnt deformed from the HUMUNGOUS cysts so today I am proud of how far I have come with this battle. I can only continue and hope one day I can wake up, look in a mirror and say "you look good" one day... :)

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Since my cystic acne cleared up, I have been hypervigilant to any sort of growth on my face. Even the slightest bump scares me and I worry that my entire face will break out once again like it did 5 months ago when I had like a gazillion cysts. I have one new cyst on my jawline right now and even though it's just one, I find myself worrying that history is going to repeat itself all over again.

Acne is a never-ending battle. Even when it's gone, there's always this worry of it happening again. So done with this shit I just want to let go and live.

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I feel like my face is finally recovering from the horrible breakout I had 2 weeks ago. But I feel pretty down, because I have to be extremely strict with my diet to achieve mediocre results. Heh.

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Recovered from my jaw breakout so when I put concealer over the two red marks on my right cheek I look clear..

I can never relax though! I always feel like I live one day at a time and I can't make plans.. For all I know today could be good but tomorrow I wake up with a collection of new spots!

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Like hell. Had my acne controlled somewhat with low carb dieting, then I started getting cystic acne again. Cut out all alcohol and smoking recently, and my face was flawless for a good 2 weeks. Now, cystic acne seems to be coming back. I just don't understand this disease.

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Tired of people diminishing my feelings regarding my acne. Everyone will not have the same severity of acne so why do people feel it's their God given right to tell others to stop complaining because it's not that bad? You would think having been a survivor people would be more compassionate. Let us remember that this site wasn't created for only severe acne sufferers. Just because you're clear, don't forget where you started from as its by the Grace of God you're not back there.

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Bad but not as bad as I usually get with breakouts. It's small and localised that I am greatful for. But still. I just wish for a week without a breakout. Like I feel it's not even that much of a big thing to ask for after going through around 500 weeks with breakouts lol.

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I (finally) have a derm appointment tomorrow! I've been on a waiting list for a few months now. And even though I've had acne in varying severities since I was about 13 (I'm 22 now), I've never actually been to a derm. I've just gone with the advice from my GP which was fine, but it'll be nice to see a specialist and get their opinion / advice now. It'll be weird for me to leave the house without makeup to go the appointment, but it'll be fine.

Overall, my acne / skin doesn't get to me as much as it used to even though it's still moderate acne in my opinion. I of course still have my moments where it does get me down, but I've been managing it a lot better now.

Hope you're all doing well. Hang in there :comfort:

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Finding my center in something more profound than my skin. This life is fleeting and we're all in transition. The lessons to be learned from this can be priceless. You learn a lot about yourself and other people. I hate going through this but I figure it could always be worse.

For everyone feeling like they're struggling, know that:

You're not alone

There's a plan for your life

You were made for so much more

You'll see people for who they really are (good and bad)

You'll learn a lot about yourself

Sometimes being down on your face means that you can finally start looking up.

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Time to vent a little after the derm appointment I had today...

The derm thinks that what I'll have to end up doing is to take accutane. I'm not too keen on that and I was annoyed that it was pretty much the first thing she said to me when I walked in. She was great though and just explained it all to me, but wasn't pressuring me into agreeing to take it. She just wants me to consider it. For now though I have a prescription for epiduo and a lot of erythromycin. I'm a little cautious about taking so much of it (it'll start off at 400mg AM/PM and work up to being 800mg in the AM and PM) so I think I might seek another opinion from my GP first just to ease my mind a bit before starting it (and the epiduo).

Overall, I'm a bit worried about starting something new and having my skin break out more than it already is. But starting soon would be good - might have clearer skin by the time I graduate at the end of the year :P And I know I need to try something new - what I'm doing now isn't helping so much.

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Yeah another day of breakout >_>

Im tired of having pimples everyday. Why does everyone that I see have better/clear skin??

Im ending this day with an angry feeling inside me.

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alright i've been doing a lot of thinking and it honestly pisses me off that SO many people today have acne and dermatologists don't have good options to help us. either the options 1. don't work or 2. are dangerous drugs that could potentially kill you or have permanent negative side effects. the drugs prescribed for acne weren't even meant for acne. it's ridiculous! acne is a skin condition and dermatologists today need to be able to figure something out. scientists and doctors need to create something better. i don't care if it's a cream, or some sort of magical device, but there has got to be more done for acne sufferers.

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alright i've been doing a lot of thinking and it honestly pisses me off that SO many people today have acne and dermatologists don't have good options to help us. either the options 1. don't work or 2. are dangerous drugs that could potentially kill you or have permanent negative side effects. the drugs prescribed for acne weren't even meant for acne. it's ridiculous! acne is a skin condition and dermatologists today need to be able to figure something out. scientists and doctors need to create something better. i don't care if it's a cream, or some sort of magical device, but there has got to be more done for acne sufferers.

I hear your frustration loud and clear. You can't blame derms though as they prescribe what they've learned about. The same can be said for the holistic people I have seen. Acne is so unique that no one thing will help 100% of people 100% of the time. From a Christian point of view, we live in a word that is chock full of sin so bad things happen to everybody no matter if you deserve it or not. The best way to deal with it is however you can. For me, I am trusting that God has this as part of my growing/maturing plan.

Time to vent a little after the derm appointment I had today...

The derm thinks that what I'll have to end up doing is to take accutane. I'm not too keen on that and I was annoyed that it was pretty much the first thing she said to me when I walked in. She was great though and just explained it all to me, but wasn't pressuring me into agreeing to take it. She just wants me to consider it. For now though I have a prescription for epiduo and a lot of erythromycin. I'm a little cautious about taking so much of it (it'll start off at 400mg AM/PM and work up to being 800mg in the AM and PM) so I think I might seek another opinion from my GP first just to ease my mind a bit before starting it (and the epiduo).

Overall, I'm a bit worried about starting something new and having my skin break out more than it already is. But starting soon would be good - might have clearer skin by the time I graduate at the end of the year :P And I know I need to try something new - what I'm doing now isn't helping so much.

If the regimen didn't work I'm wondering If epiduo will help. I wouldn't recommend taking the antibiotics as it is just a crutch. Definitely try topicals for a few months before accutane. You may even want to try spiro before accutane.

Good luck and keep us posted.

Went to my derm and got a diagnosis of rosacea, acne and peri oral dermatitis. The PD Is definitely frustrating. I've been prescribed elidel for the inflammation, Oracea for the inflammation and spiro for the acne. Not gonna lie, I am extremely upset but being upset never got anyone anywhere. Gotta just keep moving one foot in front of the other.

Sometimes you just have to accept that it's ok to not be ok and keep it moving.

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Hi there guys my name is Nate and I am new to this site. I started taking Accutane About 2 months ago The first month was great I was taking one pill a day At 40 milligrams I was doing so well That My dose was increased 2 two pills Every 3rd day Everything was going good Until one Day August 1st When i My two pills early in the morning I went over and got me a coffee. Now I did drink coffee When I was taking one pill a day... After 20 minutes Give or take of drinking the coffee I started feeling really anxious Chills Mind racing, Strange weird thoughts I understand that caffeine I can do this to you So I thought it was the caffeine That was causing me this severe Anxiety attack So I contact to my dermatologist And she told me That was more likely An overdose of caffeine And that I should Refrain from lots of caffeine while on Accutane Now I understood Because I am a health nut I lift weights And I'm in good shape... So three days later i took two more pills And unfortunately had another spell Of anxiety In mind racing now this is freaking me out Because I didn't have any caffeine This time But yet I was still having similar symptoms As last time And they were scaring me. I contacted my dermatologist And she told me To go back to one pill a day. Honestly guys I haven't taken One pill a day yet Because I'm still kind of freaking out I'm still kind of feeling Weird And I haven't taken Accutane for 4 days And I'm still feeling really weird It's scary Cuz I don't know what's going on Do you guys think I made the right decision By stopping Accutane Until I find out what's going on Or do you guys think I should just Try the one pill a day And see if my symptoms go away eventually

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Nate, I personally would keep on with it. Anxiety is a side effect, but little bursts of anxiety won't kill you. Do the episodes last long?

Also many times I have taken my accutane with red bull and suffered no ill effects (I know I shouldnt), so perhaps its more the mental side that you're expecting an anxiety attack that it happens?

If it does carry on, but is only short bursts and goes away, maybe try seeing a doctor to get prescribed xanax? Just until you finish

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